Monday, July 2, 2012

You're Invited

Hi everyone!  We had another hot day here on the East Coast, though not quite as intense as what we had on the weekend.  Like many places in the U.S. right now, we're not getting enough rain.  My garden is so thirsty.  My hydrangeas - OH!  My poor hydrangeas.  I have to water them twice a day sometimes, and they  are browning out here and there.  Makes me so sad.  :(

I made time to play in a few challenges today.  Now THAT turns my frown upside down!


Here are the challenges I entered, where all the inspiration took hold --

  • Papercraft Star - create a party project using a shabby/vintage style
  • Dynamic Duos - Crumb Cake and a color of your choice (mine is pink)


See the fork in the cake?  And that delicious pink frosting?  I was highly inspired by that.


Behind the Hero Arts' Fork and Spoon (LOVE this stamp - I made an anniversary card with it another time), I lightly stamped a chandelier from Unity - one of my new stamps.


I don't believe I've ever used a pearl flourish before.  I am ALWAYS slow to take on a trend.  :-)  This one is from Want2Scrap -- it's so pretty!


I made my own background with a Vintage Backgrounds stamp from Inspired By Stamping.  The sentiment is from a set that will debut a bit later this week.  :D  Have I told you lately how much I love Joanna's stamps?  Love!

I mentioned on my blog in late May that I delivered many of my handmade cards to a local boutique, where they are on consignment.  Well, today I found out that 28 have sold so far!  I get my first check next week.  (insert HUGE grin here!)

Thanks for coming by....I love when you visit!



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Fork and Spoon - Hero Arts; Vintage Backgrounds - Inspired By Stamping; Glowing Hours - Unity
Paper: white - PTI; Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla - SU
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko; Antique Linen, Walnut Stain - Ranger; Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip - SU
Fibers: pink satin ribbon - Wright's; Pink Pirhouette grosgrain ribbon - SU
Other: pearl flourish - Want2Scrap; Liquid Pearls - Ranger; Big Shot; Labels Eighteen, Oval dies - Spellbinders

44 comments:

~amy~ said...

extremely pretty! love the chandie:)

Sandie Edwards said...

Hi Colleen, hope you get some rain soon...and your flowers survive for now. Beautiful card, so many gorgeous bits and pieces to look at, and I love the background, is so pretty.

Nan G said...

Very pretty card! Love all of the little details!

Jennifer said...

So when's the party? Beautiful card, would love to get an invite like this...so gorgeous! Congrats on selling so many cards, hope you get some cool relief soon =)

Rebecca Deeprose said...

Hi Colleen, love this card~ it's so pretty in every way! That sounds like a good arrangement you have with your cards~congrats! Hope you see some rain soon

Vicki Dutcher said...

WTG on selling !! Wow 28 is excellent!! Fun invite -- very elegant

yyam said...

Oh wow! this is soooooo pretty Colleen! :)

Martha H. said...

This is such a lovely card, Colleen! All the pretty pearls and that pink ribbon...perfection!

Hugs,
Martha H.

Lisa said...

Wow Colleen your pretty pink ribbon does remind me of the frosting! I look at this fork/spoon stamp everytime I go to Joanns...I really should just buy it!! Thanks for playing along with us at Dynamic Duos!

Sleepy Stamper said...

Gorgeous card Colleen! I love the way you have used different stamps to create this absolute beauty! Thank you for playing along in the Shabby/Vintage challenge during our Anniversary week over at the Papercraft Star! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful cards:-)

Anitra

Marisa said...

This is so fun :) Love the setting and the sentiment to go with it! Well done! I'd gladly send you some of our rain if I could! We are growing webbed feet out here! Congrats on the card sales!!!

Cricutbug - Marie said...

Oh Colleen - just love this card. The pink ribbon is perfect with this! I live on the east coast also, the weather has been scorching. All my hydrangeas are turning brown and it makes me sad too! Congrats on selling your cards - thats awesome!!! Good for you!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card, Colleen, I love the pink shabby look to your card! Thanks for joining Anitra's, "vintage/shabby" challenge in the 2nd anniversary at the Papercraft Star! Happy 4th!

Leslie Miller said...

What a pretty and elegant invitation! All the more so with the chandelier in the background. Love all those perfect faux pearls as well as the pearl flourish. Just beautiful!

Rebekah said...

Simply wonderful. Love your invitation!
Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR this week:)

Joanna M. said...

Beautiful, Beautiful Card Colleen! LOVE! Hugs, J

CathyMc said...

Beautiful work, I love how all the subtle touches come together. Beautiful work!

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Wow! My jaw just hit the floor. This is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week.

Annette said...

beautiful invite...i love how you added the ribbon and that spoon and fork image are awesome...lovely invite..

Bonnie said...

Pink and Kraft are so elegant together and when you add the pearls, she's ready for the ball! Whoo, hoo on selling some cards. Now you can buy more craft stuff.

Mrs A. said...

Congratulations on selling your cards. Will that be money to spend on new stamps then!!! This card is perfect for the the themes. Love the vintage look and the dreamy colour scheme. hugs Mrs A.

Allisa said...

Gorgeous card, love the bling! Congrats on your card sales. Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos!

Samantha Elliott said...

Can I do a swap Colleen? You can have our rain (worst June on record for us in UK) for some of your sunshine! My chickens are starting to get webbed feet now!
As for your invitation it is gorgeous. Absolutely love it. Well done.

wendyp said...

This is absolutely stunning! Love the pearl flourish on it! I'm right with you on being slow on trends. I just used one on a project for the first time the other day too, lol!

Stay cool!

Starr said...

Wonderful card, love the colors and adore the stamp! Thanks for joining us at TSTR!

Patrice said...

Love all those little pearls - gorgeous!

Denise Marzec said...

Very sweet! I love all the pearls and that pretty ribbon!!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Gorgeous !!! Love how you used the colors! The pearls are so pretty. And I love the background stamping,

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the sentiment with the silverware! LOVE the colors and the paper! And LOVE the ribbon and bow! GORGEOUS card, Colleen!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the sentiment with the silverware! LOVE the colors and the paper! And LOVE the ribbon and bow! GORGEOUS card, Colleen!

lostinpaper said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love how you have used the pearls to create the frames and the sentiment is just perfect!

Maria said...

So perfect for the TSTR challenge, Colleen! Including a fork, pink, ribbon, and bling...so pretty! Big congrats on selling your beautiful cards at the shop...yeah...how fun!!! Have a great 4th and take care, hugs!

Paige said...

Gorgeous card with lovely details! So happy you joined us this week at Dynamic Duos!

Benzi said...

This certainly looks like a winner to me...it's gorgeous and unique.

Great that your cards are selling...weren't we going to split the sales? LOL

HOT and DRY. We've had less than an inch of rain since 5/25. And, the heat is unbearable. Still in the 100's. My hydrangeas are doing the same as yours. Everything is looking bad and needs rain water.

Hope you're having a great 4th.

Julia S-W said...

I'm sure it's already been said but this is simply good enough to eat!! I love the colour palette and how on earth did you tie such a perfect bow?? Better send over some ribbon for you to bulk tie a batch for me teehee!!
Juliaxx

Michelle said...

Colleen, this is a stunner! I love the different stamps you used to put this card together! The gorgeous vintage background stamp, the chandelier and spoon and fork are wonderful! Love the pearl flourishes too!

Jinny Newlin said...

LOL! LOVE that we used so many of the same challenges and came up with such different creation! Yours is GORGEOUS! LOVE the pearl details and that yummy ribbon! Gosh, it takes the cake ;)! Hugs!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Wow Colleen! This is just stunning! I always love the awesome details you add to your projects. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos! :)

nwilliams6 said...

Not sure if I commented on this here or on SCS - but no matter - it is worth a hundred comments. This is absolutely beautiful in every way. The prettiest invitation of all time - really! I love every little thing on it. Hugz!

Ellen said...

Another beauty Colleen! Wow those are Liquid Pearls? Yours are so much neater than mine ever are LOL. I love your two stamps. I don't have anything even remotely like those so I may have to do a little shopping! OMG! That is so exciting about your cards selling! Woohoo!!!!
hugs,
Ellen

Linda R said...

How exciting that you are selling your cards. They are so pretty. I love the vintage feel this one has..
Perfect for all the challenges.

Hugs~

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Ah Ha, I saw this or something similiar to this silver setting image and I was thinking, "what would I do with this?" And I could not think of anything. This is so fabulous!!!! Love the chandiliar background and the great card design. You are so talented.

Emily Keaton said...

This card creation is SO, SO gorgeous, Colleen! Pearls everywhere you look!! I love your vintage approach for this, and that Unity chandelier is perfect. And a huge CONGRATS on selling 28 of your gorgeous handmade creations already!!! That will be a sweet paycheck. Way to go!! I know your success will only increase from here!!

Elizabeth said...

So very pretty! Love all the pearls and what you did with the ribbon!

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