Saturday, May 11, 2013

Nervous flyer

Next Tuesday I will be boarding a plane to fly to Pisa and then hopping on a train to Florence. (The house will be occupied by ferocious dogs and a ferocious Grandma whilst Phil and I are away before anyone gets any ideas)

Already I am in full panic mode. It is not so much the being on the plane - although I don't particularly enjoy it. It is the being in time and sorting everything out that has me a bundle of nerves. Ditto the train. So we are staying at Pisa airport longer and catching a through train rather than risking missing the connecting train at Pisa Central. I find this all VERY annoying. Its not much fun for anyone else either. The fact that we are spending days in Florence to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary (actually nearer the end of the month) is a total credit to Phil for having the patience to deal with my many foibles all this time.
Thanks hun.

BTW just looked at the projected weather forecast - high 70's F most of the time but also predicting rain and a thunderstorm on Saturday...

I've tried to distract myself with work and play but nothing really works. Anyway here is the play for you to see
This weeks Daring Cardmaker challenge is to Ink It Up
mists, inks, whatever you like!
As some more new Clearly Besotted Stamps arrived through my door (yes I am clearly besotted!)
I couldn't wait to give this a try.
I have to admit that one went in the bin though
Here is what I put on the blog
Some lovely lilies (I think! Don't know much about flowers...) I bought some white watercolour paper with a prize draw from Simon Says Stamp that I won on the awesome Debby Hughes' blog. It is still not true white and I ended up using it on a cream cardbase. I white embossed the image - something Debby does a lot. Then I coloured it in with distress inks and a water brush. I decided to add a slight shadow around the edge. Lets just say I didn't always remember to make it as faint as I wanted. Needs some practice! The CB sentiment was inked using Wet Cement Hero Arts ink - a soft grey.
The backing papers are from the American Crafts Yes Please collection and one from Lucky Charm. The last thing I added was some lime green liquid pearls and a little bit of stickles action on the stamens

I inked up the same image on ordinary cardstock and embossed it with white again. This time I used the Distress Inks to sponge on a background
There are about 5 different yellows and oranges in there! I added a Paper Smooches sentiment (from my little SSS prize haul again), a strip of Yes Please paper; some Sharpie pen outlining and some silver gems.
I am not that keen on the white outline and black sentiment but I thought that white words would not be bright enough and a black flower outline too stark. What do you think?


MagsB said...

What simply beautiful cards! Ever since I joined the Flower Arranging team I've appreciated Lilies, they are so useful for making one's 'tall background statement' (technical phrase there!!) I love how your two cards are so different yet use the same image.

I know what you mean about packing and preparing for a journey. I hope you have a wonderful time in Florence!

Love Mags B x

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Gorgeous work Lythan, I love the subtle effect the white embossing creates, very clever. Hope you have a fantastic holiday xx