Jul 22, 2013

Exciting and Inspiring.

Hello Friends

What is exciting you ask......being asked to join a design team for one and I was asked!!!
The new Challenge Blog -"House of Cards" and this week it is the turn of the Shabby Chic/Vintage Team, if you have been on the moon this month and have not caught up on this blog and it's different format, hop over here and read all about it!
But before I show you my inspiration for the Challenge, I also heard this week that my local stamp shop 'Scottie Crafts' also desire my talents!!!!! So I am very excited.

 For the past three weeks we 'Shabby-Vin' girls have been waiting in the wings to display our wares, it has been a lesson in patience to say the least, but now the week is here and we are in the spotlight.
The rest of the team have given you amazing inspiration from this photo, in the various genres, so if you are someone who wants to try different categories then this is the place you need to be!


I love turquoise..... forget about the sweeping generality that all blues are serene and sedate, brilliant Blues add a whole new dimension to this cool family and turquoise is dynamic and electric, it is an engaging colour and expresses exhilaration, it is warm and playful as it carries a undertone of Purple, so it pleases the eye.

My image is G45 (Little Darlings) and for once in my creative mind I knew how this was going to play out, and it all came together beautifully.

As you can see it has all the Shabby Chic/Vintage elements that make this genre so delightful,  and although I am not giving new life to old things in the true sense of the word, it does generate the style I am looking for; soft and eclectic.

This is a genre that does not suit everyone, but you learn so much about design, element placement and how different media work together, it is so satisfying, albeit labour intensive. 
It is a Challenge after all and it is great way to extend your creative mind.

The Bg is hand painted, stamped, hand stitched and dry embossed.
Spellbinders diecut also painted and dry embossed.
Flowers have been purchased.

Hope you will join us this week at House of Cards, I would love to see your interpretation of the colours.
Have a great week and thanks for the visit.


Nonni said...

This is just stunningly beautiful, I love all your little finishing touches!

Ruth M said...

Wow, Sue, what a stunning & gorgeous card, I'm in complete awe of all the work that went into creating this beauty with such pretty accent details! As you say in your post, labour intensive, but your efforts were so worth it! Lovely to have you with us on the HOC DT, I can't wait to see more of your work! Ruth x

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Sue,

What a beautiful card! Congrats on the DT call for House of Cards and on bing asked to share your talent at your local crafting store. You must be on cloud nine! Hugs, Yvonne

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous card with so many pretty details, and big congrats on both your appointments!

Nancy Seed said...

Beautifully done. Love your little ribbon flowers and such a cute image.

Buttons said...

I've not been on the moon, just at work (end of term time here!) so I'm off to check out what sounds like an exciting challenge. Love your shabby chic card full of so many scrummy layers, and thrilled for you that your talents are being recognised and rightfully rewarded. Huge congrats Sue. Hugs, Jenny x

Jules occasionally vintage said...

Wow just beautiful! Really great card love all the little details. Well done :)

Paper Profusion said...

Congratulations Sue - well deserved! A very beautiful card! Nicola x

Rocky said...

Wow, lots of flowers, ribbon, lace and pearls, very vintage and very pretty.

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful Sue, such an elegant shabby chic card, love it.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Mynnette said...

LOVE the different textures of the flowers, Sue! This is so pretty--and I adore that darling image! HUGS to you and hope you have a great rest of the week! :)

Greta said...

You are truly amazing, Sue! This should be in the dictionary next to "Shabby Chic"! LOVE everything you did for this gorgeous, feminine work of art!

Dawn T said...

stunning card so up your alley Sue. And well done on your Scottie's DT position. Once again, your shabby chic/vintage look is a perfect fit with Scotties.

Lisa M said...

I love sensing the excitement in your tone as you're beaming with pride on your new DT team AND WOWEEE...the local craft shop in town too!! The good news doesn't stop.
I'm so happy for your Onion and I love that you have found the perfect genre for you. No doubt you'll have boundless and endless amounts of insider tips and tricks to share with us who lack the know how of Shabby Chic (myself). I love that THIS is what you saw in your head. Unbelievable...and that you made it come to fruition with your talent is wonderful. It's a gorgeous display for your new challenge team and I'm elated!!
Congratulations to you my friend and what a beautiful creation this is indeed. :)

Ira Huberts said...

Congratulations Sue, such happy news! Have fun on the new team, you will be a wonderful asset!! Love the pretty card that you´ve made, oh those fine flowers and fab frame, really pretty! Hugs, Ira xox

Lisa said...

Well big congrats on your new DT position!! That is fabulous and they are so lucky to have you!
This little cherub's face is just precious, and the beautiful embellishments are stunning- love the lace, tulle,stitching - Oh Queen of Shabby, you make me *sigh*!

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow....congratulations on your new DT position, Sue! Your card is so gorgeous. I love the beautiful lace and cute image you used. I am sooooo happy for you. XOX :)

Mary J said...

Congrats on the new role, Sue! And your card is so adorable - love the texture and great idea to frame her with that pop of colour!

butterfly said...

Huge congrats on the DT - how lovely. And what a great debut piece... the image is adorable, and I love your soft, lacy framing.
Alison x

Anita said...

This is so gorgeous. Congrats on all your good news. Hugs.

Pia S said...

This card looks stunning with all those gorgeous flowers and the beautifully made background. The image is adorable, and all elements work so perfectly together!

Amanda said...

Hi and thankyou for joining us at That Craft Place with your lovely card. Good luck and hope to see you again. Hugs Amanda

Evelyn S. said...

I am a week late in visiting this post, but that doesn't detract from its beauty, Sue! I, too, love turquoise--the vibrant shade you describe so well I would never guess that you hadn't re-purposed something vintage on this card; it looks wonderfully antique!