Happy Spring!...CCG #224

What happened to the glorious weather we were having? Last two days it's been cold and damp, can't wait for the sun to come back! Well, I am still trying to catch up with good ol' blogland. Seems I am always missing the train and am never on schedule. Work, supplemental-homeschooling, Book Fair Week, birthday parties and almost everything else that I got lost in this week. Today I have a card for the CCG Challenge #224. Cards Week that went up on Sunday. Definitely come by and play a few of the color challenges! It's always nice to meet new people and see old scrappy friends again! There is plenty of time to get your card in, challenge closes on the 31st.

So we are "A Little Crazy" for National Goof Off Day. This Alice in Wonderland tea photo was just divine! Drawing inspiration from the key, I made this week's Designer's Challenge to use metal in the design.

Featuring Studio Calico "Field Guide" & The Craft's Meow

Sorry for the photo, it looks a bit bright. Please bear with me and my stupid camera and lack of proper photography skills. Looking at it on-screen, the "tan" is showing up WAY yellow, really it's more subtle IRL. It looks like I am totally off, not something I like to do when working the color combos. Well, I found this gorgeous color combo of blues and tans in the Studio Calico - Field Guide Kit (November 2011). I subscribe to four kits a month and really, I hoard them all. I was on Skype with past DT Member Fiona Kenward while I was making my card, and told her I was always afraid of cutting paper, it was just too pretty. Or to use up gorgeous supplies? What if I wanted to use them later and didn't have because I already finished them up? She just laughed. Yes, I hoard.

I recently made a fabulous purchase at The Craft's Meow, they are having their First Birthday! Included in the festivities are a couple of sketches so I played along using their spring themed Fly Free stamp set. I loved the pretty birdcage!

{ My Inspiration }

My design was inspired by a few challenges:

I needed metal for the CCG Designer's Challenge, for the added Bonus Challenge, I was further inspired by the key and type of metal - antique brass. So I dug deep into the back of my scraproom for the Making Memories spiral clips and metal brads I just know I still had. Oh Gosh, how old are THEY?

I recently bought the Tim Holtz distressing tool and used it to rough up the edges of the BasicGrey papers, then created some faux stitches with my piercing bug and white UniBall pen (also brand new, been doing quite the shopping lately). I am also considering buying Ingvild Bolme's distressing tool, looks awesome. Would love to try it out.

I heat embossed my image and dabbed some Stickles to the bottom and added my little butterfly. I used adhesive pearls to dress up the metal ring and a flourish behind the bow. Finally, stamped the "Happy Spring" sentiment from the same TCM Fly Free stamp set.

design inspired by:
Color Combos Galore Color Combo: light blue - warm tan - light beige - medium brown; Designer's Challenge: use metal
The Crafts Meow Birthday Bash Sketch
Tuesday Throwdown Hoarded Supplies
Divas by Design Distressing
Flutterby Wednesdays Use a butterfly
The Crop Stop Flourishes
Pattie's Creations Anything Goes - must use an image
Stamping for the Weekend Anything Goes
Flourishes: Bring Back Beautiful Spring
Whimsical Designs Spring
The Pixie Cottage Spring
Paper Craft Star Spring

Until next time...

Happy Scrappin'!!!!

Project List:
{ Happy Spring } Card:
Finished Size: 4¼ x 6¼

Kit: Studio Calico - Field Guide (October 2011 Page Kit)
  • Basic Grey: Picadilly - Bread Box
  • Basic Grey: Little Black Dress - A La Vogue
  • Studio Calico/Sassafras: Butterfly Chipboard
  • Studio Calico: Journal tags
Inks & Mediums: Misc:
  • Punches: EK Success - 1½" Circle; Piercing Bugs; Marvy Uchida - 2½" Circle Scallop
  • metal brads (Making Memories); pearl flourish; ribbon

Stamps, Dies & Inks: (personal favorites)
My Toolbox:

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Danie May said... [Reply]

Don't you just hate it when your camera alters the true colours of your hasn't however detracted from the beauty of your card. Its stunning. I particularly love the bow and your beautiful stamped birdcage.

Nancy said... [Reply]

Your card is beautiful! I love the stamp set and how you put the card together. I like how you used the lace. What a fun & pretty bow! I almost missed the pearl flourish but it's there and so pretty! Thank you for joining us at CropStop. Hope you join us again soon!

Vicki said... [Reply]

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining our CropStop Flourish Challenge!

Sandi said... [Reply]

Thanks for playing in our 'Anything Goes' Challenge #40, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Pattie G said... [Reply]

This is so nice! Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge…

Pattie ♥

Betty Wright said... [Reply]

Janet, this is beautiful! Love how you used the colors and the wonderful details! Thanks so much for playing Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful Challenge.

Ebony van der Starre said... [Reply]

Beautiful work here!!!
Thank you for visiting my blog x

Annette said... [Reply]

oh my your card is so gorgeous...I love it..

GiGi said... [Reply]

Gorgeous card! I love the soft yellow birdcage and the tulle bow! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

Kathy Jones said... [Reply]

Such a beautiful card - thanks for playing the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!!!

Karen B. said... [Reply]

Truly a beautiful card, I really like what you did with the image! Thanks for playing at The Craft's Meow!

Holly AKA KopyKat said... [Reply]

this is so pretty

~amy~ said... [Reply]

gorgeous card! Thanks so much for helping us celebrate The Craft's Meow Birthday Bash!

sue w. said... [Reply]

Such a lovely spring card, and the net bow is fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Whimsical Wednesday.
Hugs Sue W.

Kelly said... [Reply]

Beautiful card, Janet! I love that bird cage!

Hayley Glauser said... [Reply]

Your card is so pretty. The colours are fantastic and I really love how you incorporated the pearls in with the metal to soften it up and make the spiral current looking. Very very nice!