Sunday, September 11, 2011

Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night...

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly

All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise..
(The Beatles)
Hello friends & followers.  If you have not heard 'Blackbird' before, please allow me to introduce you.  I think it is such a calming, peaceful, uplifting song.  It has a lot of interpretations, but to me, it is a song of encouragement to a living thing that has had some  challenge to overcome, for them to fly above it all, I like that positive message delivered so gently.  I love listening to it, even enjoy singing it (much to the dismay of those in earshot of me) - haven't heard it?  There are lots of different versions of it out there.  HERE is a link to a version of it I particularly like on You Tube performed by the cast of the television show Glee.  Hope you like it.  :)

So why do I begin today by breaking into song?  (actually, that is not unheard of for me, especially at TSG Release parties...).  Two of the challenges I completed my first card for were 'Inspired by a Song' and this was the song that inspired me to make not one but two cards.  :)  The first card was created using Skipping Stones Design Sketch 92 (isn't it great?  Amy Sheffer designed it - staying in my 'go-to' file for sure!):

I replaced the star element with my own little 'blackbird' image from SSD's 'Heartsong' set perched on one of the musical scores of Echo Park's yummy 'Be Mine' collection, which matched the design on the bird's body perfectly, to create this card:
(Please click on the photo for clearer resolution).  I used some flirty ruffled ribbon, a get well soon gift from a friend right after I had my spinal fusion surgery, accentuated by some black velvet ribbon (I LOVE velvet ribbon!).  The 'thank you' sentiment is also from the same set - pretty font no?  Okay, get ready, in addition to the sketch challenge this little card fulfills the requirements of the following additional challenges as well:

WOW!  LOL!  :)

My second card was still inspired by this song in the sense I was thinking of something uplifting, supportive... a 'you can do it!' attitude.  This card was made for my friend Lee's Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV - to 'think pink' for our friend AJ who is fighting the good fight right now (and I KNOW she is going to WIN!!).  I used Theresa Momber's beautifully illustrated 'Hang in There' set by Gina K. Designs, this week's sketch 72 by Donna at Sunday Sketch & Stamp and created this card to send to my friend:
I cut a rectangle of grey paper int he desired size and crumpled it up several times and split it apart to create a brushed look of faux suede to match the koala's natural soft texture, substituted three flowers in for the circle in the sketch, used more of that fabby ruffled gingham and black velvet ribbon, some pearls and some black rhinestones (one of my favorite colors of rhinestones oddly enough).  There were two different challenges that asked us to decorate the inside of our cards: (1) Paper Sundaes 86 (though they called it 'Finishing Touches' - isn't that cute?), and (2) Truly Scrumptious Challenge 65, and since this is for someone I really care about I wanted it to be special, here is the inside:

(the angle is a little off in the photo - sorry!).  All of these images are from 'Hang in There'.  Okay, here we go again, this card also fulfills the requirements of the additional challenges:

Whew!  I think that is 17 challenges total - a new record for me!  WOO HOO!

Thank you to all of the challenges sites, and their sponsors, for the fun challenges, and of course thank YOU, my loyal friends & followers who visit my blog regularly and give me the warm fuzzies with all of your sweet & supportive comments.  I hope you have a FABULOUS Sunday and a terrific week ahead!
~Crafty Math Chick


Unknown said...

beautiful cards! love the ruffled ribbon and that bird image is divine! :)

paper fun said...

I love all your pink and black cards. So pretty.

Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


ike said...

FABULOUS cards - love both of them and I adore that little koala image. Thank you for joining us at SSDS.
Ike xxxx

Denise @ kc242 said...

What a cute card. Love your design. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Creative Card Crew!

downrightcrafty said...

A gorgeous creation, love the colour choice and thank you for sharing with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate
PS I have some candy if you are interested :)

lalkygirl said...

2 fabulous cards,love the ruffled ribbon .i think the koala is prefect for the hang on in there card,fabulous
thanks for joining us at the poodle parlour and good luck
tracey x

Janette said...

Love both your cards, thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

jimlynn said...

BOTH are fabulous! LOVE all the pink you used in them too! Wonderful cards.
Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us Challenges.


Gorgeous cards thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx

Jingle said...

Wow! I love your SSD card! This is one of my favorites I've seen you do! Thanks for playing along!

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, Meredith, these are fantastic creations--and I can't believe how many challenges you rolled into these. WAY TO GO, my friend!!!!

Karen B. said...

These are fantastic cards, I really like the color combo you've chosen to highlight. Thanks for playing at Skipping Stones Design!

Suzy said...

Super cute cards! Thanks for celebrating with TPV this week ;)

Amy Sheffer said...

I can't get over how many challenges you were able to combine! Awesome! Both cards are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your song inspiration, and thanks for playing along in the Skipping Stones Design challenge!

Wendy said...

WOW, WOW, WOW....all of your cards are FABULOUS!!! Thank you for your continued support of Skipping Stones Design!!!

Shannan Teubner said...

Oooh I love that's on my Encouragement playlist :)
Your cards are know I love it with pink and music notes!! :)

Sande said...

Them all are gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us on "Thank you" challenge at SSDS this week. Hope to see you next week again!

Hugs, Sande xx

Fleur said...

Fab cards, Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Truly Scrumptious this fortnight, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
Hugz Fleur xXx

Chris said...

It seems odd to run into my MFT junkie friends outside that forum.

That is a very pretty song and I'm old enough to remember when it came out on the white album. fond memories, thanks for the push down memory lane.

Your cards are great, that koala is adorable and I like that ribbon with the ruffly edge. thanks for playing with us at Pile It On.

Crystal said...

I love this song too! Great cards - love the pink ruffled ribbon you used on both. Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes this week :)

The Mama Monkey said...

I know that song...does that make me old?! And I especially love what you did with the ribbon!

Thanks for playing with us at SSDS!

Jenny said...

What a fabulous Aussie Koala! Love this image and your card looks great. Thanks for sharing with us at Paper Sundaes this week.

Mummylade said...

What a brilliant project. I'm so glad you're entering in the SFTW challenge with this and good luck!

Alica said...

cute cards, love the ruffled ribbon and pink/black color combo!
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Hugs, Alica ;)

Leslie Hanna said...

I love them both, even if I AM channeling "Blackbird". I thought of the Kenny Rankin version first, though. :)

Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Thanks for joining our "Inspired by a song" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE this week :)

Hugs Jane x

Melissa S. said...

Great Cards. All ov them. Thanks for joining us at Pile It On this week.

Suzie McFloozy said...

Fantastic cards - I adore the colour combo x
Thanks for playing along with us at stampin' for the weekend & good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Helen said...

Lovely card!
Thanks for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge & Pile It On!
Helen x

PS - I have candy on offer on my blog at the moment if you're interested :0)

Linda said...

Oh love the black bird card. One of my favorite songs. Thanks for joining us at SSDS for our Thank You challenge.

Theresa said...

Love love love these cards. That pink ribbon is awesome. I really like the music DP. Fabulous work my friend.

Linda said...

Hi you are our winner at SSDS and I need your email address to send to Designed2Delight Digital Stamps.