Monday, April 1, 2013

In the Library

I'm thrilled to be the guest designer for the Craft Room.  This is my second and final GDT piece for them.  I hope you join me in the Craft Room for this Challenge #48 In the Library.

As you can tell by looking around my blog, I'm on the Rogue Crew at Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC.  So I was very excited to see that they are the sponsor for this challenge.  It made it obvious then that I would use the RRD Relish Reading stamp plate ---  this was the very first stamp plate I got from RRD -- because we are a family of readers. As a matter of fact, our entire third floor in our Victorian home is my husband's (Frank Lloyd Wrightish) oak library.

A few of the details: 

I created a little scene.  Looking out the window you see two children on a swing reading a book.  To anchor them, I used the leaf vine so it looked like the swing was in a tree.  I used the cloud embossing folder to add some interest in the sky. And of course I added a little lace valance to the window.

Inside the room, the patterned paper is to be wallpaper which I overstamped with script.  I created a floor with the wood embossing folder and the rug is a label from the paper pack.  I didn't need to distress the window because it is in the design of the paper. The base board (dividing the wall from the floor) is ribbon and crochet lace which I wove together.

The woman reading in the chair is stamped twice, once for the chair on patterned paper, again on white in order to color the image.  They are fussy cut and layered together with pop dots.  I have acquired quite a collection of the Ranger Distress Ink markers.  I love them for edging my images.  I also used them along with some Copics for coloring the stamped images.

Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC Relish Reading stamp plate
Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC  Behind the Scenes Handwriting background stamp
Archival Jet Black Ink
Ranger Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Collection:  Classic Paper Pack--all papers used in this project and the label are from this paper pack
Stampin' Up Whisper White paper
Stampin' Up Sissix Cloudy Day embossing folder
Poppy Stamps, Inc. Grand Madison Window steel die
Tim Holtz Sissix wood texture fade embossing folder
Crochet trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Green ribbon from Stampin' Up
Lace trim from stash
Variety of Ranger Distress Ink markers and Copic markers.

I'm entering this in the following:

Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets April Linky Party:
all papers and label (used as rug) are from Classic Paper Pack 

Simon Says Stamp and Show:  April 1 Very Strict--Just Kidding April's Fool--Anything Goes

Fashionable Stamping Challenge #44 Paper Piecing:  two step image sitting in chair, then put on rug; window with scene behind it

Card a Day Blog:  This is a new challenge site for me.  There are four themes each month.  In April, one of the themes is Teacher Appreciation Day.  I'm entering this theme challenge because, after, all, who teaches us to read, appreciate reading, and connect reading to the real world?  Teachers of course!  They play a primary role! (Spoken like a true family of teachers!  By the way, not only do I have a teaching certificate, I also minored in library science!)

I think you are beginning to see the full circle of this project and the challenges entered.  My humble thanks, again, to the crafters in The Craft Room for allowing me to be their guest designer!


Candy C said...

Helene...your card is so sweet. I love the script in the background and the crackled window. You have done such a nice job of coloring the children and the girl sitting in the chair. I really like your sentiment and the little touch of the lace valance at the window. The die cut area rug is really a cute idea, too. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Debbie said...

Love this card Helene! The details and colouring are beautiful! What a great idea for the rug!


Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- what a cool scene- love the kids in the swing and the window- the curtains are awesome- love the rug....amazing details.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card Helene! Love the lace curtains and the die cut rug. I adore reading so this is definitely my kind of card!
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Jess said...

Love it! I love all things related to reading!

Mervi said...

Hi Helene,
we are so happy and proud to show your talent at Craft-Room Challenge.
This project is stunning, all the smallest details comes from the creative heart loving books and reading. Just gorgeous, thanks;-))m

Debi said...

Helene!!! Gorgeous Card- love the scene you've created, thank you for creating this lovely card for my In the Library Theme, you've done a great job being a Guest Designer with us at Craft Room :-) Debi x

Brenda Brown said...

Cleverly put together Helene and thanks for linking to FSC.
Have a good week.
Hugs Brenda xox

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

The window is grand, but having the swingers show out of it is AWESOME!!! I love that! What a wonderful scene! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oh this is fabulous! I have got this gorgeous stamp plate and I would never, ever have thought of creating this scene. You have pulled it off so cleverly, and the scale is just right,

Lucy x

Beverly Sager said...

I love that you made a little vignette with this. An avid reader myself, I love that stamp plate as well and it's great to see it used so well. Great job :D

Sandi McLean said...

Sweetest card! I adore the children in the window seat. How I wanted a window seat to read in as a child :) But the tops of trees served as my summer reading room for many years. How lovely to bring back those thoughts! Hugs,

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a wonderful card with many fantastic details. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Zoechaos said...

Helene it has been a delight and pleasure to have you join us as our first Guest Designer. Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful work with us at Craft-Room challenge XOXO Zoe

Netty said...

Beautifully designed card Helene.
Hugs Annette x

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful card and thanks for the post comments of our challenges. Thanks for playing along with us at Card A Day Blog

Esther said...

Well it's been an absolute pleasure to have you join us as our guest designer, thanks you so much for sharing your work and supporting Craft-Room..Esther xx

butterfly said...

Fabulous card... love the images, and I couldn't agree more with the sentiment!
Alison x

Shelley Flores said...

What a great detailed card, and so true what you said about why you are entering it in the teacher appreciation challenge at the Card a Day Blog! Thanks so much for joining our challenge! You've inspired me to rethink stamping some more for my cards :-)

Maria said...

Hi Helene, I love the scene you've created, it's so well thought out and beautiful put together. It's been lovely having you as our first Guest Designer and showing your wonderful creations. Thank you :-)

Maria xxxxx

Michele said...

nothing short of stunning my dear! such beautiful work! xo

Clare Lloyd said...

Such a lovely project.

Micupoftea said...

Ha! Love the spellbinders die as a rug! Thx for stopping by my blog- I hurt my sciatic nerve and did not walk for 2 weeks! HAppy April~

Heather said...

Fabulous Helene! What a great little set up /background for your card! I too love how you used the spellbinder's die..and..of course my favorite leaves out the window!! Fabby coloring! I love that you have a third floor library! Awesome!!

Vicki said...

Congrats on your guest spot at the Craft Room. Love your card! I really need that stamp set.

Marjie Kemper said...

Gorgeous stamping, Helene. Congrats on your guest spot!

Melissa Bove said...

Beautiful card!! Love the wonderful scene you created!!

Thank you so much for joining us for the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party!


Vicki Chrisman said...

Beautiful Card! Thanks for playing along with us!

hazel said...

I love the scene that you've created on your card - it's beautiful and thank you so much for sharing your lovely work as Guest Designer at the Craft Room.
xxx Hazel.

Starr said...

Helene, your card is wonderful. I love the window treatments and the coloring is fabulous!

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Hi Helene, love this little scene you created and the creative way you put it all together and used our paper

Thanks for posting it in our April Linky Party and good luck!


Mrs.B said...

Fabulous card, love the little scene you've created and the clever paper piecing.
Thanks for joining us at FSC

Terry said...

One of my favorites! Just love the scene you created with the reading crew! Thank you for playing along with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Desire Fourie said...

This is an awesome vintage scene you have created here. Your colouring is gorgeous.
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craft-roomjulia said...

Hi Helene, first of all apologies for the lateness of my comment, I had a really bad time last week! Your creation is totally stunning, I am a huge fan of vintage and this is just superb. Thanks so much for your wonderful contribution as our first ever GDT on Craft Room Challenge, it's been a great pleasure to have you on board. Julia xxxxx

Sophie said...

Eine wunderschöne Karte.
Traumhaft inszeniert, alles an der richtigen Stelle.
Die Idee mit dem Fenster ist genial!

Herzliche Grüße
Sophie xx
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