Friday, July 15, 2011

Holiday Inspiration

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I have a card that I made for The Prairie Fairy's Fairy Fun Friday that I want to share.  I'm the hostess this fortnight and my challenge is to make a Summer Holiday card.  I want to celebrate vacations!  Whether you are going by plane, train, auto or boat. Whether you are visiting the shore or the mountains or just lazing around the house, we want to see your project celebrating your leisure time.  My summer vacation is to visit Key West, Florida.  We spent 5 days there at the beginning of July and are planning to go back down for another 6 days shortly.  Family members are renting a vacation home there for the month of July and we have an open invitation.  It's an amazingly beautiful 3 hour drive to get there so it's really convenient for us to join them.  

My holiday card is all about the sea using a lovely sailboat digi called Hoisting Sales from the Prairie Fairy.  Using this week's sketch from Mojo Monday, I dragged out my Copics.  When I sat down to use them, I realized that it's been months since I've had them out.  I almost didn't remember any of the techniques.  

I started this piece on a base of Baja Breeze followed by a shabbied up layer of Barely Banana and then a layer of kraft.  I stamped some of the images from the Flourishes set Seaside Life all around the edge of the kraft in Vintage Photo.  I ripped a page out of a vintage book about the sea and used it for another layer.  The next layer up is DP from last year's K&Co. Sea Glass collection that I embossed with the Tim Holtz collage, painted with Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  I've been tea dying a lot of crinoline and the cheese cloth was used to strain some tea leaves out of my dye solution.  It dried out really cool so of course I couldn't throw it away - knew I would find a use for it.  I created a faux chipboard piece by stamping a ship's wheel on kraft and then cutting 6 layers of kraft circles and gluing them in a stack.  Then I applied a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint - just because I could.  That's it - kept it pretty simple.  I'm sure it will come in handy the next time I need a guy card for something.

Now it's time to check out the Fairy Fun Friday challenge blog to see what the other designers have to offer.  We are rotating being on vacation this summer so we have somewhat of a skeleton group this week, but still sure to be some great inspiration.  Thanks so much for stopping by and of course if you have any questions, ask away.  I'm always happy to share!

Challenges Entered:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Crafts and Me Challenge - Summertime
Tuesday Throwdown - Fun in the Sun
Creative Inspirations - No Flowers Allowed
Pals Paper Arts - Summertime and the Livin' is Easy
Fussy & Fancy - Summer
The Stamp Man Challenge - Anything Tim Holtz


Suzi Mac said...

Oh my Goodness!! Linda, this is jaw dropping gorgeous. All those fab elements and the way you've coloured the image are outstanding.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Suzi x

Margreet said...

Wow Linda...such a fab interpretation of the Holiday all of your even used bookpages about the sea....just gorgeous...wishing you a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

Hannah Clark said...

This is AMAZING! I love the image and that fabulous texture! Just beautiful!

Lori said...

Ooo, this is gorgeous! A GREAT idea for seashells!

Jennifer Scull said...

the cheesecloth adds such a gorgeous dimension. what a striking card! reminds of the years we lived in Florida as well as the Texas coast.

have a great weekend! :)

Kathy Eddy said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the outcome and have fun on your trip!

Scrumplescrunch said...

I had to laugh Linda when I read
" I kept it pretty simple."
This is a mixed media work of art and there is nothing simple about it at all!!!!
It shouts out Vacation time to me, a wonderful interpretation.

Dorte said...

Gorgeous card, Linda. I love the colours you have used.
Enjoy your weekend.
hugs Dorte

BrossArtAddiction said...

When I seen this card in the Meadow I was blown away!! Just love your attention to detail on this amazing piece of artwork(card)! Lovely job as always girly!!:D

xx Tracey xx

coldwaters2 said...

Totally amazing creation Linda I have spent ages reading and looking at your post and the card, the detail is awesome that shell, the stamping, the image, wow, brilliant work.
Lorraine x

Esther said...

I have to agree with Sue!
This card is simply stunning and has a lot of detail, I really wouldn't say you kept it simple, lol!!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh my! This is just stunning. You've created such a captivating scene with so many beautiful details! Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!

Marjie Kemper said...

So gorgeous, Linda! Love your coloring and layers and the face that the text papers are sea-related is just the icing on the cake. Hope you enjoy your vacation time.

Sheryl said...

Wow! This is simply GORGEOUS! I love all of the wonderful texture and technics that you applied to this card! Your coloring is beautiful! It certainly makes me wish that I was at the ocean!
Thank you for joining the Fussy and Fancy "Summertime" challenge.
Hugs, Sheryl

NGCARDS said...

This is a stunning card hun! Thanks for joining in with our theme of No Flowers Allowed over at Creative Inspirations Wednesday's Challenge Blog! xxx

Mina said...

wow Linda what an amazing creation, your design is stunning...thanks for joining in with our Crafts and Me challenge
Mina xxx

Oops a Daisy Designs said...

Amazing card. I love all the detail - especially the netting look. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.

Beverly Montez said...

Linda, this is SUPER! Love the way everything works so well together! Colors are wonderful.

Kelly said...

Linda, absolutely love the netting and the cracked ship's wheel. Fantastic!

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This is fabulous i really like these cards...
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Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Linda, I don't know how I missed this one ! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Stamp Man. Sue C x

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