Monday, January 12, 2015

St. Louis Cathedral/Jackson Square ~ New Orleans, Louisiana

The posting of my new layout happens to be excellent timing because the bi-centennial of the Battle of New Orleans is being celebrated this year!  This battle, led by Major General Andrew Jackson, who later became the 7th President of the United States, against the invading British on New Orleans, was won in 1815 (Jan. 18th to be exact; happens to be my daughter's birthday!). This win had a substantial impact on the United States.

I took these photographs in April 2011 while on a trip to New Orleans with my BFF and our husbands.  St. Louis Cathedral is such a beautiful and stately structure, as you can see.  The three steeples seem to break up its perfect symmetry, however, split right down the middle and you have mirror images.  Magnificent!

Jackson Square is located in front of the cathedral.  In the center is a statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse.  The greenery and pops of red flowers are so pretty and well maintained.

Check out the Jackson Square statue & part of the Louisiana license plate on my new car:  (pretty cool, huh? )
The blue-gray of the Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics "1945" page was perfect for these photos.  Lindy's Stamp Gang magicals color Whale Watch Blue was mixed with modeling paste to obtain both a dark and light version of this gorgeous blue-gray color.

Stenciling with TCW's mini Gothic Romance; stamping a clock face; and splattering of white & black gesso completed the background.  Fleur de Lis die cuts on dark gray textured cardstock were stenciled & splattered to coordinate with the background.
Here is a close up of what I described above:
Gray textured cardstock was heat embossed with LSG Queen Sheba's Silver; then scored and the leaves folded.
I especially LOVE the wrought iron fence by The Dusty Attic because of the Fleur de Lis design on each post!  Heat embossed in jet black really made it stand out.  Because of our French heritage, the Fleur de Lis is widely displayed in Louisiana (including as the logo for our New Orleans Saints NFL football team).
For a very clear and protective coating, Glossy Accents was applied over the paper placed in the ornate plate. 

All of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The red Aster Daisies are the perfect color match with the flowers in the photo.  White Aster Daisies & a Carnation were sprayed with LSG Starburst Whale Watch Blue to coordinate with the page.
I was also very lucky to have a resin lantern & a Fleur de Lis in my stash for embellishments!

A few black glass beads, red stick-on pearls & black embroidery thread finished the page.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a look and I hope that you have a wonderful day!
Lisa : )

Products Used:

Maja Design – Vintage Summer Basics “1945”
TCW stencil – Mini Gothic Romance
Prima stamp – Printery clock
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Fleur de Lis Squares
Sizzix BigZ Tim Holtz die – Garden Greens
The Dusty Attic – Wrought Iron Fence
Tim Holtz – ornate plate
Wild Orchid Crafts – Aster Daisies & Carnation
Lindy’s Stamp Gang:
   ~Magical “Whale Watch Blue” in the Nantucket Pearls magicals set
    ~Starburst spray “Whale Watch Blue”
    ~Embossing Powder “Queen Sheba’s Silver”
Stampendous embossing powder – Black
Jolee’s 3-dimensional stickers – Fleur de Lis
The Paper Studio Spare Parts (Hobby Lobby) – resin lantern
Want2Scrap – red stick-on pearls
    Gesso – black & white
    Modeling paste (Liquitex)
    Embroidery thread – black
    Glass beads – black
    Pigment ink - Charcoal
    Distress ink - Black Soot
    Glossy Accents


  1. I just love this layout, Lisa! Beautiful design and details! Love the background with all the stencilling and stamping and splattering!

  2. So impressed with this at sb that I popped over to visit your blog and so happy I did! Love how you scored the leaves to add dimension, am going to try that.

  3. Beautiful fleur de lis stencilling! So cool how you had the fleur de lis resin in your stash. Very interesting history.Lovely stamp, flowers, use of Lindys!!

  4. Beautiful design and details everywhere you look! Great photo memories of your trip. Love how your embellishments perfectly reflect the photos and the mood of your visit. The pops of red flowers and pearls are a perfect addition to attract the eye and mimic the flowers in the photo. Lovely!


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