Thursday, December 30, 2010

Roses at the Cafe

Hello!  This week's color palette at The Play Date Cafe is soooooo feminine and beautiful. 


I took my inspiration from the shape of the man's jacket lapel, the caning on the chair backs (hence the gingham paper), and the romantic, floral images on the envelopes in the top picture.

I finally broke out my Build-A-Brads from Stampin' Up! to make a custom-designed brad to match my paper.  I've only had them for like, oh, 6 or so months (another hoarding problem...that's a story for another time).  And I used the Botanical border punch by Martha Stewart to create a strip, then score it and tuck it under the gingham paper.  A couple of low-rise dimensionals (SU) under the strip help keep it raised up.


I made a matching envelope, too:


There is a paper-crafting goodie bag for this week's "Cup of the Week" winner at The Play Date Cafe.  My sources tell me there's always great stuff in those goodie bags!  Come join us!

Today I am heading to the mall for some gift returns and lunch with my girls and my stepmother.  Later we are going to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, my husband and the kids and I, to see the Cleopatra Exhibit

I am so excited!  Any ancient Egyptian stuff fascinates me.  (love those shows on the Discovery and History Channels)

Thanks so much for joining me during this very busy holiday week.  I appreciate your visit!

Colleen

Stamps:  Abundant Joy, All Holidays, Simple Delights (all SU)
Paper:  gingham designer paper retired from SU, Sahara Sand, Ruby Red (also retired)
Ink:  Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, Basic Black
Punch:  Botanical border by Martha Stewart
Other:  Stampamajig, dimensionals, Build-A-Brad (SU)

17 comments:

Julie Ranae said...

Colleen...I love how you zeroed in on one of the images in the color story and created from there...this design is so lovely!

Michele Gross said...

Wonderful! Love how you drew your inspirations into your design! Lovely results!! Have fun at the exhibit-sounds amazing! Happy New Year!

Sarah Anderson said...

Oh Colleen this is GoRGeouS! I love the rose images, and they look fabulous in the red colour. Such a lovely card :)

MONICA GALE said...

Beautiful card and I adore the way you used the inspirational photos, great colour combo to, Wishing you a Happy New Year !!! Hugs xxx

Dale Morin said...

Love this card and the design of it. TFS

Jaclyn Miller said...

I am in love with that rose stamp! It is so stunning. Great use of the photos to mimic your card. Gorgeous! Say hi to Cleopatra for me. :)

Ruby said...

Ooh love your card, so elegant, and that Egyptian exhibition looks wonderful, take loads of photos! Happy New Year! I have a little something on my blog for you!

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful colors in the photo and you captured them beautifully in your card! Love the border strip and red roses!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

I love your last card of the year, this is so pretty and I love the effect of the build a brad.....I have some I haven't used.....now I think I might get them out and use them! lol.

Emily Keaton said...

So beautiful and feminine, Colleen! I love all the elements you pulled from the inspiration photo to make this lovely card. I hope you had a great time at the Cleopatra exhibit--sounds fascinating!! :)

Benzi said...

Awesome, I love the colors, lapel, Build-A-Brads, and checks. Great use of the inspiration!!! Bet the Cleopatra Exhibit was interesting.

Jinny Newlin said...

So pretty, Colleen! You're just making me want that Build-A-Brad case so much more ;)! Hope you enjoyed the exhibit!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the gingham with that little lace punch peeking out from that border and the roses are FAB! The envelope is just icing on the cake!!

Basement Stamper said...

These roses are gorgeous! Beautiful colors.

Fiona said...

So pretty and feminine Colleen :) the roses are just so lovely popping out there :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH---this is gorgeous! LOVE that diag! Clever:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun over at the Cafe and for playing along with us at PDCC:}

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Gorgeous card! Love the stamps you chose and they way they peek out of the angled layout!

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