Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Little Something for Muse

This week's Muse over at the Muse challenge, is none other than Vicki Dutcher. She has a beautiful card posted with the most vibrant red colors. Ever since I was a little girl, I've been drawn to reds, and my sister Sue to blues. Once, when I was 10, mom and dad took us to Target for new spring jackets. Sue liked the blue checked one, and just to be contrary, I pleaded with mom to let ME have it. I must have been a real stinker in the store because I walked away with the blue checked jacket, and Sue was stuck with the red one. I knew that eventually the red one would be mine too! Best of both worlds! Poor Sue, though... Blue was her favorite color back then, and she looked really pretty in it. I stole that from her. Decades have passed, but I've never forgotten that incident. It must have made an impression on me, because I don't think I ever stole her color again. And I still love red. So when I saw Vicki's card, I was drawn to it immediately. Unfortunately, a design was not forthcoming. It took Mr. Mojo TWO days to come up with something. Creep! Well, I fixed his wagon! Either he cooperated, or there would be no more cards this weekend; I'd clean the basement instead! Ha! It worked!!! Fix your eyes first on Vicki's card:




Isn't that just rich?! Gorgeous!! For my card, I naturally went with red, but if you look at her roses, you'll see a smidge of brownish, and also some green. So I pulled those colors too.




I wish you could see this irl... the flower circle is more rich than it looks in the photo. I had sitting on my desk this circle which I had cut with my Cameo for weeks. I pulled it out in defiance of Mr. Mojo, popped it up on the Neenah white panel, grabbed a couple of ink pads (Colorbox & Studio G), and my finger daubers. Rather than try to dab the spaces in between the flower and leaves, I used an SU brown water color pencil and filled in the areas. Then I painted with my blender pen. Love the texture it gave! The font is Upper East Side, and is computer generated. Some Michaels' ribbon, and done. Now because I've lived dangerously and used a stencil, I'm also going to add this card to Virginia's View. And there you have it. Happy dances everyone!!

23 comments:

Anita in France said...

I'm smiling, Bev ... first at this gorgeous beauty ... such a wonderful cameo, so beautifully coloured ... I love the font, it's art deco look is perfect with the image. I'm also smiling 'cause you've stencilled again ... I was hoping you would ... way to go, my friend, it's just splendid! Anita :)

Meg said...

THis card is absolutely gorgeous!

Deepti said...

Looks like someone is excelling in stenciling :) this is gorgeous !! I love the colors

Gillian R said...

Your card is gorgeous. Love the graphic feel to it

Susanne Vargas said...

Very pretty card! Also enjoyed your story about the blue checkered jacket! Did your sister ever forgive you?

Vicki Dutcher said...

LOL - Too funny telling yourself you have to clean if creating doesn't happen! [That would work for me too!] Sure did end up with a beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing in the Muse Challenge!

Bobby said...

I'm drawn to red, too, Bev. In fact, the walls of my craft room are painted red. I love that you stenciled (I actually saw this first in Virginia's gallery) and it is beautiful.

aileen (mum) said...

Just perfect. The image, layout, colour everything. Love your story too, I have a younger sister who may be related to you, ahhh she was so clever at getting the things she wanted. Now we are best friends, back then I think there were times I would have happily locked her in a box.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love this - such a creative use of a stencil and perfect for Muse as well! So glad you joined us this week, Bev!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Happy Dances indeed BEV! Big fan of this lovely (Mr Mojo be darned and tootin he has left the building!!!)

Amazing stenciling and so soft and pastel like, that is a wonderful achievement. Bow, tops it off wonderfully!

Kylie said...

Glad you taught Mr Mojo a lesson! Stunning, Bev, just stunning!

Kylie said...

Glad you taught Mr Mojo a lesson! Stunning, Bev, just stunning!

Virginia Lu said...

I am so glad that you tried your hands on stencil again, Bev. And look at this image...it's gorgeous! I think you just turned PRO with stencils! Thanks so much for joining the fun over Virginia's View challenge!

Kim Heggins said...

Bev...this is just gorgeous! You are the stencil queen now and what an inspirational card too, can't wait to give stenciling a go, this is simply fabulous my friend!

lostinpaper said...

This is fabulous Bev, love love love the flower circle, such a clever idea!

Geri said...

STUNNING card Bev!

The watercolored images are shaded sooooo beautifully! Stunning color combo paired with a perfect sentiment font and impeccabley tied bow = WOWZERS!!!

cm said...

Mega watt smiles over your post, Bev! First, your tale of sibling shenanigans reminds me of a few episodes my sister and I shared. I recall well my mom rolling her eyes at the two of us bickering over 'nothing' that at the time was 'something. Second, your description of showing Mr. Mojo who's boss is too funny! Third, you card is absolutely lovely! Applause with the stencils, the painting, the daubing! I think we have a 'pro stenciler' in our midst with you. Keep working with them; you're creating magic!Hugs~c

Anita in France said...

Yay, Bev ... you're a Featured Member at Muse with this delicious card ... how's that for confirmation ... just keep stencilling! Congratulations, my friend! Anita :)

Bobby said...

It's a win, win situation. You beat the stencil fear and won at Muse. Good going!

Sharon Underwood said...

Wonderful story! I have a sister, too, and many stories to go with that relationship that are similar to yours! I like your card very much. The colors are good and I like that you watercolored the brown. Looks great!

Jenny @ I-dream-in-paper.blogspot.co.uk said...

Fabby card Bev. Well done on being Featured Member. Jenny

Kim S said...

It's gorgeous!!

maria f. said...

That is one gorgeous bloom in a circle, Bev. Love your "coloring", and that font! Happy Easter to you and yours.