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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Katy Perry - "Mannequin"

I wanted to make a card for my cousin a fabulous seamstress.  I saw a perfect Tim Holtz set of stamps and also a lovely Papertray Ink stamp and die set and I purchased them both.  I also knew I already had a dinky little button Cuttlebug embossing folder - its one that is just a thin strip rather than A2 and I set about making a card with no coloured focal image.  I so struggled with the design of where to place my elements but I think I got there in the end and I'm pleased with the result which is very different to my usual makes.
My background paper is the supreme Prima Reflections.  I found some text on the web about various stitches and copied it into Word, converted the typeface to Old English and then copied it into Photoshop where I used an eraser of varying opacity to rub away some of the lettering before printing it to the right size for my project.  Copying from Word into Photoshop really blurs the text and it is almost completely unreadable but one can pick out the odd word like "fabric".  I'm a bit OCD and I prefer it when a text background bears some relationship to my project!
I stamped the large TH mannequin onto my background DP, my DCWV mount (from the Neutrals stack) and over the top of my text in brown ink individually and layered them up after stamping.   I stamped the circular Spool label from the same TH set over the top.   I used my Cuttlebug button embossing folder in the top left, added an old fashioned sewing machine image from an Artsy Collage stack and a strip of ruler from a DCWV Tattered Time stack.  There is a litte lace beneath it.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to use a terracotta stamp for the PTI mannequin or an aqua one so I used both and popped them up on dimensional squares.  The gorgeous singer sewing machine charm was my final touch.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft - 185 Sound of Music
Inspired by Katy Perry "Mannequin" or,
at a push, the Do-Re-Me song from the Sound of Music movie
where this is ... wait for it...
"Sew - a needle pulling thread"
Bunny Zoe's - 22 Shabby Chic/Vintage 
I'm never actually sure what this means but this is my interpretation.
My Mum's Craft Shop 50 Stamp it
Truly Scrumptious 77 Use Lace
Stampin for the Weekend 6 and Simon Says Anything Goes


mags said...

Such a lovely card. You have done a great job. Everything goes so well together.

Unknown said...

I like this Lesley fab details , love the tapemeasure. Well done Hugs Elaine

Julie said...

This is fabulous Lesely!! Love all your detail - go your OCD!! Juliexx

anita01 said...

Hai Lesley,

Have fun with stamping en show your card okee;o))))

Je maakt ook veel mooi's he Lesley we bewonderen elkaar mooi'!

Warme groetjes en slaap lekker ;o)

Tracy said...

You put a lot into this card Lesley. :-) It looks amazing and I really love what you did with the text in Photoshop. I really need to learn how to use mine better. Great job!

Louise said...

Smashing card,love all the detail thanks so much for sharing with us at Cupcake and good luck
Louise xx

debby4000 said...

Oh WOW this is brilliant Lesley love all the details each time you look you find something else.

Anneke said...

such a gorgeous card with these little dressdolls,
very nice colors and details.
greetings from ann

Alex said...

Fabulous card! You always put so much thought and detail in your cards!
Love, Alex

coops said...

wow this is stunning lesley.i all the vintage details and colours ;D

xx coops xx

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow!
So very fabulous!
kim x

Liza said...

A lovely card and great music inspiration. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

Liza x

Mina said...

I love this card and bet she loved it to Lesley, stunning design and the colour mix is beautiful
Mina xxx

Heather said...

This is gorgeous Lesley, the colours and design are fabulous, I love all tour beautiful details and the vintage real and look.

Heather xx
And thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp challenge

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

What a stunning finished project .. .. my kind of card!!!

Love all the elements and all the detail you have incorporated. Just wonderful!

Hope you had a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

Trudie said...

This is just gorgeous.... Love all the elements and your placement.... the lace with the tapemeasure is very clever! Thank you for joining us at MMCS this week. Trudie xx

Michele Roos said...

This is such a gorgeous card. I love the image you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining us this fortnight @ Truly Scrumptious. Hugs Michele x

sara said...

fantastic card love how you made the background with the text thanks so much for joining us at truly scrumptious this week
hugs sara x x

Mummylade said...

What a lovely creation Lesley. Thank you so much for participating in our challenge at Stampin for the Weekend this time and good luck!

maddy hill said...

Fantastic - a absolutely perfect card for your cousin !

cats whiskers said...

Oh Lesley this is a little stunner Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Challenge
Hugs Jacqui x

Mina said...

oops I forgot to say...thanks for joining in with our Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge
Mina xxx

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie this is totally fabulous love all the details & the mannequin dies look awesome.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Mrs A. said...

I just about managed to keep up with you copying into word but then the dreaded copy to photshop leapt from the paper. Mind is going round in circles and eyes are out on stalks!!! I'm gonner just go on the visuals and this card is totally fab. I leave the technical jargon to those in the know but my nose says this is a winner. Hugs Mrs A.