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Friday, November 2, 2007

Embellish It! Challenge

Ok, so this week's Challenge was to add some "bling." To me, this was like working in reverse, since I typically design a card or scrap page and then add in the embellishments. BUT, for this Challenge, we had to design something around buttons, eyelets, brads, or hardware. This Challenge took me awhile! (Guess that is what is so great about these Challenges....they push me out of my "comfort zone" and force me to create things I wouldn't ordinarily think of!)
Last night I attempted to achieve an entry for the Challenge and came up with this card. While I like the card well enough, it really isn't my style because I think it is just a bit too busy for my taste. Perhaps if I took out the background paper element, it might work a bit better. But the background paper was the inspiration for the color scheme on this....I colored the trees using the "thumping" technique in coordinating markers: Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa, and the trunks are done in Chocolate Chip. This stamp just cries out for this technique! And since I seem to hoard my Hodgepodge Hardware and Twill Tape, I gave it a go.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Inks: Creamy Carmel
Markers: Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
CS: Chocolate Chip, Natural Ivory, Really Rust
Misc: Twill Tape, Hodgepodge Hardware (Aged Copper), Template & Paper Piercer (Tool Kit), Mini Glue Dots, Outlaw Designer Paper

Well, since I wasn't entirely happy with that card, I tried again....but, this time, I'm truly happy with it, although it isn't the Fall-themed card as I had hoped it would be! This card features So Much, the set that I received for FREE when I attended the SU Regional in Philadelphia in September. Note that the Rhinestone Brads are placed inside of the Jumbo Eyelets, and the Black Gingham Ribbon has been colored using the Brocade Blue Marker.
Stamps: So Much, Weathered

Inks: Brocade Blue, Jet Black StazOn, Whisper White Craft

CS: Brocade Blue, Kraft, Watercolor Paper
Misc: Jumbo Eyelets (Antique Brass), Rhinestone Brads (Circles: Light Blue from the Ice Collection), Coluzzel, Black Gingham Ribbon, Brocade Blue Marker, Mini Library Clips (Antique Brass) from the Holiday Mini, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Aqua Brush, Watercolor Crayons (Summer Sun & More Mustard), Cropadile


Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Now I invite you to visit the ultra-talented ladies that participate in this weekly Challenge! Can't wait to see all the fantabulous ideas they have all come up with!! Oh, and our list has expanded.....Gerrie Johnnic has just joined. Now there is even more to visit and more to see!

19 comments:

Gerrie said...

Ohhh, gotta luv that bling in those posies! It IS a challenge to sometimes please ourselves, let alone others, I am with you there. Hugs

Ida said...

Your first card is very nice & not at all "busy" in my opinion. I love the colors. - I like how you used circle brads (and the bling) along with the circular image on your second card.

Lauren (mytime) said...

Love this one! I love the big circle!!!!!! All the elemants are awesome

Karen said...

love them both!! I love the simplistic look of the tree card and the design of the other one!! both are great!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

I LOVE your first card...I don think it's too busy, but maybe that's because I love stripes. Your second card is wonderful as well...great design!

Lisa said...

Great challenge cards Barb, love the bling on your flowers.

amycara said...

Very pretty! Love both your cards!!

Julie Campbell said...

Great job on the challenge! I love your card! You can't go wrong with twill and hardware!!!

Basement Stamper said...

Wow! I love both the cards you did.

Anita said...

I love both cards--I love your trees, and the circle on the second card is so cool! I never think "circles."

Anita Van Hal
www.anitastamps.com

Lisa Bohler said...

I like both cards! I like the simplicity of the first one and I like the layout of the second one!

rozie640 said...

Love both cards, wow, I love that rhinestone brads inside the jumbo eyelet, awesome look, great job! I'll check out Jerrie's blog too.

astampingteddy said...

both cards are nice, but I totally love the first one. Great colors and I like the stripes too!
Claudia

Pat Huntoon said...

i really love that bottom card (although the top is pretty, too). Soemthing about the colors you used and the design and the coloring is very appealing!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Both cards are Fab. I love the thumping on the trees and wha tyou have done with the So much set!!!

Vicki

Lori said...

They're both great! I like the patterned paper in the first card--not too busy at all. And I like how you used the eyelets and brads as embellishments on the second one.

Connie said...

LOVE your cards! I never thought to use the Outlaw paper with Lovely As A Tree...thanks for the inspiration!

Stefanie said...

Great cards Barb! I especially love the second one. The rhinestone brads inside the big eyelets are awesome!

Joyce Traub said...

Both of your cards are adorable. The first one pulls the colors together and looks very nice. Clever design layout in the second one.

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