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Friday, 13 April 2012

To Case or to Copy

Half the enjoyment of blog hopping for me is seeing the wonderful creations of wonderful crafters and gaining inspiration from them.  I often case elements or layouts of other people's work and I always credit them where possible.   I made a new discovery not so long ago- a blog by Tracy at I wanna Build a Memory that I absolutely LOVE.  Her colouring is fabulous and her style so versatile.  One particular make - a photo album - really caught my eye.  I had been struggling to make the right card for a dear cousin for days and the cover of Tracy's album struck me as just perfect for what I needed.   Do take a look at Tracy's album which you can find here - the inside of which is as beautiful as the outside.  I wanted to make my creation a bit different but frankly the elements of Tracy's design were too perfect not to follow and I ended up with more copy than case but I did ask Tracy first. 
I used the same Cuttlebug embossing folder as Tracy because it's so perfect for this look but I added a criss cross of my favourite ribbon, some Marianne die swirls and skeleton leaves and flowers made with some paper from my scrap draw (it might be LLB but I can't guarantee it).  I heat embossed my alphabet stamps and added some tiny Recollections punched flowers with Distress Ink Stickles centres too.
I'm hoping dear cousin will like it and I'm very grateful to Tracy!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
My Mum's Craft Shop 52 Celebration
Sir Stampalot - Happy Birthday
Crafty Creations - 165 Flower Power

Sorry I haven't been around for a while, I had to step out  but I hope to spend some time catching up with my blog buddies tomorrow.


Marianne said...

Great card and I am sure she is happy with it.
hugs, marianne

brenda said...

This is lovely Lesley, great colour combo and the lettering is really striking, sure your cousin will love it.

Thanks so much for joining our Birthday celebrations at Stampalot challenge and really hop you can join our blog hop as we have so many great prizes.

B x

coops said...

so beautiful lesley.gorgeous elegant design and i love your flowers and embossing :D

xx coops xx

Jane said...

I am sure your cousin will love it!

Sally H said...

What a stunning creation! I have lots of family photos, but can't put names to half of them, unfortunately. I am sure this will become a very treasured possession. Thanks for joining in the Birthday celebrations at Stampalot and good luck!

Lynne K said...

Absolutely beautiful, Lesley. That flower is gorgeous, and I love the colour scheme. Thank you for sharing it with us for our Stampalot birthday challenge, and good luck!

Lynne x

Jill said...

absolutely stunning Lesley thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

pinky said...

I just love this. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot.

Joanna M. said...

This is SIMPLY STUNNING. I love how you paired the kraft with that delicious blue! Great Job. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Creative Card Crew.

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks so much for playing along at Crafty Creations in our flower power challenge - what a fab project! Cheers Claire x

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

I hope all is good with you.

Here I am . .. . late as usual catching up .. .. but I couldn't let this beauty pass by without a mention.

This is stunning and will have been well loved by your Cousin I am sure.

Love Jules xx

Kim Piggott said...

So totally gorgeous!
kim x

Tracy said...

Hi Lesley! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get here and comment. I've had a nasty cold and my hubby hurt his foot. Crazy household and I got way behind in visiting. I think your card turned out wonderfully. I love those beautiful fancy letters and your flower embellishments look amazing. I think you did a lovely case of my album and made it Lesley style. :-) Hugs!

Faye said...

Oh I like this. I like it a lot. Very stylish. xx

Julie said...

Gorgeous 'case' work Lesley! Love the elegance and detail and a gorgeous colour combo too!! Really missed you on Sunday, AP wasn't the same without you and felt quite sad not to be picking you up at Waterloo!! Glad to hear the PTI stuff is in the house!! See you soon!! Hugs, Juliexx

Ruth said...

This is really elegant.Thanks for joining the birthday celebrations at Sir Stampalot,Ruth

Pia S said...

I think your card is great! The design is fab, love the embossing and all die cuts and flower details and colors. Lovely!

Francesca said...

fab creation thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot challenge and good luck!