Yesterday I finally got the courage to cut into the gorgeous Bird Song by Graphic 45. This beautiful collection has been discontinued for a while, but I managed to find several 12×12 and 8×8 sheets on eBay, and they have been lying on my shelf for a few months now, waiting to be used.
I often find myself spending hours simply looking at scrapbooking paper, gathering strength to cut into it for the first time. What if I want to fussy-cut a picture in the middle, where on the edge do I start cutting to get to it? And what if I only have one – or ten, for that matter – sheets of the design? And what if it’s out of print? Ah!
The scent of ink – deep breath. The grainy finish – almost touching the blades. The crackling sound – a little easier from now on. But then a new sheet/ paper pad / collection; and the struggle begins again. Very dramatic. But that is what beautiful craft supplies do to you. Please, tell me I am not the only one!
Anyway, I managed to do it, and here is the result: a postcard featuring a beautifully dressed lady standing in her quite impressive garden, looking at a bird on a giant peony – in short, having the best moments.
This postcard (6″ x 4″) has been inspired by Memoirs of a Geisha from The Library Challenge. How I wish I found that blog earlier! I love reading and am always inspired by books in all domains of my life. In fact, a lot of my creations have been inspired by literature in some way or another (one example: I have always been obsessed with Alice). Anyway, this postcard features the new-to-me Bird Song, a sentiment stamp, several birds (wings!), and is full of floral/botanical motifs. So I am entering seven challenges (trying hard to do that New Years resolution thing).
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Make My Monday
Sunday Postcard Art
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
The Library Challenge
Take a Word Challenge
Two of the challengers (the last two) are completely new to me. Very exciting!
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