1 April 2014

Feel Like A Room Without A Roof...

Hi everyone. Two posts from me today (the other one is HERE) and this one sees the start of the latest monthly challenge over at Our Creative Corner - 'With a Song in Your Heart'. Alison, our host for this month, would like you to create something inspired by and including a song title or lyrics. She'd like to see the words appearing on your creation, and please let us know in your post the song which has inspired you. In an ideal world it world be fabulous if you included a link to the music so that we can have a listen! But that's not compulsory.

This month we are pleased to announce that one randomly drawn entrant will win a prize from our generous sponsor Tando Creative.

And so to this month's project... I tend to prefer a great melody to thought provoking lyrics so this challenge was just that, a real challenge! However, you'd be surprised what can be hidden away in even the most well known of songs.

Any idea where you'll have heard the lyrics " ...feel like a room without a roof" recently (unless you've been living on Mars that is!?!) They are of course from the chart-topping song 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams.

To me those lyrics instantly had me thinking about a person feeling as though there were no limits to what they could achieve - no 'ceiling' in other words. Creatively it is wonderful when you get an idea in your head and just get the chance to 'go with it' rather than being constrained by the products or images you have to use. And so it was for this. A little while ago I was utterly transfixed by a wonderful piece created by the uber-talented Lynne Moncrieff ('Adorn'). The whole feeling of movement and delicacy really got to me.

I wanted to convey that feeling of creative limitlessness in a 'journal' style and set to work with a blend of Distress Paints all over some textured card. That angelic face was stamped onto patterned paper before being coloured and edged in blended inks in a 'smudged' fashion. Thankfully Tim Holtz' Splatters stencil allowed for some controlled splattering of coloured embossing paste before I added less controlled Distress Paint splatters...

After cleaning up (!) I layered on some die cut/punched butterflies (from book pages, covered in a variety of inks) stamped on and coloured some little flowers, added dots of pearlescent glue and drew in a somewhat sketchy border. At this point if felt like even more texture was needed, but rather than adding layers I took some away by punching different sized holes across the design. This allowed for glimpses of white card base to show through. Finally I added the stamped lyrics onto stained card and scattered them over the design. 

Hopefully you get the sense of a creative soul with no artistic limits from this? Well then it's over to you - be inspired by some lyrics or a song and get busy. Then link your posted project to the Our Creative Corner challenge to be in with a chance of winning.a Guest Design spot or a randomly drawn prize from our generous sponsor Tando Creative. And for even more inspiration head on over to the Our Creative Corner blog where the rest of our talented Design Team have produced some musical magic of their own.

Take care of yourselves,
Jenny xxx


  1. Brilliantly creative Janny and a great lyric and song choice, it really is a happy melody. I totally believe in the no ceiling concept and you have depicted it beautifully with fabulous, images and techniques. Love it. xx

  2. Fabulous card! Love the texture surrounding that beautiful face. Love those dreamy colours too. Ha ha glad I've got a roof after the weather we had earlier this year, though I can see the attraction on one of those crystal clear starry nights! X

  3. Good morning Jenny, once again another "stunning" creation.
    Love all the wonderful textures and colours. The image of the "face" is so beautiful and you have captured everything so well.

    Patricia xxx

  4. Very interesting and creative bit of thinking here and of course a lovely piece of work

  5. Wonderful creative piece Jenny, and the concept behind it, or at least your interpretation,is so very true I feel. Beautiful stamping and great techniques like always!!

  6. You really have captured the essence of the quote from the song with this gorgeous piece. I love the song and I love this very inspirational card! Hugs, Anne x

  7. Wow, this is beautiful Jenny - quite dreamy! Beautiful colour work and a fabulous composition - what a message too, love it! Chris xxx

  8. Love the feelings behind this creation Jenny - and it is such a gorgeous creation! Love from Laura xxx

  9. Wow! This is lovely, Jenny!

    I especially like that you have also punched some "dots" into the card - thus providing even more depth - what a brilliant idea!

    Claudia x

  10. Absolutely beautiful interpretation of the thought - I love how her mind is open to the world, and all that beauty comes swirling out. Fantastic, Jenny - what a wonderful response to the challenge, thank you!!
    Alison xx

  11. Love how you've constructed this with the face and butterflies in her hair. Great happy song too!

  12. Great composition...the text matches so well with the face etc...
    Lovely Jenny!

  13. this is beautiful and a gorgeous make x hugs x trace x

  14. She was beautiful before any of the adornments Jenny but now she is exquisite.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  15. I feel happy just looking at this card Jenny, great song choice and love the textured splatter hair and butterflies. Lovely colours too. Mo x

  16. Hi Jenny
    This is the first of me visiting blogs for what feels like an eternity, in reality it is possibly 7 days!
    Jenny, for you to give me a shout out is overwhelming, thank you so much.
    This is captivating as, for me, it exudes real emotion. I also simply love the way you punched holes, what a clever idea this is.
    Wishes to you

  17. Hello Jenny yowzer, this is a BRILLIANT interpretation of opening your creative mind, the She wears butterflies in her Hair by Miss Lynne is my favorite of hers, this creation show your creativity knows no limits, thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity, I'm so Happy, clapping along..

  18. Fantastic, the quote is perfect for this wonderful card. Great face.

  19. Wow, Jenny, this is so dramatic... LOVE the way you've embellished this one. Just gorgeous.

  20. Totally gorgeous I love it so beautiful



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