"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dance Card (Let's Get Shabby Challenge)

I’m so excited to have found some time be able to enter a layout in a Let’s Get Shabby challenge for the first time. The challenge was to use a picture from TallulahBelles Etsy Shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TallulahBelles)  for your inspiration to create a layout.  My inspiration came from the whites, creams, charcoal, purple/orchid colors used to make the delicate and elegant doilies  (see photo below).   I didn’t have any charcoal ink or embossing powders so I combined silver and black embossing powders and heat embossed a chandelier stamp.  I liked the end result of the combination of the two colors because it wasn’t too stark looking against the white paper.  I took apart some Dusty Attic scroll chipboard and applied watercolor pencils, my favorite Martha Stewart glitter in the small tubes (these tube colors are named after precious gemstones and they actually resemble the gemstone colors which makes them very appealing to me), liquid pearls and pearls to bling-up the scrolls. To add some more interest I hand sewed the border of the layout with silver embroidery thread and wove in some beads. I also didn’t have the right color purple/orchid ink pads, so I used some acrylic paint to stamp the doilies around the border of the layout. The white doily next to the picture, underneath the Dance Card embellishment was cut from a Prima flower package (some manufacturers are so clever to design packaging that we can use as scraps).  I normally make my own flowers, but I’ve been coveting these store bought flowers for sometime waiting for the perfect opportunity to present itself.

My inspiration picture below from TallulahBelles was labeled "reserved for the lovely Krystyna"

Here's my take on the inspiration picture:

The picture is of me and my first boyfriend at his high school Prom held on the ship of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  I also found the Prom Dance Card and decided to enhance the dance portion of it and create an embellishment.  Do you remember these cards? Do they still have them at Proms?

I appreciate you stopping by for a peek.

Please stop by Let's Get Shappy and view some other layouts by our members.  http://letsgetshabby.blogspot.com/2011/08/challenge-27.html


  1. How coincidental! A city called Escanaba(near where we were camping) harvested and processed 100,000 square feet of bird's eye maple to be used on the Queen Mary in 1936!
    You are so innovative to combine things to get what you need! Sadly, never attended prom, but heard they had dance cards in the "olden days"!
    Sue Feher

  2. love the colors and the vintage feel of this..very beautiful layout :)

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Joyce! Love the watercolouring and the little sewn beads! Beautiful attention to detail!!! Thanks so much for playing along with Shabby!

  4. totally stunning love it all. thanks for playing along with us at shabby.

  5. Hey there Joyce - thanks for the comment - but Wow! Your LO is just soooooo beautiful - I really like mixing embossing powders, too, you get a fantastic individual look. Congrat's on your 1st LGS entry:)

  6. Thankyou for visiting and leaving a lovely comment on my blog :)
    What a fabulous LO, loving the chandelier and doily stamps, and the hand sewn stitching with the bead work is a gorgeous touch!
    Jan x

  7. Wow ! So much work and detail has gone into this and it's beautiful. Your chandelier looks fantastic, and I love your doily detail around the edge. Thanks for playing along at Lets Get Shabby.

  8. Totally stunning! Love the colors. The chandelier looks fantastic.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Let's Get Shabby!

  9. Joyce, I love your white and purple layout, especially doilies and flowers you chose.Your beads and stitching are so beautiful,too!!! Great idea!!! Thank you for playing along with us at Shabby!!!!