Saturday, August 6, 2011

Flowers FORBIDDEN!!

Look out!  Really tough challenge coming atcha this week from Our Creative Corner.  This week it's Kristin's turn to set the challenge and she set one that I seriously didn't think I could do.  And it's the first week too for our new designers.  This week we are welcoming Anne Marie Hile,  Marjie Kemper, Holly Kean and Tui Nathan.

Kristin showed us a yummy, lovely, colorful picture of gorgeous flowers to use for our inspiration and then she said we had to make a card with NO FLOWERS.  Oh, the pain.  Here's the photo - look at all the gorgeousness and I couldn't accompany my card with flowers anywhere - not on the DP and certainly not on the image - really - it's seriously difficult to totally eradicate flowers when designing a card.  Nonsense, I say, shouldn't be allowed - LOL!
But ever a challenge trooper, I dug in and went with the gorgeous rose pinks, yellows and a smattering of green.  And here is the result.  On a base of Barely Banana, I layered an embossed kraft CS sheet and then stitched down a lovely pink sheet of ancient stash Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar DP.   That was followed up with three scallop layers using a PTI die and the two-year old MME Breaking Free series (polka dots) and Barely Banana.  I ran a piece of Jute Mesh Ribbon across the top of the scallops and then topped that off with seam binding dyed with Certainly Celery.  A sweet mini Kaft envelope from my shop is the mail focal item.  I embossed and ink distressed it and topped it off with a cap of doily that I sponged with Barely Banana. The sentiment is from Speedy the Cat's Designer Selection and the clothes pin and tiny filigree are also from my Etsy Shop.   The butterfly and rhinestones are the finishers for this card.

Whew, it was a job, but I finally produce

d a card that I was happy with for this inspiration challenge.  How about you?  Stop by the OCC challenge blog to get a dose of mojo and then see what you can come up with for this challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I thank you kindly for all the lovely compliments on my work.

18 comments:

Patti P. said...

What a wonderful card....great textures! I love the envelope! What a fun challenge this week, tfs your beauty.

Margreet said...

What a brilliant creation, Linda! Did you receive my email?
xxx Margreet

itsallaboutstamping said...

Linda, I don't know how it could've been such a challenge because this is just gorgeous! You did a fabulous job on the challenge! I love that you make everything so interesting. Not just a clothes pin but a clothes pin with embellishment on it. Not just a butterfly but a butterfly with embossing, stamping, and bling! Unbelievable! It's all gorgeous!

Tui Nathan said...

Your creation is super fabulous ... love love love all the elements, soo much for the eye to absorb, yet subtle enough not to be overwhelmed .... love the doily on the envelope and the tiny embellished peg ... so so cute!!! Terrific ...

Marjie Kemper said...

Your card is lovely, Linda. I bet you had a very tough time not adding one of your gorgeous crinoline flowers to this! I am noticing your strips of burlap/rough fiber a lot lately, too. What a great contrast to the other soft elements. Have a great day!

Esther said...

You did a wonderful job, the colors are gorgeous!

Cec said...

This is another wonderful Linda creation and you don't do flowers very well. I must say that showing you flower photos as inspiration is kind of mean :) You did rise to the challenge and all your embellished goodies are fabulous.
Hugs!
Cec

Anne Marie said...

Linda, every single part of your card is gorgeous! So many beautiful details on every single element. Wow! I especially like that strip of burlap you added. It adds so much to the card as a whole. I have to go back and look at this beauty again to make sure I didn't miss anything...

Have a happy day! Hugs! :)

Jennifer Rzasa said...

It's funny to realize how reliant we are on flowers. It's my go-to embellishment when I have to add something pretty to my card. This challenge was a struggle for me too! (also, whenever I hear that I can't do something, it makes me want to do it even more!)

I love what you made, and the little envelope and clothespin is my favorite part! Hope you have a super weekend!

yours truly said...

I love how your creation looks fancy and feminine even without a single bloom in sight! ~ Ü ~

Holly Kean said...

Thanks for the welcome, Linda! I love all the textures on your card from the ribbon, to the embossing, the doily, the envelope, the burlap, the border punched strips -so beautiful! And I love the color combination.

Kathy said...

Your card is beautiful -I love all the textures -I would just love to see the card is person -I bet it is stunning --I hope you have this displayed somewhere in your home :-)

Vicki B. said...

Love your take on the challenge inspiration piece, Linda!! You did an amazing job NOT using flowers!! Love the colors, your bow, the envelope, just all of it!!

Sharon said...

Linda, I have to agree, it was very difficult not to put a flower on the card! But, your flower-less card is fabulous! like always! I love how you added a butterfly and that cute pocket envelope! It reminds me of one of those old time coin envelopes. Fabulous card!

Stephanie said...

Simply gorgeous, as usual!! While you weren't able to use flowers, every other single embellishment made this a very interesting, feminine and full on vintage style card. Love it!!

Lori said...

Eeek! No flowers? You did a fabulous job with it, this is gorgeous!

Lori Rider said...

So pretty, Linda - I love everything you added to this card and I don't miss the flowers at all! ;) It's so gorgeous and elegant, and the colors are just beautiful.

Kristin said...

Challenge...for you?...no way...this is so awesome! I love the textures you put in this. The burlap, the embossed envelope and the butterfly...wow! Amazing job as usual!

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