Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Good Book and a Trip to London

Paper Crafts August Gallery Challenge is to make a British inspired project.

As I don't have any British themed stamps, I decide to go with something I love – books and in this case books by British authors. Sometimes I read curled up in a comfy chair with a squishy cushion, so to go a bit further with the British theme I made a tiny Union Jack cushion for my card.

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Wish You Were Here, Everyday Sayings and Designer Woodgrain

To start with I made the chair by stamping it twice, once on card and the other time on a scrap of suede upholstery fabric. Then I made the cushion with a scrap of denim from an old pair of jeans, wadding and thread\yarn.

To make the table I inked the stamp and kissed it with the woodgrain background using a slightly darker ink. There are so many wonderful British books to choose from but to save the table breaking, I just picked some on my favourites! The book titles were printed off using a variety of fonts and I tried to achieve a worn and well read look by using distress inks and rumpling the paper a bit. I curled the titles to form book spines and left them slightly bowed when I adhered them to a piece of backing card.

I'm also submitting this card into the current Hero Arts Challenge, as one of the themes is make your own embellishment.

Since the card is British inspired I thought I'd share some photos of our trip earlier in the year.

Up, up and away in Legoland, Windsor

A peek into Gryffindor Common Room, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, London

Up close to Hagrid

Spotting Marilyn at Madam Tussauds, London

A view of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament from the London Eye

Back on firm ground again for lunch

A visit to Tower Bridge

and finally aboard the H.M.S. Belfast

Hope you're all having a great weekend!


Barb said...

Looks like you had a fabulous trip, Heather! Awesome photos! And is your card ever cute! Love your creativity with the books, and the amazing texture with the chair and pillow - so fun!

Dawn said...

what an adorable card Heather. Very creative. And loved seeing your photos. I can hardly believe it was 2 years ago that I visited London. Your photos have made me feel nostalgic....

Nancy said...

I love your sweet card! You are always so creative, Heather! Thanks for sharing your FUN photos too!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Such a darling card, Heather - I love your squishy chair with the British pillow (looks just like one of my chairs, sans the pillow). Another thing we share - a love of books! So glad you're having a fab weekend, my friend. Hugs!

Maureen Morton said...

Great photos, Heather! Thanks for sharing them. I loved London when I visited...ate in many great pubs. Your card is so creative - reminds me of when I used to make doll furniture! Happy reading, dear friend.

Trinh said...

I love the texture on the chair & pillow, Heather! Great photos from your vaca too. Was Hagrid gigantic or more "normal" sized?

Vicky said...

Great card, loved the textured! Your photos bring back so many memories! I love London and I even stayed in th UK for three years. Looks liked you had fun too!

Monika Reeck said...

fab Photo dear....and love your REAL looks sofa..great idea always if I see your this one too Heather..

Deirdre said...

Fab card - looks like you had a fab trip. Lego land is on our wish list!

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