Monday, June 17, 2013

Ruffles & Ribbons

Ruffles are a girl's best friend!  Welcome.  I am creating for the Shabby Tea Room today.  I have won a guest designer spot with these fabulously ladies this week, for my win, posted here.   I have been a fan of this challenge team for quite a few years.   I have played along with them from time to time.  But this year has been a wonderful year for me.  I have found direction in my paper crafting.  I have also found more time to craft.  Which has allowed me to express my passion in this craft.  I truly love the whole process of paper crafting.  And it gives me pleasure, when I see my final product.  Which, I'm sure alot of you can relate to.  
This week, over @ the Shabby Tea Room the ladies have a wonderfully inspiring photo and challenge.

they also ask that you use: pink, green, ruffles and ribbon.  Sounds easy, sounds pretty, and I hope it is delightful {smile}.  So, use this gorgeous inspirational photo, the requirements, and CREATE!

Using pink, green, ribbon, and ruffles, this is what I created.  I hope you find it beautiful.  I'm pretty happy with this card.  At first glance, you can see, this card is 'clean and simple' for me.  I love layers, I love lots of embellishments.  So, when I saw this inspirational photo, I knew that I wanted to keep it 'simple'.  
To start, I used a lovely pink polka dot floral pattern paper and a vintage green houndstooth pattern paper.  To help add some interest and requirement, I created a box pleat with the text paper.  But I wanted to add some softness.  So, I did a quick rouching with a cream grosgrain ribbon.  Then wrapped some pale pink crinkled seam binding around the card front.  I'm a super fan of multi-loop bow, so I added one, and I distressed a floral button to the center of the bow.
I love shabby/vintage type paper prints, embellishments and trim.  To keep with the whole over-all look, I added a strip of vintage floral tickets to the side of the card front.  I fussy cut this strip of tickets and sponged crumb cake classic ink along all the cut edges. 
Personally, I cherish family and friends, and at times I think I'm a hopeless romantic.  So, this great stamp set, Love Lives Here, from Paper Trey Ink, is a wonderful collection of sentiment stamps.  The sentiment stamp that I used on the label, is one of my favorite.  To stay with the theme and sentiment, I added a resin heart, from Melissa Frances.
I machine stitched a border around the whole card.  I think this little addition adds some home-made character.  
At a quick glance, this card looks simple.  But with a second look, you'll see the added feminine touches, the touches of softness, and the sweetness of a home-spun quality.  I know that I, along with this fabulous design team, over @ the Shabby Tea Room would love to  see what you create!

love this card? you can purchase it, in my Etsy shop, here


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Jill Norwood said...

Sharon this card is GORGEOUS! I love the papers, the box pleats, the tickets and bow and the sewing! And that is one of my very favorite PTI sets too! The heart is the perfect finishing touch! :)

vic said...

Beautiful card and the ribbon is so pretty!!

Marybeth said...

Congrats on your GDT spot! Your card is very elegant and romantic! Love the bow and pretty papers you used. Beautiful fussy cut tickets and gorgeous heart.

Unknown said...

How did you make the floral tickets? I love your cards so very much. Gorgeous.