Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Let's Raise the Bar and Compose a Card with Becky

Becky's Compose a Card challenge uses Softstone and Enchanted Evening cardstock as well as white embossing powder and satin ribbon. Take a gander at the inspiration room... lovely as always!

While Becky did not use the "chandelier" on her own card, it really spoke to me... but wouldn't you know that despite my large stash of stamps and Cricut carts... I didn't own a single chandelier to use for this challenge... so instead I decided to add a string of beads that were left over from all the bows we made for my daughter's wedding last summer.  I also didn't have any white embossing powder (gasp...sputter...gasp)... so I had to use clear, but the background still managed to show up well on the Softstone cardstock.

Recent trends in cardmaking reveal that we paper crafters are now leaning toward using journaling cards on our ummm... cards.  Yes, it is true and as it turns out, I just got a beautiful "Deluxe Journaling Card Set" by Webster's Pages, so I had to use one on this card.  I inked the edges of the journaling card with Distress Ink in Tea Dye.


Other supplies included PTI and Neenah cardstocks, a background stamp that I purchased on clearance at Meijer, light blue satin ribbon that I colored with my Copic B37 to match the cardstock, Hero Arts Antique Engravings for the stamped butterflies. I used Archival Ink in coffee to stamp them and then distressed the edges with the ink as well, then embossed them to make them shine a bit. I then cut them out and popped them up on foam tape. I used foam tape on the journaling card as well, to make it stand out.  I also had three gems that I had in my stash, the clear button and the white pin were stash items as well. I am not sure how I felt about adding the safety pin as it seemed a bit casual for the card...but I decided to throw caution to the wind and use it anyhow.  Using three of anything (butterflies and gems) made this card perfect for this week's Raising the Bar challenge as well.  I love when I can combine challenges! 

P.S.  At Joni's suggestion I am also entering this for challenges at Flutter by Wednesday and Cute Card Thursday!  Thanks for letting me know about these challenges Joni, I had not heard of them before!

12 Scrappy Comments:

Dana said...

What a lovely card. The vintage feel is so pretty, especially with the pearls and jewels. Great job!

KristinaH said...

Really pretty!!! I just LOVE the center section with the sentiment!!

Great job. Thanks for sharing!
~KristinaH

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Kristina... I hope you get this... I have been trying to leave a comment on your blog all week but the I don't get the full screen when the verification comes up!!! Maybe something is wrong on your blog... or maybe it is me?? IDK, but I wanted to let you know I am trying to leave a note for you! Beth

~*Joni said...

Oh my word, how breathtakingly beautiful. I love this card! I do believe it is even prettier than the actual inspiration picture with all of your wonderful details. it has such a nice vintage but updated feel to it, the pearls and ribbon are a beautiful touch! Thank you for joining us at Raise The Bar this week, I wanted to let you know that there are several other challenges that this will work well for:

Cute Card Thursday - ribbon
and Flutter By Wednesday - look at how closely your card matches with the colors of that picture!!

hugs and thank you again!

becky said...

This card is so stunning. I really love the detail of the strand of pearls. Such a beautiful way to bring in the chandelier without being over-the-top. Stunning.

Brandi said...

Beautiful card! I love how you used the pearls and the satin ribbon. Thanks for joining us at Flutter By Wednesday! :)

Danni said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

peggysue said...

Wow look at those pearls! Such an elegant card!

Traci M said...

Very pretty...I've been noting the journaling cards and love to see them all made up...great job on the challenges!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Pretty card! I love the vintage feel of it!

Melisa Hunter said...

Such a pretty card. I love how you incorporated the warm colours with the blues and white. The pearls add such a nice touch. Great interpretation of the photo. A big congrats on making top 3!

wendyp said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love those butterflies!

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