Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Geishas with Gingersnap Creations

It's time for another fun "theme" challenge over at Gingersnap Creations, and this month it's GC97: Geishas.  I must admit, I had *no* Asian-themed stamps, so I got creative with a collage image, fun textured paper, and some doodling.  The beautiful Geisha image is from art-e-zine.co.uk, layered on top of some fabulous corrugated paper from The Paper Temptress (which I thought was reminiscent of the texture of Japanese lanterns).  I decided to "doodle" some tree branches and flowers with markers to give it a little more interest in the background. I also cut some black cardstock strips to mimic a Japanese screen design.  The little flowers are made with a Martha Stewart punch, and again I doodled to make them look more like a type of dogwood.  The centers are microbeads (also Martha Stewart).  The little birdie at the top is my only stamped piece, from Artistic Outpost.  Lastly, I cut (!) into some of my Kioshi paper from Basic Grey. All together it makes a rather spring-like card, I think.

And because I couldn't stop at just one.... I had also purchased a beautiful digital collage sheet from Curious By Design {Digital} on Etsy that had a lovely Geisha in blue.  I had printed her out and just couldn't part with her, so into my Scrappy Gluebook she went, along with some other old scraps of paper (PSX!) and stamped dragonflies from CHF and Impression Obsession.

I hope you'll join us at Gingersnap Creations for our Geisha theme challenge!

22 comments:

craftattack said...

Love both of your pieces. I think it's always good to have to improvise, and you have made a great job of it here! Valerie

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Ohhh....these are so lovely. Everything just works so right!

A Vintage Chic said...

Your work is always so beautiful, Jean...this is just stunning!

Hope you're having a wonderful day, my friend!

Julie

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Gorgeous creations Jean...just wonderful. Heck, I am even finding the time to work on some Geishas today toooooo.

Linda R. said...

Ohhhh. I love this. What wonderful images. I can see why you couldn't stop at just one.. I am lov'n your gluebook..

Hugs, Linda

Jacqueline said...

You are so inspiring!! Once again I LOVE your pages at the end of this post - beautiful!! TFS!

Gerri Herbst said...

LOvely , lovely work for the Ginger challenge.Love the tiny blue bird and those pink 3d flowers.take care, gerri

Lori said...

Everyone is doing a wonderful job with this challenge, and yours is no exception! Beautiful!

2amscrapper said...

I love the colors and theme of your card. I'm interested in that Martha Stewart flower punch because those flowers look so pretty on your card. And I love your gluebook pages.

Susan Allan said...

Your 'Geisha' work is stunning. You also have an amazing project in Craft Stamper this month..
The way you have put the photo in is really 'cool'.
I am going to see if I have the technology to do this. Then I will have a try.

Brilliant work, Jean.

Sue xxxx

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Jean,
beautiful card but I love your GB pages!Thanks for playing along in my giveaway and for posting on your sidebar!Good luck and have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,
Marie

Dolly Daydreams said...

Wow both are so pretty just love those subtle colours and oh so romantic.

Marie

Deb (dcorder) said...

Love your Asian beauty!

Suze Bain said...

Two beautiful pieces, the first one is so fresh and spring-like and the pages in your book are just gorgeous. x

Angelnorth said...

Two fab pieces! Great idea with the corrugated paper, it really does have the lantern feel!

Shar said...

What a delicate flower! She's awesome! Love the gluebook spread too!

Lynn Stevens said...

Well for not having any Asian stamps you sure pulled this one off Beautifully!
Gorgeous art Jean!
Hugs Lynn

trisha too said...

So, so pretty! And I REALLY like the glue book spread . . . been thinking about starting one of these, and you may have just pushed me over the edge . . .

;)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, to beautiful pieces, love the colors.

AJ said...

i love the images and the way you have played with them...

Gerri Herbst said...

Hi...Just a quick note to let you know I added a blog list of the gingers on my site. Have a great day, gerri.

Jules said...

Your ladies are so enchanting and lovely!