Today's FFF Challenge Gave Me Hives!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Seriously! I thought I was going to break out in hives or something when I saw what today's Farm Fresh Friday challenge was! I looooooove my patterned paper and it pretty much what starts my whole design process for a card, so when I can't use it....I stall....BIG TIME!

I kid you not: It took me three whole days to do this card! I kept avoiding my craft desk like it had the plague at times and I swear I think I even heard it call my name at some point. *shudder* But I couldn't let it beat me, so I went looking for inspiration.

I found superstar Kim Teasdale's blog and used some of her technique's for adding texture and interest on a card. She uses her cuttlebug embossing folders, machine stitching and rounded corners to add interest to a lot, so I tried to do the same. I sponged the tan background panel (which started out as a blank piece of watercolor paper) with a bunch of Distress Inks and ran it through my weathered wood embossing folder. Then I sponged the edges, matted it with some chocolate cardstock and ran the sewing machine around it. To sew around the corners I manually turn the wheel to get a smooth curved stitch. Then I did the same thing to the pick cardstock but with the swirls embossing folder. Then I didn't know what else to do, so I forced myself to add some of that super cute pompom trim I've been hoarding, added the sentiment and called it a day before I drove myself insane! LOL

I'm really going to enjoy seeing what you all come up with for your cards! Remember, you have until next Wednesday to get your submissions in TGF gallery!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be on the look out for a couple more posts from me and have a great weekend!. :)

Stamps: The Greeting Farm 'Madelynn Twinkle Tot' and 'For Someone - retired'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Pretty In Pink, Ruby Red, Cranberry Crisp, Cool Caribbean, Sahara Sand, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - NONE!! boohoo
Access: Ribbon, Pompom Trim (LSS), Cuttlebug Embossing Folders. EK Success Circle Punches, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals


Kim said...

This turned out so beautiful, Kim is one of my stamping idols and I have to say you are rapidly moving right up there with her in my idol book!

kadie said...

Are you sure you had troubles with this?? It is GORGEOUS!!! Omgoodness!! I adore this! So much texture and depth. The ribbon is a fantastic addition to the dimension of the card too. Fantastic!!

Jenn said...

Awww, this is so stinkin' cute! :) I am lovin' those pink pom-poms!

Mary Giles said...

Three cards posted in one day! You are insane! BUT this card is just the sweetest. I love the Valentine's feel to it and I have no idea why you fretted so because this card definitely holds it's own without the DP.

jan farnworth said...

your card is lovely and sometimes the best challenge is the one that is a challenge and it brought out some great creativity nicely done.

Danni said...

You rocked this challenge! This is amazing and oh so pretty!! Wow!

Lisa said...

Beautiful card! I just love how you make your backgrounds. You work magic with reinkers!!!


~amy~ said...

♥♥thud♥♥ I can't tell you how much I adore this...I'm in awe of your no patterned paper card and the poms...excellent choice girl!!

Unknown said...

sandra...this is breathtaking! gorgeous textures, amazing stitching, and fabulous coloring...i love EVERY LITTLE DETAIL! awesome job!

Juls said...

stunning!! and you've managed perfectly without the patterned paper! Love the embossing and the little pom poms! fab card!!

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