Sunday, June 21, 2015

Charming Neutrals; Card

Welcome.  I have another card to share, that I created.  I most likely won't share any holiday crafts, until it becomes a little cooler.  I think folks would rather enjoy the warm weather, bbq's, and other relaxing patio activities before I start bombarding them with jingle bells, and 'baby it's cold outside' projects {smile}.
I wanted to get a start on crafting a variety of greeting cards, before my minds turns to snow.  So, I set out to find some inspiration and a few challenges to enter.  And here is what I came upon:
My first stop: Cardabilities.  These folks always have some great, user-friendly sketches.  And here is the current sketch challenge:
My first thought when I saw this sketch, was another birthday card.  Or a 'thinking of you' card.
Then I stopped by the Mistress Owl Craft, to see what these ladies were crafting.  And they have an challenge set around an inspirational photo.  Very beautiful and all neutral colors.

This challenge does not require you to create a wedding themed project.  I love the lace, the pearl clusters, and the sparkle from the rhinestones.  Very beautiful and very feminine.  A little shabby, too!
here is what I crafted:

As you can see I did not make a Birthday card.  Instead, I ended up going with the wedding theme.  I am super happy with how my card turned out.  I used materials in the inspirational photo, as well as pearls, rhinestones, and other sparkly items.  
Recipe:  I started with Soft Suede card stock by Stampin' Up!  I just love this heavy weight card stock.  
The main panel is from Melissa Frances.  I used a thread cutter to rough up the edges, and then sponged brown ink.  There were a few places I had a heavy hand when distressing, and the paper tore.  So, I simply added a scrap piece of white lace trim, and kept going.  I heat embossed the sentiment in early espresso powder, by Stampin' Up! in the right upper corner.

The long lace piece I machine stitched to the card front.  I added about 5 random pleats.  I also added a piece of white lace trim over that.  And finally, machine stitched a thin piece of cream crochet trim over the white lace trim piece.  
I used scraps of neutral pattern paper for my banner pieces.  The black and white floral pattern paper is from Authentique.  The script pattern paper is from Paper Studio (HL).  And the cream and white decorative pattern paper is from Recollections (M).  I matted each of these pattern papers onto a scrap pieces of soft suede card stock.  I sponged the edges of the pattern papers.  I also machine stitched a cream pom pom trim to the top of the largest banner piece.
I tucked a bow to the right of my trio of banners, that I tied my hand.  It's a triple bow with cream colored crinkled seam binding.  I tied a kraft bakers twine to the seam binding bow, and added a tiny tag, that was sponged and stamped with 'Joy'.

My focal piece is this beautiful white resin frame.  I added a Prima zipper pull, that has this beautiful crystal dangle.  I then added a brown paper blossom and an off white paper blossom.  Both blossoms were sprayed with shimmer paint, to give them a bit of sparkle {smile}.  I then tucked in a pearl and crystal stick pin, and a few rhinestones and half pearls.  Finally, I tucked in a brown shimmer leaf stick pin to the left of the frame.  I thought this helped pull the browns forward.

I wanted to add something more; so I added faucet dots to the right upper corner and the left lower corner.  And finally a trio of marshmallow sequins near the seam binding bow.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have been inspired to either play along with these challenges, or simply craft something special.


Samra said...

Gorgeous card Sharon!!! Love the colors and such beautiful choice of embellishments. May I ask where you got that wide lace piece??? It is gorgeous!

Lizzyc said...

This looks amazing, i love all the layers and that lace is stunning.. thanks for joining in with Cardabilities!

Елена Ижокина said...

I love this colors! Beautiful card and thanks from Mistress Owl Craft)

Sharon Wheet said...

Hello! The wide lace I purchased from Hobby Lobby, almost a year ago. It is actually sewn at the top. But, I didn't like the way it laid, so I cut that off, and made my own rough pleats. The lace measures 3 3/4" wide.

Darlene said...

WOW this is GORGEOUS!!! Love all the detail and layers! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Cardabilities! We hope you’ll join us again real soon! Good Luck!
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Goga said...

Thank you for joining to our challenge at Cardabilities!

Unknown said...

Потрясающая нежная палитра и отличная романтичная работа! Спасибо от ЧБ Сова-Искусница!