Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Pearls of Wisdom!

Over at CCG the Challenge this month is all about books and this weeks inspiration photo of a rose in a teacup with pearls cascading around the saucer, was a good one. It inspired me to set up my own still life with a flower I had picked from my garden and a photo of my 5 yr old DGD Abi, writing in her grown up exercise book for the first time. I've always loved the photo and this was the perfect opportunity to use it in the challenge. I used this still life to then inspire my layout, using the 4 colours in this week's challenge, I printed off the rose in the vase and the books and cut them out, then zoomed in on the rose and printed 2 copies so I could collage them onto the LO. I also cut Abi out from her b/ground as it clashed with the rest of the colours.

The b/ground paper is from a Papermania stack, the doily from the Victorian collection at Paper Cellar (6 x 6) which had pearls on it. I used the tutorial at CCG done by Designer Susan Stringfellow, as inspiration and sewed my pink pearls onto the lilac ribbon to edge the doily. I layed my string of pearls (purchased as a Christmas decoration) onto the BG paper and sprayed with pearlescent mica spray then arranged the real pearls interweaving the masked pearl strand. I had the body form from a free download from the Craft Stamper Mag, cut it out on black card which was also masked and sprayed with the mica.

The 3 butterflies were from DO Crafts. I used lilac embroidery thread to add embroidery to some of the BG paper circles.

The title came to me first when I found the photo, and was the most difficult and last thing to do!! In the end I die cut the letters from lilac shiny cardstock and arranged them in a semicircle to follow the doily shape. Thank you for looking and I hope you like it and leave me a message to know you've been.


  1. This Jean is so beautiful, I love how you set your own little set to inspire you that little bit more, what a great idea to actually see their right in front of you. And I just love how your set the picture into the picture, she is adorable and you made it that much more whimisical with your elements.

  2. Thank you both for your comments. Really appreciate them all.


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