Sunday, March 4, 2012

Paris, retro

This is my second post today.  I stumbled upon this new sketch challenge blog, and I thought that the sketch was very interesting, so I am playing along.  As I was surfing the web, I also came across this beautiful color challenge at one of my favorite challenge blogs, and so I have decided to play along in that challenge as well.
The new challenge, is entitled:  Retro Sketches.  And one of my favorite inspirational challenge blogs is: the Shabby Tea Room.  
Here are their boards:

For my card, I did use the required neutral colors and Navy.  My distressed element is my postage stamp and background panel.  For the sketch, I did turn it on its side, I wanted something vertical.  

Here is my card:

I used two stamp sets to make the distressed background: sanded and friends 24-7; both sets are retired from Stampin' Up!.  The stander background was stamped in sahara sand classic ink, and then the flourishes were stamped in not quite navy classic ink.  
To make the main panel I did some collage stamping, using two different stamp sets: Paris, and Carte Postale.  I stamped the Eiffel tower in soft suede classic ink, as well as the 'Bonjour'.  I stamped Paris and true friend in not quite navy classic ink.  I stamped the postal mark and the flourish in crumb cake classic ink.  I stamped the paris address in sahara sand classic ink.  I stamped the postage stamp in going gray classic ink.  I stamped the floral strig in grey flannel ink.  
The two sentiment banners were made with vellum card stock.  
I distressed the edges of the light panels with crumb cake ink.  I added some buttons from my jar o'buttons.  I tied a piece of white taffeta ribbon around the bottom of the raised panel.  To finish the bow, I  added a floral rhinestone brad to the center.  The card looked like it was missing something, so I added a paper blossom on top of a scrap piece of frayed crochet trim.  
Thank you for looking, and I hope you have/had a chance to 'play' in your craft spaces this weekend!


Arielle H Gordon said...

Sharon this is FABULOUS! I love your stamping and the vellum is so smart layed over the image! Thank you so much for joining us for our very first challenge at retrosketches!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Just Gorgeous Sharon.

rudlis said...

Your card is just gorgeous, as always!
Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words.

Maria said...

Very lovely card! Beautiful Parisian theme! Love how you incorporated the vellum! Very pretty background and ribbon treatment, too! Take care!!:-))

Anne Marie Hile said...

Oh my word, this is beautiful, Sharon! I love how you combined the stamp sets and all of the pretty details you added. Oui, oui, this is one chic creation, indeed! Hope you hd a great weekend! Hugs! :)

kasia c. said...

I love how you used the vellum! What a gorgeous card. :)
Thanks for playing along with our very first challenge!

Jackie Rockwell said...

Beautiful vintage card Sharon! The vellum is so elegant! Thanks for playing along in our first ever Retrosketches challenge!

Tracey McNeely said...

Great vintage card for the challenge. Paris does vintage so well.

Anna Orsmond said...

Love, love, love your card, love the vintage style just rubbish at doing it myself :o)

Patrice said...

Fabulous card...hope you'll link up with me at 52 Card Pickup!