Jan 5, 2013

First Challenge for 2013

Hello everyone,
Well, we are already five days into the New Year, and I am looking forward to what lies ahead not only in my personal life but in my utopian sphere as well.
Over at Our Creative Corner the first Challenge for 2013 is an inspirational photo, our Hostess Sharon is in charge and she has specified that we use the colours Pink, Aqua and a Flower.
Working with soft muted hues is always a delight for me, and so it was pleasurable in many ways to work with this theme. Gosh it feels good to be back to a routine, I may get some cards made now.

The photo inspired me to make a shabby chic card and after all the Christmas Flags and cards of late, it was a wonderful change to create within one of my favourite genres.

I wanted to relate a soft and understated feel with the palette, which is not always easy to do, especially when you have been working with Christmas colours for the past month, I found my thought processes were wondering.... still feeling in the festive mood perhaps.... I don't really know, other than I consciously had to work hard to keep within the colour palette.

The card has many elements, which I so love to add to my creations, not to every-ones taste, but that is what makes us card-makers unique, we are all trying to create the perfect piece in our own way.

My flower and leaves were hand-made, coloured up with distress inks, and titivated to form the desired effect.
Then it is a case of adding the pearls, ribbon, lace and organza to tie the design together.

I hope you will join in this week at Our Creative Corner, I will look forward to seeing your creations and how you interpret the inspiration that is provided so enthusiastically by my teamies here.



Dawn Turley said...

This is Sue at her very best! I love it Sue. Your flower is stunning and the colours are so pretty together. I love it when you make this sort of card... it is just so beautiful.

Lisa M said...

I see not one speck of Christmas anywhere on here, so you've done well to venture past the holidays and delved right back into Shabby chic and oh what a pool of delight it is!!
I cannot believe the flower and leaves are handmade. I mean, I do believe it, but confirmation was needed as they are perfection. Is that just paper for the leaves? Gorgeous layout Onion and without a doubt you've leapt full on into your mojo for 2013!!
hugs to you my friend,

Barb said...

It's wonderful to see you doing what you truly love, Sue! This is so gorgeous! Love it! :)

Mary J said...

I just love your shabby chic cards, Sue - this one is fabulous with all the texture and colour mix!

walchowDesign said...

You are super when it comes so shabby shic, Sue! Love the pastel look of this card and your handmade flower and leaves are perfect!

Anita Houston said...

Oh so beautiful! Love the netting and the flower is amazing!

Greta said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I LOVE this color palette--maybe I'll even get something made for the challenge as you've certainly inspired me, Sue! Your flower is absolutely amazing! Have a terrific week!

Ira Huberts said...

Such a lovely card this is Sue, love that bloom with its pretty colour! Hugs, Ira

Meihsia Liu said...

Sue, this is such a beautiful card, the handmade flower is gorgeous! Love the sentiment, too. Great design!!! :)

Kim x said...

I love your handmade flower Sue and the lovely soft colours. It was definitely a change of direction for me after the cards that I had been making for another of the challenges - bright pink, lime green and black!!!
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I just love the challenges that you guys set, and look forward to what you have in store for us next.
hugs Kimx

2amscrapper said...

This is lovely! Thank you soooo much for leaving such a wonderful comment about my paper shoe over at UPA!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful shabby chic card! Love your added blossom!

Sharon said...

Sue, I can relate to the wondering mind, and the conscious effort to stay within the challenge guidelines. But, you could never tell by this masterpiece! Truly delightful to look at! I love the many layers and the hand-made flower is too gorgeous for words!
hope you feel more like yourself soon. hugs, sharon w.

Lili said...

Such a gorgeous and delicate card! The flower is awesome. I love the hues of blue you used and how the addition of pink gives interest to your card!
Hugs ;)