Sunday, 12 January 2014
January Challenge #7
The family show at the NAC was outstanding. It was a tribute to winter sports, in light of the upcoming winter Olympics. The orchestra started with the Olympic Fanfare, and then Ken Dryden, hockey legend, came out to be guest host. Not only is he a hockey legend, but he is an incredible Canadian figure - lawyer, businessman, former Member of Parliament, officer of the Order of Canada, the list goes on. I'm not the president of the Ken Dryden Appreciation Society, I just want you to picture someone warm and intelligent and synonymous with winter sports (he was a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens and won the Stanley Cup six times in eight years). Anyway, enough on Ken Dryden - but you can see how he would be a gripping host for the show. The orchestra played skating music and had winter sport videos and paintings showing in the background. Then the Propeller Dance company came out and danced for us to the most stirring music. It was so beautifully moving. The final part of the show was a telling of the iconic Canadian story, The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier. Basically the story is one of Roch's childhood in the early 1950's in Quebec, where Rocket Richard and his fellow Montreal Canadiens were the heroes of every boy and man and lots of women too no doubt. The Toronto Maple Leafs were the arch-rivals, as the only other Canadian team in the NHL at that time. The story tells of hockey sweaters and what happens when a catalogue order goes awry and the wrong jersey is delivered. And all this was told with the classic illustrations showing in the background and special music composed just to accompany the story. It was magical!
Well, before we headed out to enjoy that feast for the senses, I had time to make a quick card. I had been tidying away a bag of stuff in my stamp room and found a set of Local King stamps and matching dies. The set is called Chinese Flowers 2. I stamped the image on a scrap of Dylusions paper (I always mop up the over spray with a scrap of either watercolour or marl or similar and save it for something like this). I embossed it with some Chameleon embossing powder, which was on sale at Heather's. It's really cool - a bit multicolour with a lovely sheen. Hard to describe, but really neat. Then I trimmed out the image with the die and adhered it to a scrap of black, and then to a scrap of light purple Bazzill. Under all that is some textured cardstock stamped with a Penny Black background stamp using Pink Pastel fluid chalk ink, and arranged over more scraps in the background. The card base is a neutral grey, and even though it's an odd size, I can always make an envelope to fit with my envelope punch board - yay!
That brings me to the end of this lengthy post. Hope you get some stamping time in today. Thanks for stopping by!