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Monday, 5 September 2011

Dream Valley #15 Picture Inspiration

Hi, we have a picture inspiration for you at Dream Valley this fortnight, and two fabulous prizes on offer too.

In order to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes from our regular sponsor One Stop Card Crafts with a £10 voucher


or Sassy Studio Designs with 4 fabulous free digis

imageYou just have to make or create something that is inspired by our picture. For example garden parties, tea parties, maybe outdoor Weddings or even just use the simple colours on your creation. You can create anything you like, scrapbook page, card, object, as long as it meets the theme in some way.


For my card I chose the colours in the picture. My image is called Sock Hop Sweetie from Sassy Design Studios and I coloured her in with promarkers and shaded her with Prisma pencils.

DV 15 She reminds me of me back in the late 70s early 80s when there was the Rock n Roll revival era here in the UK. Rockabilly was huge. I recall going on the march to London to demand that the BBC play some of the new rockabilly music on the radio!! I was frequently at gigs jiving along to music from Freddie Fingers Lee, who had a patch over one eye and who if my memory serves me right could stand on his head and play the piano upside down, Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers, Crepes N Drapes, and the uber talented and gorgeous Stray Cats!

The girls wore the amazing turntable skirts and stockings and suspenders, and the boys looked on in awe in their Drape suits as the girls whirled showing a flash of their stocking tops! Nowadays of course, both girls and boys have their underwear hanging out on show almost permanently and there is no mystery and no thrill when you catch a glimpse of it.

Around about that time my Sister had her 21st birthday and she said I could invite a couple of friends of my own, and so I invited my Rockabilly buddies. I can remember how we all lit up the dance floor twirling and jiving, bopping and hopping and several people asked my Mum where on earth had she booked the entertainment as they were fantastic and they wanted them for their own parties!

Here are some pics of the boys from the Group, sadly they are very old and grainy, a bit like me really!image

I dated the tall one at the far right as you look at it, in the front row kneeling down with the blond quiff, and then later the little one second from left in the front row. I also became Godmother to the fourth one in from the left back row’s gorgeous little Son. I wonder how they all turned out, and what they are doing now.

Doin’ the Hand Jive Baby


At the Hop


I wonder where those umbrellas came from!


Happy Days.

Anyhow back to the present. So when I saw this lovely image I had to use it. To go with the theme and the pictures in my head I stamped up some Kanban stamps to make a mat to place her on and also onto shrink plastic the treble clef, music and piano to make little embellishments. The lace is from my stash and the papers are from Bearly Mine. The flowers are from Wild Orchid.

I should like to enter my trip down memory lane into the following challenges:-

Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days - #16 Add Flowers

Card Makin’ Mamas - #28 Going Digital (both my image and papers are digi)

Crafting When We Can - #1 Anything Goes

Fairytale Challenge Blog - #23 Flowers and Lace

One Stitch at A Time – #78 Use a Digi

Stamp Something – September Digi Day Challenge

Stamptacular Sunday – #127 The Sky’s The Limit

Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Anything But Birthday

The Altered Alice #1.7 Text as Nonsense (as decoration) Text on my music score

The Crafting Misfit – Show and Tell Anything Goes

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin


  1. Love how you framed your Sock Hop Sweetie with lace and flowers... very sweet card... thanks for sharing with our 1st Crafting When We Can Challenge :)

  2. Thanks for playing along with The Altered Alice! The card is loverly and I enjoyed sock hopping down memory lane with you!

  3. Hi Lin, I loved seeing your photos and reading your memories, sounds like a lot of fun, thanks for sharing. Had to pop in cos I just saw this gorgeous card on the DV challenge...beautiful how you used the colours from the photo, everything looks so pretty. CoB

  4. gorgeous card!
    thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sudnay this week

  5. Beautiful card, love the colour scheme. Thanks for joining our first challenge at CWWC. Carol DT x

  6. A brilliant card, she is such a cute image. Love the photos

    Thank you for joining us at CWWC for our 1st challenge

  7. This one is great too. Loving the shade of green!

    Thanks for linking up on Show and Tell this week!
    Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
    Stop by my blog anytime!

  8. Hello
    A great background paper, a cute image and the design is great.
    Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

  9. What a fab idea! Your card is wonderfull and it really fit´s perfect to your photo inspiration! Thank you for joining our flowers and lace challenge at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  10. Beautiful card. Gorgeous image and I love the lace :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  11. Fabulous card, love the lace around the outside, lovely. Thanks so much for joining in The Altered Alice challenge. Tracy x

  12. OOOh such fun memories and pix and your card is gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with The Altered Alice. xxD

  13. Gorgeous creation in beautiful colours and nice details!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Fairytale Challenge
    Hugs Nela

  14. Great card and a wonderful trip down memory lane :o) Thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Good luck. HUgs

    NIkki DT

  15. Thank you so much for playing our challenge this week at OSAAT. Good luck.
    Hugs Nataliya.

  16. Great card, thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week.

    Hugs Wenda

  17. Did you enjoy your little trip down memory lane? The photo's and comments are really interesting (especially the bits about boyfriends past). Thanks for sharing it all at Sweet Stampin, hugs Zoe x

  18. Oooh.. Love the image!! And the flowes are cute too.. Gorgeous card!!
    Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge and hope to see you in this week Sketch Challenge!

    Hugs Tine

  19. What a great work. Beautiful design.
    Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
    xx Sandra


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