Sunday, September 1, 2013

Beautiful, Two Ways

I've got a "self-challenge" going on:  use stash items that haven't been touched in a while, or have perhaps never been used at all.  I created two different cards from the same piece of DCWV Vintage Collage Stack paper, mounted on Mellow Moss card bases.

The first card wears a piece of DCWV paper with a big, bold "beautiful" sentiment already on it.  I let it cover the entire card base front.  Then, I grabbed some things that were near my craft desk (didn't feel like reaching too far):  silver sequins. gray ombre ribbon to frame the sentiment, a text die cut, a cereal box-chipboard star, a tiny framed silhouette, and vintage thread.





Card #2 sports more of that same DCWV paper, cut from a different section of the 12 x 12 page.


I painted a Maya Road chipboard frame white, then added crystal glitter and framed one of the big flowers.  Pearls decorate the blossom's center.  A loosey-goosey arrangement of patterned paper scraps are tucked under the frame.  The "Gratitude" sentiment was stamped with the new September release Happy Fall set by Inspired By Stamping, and a framed damask accent placed on the side.  I deliberately left one corner of the paper unglued, giving it a little lift.  


Which one do you like better?  They both feel a little outside the box for me, but that's part of the fun of creating, isn't it?

Thanks for coming by!



Card #1:
Paper: Mellow Moss - SU; Vintage Collage Stack - DCWV; First Edition - SU; cereal box chipboard Ink: Walnut Stain - Ranger   Fibers: vintage thread; gray ombre ribbon - Martha Stewart  Accessories & Tools: silhouette framed accent - TPC Studio; silver sequins; star punch - Fiskars; Crystal glitter - Martha Stewart; round die - SU

Card #2:
Stamps: Happy Fall - Inspired By Stamping Paper: Mellow Moss - SU; Vintage Collage Stack - DCWV Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: damask framed accent - TPC Studio; white craft paint; chipboard frame - Maya Road; pearls - Queen & Co.

13 comments:

Darnell J Knauss said...

Wow, bold and beautiful, Colleen! So striking! I am trying to do the same self-challenge, calling all my virginal stash NBUS (never-been-used schtuff) and it has helped to motivate me to use it.

Shani Thomas said...

Aren't these both just gorgeous?!!! And what a wonderful way to use the paper.

yyam said...

Gorgeous work. Glad you took them out to play. I have lots of neglected stash!

Benzi said...

Well, this is a surprise and a good one. I love your loosey-goosey approach to using some 'stuff' in your self-challenge. First, I thought the first is my favorite (love that pod) and then those bold flowers jumped out at me and I couldn't make a decision.
They're both very striking and I'm sure it was fun to get them made.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are BEAUTIFUL!! I love love love the colors, the sequins and the pearls!!!

E.T. said...

Beautiful cards!

Reusing with Quilling said...

I loved both of them !

Jennifer said...

These are both gorgeous! Love that paper...need to start using more of my stash too. Have a great weekend!

Linda R said...

I bet those papers were happy you played with them. You made them into gorgeous cards. I think they are both amazing. But my favorite is the second and I have no idea why. I just love it.

Hugs~

Lisa said...

Oh good grief...I can't pick a favorite they're both fabulous!!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

These are just so pretty. I am just smitten with how you framed the inside of the flower. That is a very cool designer touch. Love it!
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Leslie Miller said...

These are so lovely, Colleen! I've been back and forth, trying to pick a favorite, but there are things I love about both of them, so can't decide. I'm actually looking forward to some rainy weather so I can spend more time stamping and using up the stash. Progress is slow in the summertime...

maria f. said...

Wow, such a different look for you but I love these. That paper is gorgeous but what you've done with it makes it oh-so-special!

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