Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lovely Thanks

~ second post for today ~

Welcome.  I have been waiting to use this 'new to me' paper pad from Prima: the Printery collection.  I know it's not a new release, but I only recently picked one up, back in August.  So, it's new to me.  {smile}.  I just love the abstract images, the little office supply introduction, and the lovely color scheme.  I also purchased some 'new to me' prima blossoms: Guava Peony Brahms, back in August.  So, why not pair them together!
Now, I just need a little starting point!  So, I headed to a sketch challenge site that I adore.  They make some of the most beautiful sketches I have seen.  Easy to work with.  Easy to embellish or leave simply beautiful.  Cardabilites.  The design team has some gorgeous creations, and a lot of inspiration to help get those creative juices flowing!  Here is the current sketch:

A lot of potential here!  Love the absence of required layers.  Love the emptiness to allow you to 'see' what 'speaks' to you creatively.  And who wouldn't love to add a sentiment banner piece?
here is what I made:

Recipe:  I used ripe avocado card stock by Paper Trey Ink for the card base.  I just love this shade of deep green.  Not to 'fresh' and not to 'old'.  Just the perfect shade.   I  took a sheet of 6" x 6" pattern paper and cut it down to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8".  Then matted it onto a piece of true black (by paper trey ink) cut to 4" x 5 1/4".  [Oh, sorry.  The card is traditional A2 size 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".]  
I wrapped a piece of cream lace around the layers.  Machine stitched some black seam binding to the front of the card.
I hand stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink by Stampin' Up! onto very vanilla card stock scrap.  I used scissors and hand cut the banner end.  I matted this piece onto a scrap of ripe avocado card stock.  I also hand cut the banner end.  [the stamp was a 'gift' from Verve Stamps.  It was a 'thank you' for an order I had placed a few years back.]
I used my hot glue gun to attach the flower first.  I didn't want any of the petals to hang over the edge of the card.  I then added the multi-loop bow made from the same black seam binding.  I wanted my bow tucked under the blossom, just a bit.  I attached the bow with my hot glue gun, too.
I used scor tape to adhere the sentiment piece.  And finally, to add a little visual interest, I added five clear sequins: there below the blossom and two above the blossom.  I adhered the sequins to the front of the card with a glue pen.
Not a lot of layers, or a ton of embellishments, but I really do like how simply sweet this card turned out.  Because lets face it!  Sometimes you just need to say 'thank you' without a huge production!
I hope that I have inspired you to use what you have in your stash.  I know it is super easy to 'want' the latest and greatest paper crafting products.  But why not use what you have in a different way?   Decorate a box.  Transform a tin.  Embellish a basket.  Dress-up your packaging.  Or simply make a card with a lot of character without spending a bankroll.  {smile} and no, that's not the Industries new motto! {smile}  Just me crafting on a budget.


Dortesjs said...

Fabulous is your card

Mrs Frizz said...

Love your card. The colour of your flower picking up the background card stock. Thank you for playing along with us at cardabilities.

norine said...

Really beautiful take on the sketch!! Thanks for coming to play with us at Cardabilites!!

Tvorba pro radost said...

Very nice card. Love the flower....Thank you for joining us on the Cardabilities. Ilona

Aggie said...

Lovely card! Thank you for joining us at Cardabilities!