I have a confession to make. I have stalked the gallery for this challenge intermittently for about a year, marveling at the quality of the cards. But being kind of simple, I have been more of a CAS kind of cardmaker. I have resolved, however to get out of my comfort zone and try some of the more shall we say challenging (for me) challenges. I am a Teapot Virgin.
Well this morning, after having braved the supermarket throngs in anticipation of a few inches of snow I read The Story: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/fo...n-t517016.html
and got to work.
Jed couldn't be convinced to wander off in pursuit of posies, gold or otherwise and decided to head inland in the hopes of finding a (virgin) stream. After wandering for some time he came out of a thicket into a clearing in which was a small pond. He peered into the water and couldn't believe his eyes..."Gold!' he shouted. "I've found the Motherload!" Alas, before his eyes, the gold shifted a bit and on closer inspection his heart sank. Holy carp, it wasn't gold in the water, only goldfish. A koi pond. Demoralized and being reminded by the fish's bubbles that Fran's hands would soon be wrapped around Jed's head, he panned the horizon in search of another stream.
About the card - Stamped the koi in Versamark & black, the water lilies in Versmark & Melon Mambo, masked the lily and stamped the pad in Versamark & Wild Wasabi. Clear embossed, painted with twinkling H2O's (Apple Blossom, Mango Mamba, Orange Peel and Green TEA). Sponged the background with Marina Mist, cut Out with Nestie and traced the stencil with a gold leaf pen. Applied the pearl bubbles. Stamped the sentiment (the closest to a fish theme that I had...) in Wasabi and cut out. Ran Marina Mist CS through the bigshot with a CB folder, applied the panels and cutouts and added some pearls.
Thanks for looking and have a peaceful day. Thanks Celisa for the little push :)
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 GMT Views: 971
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 79155
Tue, Jan 11, 2011 @ 12:51 PM
Welcome to the tea-parties. You can tell a story with the best, so you'll fit right on in. And as to stamping styles - anything goes once you have fun and enjoy the party. That embossing folder makes such a good background - I'd never have thought to use it with a watery theme.
Registered: March 11, 2008 Location: Sacramento, California Posts: 39843
Tue, Jan 11, 2011 @ 1:15 PM
WOW! Amazing card with amazing story. You my friend are no longer a teapot virgin. This is amazing!!!!! Not to worry about ole Jed tho, his cousin Bob has found the gold! hehe I love your koi fish here and lily pads. You used the perfect ebf for the bg too. Fabulous card today. Love it. TFS :0)
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Registered: February 18, 2010 Location: Stuck in the middle! Posts: 4705
Tue, Jan 11, 2011 @ 2:02 PM
OH...I'm so EXCITED that you finally read the tea pot challenge and joined us this time! Not only did you make a delightful card, but your story is equally delightful! Just look at YOU! YOU DID IT! WAY TO GO! Now, I hope you had so much FUN, you will come back week after week! Great to see you here! :)
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Registered: November 17, 2006 Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia Posts: 47836
Tue, Jan 11, 2011 @ 2:19 PM
oh my, this is so beautiful.. Love the koi fish pond scene, layout, textures... wonderful card and story line... so very, very pleased you finally came to the teaparty.... You'll fit right in....
Registered: August 18, 2008 Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Posts: 32051
Tue, Jan 11, 2011 @ 2:39 PM
Holy Carp, this is a a beautiful card! Love the embossed bg and the waterlilies for flowers and your little pearly bubbles! I've always loved that sentiment paired with fish! Great story - are you SURE you haven't been before, seems like you're way too good at this to be new!!!