Friday, October 7, 2011

Trying to Find the Groove with "Just Believe"

Lissie is here and when get together, card making usually ensues.  However, (as I posted over on my personal blog), when I haven't made cards in a while, I find the mojo has deserted me and I struggle to get going.  This card took me an hour and a half to pull together--sheesh!

GG's birthday was Monday and I needed a card to send (that's me, right on top of birthdays...).  She loves pink and butterflies and I wanted to pull those two elements together. 

I follow Jaydee religiously, and found a new challenge site through her.  This one is Freshly Made Sketches, a site dedicated to " clean-lined creations but unlike Clean and Simple challenges, we encourage lots of detail and embellishments as long as they maintain a "clean" look to your card."  Okay, I can get behind that.  I needed a sketch, they had one that looked promising so I decided to see what I could come up with.  

I'm pretty pleased with how it all came together, from the Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake color combination to the double butterfly I mounted just to the left below the focal image, to the little pearls I used as accents.  It's a pretty little card and it makes me smile.  Let's just hope it does the same for GG. :o)

This card uses: 
Stamps: "Just Believe", "Sincere Salutations"
Papers: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (Whisper White was just too harsh)
Inks: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake 
Accessories: Beautiful Wings embosslit, Lace Ribbon Border punch

Subtle techniques used:
*Instead of mounting the circle on a piece of Crumb Cake, I instead used the marker to color around the outside.  

*Because both the Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake butterflies got lost when used individually, I mounted the CC butterfly on the bottom and the BB on top of it.  It was perfect and nearly impossible to see in the photo due to the shadow.  Oh well.  



Rita said...

Very soft and pretty! I've never used Blushing Bride with Crumb Cake, but what a great combination they are! Love the butterfly and the pearls too! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Kelli said...

Very nice card...I think you're groove is just fine :) I like the soft color combination that you used...I have thought about buying Crumb Cake. I have discovered Freshly Made Sketches too and I really enjoy it.

Linda Callahan said...

Soft and pretty colors - makes a lovely card! And I am a jaydee fan as well - she rocks! So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen Timko said...

Well, it looks like your mojo is well in place with this card! Gorgeous use of the sketch. I love Lace Border panel! So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Tui Nathan said...

What a lovely card ... the colours are so pretty together ... I love the centre panel, this is my favourite silhouette stamp, and the butterflies are really pretty!
Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Jen said...

I love these colors! I like how you stamped the sentiment over the floral image and finished it off with that sweet butterfly! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Lesley Croghan said...

Wow Rach, this is really pretty and of course I love the colours. The clean, white space allows the main image of flowers to really pop! So happy Jaydee led you to us. I always enjoy seeing your work! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Cindy Hall said...

This is a perfect "clean" card! I love each and every detail, and especially love the colors. The lace border is a perfect compliment to the overall look of the card. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.