Saturday, July 25, 2009

Maillot jaune

A confession.

I'm a baseball fan.

That's pretty much it. I love everything about baseball, and aside from hockey and Wimbledon, I pretty much use sports to provide background noise while I nap.

Not that I don't like them, but I don't love them like I love a good rooftop in Chicago when the tulips are blooming.

But today, I make an exception.

First, last night, my beloved Libby had a little creative block. Her Twitter family suggested wine and a stamping magazine, and LOOK WHAT SHE DID!! Ask, and ye shall receive. (PS - you should go through the whole blog hop she's a part of - there's some great blog candy, and some amazing artwork.)

Today, I was in her shoes. Sweet, sweet Jayne told me she missed me today, which warmed my heart, since I haven't posted in a few days. But I needed some inspiration. I asked, and I got it.

The suggestion was "Maillot jaune" - or Yellow Jersey, in French. For you Austinites who need some trivia, that's why Lance Armstrong's bike shop is called Mellow Johnny's, which I was lucky enough to find out today.

And so begins the inspiration. The yellow is so iconic, and I cannot resist an iconic color.

So I combined my waking card dream from
the other day with my fortunate inspiration from my friend today and I got this.I drew a thick black border with my marker and then masked it off with post its. Then I brayered Summer Sun and a little Pumpkin Pie before stamping circle circus in black. I repeated this on a Stampin' Up! envelope, and voila - friend + me = art.

Love it when that happens.

Thank you. :) I'm very grateful.

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7 comments:

  1. Wait, what? Do you love Wimbledon & hockey?? My favorite things in sports: Tour de France, Wimbledon & hockey. :-) LOVE THIS CARD!!! It's so pretty! And love the yellow! Or should I say jaune? :-) Thanks for the shout-out to my card too, you were the perfect inspiration!

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  2. i have loved cycling--lance the first few times and the time after cancer; now, not so much--since i was in high school, and so i love this card! i'm off to replicate it for a class i have tomorrow...too quick and easy!

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  3. Lydia,

    Awesome card! Awesome idea for Circle Circus. Definately going into my favorites list.

    Lisa Atha

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  4. Oh, welcome back to posting! Glad your inspiration returned. Love the card and the great colors. (I think if I had to choose, orange and yellow would be my favorite combination.) Another card to put in my ideas to CASE file...

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  5. Beautiful card, and thanks for the trivia about Mellow Johnny's...I did not know that one.

    I will be going the wine and stamp magazine route tomorrow to try to come up with some swaps. Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderfully arty and relaxing.

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  6. I love this card! It says clean and simple contest all over it.

    I think that you should send this one in!!!!

    You are an inspiration to me.
    Mel

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  7. Love this card and envie. Gorgeous!

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