Sunday, April 17, 2016

Be{e} Sweet

Welcome.   I set out in to my craft room this morning.  I have a few cards to make, so I decided to get started before my deadline.  It's snowing again at my house, so I don't really want to adventure outdoors.  (yes, snowing in the middle of April.)
I stopped by a few favorite challenge sites to get my creative juices flowing, and found these two challenges to participate in: Scrap Magic & Shabby Scrap.  (Both of these challenge sites are in Russian, so please be aware.)
My first stop is Scrap Magic.  They always have the most beautiful inspiration boards I have seen.  They typically have a mandatory element and a few embellishment requirements.  But not this challenge.  Here is their inspiration board:
(You need to do a monochromatic color scheme with a contrast color. ) 
My next stop is this beautifully shabby chic challenge site Shabby Scrap.  They have some very talented ladies on their design team, who will certainly inspire you.  
(their current challenge is this sketch)

and here is what I made:
my monochromatic is yellow and my contrast is green

Recipe:  My card is an A6 size (4 1/4" x 6").  I used some scrap pieces from my scrap box.  I really need to get this scrap stash dwindled down.  {smile}
The bee print and floral pattern paper are from the same collection.  But, I only had these two strips, so I am not sure who the manufacturer is.  {sorry}.  The yellow polka dot glitter paper is from My Mind's Eye.  
I started to do a simple border stitch with my sewing machine, but I ran out of thread before I could get all the way around the card.  But I love the 'un-finished' look it gave my card front.
The black script text pattern paper is from Teresa Collins.  And yeah, that is all I had left of that piece.   
I stamped my sentiment onto whisper white card stock by Stampin' Up!.  I used the You're Cherished stamp set.  (It is easily 5years retired.)
I wrapped some medium green crinkled seam binding around the middle-ish of the card.
I added a bee resin medallion by Melissa Frances, to the sentiment & text stack, then adhered this piece to the card front.  I made sure to leave room for my multi-loop bow.  
I really love the sparkle of the gold glitter outline to the text circle/polka dot pattern paper, so I made sure to add some gold accents.  I tied a double loop bow with thin gold cord from Stampin' Up!  It was in the holiday mini catalog for 2015, and I simply fell in love with it!  I added my multi-loop seam binding bow over the gold cord and adhered it to the card front with my glue gun.  I cut off the legs to this nostalgic brad, and simply adhered the 'button' part to the center of the layered bow.
I wanted a bit more gold, so I added a trio of gold sequins to the card front.

My card is off to the mail box, as I am sending this to a very special friend.  She has been by my side cheering me on, as I conquer new challenges in my life.  So, I want to make sure she knows how blessed I am to have her by my side.  {smile}

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