Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sentimental Journey

Hi Everyone and thanks for joining me once again ..................... and a warm welcome to followers Old and New.
I wanted to share this special Diamond Card, which I made for a friend with several challenges in mind of course !!

A group of us went to Paris for the day as its only an hours flight away from where I live and boy did we have fun!!  It was a fair trade as our husbands/partners were going for a day's golf !!
We had brunch at the Arc De Triomphe and a meal in the Grande Colbert Restaurant, where a scene from one of Jack Nicholson's movies was taken.............(Cant remember the name of the film right now but it will come back to me !!)  After a few wines we  had the courage to walk in to The Ritz for another glass of the bubbly stuff,,,,,,,,,,,,yep....in our  jeans,walking shoes and with backpacks !!!!! It was a stunning  hotel and so were the prices, but I have to say the experience was worth it. A wonderful memory !!!!!

You will see below a Diamond card, made as per the Hougie board technique. My mum, Rita,  and I have just invested in one of these boards and when I saw mum's  diamond card knew that this design  was perfect for my project. The design gives you the folded base of the card and then you add a frame of your choice.

I used an oval Spellbinder die. The main image was a freebie image from my very talented crafty friend Astrid McLean, of Astrid's Artistic Efforts. Its a beautiful vintage image, which fits this theme perfectly.

You can see the base and my die cuts below. I  also wanted to frame the photo and did this with the smaller die inside.

I stamped the frame with some french script. ( It was great to use a stamp from my old stash) ageing with Vintage Photo DI
I used Tim Holtz Damask stamp on the Diamond  base, stamping it in Blue Archival and then ageing with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI's

I also blended some Vintahe Photo DI on the main image too, just to age it a little.

Below you can see a close up of the main image and make out the torn paper on which I stamped Paris, again from Tim's recent release.

You can also just make out the lace below the torn paper and on the left hand side too. 

The lace bow was made using the bow maker, gifted by my mammy, RITA,  and I adhered a little pearl.

A bit more detail below

The diamond on the left was adorned with a sentiment, torn around the edges and stamped, some lace and a trinket pin and a leftover nib from my 12 tags of 2013

The tag on the right was adorned with some stamped images from my stash and a brad on which you can see the Fleur de Lis.

The sentiment is one of my favourites by Helen Keller and is so true !!!!

I am thrilled with the outcome of this card and I know that my friend will treasure it.

As mentioned I had a few challenges in mind when I made this project and would like to enter it in the following :

I am off now for a few days relaxation with my DH but look forward to catching up with you all. If you have time please leave a comment as they are truly appreciated and I will always try and return the compliment.

CRafty Hugs

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  1. stunning work - really beautiful image and a great shape - love all the details - wonderful xx

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Paris (love the idea of being in the Ritz in jeans!) Your card is fantastic - so well designed and executed, and in the perfect colours too. Hope you have a really good break with your DH. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. What a fabulous shaped card, the blue backdrop is very eye catching and sets the image off beautifully. The focal image is stunning. This piece has a lovely vintage feel and I love the sentiment. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  4. What a very creative vintage creation Annie...the shapes are so nice!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  5. A day in Paris sounds like a wonderful break Annie, so glad to hear you had a good time and well done for doing the Ritz 'in style'. Love your card, the design is so effective and the image from Astrid is gorgeous. Hope you have a lovely few relaxation days with your hubby. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Absolutely beautiful. Imagine getting all those elements on that card. Ingrid will love it too. Enjoy your break. Hugs Mum xxxx

  7. Brilliant design Annie and love the vintage image..love the details too, fabulous.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  8. Can't quite explain why but this card has stopped me in my tracks. It is truly stunning Annie. The simple framing of that image works wonderfully when balanced within such an unusual 'carriage'. I love the colours you have chosen and all the wonderful little details and sentiment. An exceptional piece - I'm sure your friend really will be thrilled.

    Well lucky you! Your Parisian day sounds like a wonderful, fun filled treat. Have a fab break. Nicola x

  9. Hi Annie, its a fabulous card and how wonderful to pop over to Paris for the day, you obviously had a great time, hugs Annette x

  10. This is fabulous Annie, I love the design, the image and the embellishments, glad you enjoyed yourself in paris
    Kevin xx

  11. Your day in Paris sounds like a fabulous adventure with wonderful memories to cherish! Gorgeous card, love the vintage picture and all the wonderful details!!!
    Have a great week!

  12. A really gorgeous card! Love it! Great make hugs trace x

  13. Oh wow this is brilliant!! I have been admiring the diamond fold cards you mum made and I think it's amazing how you used the same techniques and came up with something so totally different... I absolutely adore this in all its vintage shabby goodness!! And a trip to Paris.... no wonder you had a great time! Oh and thanks for the thumbs up....

  14. How lovely, and I just love Paris! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge :0

  15. Oh, how wonderful, Annie - my favourite colour combination, and the architecture of this is just fabulous. Beautiful image from Astrid, fabulous framed with delicious ephemera and objects - a new favourite of mine!
    Alison x

  16. Wow, das ist etwas ganz Besonderes, wunderbar in der Gestaltung und so viele liebevolle Details, großartig!
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

  17. Wow what a vey beautiful card Annie.
    Great colors and details.
    Love it.
    Greetings Janny

  18. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Annie... the design is fabulous , Love the image , colours, stamping...I could go on & on... Brilliant piece!! Hugs May x x x

  19. Hi Annie, this is a lovely creation, beautiful colours. I did enjoy reading about your day out, it sounds wonderful,
    Rosie x

  20. This is one of the coolest diamond fold cards I've seen! I absolutely love it!

  21. An amazing shaped project, it looks gorgeous, love all the details. Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.

  22. wow that is gorgeous... so much work in such a beautiful creation... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  23. Oh boy this us just stunning Annie, such a brilliant use of the diamond card, I adore it.
    Sounds like you had a fabulous day in Paris, it's such a beautiful place isn't it?
    Hugs Brenda xox

  24. How cool, that's a breathtaking project, so many fantastic details. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  25. Ohh this is such a pretty card! Love the shape of it! And the picture is also very cute! So great to hear that you had so much fun in Paris! Can't wait till next week, because this time next week I'm in Paris! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  26. I've seen this shape on your Mum's blog, but really had no idea how it was done until now...so cool that it's made from a template board! Love your base shape in the middle...fabulous! The children are grand here as well...vintage travel photos are the best! This speaks volumes instead of 1000 words! Fabulous antique and vintage coloring and paper! I love it! Thanks for traveling with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  27. This is stunning and an architectural triumph! I Absolutely love it! It sounds like you had a fab time in France - much better than golf! xx

  28. A stunning card Annie, love the shape!
    Gorgeous image and embellishments, I'm sure your friend will treasure it.
    Avril xx

  29. Hi Annie...what I love the most (besides all the gorgeous detail) is how you have covered every side, no matter which way you look at it - it looks fantastic!
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
    Dot x

  30. Hi Annie, that is so beautiful. I love how gorgeous it is with the framed image and the beautiful diamond stand. would love one of those its superb.
    Paris is gorgeous,my fave city.
    hugs June xxx

  31. Wow, this is wonderful! Love the great shape and all the special details. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  32. Unbelievably amazing. The colors really drew me in and then seeing how this groovy card unfolds itself and ALL the fantastic vintage elements that meshed so beautifully. I find it absolutely inspiring!!!

  33. wow - amazing - a masterpiece

  34. Hi Annie, told you already how much I like this piece but just wanted to wish you a wonderful birthday!! Hope you'll have a great day, - it sounds as if you had a fun day yesterday already with your mam, so hope the fun continues today!!


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