Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Retro Garden Party

Let me welcome those of you who are new to my blog.  {smile} 'Welcome, have a seat and browse.  I hope you find some inspiration here, to go and create something beautiful!'
Over the weekend, I looked through different blog sites, and wouldn't you know it?  I have created a card!  And I am entering it into two of my 'go-to' challenge blogs.  We truly are creatures of habit.  And habit has it, to create something vintage, a little shabby chic, and feminine.
The creative ladies over @ Retro Sketches have a wonderfully user-friendly sketch: #12.  And the talented ladies over @ the Shabby Tea Room have a wonderfully inspirational board!  So, I combined the two challenges and created a lovely shabby chic card.   Here are their challenges:

Here is what I created:

Beware!  I used products on hand - so everything except the kitchen sink.

I wasn't happy with the above photo, so I have added another:

One of the sponsors @ the Shabby Tea Room, is the Digital PAPER SHOP by Janet.  So, I took a quick detour of her vital shop on Etsy, and found some beautiful papers to work with, for my card: Romantic Paper Roses and Pastel Flower Labels.
Both the card base and the first panel are vintage cream card stock from Paper Trey Ink.  The next panel is aqua mist card stock from Paper Trey Ink.  The gingham pattern paper is from Lost & Found.  It is the back side of this beautiful yellow glitter paper.  For the next panel, I used rose red card stock form Stampin' Up!  The floral paper is actually a digital 'paper' from Janet's shop.  I wrapped a piece of crochet trim from Stampin' Up!, tied it in a simple knot and hot glued a paper flower from Prima.  The floral panel is lifted off the card front with foam tape.  The buttons are a mixture of Paper Trey Ink, and Amuse Studios.  For the tag, that is another digital label from Janet's shop, too.  I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black classic ink from Stampin' Up!, using a sentiment stamp from the stamp set; Dress Form from Paper Trey Ink.  I added a white architecture corner piece from Melissa Frances.   Note: I sponged all the edges with Crumb Cake classic ink from Stampin' Up!.
I really wanted to add some rhinestones, to give this card some sparkle.  But I couldn't find a place to apply them without them looking too odd.  So, no rhinestone bling for this card.  But, I just love how warm and inviting this card turned out.
Thank you for looking.  I hope you have a chance to play along in either, or possible both, challenges.


Starr said...

What gorgeous paper you've chosen!!!! I love the layers and shape that you used. the buttons and lace are the perfect touch! Thanks so much for joining us at The Shabby Tea Room!

Arielle H Gordon said...

So GORGEOUS, Sharon! Love the shabby chic~ness!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at RetroSketches this week!

chanya13 said...

Beautiful card, lovely color combo. I love embossed background, lace and sweet roses. Hugs chanya13

Jackie Rockwell said...

Such a wonderful shabby-chic take on the sketch Sharon! So glad you played RetroSketches this week!

Tracey McNeely said...

Such a lovely shabby chic card.

Sabrina said...

Love your shabby chic card! Gorgeous colours and pattern combo.