Friday, September 16, 2016

Favourite Books

I hope you are feeling well this Friday morning!

Do you have a favourite book, or series of books - something you go back to again and again, re-reading, or happy to listen to over and over?  This is the challenge Leo gave to  the Daring Cardmakers this week - to use those favourite books as the starting point for making our cards.

For me it's Jane Austen's books, and especially Pride and Prejudice.  I love the way she writes of the society and times she lives in, and the humour and insight she shares.  I feel it's probably a fairly accurate picture of how life was for those in the social groups she was part of and those she observed.
Nowadays, my favourite way to enjoy her novels is listening to the unabridged audio books, especially if they are read by someone like Juliet Stevenson, who really brings the to life.  I'll often listen while I'm crafting - which is a perfect combination, and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

For my card I was inspired by the very old style Penguin Book covers with their simple colour palette and 3 "tier" design.  A lot of older versions of Jane Austen's book feature some sort of cameo on the cover, so I added that in too, and of course some "love" elements are always involved!
Cream and Peach card (Bazzill)
Broderie Anglaise Border Punch (EK Success)
Largest, scalloped oval is a die cut (Tonic Nested ovals set)
Other Ovals and the cameo which is 3 layers adhered together are Silhouette cut (own templates)
"with" is also cut with the Silhouette
"Love" is another die cut (Echo Park)

 I love this simple colour theme.  The urge to add a ribbon, or a few gems was strong, but I just about managed to keep it simple, and in the end I'm pleased I did, because I think it works pretty well.

I hope you'll pop over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog - there are some fantastic cards (as always), and if you visit the team member's own blogs you'll find out more about the books they chose as their inspiration.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you'll leave a message :)


KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous and elegant card Kathy
Gr Karin

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a gorgeous card. We do still have some of those books. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

Dianne said...

Also some of my favorite books! Your card is elegant and beautiful...perfect for the books you chose.

Andree said...

A gorgeous card Kathy and wonderfully reminiscent of those Penguin classics xx

Laine said...

So very elegant Kathy.

Sarah Douglas said...

Such a beautiful card :) Love the colours you have used. I love a good Austen novel too! x

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Love these die cuts, nice card today

Cathy Clowes said...

Such a beautiful card Kathy. I love the colours you have used. Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors too. Cathy x

Kate M said...

Really classy and elegant card, love the colours - really apt for the book you have chosen - love it!!

Purvi Gadewar said...

Fabulous card! Love the soft colour pallet and the composition of the card is just beautiful!

Sylvia Ames said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous colours and added cameo. I remember those Penguine book covers too.

Sylv xx

Angelnorth said...

Just been having a wee catch up - I'd missed more than I thought! Lots of lovely crafting and this one is probably my favourite. You did a brilliant job keeping it simple and I think that underlines the book-cover inspiration, it's lovely!

Jan Ltc said...

This is so elegant xx Jan