Wednesday, 16 February 2011

What's in a name?

Now here's a quote:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet "
W. Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

I'm always reminded of those lines when I use this stamp. It is clearly such a pretty stamp and when the cards are finished I can almost smell the scent and feel the velvety touch of the petals. The stamp is called 'Simply the Best' by ArTish. It is superb, and one of my favourite stamps at the moment!

Today is the Pixie Cottage Challenge day and our themes this week are a sketch and/or embossing. I've been looking forward to using this sketch for months because I love the symmetry of the elements. As a few of my recent cards have been heat embossed I thought I'd do some dry embossing on this card. I used parchment paper and hand embossed & pricked the corners (oooh, so relaxing and satisfying to do that) and I ran a second smaller piece through an embossing folder.

The image was stamped on watercolour paper with an Aironidack ink. I then water coloured the rose with the same ink. The deeper accents are actually a whispers stokes felt pen and the highlight around the rose is a ProMarker.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's - Spring - Flowers Everywhere
Create4fun - Sketch
Drunken Stampers - A loss for words (no sentiment)

Incy Wincy - Colour Me Wonderful (min of 2 different colouring mediums - I used Ink, Promarker, Pen)
Lolipop Crafts - Use your favourite colouring medium (distress inks)
Just Add Ink - Just Add Love
Secret Crafter - A Stamped Flower
Stamp and Create - Love
Stamping with the Dragon - Anything Goes
Whoopsidaisy - Free and Easy
Woodware USA - Embossing

You have no idea how hard it was for me to keep my hands away from the stickles....I just wanted to attack the rose and the paper edges with it, but the rose looks so pretty it didn't need the stickles and the edges are nicely ripped so glitter would have hidden that. My fingers are still twitching now....but I am resisting.

Please take a look at all the amazing cards the fabulously talented Pixie DT have made. They are so wonderful. Hope you'll find the time to join in with the Pixie Cottage Challenge this week.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx


Nicky said...

Wow this is a stunningly pretty card - love the colours you have used

Cheryl said...

oh hun this is just gorgoues such amazing detail hugs cheyrl xxxxx

Curlybear said...

Wow amazing creation, and beautiful colours and colouring, simply elegant,

thanks for sharing with us at Secret Crafter: 121 A Stamped Flower

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Sharon.

Hugs Riet.x

Donna said...

So pretty Sharon, love it. Hugs Donna x

Nancy said...

Wow, just a stunning creation! The rose is gorgeous (as is the Shakespeare quote!). Thanks for joining us this week at Woodware USA!!

laney said...

WOW!! A beautiful feminine card Sharon!!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Sharon, this card is soooo pretty. Great job with the watercoloring! Denise

Janiel/ janny said...

SHARON!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!! You have colored it so perfect!!

The details are slso perfect..
hugs, Janiel

Nanda said...

That is just beautiful! I like the way you colord the rose, so soft.


Inspired By Friends said...

Beautiful card. I love it. Thanks for joining us at Stamping With The Dragon.

Tanya R said...

Delicate, dainty and very pretty!

downrightcrafty said...

an absolutely gorgeous creation thank you for sharing it with us at Stampin with the Dragon and the SCSC
Hugs Kate xx

Zulma said...

This is so beautiful! great job with the distress ink. Thanks for playing with us at Lollipop Crafts this week, good luck!
Zulma DT

Lisette Morris said...

Your coloring is incredible! Gorgeous card!

isu.alum said...

Very beautiful card. Love the rose sketch and how you colored it. Just beautiful! Thanks for playing in the WoodwareUSA challenge this week. Good luck!


Love crafts forever said...

Thank you so much for playing with us at Stampin With the Dragon challenge.
Hugs Nataliya

Sarita said...

Beautiful card Sharon, I love the depth of colour you've created with the shading of the rose.
I was wondering if you could tell me how you do your signature on your photos?
Hope you don't mind me asking!
Love Sarita xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...


Thanks for joining our "Stamped Flower" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

Hugs Jane x

Davi said...

Sharon what a fabulous card!! I love the beautiful embossed parchment and the layers. It really shows off the wonderfully colored rose!

jules said...

wow beautiful card! said...

Hi Sharon! Love the pergamano work and the delicate colouring on the rose. It's simply elegant!
Thanks for playing with us Drunken Stampers this week!



Mimi said...

Beautiful coloring Sharon! Gorgeous details! Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts! Good luck! ;)

Cyndi said...

this is so beautiful!

ona_i_ja said...

Wow, Beautiful card!!! I love your embossing!
Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts this week and good luck!

Carole of Brum said...

So beautiful, it's a stunning card. CoB

Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

Beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

HelenR said...

What a lovely card! Thank you for joining us for Little Claire's very first challenge! :) x

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Great use of vellum and embossing and love the colors you have chosen. Thanks so much for playing at WHOOPSI DAISY this week!! Hugs:)

Nana Connie said...

Love the card. The rose is so perfect! Great color choices. And you're right -- no glitter was needed! :-)

artish said...

you just gave the ultimate commercial, quote and all! your coloring is stickles necessary! ;) the dry embossing on the parchment...oooh la la.
kuddos miss sharon!!!!!