Saturday, 30 January 2010

Oriental Challenges

I received some new toys in the mail during the week, Cuttlebug's Asian Bundle embossing folders, thanks to my OSA friend Sandra who was able to send them on to me from the US......unfortunately they aren't available here in Australia. Here's two cards I've made with them.

I think this embossing folder might just be my favourite one, I love this pattern. I used some forgotten supplies to highlight the embossing - some gold metallic rub-on! Just dipped my finger in and it goes over the embossing easily. This challenge was to use an Oriental crane, that's the bird variety, as the theme. I used a crane stamp from Art Neko, stamped it on mulberry tissue and coloured the body with white Twinkling H2O's and an orange gel pen for the legs. The gold kanji peel-off is the symbol for luck. FYI Cranes are symbols of longevity and peace in Chinese culture. In Japan, the crane stands for long life and good luck - I think I can use some of the crane's good luck and long life right now!

I used a different embossing folder for the second card, this is for OSA's card layout challenge #55. I turned the sketch on it's side, the circles are chipboard coaster pieces from SEI's poppy range, the kanji writing down the side is a stamp by Rubber Stamp Ave The embossed layer is done on Core'dinations cardstock, which I've sanded back...but in hindsight I probably shouldn't have sanded it as it looks too busy to me!

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Sonia E. said...

Beautiful artwork. Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

huntla1 said...

Both are gorgeous! I like the pop of the crane on the bright blue up against the darker background. Really sets it off. And great idea using that cuttlebug folder for that layout. Perfect!
Laurie H.

Anonymous said...

Great job on both cards! I'm so happy to see you crafting!

Julie from Montana said...

Hi Lyn, Julie from OSA --
Love both your cards. The circle layout was challenging & I think your card rocks. it's just beautiful. Thanks for posting the link to your blog.
Hugs, Julie in Montana

Beth said...

Both cards are so pretty Lyn and I am so glad you finally got those Asian folders aren't they fabulous.

Vicky said...

Both cards are lovely, & the b`ground for the crane card looks great, can`t wait to see it IRL.
As for the second card, I have to disagree with you, I don`t think it looks busy, I think it looks like a bamboo screen, & complements the overall look :)
Nice to see you crafting, & I hope you`re coping well with your ongoing treatment, thinking of you always, Vicky (((Hugs)))

Marion said...

Beautiful both of them Lyn, I like the crane the best tho.........glad to see your creativity is doing so well... :)

Carole M. said...

both your cards look fabulous Lyn. I especially love the folder you used for the first backdrop with the metallic added; what a great effect!