Friday, September 09, 2016

Wonderful World

Morning All
How are you this fine sunny morning?
It's my turn to set the challenge over at The Daring Cardmakers, and this lovely weather is especially perfect for my theme - because it's based on the Louis Armstrong song "What a Wonderful World"
I've loved this song ever since my dad introduced me to it - and to Satchmo's amazing voice.  Consequently it's quite a 'bittersweet' song for me, having the power to make me feel good, but also bring some tears too.

Inspired by the song "What a Wonderful World"

So this week I'd like you come with me on a little trip down Memory Lane and be inspired by this fab song. Just in case you don't know it, you can find the lyrics over on the blog 
You can use the whole beautiful planet, or maybe choose one or more lines from the song to use when you make your card.

here's a link so you can LISTEN while you craft! 

It seems that most of us find our 'own' challenges the hardest to actually create for - why that is remains a mystery even after all these years! I decided to use the line "I see trees of green...." but I had a couple of false starts before I finally found a layout that I actually liked.  
This sweet potted tree die arrived this week from lovely Karen at Charmed and I was determined to use it - I think it's supposed to be a Cword Tree, but I didn't want to use it that way
Smooth white square card blank plus spare for upper mat
Bazzill card: Blue, 2x Green, Red
2 x Paper Patch Tree (LeCreatief Lea'bilities Dies
I cut the branches from a die cut tree (Memory Box) for the trunk of tree 3
For the Pom-pom tree I used my Sil. Cameo. The shape is a scalloped circle with larger scallops, and I slightly "squashed" rather than use them perfectly round - the shape looks much better that way (I tried both ways)
The tiny birds are also Sil.Cameo cut
To finish: Blue organza ribbon, small ref gems
The trees are all raised on small pieces of chipboard to add some dimension

In another crafty parcel that the nice postman delivered this week was a lovely starry stencil, which got me thinking about the line "....the dark, sacred night".  Put those two things together and add more "trees of green" and there's a Cword card waiting to be made.

The stencil is lovely, I really like the pattern the stars make. But I tend to make smaller cards for Christmas so I'd like it better if it was a bit smaller. I'm not sure it'll actually get much use, sadly.
Dark blue Bazzill card, stencilled with Star CrescentStencil, using
Silver Alchemy wax, and Silver Sparkle Medium - all by Imagination Crafts.
The trees are from a Sue Wilson set, I brushed white and silver Sparkle Medium over them with my finger before adhering to the  base.
"Love, Peace and Joy" phrase is also a die (Creative Dies from CraftStashUk)

This is my first Cword card of the year, and probably the last for a month or so!  I may be giving Cword a passing thought, and buying the odd thing that takes my eye, but its way too early for anything more.....I've not had my birthday yet for goodness sake!

Thank you for visiting, please leave a comment ;)



sandra carey said...

Two Beautiful card Kathy love the Stencil too hugs S xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful cards you have made Kathy

gr karin

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy both of your cards are gorgeous they are both stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Brawny said...

Fab cards Kathy z

Andree said...

Both are lovely cards Kathy and so very different. The tree card is fabulous and the dies look very versatile. I love the colourway of the second card. The stencil is wonderful. Don't think that you need to use the whole of a stencil. Just a sweep of stars across the corner of a card would look amazing xx

Dianne said...

Such lovely cards, Kathy. Your Topiary Trees are wonderful and the starry background card is so elegant!

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Gorgeous die cuts, love the trees

Kate M said...

Just had a chuckle to myself, as I had never heard of a Cword tree, thought it must be a rare specimen!! Then the penny dropped! The C word!! LOL.
Love your version of the Cword tree!! great card.

Laine said...

Stunning cards Kathy with such lovely detail.

Anonymous said...

Love the cards, those tree dies are so nice, Ive not seen that style before, really different

Cathy Clowes said...

Two wonderful cards Kathy. I love the theme too Cathy x

Kate M said...

Well I felt certain that I had commented on your trees card yesterday Kathy, cos I had a chuckle that the penny hadn't dropped about the Cword tree - I hadn't got it! Then came the lightning moment and the C word clicked - so I look forward to seeing the C version of this!!