Monday, 9 May 2011

Indian inspiration .....

.... I finally got into my craft room - somewhat later than planned, but I've had fun!  I've made my card for this week's Less is More challenge - White on White - but I'm going to post that tomorrow.  I need daylight to try and get a good photo.  So you'll have to wait and see :))

In the meantime I've made a card which has been inspired by my recent trip to Mumbai.  One of the things that we constantly saw while we walked around the city, were stalls selling flowers - marigolds to be precise.  These were made to be placed on shrines and as good luck symbols on shops and homes. 


One of the many stalls selling marigold garlands - so beautiful!!
 I decided to use the marigolds as the focus for my card.  I bought some stunning handmade paper while in Mumbai - bright turquoise covered with gold Hindi writing and I used a piece of it as the base layer of my card (I still have lots left to play with).  For the main image I stamped a pretty flower stamp that I got from Elusive Images ages ago.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with gold detail powder.  I coloured the image with distress inks and an aqua painter.  And I finished off the card with a simple greeting as I'm sending this to one of my friends.



Stamps:  Elusive Image - Flower Stamp
Inks: Versamark; Distress - Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw
Accessories:  Card from stash; Handmade paper from Mumbai; Greeting from Craftwork Cards

These colours are almost exactly the colours for last week's Colour Q challenge - but sadly I've missed the deadline for that challenge.


Craft class today was lots of fun - I spent most of the morning chatting and catching up on all the gossip!!  Actually, I didn't to much crafting!!  But I did get to see what the rest of the girls have been up to - and they made some fantastic cards.  Barbara, brought all her birthday cards into the group to share them with us - we made some stunning cards!!   Betty has completed her cross-stitch picture of Menai Bridge which joins North Wales to Anglesey - it's absolutely superb.  And it reminds me that I started a cross-stitch picture of a dragon on a castle about four years ago, and it's in the bottom of my sewing basket.  I think I need to finish it!!

We had a lot more rain today and now that my garden is looking really green and lush, I'd like it to stop!!  I did managed to get some washing dry between down pours!!  I want the sun to come out again. 

That's all for today.  But do pop back tomorrow as I have my LIM card to share with you.  See you soon.

13 comments:

Paula said...

The aqua & orange really do zing in this - super use of that flower stamp too - it's one of my favuorites from that set.
We've had loads of rain as well today.
Paula (PEP)

Craftilicious said...

What great inspiration for card - the colours are lovely :-)

jimlynn said...

JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!! So pretty and colorful and lovely.
Lynn

Cyndie said...

Too bad you missed the deadline because your card really nailed the challenge! Great use of the colors; this card really pops!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Thanks for sharing the pic from your trip Deb! Happy you had a great time! Your card is so pretty! Great way to work the bright color combo!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love how you took the colors from the photos.

Jackie said...

Beautiful card, great colours :o)
Jackie xx

Jenny said...

Lovely colours Deborah and great flower stamp. Tell you what, we'll have some of your rain and you can have some of our sunshine :)
Jenny x

Ros said...

What a lovely picture ... those marigolds are amazing ... your card is a great representation of the picture ... beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog too ... you are not that far away ... North Wales! definitely a lovely place to live ...

Vicky Hayes said...

Ah! The real Mumbai influence! That really is a wonderful colour combination and the flowers look gorgeously rich and detailed!

Sue W said...

Love your Indian inspired card Deborah........you have achieved a spot on recreation of your photo too!!! Hope the sun shines soon for you!

Sue said...

Love it Deborah it realy is Indian inspired Luv Sue x

Stella said...

Your photo inspired card is amazing. I love your take on this picture and your card is breathtaking!

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