Monday, April 2, 2012

Sunny Challenges & Creations 034/12

I'm here finally with my guest designer card for this week's Sunny Challenges & Creations.  A sketch this week which is always a good thing.  I like sketches. lol

This card started out to be totally different from what you see here.  I stuffed around, changed things, procrastinated and basically just couldn't get it right.  Even now I'm not sure that I have that 'wow' factor. 
My base is vanilla with a layer of soft suede.  The dsp is from Attic Boutique by Stampin' Up. The bottom panel is pool party with some Spice Cake dsp (retired).  There is a tiny panel of Attic Boutique dsp in daffodil yellow peeking out from above my pool party seam binding bow.  I've used the new framelit dies that are now available from Stampin' Up, embossing the bottom layer.  I really prefer a narrower border when layering dies like this but that's the way these framelits have been made.  My images and greeting are from the new set called Tea Shoppe.  Around all the edges of each layer of card stock and dsp I have sponged soft suede ink using a foam blending tool and craft mat.  The look I wanted was a little bit vintage but not dirty.  The daffodil yellow of the bottom framelit gives the card a lift and all the colours combine so well together.

I have been away to a craft retreat in Brisbane arriving home last Thursday night.  I spent a couple of days in Nambour visiting friends before retreat.  Kim spends a lot of time and energy on these retreats and I just love them.  Thanks Kim.  Of course, I had far too much gear with me, will definitely have to cull in September when I go down for the next craft retreat. On the way back I fabric shopped in Maryborough and stayed with Jean in Gin Gin for a couple of days.  We played and made Tim Holtz tags from his Creative Chemistry 101 classes.  Now if ever there was something worth spending money on, it's these classes.  Absolutely brilliant.  Tim is a fabulous teacher and he shares his knowledge freely.  I know if ever I got the chance to do a live class with him, I'd be there like a shot. lol

That's a very quick update as to what I've been up to in the last few weeks. Thanks for visiting my blog today and now I'm home again and well (was sick for two months this year), I hope to get back into some serious card making.
Enjoy the rest of your day.


Kylie said...

WOW Leigh,
You have been busy and it's sounds like you have been having a blast, retreats, having a Tim Holtz class, fabric shopping, I'm jealous roflol!
Your card is beautiful! LOVE your colour combo and all your gorgeous embellishments!
I hope you're well!

Take Care,
Kylie XX

Anonymous said...

Leigh this is fantastic. I love how you can take an ordinary sketch and turn it into the simply stunning. Thanks being a guest designer at Sunny Challenges and Creations again this week.

Janet said...

Leigh - this is absolutely gorgeous !!! Sounds like you have been having a great time and enjoying friends - sort of like Kylie here, jealous :)


Christine Blain said...

Leigh, this definitely DOES have the WOW factor!! It is a beautiful, beautiful card. Love the bow, and the way you've stamped the focal panel. It is a gorgeous card!

debby4000 said...

Beautiful card Leigh, love the pretty colours.

Caz said...

A very pretty card. Hmmm! Think I'll go put the kettle on.
Caz x

Mary said...

I'm seeing WOW....I know your feeling when something just isn't right....Well my dear, you are the only one who doesn't see WOW!

Jane Norrish said...

That cared is a WOW card, absolutely beeautiful, bet you rustled that up in 10 minutes......rofl
It was great to catch up at camp, shame we don't live closer. See you in June. ;-)

Leslie Miller said...

A pretty and imaginative color combo and lovely stamps! Your trim and bow are perfect additions, too. It sounds like you've been very busy and having a great time!

Shawnie Bartron said...

This is definitely a Value Added card. There are so many great details. I love the colors you used!

Elaine said...

Leigh what a lovely card I love it , the colours are beautiful.
Have a nice Easter Sunday and Monday Elaine Hugs Elaine

jules said...

gorgeous card!

Mary said...

I like it....oh yes I do. I like what you did with the Spellbinder and the embossing folder. I'm just going to have to "borrow" that idea from you. Very nice... as always!