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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bird on Windowsill

House of Cards - Photo Inspiration + Any Style
I chose to go with the "Classic & Elegant" style for this card.
In the past I've struggled making cards for photo inspiration challenges. But I do love a challenge, and why should it be any different than getting inspiration from sketches and CASEs, right? I think my main trouble is to make up my mind and decide what to pull inspiration from! But with this week's photo over at House of Cards, I didn't have any trouble at all - I loved the colors, the design of the wallpaper, the flowers and the curtains. I also got a lot of help from other inspirational sources:
Kaboodle Doodles - Ink or Paint
For the background I covered a piece of kraft paper with white gesso. Once dry I used a brick wall embossing folder and slightly inked the bricks with Tea Dye DI.
Craft Room Challenge - Heat Embossing, Songbird - #25 Favorite Things and Sentimental Sundays - #165 Anything with Wings
I love heat embossing! I wanted to take up the metallic details of the wallpaper on the photo and chose to use my Platinum UTEE. I like how it can cover large spaces and give the elements a metallic feel. I also have grown quite fond of my Sizzix rounded tag dies, and this time I've used them to make a window.
I wanted to add a bird to the windowsill. I chose to stamp it with black ink on a piece of scrap and added clear embossing powder to it. I like the glossy finish it gives, so I used a pine colored ink to stamp the leaves  and gave it the same treatment with clear embossing powder. I hadn't planned to add a sentiment on the front, but I do like these ticket sentiments of kraft.
Totally Papercrafts - #177 Use Lace
I wasn't quite sure what to do with the empty space behind the window, so I picked up inspiration from the photo as well as the Totally Papercrafts challenge theme  and decided to add curtains of lace.
And finally I'd like to enter this card into Make it Monday - Anything Goes.
I love this blog as it is where I got my first followers and so many encouraging comments when I first started card making and blogging. The ladies over at MIM encourage people to leave some love visiting others blogs, and they even pick the winner of the prize amongst those who've left comments. I really like the ideology of their blog.
I also added three flowers. The two orange ones were white, but they 've been sprayed with Tattered Angels Peach Glimmer Mist.
And that makes 7 challenge blogs in total, and 6 inspirational sources for my card.

49 comments:

Chrissy said...

Oh! Pia, this is just gorgeous, I love the window and curtain treatment..love the bird sitting there on the sill with the flowers and leaves.The brick wall is wonderful too, fabulous card..

Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Laine said...

Wow Pia, this is so stunning. Such fabulous design and detail. A total delight to the eye.
Laine
xx

Desire Fourie said...

Just gorgeous with a wonderful shabby vintage feel.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Deepti said...

This is indeed so elegant :) Love it

Wendy McCarthy said...

This is great Pia! Love how you have made the brick wall and the pretty curtains, fab! xx

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Hei Pia, fabulous card, beautiful design. Love the tile wall and great tip with the window, have to loan it sometime!
Lovely lace curtains and the bird - just perfect;-))m

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is stunning Pia. Such a wonderful design, your attention to detail is fabulous.
sue xx

Daen'Ys said...

Your card is super nice! I love the lace curtains and the beautiful arrangement of flowers in the corner. Everything is so beautifully thought out and implemented.
Thanks for playing with us at House of Cards for our Photo Inspiration Challenge!
Hope you had a lot of fun and we'll see you soon :)

Rosi x
from the HOC CAS DT

Crafty Lark said...

Very gorgeous Pia, love how you have created your super card. xx Flora

cotnob said...

This is a brilliant card Pia, I love your brick embossed background and fabulous window scene - the lace curtains are perfect.
Pauline
x

Wishcraft said...

Oh love how you've used the lace! Very pretty card Pia :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Pat K said...

Gorgeous card Pia...you really are an inspiration. The lace curtains are so creative and wonderful. hugs, Pat K x

Danielle Vincent said...

Wow Pia - I'm almost speechless at the loveliness of this card. You combined so many beautiful elements into one card - it's absolutely fabulous. Love the lace curtains.

Isobel said...

Great card thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck x

Mynnette said...

This is brilliant! LOVE the window you created--the lace as curtains is genius! I also adore the flowery sprigs and that darling bird! Thanks for joining us at HOC! :)

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Now this is a beauty..wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us at House of Cards. Wishes, Suzanne x

downrightcrafty said...

beautiful lace curtains fabulous idea and really sets of the stamped bird so well, great card
Hugs Kate xx

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Pia...already commented on your wonderful project but also should have said ... Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room too. Wishes, Suzanne x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so gorgeous Pia, I adore this little scene and the lace as curtains finish this lovely creation off a treat.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Craftilicious said...

This is a gorgeous take on our photo - doesn't look to me like you have any problems with photo challenges anymore!
Thanks for joining us at House of Cards
Tara
HOC CAS DT

Avril Ann said...

Beautiful Pia, love the vintage feel to this xxx

Donna Nuce said...

Gorgeous card Pia! I love the lace curtain idea. Thanks for joining us at House of Cards. Come back next week too.

Pat K said...

Hi Pia, I'm back again for TPC...thank you so much for entering your gorgeous card this week. hugs, Pat K x

Heather said...

A fabulous card Pia, gorgeous 'stonework' and window - very snazzy curtains!! Your little bird and details are wonderful!!

hugs
Heather xx

karen said...

Really fabulous Pia, great texture,hugs, Karenx

Anita said...
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Anita said...

This is gorgeous Pia, thanks so much for playing along with us at House of Cards. Hugs.

Lisa M said...

Sha-zam!!! Pia, this is in my top 5 favorites!! I love that it's all grouped together in a set by the window and yet there's still so much 'white' space that carries its own fabulous texture.
Outstanding job!!
hugs,
Lisa x

E.T. said...

This is gorgeous!!

Kerry Hocking said...

Such a beautiful card, thank you for joining us over at MIM. Hugs Kerry x

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Pia this is beautiful and very sweet. I love the scene you have produced in a collage style with all the different materials. The curtains are wonderful and I love that little birdie :-)

Hugs Lisa xxxx

sue t. said...

Pia- this is gorgeous. I love the lace curtains and I am a sucker for anything with a bird on it! Thanks for joining us at HOC. please play again!

sue t. said...

Pia- this is gorgeous. I love the lace curtains and I am a sucker for anything with a bird on it! Thanks for joining us at HOC. please play again!

sue t. said...

Pia- this is gorgeous. I love the lace curtains and I am a sucker for anything with a bird on it! Thanks for joining us at HOC. please play again!

Lisa S. said...

I love the window and the curtains you created. :) Gorgeous card Pia!

Skye said...

Just gorgeous. Pia your attention to details is amazing. Love the brick wall and the bird

Sue B said...

Oh Wow! this is gorgeous Pia!! what a beautiful design with the window… I love the brick effect and the lace curtains… and the little bird and flowers/leaves… everything is just pefect! :-)
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Big Hugs Sue xx

Vannessa said...

What a great card this is - love how you created a window with lace curtains for the bird to sitting on! Thanks for joining in our challenge this week and hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Vannessa
HOC DT

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome card! Fun use of the lace too - Thanks for the joining in at HOC!

Calypso's Crafts said...

Oh wow!!! This is stunning!!! Love the lace curtains as well. A very beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

alicaz said...

Very pretty! Love how you combined different elements into one cohesive look! Great job!
Thanks for joining us at House of Cards this week!

Hugs, Alica ;)

sandie said...

Wow I love the curtains, and that embossing folder is a great grungy background to your elegant card x

Ruth M said...

Pia, the curtains are adorable, I LOVE that touch, what a perfect addition to your wonderful card! You've interpreted the photo beautifully! It's always a real pleasure to see your work and I hope you'll keep sharing your talent with us at HOC! Ruth x

Tammy said...

WOW Pia, this is STUNNING! I love all of your gorgeous embellishments and your fabulous design, the lace is beautiuful! So glad to see you
at HOC again!
Hugs, Tammy

chrissy xx said...

How did I miss this??
Such a GORgeous design...LOve these little curtains and your other embellishments... LOve your colours too.
Chrissyxx

Asha said...

If you haven't noticed already, I'm catching up on your posts! And it's a good thing too bec I wouldn't want to miss this little beauty. This truly is a stunner, Pia!
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

hazel said...

A fabulous card, thank you for sharing it with us at Craft Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

M said...

Love the curtains and the stamped bird. Beautiful card! Marina

scrappymo! said...

Wow!!! This is just so stunning...love every single detail about it. You have done a brilliant job on this card!

I will check out Make it Monday, thanks for the nice review of them.