Sunday, April 2, 2017

Harmony & Grace Card

~ second post today & photo heavy ~

Howdy!  I needed to make a card for a special friend, so I set out to find some inspiration.  And you know I found some! {smile}
My first stop is Mojo Monday.  Because let's face it, they have some great sketches, and the design team will certainly inspire you! (I turned the sketch 90 degrees)

I also stopped by As You See It Challenge.  Their current challenge is Spring has Sprung.  How super fun is that?  And the best part, you get to decide what spring means to you!  Me, I see it as a 'new' time.  Flowers, snow melting, more sunshine.  Everything fresh!  (weathered wood, blossoms, distressed elements, and a little sparkle)

I also stopped by Word Art Wednesday for their current challenge - Anything Goes & Family Friendly.  This creative and inspirational challenge site gives you a free bible scripture that you can use, but is not required.   (I'm using an inspirational sentiment and thought it fit perfectly with this design team.)

And finally, I stopped by Brown Sugar Challenge, for their current challenge - Anything Goes.  Because let's face it, this design team is creative and very innovative!

and here is what I created:

spring to me, means exposed weathered wood and blossoms

Recipe:  This is a typical A2 size greeting card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I used kraft card stock as the card base, because let's face it, the color is just so creamy, and sweet!
I used one pattern paper, blossom pattern paper from the Harmony Collection by Bo Bunny.  I just love this weathered wood looking paper!  So sweet, and shabby chic!
I used the weather wood side for the large panel, and the blossom print for the main panel.  I machine stitched them together.  I sewn a purposefully sloppy double border stitch.  I thought it adds some depth to the weathered wood print.  

I wrapped some cream lace trim and Lyric Rose seam binding around the card front.  I also machine stitched these two trims to the card front, in place of adding adhesive.  I tied a single bow with the lace trim and layered a double bow tied in the seam binding.  I tied a vintage cream button with kraft twine and added it to the stack of bows.  
I stamped my sentiment in soft suede classic ink, onto cream card stock by Paper Trey Ink.  I used the Scripture Medley 4 stamp set by Verve.  (I 'won' this stamp set from a challenge-yahoo!)  I cut the sentiment into a rectangle, and matted it with a scrap piece of the Harmony Collection paper.  I added a piece of a paper doily to the bottom of the sentiment piece.  Then, I added some zig zag stitching to the sides of the sentiment piece.  I just love how these little touches gave my card a shabby chic look and feel.  {smile}
Finally, I added two embellishments, I felt conveyed the shabby chic look: a lock from Melissa Frances.  The white, distressed embellishment just looks at home here! {smile} And who doesn't like a little sparkle?  So, I added a glitter heart!  You know, my heart is locked in shabby chic!  {smile}.  
Thank you for looking.  I hope that you get a chance to play along with any/all of these challenges, and find some peace and happiness creating!  I think it does a lot of good for our souls.  {smile}  Have a great day! and hopefully you can stop by again soon!


Christine said...

This is one of my favorite stamps, and you have certainly let it shine! The stitching, paper choices, and bow are gorgeous!

Wanda Cullen said...

What a lovely sentiment to highlight! Love this beautiful take on the mojo sketch! Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge this week!

Amy Jasper said...

A stunning card! Just all around lovely and artfully crafted. I'm so glad you shared it with us on the As You See It Challenge blog!

The Crafty Critter said...

Just beautiful! I love the stitching! Thank you for joining us at Brown Sugar Challenges.
-Miranda DT

SewPaperPaint said...

This is so beautiful! Definitely one of my favorite stamps. You used it perfectly. Hugs, Autumn

Heather Cooper said...

This is beautifully crafted, Sharon, and it's been awhile since I was able to comment on a shabby chic design! I love your premise that spring is weathered wood and blossoms, because, when I think about it, that is so true! Your palette of kraft and pink and white fits your premise perfectly. Thanks for sharing your talents with us at As You See It Challenges!

Ginny Maxam said...

Hello, your card is really beautiful! I like the quote too! I know someone will be very happy to receive this! Thank you for Joining in our Anything Goes challenge at Word Art Wednesday! Ginny M DT

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card!! The papers are beautiful!! I love the sentiment and the sparkly heart!! Absolutely stunning!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I'm so glad you did so I could find yours!! I'm happy to be your newest follower!! Have a great day :)

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Jan Clothier said...

I love the palette you've used: so soft and dreamy and tender, just like spring. Great composition of elements, like the button on the bow and the sweet little glittery heart. Thanks for joining us at As You See It for our Spring challenge.