Tuesday, April 3, 2012

You're a Treasure: #130, #51, #159.

I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend.  Me, I really had a wonderful time.  I actually wore a 2-piece bathing suit, rubbed mud and baked in the sun.  I also soaked in various natural mineral water pools.  Totally relaxing.  Last night, it was snowing.  Snowing so long, that my husband will actually have to use the snow plow this morning to get our cars out of the driveway.  How crazy is that?
So, the weather actually kept me indoors, and sent me to my craft room.  This gave me an opportunity to participate in three challenges, with one card.  How sweet is that?
I wanted to try a different element, and Just Us GirlS challenge, is a Wild Card challenge this week.  So, I headed over there.

The wonderfully talented Elise has given us a challenge to make a zipper flower.  Sounds great! and a bit intimidating.  I have never made one, and so I did need to check out the accompany tutorial here.  Dana, did a fabulous job showing us how to create this great material blossom.  Dana, suggested to use a metallic zipper, to help with the contrast in materials.  However, I couldn't find one in our little town store.  So, I used a non-metallic zipper, and my material blossom didn't turn out half bad.

I wanted a fresh, new color combo, so I headed over to see what the creative ladies over @ CR84FN Color Challenge, have posted.  Here is the unique color challenge: Pink, Peach, and Blue.  Here is their inspiration board.  The pictures are quite pretty: a beautiful cake, a happily married couple, and refreshing drinks by the water.   The quote is quite inspirational, too:  Make the best use of what is in your power and take the rest as it happens. ~ Epictetus
I used some scraps to create my card.  I didn't want to go to one more store on my way home.


Ok, I have a new, creative element: my zipper flower.  And I have a color combo for my card.  But, I need some guidance to help pull everything together.  So, I headed over to a favorite sketch challenge site:  Card Patterns.  Michelle is the wonderful designer of this sketch. I knew that I was going to use scraps, so this seems perfect!  I love to add ribbon, buttons, and I have a zipper blossom, so it just seemed perfect!  I love the scallop edge, and the row of pearls at the top.  



Here is my card:

I used some pattern paper from Lost & Found, for my pink.  I used Blush Blossom as my 'peach' color.  And I used Aqua Mist, as my Lt. Blue.  Ok, I didn't put on three 'blossoms', but instead two.  I made my first ever zipper 'flower' with a brad center, and paper daisy with a pink polka dot center with a glitter button tied with some pool party striped bakers twine.  I substituted a multi-loop bow with a peach butterfly brad center, as my third 'flower'.  I made two different 'leaves'.  The first set are up top, cut from white distressed pattern paper.  I crinkled them by hand and sponged.  For the paper daisy, I added 5 punches from a fern punch.  
For the center oval sentiment shape, I substituted it with a decorative label die.  I used a favorite Paper Trey Ink stamp set to stamp this wonderful sentiment 'You're a treasure' in black ink.  I used a scrap piece of pattern notebook paper that already had that wonderful blue print on it.  I adhered the label to the card front with foam tape.  I added the mini vintage tag to the bottom right corner.  I stamped 'you're too kind' on it.  I used a button brad to hold it to the corner of the label.  
Instead of adding a row of pearls/brads to the upper edge of the card I added an architecture piece.  I used a small paint brush and a gold ink pad, to add random gold distressing on the card edges and the architecture piece.  
I added a row of 5 mini half faux pearls to the bottom of the main sentiment.  I added three glitter butterflies to the card front, to help with the feminine feel, and I love the sparkle.
Thank you for looking!  I hope the weather were you are is wonderful.

15 comments:

Pauline said...

Wow Sharon, this is beautiful! Love your zipper flower, and the beautiful papers and hand made flowers! Just stunning!
Thanks for joining us at CR84FN this week!

LeAnne said...

LOVE this....I saw the JUGS challenge and went running the other way! Your creation is just lovely, I think your embellishments are beautiful!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Sharon! That zipper flower is fabulous! Lovin' all the dimension! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

Lynn said...

The weather has been crazy in our neck of the woods. Very warm actually. My boys were on spring break last week and I have to say I think it is the nicest week they have ever had. I struggled with the zipper challenge too...but wow! I love the beautiful cream on your zipper and all the details on your card are all around fabulous! Thanks so much for playing with us at Just Us Girls!

Mynnette said...

This is STUNNING! LOVE all the vintage pieces and your sentiment is so sweet! :)

Shannon White said...

Wowzers is this Ever Beautiful! 8-)Love your Beautiful dp's and Wonderful hand made flowers and your Zipper flower is so Petty and creative too! Just Love every Fabulous detail! Thanks so much for playing along with C84FN! 8-)

Sasha said...

Gorgeous card! I love your beautiful papers, layout and pretty embellishments:)

Christina said...

This is just breathtaking, Sharon! I adore all of the sweet little details, and your zipper flower is beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at Card Patterns!

Elise said...

*Clunk!* What an EXCELLENT combination of challenges - you ARE so clever! Truly! THIS is SUCH an excellent way to showcase the splendid beauty of a zipper flower - I'm ALL inspired, once again! THANKS, so much, m'dear! LOVE it when you play with JUST US GIRLS!!!!

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful card! Love the colousr and flowers and that cool zipper flower. Great take on the sketch!

Sue Lelli said...

Sharon, Your zipper flower is FABULOUS as is your mum! LOVE all of the stamping and PRETTY girlie details on this BEAUTIFUL card! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Deborah Frings said...

Love the texture you get with the zipper flower - it looks fab! And the papers are so pretty. Thank you for playing along with CR84FN!

Aleksandra said...

lovely card! I love the flowers and the vintage touch!

Blessings,
Aleksandra

Deb Hickman said...

Beautiful card, love the layered embellishments.xxxx

Marybeth said...

Gorgeous card love all the embellishment on this beauty!