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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Polka Doodles

Polka Doodles have a challenge this week to make a "shaped card" and I opted to make a Japanese lantern for our great friend Chris who will be 60 at the end of the month and who has a penchant for all things Japanese. 
I made a lantern once before, cutting all the elements by hand but I cut this one on the Cricut, having got to better grips with Cricut Studio.  I welded rectangles and circles to cut the basic shape and then glued the two sides together at the handle so that it opens from the top.  My main background paper is from Websters Pages and was a gift from best matey, Julie. It is stunning double-sided paper and I was sad to have lost so much of the front edge where most of the decoration is.  I did, however use a bit of the reverse side of the edge to decoupage my lanterns and the card looks better for it.
I stamped the Japanese text - I have no idea what it says - using part of another stamp by WS Designs.   The image is a silhouette I bought from Lakeland years ago and the accent papers are DCWV.  Numbers are Cricut-cut and I dry embossed lines across the back of the card to give it a more paper-lantern feel.

19 comments:

Deb said...

oh wow, that is amazing, beautiful silhouette stamp! hugs Debx

chris said...

Gosh Lesley this is so clever, I love everthing about it.

Lia said...

wonderful card lesley I love image
hugs lia

dolcreations said...

You have wowed again! I just love your creativity! This is so stunning Lesley, your friend is going to LOVE this card!!!!

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Polkadoodles challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Val said...

Hi Lesley - this is really imaginative - I love the stuff you are doing.
Hugs
Valxx

Anne May said...

Hi!
Woow so lovely cards You are creating:.

Thank's for visitting my blog and for this great comment:)

Kim Piggott said...

Oh my lord Lesley this is absolutely incredible!
Such stunning work she will love it!
hugs
kim x

Kristel said...

That's a wonderfull card Lesley! Really great!
Hugs Kristel

Kristel said...

That's a wonderfull card Lesley! Really great!
Hugs Kristel

Mrs A. said...

I'm sure your friend will love this card. Wonder what the wording says though.

Jodi said...

Great idea to create a card in this shape!! I love the pretty colors and stamp too!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Tip Top said...

Great idea and your friend will love it! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!

Hope Jacare said...

Fab shaped card - thanks for playing along at Polkadoodles! Cheers Claire x

Julie said...

Fabby Lesley!! Love the lantern style and it looks gorgeous on this paper!! Superb and I'm sure Chris will love it!! Juliexx

Jenny said...

So refreshing to see such an unusual shape! Thanks for sharing your project with us over at Polka Doodles.

Fliss said...

Just fabulous shaped card.
Thanks for joining in with this week's Polka Doodles challenge.
x

BondGirl said...

I love the texture on this card. Thanks for joining in the polkadoodles challenge

Eisbärin said...

Well done on using your cricut! Although I thought at first you used it for the silhouette, too. Love it!
Hugs, Alex