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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Vintage Hope

Good morning!

Remember how I said yesterday that I was going to be working in the yard all day today?  Well, I didn't.  The sprinklers went off as they usually do on Saturdays, and I completely forgot about them and wasn't prepared for how wet the garden was.  I don't work on wet soil - it's a terrible thing to do to it - but I there I was in my gardening clothes, ready for work, when it dawned on me that my garage needed some serious attention as well.  So....that's what I did - cleaned out my garage.  Doesn't that sound like a fun way to spend a Saturday?  I can think of more entertaining things to do (ummm... like making cards?), but it had gotten to the point where I became cranky every single time I went out to get in my car, not to mention the fact that I'm turning the garage into another work space, this time for the big, messier projects.  So now it's 90% clean and straight with just a little finishing to do on Monday when I will have some big things removed and taken to storage.

Of course I headed straight to the craft room as soon as I came in and had a shower, and this is what I came up with.   

It is an easel card, only the second I've done, and the first full-sized one.  They are surprisingly easy to make.  I used a color which I haven't used in a long time (Pool Party) and combined it with pink and brown, plus Echo Park Paper Co. Everyday Eclectic for the bottom panel.  

The card is for several challenges, among them distressing, swirls, buttons, and bird challenges.  I used Sissix Tags Scallop Combo 2 for the tag.  I roughed up the edges with the SU distressing tool.  Stamps are SU Papaya Collage (image) and Flourishes Calla Lilies (words), and the frames around both words have been heat embossed with Zing! brown embossing powder.  Dienamics Fancy Flourish die, Framelits Labels Collection, Word Window and SU Fancy Fan embossing folder round out the tools.  I was very pleased to find printed paper that looks almost exactly like the embossed and distressed top layer.  I sponged the edges of the embossed layer with TH Distress Ink in Tea Stain, then I very gently brushed the sponge over the tops of the embossed fans to color just the tips of the paper.  Doesn't it look almost exactly like the paper on the bottom panel?  

The embellishments are real vintage buttons that I found in various thrift shops.  I will use the little cards they came on when I'm finished with them, either on cards or decoupage pieces.  Waste not, want not.  A pearl, a dab of seam binding, and some linen thread, and the card is finished!!

Thanks for looking and visiting my blog. 

Have a lovely day, and Happy Crafting!!

Challenges entered:

SCS - HYCCT1213 - Hope is the Thing
The Shabby Tea Room - Link Up for Pink
MFP - FOSTV Challenge #41 
Tuesday Throwdown #119
Anything Goes Challenge #77
MFP - Simple Salutations 
Simon Says Stamps - Dies and/or Punches 
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 73 - Easel Card  
MFP - Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge 129 - Inspiration Photo
Word Art Wednesday - Be Ye Kind 
Oozak Challenge #7 - Die Cuts 
Red Carpet Studio - RCS#7 - The Birds

and last but not least,

MFP Speedy TV. - Sketch w/a Twist (add 3 or more buttons)



Mum of 4 said...

WOW, another beautiful card!! Love how that DSP matches the embossing folder, cool!

Kate said...

Beautiful card. Love the vintage look. Thanks for joining us at Speedy Fox & Friends.

Lori Comeau said...

Gorgeous design.

Esther said...

Stunning!!! Really a gorgeous creation :)
Thanks for joining us at Link Up For Pink!!!

Theresa said...

Gorgeous easel card....a real showstopper! Love all the elements and design. Thanks for joining us for our Distressing Challenge at FOSTV.

Theresa said...

Had to come by to say you did a great take on the photo inspiration. Thanks for also joining us for Speedy Fox and Friends this week.

Janine said...

All that sorting and tidying go the creative juices flowing I see - what a lovely card. Thanks for joining our FOSTV challenge.

Karen Letchworth said...

Shea: Your easel card is absolutely beautiful. You've done a great job, and I feel SO blessed to have you play along with us in this week's challenge. I hope you will continue to join us and share your talents with us!
Karen Letchworth, Hostess
Sketch With a Twist

P.S. I have another great challenge blog your cards would fit perfectly into - please stop by and play along with us:
Have a blessed week!!!

wanda box said...

this is a beautiful card well done tfs

wannabcre8tive said...

Such a pretty card, I love the vintage feel of it. Thanks so much for joining us over at Speedy Fox and Friends.

Carole said...

Sensational easel card. So pretty. I know what you mean about being cranky about an annoying space. Get it done and it's off your mind. Good work!

KC Inspired said...

Love your card! The details & layering make a great layout.

Thanks for playing @ Sketch with a twist @ MFP Speedy TV.

Gemiel said...

What a beautiful card!!! I love vintage buttons too and yours go so well with your design. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday this week. Blessings!

Angie said...

Wow!!! I don't know how you found DP to match your embossing but it's awesome!!! Beautiful card!!! Thanks for joining us at FOSTV this week!

Karen Letchworth said...

As soon as I clicked on your thumbnail, I thought..."this looks familiar". Well, a surprise and unexpected blessing to see that you are also linked up at Word Art Wednesday. I'm SO glad you've joined us, and I really hope we will get the pleasure of seeing more of your sweet creations shared in our challenges.
Have a blessed week, and keep creating! Beautiful job!
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the card with a wonderful vintage feel to it. Nice arrangement & colors. Thanks for entering Speedy TV Mark's Finest Papers Tweet Bird challenge #14.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
MFP Simple Salutations Hostess

Anonymous said...

Hello can I reference some of the material here in this entry if I reference you with a link back to your site?

Shea said...

Thank you so much, ladies!! Karen, you're the reason I posted to Word Art Wednesday and am so pleased that you directed me towards that site. Thank you!!

To the anonymous poster who wants to reference my post, yes, by all means, and thank you for asking. I'd respond directly to your request but you're not showing up here on the post, just in my email inbox, to which I'm not sure I can respond directly. I'm still pretty new to blogging, so bear with me please. But yes, you certainly may reference my post, and I appreciate you asking!

Craftin Desert Divas said...

This is a beautiful card and would love for you to enter it in our challenge at Hope to see you!


Lynn McAuley said...

Love this stunning easel design, Shea!! What a breath-taking beauty!

Ravengirl said...

Love this! Until I ready through your post, I thought that the bottom and top paper were the same. I had to double check just to be sure I understood. Thanks for playing along with the Friends Of Speedy TV!

Dawn said...

So glad you decided to join us at Red Carpet Studio. This is a gorgeous card.

Pat Garvin said...

Very pretty. The colors are distressed wonderful together. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Debbie Moran said...

What a stunning card. Gorgeous coloring. Thanks for playing along with Friends of SpeedyTV and Speedy Fox and Friends. We hope to see you again next week. Be sure to check out all the other challenges on SpeedyTV for more chances to win free stamp sets from Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

NanaConnie said...

Terrific easel card, Shea, especially for only being your second one! Great die cuts. Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Hope to see you again when our new challenge begins tomorrow.
NanaConnie TT DT

Shannon White said...

Wow! such a Beautiful Easel card! Love the soft colors and flourishes! 8-)

Susan Dube said...

Just stunning! Love the colors and the bird is beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Tuesday Throwdown and hope you'll be back next week!

Susan, TT DT

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

That's really a stunning creation!!!! Love all the beautiful details that you have added.

Thanks for joining us as Tuesday Throwdown this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Anonymous said...

Yet another stunning creation!

Candice Fields said...

I love your easel card! Thanks for joining us over at RCS! Candice DT

Designing with Debbie said...

Once again beautiful work. Amazing coloring. Thanks for playing along with the SpeedyTV’s Sketch with a Twist challenge. We hope to see you again next week. Be sure to check out all the other challenges on SpeedyTV for more chances to win free stamp sets from Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

Lena said...

wow this is so stunning. I just love it !!! The colors are amazing. Beautiful work. Thank you for playing with us this week on Speedy Fox and Friends!

sarah-Jane said...

Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Fussy & Fancy.
Sarah-Jane xx

cheiron said...

Gorgeous design and colors. Thanks for playing along with the Dies and/or Punches challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Georgie Horn said...

This is a lovely card!

Karenwrnp said...

Had to come by to say you did a great take on the photo inspiration. Thanks for also joining us for Speedy Fox and Friends this week.