Monday, 29 October 2012

Slaying the Songstress Demon

Today I came across a peculiar creature whilst riding back to the Guild Hall after killing some blood beetles in the Whispering Woods. A creature, who at first glance appeared to be a common woman, stood on the side of the road. She was clad in a simple blue gown and white gloves. I offered her friendly salutations and when she opened her mouth to respond music burst forth. Not just a simple song, but what sounded like an entire choir. Immediately on guard, I drew my sword as my mount, Ruffles, whinnied and began to back up. Sure enough her commonplace appearance melted away to reveal a songstress demon beneath.
First of all, I apologize for the corner of my ink pad in the picture, but I needed something to keep the card closed so I could photograph it. I started by stamping and colouring the "Virginia" image by Kraftin' Kimmie using Prismacolors. The frame around her I cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and then ran through the Cuttlebug. The holly also came from that same cartridge. I outlined it with a white gel pen for some extra visual interest. I liked that the holly die cuts matched the holly in Virginia's hair, which also earned me +49 coordination exp points. The banner was stamped from the Lawn Fawn "Bannerific" set. The sentiment came from the My Pink Stamper "Christmas Wishes" set.
Here's the card opened. It's a gate fold card, but the flaps aren't the same size for something a little different. The large "frame" that the image is in helps keep the card closed.
Here's a close up of the inside. The sentiment came from the My Pink Stamper "Biggie Christmas Sentiments" set. The holly is from the Tim Holtz "Christmas Memories" set. I coloured the holly stamps with Distress Markers and stamped them so I could get the two different colours.
I stamped the holly on the envelope as well, using the same technique with the Distress Markers.

I shall enter this musical number into the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge #152: All About Music!
ABC Christmas Challenge: U for Up To You
Jingle Belles: Holiday Creature Feature
Stamping for Pleasure: Rudolph Day
Paper Playtime Challenge #87: Anything Goes
52 Christmas Card Throwdown October Embellishment Challenge: Die Cuts 
Creative Card Crew Challenge #22: Fancy Folds 
Tammy's Scrapin Corner Challenge #34: Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #161: Know When To Fold 'Em
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #89: Anything Goes

It was fortuitous I was able to see that songstress demon for what she was and slay her before any harm befell the good people of the village. I shall remain vigilant as those demons tend to travel in packs. When one song ends, another is waiting to begin.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Tammy Ortiz said...

oh I love the way it opens, this is just a cute card.
really awesome.
Thank you for your entry this week, Please come back next week.
Tammy Ortiz
Founder of
Tammy Scrapin Corner

Elle said...

Great card. I love your take on the gate fold. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew.


Borqna said...


Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Brilliant offset gatefold card.

Thanks for maxing out your entries to Rudolph Day. Good luck.

Sarn xxx

Heather said...

Gorgeous card....and a very interesting story to boot :) Thanks for joining us at "Paper Playtime" for our Anything Goes challenge this week.

Susan Martin said...

Beautiful!! I love your papers! And I love the embossing on the frame too!! Awesome work! Thank you for playing along with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. Good luck! I hope to see you again next week!!

- Susan, DT @ Tammy's Scrapin Corner

lauren bergold said...

oh how cute is that digi? and then the gatefold design of your card is so clever and SO COOL as well! thanks for helping us celebrate our holiday creature feature at JINGLE BELLES! <3

Dot said...

Another beautiful Christmas card, fab colouring.
Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenge.
greetings Dorte

Annette said...

Love the fancy fold and the inside.
Annette - Netty's Cards
Proud to design for ABC Christmas Challenge.

Mynnette said...

What a fabulous fold! And a darling and fabulously colored image, too! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

SmilynStef said...

What a cutie ... love the music background ... so glad you joined our Creature Feature at Jingle Belles.

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Super cute card! Love the layering.

Don’t forget to had GDT after your name if you want to be a Guest designer in an upcoming challenge! Thanks for joining us as Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is totally cute sweetie. Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Card Crew and good luck.


scrappymo! said...

What a lovely folded design and lovely coloured image...Your post title was great!!!

Kim O'Connell said...

Adorable card inside and out! Thanks for playing along with us for this week's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge!

Ruth M said...

What a lovely and unusual gatefold card!
Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at 52 {C}CT! Ruth x

Nana Diana said...

I love this card!! Your red frame really makes it pop. Awesome banner across the top too! Thanks so much for playing along with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. Diana

Cheryl Valadez said...

What a fabulous card and an enchanting tale! It is just lovely! Thank you for joining us this week at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Hugs, Cheryl

Shannon83k said...

Great card!
Thanks for joining us this week at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. DT Member Shannon83k

Regan said...

Fab take on the gate fold! Love the image and frame! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge for "Know When To Fold 'Em"!

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