Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thinking of You...and Totoro, too!

Well, Flourishes has a SUPER fun challenge for WCMD...they ask that you find a photo of your favourite animated character and use that as a colour inspiration!

Well, this was sort of a tough decision for me to make but, Totoro is DEFINITELY my number 1!

Here he is:

Isn't he CUTE?!  Hehehe..definitely one of the best animated shows ever!  I LOVE Studio Ghibli (a Japanese animation studio) and recommend that, if you haven't, you should watch My Neighbor Totoro as well as Grave of the Fireflies.  The latter is set during WWII and is a very tragic story based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka.  Roger Ebert considers it to be one of the most powerful war movies ever...My Neighbor Totoro, on the other hand, is MUCH more light-hearted!

Anyway, enough rambling from me...I interpreted Totoro's colouring to be grey, pale yellow, and neutrals (black & white)...however, my yellow didn't turn out to be so pale!

Here is my card:

Well, as most of my cards, it is pretty straight forward but, here goes...I used the GORGEOUS new Blissful 6x6 paper pad by Authentique for all three patterned papers and I did some faux-stitching to add some interest....I actually used a paper piercer to make holes then just drew the stitches from hole to hole for a more realistic look.  As for the black criss-cross stitching, I used my SewEasy to pierce the paper and then hand-stitched it with black embroidery floss.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and cut it out using Spellbinders Nestabilities Ovals and sponged it with SU! Daffodil Delight.  Then I cut a frame out of black cardstock using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 18.  This FABULOUS sunflower image is from one of my absolute FAVOURITE companies, Flourishes and is called Sunflowers (duh).   I coloured it using Copics (see Supply List below for specifics) and then fancy cut it and popped it up on foam squares.  Next, I added these beautiful rhinestone flourishes  which I cut apart and pieced back together to make it fit the space the way that I wanted.  They are from Recollections and I bought these recently when there was a big 50% off sale on all Recollections embellishments at Michael's.  Last, I added a few black rhinestones from i-rock to the sentiment just to polish it off....I hope you like it!

I forgot to mention that I won this Sunflowers set by Flourishes along with a huge prize package including 5 other Flourishes sets, an Impression Obsession stamp, 3 6x6 paper pads, some ribbon and embellishments over on the very sweet and talented Julie Koerber's blog.  THANK YOU so much, Julie, you're VERY generous!

I used Chupa's current Sketchbook Saturday sketch #31:

So, I had been mulling around my Totoro colour scheme for days before I actually put it into play and I noticed that the There She Goes Color Challenge had the same colours...a FABULOUS colour combo that I love and also just happens to coordinate with my newest 6x6 paper pad by Authentique (Blissful)...SWEET! 
 I know that I would've played along at TSG anyway but, since I only own ONE TSG stamp set so far and it's the Poppies set which I couldn't use with this colour combo anyway,  I decided to just make one card for both (neither challenge stated that I couldn't)!  I actually won that BEAUTIFUL TSG Poppies set over on Iwona Palamountain A.K.A. Chupa's blog...THANKS, Chupa!

I have a pretty long Wish List over at TSG now, so, hopefully soon I will be able to start building my collection...I actually just won a Mini stamp set from them during their birthday celebrations and I chose Flying By which was designed by Iwona Palamountain...ummm, can you tell that I'm a BIG fan of hers?  So the collection is already starting to build but, I really love the designs by Torico and Chris Dark...heck, ALL of their designers are great, but, I have A LOT of Torico on my list in particular and I'm hoping to get some sets for Christmas this year!  Fingers crossed!

I also decided to enter this card into the Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful challenge.  This month is "The Beauty of a Technique" and they want you to be inspired by a technique...maybe a new technique you've never tried, or maybe an old favourite.  I used quite a basic's an oldie but, a goodie! I used stitching...both faux and real.  I never usually think to use this technique but, when I do, I find it adds SO much visual interest to my cards...I REALLY need to use this technique more often!  I saw a tutorial somewhere quite a while ago showing how to do faux-stitching and that's where I learned to pierce the paper first...this makes the stitching look SO real that you have to look VERY closely to see that it's faux!  As stated above, I also pulled out my good old SewEasy (the one that I HAD to have when it first came out and now NEVER use) to pierce the paper for the criss-cross stitching and then hand stitched with embroidery floss.  Forgive me for being redundant.  I REALLY need to invest in a sewing, not that I remember how to use one....the last time I sewed was in grad 9 (12 years ago) and I was NEVER a master seamstress!  However, I think I can relearn...especially since I'll only be using it for basic stitching on cards anyway!

Well, that's all I've got right now...sorry for all of the rambling and THANK YOU for bearing with me through all of that, LOL.

Here is a list of all of the challenges that I'm entering this card into and the appropriate links:

- Flourishes Wacky World Card Making Day Challenge (Totoro -grey, yellow, neutrals - black & white)
- TSG124 Color Challenge (yellow, grey, neutral)
- Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful Challenge #15 - The Beauty of a Technique (stitching - faux or real)
- Lily Pad Cards - Simon Says Stamp Presents a Bling Challenge (I realized I had forgotten to enter this card into this one, oops)

Supply List:
Cardstock: Black - Misc.; White - SU! - Whisper White
DP: Authentique - Blissful
Stamps: Flourishes - Sunflowers; SU! - All Year Cheer
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black (image); Versafine - OnyxBlack (sentiment); SU! - Daffodil Delight
Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, E44, E47, E49, R22, R24, R27, Copic Multiliner - Black - 0.3mm
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Ovals SM, Labels 18
Accessories: Bling Flourish - Recollections (Michael's), Rhinestones - i-Rock, Embroidery Floss - Black - We R Memory Keepers - SewEasy; SewEasy - We R Memory Keepers; Tim Holtz Vagabond by Sizzix



This card is gorgeous! Love all that black bling!


This card is stunning! I love the color combo! Stunning!!

Thanh Vo

Absolutely gorgeous Miss Naomi! I first saw Totoro... and thought to myself, oh dear... what is she going to make of this?! But it turned out so elegant. LOVE it.


i love it:)

Kathy Jones

Love your card!! Gorgeous colours and colouring and fabulous detailing - not to mention fab job with the technique!!! Thanks for playing the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!!

Suzie McFloozy

Wow this is gorgeous - I love the colours combo and the bling x
That sunflower is fabulous and I can't believe that is faux stitching - it looks so real !
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Annmaree (Emu)

gorgeous card Naomi!!!

So beautiful! Love your inspiration and the great challenges you managed to combine!!!

Mary J

He is a cutie, Naomi!! Your make is totally gorgeous, just love it!

Heather Jensen

WOW! Absolutely beautiful! I love your sunflower and pretty stitching. Thanks so much for joining us at Flourishes BBB. :)

Julie Koerber

Naomi... this is one beauty of a card!!!! OH MY!!! Love the layout and the fabulous coloring! BTW, I got your package in the mail today - sorry for the delay, it's been a crazy week for me!!! :-) Take care!

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)

You are TOO sweet :D (and madly talented!!!)
Your card is a stunner, it took my breath away...

margie c

This is an absolute stunning card, Naomi! I love the yellow and your coloring of the sunflower! Beautifully made :) and I really enjoyed reading your post!
hugs, margie


This is gorgeous! That paper is beautiful and I love the sunflower, one of the stamps on my ever growing wish list. I had to take a close up look when I read that you hand stitched, it's fabulous!


fabulous combination of challenges!

Sue Lelli

GORGEOUS sunflower and FAB black flourish, Naomi! LOVE the papers you used! LOVE the inside, too! FAB card!


Very gorgeous. A Miyazaki fan? No way :) me too!!! i do love your detailed flower and the beautiful flourishes!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS

Very striking! Your sunflower looks wonderful and I like those flourishes pearls.

Yvonne Hagane

What a fabulous creation!! Love the striking colors and your amazing layout.

Emily Keaton

And a BIG congrats to you, too, on your BBB honors! This card is stunning. Gorgeous coloring, beautiful papers, awesome layout. Truly beautiful!! Nicely done. :)