Flowers, etc.

I have been working on this card for the last few days. Five minutes here, a half hour there. But from the onset of finding the papers I wanted to work with, I pretty much knew what I wanted to end up with. Big bold colors, dramatic yet still a little "light" (if that's even possible). I wanted to showcase the flowers as the main feature, that was certain as it's one of my entries in the Cards Magazine blog challenge. While I was working on it I was thinking it was looking fun - Rainbow Bright meets Twilight - bright and edgy at the same time. An oxymoron - I love that. Pieces that "just shouldn't work" together but somehow do.

I love playing with texture and pattern - some modern elements - some vintage style. When I was looking at the main flower in the center I decided I wanted to play with some hand stitching. I have a sewing machine, but I don't know how to use it. While my mom is here later this month she will teach me and I'll have all KINDS of fun stuff to show.

Any-hooo - I wanted to hand stitch a row at the top - first I started with cream embroidery floss, then distressed it with ink - BOR-ING. So then I found this awesome fiber in my stash, and it was perfect - dramatic, edgy, romantic, yet dark. I had to use it. Do you know, I probably spent more time trying to thread my needle than it took to make the whole card - true story. The fiber was a nightmare to thread. With all those little extra strands, it was an adventure to say the least. Be that as it may, I found a couple make-shift tools to help me in the process, and I am all the wiser for it. I love how it turned out, softening that top edge and counter-balancing the drama on the bottom of the card. Fun stuff. I like it a lot.

Husband's opinion: "Cute - looks very "fall" - like a scarecrow."

Nice, sweetie - thanks for that input! I love ya'!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Gartner Studios, CTMH
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey,October Afternoon, Sassafras
Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket, Papertrey Ink
Fiber: other
Chipboard: Basic Grey, Pink Paislee
Buttons: CTMH
Inks: CTMH, Stayz On

Glitter: Martha Stewart