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Friday, 20 April 2012

Movin on Up - Homeward Bound - to The Last Castle

I am such an admirer of the fabulously talented Dorcas of Dorcas Designs.  
Earlier this year she made at least three cards where she stitched a landscape of hills in different DPs and they were so striking.  You can see one of them here.   I don't sew but I loved the idea and so I CASED it for my card below.
The recipient of my card and her husband have a little boy and a cat and they are pictured at the top of one of my hills looking down at their new home.   I actually merged a photograph I took of our daughter's family with a clip art cat for the silhouette.  I was convinced that the little house is a Tiddly Inks image but I can't find it anywhere on their site so if you know who it's by, I'd be delighted to find out so I can file it in the right place on my computer and credit it here.   I coloured it in Copics, added a Martha Stewart punched fence with some MS punched branches covered in a little flowersoft for the flowers.  The sentiment is word processed and the bow is from my stash.
My favourite part of this card is the skyline.  This is one of my relatively recent acquisitions - a fabulous die by Memory Box and I made my first attempts at "cloudy skies" in the background. This meets the challenge at Raise the Bar.   I know my sky isn't very good but hopefully my clouds will get better in time.
I am entering my card into the challenge at Deep Ocean where they want us to be inspired by a song.  This could be "Movin on Up" by M People or "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkle or "Home on the Range" or the "Green, Green Grass of Home" - take your pick! 
The house on my card is called "Crumbles".  Apparently, before the mahusive refit, the house being bought was in a bit of a "shambles" but the new owner's little boy thought he had heard mum and dad say it was "crumbles".
I am also entering into My Mum's Craft Shop who also want our makes to be inspired by a song or movie title.  I can't say that any of the songs above are favourites but if an Englishman's home is his castle then I'm going to pick "The Last Castle" as the inpsiration for my card. It is a fabulous movie with Robert Redford and is certainly up there in my top 10.  I hope the recipient views her newly refurbished home as a castle and that it will be her last move for a long while!
Lastly I thought I'd have a go with
Paper Sundaes (#116) and Stamptacular Sunday (#159) both of whom have a "freebie/anything goes" challenge


Jane said...

What would we do without our Dorcas!!
You've created a beautiful card Lesley.

Céline said...

Hi Lesley,
oh my so wonderful job! amazing card!
and thanks for playing at stamptacular sunday

amanda stokes said...

Hi Lesley,
Gorgeous card,fab design! :) x

Marianne said...

Hello Lesley,
I love your card and the stamp is perfect.
I looked at the site of Dorcas and I am a follower now. If I have time I am gonna see what see can make.
Greetz, Marianne

Unknown said...

This is so awesome. I too love Dorcas designs you made this gorgeous

coops said...

so stunning lesley.the design is really gorgeous and i love the fab scene you have created ;D

xx coops xx

Jill said...

fantastic card lesley love the little scene you've created thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

Anonymous said...

Very pretty,You've created a wonderful little scene. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week
Hugs Julie P

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for following you are so kind , what a lovely little house and such a nice new home card well done Hugs Elaine

Julie said...

Gorgeous card, matey and having seen it in real life, I can speak with authority!! I know that you put a lot of thought in wrt the intended recipient and I'm sure they weren't disappointed!! BTW, you and Mr T fancy a pub lunch at the end of May? Got Mr B to say yes!!!!!! Juliexxx

Turtle In The Sand said...

You have definitely created a work of art here Lesley. I love love love it! Your friend will surely love the way you have personalized it for them. Such a thoughtful card. Hugs, Linda

Faye said...

Well, I have also seen this card IRL, and I can't tell you what my favourite part is. I love the whole thing. I love the sky, I love the landscape with the different papers. I love the family and the house and the house name and I love the thought you put into it. Oh and I love the flower. I think it's fair to say, I love it! xx

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

You always put so much thought and care into the cards you send to people .. .. everyone must treasure them.

Loving this one very much .. and the explanation as to why everything is there.

You are right. Your image is a Tiddly Inks.

The link is here

Love Jules xx

Dawn B. said...

Dorcas is a gem.. Always willing to help out. These cards are great. I love the hills. Love this Lesley.

Mina said...

I recognise that house image Lesley and you have got me wondering who its by now lol...fabulous design, isnt Dorcas amazing, fantastic crafter...thanks for your fantastic comment on Phils new meant so much to us
Mina xxx

~*Joni said...

Lesley this is so amazing. I love the colors of your card, the image, the scene, and the silhouette of the family. Wonderful job with all these challenges Lesley! Thank you so much for playing along in our cloud challenge at Raise The Bar!
~*Joni RTB DT