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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

A Thousand Splendid Quotes

Hello everyone, and welcome (back, if you've already visited once today to see What's On My Workdesk this Wednesday)...  

Don't adjust your sets, you really are at Words and Pictures, and once again there's a break in our normal broadcasts to bring you some unscheduled programming in colour... yes, multi-colour!


When Simon Says Stamp and Show offered up Quotable as this week's challenge, it slightly sent me into a spin - how on earth to narrow down all the quotes I love and select one for a project?!  After all, I add quotes to the bottom of each post already, and I still haven't run out...



Then I remembered that I'd collected some new quotes at the beginning of March ready to enter the House of Bears' Literary Challenge.  This month they're offering as inspiration Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Now, for once I haven't read the inspiration book - but the bears always provide a detailed synopsis (they're highly literate bears), as well as suggested themes and ideas for creative inspiration based on the book.

As many of you will know, I often find my trigger in words, so I went in search of some to fit the bill.








As well as the Thousand Suns of the title, I took inspiration from the story they described as being all about despair, endurance and ultimately hope, and I found this particular quote which seemed just about perfect.

Then it all went on the back burner as travelling, dollshouses, and other stuff took over...









But the SSSaS challenge kicked me back into action, and so here we are.  And it really is the quote which controlled the making of this piece.

As anyone who knows my work will tell you, multi-coloured creations are pretty much the last direction I would think of going in... but there was the rainbow right at the centre of the quote - and it had to be at the centre of the project too.










Tim Holtz embossing folders play a major role in this piece.  Because of the Thousand Splendid Suns and the sun in the quote, it was the Rays embossing folder which kicked it all off...












Then I needed rain - and decided the Retro Circles would serve as the concentric ripples from lots of drops of water falling into puddles.

And then I do just seem to have a thing about triptyches: the rule of three - always works in rhetoric, and works for me in crafting too.  So then the rainbow had a bit more room to spread out.











I chose the lovely Springtime Background, with the leafy vines, since I knew by this time that the central panel would be where the greens would end up.









I loved my three pages, so it took some resolution to make the cuts with the Cabinet Card die.  But I figured I could always remake them if I hated them once cut!




At first, I thought Umbrella Man (cut from one of my WOYWW experimental tags: TH's wrinkle free distress technique done with Distress Paints, then inked for shading.  Love how the paint gives a resist effect with the ink!) would go at the rainy end, and the flowers with the sunshine...


But I realised it made the colours pop far more if I reversed it - and anyway, the whole point of the quote is that you need both sun and rain together...









And then I needed a die-cut for the central panel too - the flourish seemed ideal as a symbol of flourishing, colourful life...







Everything is mounted on padded tape to make it pop a little further, including all the words - some pretty fiddly tape cutting and sticking (especially under the flourish).

Some of the flowers are on double layers, to give three different levels of dimension over the embossing.  The attachers have had a little dose of Quinacridone Gold transparent acrylic paint for some added sunshine.









So, with the padded tape and popping contrasting colours, I'm also going to offer this up as another entry over at this month's Add a Little Pop challenge at the Inspiration Journal.





The final step was to dye some crinkle ribbon to fit in with the rainbow sweep across the panels... so the first pair are a combination of Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters, and the second pair of Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Tumbled Glass - the colours either side of the divides.














There's still time to play along in the House of Bears challenge (as well as both the others of course!)... and as you can see, there's no need to have read the book to join in!!

Thanks so much for dropping by today (especially if you've been twice). Looking forward to hopping round to see what you've all been up to... Happy Crafting!



Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow." And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

I'd like to enter this in the following:
The House of Bears literary challenge based on A Thousand Splendid Suns
Quotable at Simon Says Stamp and Show
Add a Little Pop at the Inspiration Journal
With its hint of April showers, I'd like to add it as a third and final entry to the current Vintage Stamping Challenge, sponsored by Flonzcraft which is Spring is in the Air
And with the quote leading how this project was created, it also goes into the current Rogue Redheads challenge which has a Sentimental Focus

95 comments:

sam21ski said...

WOW Absolutely fabulous Alison and love your colour wave.

Apologies for not commenting much but not been too well, hopefully on the mend so all will be rectified!!

Sam xxx

Fliss said...

Really gorgeous colours here Alison. Love all the embossing on the rainbow panels and the quote is fabulous.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Laurart said...

Always lovely to see some colour! and boy does this have colour - Beautiful rainbow hues!!! Gorgeous! Lots of love from Laura xxxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous rainbow f co,ours Alison, perfect for your quote. I love the story behind this piece and how you found the inspiration . Love all the embossing and the addition of the rain man and your flowers. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stampand Show Challenge, so glad to have you paying along. Tracy x

House of Bears said...

Oh wow, we absolutely love the colours in your project. So different to your usual craft but still totally stunning. The quote fits in with the synopsis of the book so well, and you prove our point that there's no need to read the books in order to join in with our challenges.

We're so glad you found time and inspiration to play along with the bears.

Marjie Kemper said...

Va-va-vooooom! I lover your gorgeous colors and rich texture. Sometimes it's really fun to push to a different color till, don't you think? I just love what you've done here!

Carol Q said...

ooh Alison, love this to bits. Your colouring is just gorgeous.

Monique said...

I love it, that's a wonderfull sentiment and so true. Beautifully executed, a gorgeous rainbow.
Monique xx

Hettie said...

Wow Alison! This is great and so colourful yet blending beautiful from one end to the other! Great use of the embossing folders.
Well done you.
Hugs
xx

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness...this is so stunning! I love the colours and the trifold frame.
I know you don't often venture into such a dazzling array of colour...I always so ehjoy your usually understated beautiful work...but this is just gorgeous!
Love the embossing you chose, love the 3D detailed embellishments and love that quote!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! When you do colour... you do colour!! A fabulous cheery piece Alison! Love it! Chrisx

Yvonne said...

Love the happy colors you chose and all the wonderful texture!!! Beautiful!

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Alison, love your beautiful rainbow piece, what I really like is that, though it is colourful, the colours are in no way too bright. I also love all the textures in the background. Thanks also for the link to the "House of Bears" challenge, never heard of them before, but it certainly looks like an interesting challenge site! As it so happens I do know the book, one of the most moving novels I have read. Your quote certainly does fit the book, so well done on that score too. Just a shame I can't play the challenge this month, but I will definitely check them out again when I am back.

Debi said...

Brilliant!!! love seeing you create in Popping colours :) Thanks for taking the Sentimental Focus Rebel Challenge, at RRD, Debi x

paper yum said...

Such beautiful colors and they support the quote so well!

Terry said...

I do believe you have incorporated all the colors of the rainbow and then some! What a great piece of eye candy! Love the colors and all that glorious embossing! Hugs!

Chrissy said...

Beautiful colours and embossing Alison,great folders, love the quote and the rain man, fabulous project.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Nan G said...

Wow! Your rainbow is glorious. You really do rock it when using color, Alison!

barbarayaya62 said...

Stunning! Love rainbow colors, love backgrounds! Love all in this work!
BArbarayaya

Helen said...

Stunning (as always) - love love love the colour choice, and all the embossing; but particularly your quotes. Have a glorious Easter. (sorry i got confused with my comment on the woyww post - call it pre-interview nerves)

Sophie said...

Alison, das ist traumhaft schön.
Die Farben hast du excellent ausgesucht und alles passt perfekt.

Schöne Ostertage wünsche ich...

chrissies said...

Terrific piece to brighten a dull day Alison. Some great ideas to mull over as always

Love Chrissie xx

Deborah said...

I'm loving your foray into colour, Alison - hope to see more of it.

Gio said...

Oh my , but this is you?? Amazing piece, so joyful and colourful! I adore it!
I wish you a very peaciful Easter, Alison :-)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic, a gorgeous creation in great colors. Love all the texture and details.
Thanks for joining us at Flonz Craft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Cestina said...

I have the joy of looking at this right now in real life. A beautiful piece and the quote at the end from The Prophet is one of my life-mottoes.

Redanne said...

Hi Alison, your triptyches are always beautiful but this one is glorious! I love your chosen colours, the thinking behind creating it, the amazing quote and your wonderful embellishments. You never fail to impress but I love it when you surprise us with the occasional colourful treat. Hugs, Anne x

Vicki said...

Beautiful card! Love the embossing and colors. Thanks for playing along with our Rogue Redhead Sentiment Focus Challenge!

May said...

Wonderful rainbow piece Alison, Love the embossed effect.. the selection of quotes are fabulous...thank you for the fantastic inspriration!! Hugs May x x x

Rita said...

Magnificent, that's what I think of your card Alison. Every picture tells a story as they say and those pictures are excellent. I love it so much. Hugs Rita xx

Dianne said...

I have run out of words, easy for me not to good at them... Its just gorgeous the colors wow and all those lovely words the die cuts those pretty flowers, you ROCK Miss Alison, you always inspire me to new heights..

Tonniece said...

Your triptych is gorgeous. I love the theme and your choice of colors, very beautiful.
Hugz Tonniece

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. Alison, this creation is amazing! How beautiful! ^_^

Candy C said...

Alison...this is such a gorgeous make! I love how you've incorporated so many of Tim's products onto this colorful little breath of fresh air! I love the sentiment and how you have captured it so perfectly amongst the cheery colors and the embossed backgrounds. Love the cabinet card backgrounds! So inventive! LOVE umbrella man! Thanks so much for sharing your always inspiring art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Kim said...

A most splendid creation! Beautiful, Alison!!

toni said...

Just the thing to add a bit of cheer on a cold gloomy day! Love the way you've put this together , all elements gel superbly to convey the sentiment, and as usual beautifully done x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Lovely embossing, shapes and colours Alison!

kind regards, Alie :-)

Bonnie Irvine said...

I love the colour!!Gorgeous triptych...the embossing is just stunning and really helps to tell the story. The quote is wonderful and Umbrella man, the flourish, and the flowers really support it beautifully.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...oh Alison this is simply stunning, such a wonderful idea, gorgeous colours, techniques & textures, loving your beautiful crafty rainbow...Melxx :)

Keren Tamir said...

All I have to say is wow!! I'm speechless. This is flipping fantastic. Love the embossing and the spraying. And love the quote. Well love everything

brenda said...

I'm rather late arriving Alison, but wanted to say thank you so much for joining in at Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping challenges. I love the fresh Spring colourus of your creation.

Hope you have a lovely Easter.

B x

Amanda said...

Colour suits you, fab project.
Love
Amanda

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Beautiful, beautiful , beautiful!!
Sumptuous embossing and happy colors!! Words are often my trigger, too.

cathylynn said...

Alison this is totally magnificient! I love the colors. You have such wonderful ideas. Another great project!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Netty said...

we definitely need all this fab colour at the moment and am loving your project. Have just read WOYWW below and am thrilled to see you are having such a great time. Happy Easter, hugs Annette x

Candy C said...

Aww...Alison. Thank you so much for your sweet comment about my class! It is already full! I am so stoked! I can't believe I have to wait a month to teach it! Haha Live your triptych!!! I already left a lengthy comment about how much I love it! Hugs, Candy

soapHOUSEmama said...

This is just gorgeous! I love all of the vibrant colors! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

Anita Houston said...

Oh Alison! This is a design to relish in! Love the triple base, but the color and quote combination is brilliant! Just brilliant! Love umbrella man here...he's perfect for this! Love love love this! Thank you for using your words with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Brenda Brown said...

An amazing kaleidoscope of colour and texture. The words you have chosen are beautiful.
Have a lovely Easter.
hugs {brenda} xox

Von said...

Just lovethe way the colours flow fromone panel to the next :)
Von ☺

froebelsternchen Susi said...

charming dear Alison.. I love all on your post!
Happy Easter!

MorningAJ said...

Gorgeous piece. I love the quote you chose.

Buttons said...

A real rainbow of delights. Love your choice of colours and the way you've seamlessly blended through each panel. Love seeing you 'do colour' this way. Hope you have a fantastic Easter, hugs Jenny x

maj. said...

Totally adorable!!!
Happy Easter!!!

Sandra said...

Gorgeous piece!Love that you used so many colors! And the sentiment goes perfectly with it. It's really pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Shar said...

Very striking triptych! Love your color transitions! Thanks for playing the Sentimental Focus Rebel Challenge on RRD!

CreativSpirit said...

Perfectly gorgeous. I love everything about it, your matching ribbons and flowers, the embossing folders and the colours. Inspiring.

craftimamma said...

Oh my Alison, this is wonderful and such a welcome breath of Spring/Summer. I rarely do brighter colours either although I'm not sure why because I do love them. You have made everything compliment your chosen quote perfectly and I love the end result.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Alison, love how you've linked the 3 panels, and the quote is fabulous ! Sue C x

P.S. Thanks for joining us at VSC too !

Mrs.B said...

Love your interpretation of this wonderful book that was so full of emotions.
Its lovely to see you working with colour, which is just perfect for this theme.
Just had a catch up, you look really organised now.
Avril xx

Kasia said...

Beautiful! Awesome background :) Love the colors! :)

ike said...

This is fantastic - a lovely creation and I love the colours and textures. Amazing :-)
IKE xx

siljanskreativeck said...

Oh wow...what beautiful!!!
Das sieht einfach nur fantstisch aus...die Farben, die Folder und überhaupt!!
I love the die too ;)

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

I had to lol as I wrote similar words when I used colour myself quite recently so it was funny to read such a statement from yourself. Yet colour looks to be so natural for you, you've used it without fear on this creation.
Wonderful the effect from the embossing.
Wishes
Lynne

spikescreativeside said...

Alison not only is your project gorgeous with it's beautiful bold colours, a multitude of textures and visuals but combined with the sentiment brings it all together. Beautiful and thought provoking. Bravo!

Thank you for sharing it with us for the Add a little POP challenge at Inspiration Emporium!

Hugs

Spike

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! Love the bright colors and the fab design! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Chris Warner said...

Stunning! This is beautiful, love it. Chris xxx

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Alison this is just GREAT

Greetings Janny

Anna-Karin said...

Oh Alison, I LOVE this and you totally rocked the bright colours. What a wonderful idea and the embossing folders you used and the colours are absolutely perfect. I love that quote too. Great idea to use the umbrella man. Thank you so much for sharing another fabulous project with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Sue said...

Beautiful tryptich Alsion, and look at you with the colour pot lol xx

Sharon Y said...

Fantastic color and texture. Just makes me happy. Love how words or quotes can provide do much inspiration.

Candy C said...

Alison...a HUGE congrats on being listed on Tim's Noteworthy Blogs! Your piece that he is recognizing was and is amazing, as it all of your art. I am so happy for you, Alison! <3 Candy

Brenda Brown said...

Woo hoo Alison, congrats on being one of Tim's noteworthy blogs, so well deserved.
Hugs Brenda xox

Redanne said...

Yipee! Congratulations on being named as one of Tim's Noteworthy blogs! How fantastic and so well deserved. Hugs, Anne x

Tincan Crafter said...

Too cute - lovely colours - love it - I need one of those on my desk at work! I came via Tim Holtz. Love that he pointed us in your direction.

Winnie said...

Popped over from Tim's blog and wanted to congratulate you! Love the embossing and the fun use of the umbrella man (and the spring colors!!) Awesome!

Winnie said...

Popped over from Tim's blog and wanted to congratulate you! Love the embossing and the fun use of the umbrella man (and the spring colors!!) Awesome!

GA said...

Gorgeous!

Susan De Abate said...

This is beautiful. Love the colors. Wonderful way to use umbrella man. Susan

Ursula said...

Beautiful! Amazing colours and textures.

Maria Levine said...

This is fabulous! LOVE the colors and texture! Great job and congrats for being featured on Tim's blog!

Boo said...

Fantastic Page!!

Theresa Goldman said...

What great work, I'm so glad I came by -

Paper Profusion said...

Congratulations Alison on your being recommended by 'Tim' - well deserved! Nicola x

Gillian .... said...

An amazing array of colour and TH goodies, mahoosive congrats on being featured on Tim's blog, so very well deserved. xx

Michelle Webb said...

This is amazing Alison, what a gorgeous make. I really love the colour, the embossing and the quotes so much. Well done you for featuring on Tim's blog. Michelle xx

Nancy B said...

Beautiful colors all put together with ribbons!

Heather Smith said...

This is beautiful! So glad that Tim pointed us in your direction for your great creativity! Thanks for sharing.

Renee said...

This is fabulous Alison! I'm so pleased that Tim mentioned you and your creativity on his blog. Congrats!

Matilde said...

It's so optimistic!

Marjie Kemper said...

Totally fabulous! I had a hard time choosing a single quote too. Love yours!

Plume said...

Fantastik rainbow of texture and color! Love the matching ribbons also!!!

Kelly Neis said...

oh my goodness Alison, I am your 93rd comment, you are so popular! lol This is a great project I love all the embossing and the different panels. Great colors and I love your sentiment, so very true.
Hugs Kelly

Julie Steed said...

I'm so glad Tim H recognized your blog. This gives me goosebumps! All the texture, color and the quote work so beautifully together. Wow!

Anna-Karin said...

This is one of my favourites of your pieces. I am absolutely not surprised that Tim picked it. Congrats!