Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hydrangea Wedding

I found a trio of challenges that were just up my alley today.  And although I am still having some trouble breathing (yes, enough already!), I really wanted to play along.


Challenges entered:

  • CASE Study - 'Signature Style' - I love a clean and simple style with 'more' to it, by adding embossing, lace, and pretty details.  I also have a penchant for 'punch art', as with my flower.
  • City Crafter - 'Solid As A Rock' - use solid papers, no patterns - no problem!
  • Shabby Tea Room - 'Sweet Summertime' - use the photo below as inspiration - include flowers, a stamped element and colors in the photo (Hydrangeas!  How can I pass this up??)

I was also inspired by a card made by my friend, Lin, of Sending Hugs.  I liked her card so much that I pinned it on Pinterest, but wanted to make it my own.  


I punched a 1 3/4" circle out of Lavender Lace, then layered many Hydrangea punches (using craft glue) in Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace and Almost Amethyst.  I think the colors make the perfect blossom!  The leaves are made with the Rose Leaf punch by Martha Stewart in Mellow Moss and outlined with a marker.


Finally got to ink up a stamp from Hero Arts' Best Wishes.  This card will go to the boutique, where they sell a lot of birthday and wedding gifts.  


Thanks for coming by!



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Best Wishes - Hero Arts
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace, Mellow Moss, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White - SU
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Fibers: flower trim - Offray
Other: 1 3/4" circle punch, Mellow Moss marker - SU; Kassi's Brocade embossing folder - Cuttlebug; pearls; Big Shot; Rose Leaf and Hydrangea punches - Martha Stewart

46 comments:

Annette said...

beautiful card...Love all those little flowers and all the purple...very pretty

Lin said...

Oh, Colleen, this is truly lovely - I gasped when I saw it! This periwinkle/purple/blue color is a favorite of mine, and you have taken it to the nth degree. And that FLOWER - swoon. Honestly one of the most beautiful cards I've seen. I predict a winner here! Thank you so much for the mention.....

Lisa said...

OH MY GOODNESS Colleen this is stellar my friend! Really a fabulous job on this. It will sell before you leave the boutique!!! And hey...FEEL BETTER ;)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well done! Hows the hand after all the punching? :)

Marisa said...

This is gorgeous, Colleen!! Absolutely LOVE your hydrangea and a lovely embossed BG to go with it. Hope you feel better soon ((hugs))

Tracey said...

GORGEOUS card Col...I can see my friend Lin's inspiration/style in it too :) P.S. LOVE your new profile pic....beautiful lady!!

~Tammy~ said...

Beautiful blooms of Hydranga! Love the solid embossed colors!

Jennifer said...

Love it! It is so perfect and so you....gorgeous colors and love the embossing too =)

Carole said...

Lin said it all... Oh my that is so your style. Sensational fantastic, beautiful.

Rebecca Deeprose said...

A gorgeous (as in GORGEOUS) card Colleen!! I love the color choices and that fab punched hydrangea!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Colleen - What a glorious card. Love the colours, the tiny flower petals, the embossing - everything!
Sylvia x

Kara Lynne said...

Such a gorgeous card! That embossing is perfect and those are wonderful colors for your hydrangea!

Julie S. said...

This is so beautiful. I love the colors you used.

Jinny Newlin said...

Oooo! That background is divine, and I love your blossom! What a great combination of challenges!

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Absolutely breathtaking!! You combined the colours that I'm always straying from, I now don't see why I did so... Thanks so much for joining us at CASE Study!!

Anonymous said...

As they are saying in the Olympics - she nailed it! Well, my friend, you definitely did the same here. This is truly gorgeous! I think this is one of my all time favorite cards of yours and there has been a lot of them! Got to run, I am watching the Olympics.

Chris R. from Iowa

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeee those flowers!!!!! WOW!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is gorgeous Colleen, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Stella said...

I am s happy to hear that you are on the mend and your handmade gem of hydrangeas made me sigh. There is not one single piece of this card that I don't love. My oh my...
XXX

Ros Crawford said...

Oh Colleen ... you card leaves me breathless ... wow! this is stunning ... Love the beautiful background and Hydrangea ... thanks for playing along at CCCB

Julia S-W said...

Just beautiful - love it all!
Horrified to hear how poorly you've been - you clearly didn't listen last time when I told you to look after yourself and do as you were told, did you???
Get back to good health and REST!!!
Juliaxx

lauren bergold said...

wow♥WOW♥wow!!! what a stunningly beautiful card, every single detail is amazingly well thought out and executed; this is truly magnificent! ♥

~amy~ said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the sweet blooms and the embossing!

Benzi said...

Your colors are gorgeous, Colleen. What a beautiful card. Love all the embossing, lace, and, of course, those punched hydrangeas.

Take care and try to have a good weekend.

Joanna M. said...

So beautiful Colleen! Wow! Hugs, Joanna

Heather T said...

This is so pretty; what patience to position all those flowers.

Linda R said...

What a gorgeous card. I love how you made your hydrangea. All those layers of flowers look so pretty my friend. So happy to see you playing along with us over at CCCB!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your hydrangea is gorgeous ! love this card. Shirleyx

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER beautiful---Col!!!!!!!!!!! You have knocked my socks off:) BEAUTIFULLY done!

Suzanne Russell said...

Oh, Colleen, I love this gorgeous card! This variety of colors absolutely sing!

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful blend of purples!

Maria said...

Pure elegant beauty, Colleen! Love the embossing and layer of tiny flowers! Perfect take on the challenge...love it!

Maureen said...

this is just pure beauty! Hydrangeas are my favourite flowers and even though it was a super hot day on my wedding, I had to have them in my bouquet :) Thanks so much for playing with us during our CASE Study anniversary celebration!

Anne-Elise said...

This card is stunning, Colleen! Love it!

Aimes said...

Such a pretty card!
Thanks for sharing your signature style with us at CASE Study! :)
Hugs!
x

Marlena M. said...

This is so pretty~you have a beautiful style Colleen! I pray your breathing improves everyday.

Andrea Ewen said...

Oh, downright elegant, Colleen! Love the tones of purple and those delicate flowers! The strip of lace really adds brilliant definition between the colors. Hope you are feeling better!

Donna Bowman said...

Colleen, this is stunning!!! I can't believe how you have the patience for all those little flowers!! Plus, it's purple, my favorite color - one of my favorite cards you have made!!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful two toned background to show off that GORGEOUS flower! Wow!

Stella said...

Woohoo!!!!!!!!! Congrats on your win at CCCB! So well deserved and I am so happy for you!
XX

My Paper Epiphany said...

Stunning card!

Sue Lelli said...

One of my FAV cards EVER! LOVE the hydrangea and the embossing and the lace! FAB card!

Kristii said...

wow!!! what an absolutely beautiful card!!!

Trinh said...

Gorgeous design, Colleen! Your flower and the embossing are stunning. Hope you are feeling better!

Barb said...

Just gorgeous! I love it :)

Mary K said...

Gorgeous! I love Hydrangeas, too. TFS.

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