Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Wishing you peace ...
Hello everyone! The homework is done, studies prepared for tomorrow, my husband watching a movie, and me with time to myself. Simplicity was key tonight. I wanted to hide away and create - but not tax myself doing so. It's been a tiring day, we all have them don't we? Nothing too difficult tonight ... no, not for me ... simple and relaxing was what I needed.
Mona and her Design Team presented a wonderful challenge this week - you know they always do. This one is so perfect for Valentines. I turned it into Christmas as you will see ... but again, I kept it simple. You can visit their gorgeous samples at CR84FN. And Kirsty at The City Crafter has asked for handmade flowers in her challenge and I couldn't be happier. You can be sure that I will be a repeat visitor this week ... I can't wait to see what everyone creates - you see, I have a soft spot for handmade flowers and am always searching for new tutorials. Thank you, ladies, for the inspiration!
Here is what I have to share with you today, my friends. The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock layered with Soft Suede cardstock. The polka-dot paper is from the Jolly Holiday collection and the holly print paper is a retired pattern dug out from my scrap drawer. Together I thought they were perfect by capturing the colors of Mona's challenge. I guess the holly is where my Christmas theme evolved. The Crumb Cake buttons are part of two collections - Designer Neutrals and Springtime Vintage. I added some red hemp to "dress them up" a bit. The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink and is from A Wish for Peace stamp set. Antiqued around the edges with Distressing Essentials .. it was then ready for my card.
The seam binding is hand-dyed with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Classic Ink Refills. Crinkled, wrinkled and dried to perfection. The flower I crocheted with a 3-ounce red yarn I had laying around. I think it's cute ... not exactly a poinsetta but a bright and cheery Christmas red none the less. Corduroy buttons and brads are found here and one added to the flower center with a decorative star rising up from behind.
Thank you all for stopping by. I hope you find inspiration today and time to create too.