Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Coordinating Card and Gift.

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I have a card to show you and a little coordinating gift I created to go with it. I don't often make cards, but with this one I wanted to do two things. To begin with, I wanted to use some of the vast hoards of scraps I've been accumulating! I also wanted to use my Lynne Perrella Asian Collection Stamps because I'm always forgetting how lovely they are. I had so much fun gathering together colours that complemented each other and that - I hoped - would go with the stamp designs. The Magpie in me just loved hunting and gathering lots of bright little details and combining them on this card.
I have to thank Julie Short of 'Time to Create' for inspiring me to use my scraps. She says  that composing something new from scraps can be really 'freeing' and I must say that I really enjoyed making this card! I arranged all my elements and kept arranging and re-arranging until I liked what I had. The focal image was to be this Lynne Perrella lady. I stamped her onto tissue and then fixed her with Satin Glaze, onto some card I had sprayed with Inky Pool and Hey Pesto Frescos. I also added the tiniest scrap of text stamped onto tissue! I really don't throw anything away!
I highlighted the image with white pen and added some Shabby Blue Frantage. I stamped images from the stamp plate onto the card blank and onto some card stock, which I had Crackle Glazed ages ago to make roses from. The butterflies are from a huge supply I have acquired from punching them out of discarded stamped images.
Here is my finished card. My friends and followers know that I've been creating little handbag charms using Shrink Plastic recently and that this activity has also been appealing to my Magpie love for bright and shiny charms and miniatures.
 I decided to create one of these handbag charms and slip it in as a gift. I gathered together charms, beads, shrink plastic die-cuts and a dog tag in colours that I hoped would coordinate with the card.
This is part of my favourite quote from the Lin Brown Flower Sentiments, PaperArtsy's Eclectica range.You can read the full poem here.
William Blake is a poet who has always inspired me, as I think it is in life's tiny details that we catch a glimpse of infinity - a whole world really is contained in that one grain of sand!  I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing today you will feel inspired by the tiny details that go to make up this beautiful universe.
And thank you so much for taking the time to drop by Magpieheaven! It's always lovely to have your visits and comments!


  1. that looks so fabulous!! If it's for who I think, I'm sure she'll have loved it! and if not, then I am sure whoever did get it, loved it too!!

  2. It is always such a treat to visit your blog for the beauty of the art and for the beauty in your words.
    This charming gift co-ordinates to perfection with that divine card. The colours are so appealing because they are sympathetic to the design of the stamp yet they are not the traditional black and red which we often associate with Asian design, a colour palette I myself have always struggled with. A touching fragility to your card design.

  3. Wow Julie Ann another great inspirational project as well as a wonderfully written post as always xx

  4. What a beautiful card!! What a fabulous post Julie Ann xxx

  5. Oh Julie Ann! Thanks so much for sharing- I have the same stamps and also forget just how lovely they are- thank you for the beautiful inspiration! xo

  6. Beautiful card and beautiful gift too. As always wonderful attention to detail goes into your creations Julie Ann and I know this will have delighted our friend.

    Lesley Xx

  7. Julie Ann what a fabulous make you have.....all those treasures resonating with each other. I hope your friend loved your make and thank you for the shout out!

  8. Hello Miss Julie Ann, I love when artist use scraps for a creation, it really challenges us to be more creative, you know how much I would love the Asian theme, in these fabulous colors, love the torn edges, the white touches beautiful, and it matches perfectly with that beautiful charm, whoever is receiving this will be lucky, Thanks for sharing my Friend, its inspiring and gorgeoussss, thanks for sharing Cuz ((( HUGE HUGS )))

  9. What a fabulous set, & great use of your scraps & that wonderful LP image! xxx

  10. You and your creativity are such an inspiration you special Magpie you dear Julie Ann ~♥~
    You've given such a fresh and lovely place for that super stamp to shine...
    the purse charms you made are such a special accompaniment to your beautiful card. It is always fun when tiny scraps say "use me" ... much better than throwing them away!
    (((hugs))) from wet and windy Virginia

  11. Such a gorgeous card, it has a truly oriental feel to it,

    Lucy x

  12. What a feast for the eyes! Love all the textures, colours, and details. The charm is great too for a very special gift!

  13. And they are even more gorgeous in real life, thank you so much for your kindness - love them both xxx

  14. Wow really loving the co-ordinating gift and card, the card is amazing but the charm is truly awesome. Kezzy :-) xxx


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