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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Paris Roses and Challenge Day at IBSIC

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!

Happy crafting!


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).

Challenges entered:

The Shabby Tea Room #157 - Oh-So Pretty in Pink
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Chic to Be Shabby
Incy Wincy Designs - Things That Being With "F" (flowers, flourishes, French script)
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Springtime
Creative Card Crew #31 - Ribbon
Divas By Design - Put On Some Pink
Crafts and Me #124 - Ribbons and Lace
Allsorts #197 - Springtime

Mojo Monday Sketch #284


Kristie Goulet said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! So much beauty on your card friend! Awesome job making your own bow maker too! You are so creative. Mwah!

Candy C said...

Shea...this is such a lovely Parisian card. I love your colors and your design. This card really does have quite a nice shabby chic quality about it. Those sweet little roses and pretty bow framing your lovely clock really is a nice arrangement of embellishments. Thanks so much for sharing your card us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Lea L. said...

This is really pretty! I love the flowers & ribbon!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi Shea! Thanks for the ribbon tips, and for sharing the lovely photos from different angles of your Spring Masterpiece! It is GORGEOUS! LOVE THOSE COLORS. How pretty the dangly beaded charm is - I have not created any of those yet, and would like doing that. A truly remarkable card, Shea. hugs, de

catherine said...

This is lovely and thanks for joining us over at Allsorts this week
x catherine

Viv's Visuals said...

Just beautiful Shea!

Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining us at Allsorts Tracy x

Whimsey said...

Beautiful - love the colors; particularly love the airbrushing on the lace - great look!

Thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts Ink!


Anita Houston said...

What a beautiful card, so perfectly shabby chic. Love the clock and roses, and Parisian feel! Thanks for playing in our shabby chic challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Just breath taking Shea! I love the Eiffel as the "hands" of the clock and the colors are so vibrant. Great job!
A Look Through My Eyes

Joanna said...

So beautiful Shea! Just gorgeous! Hugs, J

paper fun said...

Gorgeous card. The colors are lovely and great design.

Thanks for joining our ribbon challenge at Creative Card Crew.


Gloria Stengel said...

You used one of my fav IBS sets! This is so pretty!

Margaret said...

A very pretty card. Your bow maker looks just like mine as made for me by a crafty friend's husband

Thanks for joining us at the Creative Card Crew for our ribbon challenge

Margaret xx

Diane's Card Designs said...

Beautiful card! Love the colours and the ribbon is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at LCI Challenge this fortnight.
Diane xx

Shani Thomas said...

Beautiful card! Love how you've used the Paris set here!

Ann Marie Governale said...

What a fab card. Love your design and the ribbons and lace are gorgous! Thanks for playing with us at Crafts and Me. xxx Ann Marie

Maria said...

So very pretty! Love all the flowers and gorgeous bow! Have a great weekend!

Sandra said...

What a wonderful Parisian card! Love the colors and embellies. The bow is so cute! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Tracey said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card with us in The Shabby Tea Room. Love the pretty images and the bow with charm is just fabulous. Love your bow maker....I have made myself one of these too!

Heather North said...

Your cards are truly works of art. Don't worry about not liking white space. It always feels "wrong" when I leave white space on my cards too. With creations like yours, who needs a blank spot anyway? The French Script and sponging are so much prettier. <3

Shea said...

LOL! I left it (the white space) and left it and left it for as long as I could. It just wasn't destined to happen. :)

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

So soft and pretty. I especially love the flowers in the corner and the flourishes. Another great card and it looks like I'm caught up for the week. I hope you have an amazing week ahead.