Monday, 5 January 2009

Mamma Mia

This week's Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge movie is Mamma Mia:

It is another movie I had not seen until yesterday! At least it was very easy to find at the video shop ;-).

The movie is pretty funny and quirky...and I tried to make my card a wee bit quirky too:

My inspiration was the opening scene showing the island of Kalokairi and the ocean at night, while Sophie is out posting her three letters. I loved the deep blues and blacks of the ocean, sky and island in that sequence...very romantic!

I have used some beautiful dark blue, shimmery paper (of unknown origin) to represent the midnight blue night sky and ocean (the shimmery paper hopefully giving the impression of a starry night sky and its reflection on the water). I ran the ocean piece through my cuttlebug with a wood grain embossing folder in order to give it some ocean-like texture (I don't have any water texture embossing dies). I will note that due to my having made the cuttlebug sandwich a bit too thick the paper tore in several places, but luckily that only adds to the ocean-like texture (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it).

I punched a little moon out of white cardstock and then covered it in White Opal Liquid Pearls. I also painted some of the White Opal Liquid Pearls onto the ocean to give the moon's reflection. After it had dried, I painted on some Crystal Effects and then sprinkled on some of Stampin' Up!'s Chunky Sprinkles in Crystal Iris. Finally I added some translucent white acrylic hearts (also out of my stash of miscellaneous embellishments) on the moon reflection (to tie in with the theme of my card - Follow Your Heart...or a moonbeam...whichever works for you ;-):

The island is a torn piece of Basic Black cardstock. The sentiment is a Stampin' Up! rub-on from the Eastern Elegance pack. The two hearts are punched from Real Red cardstock (using an old Creative memories heart punch) and then covered in Ruby Red Liquid Pearls. I added some Crystal Effects, Crystal Iris Chunky Sprinkles and another smaller, Ruby Red covered heart in the centre of each, for a bit of bling and dimension:

This creation took a while to come together. I already had all my mess spread out on the dining table (much to my husband's dismay).....but it gives me the most room. I started my card, decided I didn't like where it is going...walked away and did something else for a while, walked past it a few times, decided to use something else, sat and tinkered for a while, left, came back, left, came back, had lunch, hung some washing, tinkered, had afternoon tea with the little ones, sat back down and finally finished it...and about 5 hours later I was wondering why it had taken me so long...DOH! I am very happy with the way it turned out though :-) it was worth it!

It is a bit warm here today (32 degrees celcius or about 91 Farenheit)...but my Flannel Flowers are still looking pretty:

Have a great day,


Carol Dunstan said...

This is lovely Sam!

Debbie Pamment said...

Another stunner - what takes longer - finding and watching the movie - or working out your card - LOL!?!?! At least you're getting the added benefit of seeing some great new flicks!

Karen said...

Sam - you never cease to amaze me! GORGEOUS!!!


Jean said...

Oh my heavens Sam - how beautiful this is!

Leonie said...

OMG, this card is simply stunning

Sankari W. said...

ummm.... hello gorgeous card!!! wow Sam! you totally rocked this challenge - love how you tell the story of your creative process --had me cracking up over here :) love your "that's my story and i am sticking with it" - i love the beginning and ending of this movie because it of this blue-black silhouette-ish kind of scene - its just so beautiful!
love how you captured that in your card - the moon and the hearts and the sparkle, the island - the ocean texture - the hearts in the ocean... really beautiful sam!!!

i hope you enjoyed the movie after all your awesome guesses LOL!! Its always a joy to see all your gorgeous creations!!! wishing you all the best always,
Sankari :)

ps - are you still working on the woodbeams and light screenplay??? LOL!!!!

Brooke S said...

Over the TOP!!!! I am totally blown away.... I am totally stunned!! The moon and the reflection are out of this world........ You have the most creative mind ever! My brain is just mush trying to find the right words for your card. I don't even know what to say... You have totally left me speechless...

Sweet moonlight hugs!

Leigh said...

WOW!!!!! I absolutely love this card. Creative is not the word for what you have done for the water, moon and moonbeam. Just absolutely fabulous.

Robyn said...

Mama Mia !!! This is just fantastic!! You have captured the romantic feel of the movie perfectly!!

Tethered2Home said...

Brilliant use of the cuttlebug wood grain E.F. Wouldn't have thought of that, until now ;) Thanks for all the detail & great cards.
Be well,

Cheryl said...

Great Card. I love the moon reflection!!!

Ann said...

Wow, what an amazing interpretation! Totally gorgeous! :D

tomiannie said...

Wow, fab card!

tracy said...

once again you show us how amazing your mind works! You are truly a talented lady Sam. I only wish I lived near you to do some classes!