Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Aviary Postcard & a prom dress

Hello everyone!  The rustiness I felt with card-making is gone, eased away by a stretch of vacation days (well, not really vacation...but rather just some time off).  I have been in the craft studio quite a bit, mostly making Mother's Day cards for the shop.

This card, however, is a 'just because' project.


It started with a piece from my Bits & Pieces box...this large Victorian birdcage (from Victorian Eccentricities by Blockheads Paper Arts, which is sadly no longer available).   A few years back, when I served on the Blockheads team, I had stamped the image on white cardstock, then cast it aside.  It stumped me for a good, long while.

I decided to turn this into a postcard by using the Inspired By Stamping sets, Vintage Postcards and Summer Postcard Add-On.


And since it still looked too clean, I added speckles from Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Stampin' Up!).  That's a keeper of a set!


My daughters and I went shopping for a prom dress over Spring Break.  She is a sophomore, and the prom is for juniors and seniors.  All others may attend by invitation only.  A friend asked her to go, so my girl is very happy and excited.  She loves to feel like a princess (most girls do!), and this gives her a chance to dress like one.  We chose this:




It's twirly and bejeweled and very, very regal.  :-D



Stamps: bird cage - Victorian Eccentricities - Blockheads Paper Arts; Vintage Postcards, Summer Postcard Add-On - IBS; Itty Bitty Backgrounds - SU Paper: Sahara Sand - SU; white - PTI; shimmery paisley pattern - Luxury Stack - DCWV Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen - Ranger; Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso - SU Fibers: Mottle Brown seam binding - Hug Snug Accessories & Tools: topaz gems - Want2Scrap; rhinestones - Queen & Co.; Copic markers

19 comments:

Shirley said...

Your card is beautiful and your daughter is very beautiful!! and so is her dress! Memories!

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

Beautiful card Colleen! The dress you all chose is soooo gorgeous! wowiee!

Bonnie said...

Love this birdcage with the pretty green bird! Perfect fit for the postcard! What a pretty prom dress! I'm glad to see that the girls are going back to the princess type dresses.

lisa808 said...

Beautiful card!

Pretty prom dress--love the color.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your card is gorgeous!! I am LOVING the bird cage!! And her dress is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I love it!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love that birdcage -- looks awesome. Your daughter's dress is such a pretty green! Well done~

Emily Keaton said...

Hi Colleen! What a beautiful and elegant card. I like all the touches you added to make it "just right!" And Haley's prom dress looks gorgeous!! She will be the belle of the ball. Very princess-y, indeed!!

Benzi said...

Colleen, your card is gorgeous. I love the color papers you used and that wonderful birdcage.

Prom time is upon us. I've been seeing a lot of prom couples in the restaurants recently. They do have to have a good meal before the prom. :-) Your daughter's dress is beautiful....love the color and the jewels.

Shani Thomas said...

What a pretty card! What a pretty dress...ah, it brings back the memories. I'm sure your daughter will be a lovely princess in it.

Charlene said...

Beautiful card Colleen! And the dress is gorgeous, brings back memories!

Stella said...

Colleen I am just jumping in again after a unintended break. My apologies.
Your card is a gem; too pretty to sell:) It;s a true "Colleen card"dripping with elegance and gorgeous details.

I am not familiar with a prom but looking at these photos I wish we had that in Holland too:) The dress took my breath away; wow!
XX

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful frame with the victorian card Colleen! Your dd's dress is gorgeous and love the emerald colour.

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous card and gorgeous dress!!

Lisa said...

A pretty mix of collage elements Colleen and I love the pop of bright green!! BEAUTIFUL dress for your daughter, can't wait to see the prom pics!

Leintje* said...

WOW that dress is so AMAZING, she must indeed feel like a princes! And that bright color, so adorable.

Love from The Netherlands,
Leintje*

Leslie Miller said...

What a beautiful image! Love, LOVE it! So glad you turned it into a card so we could enjoy it. Yes, Itty Bitty Backgrounds is a keeper. My all time favorite speckle stamp. Your daughter's dress is gorgeous. One of my favorite colors, and the blinged up bodice is stunning while still sweet enough for a sophomore. Thanks for sharing!

Maria said...

A beautiful card with gorgeous bird image! And, you daughter certainly does look like a princess in that amazing dress...whew...so pretty! She will be one happy princess going to the prom!

Donna B. said...

Very pretty card Colleen! Love how you added the areas of color!

Sophie said...

Traumhaft schön, die Karte mit dem Vogelkäfig.
Deine Tochter sieht entzückend aus mit dem herrlichen türkisen Kleid.
Sie ist oder war bestimmt die Schönste auf dem Ball :-)

Sonnige Grüße von Sophie

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