10 August 2013

On The Catwalk

Hi everyone. Thanks for dropping by and thank you to all those who left such lovely comments yesterday. I promised you something completely different today, so...

I mentioned creating a set of personal 'design rules' to help remove the indecision that often takes place in my craft room (after all, this isn't supposed to be an agonising experience!!) The first is "complicated background, simple focal point/complicated focal point, simple background".

In this case much of the work was going to be focused on the style concious lady and her polaroid catwalk, so the background needed to be straightforward so as not to detract from that.

Part of my birthday present included some fabulous stamps from Penny Black, so it was with great interest I saw they are sponsoring a great challenge blog at the moment - Runway Inspired Challenge. It takes inspiration from a current designer's work, in this case Zac Pozen.

I love this 'venetian summer' image, and stamped it four times on white cs to produce a polariod patchwork for this Italian fashionista to parade in front of. Her dress was created using WOW embossing powders and Perfect Pearls, both of which show up beautifully against black and glisten in the light. The same 'floral applique' flowers were also stamped/embossed onto vellum to replicate the lace that Venice is famous for. Knowing that this is just the sort of style on of my family members loves I decided to turn it into a birthday card in preparation for her upcoming celebrations.

In case you were wondering, the polaroid frames were made by using a rectangle die and a square die on pink shimmer cs. I think the balance of this card works well so this first rule works (for me anyway). Hope you agree. It has certainly speeded things up around here anyway :)
Until next time, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. Hi Jenny, I loved this stamp the first time you used it but this creation is just stunning. I love how you created the frame and the white background is such a great base for the beautiful lady. Your rule has most definitely worked on this one! Hugs, Anne x

  2. Hi Jenny
    I am loving see what you are creating with this lovely stamp
    Rosie x

  3. Interesting to read about your design ideas - anything that cuts down on decision time has to be good I'd say. I know I do far too much waffling, arranging and re-arranging sometimes. This is a lovely card with the elegant lady on a lace background. Great idea for the polaroid type frames too. Have a good weekend

  4. The use of the flowers on her dress and background is so beautiful. The background especially has that beautifully lace appearance.
    So stylish.

  5. This looks fantastic Jenny. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. This is really beautiful Jenny and so different to your usual style too. A fabulously elegant creation.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  7. what a fun card...you are right that stamp is so nce and really conveys the European image...happy crafting

  8. another great make jenny x hugs trace x

  9. Stunning and elegant use of the background and images.

    Love Chrissie x

  10. Well I would say your personal design rule really works on this one (but then really, I think your designs always work anyway, but if this makes things easier then that must be a good thing). Loved this lady the last time you used her and she looks just as stunning and elegant again. That window frame thing is so clever and I adore how her dress pops with that lace that is echoed in the background! Fabulous card!

  11. Great card, fabulous image and love the composition

    Sam xxx

  12. She's so elegant... and I absolutely love how you've created the jigsaw polaroids.
    Alison xx

  13. Love the polaroid look on this (and what a fab Venetian stamp!). Great card.

  14. So stylish - so wonderful!

  15. Oh! WOW! This is beyond brilliant, truly amazing.
    Have to say if the "Personal Design Rule" works and saves you time fine but your previous rules created wonderful things as well. I love the idea of the little frames. The dress is fantastic as it the whole creation.
    Have a great week ahead

    Patricia xxx

  16. Yes, Jenny I was inspired by your lovely lady to enter my card in the Runway Inspired Challenge. I love that beautiful effect on your lady's dress and the great frames. Thanks for coming over to see me. Margie x

  17. This looks fabulous Jenny. Love the image and the colours. the background is great too
    x catherine

  18. Super stylish, wonderfully elegant card,I see that Venice is well and truly in your blood ! great work x

  19. Hi Jenny, Love the background you've created here, perfect for your stylish lady.
    Avril xx

  20. Great rules that have worked perfectly on your beautiful card. Love the Polaroid pieces.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  21. Ah Bellisimo Jenny! Your design rule is very close to one that I also use.
    It all came together wonderfully on your beautiful card.

  22. Oh how I wish I was disciplined enough to set myself some ground design rules! Yours truly worked for you as the card is just gorgeous. I love the layout and the Polaroid pictures in the background. It is a truly chic design. Greetings from Poland! xxxx

  23. I don't know where to begin with this fantastic creation. First off your method of simple/complicated is design genius! Second I adore the velum stamped into lace technique and love how you carried it through to the fashionistas dress. Oh and don't even get me started on those polaroid frames! I love this so much I want to shout it from the top of the Eiffel Tower!

    Mer Ci for sharing!

  24. OOH LA LA!!! Love her and the window! Great background too!


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