Friday, October 2, 2009

OCC Inspiration Challenge - Longings of the Heart

From The Funkie Junkie
I can't believe that I have already been on the OCC design team for an entire month. This month our hostess is Lori Rider and she has some great challenes in store for us. The first on is an inspiration challenge. I don't think I have ever done an inspiration challenge before. I know Splitcoast Stampers regularly has one a week, but I have never joined in for that challenge. Lori has challenged us to be inspired by one or both journals by Moique Duval which you can see on this post.

The journals are lovely and I really liked the quote "and then she jumped into the mountains and unexplored regions of her heart". I remembered that I had a Rubbernecker sentiment stamp wih something similar. I have actually been wanting to make a card with a quote or sentiment as the main focal point. So this was the perfect opportunity. Since I am in an autumn groove (or rut) right now, I chose the journal with the fall color scheme for my inspriration. I started with some designer paper from last year's SU Pumpkin Pie DSP which I layered on Really Rust and then Chocolate Chip for a base. Also from last year's SU line, I had some brown felt ribbon which I had never used so I pulled that out also, determined to use it on this piece. Rather than just running a flat ribbon across the front, I created three sets of pleats, tacking them with linen thread which I then tied in a knot. I searched through a Foof-a-La Bag-o-Buttons and came up with a handful of peachy buttons that I used to embellish the felt ribbon. The Rubbernecker sentiment was stamped in Versamark and Chocolate Chip Classic ink and then heat embossed with Clear EP. The sentiment pane was cut with the Spellbinders Mega Rectangles die. Leaves from the Best Blossom set were stamped with Versamark onto Chocolate Chip cardstock, clear embossed and trimmed out. The border along the bottom was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

The interior of the card was similarly decorated. The flower is Prima and the Chocolate Chip strip is dry embossed with the new CB Organic Flourish Embossing Border. I severely restrained myself (LOL) and did not scissor distress the edges, however, I did sponge the edges with Really Rust ink. It's not a color I normally use for sponging and I found that I really like it.

I am also hunting for other challenges to enter this card into. Here's what I have found so far
Crafty Calendar Challenge - a once a month challenge blog started by a 13 year old crafter. This month's challenge is to make an autumn card, with an extra option to include plants or vegetation.
Pile it On - 3 dimensional card
One Stop Craft Challenge - Autumn Inspiration
ABC Challenge Blog - E is for Embossing

Update: This card was featured on Card of the Week.


LorettaL said...

Linda, you card just blows me away! I always love what you do with the insides too! That's a cb folder I haven't seen, and it's DIVINE!

Anonymous said...

Oh Linda your card is gorgeous...I just love the rich colors througout. The inside looks fabulous too!


Joycelyn Pelkey said...

This is just amazingly AWESOME!!! You take the art to a whole new level of GORGEOUS!!!! WOW!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

WOW - Linda - what a beauty!!! Perfect card inside and out!!! Hugs ~S~

Pirkkis said...

I looove this card! But OTOH, you don´t do cards I don´t like ;o)

Kim Dellow said...

Wow, that is stunning, just love all the details. Kim

Jenny Gropp said...

Beautifully done from all the design elements to the wonderful sentiment! Awesome!

Lori Rider said...

Linda.... way to go on your first inspiration challenge! I hope you will do more of them! This is so gorgeous... I love those rich colors and your beautiful sentiment - and the great ribbon treatment with buttons!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Beautiful design Linda, from the layout to the stitching you have a ton of gorgeous detail on your layout!! WOW!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration to complete a card inside and out.

Have a fun weekend, Jennifer :)

Torico said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love all the details on this card, especially your ribbon treatment.

torico XX

Donna said...

Beautiful card Linda, fab sentiment and sweet little buttons! Thank you so much for joining our first challenge at Crafty Calendar :) Donna x

Kim. said...

Gorgeous card Linda, loving that sentiment, the way you have used the ribbon and buttons, just perfect.
Thanks for joining us in our first challenge.
Kim - Crafty Calendar Challenges

Linanna DESIGNS said...

Good morning Linda, another totally stunning card hunny and i just love the papers you've used. the colours are just sooooo gorgeous! hope your having a good weekend, hugs Linda x

Unknown said...

Stunning card Linda! The sentiment is lovely and I love the colours you've used - the inside looks gorgeous too!
Thanks for joining in with the Crafty Calendar Challenge! :)
Georgia xx

Liz McGuire, said...

Hi, this is stunning I love it! Thanks for joining in Crafty Calendars first challenge , hope to see you at many more.

Liz x

Caroline said...

Stunning card both inside and out. Thanks for joining the Crafty Calender Challenge. Caroline x

Anonymous said...

Very pretty.

Love all the STITCHING {wink}}, you're getting very good with tread, lace and buttons!

Donna said...

Gorgeous card both inside and out, you've captured autumn beautifully. Thanks for joining in the one stop craft challenge.Donna x

Unknown said...

Absolutly beautiful Linda!
You are rockin' it for OCC!
True :)

Dianne said...

Linda, very stunning inside and out. Absolutely fabulous !!

Mrs B said...

Linda,your card is just beautiful! I love how you design the inside of your cards!

Ruth said...

This is beautiful,both inside and out,Ruth -Crafty Calendar Challenges

Laura (Faerielore) said...

such a gorgeous card i love all the detail and the inside is beautiful too. thanks for joining us over at crafty calander xxxxx

tiggertastic said...

wow Fantastic work, i love the texture you have brought to this make, stunning!
Sarah x

Louise said...

gorgeous card so much detail and perfect colours,thanks for joining us at crafty callender challenge.
louise xx

Katie said...

This is a beautiful card!
Thanks for playing along at PIO.

Shelly said...

Wow, your cards are just gorgeous! I've just found your blog via the CCC blog, and I'm glad I did! So much beautiful detail in your cards. Your black cat card is just adorable (I am a sucker for kitties as I have a black cat)! Thanks for the inspiration, I shall pop back again soon!
Hugs Shelly x

Jennifer Stricker said...

This is absolutely adorable I love it!
Your coloring is wonderful and your design and detail amazing.

Thank you for playing along with Pile It On! this week.

Jennifer PIO DT

Nicola said...

Stunning card Linda, such a sweet sentiment and gorgeous papers - your insert is so beautiful too.
Nicola -x-

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