Sunday, February 12, 2012

Welcome to the Love Song Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to day 2 of the Love Song Blog Hop.  This is where you will see projects  inspired by favorite love songs!!  How fun does that sound, especially with Valentines Day being just a couple of days away.  If you joined us from Court at Cout's Craft Corner, then you are in the right place.  If ou just happened by or would like to start the hop at the beginning then hop on over to Paper Crafting World's Cooking With Cricut and see what Melin has cooked up for you today.

When I found out about a love song blog hop, it was less than a moment's time when my favorite came to mind.  It is  O Mio Babbino Caro, ("O My Beloved Father"),a soprano aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Giovacchino Forzano.  It is sung by Lauretta when her father, Schicchi and the family of the boy she loves, Runiccio,  are in conflict.  Her father threatens to take her away to separate her from Runiccio.  It is at this moment she sings this beautiful to her father begging him not to take her away.  

O mio babbino caro,
Mi piace, e bello bello,
Vo andare in porta rossa
A comperar l anello!
Si, si ci voglio andare
E se l amassi indarno
Andrei sui ponte vecchio
Ma per buttaarmi in arno!
Mi struggo e mi tormento!
O dio, vorrei morir!
Babbo, pieta, pieta!
Babbo, pieta, pieta!

The English Translation
Oh my beloved daddy
I love him he's so handsome
I would go to Porta Rossa
To buy the ring
Yes, yes, I love him
And if my love was in vain
I would go to the old bridge
And throw myself in the Arno
I fret and suffer torments
Oh god, I'd rather die
Daddy have pity, have pity
Daddy have pity, have pity

Now that you know my favorite love song and the words, here is my card.  
 The setting of the opera is Florence Italy.  So I wanted the base mat to reflect the color of the tile roofs of the old city. 

 The bridge on the card, cut from the EVERYDAY PAPER DOLLS cartridge,  is representative of Porte Vecchio.
The teal mat represents the River Arno.
And the pink mat is there because I sang this aria in a gorgeous pink gown at my Senior Recital in college.  It was a day I had worked long and hard for.   O MIO BABBINO CARO was the encore.  It is a day I will never forget.  And I will have to give a big THANK YOU  to my Aunt Elizabeth, who studied voice and opera at the Conservatory of Music in Birmingham Al.  When she heard that I was majoring in music in college, she gave me all of her sheet music.  I have kept it as a family treasure.  My Aunt Elizabeth died sixteen years ago.  If she were alive today, she too would love this card.

The heart border was cut with a Martha Stewart punch.  The little flowers are from K&Company.  And the sentiment is cut from one of m favorite cartridges, QUARTER NOTE.

While many a soprano has sung this beautiful song, my favorite to hear is the late great Maria Callas.  I hope you too will enjoy her lovely voice.  

Now it is time for  you to hop on over to Evelyn at My Little Craft Bug.  Enjoy the hop and enjoy the music!

Here is the line up for today's hop.
Charlotte at A Little Bit OF Detail   you are here.
Evelyn at  My Little Craft Bug  
Nita at Nita's Notes
Jenny at Jenny"s Scrapbooking Haven
Jill at Jihart Just Lovel Designs
Bonnie at Scrappers Ranch
Adrian at Adrian 4 U
Jenny at Crazy About Cricut
Kemma at Kemma's Crafts
Madison at Funky Cards

Thank you so much for joining our hop.  I hope that you will come back real soon.


  1. Wow. Love your choice of song and your layout is soooooooooooo creative. Very classy!

  2. Beautiful, Charlotte! Love the inspiration song and the lovely pictures that inspired your color choices. :)

    ~ Jen

  3. Your card is lovely! I love everything about it! Great Job!

  4. Hi Charlotte! I am listening to the beautiful aria while typing this- thanks so much for sharing this- I can see why this song inspired you and I love how you incorporated elements of the song and it's origins into your project, which is beautiful. Also, every time I visit your blog I forget to tell you how stinkin' cute those furbabies are!!
    Heather P

  5. What a beautiful song and story. Your aunt sounds like a very special person to help you with performing this beautiful song.

  6. Oh Lovely Charlotte! Love all the details you added to the card, and how you created something so personal to you. Thanks for sharing that with us! :)

  7. I LOVE that you did a step by step explanation of your card!! What a beautiful song! (I thought for sure you would have put your recording in that you sang at your college recital!) <-or hoped I should say!! ;) I bet is was beautiful. This is really a beautiful card!!


  8. Love all the detail on your card! Nice job! Smiles, Jill

  9. Very pretty..
    But it was hard to find the post for today, you dont have a link showing the blog hop info.
    scrappersranch @ aol dot com

  10. Wow, so pretty. I love the story behind the card too. You did an amazing job today, as always!!

  11. I like the card today. Lovely :)


  12. Beautiful interpretation of the song.
    Rae Ann O.

  13. What a nice beautiful song. Your card fits perfectly for it. Great Job. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. Very majestic and beautiful.

    creativediva98 at gmail dot com

  15. Your card turned out beautiful It really does mimic the scenery pictures.
    Loving Scrapper101

  16. What a super creative card Charlotte. I love how your different pictures are represented in and on the card. I am sure your Aunt would love the card. What a treasure to have been given her sheet music! Beautiful indeed!

  17. Charlotte your card is beautiful. TFS.

    Debbie B.

  18. Wow, your card is stunning -- and the pictures are too! Your aunt would have definitely loved the card!