Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shabby at Last

I love the look of shabby chic, and I am trying to copy some fabulous cardmakers for whom that is their primary style. Here is my first try:

Flowers and pearls are sort of essentials for shabby chic. I picked up as many as I could while in the States, but I am sure I will run out of flowers long before I get back. I've never seen any here, although I will continue to keep my eyes open.

My card was inspired by this week's sketch at Our Creative Corner.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Not Too Shabby Baby Boy

I've just begun looking at "The Shabby Tea Room" for inspiration. This week their challenge is to use polka dots, which I happen to love. I especially love them for baby cards and, since I needed to make a baby card, I decided this would be a great week to play along with the Shabby designers.

For color inspiration, I turned again to The Play Date Cafe. This is my second card this week using their colors. I didn't want anything too soft and fluffy, since the baby is a boy, so I thought teal and brown would work great.

I must confess, as I was making this card I forgot that one of the inspiration blogs was The Shabby Tea Room, and so my card isn't "shabby" at all. (And I happen to love shabby.) Oh well... Here it is:

I hope you like it! More importantly, I hope the recipient likes it!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Evolution of a Card

Using colors from The Play Date Cafe and a sketch from Mojo Monday (as usual, on both counts) I made this card and thought it was okay:

After I scanned it I thought it was too plain. So I attached a ribbon around the circular opening using glue dots.

But that, I decided, looked really tacky. So I carefully took the ribbon off. All was well until the very last glue dot. I saw the damage happening but could not stop it.

So I covered it with a couple of flowers.

I don't love it, but it's okay. Still, just okay.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Viva la Verve August 2011 - 1

I am (only slightly) bummed. The inspiration for this card was, once again, Play Date Cafe. Except this is last weeks color challenge. I loved it (as usual) and went straight to work. But after I completed the card we left for a short vacation. I didn't get the card scanned into my computer and so couldn't put it here or enter it into Play Date's weekly contest. Darn it. On the other hand, for the layout I went to Viva la Verve's weekly layout and I have a month to enter cards into that challenge so I will put it there.

I love this card. I will be keeping it for myself. I made one with this same image and a different Bible verse a couple of years ago when I was going through a tough time. The Bible verse jumped out at me at that time and so I made it for myself. Now I think I will have a sort of series of these cards reminding me of how God cares for me through the years.