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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

I won't send roses...

Hello everyone.  I'm so happy to be hosting the challenge at Our Creative Corner for April - I hope you'll find time to see the inspiration offered up by my fantastic team-mates, and to come and play along.  But just before we get into that, if you're looking for my Artistic Stamper challenge post from earlier today, just click on the link.  Sorry, the 1st of the month is always busy!

Back to Our Creative Corner - and this month I'm inviting you to do your creating "With A Song In Your Heart".  We'd like to see creations inspired by and including a song title and/or lyrics.  I'd like to see the words (either the title or some lyrics or both) appearing on your make, and you also need to let us know in your post the song which has inspired you.  In an ideal world it would be lovely if you included a link to the music, so we can listen while we look, but that bit's not compulsory!

I started with a song I've loved for years, but it took me by surprise, leading me to quite an unexpected place - pink, and very flowery!  And it ended up spreading onto not one but two jumbo size #12 tags, and into another mammoth post - sorry!!

And I don't really know if this counts - since clearly I was already making it at the same time, but evidently I was channelling Tim Holtz through the ether... have you seen his glorious April tag yet?!  So I'm going to enter these in the 12 Tags, even though they happened before I saw the tutorial!  Though I will have a play later in the month anyway... just for fun, and to learn more.


The song, I Won't Send Roses, is from the musical Mack and Mabel.  It's about two of the luminaries of the early cinema, Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, and in the song the hard-bitten, cynical, older Mack warns his young star Mabel not to fall for him since he's just not the romantic type, and it'll do her no good.

If you click on the name of the song, you can listen as you look.



There are versions with better sound quality, but with the link above you get the added bonus of the genius of ice dancers Torvill and Dean.

It's through them that I first discovered the song - initially in their brilliant Mack and Mabel routine in 1982 (still my favourite competitive routine, I think, over the much-lauded Bolero).









In the M&M routine, you hear just one refrain of Roses within the overture, but then Torvill and Dean used the whole song in a fabulous gala performance to close the 1984 Olympics... that's the one I've given you the song link for, just below the main photograph.  It still makes me cry, though I've watched it hundreds of times.  Utter perfection.








I think one of the things which appeals to me about this song - besides its soaring melody line which is just so beautiful - is the bitter sweet sentiment behind it.

It's built on an internal contradiction, and I love that kind of thing!










He tells her he won't send roses... and yet he can see that's what she deserves.  And unfortunately, she's already fallen for him big-time, so it's a bit late for a warning, and I think he knows that.  The push-pull of that gives their relationship and this song a brilliant dramatic tension.

He won't/can't show love, but somewhere deep down he does love her - though he may not even quite recognise it himself.  He just knows that she's beautiful with roses around her.












I won't send roses, and roses suit you so.













So clearly there had to be roses.  

But I also wanted a sense of bleakness, and a touch of decay, revealing the negative side.













Their relationship didn't have a happy ending in real life (or in the musical, strictly speaking), so there are hints of rust, and the spatter of tear drops shed.










Originally, I had everything on the one tag, but it got really crowded - despite the giant 10.5 x 5.125 inch size - especially with the whole line of the lyrics in one go.

(The background paper is by UHK Gallery, with some Pumice Stone stencilling through my new favourite stencil, TH's Latticework.)










Once the flowers were on top of the underlying structure, I could barely find anywhere to fit the rusted washers which had been a major part of the original swirl of ideas!

It was all just too busy... plus I really didn't want to cover up those bare branches and trellises too much - I really liked them!










Breakthrough time came when I realised that I could just shift the roses across to create a whole
other contrasting tag, reflecting that turnaround in the thought in the lyrics.










I had a lovely time playing with the Trellis Frameworks die: the empty frame for those non-existent roses in the first tag...












... and a rusted hint of it underlying the longed-for rose bower in the second.











I created the rusted pieces of trellis with various embossing powders and paints on some thick card, and the wooden branches are actually wooden, altered with some gesso and paint.













I found I needed to add some colour to the very wintry neutrals so that the two tags looked as though they belonged together more.  

I thought some of my glass pebbles would be a great start, this time with a pinky-red spritzed book page underneath, rather than my usual greeny-blue ones!

All the splattering came later.








The two book page butterflies were late additions - beautiful creatures which arrived, ready-distressed, with an order from my fabulous team-mate Linda, a.k.a. the Funkie Junkie.










They seemed to perch perfectly on the wooden branches, adding some dimension to match those huge flowers across the way.

And you'll see there are plenty of my rusted washers, now fully visible in all their decaying glory.









For the roses, I gathered up some of the many paper flowers I seem to have accumulated, despite only rarely using them on projects.

Clearly there's a deep attraction on some level, which I find hard to admit even to myself...

What, me?  Girly flowers?  And pink?  Really?!  (Hello, Mack Sennett - here's part of why I understand your levels of self-deception!)











I used lots of gesso and spritzing on them (mainly using the sprays I made up with Luminarte Primary Elements powders, though there are some 13 Arts ones in there too).

Some flowers started out a darker colour, rather than white or cream, so they took the inks differently.










I love the colour variation that gives across the whole bouquet.

And of course some of them got left as cream or ivory - until the spattering, that is!










There are more of the glass beads nestled in amongst the flowers here - again, a way to tie the two tags together.











The woman from the Tim Holtz Classics #5 set is a regular feature here at Words and Pictures.

There's something infinitely flexible about her expression, so she can be sad and cold one moment and warm and content the next, depending on what you feed into her eyes with your own thoughts.









There's a little more rust creeping in at the top, with some rusty wire twined around the feminine softness of the ribbons, as Mack is already twined around Mabel's heart.





So that's the journey this song took me on.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Regulars at Words and Pictures will know that my creations are quite often triggered by songs (Write a little more often or the recent You Don't Bring Me Flowers for instance), so this is a very natural way to work for me.




I know, however, that it posed a real challenge to some of my team-mates, but they stepped bravely and brilliantly out of their comfort zones - and I absolutely love what they've created as a result.  Do check out their beautiful projects, along with all the challenge rules and details, here at Our Creative Corner and I hope you'll be inspired to play With a Song in Your Heart - you might surprise yourself!

And don't forget there's a new Artistic Stamper challenge kicking off today too!

Words make you think.  Music makes you feel.  A song makes you feel a thought.
Yip Harburg (song lyricist who wrote, amongst many many others, the lyrics for Somewhere Over the Rainbow, not to mention the rest of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime)

I'd like to enter these as my April tags in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014.  I know it's cheeky - but I just can't believe the coincidence - so it's irresistible, I'm afraid!
And at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it's The One With All The Rules a.k.a. Anything Goes.

81 comments:

Buttons said...

Crackle, stencilling, rust, ink splats and plenty of blooms. Love it! Jenny x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Alison, this one is beautiful and stunning, I am in aww! thanks for explaining the process- so many techniques, love to read..

Brenda Brown said...

You have brilliantly shared the nostalgic feelings from the song in visual elements. I just love the rusted additions with the beautiful flowers and the superb creative designs. xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Both tags are the perfect compliment to the evocative song Alison, glad you decided to make it a do, rather than ramp it all onto the one!

Amanda said...

Fabulous!! Love the contrast between the 2 tags and the story that goes along with them. Pink suits you by the way!
Love
Amanda x

Kath said...

Wow Alison such beautiful tags...love all the gorgeous details...hugs kath xxx

Deborah said...

What a beautful, brilliant interpretation of the lyrics and the sentiment behind the song, Alison. Making two tags works perfectly. I love the profusion of flowers.

I also have lots of stuff I never use on my work, in my case metal embellishments. Why do we do it?! LOL

Chris Warner said...

Ooooh, quite different colours for you Alison and I love them both. Great use of the lyrics, great imagery and composition. Fab! Chris xxx

Chrissy said...

OH!! Alison..they are just beautiful.I love pink and roses and the image is just gorgeous..love the glass beads reflecting the colours of the roses..the branches and butterflies...gorgeous.

luv CHRISSYxx

Shirley Chillman said...

Two for the price of one Alison just perfect, the roses are adorable.

Roses have always been my favorite flower especially "Blue Moon", so fragrant. Andrew ordered a dozen of these for our flower border in the front garden. Each morning in the summer months as I went out the front door the subtle perfume scent from them was pure heaven. Leaving my garden was so hard.

Your tags look as if she is having a nostalgic moment with them.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

snazzyoriginal said...

A beautiful post and stunningly insightful interpretation of the essence of the song in your beautiful tags. Love it xx

Redanne said...

Gosh, I can still remember Torvill and Dean's wonderful interpretation of this song.... and your interpretation is fabulous too. Those little butterflies are just perfect.. Anne x

Laurart said...

Love it! I always really love your pink toned creations and this one is the best yet! I must admit I didn't know this song and didn't know the Mack and Mabel musical, but I loved listening to it and want to hear more. Don't know how that one got past me, especially in our family! I need to catch up on my knowledge of musicals obviously! Anyway, I adore this and I think you captured the song perfectly! This is very special. Lots of love from Laura xxx

die amelie said...

What an awesome idea to turn your original design into two contrasting and yet deeply connected tags, Alison!

I loved Torvill and Dean too...so thanks for that extra ;)

Those rusted bits work sooo perfectly with the lovely roses and little splashes of rosy colours here and there! There IS decay, but I would rather tend to interpret this as the fact that he has already affected her inner thoughts and feelings and that this feels like being slowly rusted from the inside...crumbling but at the same time becoming part of each other.

I am not that much a fan of musicals, but I am a big fan of these two tags!

Claudia x

craftytrog said...

A stunning pair of tags Alison, & thanks for sharing that lovely T&D video...brought back memories!
Alison xxx

rachel said...

wonderful tags Alison - just so very pretty - stunning colours and designs xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

I enjoyed your post so much, Alison. It is wonderful that you discovered the crafty world as another way to express your wonderful ability with words, pictures, music, and drama. I love the way you have used the tags to interpret the lyrics in the song, and the ice dancing is another bonus. And on a more prosaic note, I have to have that new frameworks die!

Lucy x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

These tags are stunning Alison...love that face at first! Then your great background and all those pink, whit, yellow flowers....great!!! A gorgeous post :-)

Meggymay said...

Stunning Tags. The flowers are gorgeous.
Yvonne

cathylynn said...

Two magnificent tags with a wonderful story. Pink and flowers to sum it up. What a beautiful surprise. Love those tear drops too and all of the other textures and elements to create these beauties.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Lucy Edmondson said...

Just returning to see if you have stopped by Snazzys lately ......!

Lucy x

Nicole Wright said...

Both are beautiful!

JansArtyJunk said...

GORGEOUS tags Alison...Beautiful elements :)...and thank you for hopping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments...will be following your lovely blog too ;) Jan x

Inkypinkycraft said...

this is so gorgeous , love the delicate roses against the rusty washer ...fab , love it! hugs x trace x

Paper Profusion said...

Both are sublime Alison! Nicola x

Nan G said...

Wow! Look out world, when butterfly gets a song in her head absolute fabulous-ness is created! Always love your story line and the creativity it sparks. Hugs!

massofhair said...

A long and very enjoyable post...

Two exquisite Tags, perfection personified. Awesome Alison, just awesome:-) xxx

Matilde said...

What a beautiful tags! I like your creative nature very much ;)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Both tags are so beautiful and what a fantastic idea to make two to represent the music...

I love all about them Alison!
JUST beautiful !
xxx
Susi

Cardgenie said...

Wow, I love the idea of the two tags reflecting the differing sentiments. They are both beautiful. Great inspiration - thanks. Jean.x

Heather said...

Beautiful tags Alison, I love how your vision carries through the Mack & Mabel on the the complete creation. It is a delight to see the results. I love your techniques and elements - I love your glass pebbles and the colours and arrangement of the flowers are stunning!!!

hugs
Heather xx

Netty said...

Great song choice and beautifully designed, my favourite is the one covered in roses. Great work Alison, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Jools Robertson said...

This is so incredibly beautiful, the colours are exquisite
Love the trellis effect and the flowers are just amazing
I can almost smell the roses

Jools x

Hetty said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Serene background and lovely roses! You made some great tags with Tim'sinspiration.

Maggie said...

Beautiful tags Alison loving the colour palette looks like that die needs to go on my wish list!!

MaggieH

Kort og Søm said...

So beautiful :)

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow, two amazing tags, they're gorgeous.

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Alison,
Apologies for not having visited you for some time.
The tags aren't simply beautiful, they call the viewer in to have a closer look, is it that soulful look in her eyes that captivate us I wonder.
Pretty in pink they may be but with such substance to them.
Wishes
Lynne

Margie said...

Oh Alison, I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures and reading the story of how these beautiful tags emerged. I must admit, I did a double take at the two faces and wondered for a minute if they were different stamps - they do seem to have different expressions in the eyes - very clever! I love both of the tags but my favourite has to be the gorgeous rose-adorned one. Margie x

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Alison, loooooove this challenge, and the DREAM TEAM back in action,BRAVO. BRAVO, what a performance you created on those tags, I listened to the song 4 times all by different artist Michael Feinstein was my favorite, I remember seeing Torvill and Dean skating to it at those Olympics, BRILLIANT POST Miss Alison, this challenge is really tempting, thanks for all the inspiration, loooooove those glass beads, and when you do color (out of your usual) it's superb... ((( BIG HUGS )))

Lisa S. said...

What a stunning post Alison! You are amazing and I think the challenge theme is brilliant. Will have to come up with a song and some mojo for my project. :) Love the roses and all of the wonderful products by Tim on your beautiful tags. Hugs

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

These are so incredible stunning! I love the romantic feel they evoke, yet they are still so modern, fresh and original. It is always a joy to see what creative combinations you come up with. You are so talented at putting elements together in the most delightful and stunning ways possible!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Alison , a masterpiece again, this is really stunnning, I love the face a lot (I have it in my collection too) but you make this tag be wonderfull!!I really love all the details , the cracle background , the beautifull flowers , the kind words!! I love it!!!

Greetings
Maria

May said...

WOW...Alison...two beautiful tags, full of wonderful texture & those flowers are perfect....the attention to detail is outstanding...Loved the tutorial as always full of inspiration...Hugs May x x x

Helen said...

Finally persuaded my computer to load all the pics and let me leave a comment!!These tags are fabulous, Alison, as always I love all the details you've included - beautiful!

Almo said...

Both of these tags are gorgeous Alison I love the way you have told the story through the elements you have used. You and Tim were definitly on the same wavelength this month great minds think alike. Mo x

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW Alison your tags are so wonderful, absolutely stunning.

Hugs
Anke

Neet said...

Oh Alison - you have me singing in my head now!
Love the tags, not sure which I prefer so I guess I like them equally.
Good choice of topic for the challenge.
Hugs, Neet xx

Sue said...

Absolutely gorgeous Alison, and I loved reading the story behind it all. I came for the tag and got an education lol xx

Hettie said...

OMG Alison. These are absolutely flippin' brilliant! The contrast, the colours and the whole make up of them. And as for sharing the video of Jayne and Chris - awesome. I even shed a tear as I was and still am in awe of their skating.
Thanks Honey for the trip down memory lane.
Hugs
xx

Unni A said...

Very very very beautiful! :)
hugs, Unni

Kay Wallace said...

Love using song titles/lyrics for inspiration, Alison, and your tags here are two wonderful reasons why I do!! Love all the vintage detail surrounding that gorgeous face! Well choreographed, my friend!

Dorthe said...

BEAUTIFUL ,dear Alison,
and the sweetest ever collection of roses in all those wonderful colours...oh yes ,I love pink and in all tones of it,-
Hugs, Dorthe

Kate said...

Loving these tags. All those flowers are lovely!

toni said...

Beautiful tags Alison , love the floral accents and that trellis, which I am completely in love with! A great challenge which I'm hoping to join in with . Must have a listen to that song xx

Moira Gray said...

Gorgeous love them.

Moira xx

maj. said...

Fabulous!!!! Just love it!!!!

Coco said...

Oh wow!!! Two fantastic jumbo tags, the colours are fabulous and all is so delicate on both!! I love love them, also the little roses..
I'm leaving tomorrow Alison, so I will discover all what I've missed in the interval when I go back! :) Have a great end of week, Hugs xxx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow wow wow - these tags are outstanding. Love every detail especially the rusty elements.

sara j said...

You continually surprise me Alison, in the very best way. The colors are stupendous...and i love the brightly colored flowers against the rusty elements. It's just gorgeous! Great job.

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous tags Alison! Love the pretty image and all the fabulous blossoms! So much detail to enjoy! Thanks for the inspiration!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

What abeautiful Tags Alison! Gorgeous and so romantic finished. I wonder your projects looks clean In spite of using many textures and techniques. I love these Tags. xx

Kasia said...

What an amazing tags, Alison! This one with roses is so beautiful! Wonderful creations :)

Marci said...

Sorry, late commenting. A lovely make, so ingenious to do two tags. I love both! I, too, loved watching Torvill and Dean. Unfortunately, (because of copyrite issues?) I can't watch the video of them performing to this song. Thanks for reminding us about them. You are right about that face stamp, I noticed in another post you did how she can look different from different angles. You have done her justice again!

Anguree said...

Absolutely Stunning

Fliss said...

Wow Alison! These are absolutely stunning. Such a beautiful background and the most lovely feminine detail.
Fliss xx

House of Bears said...

Wow, these are just beautiful. We love that stamp and have it somewhere so you've inspired us to dig it out and have a play. Your roses are lovely, such a lovely lot of work has gone into these art works.

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow, Alison, these are tremendous. That is one of my favourite stamps. I love all you've done here - the roses and the rust! I love old movies and musicals too: Rodgers and Hart are my favourite song writing duo; but i'm off to check out this number. If it can inspire tags as sensational as these, I want to hear it! Julie Ann xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

My first thoughts: pink! girly! flowers! My goodness. I can't believe how you channeled Tim so well. WOW! That's about all I can muster out over these two tags and the story behind them all. For sure it had to be two tags. I love the barren one, awaiting love and roses, when compared to the floral one which is filled with beauty but lacking the love. Excellent!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy moly! I'm running late getting around to all the teamies' blogs from the OCC challenge this week, and yours is the first blog I am visiting...you have totally knocked me out with this one, Alison! I absolutely loved it as soon as I saw it, but now reading your whole post with all the details and tying the song into the design - wow! I'm just picking myself up off the floor. Your creations are always sensational, but I have to think that these two might be my favorites yet (and not because I see my sweet vintage butterflies that flew across the pond on one of them, which was definitely a thrill too!). Such a fun challenge this month too.

Hugs,
Linda

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

Wow, very impressive tags. I adore all those flowers. I think you should frame these.

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. both tags are gorgeous, Alison. All the details and embellishments are just amazing. :)

Tracy said...

Alison your work always blows me away, but these two along with your words and the song ..... WOW your best yet!!!
Xxxxxxx

Sophie said...

Das ist ein Traum, Alison...
so bezaubernd, so fein...

Wunderschön mit den Rosen.
Ein Feuerwerk für die Augen!

Umarmung von Sophie xx

sam21ski said...

Both of these look stunning xxx

Gio said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! No other words! Especially the one with the roses in the hair...really outstanding!

Anguree said...

Love love love what you have done with this month's challenge.

Lisa M said...

Holy crapola!!! This was AMAZING! You've swept me off my feet with this post. So tragically romantic and fiercely contrasting in emotions. Absolutely LOVE this...every little bitty bit! The resolve to make two tags is worthy of applause.
Such a bitter sweet and sad story and so perfectly depicted by you!
Sensational make chica!!
hugs,
Lisa x

Mrs.B said...

Just had a lovely catch up of your gorgeous makes.
Love these two tags - brilliant contrasts and both so beautiful.
Avril xx

Debbie said...

Stunningly gorgeous Alison! Love everything about them! I just got this stamp set and have not use yet! Love your creative soul!

Wishes
Debbie

Kezzy said...

One of my ultimate favourites the song and the tags. Wow Alison these are truky stunning and I love the way you have bought through the sadness as rust but the deep love emotion of the roses. I love love love the way you have rusted your items, I use rusting powder which you really have to plan in advance but you have done it with inks etc, wow I so would love you to do a tutorial on this, especially how on the metal embellishments as well. Your amazing and your artwork is awesome :-) Kezzy xxx