Saturday, May 14, 2011

Natural Elements

For this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner our hostess, Linda Coughlin, has a recipe challenge: use light neutrals as your main color(s), dark neutrals as accent color(s), and both lace AND buttons. I played around with different ideas for a really long time - which is probably not evident by my CAS card. You'll just have to take my word for it! ;)

When I saw the challenge I immediately gravitated toward my favorite neutral color combo: Very Vanilla, River Rock and Basic Black. If lace and buttons were going to be involved that made me think of something pretty and vintage-style, so that led me to Elements of Style. I didn't do anything to the image except sponge the edges with River Rock. The lace was the hardest thing to incorporate - it's not something I'm usually drawn to. I was digging around through boxes of old stuff and nothing was grabbing me, and then I remembered that SU had black lace in the holiday mini last year. Jackpot! After experimenting for a while I ended up just using a couple strips as accents over the streamlined striped background. I also looked and looked for the perfect buttons - these little guys from my stash finally made the cut, and I threaded them with matching embroidery floss. The sentiment didn't come easily, either - I tried lots of punches and nothing looked right, then I realized - duh! - I could just stamp a little sentiment right onto the image. This sweet little saying is from On the Grow (in the summer mini).

I know you will want to visit the OCC blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with - their creations are always fabulous! Then get out your neutrals and play along with the challenge - it's a fun one!


Sharon Wheet said...

I love the look! The colors work so wonderfully together! And the sentiment really does 'match' the flowers. GREAT card!

Sarah Gough said...

I love that combo too, gorgeous Lori!

Vicki Burdick said...

Love this color combo too!! Great idea to use the black lace!! Love the buttons and the tiny sentiment!!

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card. Love the colors and that stamp set also.
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Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Your card came out absolutely lovely, Lori. That is one of my all-time favorite stamps from SU and it is gorgeous stamped in River Rock. And that black lace is the perfect finishing touch - absolutely LOVE it!

Hope you are having a great week!