Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Shabby Chandelier & a meeting

It felt good to make this card yesterday and today.  I'd had a busy weekend of work with no time for play, and Monday I met my friend Andrea Ewen for lunch and craft store shopping.  Andrea lives near the Jersey shore and I'm close to an hour's drive from her.    It was so much fun to catch up with each other and shop for goodies!
I found a new-to-me challenge called Party Time Tuesdays, which involves romance and chandeliers this week.  At Gingersnap Creations, also new-to-me, we are to use charms.  Mark's Finest Papers wants self-made flowers, and the Paper Players is focusing on romance as well.  I've chosen an inspiration pic from EtsyInspired, whose featured shop this week is Daisy Petal Designs:

Note the pair of roses, and the scripted background.

Here's my creation:
I'm using a new stamp I bought with Andrea on Monday by Hero Arts, called Old French Script.  Love, love, love it.  It echoes the inspiration pic from Etsy, don't you think?  I sponged Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress inks around that panel, as well.


See the charm at the top of the chandelier?  That's new too, from my trip on Monday.  It was on clearance at Mike's; it's by Plaid Enterprises.  I believe it's meant for jewelry-making as it has two holes for linking up a chain.  I prefer it here on my card!


The chandelier is from Chandeliers by Inkadinkado, and I've decorated the bobeches (the little drip cups around each candlelight) with teensy pearls.  The sentiment is from Anna Griffin.


I used the same flower-making tutorial from YouTube that I used on my "Inspired by a Table Arrangment" card in January 2011. 

I started with 6 serrated-edge 1" circle punches, each sponged with Sahara Sand:

After following the tutorial, which involves misting each circle with water, crumpling up each circle then uncrumpling, layering them on each other, putting a brad through the center of the stack, and crumpling each layer back up again (honestly, it doesn't take much time; it only looks like a lot when I have to write each step out), then I re-inked the edges by doing this:
Tomorrow begins a new color challenge at The Play Date Cafe, and you don't want to miss it!  Our design team has brewed some interesting projects to show you.

Thanks for joining me today!

Colleen

Stamps:  Hero Arts Old French Script, SU Bella Toile, Inkadinkado Chandeliers, Anna Griffin sentiment
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Basic Black; Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress inks by Ranger
Punches:  scalloped circle by SU, serrated edge 1" circle by Martha Stewart, Modern Lable by SU
Other:  sponge, dimensionals, gray satin ribbon by Really Reasonable Ribbon, pearls by Recollections and Queen and Co., charm by Plaid   

31 comments:

Stella said...

My oh my girl; let me tell you: this is a jaw dropper......!!!!!!The flowers, your french script background stamp, that breathtaking charm, the chandelier, your inking.... It's in my favorites folder already. Love it!!

Marisa said...

I'm SO jealous you get to hook up with Andrea! Sounds like you had a fabulous time together and got some good shopping in too :) Great card. Love the colour combo and the flowers are fabulous.

Noor Nahdi said...

Such a classic card, Colleen!!! Love the details...
It's exciting to meet such friends. Andrea is another talented artist whom I already follow :)

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Colleen

Wow what a sophiscated, elegant and totally gorgeous card (sigh).... Oooh the Hero Arts background stamp is lovely I'm on the look out for a background word stamp....

Can't wait to see your creation tomorrow.

Take care

Tina
X

Bev J. said...

So pretty-love the script and the neat flowers you created-nice!!

Benzi said...

Awesome...just awesome, Colleen! Love the chandelier image and those gorgeous flowers you made. I have to check out that tutorial. Great you and Andrea got together and I think you two kind of favor...maybe the smiles.

Renlymat's World of Family & Crafts said...

This is stunning! I absolutely love everything about it! Your flowers are amazing. (I'll have to try some of these) I love the little pearl accents and the color combo is spectacular. This card is so elegant and could be used for so many ocassions. Great job! Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays. Hope to see you back again soon.
~Renee
PTT DT

Rose said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous! I love the beautiful colors you combined, the flowers, pearls, just perfect! Thanks for partying with us at PTT this week!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Wowza...stunning design. Love the chandelier, the flowers, and the beautiful charm. Thanks for playing with us over at Etsy Inspired. :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Killer job on your self made flowers! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Michelle said...

So stunning and elegant! Gorgeous flowers!

Miss Vio said...

that is a wonderful tutorial! thank you for sharing... :) your card is lovely too!

Nance said...

Stunning! Love the sophisticated use of gray here with that gorgeous chandelier and the ribbon topper! The flowers, the charm, oh my! Gorgeousness, I tell you! So glad you play along with us at the Paper Players!

Ann Schach said...

Wow...very romantic indeed! Love those flowers and pearls!

Linda Callahan said...

You definitely had one successful shopping trip - and this card is a stunner! Love how you hung the chandelier!

Emily Keaton said...

This is absolutely fantastic, Colleen. I love every single one of your well-thought-out details. Your new goodies look amazing. Love that you re-purposed the jewelry charm. Well, I think you are going to knock 'em dead in the challenges you are playing with this. Such classy work here, my friend!!! Love it. :)

Emily Branch said...

TOTALLY Gorgeous and VERY elegant! Love this card!! Thanks for playing EIC with us this week!

Kerin said...

Wow, this is a beautifully elegant creation! I especially love the flowers (thanks for the instructions too!), and the cluster of pearls!

Virgo5 said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous card, love all the elegant details!
Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the script it looks fab!! The LO is great as are your flowers perfect!!

Thank you for sharing with us at Party Time Tuesdays this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Patchi said...

A perfect, classic, stunning card! I love the flowers and how you decorated the chandelier.

Thanks for joining the Party this week, and I hope you can join us again next week!

Patchi
PTT-DT

Bev said...

Colleen .. stunning and elegant.. beautiful card.. thanks for playing along at Party Time Tuesdays.. and hope to see you again next week... hugs Bev PTT DT

Susan Raihala said...

oh how pretty! Great use of the pearls and your flowers are simply divine! Thanks for playing with Speedy's friends!

Virginia L. said...

Stunning card, Colleen! Thanks for playing with us at Etsy Inspired Challenge!

Jenn said...

What a beautiful card! I love your design and the DP is perfect! Amazing flowers too!

Thanks for partying with us at PTT! Hope to see you back next week for our sketch challenge!

Jenn
www.partytimetuesdays.blogspot.com

Tara Bilbao said...

Colleen, this card is nothing short of brilliant. I love your colors, layout and all the elements you have put together for a fantastic design.Your work is inspiring and I am glad I found your blog.- All the best - Tara

Sheri said...

Gorgeous! Those flowers are awesome!

Tanya said...

Gorgeous card!! i love the homemade flowers too :)

Thanks for playing with us at Party Time Tuesday's!

SmilynStef said...

Love that elegant charm and those wonderful blooms ... what a classy design ... thanks for joining our "charm"ed fun at Gingersnap Creations.

Andrea Ewen said...

Awesome card, Colleen! This is one of those cards that everything just falls into place perfectly. Thanks for the flower tutorial...gonna definitely try that one out! And thanks for meeting me for lunch, I had a wonderful time and if I ever want to know how to make 3 hours fly by in a hurry...I'll call you!

Caroline Hallett said...

what a lovely card - how beautiful is that

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