Saturday, June 25, 2011

Best Wishes, Diva Style!

This week at Our Creative Corner we have a special challenge for you - we're looking to add some new members to our design team, so for our challenge we want you to make a card that showcases your style and tell us what makes it yours. Of course the team will be providing inspiration with creations that show our individual styles. I hope my card captures some of my favorite aspects of card making - it doesn't use *everything* I would consider to be "my style" but there are definitely elements that really speak to me.

My card was inspired by Heather Summer's card here - you will see the elements I kept but I think I also put a lot of my own ideas into it. The colors came from a challenge that's new to me - CR84FN. They asked for aqua, green and yellow, so I combined So Saffron with two of the new In Colors, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade. We'll be making this card at my club this weekend.

I started with the vertical panel. First I used a clear block and inked it directly with So Saffron, then stamped it onto Very Vanilla card stock. Next I used Early Espresso to stamp my flower image, which is from Friends 24-7, one of my favorite retiring sets (sniff). I masked the flowers off and also created a negative frame to mask around the edge of the image before stamping the words (from the set Charming) over the background. Finally I colored the image with markers - I love the look of the different layers and the vintage feel.

One thing that usually characterizes my cards is a tendency toward clean and simple - and in this case I used even fewer layers than I usually do! So much for my typical style, LOL. But I didn't want to take away from the softer colors. I used a saffron base, a limeade panel embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder, and a strip of Pool Party cut with the Tasteful Trim die. I added pearls on the scallops, Old Olive satin ribbon, and a punched sentiment from Short & Sweet. I like putting the sentiments vertically when the layout doesn't lend itself to another placement.

Well, whether this is my typical style, I'm not completely sure, but I enjoyed making the card. I hope you'll consider playing the challenge - you won't regret it! And don't forget to check out what the rest of the team has made this week. With all the creativity on the team you're bound to see some beauties. Thanks for visiting my blog today - have a great weekend!

13 comments:

Wendy J. said...

I would say this card is very much your style! It's a wonderful card! I love the script behind the image and the textured layer. I adore the scallops and pearls and love the balance the little blue sentiment adds. Great job, Lori!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is just gorgeous, Lori. I never would have put those colors together but they work beautifully. Great texture and that's a fantastic stamp - has a bit of vintage feel to it - I likey!

Have a great weekend!

Hugs,
Linda

Always Playing with Paper said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colours and the script stamp.
Smiles,
Lesley

Lisa said...

What a lovely card...just adore that wispy flower!

Sharon said...

Lori, I think this card does show your style! I just love how you paired the script stamp from Charming, with the floral stamp from Friends 24-7. I also like how you gave some of the papers texture with embossing folders. Great creativity! I always look forward to seeing your cards!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty Lori! The embossed background looks fabulous! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

Nola Burkhard said...

Lori--this card is so YOU! Love the little touches, like the embossing, vintage, tags, layering on it. It makes it so very special. TFS it with your followers!
Hugs, N

Vicki B. said...

I think this card is your style too, so pretty with a great combo of elements and stamps! Just beautiful!!!

Sara Mac said...

Wonderful card! I really like the texture and the pearl accents.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Hey Lori! Right away I think "fun layout, great colors, beautiful texture!" All of the elements pull this beauty together. Hope you have a great week!

Kristin said...

This is beautiful! I too love the script with the flower. I really love how you added the texture as well, it has great balance. Another amazing creation!

Sarah Gough said...

Gorgeous Lori - and a great example of your style!

Debgem said...

Such a beautiful embossed background - really lovely! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN!