November 23, 2008

BasicGrey Challenge DT call sketch...Christmas Memories!

Well, I thought I would share the layout and card I made following the fabulous sketch Martine posted for the BasicGrey Challenge blog DT call! Now, I still used Christmas paper but not Wassail, smile! This time I used the Mistletoe and Pear BG 12X12 pp and the Bazzill cardstock pack that co-ordinates with it! I had to get it when I saw this tartan paper. Now, "me ol' Da" is originally from N. Ireland, Co.Down and he wears a Saffron kilt not a tartan, of course, smile! But we had many Scottish friends who had emigrated to Canada, just like him. And I just love different tartans they bring back good childhood memories of our very close family friends, the MacDonalds! Now, I can't tell you the name of this tartan or if it is even an official tartan but I love it just the same!

This is one of my favourite pics of my DD Hannah on Christmas day 2003, at my parents house and I hadn't scrapbooked it. So, I used this fab sketch by Martine. I can't believe my baby has grown up so much! Hannah loved looking at this old pic and she couldn't believe she was actually wearing a turtle neck cuz she hates them (I love them)! I told her that she was only 4 so I could "make" her wear what I wanted then, lol! Not any more, she is 9 years old now and has a mind of her own!

Now, this is the card that I made again with the Mistletoe and Pear 12X12 pp and coordinating Bazzill Basics cardstock pack and following Martine's sketch. I used one of my new Magnolia stamps for the Winter Stampclub....just love Tilda and Edwin sweet!!! I stamped it with Memento ink on Georgia Pacific paper and coloured it with my Copic markers and Twinkling H20s. I used white acrylic paint for the highlights and lots of crystal Stickles. I stamped one of the Magnolia snowflakes from last year around the edges of the image. I loved this blue velvet ribbon for this card. Again inspired by more childhood memories...I Irish danced competitively as a young girl and we also went to Highland dancing competitions to see the dancers. Their costumes often had velvet vests. I think the velvet is sooo pretty with the tartan!

I wonder if the Mistletoe and Pear will come out in a 6X6 pad....wouldn't that be fabulous!? The sentiment is a QK 1$ acrylic stamp that I got at the Scrapbook Academy!

Well, since I was reminiscing about my childhood, I thought I would add this pic of a 8X8 scrapbooking layout that I did for my "All about Me" album. I am about 10 0r 11 years old in these pics. My mom had no idea what she was getting into (she isn't Irish) when I started dancing. Little did she know she was going to learn how to embroider by hand and that she would have to embroider all the designs on my 6 0r 8 panel dress and the cape. I think she did a fabulous job!!!! My grandmother was a furrier and seamstress so she made my dress. I don't know why I have white tights and ballet slippers on instead of my proper soft shoes and socks....too funny! I must have just put the dress on to get some pics. Now, this was before Irish dancers started with the big curly hair pieces and neon costumes...thank god, lol! what's up with that anyways!???? Not all Irish girls have curly hair....I guess I just don't get!!! Any other fellow Irish dancers out there!?

Thanks for stopping by and having a wee look-see!

Oh, I have also received a fabulous new award from Poppy and Tab! I will post it separately later as I think this post is long enough, smile! I am rambling me ol da likes to say "I must have been vaccinated with a gramophone needle", ha ha ha ba haaaaa ha ha!



Sparkle and Flourish said...

I am just loving your card for the Basic Grey DT. the colouring is magnificent and the papers yo have chosen are perfect. It is a beautiful card. I LOVE the childhood piccies!

strawberry fields said...

Hey Tara
Thanks for the lovely blog comment! These are simply gorgeous! I love the pic of you little girl and the stamp image on the card below is so cute :) Your childhood pic is lovely!
I'm hankering after some basic grey papers but am trying to restrain myself from buying too much crafty stuff!
Happy Sunday!
fiona x

cats whiskers said...

Oh what a lot of lovely things you have posted since I have been gone I love your Childhood Pics and your fabulous Tilda Card
Trying hard to catch up on my blog hopping but not getting very far
Hugs Jacqui x

Kim Piggott said...

Just loving all your brilliant creations.
Your scrapbook page is just so beautiful and your baby is adorable.
Love your card your colouring just awesome.
Loved your page with you dancing. Your dress was absolutely beautiful. Clever Mum and Grandma.
Good luck with the dt call!
kim x

tracie said...

Hi Tara, oh wow your layouts are fabulous, your daughter is so cute - and all grown up now at 9 - we have on one of those, cant tell them what to wear !!! Oh your card is so gorgeous and your colouring is stunning - fab, i love it.
So great to meet another Bon Jovi fab, and your right Jon is so delicious !! I haven't seen them since we went to Hyde Park in London 4 years ago - think I'm long overdue for another concert, lol
Hug :)xx

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

Beautiful card for the DT call. I just adore your Irish Dancing scrapbook page. Your mum must have been so clever to embroider the dress.
Pop over to my blog when you have a minute because I have a little something on there for you.

Ila said...

Your layouts are Fabulous!!..and I love the photos!!
Your card is Gorgeous!! love the coloring and design...and of course those BG papers!! ...Hugs, Ila

Jo Nevill said...

Hi Tara

These are just amazing and I especially love the Tilda card, she has a special place in my heart. Your DD is gorgeous, what a fabby photo.

Hugs to you,

Jo x

COCO said...


Rach said...

gorgeous creations Tara, love them all your daughter looks gorgeous...and it must have taken your mum an age to embroider your costume, wow so much detail.
Thanks for sharing. hugs rachxx

Chris said...

Superb layout and card Tara, I love your tartan story LOL and the pictures of your Irish dancing days, such a fabulous dress and the embroidery your Mum did is stunning. Another wonderful post which brightened my day and made me smile. You asked about the dimensions for the Z fold card I did the other day and I used a a standard sheet of A4 card folded into thirds. The card before folding is approx 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches. Hugs, Chris

Tara said...

Fab, fab, fab T! I've enjoyed your trip down memory lane so much!
Good luck for the DT call, something tells me we'll have lots of competition for this one, lol! xx

Kim said...

WOW...what beautiful creations! Your Tilda card is absolutely stunning!
Hugs~ Kim

Bev said...

Love both the l/o and the card Tara - they are brilliant! Your litlte girl is too precious. Good luck with the call hunny

hugs Bev x

Anonymous said...

What a special picture Tara...your dress looks amazing...must have been lovely to wear such gorgeous clothes for your dancing.
Carole :-)

Holly A said...

Hi Tara,
I linked to your blog from Jennifer H-S's blog. Your card creations are adorable and your daughter is totally sweet.

Your Irish dance layout sure brought back memories for me, so I had to comment on it. I also danced in the pre-curly wig days. I'm not sure I have any photos from back then to scrap, but it was a sure a fun time with lots of great memories. I'm not Irish at all but do have a cousin who happens to be living in Ireland now, so one day I'll manage to visit her and perhaps try to attend a big feis, just for fun!

Very nice blog and thanks for making me smile today! All the best!
Holly A.

Unknown said...

Lovely entry to the BG DT Call! Congratulations on getting through!


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