Thursday, August 23, 2012

You Inspire and It's A Girl

Hello friends! I've got two cards to show today, and the post is photo-heavy.  Just sayin'.  ;-)

This card is entered in a couple of challenges:
  • Moxie Fab World's Card Design Handbook:  The Movement Challenge
  • CASE Study - CASE a team member - I chose Clare Buswell's 'Happy Day' card.  I liked the layout, but decided not to add any ribbon to mine.
  • The Shabby Tea Room - use damask, colors in photo and flowers

As for the Movement Challenge from Moxie Fab, here is what I hope your eye does when it looks at my card.  First, you notice the flower cluster, with my punched-inked-scored leaves, and then the sentiment --

and then your eye should travel to the SRM border sticker, punched edges and Liquid Pearls.

The last thing you notice is the scalloped border --

I hope I did it right!  It's a challenging challenge for me.  

Here's the next card:

This one is entered here:
  • Moxie Fab World's Card Design Handbook Focal Point challenge
  • Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - 'Butterflies, Bees, Spiders, Oh My!'
  • The Shabby Tea Room - use colors in photo, damask, and flowers (mine is the paper medallion flower)

The focal point of my card is the large medallion cluster.  (I hope)

There's quite a bit of depth to it.  No fitting this bad boy in a regular A2 envelope, I'm afraid.

Under the medallion, lots of white ribbons with different textures and widths --

On a personal note -- I visited my doctor yesterday.  Yes, I am STILL having trouble breathing this summer.  At least it's not bronchitis this time.  When we went away to the Outer Banks, North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, my breathing got better, but when we returned home, problems came back.  My doctor said it's been a summer where all bets are off, no rules apply, when it comes to people and their respiratory problems.  He's seen patients for lung ailments that have NEVER had problems, and they're in their 50s, 60s, 70s.  To find out  just how bad our air quality is here in South Jersey, I checked THIS site called Sperling's Best Places and entered my zip code.  I discovered that out of a possible 100 points for air quality (the higher the number, the better), my town has 9.5.  Yep.  9.5.  Isn't that terrible??  Makes me want to move right now, but it's just not feasible.  :(  Guess I need to continue my medications.

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me!

It's A Girl card:
Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Oh, Baby! - Inspired By Stamping
Paper: Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Sahara Sand - SU; patterned paper Merryweather - K & Co
Ink: Old Olive - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Other: flower - Petaloo; Liquid Pearls - Ranger; border sticker - SRM; Rose Leaf punch - Martha Stewart; Heart border punch - SU; Pointed Flower, Corner Rounder punches - EK Success

You Inspire card:

Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Dare To Be - Verve; Royal Day - Unity; butterfly, Bliss - SU
Paper: white - PTI; Sahara Sand, Pretty In Pink - SU
Ink: Old Olive, Pretty In Pink - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Fibers: various white ribbons
Other: 1 3/8" circle punch - SU; Pointed Flower punch - EK Success; Liquid Pearls - Ranger; white doily - Martha Stewart; circle die - Spellbinders


trisha too said...

Lovely cards, Colleen!


Anne-Elise said...

Wow, Colleen! Your cards are gorgeous!

Benzi said...

How adorable can a baby card be??? This is just precious. I love your flower.

The ribbons on the second one are so eye-catching along with that pretty background.

Two beautiful cards.

Sounds as if you better 'Get out of Dodge' until that air quality gets better. I'm sure it makes you miserable.

Marlena M. said...

Wow, I will continue to pray for you. I kept coughing all summer~and found out it's most likely acid reflux???? So we are trying those meds. Trouble breathing must feel horrible, I'm sure.

I love both of your stunning cards~of course!!! Take care, Colleen.

Annette Allen said...

aww sorry you are still having problems with your breathing. I hope that it gets better for you soon...Keeping you in my prayers...

Your cards are lovely..

Martha Herrera said...

Oh Colleen, I do hope your breathing problems get better!

Your card are simply gorgeous! Your baby girl card has so many beautiful details! I love it.

p/s Thank you for taking the time and leaving me some blog love!

Rebecca Deeprose said...

So sorry your breathing is still a problem~ that's a really stinky problem :-( Your cards are their usual gorgeous selves!!!! Love what you've done with all the punches on both cards~ super!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh no you poor thing! I feel for you! thanks for all the sweet comments on my blog! Your card is just gorgeous! I just showcased it on the FB page! So beautiful! Hugs, Joanna

Bonnie said...

Two beautiful and different cards from one inspiration. You rock, Colleen! Sorry your breathing is still bothering you. Maybe you need a longer stay at the beach!

Jennifer said...

Sorry your still having breathing problems, I know my allergies have been non stop this summer!

Love your two cards! The scallop bottom on the first one adds just the right touch and I love the ribbons and focal point on the second card.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Love the photo heavy post, lol. This inspiration picture is so beautiful and I can see where your eyes went and they are both fabulous. Love them. On a side note, I feel you with the bad air quality, I live in a valley, lots of pestides, oil products, and animal fumes, oh and all the smog from Frisco and L.A. lol. I keep wiffing on the inhalers, lol.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sorry you aren't feeling well :( Your cards are BEAUTIFUL!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the colors and loving the ribbon work on the second one!!

yyam said...

Wow! These are amazing Colleen. I'm in awe of your stamping skills!

Sorry about the air quality. :( Hope you feel better soon. I'd hate to be on meds long-term..

Marisa said...

Great work on both cards. Love the flower on the first and the ribbons on the second are great! So sorry to hear about your air quality...hoping some cooler weather and rain will clear the smog away!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Colleen both cards are beautiful, I love all the details. Regarding the breathing, I'm having the worst time with allergies right now. It's been a different summer here, not sure what's in the air. I hope you improve. Have a great day, Shirleyx

~amy~ said...

You poor dear....hope you feel better soon!

Both of your cards are gorgeous...I always love all your pretty details!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, what a pretty baby card! Beautiful borders and pearls, gorgeous flower, and love the crisp black script on the very pale pink. Card #2 has a fabulous ribbon treatment against that pretty pink. Just love the pink and white combo. I'm sorry about your breathing problems and how you struggle in your poor air quality. It's hard to have energy to do anything when you can't breathe right. Makes you not want to go outside, but I wonder if it's much better inside. I mean, it's the same air, I guess.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks for the love on my canvas :) the fork and spoon are from a 12x12 sheet of dcwv paper...I cut them out for my canvas :)

Maria said...

Wow! Stunning cards, Colleen! Very sweet baby card! And, love the pretty ribbons on the second card! Sorry to hear about the air quality for your breathing. It must be frustrating. Hope things improve for you. You take good care, hugs!

Carole said...

Hi Colleen, dropping by to see what you've been up to. Wonderful cards, oh I sure miss having little ones around. I sure hope your breathing improves Colleen. That can make a gal feel miserable. Yep, continue taking your meds and sending prayers and healing thoughts your way. Carole xox

Kylie said...

Hi Colleen. Since I joined IBSIC, your cards have always blown me away. Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog and I don't know why I haven't followed YOU sooner!! Just beautiful!!! xx

Pauline said...

Two gorgeous cards Colleen, I love the damask patterns, and the ribbon treatment on the second card, simply fabulous!

Debbie said...

Such gorgeousness here with both of these lovely creations, Colleen!! Wow ... you sure know how to rock a challenge, girl! Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us all in the Tea Room, sweetie :)

I would LOVE to have you move down to NC so we could live close and craft together!!! It's such a beautiful state ... we moved from NY to NC 17 years ago and simply adore living in the south :)

Donna B. said...

Super sweet baby card - love that flower!! And the ribbons on that second card are so fresh and fun!!

Deb Hickman said...

Stunning cards, Colleen. I love the medallion, it's so pretty, love the dimension. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Deb x

~Tammy~ said...

Beautiful makes! Hope you feel better. That is crazy about the air quality.

Julia S-W said...

Both cards are beautiful and I love the colours BUT the second one for me, is absolutely stunning! I love the composition, the way you've used the ribbons and the background in both cards is wonderful.
I'm glad you're coping but a pity that you still have problems - it's no fun at all is it? I live south of London and when we go to the coast I'm always so much better but, like you, moving is not an option as yet!

purple_pea_fran said...

Gorgeous work! Thanks for playing along with The Shabby Tearoom this week.

Unknown said...

Your cards look so pretty. I always enjoy I seeing what you create.


Jinny Newlin said...

Another couple of beauties, Colleen! LOVE the way you did the sentiment on the first, and that ribbon-laced medallion, on the second, is fantastic!

Debby said...

Fabulous cards Colleen! I love how you talk us through your process and the detail shots. Once again fabulous! Thanks for joining us at CASE study this week :)

Andrea Ewen said...

Oh, my, Colleen...your cards are just beautiful! I love the velvety flower on the first and the wonderful starburst ribbons on the second!
And I love your blog header too! I always know that I will see sweet and delicate loveliness when I visit here!
I do hope that you feel better soon...we are overdue for a visit! :)

maria f. said...

That second card took my breath away. LOVE that damask BG - have to figure out how you did that or was it PP? So bummed to hear you're having problems - hope the end of summer helps your problems end.

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Hey Colleen! Thanks for linking this up to the Movement Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

...and I loved the way you illustrated the movement in your card! Bravo! :)

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Hey Colleen! Thanks also for linking this up to the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun there as well! :)

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