Thursday 5 July 2012

Thank You For The Music

I made this card for Gavin's piano teacher.  Gavin will have his last lesson next Monday and Octave has been teaching him, pushing him, cajoling him and when necessary, threatening him for a decade now.
Octave has always demanded excellence and Gavin (who like most boys is naturally lazy) has usually managed to pull the cat out of the bag, even if it has only been at the very last minute.
In his final exam he received the highest mark in his group which was extraordinary considering just two weeks before Octave said he wouldn't be able to sit for the exam because he was so poorly prepared.
I don't have many photos of Gavin playing the piano but I managed to find two.  One taken when he was very young (could have been his 1st concert) and one taken a few years back with Octave at a diploma issue.  I thought it would be nice to share these with Octave so I created a pocket and a tag with the photos.
The background was created with alcohol inks and overstamped with a sheet music stamp from Stempelwinkel.  The piano collage was from the internet.  The rectangular collage was a portion of a wood mounted stamp from Stamper's Anonymous.  The word "success" (just above the key) was printed using the American Typewriter font.  The other stamp (used on the tag as well as the sentiment) was from the Paris Nouveau set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.  All images were distressed with Mahogany Distress Ink.  Although this stamp set was designed for the Spellbinders Labels 25 set, there is this one stamp which can also be cut with a circle.  This set has got to be one of my faves.
The design of this card was based on WMS sketch #104 the first I have ever completed -  I hope it's okay that I've used a circle instead of an oval.  


  1. What a wonderful masculine card! I love the rustic look - Gavin's piano teacher will love this. I think it is so clever the little pull out you added with the photo making this even more special and personal. 10 years is a very long time - I bet your son is quite accomplished!

  2. This is superb, I imagine he'll treasure it for sure. Well done.

  3. Love the sliding pocket idea and the teeny key embellishment! Such warm and rich colors on this one, and that musical background is perfect for a piano teacher. Fab WMSC challenge card, so glad that you could play along this week!

  4. Beautiful!
    The colors are so rich and deep...
    and love the slider feature!!
    A fabulous take on this weeks sketch...
    so glad you could join us at WMSC!! :)

  5. Beautiful!!! Thanks for joining us at WMSC!

  6. This is a stunning the little pull out photo!
    Hope you don't mind if I follow your blog!

  7. Love the warm citrus colours on your card


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