Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Midnight Inspiration CI#14

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It took a while for inspiration to strike for this colour combo. Smokey Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky and Night of Navy are the four colours, seen above. Suddenly, at midnight as I lay in bed sleepless, my mind drifted to the amusing sight of cars, trucks, buses and bikes hurtling around the Arc De Triomph in Paris.

The recently-retired Chase Your Dreams stamp has contributed the Arc, and "Bonjour", while In the City provided everything else for this scene. I began by stamping the Arc de Triomphe, and then masking it with a post-it note. I didn't take it off until the stamping was all finished and it was a lovely surprise to see how beautifully the Arc stands out in this scene.

Using a stitched oval, I pencilled a guide line around the base of it, as it is IRL.Then it wasn't too difficult to fill in that oval with the cobblestone stamp. When the traffic hurtles into the roundabout, there appear to be no rules, nor traffic lanes. There should be multiple pile-ups all day (and night) long, but I haven't yet witnessed one. We stayed nearby on our last visit to Paris, and it was the first landmark we visited that time, and passed it many times over the week.

You may wonder how you cross the road in this situation? Well at 9.30am on a Saturday morning, there weren't too many cars, and we could cross in the usual fashion, but there are tunnels under the road for you to get out to the centre island where the Arc is situated. You can pay an entry fee, and climb to the top of the monument (324 steps) where you can get a magnificent view all around Paris. Look down Champs- Elysèes, out to Sacrè-Coeur in Montmartrè on a distant hill, and then swing around to get an eyeful of the Eiffel Tower. I highly recommend it!

Enough of my nostalgia, it's time to head on to Nikki Spencer, her card is out of this world!


  1. Very clever and it must be busy there! X great masking :-)

  2. Thats a super fun idea Rachel! Well done :-)

  3. Wow, what a masterpiece Rachel!!! So clever! Kelly x

  4. Ha, ha, I'm glad I'm not the only one that has a wandering mind for card ideas. Your card is super fun, Rachel. Enjoy your holiday.

  5. Brings back memories for me Rachel. Such a great card that really captures the chaos! I'm thinking that if needed to cross the road, quickly and with your eyes shut would be the best bet!

  6. Love the way you think Rachel and that you achieved and translated from mind to project. xx

  7. That middle of the night inspiration has worked for both of us this week! Love the concept and how this has worked out - how great would it be as a feature on a pocket based photo album.

  8. Wow. What a fun card that tells an amazing story. Perfect use of the colours.


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