Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rotary Phone

This is a rare post.  I wanted to participate in a challenge, were I'm not on the design team.  I just wanted to create.  Have you ever had that urge?  I wanted to sit in my craft room, create something in my style, not for a deadline, not for a craft fair.  Just for me.  
I'm a big fan of the Shabby Tea Room #132, and I wanted to play along with them this week.  The requirements this week, are to use the colors in their inspirational photo, and include something rustic and something elegant.  This sounds a bit like shabby chic! and this is right up my alley {smile}.  
I also used a sketch from Crafting Life's Pieces #52.  I wanted to participate in their month long challenge.  So, I combined the two challenges and created a wonderful card.
Here are the challenges:

and here is what I created:

I used some 'vintage' styled pattern papers for this card.  I actually used pattern papers that I received as an attendant gift @ the Inspired Retreat, sponsored by the Hen House Paperie, last month; Market Street by Lost & Found. I just loved the floral-text papers, and I'm a super fan of all text papers.  I sponged some of the pattern papers with a kraft ink.  But, I wanted a different distressed look on the center green floral pattern paper.  So, I brushed picket fence distress paint along the edges, and then dunked the pattern paper in a tub of dazzling diamond glitter.
One of the requirements, was to include something rustic.  My rustic; the painted wooden button, the cream twine, and the cardboard butterfly.  Another requirement, was to include something elegant.  My elegant; the rhinestone brad at the center of the butterfly, the trio of half pearls, and the glittered distressed edged pattern paper.  I think that I did include the colors in the inspirational photo; brown, pink, silver, green, and white/cream.
That clever telephone stamp is from Unity Stamps.  I stamped the 'call me' stamp in a soft suede classic ink onto a piece of vanilla card stock.  I then matted it on a scrap piece of pink pirouette card stock.  I wanted the focal point of this card to pop, so I used foam tape behind this telephone piece.
I use a lot of seam binding on my paper crafts.  I just love the crinkled look, and the variety of colors, you can purchase.  This beautifully crinkled ribbon is from Prairie Bird Boutique, an Etsy shop.
Thank you for taking the time, to stop by and have a look.  Leave me a comment, and let me know what you think of this card.   Happy crafting!


Debbie said...

Oh so pretty -- gorgeous patterned papers and lovely embellishments! Thank you for sharing your card with us in the Tea Room :)

Nikki Spencer said...

This is so pretty Sharon! I adore your choice of DSP and l must say l am partial to your gorgeous vintage style.
Thanks heaps for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment, it was very much appreaciated. xxx

Lisa Minckler said...

What the cuteness! You know I miss the days of those phones. Always so much fun to try and have some privacy and wrap yourself around the corner to the next room...LOL.
Your card is GORGEOUS! This is very inspiring.

Chelsea said...

Hi Sharon, so shabby and oh so pretty! Love the soft colors and that cute little button. Thanks for joining the CLP Sketch challenge, hope to see you again.