Wednesday 27 April 2016

TMR - Theme & DT Call ....

.... Good afternoon! I'm running rather late with my DT card for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#34. Our theme for the next couple of weeks is SHAKESPEARE. This is not as difficult as it might seem - you can pick anything about Shakespeare from his place of birth, the theme of theatre, titles of plays or sonnets, or quotes, or any of the numerous words that he introduced to the English language. However, your project must has a masculine feel. I actually picked a couple of quotes from two of his plays. Here's my first card:

Happy Halloween - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Judikins - Dia Muertos Sun; Stampin' Up! - Making Spirits Bright
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Die-namics - In and Out Diagonal Square Stax #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Grey; Copics; Clear Embossing Powder

I think you can probably guess the quote I picked here. It's "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy." from Hamlet, Act 5, scene 1. At this point in the play Hamlet has picked up a skull of his father's court jester. I decided to play on the fact that the skull was that of the jester and used this wonderful sugar skull stamp as the focal image on my card. I coloured it with Copics in neutral tones. I die cut the finished image with a square fancy edged die and added very clean and crisp sentiments. Obviously, this is a Halloween card. On the inside I cut another mat layer of grey card and die cut another white square on which I stamped a fun image.

Happy Halloween inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

As I've used die-cut panels on this card and it celebrates Halloween, I'm submitting this card to the current challenge over at Time Out Challenges - TOC#55 where they want cards with any celebration and the option of die cutting.

There are so many wonderful quotes from Shakespeare plays, some of which people don't even realise come from his plays. There is no doubt where this quote comes from:

Double, double - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Halloween Party, Spooky Tree Background, Vintage Witch
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Grass; Hero Arts Neon - Green, Pink, Orange; Memento - Grey Flannel
Dies: Waltzingmouse - Halloween Party
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Graphic 45 DP - Rare Oddities; SU Punch - 1¼" Circle, Modern Label

It's another Halloween card, this time based on the quote "Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." Macbeth, Act 4, scene 1. The three witches recite this spell over a cauldron as they await the arrival of the man they say would be king - Macbeth. I started by stamping the images in black versafine and heat embossing with clear powder, then I cut them out with the matching dies. I used some neon colours to stamp the bubbles and sparks from the cauldron. I stamped the spooky tree in grey, lightly sponged on pale grey ink and then adhered a die cut circle to create a moon. I added more ink to create the ground and sky. Once finished, I removed the circle to reveal the full moon shining down on one of the witches at the cauldron. I completed the front by adding the actual quote which I punched out, edged and adhered with dimensional tape. On the inside I cut a piece of design paper for the mat layer, adding ink to match the front of the card. I finished by added a sentiment and some bats.

Double, double inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsDouble, double sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this card to the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#191 where it's Anything Goes.

My team mates have created a super selection of cards covering all sorts of occasions. You've got plenty of time to play along, deadline for submission is midnight (BST) Tuesday 10th May (7.00pm EDT).

Finally, we're having a DT Call at The Male Room. If you would like to apply to join the team, you must play along with this week's #34 theme AND the next challenge #35. Full details on The Male Room post.

And now I must stop crafting and get on with some house stuff - specially ironing! Ugh! See you soon.



Rocky said...

Two great cards worth waiting for, that's what I call forward planning too.

A Consuming Passion said...

Looks like you're adding to your stash Deborah........clever girl!
Love both cards but 'The Mouse's" witch is a pretty special image :)

Jane said...

You're so right there are so many quotes and I sometimes forget just how much they've been absorbed into everyday language. Fab cards Deborah and fab theme.

Gerrina said...

Didn't see that comming...but your halloween card is a beauty and definitally celebrating! So thank you for taking some TIME OUT and join us!

Unknown said...

Wow! You've created such a fun and unique card for our challenge at ATSM! I love the tree branches - they look so real! Great Halloween card! Thank you for joining us!
Kamila DT

Joyce said...

What a fun Shakespeare challenge. Love your unusual skull card. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Now I am still scratching my head of how to incorporate Shakespeare into a card and you managed to create two shining examples! Wow!

Louise van Vuren said...

Loved this challenge! I kind of expected you to do a skull, and this one doesn't disappoint, great colouring and a fun inside too. It's my favourite, but I like the witch silhouette as well. Both are awesome Halloween cards, at least you will be ready come October!
Louise xx

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