Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PDCC 108 & SSD 102

I've had the gorgeous, rich colors from the current PlayDate Cafe Challenge in my head for the last few days.  I knew I wanted to use them but wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

On Sunday my kids dragged out a tub of artificial flowers that we have on hand for craft projects.  With the flowers, some vases, a play cash register, play money, and signs, they turned our living room into a flower shop and were at it for several hours.  While "shopping" I noticed a baggie of beautiful, velvety maroon and copper colored flowers that had been taken apart.  A year or so ago I had purchased a few stems from the craft store and made flower hair clips for the girls.  These were the leftovers, and they were the perfect colors for the PDC Challenge.

I used them along with the fabulous sketch at Skipping Stones Design, which I flipped upside down, to make this card:

I used my glue gun to put a few of the flowers together and added buttons and embroidery floss.  Then I took a scrap of vintage cream cardstock and sponged color around the edges.  This was my first time EVER using distress ink.  I have one ink pad (tea dye) that I had purchased to make pirate treasure maps with the kids.  I received some very helpful tips about distress inks from some fellow bloggers on yesterday's post, and I'm eager to get more and really start experimenting!

After sponging the edges, I stamped a Recollections musical background  and added a Hero Arts sentiment in the top corner.  Then I simply stuck on the flowers and was done.  I think this is very different from the cards I usually make, but I sure enjoyed myself and it came together surprisingly quickly. 

Beautiful Inspiration:






Supplies:
Paper: PTI scarlet jewel, vintage cream
Ink: tea dye distress ink, ColorBox chestnut roan chalk ink
Stamps: Recollections musical background, Hero Arts sentiment

18 comments:

Jenny said...

I like this new style Ann it suits you :)
The textured flowers are a great piece of salvage work...... I love the button centres!
My two used by happy for hours playing shops or post offices, even better still bakers and make your own produce with playdough!
Jenny x

Sandy said...

Beautiful rich colours, a fab Christmas card,
Sandy

Wendy said...

This so beautiful.

Karen B. said...

Sounds like a fun time! Do you take customers? Your card is absolutely stunning, perfect use of the colors and the sketch!

Jenny Martin said...

Great Card - it has the richness of all the colours without being too busy. perfect!

Michele Gross said...

Really stunning! Those rich colored flowers are just scrumptious! Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! Love that you turned the sketch to make it work for you. Thanks for joining us over at Skipping Stones this week!

Jingle said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! What a great card! Thanks for playing along with us over at Skipping Stones Design!

Judy1223 said...

Too funny...I thought I might be the only one to take flower petals from fake flowers and use them on cards! Yours are gorgeous, as is your entire card! Good luck with the challenge and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mynnette said...

What a stunning holiday card--this is absolutely gorgeous!!! Fab--love it!!! :)

khushifairy said...

well, i want to suggest that these red petals would appear more stunning if they have offwhite buttons.
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mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hello Ann, Well your card is fabulous, the deep red of your flowers is my favourite colour and to see it coupled with the rich creamy background, perfect, love it, Gay xxx

Ruby said...

Such an elegant card! Beautiful work with our colours! So glad you joined in with us over at the Play Date Cafe at this busy time of year!

Faith A said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Laurie said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I love the colors and the music background! Those flowers are beautiful too! Great taken the sketch!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Ann, this is AWESOME! It's simple, yet full and lush and gorgeous. Loved reading about your kids' flower shoppe! How adorable.

Thank you SO much for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Stacy said...

What a pretty Christmas card, and fabulous job on the colors. Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, I'm so glad you had leftovers, because they made this creation GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!