Hi Everyone. Happy Tuesday.
Hope you are all having a great week so far.
I have some more teaser cards for you tonight.
Let's start with Jeanne. Her fabulous masculine card uses one of my favorite sets - Open Sea.
Now.. when I use Open Sea I am always tempted to use several of the elements, but Jeanne's card is a perfect example of why you shouldn't do that :-) The colors are absolutely masculine and really feel like sailing colors, but it's her use of the fan embossing folder with the Cherry Cobbler that really adds to the nautical feel. It gives the feeling of movement and waves and I thought it was genius. The way she graded the colors from Cherry to Crumb to Navy that really helps to highlight and focus the eye on the ship. A little distressing on the edges of the focal images helps to ground it even more. Awesome! Like many of us, Jeanne was inspired by another fabulous stamper and this card was CASED from Patti Chesky.
Now, let's look at a gorgeous, more feminine card from Maureen.
I love the use of the Espresso with Old Olive, it's such a great color combo and one I never tend to put together! The swirl embossed background is perfectly echoed by the swirly edging that she has drawn around the edges of the sentiment label. I love the placement of the flower in the top left hand corner. I never put my elements there, but Maureen showed me why I should get outside of my box, because it works so well. The leaves feel as though they are creeping along the card, adding to the feel of movement. The distressed edges to the flower are the perfect finishing touch. Fabulous!
I've really enjoyed going through each of the submission cards. Each of these fabulous ladies have inspired me to do something different; whether it's color combinations, placement of elements, different uses for stamps, or a sketch, I've found so much inspiration. I hope you do, too.
On a personal note:
One of the amazing places we visited whilst we were on our cruise was Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. It's a little way outside of Halifax and is the most idyllic little spot. It's incredibly photographic and peaceful. Lou and I sat at a little coffee shop and had tea over looking the bay. I took quite a few photographs and when I finally put them up onto my hard drive this weekend, I realized it was more photogenic than I had even thought it would be. Take a look at this shot.... I'm so tempted to make this into a jigsaw puzzle!
Don't you think that would make a great jigsaw? I do. Lou said it would drive him bonkers! :-) Now, I don't think of myself as a good photographer, but I do think this is a good shot. The reflection of the house on the water is perfect. The little touch of grass in the bottom left hand corner helps to frame the image and shows the light reflecting from the grass tops. The old house on the water front and the new house on the hill seem to be an allegory of the old way of life vs the new. The washing on the line on the new house, helps to remind us that this is a way of life that, even though it's a new house, it supports a way of life that has been this way for generations. Anyway, you can tell I loved this photo! :-)
Here's another shot I took on the way back from tea. I loved the bright pop of red on the boats and the way the shallow waters of the inlet seemed to echo the shape of the clouds in the sky. the little cottage on the promontory is the perfect way to stop the eye from traveling too far off the boats. I also love that this scene could be anywhere... it could be Ireland, Scotland, one of the remoter parts of England, New England... For some reason I had never expected to find it in Canada.
Well, I bet you are tired of looking at photographs of Peggy's Cove by now :-) I think I might have to have a couple of them printed onto canvas. I really think they would look good in my stamping space!
As always, thank you for visiting my little neck of the stamping blogosphere. Your visits and your comments mean a great deal to me. Warm hugs and prayers for those who need a little lift tonight.