Hi Everyone - Happy Tuesday night.
I promised you Greenhouse Garden tonight... but changed my mind :-) I wanted to show you this card made using the Asian Artistry stamp. I am really loving this set. Considering that I was really unsure about it..... it shows that going outside of your comfort zone and trying something new, really can bring you into different directions. This card fits two challenges this week. The Stamping 411.blogspot.com challenge 113 and I decided to use the color challenge from the splitcoast clean and simple design challenge to use only browns, with a little bit of red. That proved more difficult than I could have imagined and really had to play around with different combinations, until I found the one I liked. I actually loved the challenge of using just a small amount of red and thought that putting it on the birds wings, eye and beak worked really well. I also used it for the sentiment, as I wanted it to stand out.
I've tried importing this several times and I'm just not getting the warmth in the colors. For those of you who know the SU colors - you will know that Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip are warm colors - but on the import they are showing a little cooler. I kept with the warmer colors and used Ruby Red as the accent. I loved the simplicity of the sketch and loved the challenge of working with only a brown color palette. That and the image appealed to the very clean, zen lines that I love.
On a personal note .... I've had several responses to the music on my site - most of it positive... except for Sandycat.... Sandycat was sleeping peacefully next to his mother when mother decided to check out my blog. On opening the page, apparently The Monkees were playing their signature tune. (OK... stand up everyone who remembers the Monkees!!!!) - Sandycat was not at all impressed by my choice in music and apparently jumped up and hit her head on the venetian blind! Oooopssss...... Jean feels sure that Sandycat now senses when she's about to visit my blog! Others of you have enjoyed the trip down memory lane and as far as I know... none of you have complained about hitting your head on the venetian blinds after reading my blog!
For those of you who may have checked out my playlist, you will notice that my music choice is exceptionally eclectic. I can blame my first love of my live for that - he taught me to appreciate all kinds of music including blues, bluegrass, country, Cleo Laine, Pink Floyd and Stephane Grappelli. His brother (Jon) taught me to love Motown and his other brother (sorry Steve) taught me NOT to enjoy Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. So spending time at their house was a pretty interesting time as they took turns in playing LPs..... OK... stand up those who remember LPs! My music listening started to blended with my love of The Monkees.... I was a Peter Turk fan - and still am - Davy was too pretty boy for me - although he was a cutie :-) Today, my music listening stretches across almost everything except Heavy Metal, Punk, and Hard Rock. Listening to Pavarotti can still bring me to tears. So... now you know a little about my music background... and I'll give a shout out to AliBaba - a talented musician, who has created a family of musical children and to Jon - who has amazed me with his incredible film making. Your Mamma would be so proud of you both. Love ya both.
On that note - pun intended - hugs and peace to all of you. I hope you find time to do what you love, with those you love - listening to the music that moves your life :-)
Peace and hugs,
P.S. You can check out Jon's site. He's taken his initial love of martial arts and tried to recreate through documentary film the various lives and lifestyles in Asia - in a way that outsiders can get a glimpse into worlds so different to our own. AliBaba - my first love from almost 4 decades ago..... wow.... that really makes me feel old.... is a very accomplished photographer himself... but he's taking FOREVER to get his site up and running. you can check him out here and for heaven's sake Al... get this site finished :-)