"Always & Forever" - A Creative Romance Challenge

     Woo Hoo.. it is Friday...hope you are able to play a bit this weekend.  Today begins another great challenge at A Creative Romance. The "Chic Crafters" have decided that "Metal" is our theme for the next two weeks, so we hope to see your creations there!
     I really want to begin by saying how grateful I am to the ladies I have met in blog land who willingly share ideas and take the time to teach me what they know whether through emails back and forth or via facebook... I also want to thank my sister who, during her visit today, decided we should try something "new".

       It all began yesterday when I saw a card on Pinterest that I just loved, both for its simplicity and its elegance. Thanks to watermarks,  I traced it to the Joy of Scrapping blog, left a comment and within minutes, got an email from the artist (Joyce) explaining how she attached this lovely ribbon to her bride silhouette.  Here is her beautiful card:

  Cut to today. My sister came over to visit and I showed her the picture of this card. I told her how I wanted to try to do a similar card, but I did not have the silhouette image.  I looked through my stash of stamps and recalled that I had a Stampendous Bride and Groom wood mounted stamp that might work. Here is a pic of the stamp I used...
     It wasn't a "side view"silhouette image, but with my sister's prompting, and with NO plan of what I would use, (which is sooo not me) we decided to give it a try. Out came boxes of lace and tulle, flowers and glue.. it looked like my craft room blew up!  So, here is my first attempt at using lace to embellish a stamped image. 

      I stamped the image on Make it Colour cardstock.  I colored the groom with copic markers and distressed the bodice of the bride with distress ink. I cut around the outside of the image. Then I used half inch lace from The Ribbon Girls and twisted and ruffled as I glued in place. I cut the lace in strips and did one layer at a time rather than work with one long piece.  I began at the bottom and worked my way up. On the final piece, I threaded the lace through the Diamante Buckle Slider, also from The Ribbon Girls, and tucked under the edges of the lace and glued in place. I embellished the lace with small pearls. Another idea would be to add a teeny tiny bow with my shabby seam binding, if I can learn to tie one!
       As the lace added dimension to the image, I stamped ONLY the top of the dress a second time, distressed it with Walnut Stain and Tea Dye and added Glamour Dust, then I attached with pop dots to the bottom image!
       All three design papers are from one 6x6 page of  Pion's "For Father"- a fab blend of brownish gray (from Live and Love Crafts) that can only be perfectly matched and matted by a one-of-a-kind cardstock color "Smokey Shadow" by Papertrey Ink.  I love the clock faces that are in the design paper as it went so well with the Just Rite stamped sentiment.Since I cut away the hangers from the stamped image, and because this is a "metal" challenge, I added Tim Holtz metal hangers that were "frantaged" behind the image and a metal corner. The final touches were crystals, pearl and tiny light and dark pink roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. 
      Thank you for hanging in there and reading all the way to the end of this long post! I look forward to trying this again, but next time with all my materials in place first- LOL!  Why not hop over the A Creative Romance challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team has created, and then put your pedal to the metal (had to say it) and join us!   Have a great weekend, and, as always, thank you for leaving a kind comment.  
   I will be entering the following challenges:

Dreams Do Come True

    Good Morning... Today I colored up a lovely image called "Masquerade".
   "Masquerade" is colored with copic markers and Polychromos pencils. I am just beginning to work with these pencils and have taken a few online classes but, as with any new technique or medium, it takes practice, practice, practice! The design paper is Kaisercraft's "Romance."  I inked the edges of the dp's and die cuts with Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" distress ink.

Although the pics do not show it as well as I would like, the colors in the dp, the roses and on her dress DO match... I think the lighting creates a slight difference in the shading!  I have wanted to play with the "mask" die from the Spellbinder Venetian Accents set for some time, and when I saw this image, I knew it would be perfect for this card.
  The lovely ribbon and pearls are from Live and Love Crafts.  The flowers are a mix from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.
  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. Have a great day!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
That Craft Place- Think Pink
Hiding in My Craft Room- Color It
The Hobby House- Roses
Alphabet Challenge- R is for Roses
Stampin for the Weekend- Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons -Ribbon
7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps- Make your Mark
Paper Pretties- Embellish it
Cards Galore- Flowers
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Ribbon
Crafty Cardmakers- Shabby Chic
Path to Positivity Challenge- Hope

The Faith of a Bird- Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge

   Good Morning and Happy Saturday...hope this post finds you well.  A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to be a guest designer for a challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  I love their challenges and the design team is always an inspiration with their gorgous creations. The challenges feature shabby chic and vintage cards on all sort of themes.. the one that I am participating in is "Birds or Bird Nests".

  I love birds. I have several feeders in my backyard and I position them so I can see them indoors or out from my patio door in our main living room... I just love to see all the different bird that come and visit.  For two years, we had robin's nests in our yard and we actually watched the eggs hatch and the robins eventually fly out along with Mama, and just like this sentiment, they do it knowing they can fly!   So neat...

   Since my "birds and bird's nest challenge" card also had to have a vintage or shabby chic style,  I decided not to color an image of a bird, but decided instead to use a sentiment and silhouette image as my focal point. I purchased this digital set from from Create with TLC/Artfire and it features two images and three sentiments!  It is called "Faith of a Bird Vintage Image and Word Art ". Now I decided to make the silhouette of the bird on a branch image "transparent" yet visible, and then have the sentiment appear stamped over it.  To achieve that look, I simply copied and pasted the bird on branch image into a Word document, and sized it.  Then under "format" I selected "recolor" and then "transparent".  It immediately faded the silhouette image which is just what I wanted. Then I copied and pasted the sentiment and placed it over the image and sized it to my liking. Since they are "png files", you can be creative with merging the images and sentiment. I printed it out on heavy weight ivory cardstock. I apologize if the photo does not capture the silhouette as much as it appears in person.
    The design papers are from Pion. I tore the edges, then distressed them with my Zutter tool and Vintage Photo distress ink.  I also sanded the edges of the green cardstock (thanks Fleur) for a more distressed look. That gorgeous lace and shabby seam binding are from Live and Love Crafts.  I added three pearls (birds eggs??) on top of the ribbon. I stamped a script image on my canvas bird and attached to the design paper along with a metal corner from LLC.  Last, the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.. I did do a bit of stitching here but I must say that my machine did not like the thick Kraft cardstock and the feed dogs were working overtime, so next time I won't be testing this sewing machine with thick cardstock!  I think I may invest in a less expensive machine for sewing on paper.

   Thanks so much for stopping by.  Why not visit Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog and see what the design team has created.  I promise you will be ooh-ing and ahhh-ing at the lovely vintage creations..why not join this challenge as well?  I am sure the girls would love to see your creations! Have a great weekend and, as always, thank you for your kind comments!

Challenges I will be entering:
365 Cards- Vintage with Lace
Crafty Ribbons- Anything Goes with Ribbon #66
Sisterhood of Crafters- Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy's Challenge- Shabby Chic
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Ribbon or Lace
Craft your Passion- Embossing #184
Crafty Cardmakers- Shabby Chic
Ooh La La Creations- Things with Wings
Craft Room Challenge- Our Feathered Friends
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday- Burlap or Canvas
Inky Chics- Favorite Sentiment
Daring Cardmakers-Digital
The Hobby House- Roses

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