November 16, 2009

Delight in Life ~ Hepburn Style

I'm so excited to show you this card.  It's something like I've never created before and I couldn't have done it without the inspiration from 3 challenges, my Top Note die, and my new nestibilities.  The first challenge was the Crazy 4 Challenges to use acetate as an element and I was particularly drawn to this card's layout idea.  I have a bunch of acetate around but never think to reach for it!  The next challenge was a sketch from Card Patterns .  This sketch was really cool and could be incorporated well with the polkadot acetate from the SU! Night and Day specialty dp I planned on using.

Next I went in search of just the right paper and came across the bold but elegant black and white dp in my scrap bin.  I was instantly reminded of the card Maureen  had just done as a guest designer for Cinema Saturday.  Her card is just gorgeous and uses the Tiffany blue colour to give it the Audrey Hepburn flair.  I decided I would take my first stab at the Cinema Saturday challenge .  The challenge is inspired by the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck classic "Roman Holiday" and the added challenge was to incorporate pearls.

I wanted to create a card with style that reflected Hepburn's flair.  It's pretty hard to nail that flair the way she always could.  I used scallops to represent the arches of the roman colosseum and I used my Labels 1 nestibilities instead of straight edge squares to emphasize the architecture seen throughout Rome.  The hard part was deciding which stamp to use.  And I finally decided on one of my favourites and I think captures Princess Ann's purpose for escaping her royal obligations during her trip in Rome.  While exploring Rome she got to spend the day doing all the things she always wanted to do.

So in the end I came up with this 6.5" x 5" card that I'm very pleased with.  Originally I had just 2 large black pearl on the top left corner instead of the Melon Mambo ribbon.  My husband who has always given me positive feedback was not as fond of it...even for a girly card.  He said it was too bold and black.  So I decided to added a little bit more girly to it by using the ribbon instead and I am now doubting the wow factor I thought I had with this card.  Oh well.  It was fun to try something new and I'm proud of myself for finding a way to incorporate three challenges into one creation.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that I've done something here thats inspired you.  Have a fabulous week.

November 15, 2009

Celebrating Life

While we will be celebrating the life of a cousin gone too soon on Friday at a mass, I have a friend who will be soon celebrating the arrival of her baby.  I've designed a couple of cards here for her to use as her baby announcements  I hope she likes them.

The first card is a really simple card using the circle and oval scallop punches together and the individual Sweetness Unlimited stamp.  I'm so happy that SU! has come out with this individual stamps because sometimes a person only wants one image or greeting for certain events as opposed to a whole set that they will only use once.  I used Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, and Razzleberry Lemonade dp along with some ribbon and designer buttons.  The ink is actually Rose Red and is a pretty close match for Melon Mambo.

My next card was inspired by one of the cards Leigh Ann at Sketch Girl  sent me with her blog candy.  It's a simple enough sketch and I got a chance to use my new Top Note die inside the card for a place to write all the baby specifics.

I used all the same paper and colours except I used the scallop border punch and the Favorite Teddy bear stamp set.  I hope she likes her options because I'm right out of ideas this week.

Take care my friends.  Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting.

HO HO HO - Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #47

Sunday blessings to you all!  I'm back with a card to share and some sad news.  Our family is trying to cope with the loss of a friendly, warm, and intelligent man this week.  His battle with cancer has ended and so too has his pain.  If there might be anything that can bring comfort that thought will.  Of course with this sad news my heart hasn't been in the right place for stamping or creating.  I did manage to make a few baby cards for my friend which I will share tomorrow.  Baby cards are always a happy thing to focus on.

Today I managed find it in me to make something cheerful and bright for the holidays using Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #47 .  I didn't feel like stamping so I dug out the SU! rub-ons that I bought last season and a bunch of scrap paper.  I used gold floss for the stitching and the PTI vintage button that was part of the Blog candy I won over at Sketch Girl .

Anyhow it's nothing fancy but I'm sure someone will appreciate it this holiday season.  Thanks so much for stopping by to look.  I'm sorry I don't have a lot of new things to inspire you but I'm sure you understand.  Happy crafting!

Paper:  Glossy White, Real Red, Kraft, Soft Suede dsp, Christmas Cocoa dsp, Whisper white
Accessories:  Gold Floss, SU! Rub-ons Old Saint Nick, green button