Sunday, 10 June 2012

Mono

Have been fiddling with this card for a few days! It's been one of those were I probably tried too hard to incorporate stuff instead of just making it the way I wanted - but - it is an order so the customer is always right - well not always (LOL) -but I thought I needed to make some sort of effort to put on SOMETHING that she wanted!
That said, I didn't do exactly everything although I did make it an easel card like she asked for - she said the 'birthday girl' liked music, did some beautiful cross stitch - oh and was the local methodist minister!
Not having any suitable images of lady vicars with dog collars I opted for the music and sewing theme.... wrong decision number 1. After a few attempts at incorporating both themes I decided to do only one - opted for sewing - wrong decision number 2! There are literally HUNDREDS of images of ladies with sewing machines, ladies sewing quilts but could I find ONE that just showed a woman cross stitching that I could use? NO!
The old music sheet paper was staring at me from the desk whilst I contemplated (well actually I was now beginning to get annoyed....lol) and I nearly succumbed and went back to pianos etc but  I found this silhouette from the Crafty Pad.

Printed it onto pearl cardstock, then clear embossed and layered onto a black scalloped oval. The spots on the backing paper have a wee bit of sparkle which I hope lifts the austerity of the monochrome a bit. I used the fancy oval die again too as a backing for the image.

The heavy white lace is one of my faves from my stash and I added a triple organza bow secured with a pearl buckle, a couple of die cut flourishes and some black, white and clear pins.

The roses were made from the same pearlised card.  
The sentiment was pc generated and I found this little cotton reel and silver thimble in a bag of unused buttons!
On the base I used the same DP, another die cut oval as a space for the greeting, a couple of pearls on the 'prop' and two more items from the unused button pack - a rather large lethal looking sewing needle (!) and a pair of scissors. 

Challenges -
Addicted to stamps - 1 or more pins
Robyn's Fetish - Add Lace
Just Some Lines - Black and White
CYDA - Bingo (Glitter/Lace/Pearls)
Card Crafters Circle - Monochromatic
4 Crafty Chicks - Monochromatic
Crop Stop - Monochromatic
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Flowers/Ribbon
My Mum's Craft Shop - Bingo (Flowers/Pearls/Die Cuts)
Truly Madly Crafty - Monochrome

As ever my desk is like the proverbial bomb site so suppose I'd better go clean up! But before I go I thought I'd share this with you - sent to me by fellow crafter Alessandra who saw them live (lucky girl) - just click on the link - hope you enjoy it. x
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usADINi17cI&feature=BFa&list=UUkfcMwocGcoeP5V3vJzH5nw

33 comments:

  1. WOW I love the black and white. This is so beautiful
    Thank you for joining us at CropSTop Blog Challenge.
    Veronica

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  2. Viv I think your card is gorgeous and live the black and white theme

    Anne

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  3. This is gorgeous ,love the image...fab details.xxx

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  4. Beautiful black and white card Viv, I like the embossing,the image, the lace and those pins.
    Kevin xx

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  5. wel everything in lifes not black and white but this sure is,,,, and stunning it is too me luvverlie hug sassxxxxx

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  6. beautiful , lovely details...simply elegant...thanks for sharing at just some lines

    Tina
    dt

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  7. WOW this is absolutely gorgeous Viv.
    luv
    Debby

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  8. This is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Just Some Lines.

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  9. Hi Viv - I just found your blog and you make the most amazng cards.

    Caz

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  10. Oh dear, decisions decisions.....
    Wonderful card, and the thimble is a great addition :)
    Jackie xx

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  11. Hi Viv

    Thank you for the lovely welcome back to blogland.

    I am now trying to catch up with everything I have missed .. .. and it is such a lot!! Everyone has been super busy .. .. and you have been hyper!!

    So many fantastic creations and I love them all. You have a great style.

    I think you have done really well with this order. Loving all your cute embellishments. I never know whether I prefer a brief or not when I get an order.

    I have quite a list of "whatever you think" ones to do and I can't decide whether that is good or bad LOL!!!

    Have a good week Viv and thanks for all your lovely comments. Get those snippets out and lets see you in the playground .. .. its great fun!

    Love Jules xx

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  12. Oooh... what a load of 'pfaffing' but what a fantastic result. She's going to be thrilled with that. xx

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  13. That lace looks fantastic!
    Beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish this week!

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  14. Your card is gorgeous. I'm sure your customer will be more than happy!

    Sarah x

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  15. So stunning Viv.I love the mono design and gorgeous details and image :D

    xx Coops xx

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  16. WOW! Stunning card Viv, love it.
    Wendy xx

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  17. Fabulous card Viv, love all the detail, clever:0) xxx

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  18. stunning card thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

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  19. woooooooooooooow, viv, this is amazing!! really pretty! xoxo, Alessandra

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  20. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining our CropStop Challenge.

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  21. Simply elegant! what a wonderful birthday card. Thanks for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

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  22. This is really amazing! I love the image and your lace and flowers and pins and oh my the thimble was just the ticket! Thanks for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!

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  23. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week for our Monochromatic challenge!!

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  24. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

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  25. Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

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  26. Beautiful beautiful beautiful card! Love the thimble and the scissors and all of the die cuts...looks amazing

    Shelby

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  27. nice monochromatic piece...thanks for sharing it with CropStop!:)

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  28. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!!! Thanks for playing with us at CropStop!

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  29. Oohh what a beautiful card!!!! Thank for joining us at ATSC!!

    gr. arjette.

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous card Viv, stunning! thanks for sharing it with us at Addicted to Stamps Pins challenge. Teresa xx

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  31. Beautiful card Viv, really striking.
    Thanks for joining us at Addicted To Stamps
    hugs Mandy xx

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