I want to say "Thanks" again to all of the people who have purchased the exclusive Creative Memories cartridges Cheerful Seasons and Reminisce Accents through my Creative Memories personal website. Thanks to your support I was able to meet the goal for the first stage of the "Cruisin with Cricut" contest.
I am excited to let you know that I received an email on Wednesday and I have "officially" been invited to the next stage of the Creative Memories contest to win a spot on the Cricut Cruise. Now I have to create a layout which will be included in a Facebook contest to determine the winner. I can't decide if I should make a "serious" layout using Reminisce Accents or a more whimsical one with Cheerful Seasons. If you have an opinion about which would be more appealing in a Facebook contest please leave me a comment!
I couldn't do a snowflake video because I am still suffering from laryngitis so I thought I'd share some photos from my trip to Italy. I have noticed many variations of gates, grids and ironwork popping up in the papercrafting world. There is even a new Cricut cartridge called Ornamental Iron. When we were in Italy last month I was fascinated by the ornate grills in the arches over the doors.
Most of the doorways in the old towns and cities we visited feature large wooden double doors with an arch above. This particular pair of doors was very beautiful, with a clamshell design carved in the wood.
Here is a closer view of the doors.
The more modern doors might have very simple designs like this - I think the horseshoe is for good luck but shouldn't it be hanging the other way around to hold the good luck?
This door has a simple lattice grill.
This is a bit more elaborate with some fleurs-de-lis added.
This one is basically just fat and skinny hearts pointed in opposite directions.
Here are some more hearts.
While the grids are almost always semi-circles, once in a while you see something like this.
Some of them can get rather frilly with lots of extra curls.
The lines in this one are a bit more free form and organic.
This grill is very heavy and ornate, with thick bars and lots of ornamentation.
But at the very next door the grill might be much more plain and geometric in design.
I noticed that many of the doors incorporated initials at the center. I wonder if these would be the monograms of the original owners. This grill reminded me of a hand quilting pattern.
This is another fairly simple one. I like the teardrop shape and the secondary pattern it forms.
The stonework is also interesting and appears in various styles.
This is the only one I saw that had two separate arch designs with initials at the bases and then a large medallion with another letter added at the top.
The grills are nearly always black. This is one of the few painted ones and it gives a much more feminine impression with the curvy shapes.
People often ask me where I get ideas and inspiration. There is inspiration to be found everywhere. Sometimes it helps to take your camera with you on a walk to "discover" your own town. You will see so much more if you get out of the car and take the time to really look at things that you pass by every day.
I will be using these grids as a jump start to create some of my own half circle designs for cards or pages. The repetition of images and the geometric patterns will produce some interesting results. If you are inspired by these door grills and try to create some of your own designs in paper I'd love to see them. They would also be good for digital projects.
It has been very rainy here today - I hope the weather is brighter where you are!
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