April 14, 2010

Off the Wall Craftiness Challenge #2

Yesterday I had the pleasure of coming across a new challenge and thought I would give it a go.  Love the colours and the bridal theme.  The best part of all is the prize up for grabs:  May Arts Ribbon!  Have you had the pleasure of working with it?  With this project I used the May Arts ribbon I bought from Practicing Creativity Designs a while back.  Sadly they were out of this soft, easy to work with ribbon, when I put in my last order and I've used up everything I had for this big beautiful bow.  

My goal for this project was to focus on that beautiful blue colour and the softness of the bridal theme.  The  flower is layers of PTI Aqua Mist, parchment paper, the same linen ribbon, and silver fiber paper.  The Aqua Mist paper edges were distressed using my finger nails and then rolled up into a ball and flattened again to give it more dimension (like a real flower).  This is a new technique for me and I'm really happy the way it turned out. For further texture the parchment paper flower was run through my cuttlebug embossing folder as well as the white panel.  Swiss dots can dress up almost anything!  As for the bow, the ribbon was too wide but it was thin enough to fold in half and tie without being too bulky.  Those bows are getting easier to make and this ribbon is ideal.  It's got the same easy to tie quality of organza but all the possibilities of being opaque.

Ideally I would have liked to add a bit more black for more contrast but when I was done I was too worried about overdoing it and making it look too busy. The white panel should probably have been attached to a black panel.  I also took the time to try and get some new angles on my project.  I am so not a photographer but if I want my viewers to see my art in the best possible light I should probably improve my photographing skills.  This weekend I'm hoping to make my lightbox  so that I can take photos at night and next winter.  Right now I'm lucky because it's been so beautiful I can just go out to the front porch and shoot the pics there.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you've been inspired to try out this new challenge that ends tomorrow night.  Happy Crafting.

Paper: Aqua Mist (PTI), Whisper White, Silver Fiber, Parchment
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps:  Signature Greetings (PTI)
Accessories: Large corner rounder punch, Perfect polkadots ef (SU!), Swirls ef (cuttlebug), May Arts Seafoam Linen ribbon (Practicing Creativity), Black rhinestone (Doodlebug), Flower Layers die (Sizzix)


  1. oh, wow!! Great photographs!!! I too need to learn more about my new camera...my embossing rarely turns out well except on white. That ribbon is yummy and you gave me some...you are so kind :) Gorgeous card :)

  2. Beautiful card. Love the colors and the big bow.

  3. Gorgeous! Love the flower and the added texture in this! You used the colors so fabulously!

  4. Lovely card, I really like that ribbon!

  5. Very beautiful and stylish again :)!

  6. So very pretty how you made this... I love the bow and the flower :)

  7. This is awesome Laural! Thank you for playing along :) Good luck!

  8. Great flower, Laurel and of course I just love the Swiss Dots LOL! Great PTI sentiment too - that set is on my wish list.

    22C - wow!! Bring out the shorts! It is SO nice to get a bit of heat into the old bones after after a few very chilly weeks. Enjoy :D

  9. Just perfect the way it is! By using aqua mist anything goes in my book!