Friday, January 2, 2015

Aqua Happiness, Today

Welcome! Whew, I think I am starting the new year off right!  Crafting!  Oh my goodness, this feels soooooooo good!  I know you crafters out there know this feeling!  Its bliss, happiness, accomplishment, and satisfaction all in one!
Ok, so I stalk visit Mojo Monday blog multiple times a week.  {yes, multiple}.  I know the challenge is posted for a week.  But i love to visit to see what people have posted.  I love to see what others create.  Sometimes, it really gets my mojo working, and I can 'see' the sketch in a different light.
So, this week, (yes, I have visited at least 4 times) I decided to play along with this incredibly talented group of ladies.  Here is this weeks sketch:
One of the things that I have noticed over the years with MOJO, is that they get on these little 'kicks'. A few years back, they would add a 'round' card to each month of sketches.  This past  year, and well it continues, is to add 'tall & skinny' sketches.  I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of this style of card.  Maybe its because I don't have envelopes for this 'size'. 
Anyways, I did create a card.  I'm not sure it will 'count' as 'tall & skinny', as I trimmed a 1/8" off the sides.  But, I do love the sketch.  So, here is my 'not so tall & skinny' card:

original image posted
photo taken 1/3/15
* the sun came out this morning, so I was able to re-photograph this card in natural light.

Recipe:  The card base is Pool Party card stock by Stampin' Up!.  The matt is Kraft by Recollections. The first layer is a wood grain floral pattern paper.  This is actually a digital paper I purchased.  It's pretty sweet!  
For the two flagged ended papers, I used a digital bookmark pattern paper, and an actually pattern paper. 
For my belly band, I added a strip of gold glitter paper by Stampin' Up!.  I really wanted to add some sparkle.  I machine stitched some cream colored tulle fringe to the glitter paper.  I thought it added some interest, and a touch of softness.  I then machine stitched (zig zag stitch) a piece of cream crochet trim to the front of the card.
For my circle element, I added a cream fabric blossom.  But it looked too random and 'alone'.  So, I added a multi-loop bow made from 1/4" white silk ribbon from Paper Trey Ink.  
To me, the card needed a sentiment, or something, so I cut a tag with a tiny tag die, by Paper Trey Ink.  I used whisper white card stock, by Stampin' Up!.  I stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink, by Stampin' Up!.  I attached the tag to the card front with a tiny metal button brad, by Stampin' Up!.  I also tucked in an aqua mist vintage button, by Paper Trey Ink.  I tied the button with a piece of cream twine, but only through 2 of the 4 thread holes.  And finally, I added a trio of marshmallow colored faceted sequins to the card front.
This card is also for sale in my Easy shop: InkwoodDesigns, if you love it some much you need to have it {smile}.  Now, if the sun comes out today, and I can get a better shot of this card, this post will be edited. {fingers crossed}
Enjoy the beginning of this new year!

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