Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sweet Summer

I haven’t felt really great lately.  Not sure if it is the hot weather or I am just under the weather.  I did have a really fun weekend.  My friend, Cheryl, was passing through and stopped overnight.  We ate, we played, and we shopped.  We always have so much fun when we get together.  This weekend a group of us are going to her house on Friday, then on the Winston Salem, NC for a stamp convention.  More fun!!  Hope I feel better by then.

I did spend some time stamping yesterday and today.  Today’s card is based off of a lot challenge themes.  I have meant to make a card with a summer look since there have been a lot of challenges asking for this.  I thought about what summer was all about to my family.  Right now it is very hot so I thought about the color red.  It is a time to go to the beach or pool so I used a designer paper with wavy stripes.  This could also represent the hot winds.  When we are hot we like something cold, like ice cream.  There were several food related challenges, so this fit in well.  It wouldn’t be summer without flowers and butterflies so I had to add these.

This card is a combination of reds, pinks, and neutrals (especially white and brown).  I used a white card base and added a layer of dark red.  Then I added a deep pink layer that I embossed with an embossing folder with butterflies and swirls.  The swirls have a stitched look to them.  I sponged the edge of this layer with red ink and sponged white ink over the embossing.  Then I added three background mats cut out with dies.

I had this beautiful designer paper with flowers and sparkly polka dot leaves and strawberries.  I cut this with a Spellbinder scalloped circle, layered it on a slightly larger dark red scalloped circle, and put it on the right side of the card.  On the left I added a tag I cut out from the wavy striped paper using a Sizzix die.  I used an embossing folder to add the words “Just as sweet as can be!” and sponged the edges and embossing with red ink.  I added some of my dyed seam binding to the top of the tag.  For the image I used a Magnolia stamp of adorable Tilda eating ice cream, colored her with markers, and cut her out with a Spellbinder scalloped circle die.  I layered this on a scalloped square of dark red, also cut out with a Spellbinder die.

I used a glitter pen to color the image's wings and add hi-lites to the card, including the embossed wording and butterflies.  I also used it to add stitching around the tag, scalloped square, and outer edges of the card.  For embellishments I add three light pink, felt flowers with buttons for the centers.  I used some fiber to add little bows to Tilda’s braids and added a sparkly butterfly, cut out with a new die from designer cardstock.

E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts Challenge #14 – Fun In The Sun!
Magnolia Down Under Challenge #104 – In the Kitchen (Food Related Image)
Speedy the Cat’s Friends Challenge Week 63 – Die Cut as a Background Mat
Paper Play Challenge Week 27 – Fruity (Strawberries in designer paper)
Stampin For The Weekend Challenge #12 – Wings and Things
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #88 – Summertime
All Sorts Challenge Week 110 – Free and Easy
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge #23 – Using Something from Your Stash! (Felt Flowers, Buttons, All Papers and Cardstock)
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #160 – Color Challenge/Pink and Brown
Bling It On Challenge #5 – Anything Goes
CES Challenge #44 – Recipe: 1 image; 2 ribbons, lace or twine; 3 dp’s
Charisma Cardz Challenge #27 – All About Flowers
The Crafty Pad Challenge #129 – Lots of Texture
Craft Your Passion Challenge #66 – Just For You/General Card for Anyone
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C95 – Summer
Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #120 – Summer Fun
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday (FTTC126) – Embossing
One Stop Craft Challenge #139 – Summer Time
Ooh La La Challenges #84 – Tag It
Paper Cutz Challenge #99 - Make a card with an Ice Cream Cone
Stamp and Create July Challenge – Ribbons and Bows
Stamp Something Challenge – Bugs or Butterflies
Just Magnolia Challenge Week #114 – Sketch


The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week #70 – Flower Power/Color Inspiration from Photo (Reds, Pinks, Neutrals) and Flowers


Dolly Daydreams said...

Lovely card with gorgeous colours and pretty embellishments.


DesigNeAl said...

So sweet!
Thanks for joining us at Ooh la la; we hope to see you again soon x

Scrappy Scatty said...

how pretty
thank you for joining us this week at Charisma Cardz
Love Jan

Anonymous said...

Lovely,Summery card.Just love the ice cream colours and pretty sparkle.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion :D
Lisa x

Mummylade said...

adorable monochrome card! Thank you so much for sharing with us at both SFTW and Allsorts this week and good luck!

Sandra said...

Hope your feeling better your card is fabulous!

Art Impressions said...

What a darling card! Hope your feeling better soon. Thanks for joining the challenge at Art Impressions.

Tine said...

Hi Marie. Yep, I am getting the idea of heat from your card! Lovely. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.
Tine :)

Suzie McFloozy said...

Lovely card x
Thanks so much for sharing it with us at stampin' for the weekend x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Winnie and Patty said...

This card is just adorable. Love the colors! Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week!!!!

CraftyC said...

Very colourful and love the ribbon. Thanks for joining us in this weeks CES Challenge. Good Luck!

sasa said...

A great colour choice and such a fun image ! Lovely...Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge.

Donna said...

How cute! I hope you are feeling better. The heat does me in, too.

Dena said...

Very pretty card!! Love the red!
Thanks for joining the Just Magnolia and Hanglar Stanglar Challenge this week!
Hugs, Dena

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Beautiful card! Hope you are feeling better! Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Pad :)

Jamie said...

What a wonderful card. Thank you for joining us for "Just for You " week at Craft Your Passion Challenges. ~ Jamie

Jill said...

Great summerly card. Love the colours!
Thanks for playing along at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Big hugs

Eulanda said...

OH wow this is fabulous!! Her pigtail ribbons are super cute. What a great idea! Thanks so much for joining us at MDUC this week!! Hope to see you back. Hugs!

Shannon White said...

OMGosh what a Sweet Summery card! Love the Sweet image and pretty colors you chose!


Cindy2 said...

Your paper combination is wonderful, so bright and cheerful. Well done. Thanks so much for sharing your talent at the MSL 'summer flowers' challenge and we hope to see you again real soon.

scotspanda said...

gorgeous red card, the image is so cute

thanks for being free n easy with us at Allsorts this week


Amanda xx

Anne Kristine said...

Such a lovely card!
Beautiful colours ♥
Thank you for joining us at MDUC this week.
Hugs Anne Kristine

Maggie's Crafts said...

Thank you for joining The Crafty Pad this week in LETS SEE LOTS OF TEXTURE challenge!

Your creation is stunning.:)


Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

How cute this Tilda card is. The colors are so pretty. Thanks for playing at Speedy's Friends Challenge. It is a pleasure to visit and see your work. Hope to see you again this week!

Mona E said...

Cute card! Thanks for playing at WhoopsiDaisy this week. Hugs...Mona

Rleen said...

What a lovely card! Thanks for sharing with us at the Whoopsi Daisy challenge this week!
Hugs, Rleen

Love crafts forever said...

Absolutely gorgeous card. Thanks for playing at Whoopsi Daisy.
Hugs Nataliya

lisbeth said...

love your card, thanks for joining us at OLLCB this week

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous card, fabulous colours.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.