Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hip to be Square

The weekend has arrived full speed!  And I still have quite a bit to do.  A wonderful friend turned 70 this month, and her surprise Birthday party is tomorrow.  My wonderfully supportive husband and I have date night Saturday evening, and then a card club Sunday.  So, let's get started.  This week, Lori is our hostess @ Our Creative Corner.  She would like us to make a square card.  Not just ANY square card.  Lori has provided us with a sketch and a few requirements.  So, lets see what we need.

Sounds pretty easy.  Looks pretty easy.  So, lets get started!  Lori says that we can add a scallop edged piece to a square card.  So, that's what I did.  The scallop square die I have, only cuts a 4" x 4" scallop square.  And, that just seems 'small' to me.  So, I cut a piece of pattern paper a bit larger than the scallop square, to give it a matt.  And, then I added it to a 5" x 5" square card, using Crumb Cake cardstock as the card base. 
Ok, now for the 'shapes' inside the scallop.  For some reason, I can't get past the circles.   Flowers come to mind.  So, lets see what flower stamps I have that look good cut out.  But, I want something more than a flat flower.  So, lets add a smaller flower on top the orginal flower.  The flowers don't look finished.  Let's add a button, and some leaves.  
Ok, but 4 flowers look too planned, too organized, too thoughtless.  So, let's shake up the sketch and add a butterfly.  I want something soft, not flat.  I cut a butterfly shape out of some ivory felted wool.  Still 'flat', so lets add a button.  Looks too plain.  Lets make a corsage pin.  I started with a pearl tip push pin.  I want the pin to have some sparkle, so how about a schworski crystal and a glass bead?  Lets keep them white, clear, and simply pretty.  

Now, lets work on the 'label'.  The sketch shape is pretty and elegant.  What do I have to make a pretty and elegant label.  Ok, now what stamps do I have, to stamp some words inside the label.   And what 'objects' do I have that I can add some visual interest to the 'label'; a bird and a 'no. 5'.  
The card still looks 'flat', and 'unfinished'.  So, lets add some crochet trim.  And a poor man's knot.  Not enough.  Lets add some tiny tags and attach the tags with a tiny safety pin.

 Here is my card:

Viola!  Here is my finished card.  I used almost all Stampin' Up! products on this card.  The only exceptions are the buttons and corsage pin and beads.  But, all in all, I'm pretty happy with it!  Now, it's your turn.   Let's see what you create using Lori's sketch and requirements, and post your finished papercraft @ Our Creative Corner challenge blog.  And don't forget to enjoy your weekend!


Marge Rudd said...

Pretty card and I really like how you "talked" through it's development, creating and adjusting as you went, working with what you have. It helps anyone see that "you can do it".

Vicki Burdick said...

Wow, is all I can say, Sharon this is amazing, just love all the details!! the buttons, the flowers, the lace and pin, just everything!!!!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

This is beautiful! I real pick me up for the receiver...eye candy!

Marjie Kemper said...

This is not only beautiful but also so clever, Sharon... I love that your fourth circle isn't a circle at all! What a beautiful card. Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I will definitely be popping in @ OCC!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Oh my word, Sharon!! This is absolutely gorgeous, in every way! Loved reading your "creative process" too. I love every single detail you added. Hope you had a fun weekend! :)

Tui Nathan said...

What a great posting Sharon ... your interpretation of this sketch is fabulous, the layered flowers are perfect, the pretty patterned papers,ribbon and pin embellishment are divine and the simple butterfly - a classic complement!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Sharon
This is such a beautiful card; the placement of your elements to the Bg PP and then that safety pin with the Tag is such a wonderful touch and ties the design together perfectly.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love the butterfly among the flowers, and it was great to read your thought process. I've had a wonderful time designing with you over the past year at Our Creative Corner, and I'll be sure to continue to pop in every once in a while! :)