Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Fairest Flower - MMSC63

Thank goodness for weekends!  Last week I was back to work from a two week vacation - one that I enjoyed by compulsively participating in several card challenges and meeting some incredible women online.  Oh how I wish everyday was vacation!  So I'm back to savoring my weekends for making cards and getting all the challenges done!

This card is for the Midnight Madness sketch challenge MMSC63.  I love this sketch and have been contemplating what I was going to do for it during my endless work meetings all week!

I thought this sketch looked a bit vintage - I visualized the scalloped edge as lace right away.  So, I decided to use a new stamp set I discovered at a local scrapbook store that I visited on vacation.  The set is from Oxford Impressions called "The Fairest Flower".  What is unique in the set are the stamps that look like vintage photographs!  I don't really know how they do it, but it is so cool how they turn out.  This card uses one of the photo images from the set as well as the vintage-looking tulips and the coordinating script.

When using the stamps, I found that Versafine dye inkpads work the best and I was able to find the ink in "Vintage Sepia".  It is a perfect ink for these stamps.  The child on my card was stamped using this ink on Stampin' Up Vanilla cardstock.  I cut out the image and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" distress ink.  I used the same distress ink on the edges of just about everything on this card - even the flowers - to add that antique look and tone down some of the brighter colors.  I also used "Antique Linen" distress ink on the main tulip panel.

The tulips were stamped using Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo watercolor markers - stamped twice without reinking the stamp.  I used Sahara Sand for the text stamp and stamped over the tulips. And of course, all the colors were inspired by the wonderful DP from KaiserCraft's "Gypsy Sisters Collection" - when I saw it I knew it would be perfect for this vintage card that I was creating in my head.

Welcome to the Midnight Madness Design Team and others visiting my blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps - Oxford Impressions "The Fairest Flower"
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Inks "Antique Linen" and "Vintage Photo", SU Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Versafine "Vintage Sepia"
Paper - KaiserCraft "Gypsy Sisters Collection", SU Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Vanilla
Accessories - Flowers are all Prima, Charm is Plaid "Pearls & Pumps" collection


Carol said...

Sharon this is absolutely gorgeous. I love these stamps. I can't believe how wonderfully the child stamp looks...just like a photo-so detailed. The papers you used are out of this world. How stunning!!! Great job with the sketch this week. Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}
Midnight Madness Design Team

Lovely Linda said...

Oh my giddy aunt - this is adorable - totally divine! I love everything about this Sharon - it is definitely a favourite with me! LOVE IT - fabulous take on the sketch - I wish I had made it! LOL!! Love it! It is great that you have played along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we love to see your creations and hope to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

KarinsArtScrap said...

well sharon it's a beauty again
you have used beautiful colors and embellishment
all those flowers, just beautiful

greetings karin

tbk100601 said...

Hi Sharon!! Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love the vintage feel to it and your color combo is BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. We hope to see you again next week!!


pam124 said...

Sharon, I always look forward to your takes on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. This is another BEAUTY to say the least. Such gorgeous details and awesome image.

Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your unique talent with us and I hope you can play with us again next week!!


Gry-Heidi said...

Hi Sharon :) Thank you for visiting my blog :o) Your card is absolutely gorgeous !! The colors and image are soooo beautiful ! Love it!

Hugs, Gry-Heidi :)

Heide said...

You amaze me! This is so beautiful! Such rich colors.

marsha said...

Sharon, this is stunning! Your colors are so rich and I love your design!

Hugs, Marsha

Renlymat's World of Family & Crafts said...

Hi Sharon, I just joined the SCH design team too. It's my first DT and I'm really excited. Your work looks amazing. I'm going to go through your blog from start to finish when I get a chance. Looking forward to working with you. Renee'

Dawn B. said...

Sharon this is glorious.. Can a card be glorious.LOVE vintage just not good at it. I always envy someone that is.. This is terrific...Great job and have a great weekend.