Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge -- Inspired By A Song (February 2016)

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week was a challenge!  The challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  The theme this week was to be inspired by a song.  My first thought was – not happening.  I don’t listen to much on the radio as I prefer quiet when I work and when I craft.  So I tried to think of a song that had something visual enough to inspire me.   After a long week at work, I woke up on Saturday and tried to come up with something.  My beloved suggested a couple of songs and we settled on “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.” 

Here are the lyrics:

When two lovers meet in Mayfair, so the legends tell
Songbirds sing. Winter turns to spring
Every winding street in Mayfair falls beneath the spell
I know such enchantment can be
Cause it happened one evening to me.
That certain night, the night we met
There was magic abroad in the air.
There were angels dining at the Ritz
And a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
I may be right I maybe wrong
But I'm perfectly willing to swear
That when you turned and smiled at me
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

The moon that lingered over London town
Poor puzzled moon, he wore a frown
How could he know that we two were so in love
The whole damned world seemed up-side-down
The streets of town were paved with stars
It was such a romantic affair
And as we kissed and said good-night
A nightingale sang in Berkley Square
Our homeward step was just as light as the tap-dancing feet of Astaire
And like an echo far away
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
I know cause I was there that night in Berkeley Square

I wanted to keep the tag simple and I challenged myself to use layering with the colors of my stamps rather than multiple layers with foam or whatnot.  Here is my ode to the nightingale who sang in Berkeley (pronounced Barclay) Square.  I know Big Ben isn’t close but wanted to attach it to London for those who do not know the song.  My British husband reminded me of my London geography!

The process and items used follow the photo of the tag.

Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

I started with the trees for the square.  I grabbed the Penny Black Pastoral stamp (stamped sideways) and some Wendy Vecchi Fern Green Ink.  I then wanted to add the “London” component and stamped Big Ben from Tim Holtz Stamp London Sights #158 in Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Archival Ink.  Next I created the “path” with Distress Ink Tea Dye and then stamped it with the Unity Stamps Get Lost in the Stars with Versa Mark and embossed it in Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder (this goes for the lyric that the streets were paved with stars).  I took Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire to create the night sky, blended it and added some water droplets for texture.  I used Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke for Big Ben.  I added the lamp from Tim Holtz stamp #48 Festive Sounds (I initially had the die cut but decided on the stamp).  I then used Hazelnut alcohol ink on the nightingale (from a set of Tim Holtz adornments).  I finished off the tag with a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stormy Sky colored ribbon.

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1 Response

#1 Meihsia Liu said...
29-Feb-16 6:47 AM

This is such a fabulous tag. Love the beautiful background you create. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)