Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CCEE 1713 - Happy Birthday, Vincent!

The end of March brings my last week as hostess of the CCEE Stampers' March Challenges. Are you ready for something a little different? My final challenge for you is an inspiration challenge. March 30 is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. Today he would be 164 years old! Let the lyrics of Don McLean's time-honored classic, "Vincent," inspire your design today. Don McLean wrote this song in 1971 after reading a book about the artist's life.


by Don McLean

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen,
They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand

I hope you choose to be inspired by Mr. McLean's beautiful words to create a card to honor Vincent Van Gogh and his contributions to the world.

If you post to Splitcoaststampers or any other on-line gallery, please include keyword 1713

My card has no stamping this week, only embossing and die cuts. The embossing folder is by the Paper Studio while the Shine Bright die is by Momenta. The star dies are by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I rubbed the embossed background with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embossing Mousse.

Linked below are the cards inspired by this wonderful song by Don McLean and the amazing artistic talents of Vincent Van Gogh.


  1. so pretty, love the glitter and sparkle

  2. had the perfect EF for this challenge. Love the glitz and glamour!

  3. Lynn, your card is so shimmery shiny and beautiful!

  4. Capturing the glimmer of stars was a pretty take on this challenge. I love the pretty embossing.

  5. WOW!! This is absolutely amazing Lynn!! I love the effect that the mousee gave to your background and how glimmery is makes your textured stars look!! This is really gorgeous my friend and what an inspirational theme too!! I love it and enjoyed reading that! Thanks for sharing! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*

  6. Beautiful interpretation of the "swirling clouds in violet haze." I love it!!!

  7. I love how you interpreted many parts of the song......a beautiful card!!!

  8. Beautiful words to that song - and your card is so beautiful and perfect! WOW!

  9. Love that song- 164- oh my back hurts thinking about it- LOL!!! Love the pretty embossing with the lovely silver stars. A wonderful tribute to a great artist!

  10. Oh Lynn - such A different card than what I'm used to seeing on your blog but it is absolutely sensational ! As an art minor in undergrad college I can definitely see where you were inspired by van Gogh - love this <3

  11. WOW Lynn, this is stunning! I LOVE the colors and all of the shimmer, beautiful embossing too!
    Hugs, Tammy


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