Friday, 26 February 2010

Secret Beauty

Or Beauty Secret perhaps?

My starting point for this was the lovely shell trim from Ribbonbox. It said bathing belle to me at first but then I remembered one of my favourite Artylicious paper designs in pinks and yellows. The colours almost glow in it and I have been wanting to use it for some time. Here it was used for my envelope and I tried to pick up those colours through the card. The velvet flower was described in my previous post and I backed it with skeleton leaves as Jean Hardy had used these in her original. When I made the flower, it was meant to have a hat pin in it and complement a vintage 'lady in hat' image. In the end I changed my mind and used this picture from Craft Individuals' People and Places 2 paper pad. The swirly frame is the same as Jean's (ie Crafty Individuals) and was stamped first (in Lemonade I think) with Crafty Individuals' crackle stamp and then (in Versacolor Camellia?) with a berry stamp from Stampington's Christmas Found collection. This was the closest I could get to picking up the effect of the tiny blossoms in the lady's hair. The background of the 'letter' is a piece of card embossed in the Cuttlebug and sprayed with Glimmer Mists and Crafty Notions sprays. The text attached to it is Hero Arts Old French Writing and 'Beauty' is a K&Co rub on. The edge of the background card has been embossed in silver using A Stamp in the Hand's 'Field of Sky' but it also picks up the texture of the card. The 'Secret' slider is a Woodware Chippie threaded with pink organza ribbon and silver beads. Hope you like it.


Sally H said...

absolutely stunning, Jo! I love your velvet flower!

craftimamma said...

Jo, this is just so pretty. The dusky pinks in there are gorgeous with the touches of palest yellow and each piece compliments the other perfectly. You chose a beautiful image for the frame, which incidentally, has turned out exactly right. Your velvet flower fits in with the theme beautifully too.

Well done! I love it!

Lesley Xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

This is so pretty Jo, I just love the colours that you have used. They are so different to everybody else's, how strange is that? The flower is gorgeous, and I really like your background effect. The frame is really effective, the stamp is lovely. I loved your ribbon trim from day one, and I'm really glad that you used it! This is a really, lovely feminine version of Jean's project, and it makes me feel tranquil just looking at it. You should be very proud of this, and I hope I get to see it IRL someday, Judith x

Lynne K said...

This is just beautiful, such a serene and pretty creation. I love the CI image and frame, and the flower, and the soft colours.

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous effects and so soft and feminine. (Just noticed Judith said the same thing) Very elegant!

Claire said...

I've really enjoyed following your first creations and this is real stunner - those colours are gorgeous and that flower - WOW
Claire xx

Aquarius said...

This is very pretty and suc h a subtle colour scheme - look forward to seeing your next challenge

Elaine said...

This is so lovely, soft gentle colours and I love the way you have obviously thought so carefully about your theme, to find stamps that match the flowers in the picture etc. You've managed to pack in so much stamping too - well done.

You have put some beautiful elements together with such care and skill, you should be really proud of this really pretty project - a fantastic contribution to the Quartet's repertoire!

Just me to go now!

Elaine xxx

Caz said...

Ditto everyone else's comments Jo. This is a beautiful piece of work. Very delicate and elegant. Love the colour scheme and how different pieces work so well together. I particularly love the velvet flower and ribbon in it and how they contrast in texture with the skeleton leaf and the other elements.
Three beautiful pieces so far from the Quartet, I hope the 4th gets posted soon!
Beautiful creations to be very proud of.


Val said...

Jo - this is beautiful - very femine and soft, and everything works so well together.

Rosie said...

This looks beautiful, well done. I love the colours which compliment each other so well. Cheers Rosie

Christine B. said...

This is beautiful, so pretty and femine.The lovely shades of pink and silver go together so well. x Chris B