Saturday, February 6, 2010

{first} love

Today's the day!  It's my first time getting to play along with the talented ladies over at Card Patterns --woo hoo!!  {Do you think I'm just a little excited? lol}  

Here's this week's fun sketch...I can see LOTS of possibilities for this one; do you?!:

And here's what I did with it:

I know the shimmer doesn't show up in the picture, but in real life it's really pretty.  On the white panel, the white heart, the tag, and the handmade cabbage rose {that's what I thought it looked like, so that's the name I've given it -lol}, I used Glimmer Mist.  I have a few different colors of Glimmer Mist in my stash, but I've been a bit intimidated by them to actually give 'em a whirl.  I tried using it with a mask, but the masks I have were just a bit too large on this size heart to achieve the look I was going for.  Not sure what caused me to finally bust 'em outta the box, but I'm so glad I did! 

Oh, and it was also my first time to actually use my Scor-Pal for something other than to score a card in half or crease an envelope.  I was actually hoping to get the scored lines to line up with those on the panel, but I think I'm gonna need a lot more practice before magic like that happens.   

And then there's the flower....  Ya know how everyone and their sister is out there making those darling little crumpled flowers right now?  Well, I thought I'd try my hand at it too, but I wanted a much smaller flower for this card and I was hoping to have something that resembled a rose.  I ended up stamping one of my new favorite stamps {the large rose-covered heart from Papertrey Ink's Heart Prints set} all over some white cardstock, and then I used the largest flower on the Boho Blossoms punch for the shape.  I used ten flowers to make this one, as all the tutorials were suggesting, but I think maybe about seven would've been just fine, given that the cardstock was much thicker than the patterned paper called for. 

My original idea was to cover the entire heart with these sweet little cabbage roses, but after making one {and thinking they probably should've been even smaller for this project}, I decided to rethink my plan {plus, it was kinda tough to hide that black brad in the center...the only ones I had handy {{50 of them! --thanks, Elise! ;D}}, and the thickness of the cardstock wasn't the easiest to crumple when working with such a small shape and regular-stemmed brad -lol}.  As you can see here, I was all prepared to make several more of these sweet little blossoms {before my good sense kicked in -lol}.  I'm glad I changed my mind or I might still be working away at it. ;P

And I thought applying Glimmer Mist on that flower and the little tag would be pretty too.  I think you can kinda see some of the shimmer least on the heart and flower anyway:
And the last little thing I tried here was to use two of the same Fancy Tags die cuts to form a little heart on either side of the larger center heart.  I flipped one over on its back side and put them together, and then cut out a portion of the centers so they'd be the right length.  I'm sure someone's probably done it before, but it was unique to me and made me happy when it fit right into the sketch and theme of the card.  It might've looked more 'finished' had I cut the rest of the tags away, but I decided to leave them.

So, there ya have it.  LOTS of firsts {for me} on this card.  Not exactly the smartest thing to do when trying to create a card that more people than usual are likely to be viewing. lol  Oh, well.  It was a fun departure from my usual style, and I hope you like it. 

I hope you'll find time this week to play along with this really great sketch; and after you do, be sure to stop on over at Card Patterns and link it up so we can all enjoy it.  Your card may be the one they choose next! 

Thanks again, Card Patterns, for the invitation --it was so much fun! 

And thank you so much for visiting, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, enjoy your weekend...and many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Baby Pink, Grey Wool (CTMH)

Stamps:  Heart Prints, Simple Valentine (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Baby Pink, Grey Wool (CTMH)

Other:  Classic and Scallop Heart dies, Fancy Tags die, Tag Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Boho Blossoms punch, mat pack (SU!), paper piercer, sponge (CTMH), brad (gift from Elise Durenberger), Scor-Pal (Scor-Pal), satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink), crochet trim (Wright's), pearls (Joy! Crafts), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam mounting tape 


Jeanne said...

Christi! This is absolutely STUNNING! Wow! Love all your firsts on this card. The pearls, the lace, the flower. Every. Single. Detail. is worked to perfection.

I wanna be more creative like you when I grow up.

Have a wonderful weekend, my sweet and talented friend!

Pat said...

Oh, my goodness ... how absolutely beautiful!!! The entire card is stunning ... the pearls, the lace, the softness of the colors, and that flower!!! Now I've GOT to try making those flowers myself. I love how you used those Fancy Tags as well -- sooooo creative!!! And I'm NOT being biased (as you say I am) -- it IS beautiful!!!

Nancy said...

Oh Christi!
This card is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

I haven't talked with you in ages. It was nice stumbling across you on the Card Patterns blog.

Barb said...

WOW!! Your card is beautiful!! So many details and all worked to perfection. LOVE that flower you made. Great colors, too.

Sarah said...

So I have been oogling this card several times today...oogling and drooling...On google reader, on your blog and on CP site...I really am blown away...Every single thing is just so beautiful!
Your flower is gorgeous too..I tried one last night ha ha..but it didn't look like yours!

Monica said...

oooooh mama, i love the pearls and ribbon! AND, i like ur new nifty "scoring" - i'm not sure how u would say it in a professional crafting world =]

love you

Jennifer said...

What an absolutely lovely card! Hello Christi, I live in Colorado too! And I am a Believer as well! Your blog is lovely, I will become a follower of your blog.

Bless you today!


Patti Gingrich said...

Your card is breathtakingly beautiful Christi! The details are absolutely perfect. Well done!

Pat said...

** GASP ** This card just arrived in our mailbox and I am blown away by it's beauty! The whole card is absolutely breathtaking, but that flower is a treasure!!! Even your dad is admiring it and you know that means something ;-) Bless your heart for blessing US with it!
love ya oodles, Mom