I'd intended to post last night, but was distracted by the Olympics opening ceremony, which was loud and bizarre and sometimes funny. The forging of the Olympic rings was brilliantly Tolkien-esque (not to mention ironic) and visually amazing. Kenneth reciting Shakespeare made me smile. JK reading Peter Pan made me smile. The Thames video sequence was exciting and meaningful at the same time. Mr. Bean made me laugh. The volunteers mostly seemed to be having a blast (as opposed to concerned that their families might be imprisoned if they beat their drums out of time), and I loved that.
But I got tired and went to bed somewhere around the M nations (Mongolia, perhaps) filing in.
I'm not hip or postmodern, and prefer cleaner, simpler, more coherent shows. But then, I'm also not English, just an Anglophile, and anything that includes royal corgis being adorable and the Queen as a Bond Girl has my vote.
Plus, there was none of that freaky-scary lock-step totalitarianism China served up in Beijeng that gave me nightmares. No surprise there considering Great Britain has given us hobbits, Jane Austen, the Beatles, the Book of Kells, and Cadbury chocolate (surely the reasons people don't defect from Great Britain), but what a relief! The scariest things about the London show were from its literature, and seeing Lord Voldemort deflated and a bunch of Mary Poppinses saving the day satisfied my soul.
And now to my card for today, which was inspired not by Olympic rings but by a picture from, you guessed it, 1,000 Bags, Tags, and Labels.
Here's the inspiration:
Here's my card:
The AR/OC side of me loved how the three leaves were lined up on the bottles, and the yellow and vermilion color combo speaks of fall and warmth and my favorite season of the year. I have at least 15 birthday cards I send in October and November to friends and family, so this card will be particularly useful.
I hemmed and hawwed about putting a couple of brown pearls on the card base next to the bottom of the raised panel on the right, but decided against it. That way, the leaves remain the focal point, not the sentiment (which would stand out more with the addition of brown pearls).
The leaf stamps are old, old, old from PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange). What a tragedy PSX went out of business so long ago.
And here's an update. I've finally started whipping my craft space into shape, inspired by V-Grrrl's before and after posts on her blog. Will have some after pictures of my own to show in a week or two, perhaps sooner, depending on how AR/OC I get about it.
stamps: PSX, PTI (Mega Mixed Messages)
paper: PTI vintage cream