Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sweet Retirement

Hello.  and welcome to my little slice of blog-land,  I hope you are having a good weekend.  Me, Oh Yeah!  School is back in session, and the weather is a bit cooler.  So, that translates to more crafting!  It is that time of year when I get revved up and start crafting for Holiday Arts and Craft Shows. I probably should start earlier, but when it's 100 degrees out, I just can't even begin to think of Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.
I don't have a Holiday craft to share with you today, but, behind the scenes I am crafting more monogram magnets, flip-flop books, and other crafts.  I did take a quick break from that, and sat at my craft desk and whipped up this super special card.  {smile}  I don't have anyone in mind to send it to, so it will be in my Etsy shop, (HERE) for sale.
I am entering this card is three different challenges.  For those who know me, entering three challenges is a rarity for me.  Typically I only enter one or two.  So, here we go!
I am entering my card in a sketch challenge over @ Cardabilities.  They always have some creative and easy to use sketches.  And their design team is super talented, so there is always some inspiration.

I needed a bit of direction, so I stopped by Sugar Creek Hollow for a little more inspiration.  This week, they have a theme challenge:  Let's Celebrate.  Who wouldn't love to create something for that!

And finally, I needed a bit more direction, so I headed over to Crafting by Designs to see what this creative challenge has planned this week, and I think I found heaven.  Their theme this week, is to use PolkaDots!  AHHHH!  polka dots?  My absolutely favorite pattern!

and here is what I created:

the recipe:  The card base and matt are Baked Brown Sugar card stock from Stampin' Up!.  The two pattern papers are from the White Fern collection by DCWV.  I created my own paper blossoms with the stamp set and die; Vintage Floret by Heartfelt Creations.  I stamped the blossoms in River Rock classic ink by Stampin' Up! onto whisper white card stock.  I sponged the edges of the blossoms with the River Rock classic ink, also.  The ribbon is swiss dot satin in Fine Linen by Paper Trey Ink.  The sentiment stamp is Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin' Up!
I machine stitched on both pattern papers.  I wrapped the ribbon around the center panel and adhered this piece to the card front with foam tape.  I wanted a little height on the card front.
I brushed some white ink onto the die cut leaves, and added glitter to the petal tips.  I added light grey pearls to the blossom centers and a dash of silver german fine glass glitter.
Challenge requirements:
Sketch:  two blossoms, with a banner sentiment tag.  sponsors: heartfelt creations.
Polka Dots:  the background pattern paper and the ribbon.
Let's Celebration:  happy retirement

Thank you for looking!  I am off to my craft room, to get busy on more items for the craft sales!  I hope you have been inspired to play along in any of these challenges.  Enjoy!


Cec said...

Very pretty card. Love the neutral colour scheme and your flowers. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

norine said...

Lovely card!! The stitching is beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Cardabilities!!

Visell said...

Very elegant card. Thanks for playing along with us at Cardabilities!!