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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring Fuchsia


Today's card is, lo and behold, just because.  Not for a Design Team Challenge nor Guest Designer spot but Just.  Because.  Woohoo!  Ever since getting the puppy, I've had few days to do JB (Just Because) cards, so it was refreshing to get to do this one thanks to DH taking her on some errands and letting me have some crafting time all to myself yesterday.

It's pretty straightforward.  The image was colored with Copics and layered onto an embossed vellum layer, which I promptly covered up with a chipboard frame that I painted pink with CI paints in "Blush."  The embossed base layer was swiped with white pigment paint to enhance the design and give it a slightly whitewashed look.

The bow looks lavender, though originally it was white and I dyed it with two shades of CI paints, "Blush" and "Sky Blue" using the plastic bag squish technique.  (Put damp seam binding in small ziploc bag, put a bit of paint in there, then squish around.)  I was going for a mottled, pink/blue watercolor effect, but I guess I over squished, because guess what - pink and blue make...lavender!  Who knew.  But there is purple in the image, so it works. 

A pearl button and a couple of my small custom stickpins, plus some pearls at the upper left corner and this card was finished.

Thank you so much for taking the time to join me, and I wish you a lovely, leisurely day of crafting or spending time with your family, whatever floats your boat.  

Happy crafting!


Stamps: Old Fashioned Florals (Flourishes)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment
Paper: X-press It Blending Card, Basic Gray (SU), Annalee (Prima)
Extras: Dies: Ovals Stax (Dienamics); Classic Ovals Lg. and Floral Ovals (SB); Swirls ef, CI paints, Copics, stick pins, seam binding, pearls.

Challenges entered:

Oozak #12 - Anything Goes w/Spring
Love To Create - Pick Two (ribbon/pearls)
Timeless Tuesday #210 - Cards with Cardboard (chipboard frame)
Creative Card Crew #31 - Ribbon
City Crafter #149 - Shades of Pink
Simon Says...A Bit o' Green
Allsorts #197 - Springtime
Divas By Design - Buttons and Bows
Crafty Ribbons #40 - Anything Goes w/Ribbon
C.R.A.F.T. #197 - Easter/Spring
Delightful Challenges - Buttons, Bling, Embellishments
CI Paints - Anything Goes

MOJO Monday Sketch


Michaela said...

Beautiful card, Shea.
Michaela xx

Kristi said...

So pretty, Shea! don't you just love creating "just because"?

Mandy said...

Beautiful card Shea,lovely image and design...I love making just because cards,but like you don't have much time to do so...
Mandy x

Margaret said...

Gorgeous card, love how you have highlighted the embossing

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

Margaret xx

Debs said...

Super pretty card Shea - amazing colours.
Hope you've had a lovely weekend.
Debs xx

Laine said...

I love to read your posts, you do make me laugh. Fabulous designed card. Thank you for joining us at Love to Create Challenge.

Donna Ellis said...

AGH! I wrote a long comment to you and it disappeared when google suddenly switched me to another page! that's not very nice. Or is it? Maybe telling me not to say so much LOL LOVE your new terminology - "JB" cards - that should be adapted world-wide LOL and yes, JB cards are usually the most fun to make, IMO. I frequently have blending experiments which surprise me. In your case, the ribbon looks amazing and is the perfect compliment for your gorgeous fuchsia plant! I envy your skill there! The stick pins, panels, and frame are all so pretty, Shea. hugs, de

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is super, what a great card, Love the colours you went for, Thanks for playing on Delightful Challenges this week, Hazelxo

paper fun said...

Beautiful card. Great ribbon and pins.

Thanks for joining our ribbon challenge at Creative Card Crew.


Ros Crawford said...

Lovely! beautiful fuchsias ... Many thanks for playing at CCCB!

Charlene said...

Gorgeous card!!! Thanks so much for sharing this week at CCCB :-)

Sarah said...

Such a beautiful card Shea, love the colours. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts this week for our Springtime challenge x

Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful card Shea! I so love the bow and the hand made stick pins! Mwah!!!

sparklingblackrose said...

Ooh this is stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Ribbons, hope to see you again soon :-) Elaine DT -xxx- ps I have new candy if you would like to pop by and enter :-)

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

What a pretty card, love the embossing and lovely pink! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges hugs Susan x

Denise Marzec said...

So gorgeous! Love the colors and that beautiful ribbon treatment. Thanks for joining us at the Timeless Tuesday. :)

Linda R said...

What a beautiful card. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

Monika Reeck said...

Oh woow your Main Images looks adorable with that FRAME...and love all the element on your card also nice Cuttlebug BG (I wish I have Cuttle Bug maschine too :) ).... Good Luck with the challenge...

I am also joining the challenge from City Crafter Challenge Blog, my card is Nr. 79, would you mind to see it in my Blog? I would be glad if you also could leave me some love. Many thanks before. Hugs, Monika

Patty K said...

Shea, your cards are so beautiful. Love the coloring you have been doing. Love tink

debby4000 said...

What a wonderful, beautiful card.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge.