Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #49 - The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings)

Good Morning Everyone - welcome to our 49th Challenge!!! HOW amazing is that! Well, we are starting the party early with some blog candy (more about that later) and are excited to feautre the second movie in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Two Towers!
Do you know that among its 65 WINS, this movie also has two Oscars. This movie brings out the vision of JR.Tolkien's masterpiece book- the Lord of the Rings onto the silver screen (you can check out Tolkien's main page to learn more about him). This second part of the trilogy focuses on the separate journeys of the disbanded Fellowship of the first movie. It is full of beauty and magic (the Ents), of the rousing of the spirit of a people (Rohan), of the coming together and destroying the darkness (Battle at Helm's Deep) and the depth of friendship, trust, loyalty and courage (every single main and side story :). It is an amazing journey to be transported to this other world.

This week's challenge requirement is embossing.
There are SO many different types of embossing that you can do - so don't worry if you don't have any powders or a heat gun. You can always do faux embossing, scoring/embossing, use an embossing plate if you have a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, or of course you can do embossing with powders among others.

This week, we are so pleased to have 2 guest designers join us! Carol Dunstan of Inkantations and Incarnations and our Audrey recipient from last week Jen Cuthbertson of I'm Crafty. Thank you so much ladies for playing along with us!

Sankari's Card inspired by the movie: The Two Towers:

I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy - both the book and the movies. The details, the magic, the transportation into a different land and era is simply magical. And of course, Viggo as Aragorn is SO yummy :) For my card this week, I was inspired by the speech of Sam towards the end of the movie - where he gives Frodo hope in a time of darkness. He says: "Even the Darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer." I love this quote that Sam says - it sort of puts together all the elements of this movie and sets it up for the last movie: The Return of the King. So I printed out this quote in a Hobbit font and cut it out with my spellbinders. I kept the colors muted as the cloaks of the hobbits were and the little heart button is a symbol of Sam's pure hearted devotion to Frodo - so sweet and inspiring!

Please check out my blog for more details, more pictures and a video :) And I hope you will join us and play along this week!
Sankari :)

Brooke's Card inspired by the movie: "Two Towers"

When I say the dress that Eowyn was wearing I knew I was using blue... As I was watching the movie I had a moment of inspiration when Merry and Pippin were with the Ents (Trees).. So I started a tree that I think ended up looking like it belongs more in Rivendale... This movie as do all the L.O.T.R's movies has such a huge FRIENDSHIP overtone. I wanted to show how loyal all the different characters in this movie are. Sam edifies the ultimate friend.

This card is for all my amazing friends that I have meet through Cinema Saturday challenges...

Love you all.

Come see my inspiration and a little more... Here

Guest Designer: Carol Dunstan's bookmark inspired by the movie: The Two Towers:

In our minds - Lord of the Rings = Carol Dunstan. She totally breathes LOTR and knows every single detail of every single detail of the movie and book. We were so pleased that she joins us today as our guest designer:

I'm sure you can imagine that I was ecstatic to be asked to guest design for Cinema Saturday's Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers challenge. Those of you who have seen the Extended Edition dvd sets will have noticed that each one has a different style - FOTR is Elvish, TT is Rohirric (if that isn't a word it is now!) and ROTK... well maybe I will save that for when the girls nominate that as the weeks challenge! Anyway, it seemed that the thing to do would be to make something for The Two Towers that had a Rohan theme. One thing that really stood out for me was all the banners that are displayed in Meduseld, so I selected one and based my piece on that. I also have a bookmark of one of these banners, so I decided to make one of my own.

Thank you so much Carol for being our guest designer for this movie - love this beautiful bookmark that you have created! You must visit Carol's blog Inkantations and Inkarnations for more yummy inspiration and details!

Guest Designer: Jen Cuthbertson's card inspired by the movie: The Two Towers:
I am so honored to be a guest designer this week! When Sankari asked me, of course I said yes, but there was true panic as I wondered whether I could honor this movie, this challenge, and you all with my creation this week.

When I think of LOTR: The Two Towers, there are a few things that come immediately to mind - the big battle scene, Aragorn's attraction to Eowyn, in spite of his love for Arwen, and the dichotomy of Frodo and Sam's mistrust of Gollum but their understanding of the need to follow him. All of that on one card...including embossing...what to do? I know! Black and white to show the character struggles and something metal for the battle.

I knew immediately that for the black/white, I wanted to try a new trick my friend Maya showed me - to emboss white powder on black cardstock and black powder on white cardstock. I chose an image that spoke Elven to me (I really don't have very many options here, lol), cut the strips of paper, taped them together then stamped the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed them. My husband thought they looked like a gate and I made my first attempt at a tri-panel card. I'd never made a card with this layout before and wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I really like it!

Depicting the Battle of Helm's Deep was tough! I tried to represent the metal of the armor and weaponry by using embossed aluminum foil! I simply took a sheet of foil from the roll in the kitchen and ran it through my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. Voila!

My final zhuzhes were adding the ribbon tie to close the card, a vellum interior liner, and ruby rhinestones. Fun!

Thank you all for your continued inspiration and for the honor of being a guest this week! I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Thank you so much Jen for playing along with us and your creation is simply EPIC! Please visit Jen's Blog: I'm Crafty for more details!

And a huge thanks to all that played last week - even with the tough challenge of having cork as our requirement for the movie: School of Rock. We loved looking at all of your rocking creations and our attention was caught by Jackie's Rocking to the music creation. We hope that you will accept our Audrey Award Jackie and join us as our guest designer next week.


So are you ready to play along!!! There is blog candy involved this week! Well, to celebrate our 50th anniversary (next week) we are having some yummy blog candy this week, next week and the week after!!! Three weeks of yummy candy! And to start it off, this week's Audrey winner will get the stamp set of her choice from Taylored Expressions (this is a $21.95 value and is for both international and national players!) So what do you need to do to play along?! Well, just create a card inspired by the movie: The Two Towers with some embossing - and link it up here! Your inspiration can come from the costumes, the dialogue, the music, the themes, the characters, the colors - anything at all from the movie!

Please link to us by Thursday, September 17 at 9pm PST

We can't wait to see your lovely creations!!! A huge thank you to all of those who have been playing with us since the very beginning and a huge thank you to those who have joined us recently - and huge thank you to all those who read our blog or stop by for a visit!!! You guys have made this journey so much fun for us!!!

Hugs to all,
Sankari and Brooke :)


grammie jackie said...

I can't believe won the challenge. Thank you so much..of course, I'll put the Audrey on my blog. I'm so excited. I'll do my best to be aa good guest designer...What do I need to do? You can contact me at Thanks again.

Tanya said...

WOW. All of these projects are so impressive! I need to play along...!!!!

Carol Dunstan said...

In the blurb about my piece I probably should have mentioned the little surprise on my blog post - though it will probably only mean something if you are a fan of the movies (and going by Sankari's comment I think she is...).

The other cards look great, will check them out properly when I grab my cuppa in a sec, congrats Jackie!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Congrats on your Audrey Jackie and I'm looking forward to seeing your spot next week! I love your card, Sankari! And, your bookmark is gorgeous, Carol! Whee, this is fun! :)

Jaimee said...

i cant see Mr Linky. i will link here for now .
Love you cards ladies
Courage Card

grammie jackie said...

Here is my 3rd entry on CSCC. Now I need to get to work on my guest design post. I'm very excited. I hope that I can insire someone.

Libby Hickson said...

Yay I'm so excited to finally get to play again, it's been wayyyy too long!! Brooke how funny, I hadn't seen your card - we were both inspired by Ents! :-D All of the projects are wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love your card, Brooke! Treebeard is awesome and the nature themes/visuals in this film are unforgettable!

Nancy K said...

Whew! What a fun challenge, I love to emboss and I love the LOTR film trilogy. I am so inspired I may do another project!
All the projects so far have been just beautiful...can't wait to see more!
Thanks for another great challenge!

Nancy K said...

Okay, I was on a roll and all my embossing stuff was out. I did a card too...

Nellie Mae said...

Hey girls! I am super busy this week, and I just won't be able to play along but I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE 50TH MOVIE! My friend Abby and I are planning a date for Sunday, we are going to watch the movie (I hope it is a good one!) eat some snacks while we create something wonderful for the challenge. We can't wait!

Carol Dunstan said...

I know guest designers usually only do the one project for a movie, but you know me and LOTR... so I feel like appologising for not getting anything more made, I have two more definate ideas of what I want to create but alas life has conspired against me! Our dishwasher caught fire the other night (we were home and I heard it so it was dealt with pretty quickly and noone was injured) and my craft desk is covered in soot. The cleaners will be here first thing tomorrow morning but who knows how long it will take them to do it all... and how long till everything is back to normal :( At least now I have a chair wiped down so I can sit at the computer!

Radha said...

OMG I know I'm so so late.... had to play:):)

JessicaK said...

Ack! I linked it to the wrong one. Linking here now. Sorry. :(