Wednesday, August 30, 2017

the simple LIFE card

Howdy.  thank you for stopping by.  I know that I have been absent, so I truly appreciate your patience, and willingness to stick around.  I was getting some craft supplies in order, when I found this pretty pattern paper that I had had stashed for almost a year.
I wanted to create something shabby, vintage, and country.  But, I also needed a little direction.  So I stopped by the Paper Players blog, to see their current sketch, and wow!  Very work-able!

See what I mean?  Beauty in simplicity!
I stopped by one of my all time favorite blogs, Word Art Wednesday, because they are always inspirational!  Their challenges are Anything Goes, and they will inspire you with both their crafting, and their scripture.

And finally, I went to Really Reasonable Ribbon blog to get some more inspiration!  Their theme is Anything Goes, just use trim, lace, and/or ribbon on your hand-crafted piece.  Easy-peasy!

and here is what I created:

The card is the typical A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").  The pattern papers is actually one sheet of two-sided pattern paper.  This vintage beautiful pattern paper is from Adrienne Looman, called Dream Big.  I love the soft tender aqua color, with a sweet, deep pink, and pops of red.  Simply pretty!  The white doilies, flowers, and kites give this pattern paper a vintage nostalgic feel.
I machine stitched the two pieces of pattern paper onto the white card stock.  I added a scrap piece of white eyelet trim, and wrapped a pale aqua blue seam binding around the card.  How beautiful!  I tied a multi-loop bow with the seam binding.  I tied a red button to the bow with gold and white twine.  Simple, but beautiful!  
I hand-stamped a half circle in real red classic ink.  The stamp set is from the Farm House paper company.  The stamp set is called Country Kitchen.  
The sentiment is hand-stamped in basic black classic ink, right onto the pattern paper.  I used the Country-Born stamp set, by Close To My Heart.
I love how simple but pretty this card is, and I hope you do too!  I am truly happy to be crafting again {smile}.  My mind is at peace, and my heart is full.  Thank you for hanging in there with me, and for everyone's support and words of encouragement!  LOVE you all!!!


Jan Clothier said...

It really is beautiful paper and your use of the sketch showcases it beautifully. I like the way you've stitched on the paper - nice detailing. You've really built up the card so well around that paper. Your bow is beautiful too. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players.

cherry said...

This is adorable love that paper...thank u for sharing for RRR

Karen Letchworth said...

This is SO sweet, Sharon. I love the homespun country feel to this. SUPER cute!! Thanks for sharing with us, and I hope that you'll join us again soon.
Karen L
Really Reasonable Ribbon

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi again, Sharon! Before I run off, I'd also like to thank you for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday. I am DELIGHTED to have you play along with us, and I'd love to have you Guest Design for me if you're interested. Just let me know. Have a wonderful week!
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Natalie said...

The stitching and eyelet piece is perfect with this gorgeous paper. Wonderful card! Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!

Judy Rozema said...

Your paper is gorgeous, with a perfect ribbon treatment! Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

stampwithsandy said...

So pretty, Sharon! I love the gorgeous papers and all the wonderful embellishments. They all combine so beautifully! Thanks for sharing with us this week at The Paper Players!

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Sharon: I'm feeling really lucky that I get to stop by again to take another peek at this super sweet card. I love the country colors and the homespun feel. This card just makes me happy, and I love it! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your art with us. It's always a blessing to have you play along. Thanks so much, and please join us again soon.
Karen Letchworth
Word Art Wednesday