Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inspired by a Hat Box

Hope you all had a sweet Valentine's Day.  Ours was low-key, with a bit of chocolate exchanging.  Chocolate is always welcome, any day!

My card today is inspired by a hat box I own:
Isn't it romantic?

There were quite a few challenges that inspired me as well, and they are listed further down the post.


There was a lot involved in the making of this card.  Lots of distressing with ink and sponges, and subtle stamping.  The rose image is from Miss CutiePie:  Inspiration and Freebies blog, provided to me by my friend Sparklygirl-Tina.  Thank you, Tina!  My printer's calibration is a little crazy right now, so the colors are a little brighter than they should be.  I used Antique Linen Distress ink to tone down that rose a bit.  I cut it with a Spellbinders Circle Die, then mounted it on an Anna Griffin clip art I've had for years.  The crochet trim behind it was attached and ruffled using Scor-Tape double sided adhesive.
I chose three different patterned papers from my Anna Griffin stash (so happy to cut into it at long last!) as my background.  The lightest cream one is a floral, but I overstamped it with Hero Arts Old French Script in Tattered Rose Distress ink.  It's super subtle.


Here are the challenges I entered:
  • EtsyInspired - Glow Girl - inspiration photo coupon organizer -- my green panel of Anna Griffin paper looks sooo much like this fabric

Whew!  That's enough, isn't it? 

Thanks for joining me today.  It's almost time for another Play Date Cafe challenge, so I'll see you in a couple of days!

Colleen

Stamps:  Hero Arts Old French Script
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream, Anna Griffin designer papers
Ink:  Distress Inks - Tattered Rose, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Punches:  Martha Stewart Double Scallop and Deco Fan
Other:  Big Shot, Spellbinders circle die, digital image, pearls from Queen and Co., crochet trim, sponge, Anna Griffin circle die cut frame, pink ribbon from stash, dimensionals, Scor-Tape

27 comments:

Wendi said...

Wow what a beautiful card such pretty paper and image
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week
Wendi

~Tammy~ said...

Oh my goodness, you continue to wow me and I can't begin to say how much I am glad you graced us with this beautiful entry this week at OTWC! Wow Wow Wow! I am always impressed how you pull together so many challenges! Thank you again for playing with us and Good luck! :-)

Benzi said...

Ooh, la, la...yes, that is one of your challenges but that is also what I think about your card...magnificent. I love the papers you used. It is just gorgeous. Your hat box is so pretty and you really did a fantastic job using it as inspiration.

Bev J. said...

Wow, that is a gorgeous card and fits so many challenges-nice!

bumblebee creations said...

WOW- I just found your blog- and I am amazed at your GORGEOUS card!!! SO Pretty!!

de said...

GORGEOUS Collen!
Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

Amy said...

Oh la la!!! This is STUNNING!!! I love love how vintage this is and all those pearls. That lace strip on the circle is a GENIUS idea!! Phenomenal.

Ann Schach said...

Absolutely stunning, Colleen! Love the lace and the pearls!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Colleen, this is a work of art! I haven't been commenting lately but I have been enjoying your lovely creations! Congratulations on your win! Hugs.

Andrea Ewen said...

Wowzers, Colleen...this is glorious! So my style with all those vintage accents and beautiful, subtle colors. You are becoming a shabby master! Way to rock it, girlie!

Cindy Haffner said...

GORGEOUS work!!!~

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, Colleen! What a special card. I can't believe all of the fabulous shabby chic and vintage details you added to this card. Great idea attaching the lace as you did. I'll have to try that. You captured your hatbox inspiration perfectly! And look at all of those challenges you were able to roll into this, and you nailed each and every one. This is bound to be a winner, and I'm betting more than once. :D GORGEOUS work!!!

Marisa said...

Gorgeous use of the insp. piece!! Your card is perfect for it!! Lovely touch of lace and pearls for a vintage look. Congrats on your win too - saw it on the blog but have been so darn busy working for hubby I don't have much time on the 'puter never mind the craft room :( Keep t hem coming :)

Ruby said...

WOW Colleen, this is beautiful. I LOVE how you've used that french script, it looks really similar to the one you commented on my post recently. I 'need' to get hold of one of those then I can create my own patterned papers too, ooh thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for playing along with us at Etsy Inspired this week!

H2 :) said...

Pretty vintage creation Colleen! Love the subtle script stamping over the printed paper. :)

Jackie said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for playing with Etsy this week!!!

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Colleen

Thanks for the mention on this post too Colleen! Just love what you've done with the freebie image and all your subtle background stamping what a fabby card!

Hugs

Tina
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Stella said...

This is stunning! into my favortie folder it goes!

Libby Hickson said...

Oh so gorgeous, Colleen!! What a perfect "ode" to that hat box!!

Michelle said...

Oh wow! Colleen I am speechless! This is too beautiful for words! Going to check out the cutie pie blog!

Silke Ledlow said...

Colleen your card is so gorgeous and romantic! Love how you added the ribbon. The DP is perfect too and so are the embellishments! Thank you for playing the FTTC with us! Hugs ~S~

Betty Wright said...

Colleen, this is scrumptious! Stunning and so beautifully detailed! Needs framing! Love how you incorporated the patterns! Thanks so much for playing Flourishes FTTC "3 patterns" Challenge!

Meda said...

Your card is awesome!
I have been keeping a similar image mounted on a scallop circle for almost a year now and I still couldn't find a good use for it.
Love the addition of lace and pearls!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

This is super gorgeous and great inspiration from the hat box! LOVE that lace--beautiful details:)

Tenia Nelson said...

This card is all types of gorgeousness!!!!!! Thanks for playing at OTWC!!!!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Love that hat box and you've done an amazing job translating it into a card. Thanks for continuing to play along at OTWC. :)

Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

What a gorgeous card Colleen! Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

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