Sunday, January 22, 2012

Memoirs of a Geisha - TGF Customer Chit Chat & Challenge!

Hi Everyone!
I'm back with a card that I made for the TGF Customer Challenge & Chit Chat that began yesterday over at SCS.  

The theme is "A Night at the Bookstore" and there are three challenge categories:

- Favourite Book (keywords: TGFCCN2, thegreetingfarm)
- Favourite Children's Book (keywords: TGFCCN3, thegreetingfarm)
- Favourite Book Turned Movie (keywords: TGFCCN4, thegreetingfarm)

If you haven't participated yet, there is still time!  The challenge closes at noon CST on Monday, January 23rd.  Just make a project that fits one of the categories above and upload it to your SCS gallery and use the corresponding keywords!

Well, now onto my card!

I am sure you can tell that my card was inspired by Memoirs of a Geisha (Favourite Book Turned Movie)...but, of course, the title of this post was also a dead giveaway, LOL.

I actually researched photos of real Geisha to make sure that I coloured my TGF Geisha Anya accurately.  I wanted to shade her skin but, since Geisha paint their face and neck white, I used warm greys (W0, W2) so as not to add skin colour but, also not have a cool undertone.  I used R20 and R22 for the eyeshadow.  It was my first time ever to colour black hair (C5, C7, C9) so...there were quite a few firsts for me on this project.  I also CAREFULLY free-handed some red lips (R27) because Geisha always have red lips.  That was a little nerve-racking because I had coloured the rest of her first and didn't want to start all over again!  I coloured the kimono and flower in her hair using BG70, BG72, BG 75, BG77, R22, R24, and R27.  I spent A LOT of time on the colouring this time and I'm quite happy with the results.

Other than the colouring, this card was SUPER simple.  It is difficult to tell in the photo, but, I used Japanese washi (paper) with gold flecks for the background.  I cut out a piece of white cardstock using Spellbinders Classic Ovals and cut-out a piece of the washi using the same die then glued it over top of the cardstock to give it strength as it's VERY thin and pliable.  I then stamped the small TGF Blush Heart on the washi using the retired Stampin' Up! Ruby Red Classic Stampin Pad.  Next, I mounted it over a piece of PTI Melon Berry cardstock which was cut-out with Spellbinders Beaded Ovals and then embellished it with 4mm Ivory Flatback Pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.  I also embellished Geisha Anya's flower in her hair with 2mm Ivory Pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.

Anyway, I hope you like what you see and I hope you'll come and join us over at the TGF SCS Forum for the Customer Challenge & Chit Chat.  There are three prizes up for grabs.  One for each category so, there will be three winners and each winner will get their choice of 1 TGF Clear Stamp Set!

I can't wait to see what you'll create!


Heather Jensen

Such a sweet Geisha. You did a fab job coloring. :)


Naomi, your coloring looks wonderful! I love how you placed her on the oval and the paper you chose for it.
Hugs and smiles

Dangina Martinez

Fantastic! Love the vibrant colors.
Tons of Hugs, Dangina


I read that book and loved it! Of course love your card beautiful! I just hope I have the time to participate, eek! I'll try and hope I'll make it. TFS!

Rachel Parys

This is drop-dead gorgeous! It was so original and beautiful!

Thanh Vo

You can tell you did your research, girl, the card looks amazing! I love the cherry blossom paper as well as the embellished coif. Way to pay attention to th details!

Mary Jo

WOW-Your coloring is perfect! Absolutely gorgeous card!