Hello crafty friends!
Today is my second week to play with the girls as March Guest Designer over at the Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge (IBSIC) blog, and once again there is a luscious color combination with which to play. This is just SO much fun!
Aren't these colors gorgeous? I love pastels and had a wonderful time playing with the paper and embellies and came up with this:
This card needed to be a little bigger than a standard A2, so I added an inch in both directions (6.5 x 5.25 in.), and I'll be honest - there was some white involved, but try as I might, I couldn't live with it, so I "fixed" it by stamping the first layer with blue French script and then sponging the three challenge colors on top. The lace peeking out from under the pale green layer started screaming "I'm white too!" which of course then looked out of place, so it received some airbrushed Copics in pastel pink and blue. Aaaah...all better now.
White just isn't my thing.
The paper with roses is from a deliciously rich pack of dp by Prima called "Annalee," and I've been eyeing this sheet of paper for the longest time until this particular sketch called out for them. How's that for making dp work for you? I stamped "Paris" (from the Paris stamp set by IBS) in Baja Breeze, but it was a wee bit faint in places so I used my SU Baja Breeze marker to darken it just a bit.
I embossed the clock face from the same stamp set with glittery gold embossing powder on another piece of dp from that same stack, then layered it onto a plain circle and a doily die cut. The first doily was white. It bothered me. I changed it.
I made the bow using some wonderful silk ribbon in my stash and hung a charm from it that I made myself, then used a gold spacer with a rhinestone for the top. For this bow I used my handy dandy brand new homemade bow maker that I was inspired to make because of Joanna's bow tutorial (here). Now granted, my bow maker doesn't look nearly as pretty and polished as the lovely one her darling FIL made for her, but it gets the job done!
I could add more holes, but I find these serve quite nicely for various size bows. The block of wood is far too long (originally meant for whittling) and you could use a scrap piece instead of wasting so much space. Hmm... maybe I'll cut it in half and make my daughter a bow maker...
The flowers are from IBS and I've added some die cut leaves and flourishes.
A little stitching and some pearls finish this card that I enjoyed making every step of the way.
Thank you so much for joining me on my wordy, photo-heavy adventure today, and please don't forget to head on over to IBSIC to play along and see what the lovely design team have created for you! They'd love to see you!
Stamps: Paris (IBS), En Francais (SU)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue (SU), Versamark
Paper: Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi (SU); Annalee (Prima)
Extras: Dies: Circle Stax, Dainty Doily Duo, Fancy Flourish (all Dienamics); Foliage (SB); crochet lace, Copics, airbrush, IBS roses, silk ribbon, custom charm, rhinestone, pearls, bead spacer, sewing machine, SU marker, gold ep (Zing).
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