Friday, 22 April 2016

I wouldn't choose it as wallpaper

..........that was the verdict of my in-house critic when he spotted today's card on my desk:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- papers are all from the Echo Park 'Hello Summer' paper pad - I'm determined to finish the remaining few sheets and the snippets tucked in the back - come h*ll or high water!

- first of all I die cut the word 'Hello' using another Frantic Stamper card band die - this one is called (unsurprisingly) 'Hello', into a full sized lime green sheet of paper and trimmed the edges to just a bit less than the card blank size 

- next I backed the word using a snippet of pinky-red paper from the pad and cut it to the same width as the lime green layer - after taping it in place. I'd forgotten my usual trick which is to add the backing paper first and then trim the two layers together, to ensure a perfect fit at either side. Luckily it worked anyhow :)

- then added the 'wallpaper', which again reminds me very much of a retro dress I had a lot of years ago - when retro was 'hip' and we were creating history - snort

- then glued it all to the card front

Len and I didn't know one another back in the days when retro was actually the fashion of the day first time round. Good job maybe - some of the clothes I wore would perhaps have given rise to 'And you're really going out in that?'. Hey, wait, that was my Dad's expression.

Anyone remember the very distinctive perfume called 'Pagan'? It came in a tiny little bottle in a black box with a 'warning leaflet', which basically said it would bring out the primitive in men - as well as 'don't wear it if you're only bluffing'. I made the mistake of letting my Dad see the little warning leaflet and forever afterwards, if he smelled me wearing 'Pagan', he would beat his chest and roar like a gorilla! All these years later (far too many years) I still miss his impish and often quite crazy sense of the ridiculous.

Good grief, I Googled it and you can still buy Pagan all these years later (£4.99 from Amazon)! I ordered a bottle, just for old time's sake, it arrived in double quick time and smells exactly the same :)



Karen Petitt said...

That is so pretty and as much I loves me pink I am with Mr Len on this one. I would not like it as wallpaper myself, but then I am not much of a patterned wallpaper lover! But as a card it's gorgeous Karen xx

Loll said...

Fun and cheerful card Di. xx

Stir Your Creativity said...

Full of color and cheer :)

Aquarius said...

A lovely bright card for a dismal day. I had to smile at Len's comment though and I remember retro before it was actually called that.

SARN said...

Well I like your pretty in pink floral card. I guess it's not very masculine and that's why it didn't appeal to the In-House Critic.

Now . . . what I really want to know is . . . when you put some of your new Pagan perfume on . . . did Len turn into a wild thing and carry you off to his cave???? Hmm?

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sarah said...

I like the THOUGHT of it as wallpaper but I'm not sure I could live with it - it makes a great card though. Love the sound of the perfume! xx

Cara said...

Hmm, I'd have it as wall paper, or maybe a blind. I am a bit um odd though! Great card, so cheery. Cara x

Kath said...

I love the comments from our 'in house critics'! Great use of your papers too.
Kath x

Em Louise Fairley said...

It's great as a card and I love it, but I'm with Len, it wouldn't be a wallpaper for me.

Em x

Alison C said...

I'm still giggling about the Pagan.
It's not on offer as wallpaper is it? For a card it's perfect. Though I wouldn't mind it as wallpaper actually, maybe not a whole room! It reminds me of paper my sister and I had in our room before retro was retro. Big pink and purple flowers.

!neke said...

This is very colorful !
Wallpaper is not in my house !
No way !

Ineke X

Darnell J Knauss said...

Love the card, Di, and loved the story even more! Your dad sounds like he was something very special!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

Sandy said...

Well, I agree with Len that I wouldn't want it as wallpaper, but it makes a lovely card.

scrAPpamondo said...

Happy and colourful card, but surely I wouldn't this background as wallpaper in my house. In Italy the wallpapers are not yet used, anyway :)
That parfume must be sensational :D

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

"In house critic".... is that what we are calling them theses days? Bwahaha! The print sort of reminds me of a romper my niece wore in 1970, and I kind of like the nostalgia! Not even going to touch the perfume story...Nope. Great card!

KandA said...

Fabulous card Di and I love the 'wallpaper'

Just wondering what Len thinks of the Pagan!! xx

Kathleen said...

Well I think I should get those running shoes out if I was you, talk about living dangerously!!
Loved Len's comment.
Not that far from how I decorated my lounge when we first moved in, red, green and orange, loved it, at the time.
Any how, love the card and it reminds more of flower power than retro.

Kath x

Craftychris said...

Ooh your card is gorgeous! I think it would make cool wallpaper! Love the perfume story. I haven't heard of Pagan. xxx

Pat said...

This is pretty paper and very retro Di and the 'hello' die cut sentiment is perfect across the middle. I don't remember this Pagan but I can remember wearing Charlie and I think you can still get that too and I think I can even still remember how it smelled. x

Lindsey said...

Ooh I would - think it's fabulous paper! X

Tina Z. said...

your card is so beautiful, I adore all those flowers.

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--you made me laugh, Di! Those memories make us miss them, but are also comforting, I find. Your card is beautiful--even if wallpaper would be too much--haha! Would you believe--Frantic Stamper is close to where we used to camp every year south of us--if only I'd known!

Sharon said...

Lush!!!! xxx