Thursday, August 2, 2012

(early) Friends with Flair!


I'll come back to edit this tomorrow with the direct link to this week's Friends with Flair post over at Unity, (DONE!) but I thought I'd get ahead & share my card now, as well as some pics from the Pride Parade last weekend. As a disclaimer, Rob was the one holding the camera during the parade...we wouldn't necessarily have taken the same photos!

First up here's my card, so you can skip the pics if you're not interested:
Supplies: papers from Basic Grey "Konnichiwa;"
sentiment stamp from Unity (from sweet Emily!);
Barn Door distress ink;
beads & embroidery thread from stash
I've only used one stamp, the sentiment stamp. The lantern was made by scoring every 1/8 inch on a circle die cut, and accordion folding. I didn't cut the original circle but emphasized the top & bottom by beading over them once the lantern piece was glued down. I made a mini-tassel, and sewed the 'hanging string' at the top. The tassel looked kind of naked so after adhering everything I decided to add a couple of beaded strings. That was probably the longest part, adding those without messing up anything else! One good thing about having been into so many crafts (and not throwing anything away) is that I still have lots of colours of beads & thread to play with should I feel like adding them to a card.

Onto those pictures...there were over 200 on the camera when we got home, but not a single one where you could see, say, the face of a family member? Sigh. Here's the best one of Abby all dolled up - she was a trooper, especially considering the dozens of dogs IN the parade:
She's got her kerchief on, and we were both wearing leis handed out during the parade. She declined the Mardi Gras beads, though (maybe she was too modest to GET them?)
Hands-down the coolest float was for the art gallery - there were people inside the frames, stretching into different poses:



And a general assortment of fun stuff:

Fairly sure that you can click on these for a full-size view should you be brave enough! The guy in the rainbow skirt & huge wig...and high heels...and it was well over 30 Celsius, hot & sunny.

Alrighty, time to start thinking about supper - it took me a while to sift through all those pics!
xoxo,
Jessi

26 comments:

Annette said...

wow great card...I love that fun embellishment...

Marie said...

What a great lantern, Jessi. Love the Asian effect. Lots of patience with those tiny beads!

Lindsey said...

Your lantern is brilliant, Jessi! Such a pretty card. Thanks for sharing some of your pics!

lostinpaper said...

Looks like you had a blast! Those picture frames are such a clever idea.... who thinks of these things? ps your cards is awesome, love the beads and tassel!

yyam said...

OOoh...that lantern is sooooooo fabulous! :)

Looks like you had a great time....You need to take charge of the camera!

Joan Bardee said...

beautiful

Barb King said...

I never would have thought to make a lantern from a cirle, I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

Scrapper Myra said...

Love that lamp... cool creation your card is! And love the photos of the event, specially the idea of the art with the people stretching inside. TFS.

jennifer mitten said...

What a great card - that lantern is brilliant!

michib said...

What a beautiful card! I love the latern you made.

Laurel said...

Love your card!

~amy~ said...

Love your Konnichiwa card!!! I need to play with my papers...such pretty colors! FUN pics!

Ruby said...

Lovely card.

JPScraps said...

Gorgeous card! Sometimes one stamp is all you need :) Great photos too!

Linda said...

your projct is lovely.

Julie Odil said...

That lantern is super cool! Love it.

Pryn said...

Fabulous card! That lantern is AMAZING!!! It looks so cool!!!

Love the colorful pics too!

Noelle Reese said...

What a pretty card! The parade looks like a wild one and fun for all!

Melissa Craig said...

Absolutely gorgeous Japanese paper lantern. Very clever. I'm case'ing this card.

~Tammy~ said...

You are so clever for sure!!! That is one cool lantern!

Barb said...

I love this design. the paper pleating is the perfect textural/dimensional touch! the parade sounds awesome...nevermind Abby...did YOU get any beads?!

Emily H said...

Great pictures! I love the card! The lantern os super cool!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

What an awesome lantern you have created!

Theresa said...

Such a fabulous card! I love the lantern. The parade looked fun.

BloomingPink said...

I love that lateen!

AND...so funny, I have days like that with my camera too! Silly doggies...never stay still!

JJ Bolton said...

Your handmade lantern turned out perfect! So great with the Konnichiwa papers:).

Abby is too cute with all her accessories! Looks like a fun day!