Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Birthday in Paris

My brother is a bit of a globetrotter. He has gone to MANY far and exotic places, which is why when I set out to make his birthday card, I knew I wanted to tap into his well-travelledness (is that a word? if not, it should be!).

As luck would have it, he's recently back from a trip to France. Couple this with the fact that for most of the day leading up to this card, I had the song "Come What May" stuck in my head - That's the beautiful ballad from the finale of Moulin Rouge that *always* brings a tear to my eye.  So, it was settled, his birthday card would have a French theme!

This card was a melange of stamp sets and supplies.  The background paper started out as Very Vanilla, but I sponged on So Saffron and Crumb cake, stamped French Script in Sahara sand, distressed the edges with my distressing tool and added a touch of Soft Suede to make it look "old and crispy".

The Eiffel Tower and flourished line image from Artistic Etchings are stamped in Basic Gray, as is the "Post Card" sentiment from Winter Post and the "Happy Birthday" from Tagtastic.  All of the elements were then color spritzed with Crumb Cake and So Saffron.

It's all tied together with some linen thread and Quilted Satin Ribbon layered over a piece of striped So Saffron Designer Series Paper and a fleur-de-lis charm from a broken bracelet in my stash.  What do you think? Is it Oh la la or C'est la vie?

I used a few challenges to help inspire me on this card:
Thanks for taking a peek!

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  1. What a fabulous card - your brother will really appreciate it. Great layout, lovely images and the charm is fab. Thanks for playing along with CR84FN!

  2. FABULOUS card, Michy! And I love the theme you chose for our challenge this week. Beautiful layout! Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner! Hugs, Marcy

  3. Hey Michele! That turned out really lovely!

  4. So elegant Michey! Love the Eiffel Tower image and all the distressing! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

  5. GORGEOUS!!!! What a great birthday card! I wonderful keepsake for your brother! I love the vintage feel and the tears and rips add so much interest! Thank you for joining in at Our Creative Corner this week!

  6. Beautiful, Michey! I love the distressing!

  7. what an incredible card! I love all the distressing and the vintage feel of the card!
    thank you for playing along with us @ OCC

  8. Oh, Michey...that song...that movie...sigh!! Now I want to watch it and like you I always get teared up at the end. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the distressing, the soft colors and that fabulous fleur de lis accent. Stunning! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner! :)


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