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Friday, January 11, 2013

IBS Inspiration Challenge

Hello and good morning!

Today's card is for a friend who isn't feeling very well.  I hope it cheers her up.  I'll get right to it since there are several pics.  I can't even begin to tell all of the techniques since I used so many on this card and I don't want to bore you to tears, but it was a lot of fun to make.  You should have seen my craft table afterwards...

BTW, I'm going to try to start shortening my posts somewhat, though I'll still post multiple pictures.  I love seeing the details of others' cards and will share mine too; however, I do tend to get a bit wordy and probably don't need to spell out every single thing I do to every single card.  If anyone has any questions on a particular design element that I haven't covered, please leave me a comment and I'll respond as quickly as possible.   Thanks!

The inspiration for today's card comes from Joanna over at IBS Inspiration Challenge who seems to always choose the most lovely images and color schemes with which to play.  This week is Challenge #41, and we are to use the colors light tan, rose and light brown.  Delicious.  Just like a softly colored hot fudge sundae (it's always about food with me).


And the sketch that I followed was designed by Julee over at Mojo Monday.  I love this kind of sketch, full of fun layers and embellishments.  And this is the first sketch of the month, so there's the prize factor as well! 

Note:  All paper edges have been inked.  And what started out as light tan has been inked up half to death, but you can see the tan on the inside of the card (photo included below).  :) 

I stamped the first layer with an allover French script stamp, them heat embossed the Eiffel Tower in gold.  Whoops, there I go, spelling things out.  OK, the two elements that ARE special enough to talk about are the flower and the heart charm.  

Aren't they cute?  The flower was pretty straightforward - die cut the shapes from printed and solid papers, spray them with water, scrunch them up, flatten them back out, stack them, and put an antique brad in their middle.  Oh yeah, and ink the petals.

The heart was the fun piece.  It's a Shrinky Dink that I die cut, stamped with rose Copic, shrunk with my heat tool, drew around the edge of the heart with a dark rose glitter pen, stamped overall with a French script stamp (I love that stamp), inked the edges, then coated with Glossy Accents.  Once that was dry, I applied gold leaf to the edges.  How CUTE is THAT!  It looks like a little jewel when the light hits it just right.

You can see the gold embossing on the edges of the greeting, and you can barely see the small strip of coarse burlap shot through with gold threads under the centerpiece.

BTW, the music is real music from over 40 years ago that was mine as a child when I was learning to play the piano.  It, too, has been sprayed, scrunched, misted, and inked to distress it because it was in surprisingly good condition when I rediscovered it in the garage a couple of months ago.

Here's a pic showing the different layers, and a peek at the inside.  Speaking of which...

See?  I really DID use a light tan.

Thank you for joining me today, and I wish you a lovely day with hopefully at least a little crafting time in it. 

Happy crafting!!


Stamps: Take It To Heart (on the little charm) - SU; All Year Wishes, Paris (IBS)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla Neutrals DSP Stack, Regal Rose, Soft Suede (SU), rose-printed scraps
Ink: Versamark, various TH Distress inks for distressing edges
Extras: gold and brown embossing powders, music, Antique Brad, Shrinky Dinks, Glossy Accents, gold leaf, metallic burlap ribbon, crochet ribbon, SB Labels One, SU Framelits Hearts, Decorative Label punch, TH Tattered Flowers, Spica Garnet glitter pen.

Challenges Entered:

IBSIC #41 - Color Challenge 
MOJO Monday #275 - sketch
Oozak #10 - Anything Goes + Pink and Bling 
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Embrace the Old (vintage look, authentic vintage music)
Anything Goes - Just Good Friends (which is who this card is for)
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Add Hearts 
SCS F4A151 - X Five


Mum of 4 said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I love the background stamping in the main image and also the embossed Eiffel tower! Lovely just like you!

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely beautiful Shea. This is bound to bring cheer to your friend. Nicola x

Viv's Visuals said...

Love this! Can feel a CASE coming on!!

Laine said...

So charming Shea, wonderful colour tones and fabulous design.
Hugs to you from,

Carol Lucas said...

Gorgeous! You have created a work of art here!

Katie Johnson said...

Very pretty, love the flower :)

Kristi S said...

Love this Shea! What gorgeous colors and I am a sucker for the Eiffel Tower! Have great weekend!


Angie said...

Stunning! Love your design and fun embellishments!

Mynnette said...

This is SO pretty! LOVE the lace and I adore your patterned papers! The gold embossing is the perfect finishing touch! I'd love it if you'd come and join me at Inkspirational this week for our Photo Inkspiration challenge and also at Technique Tuesday for our monthly technique challenge! HUGS and happy weekend! :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh wow! I looooove how you used these IBS stamps! And the way you gilded the Eiffel Tower - oh! Thanks for playing with us at IBS.

Doreen said...

Beautiful card.Thanks for sharing with us at Delightful

Liz Weber said...

Ooh la la Shea this is just devine, I adore the layers, love the shapes you have used and the trim and flowers are just the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks so much for sharing your work with us again at IBSIC

Lynn Fletcher said...

Hi Shea! Just love this card. I wish I had a day with you and see how you go through the process to decide how you put such a detailed card together. Maybe one day!

Shani said...

What a beautiful card! I know your friend will appreciate it and feel better knowing that someone took the time to create something so lovely just for her.

soapHOUSEmama said...

Gorgeous Work!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

Anonymous said...

I like your clustering of panels and elements on this card, and the gold embossed tower looks terrific too.

Deb Hickman said...

Gorgeous, it will certainly cheer your friend up, thank you for joining us at IBSIC. Deb x

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

What an absolutely gorgeous card inside and out. You are so talented, I'm so glad to have found you.

Lisa D.

Jayne A said...

Stunning card, really pretty layout. Thanks for joining us at Diva's this time.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card Shea! wow! Thank you for creating with us this week. I will be popping this beauty on our FB page! Thank you so much! Hugs, Joanna

Judith said...

This is so pretty and your embellies are just gorgeous - thank you for playing at delightful challenges this week hugs Judith x

Lisette Morris said...

Wow! Stunning!Love it all! Thanks for joining us at Oozak challenges.