Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CLP DT: CLP #33 Sketch Challenge

Hello hello! It's (already!) February 1st and time for another Crafting Life's Pieces Sketch Challenge. Yay! Chelsea has made another gorgeous sketch and the design team of offering up fabulous samples for inspiration I love working with these talented ladies! Please be sure to check them out HERE. :)

Oh, how I love this card! Hmm... can I say that? I will be honest and tell you part of my love is Spite Love. The Husband is a little creeped out by the caged heart. Heh. All the more for me to love, my dear! *ahem*

Now, back to sanity... I used My Mind's Eye Laundry Line papers for the layers.  The edges were inked with Ranger Walnut Stain using the handy... handle tool. I got over my initial fear of using it and am now can't live without it. I'm dying to get one of those chrome spinny tool holders and load up on tools so I can have one color per tool. But I digress...

The fabric flower is Prima with an added pearl center, and the orchid is a Magnolia flower. The roses and rose buds are from The Beary Scrap. You can only see a little of the gem branch in this photo, but I have a story to tell about it. I originally bought a 6' clear garland at a Big Box Craft Store and cut all the little branches off at the main base. Whenever I need a gem branch I color it with Copics (or other alcohol ink) to match the project. Cool, huh? Especially when I used a 40% off coupon - made it $6 and I have a TON of branches!

The heart was a true labor of love. It's made of a Grungeboard die cut and originally painted with Worn Lipstick Distress Crackle Paint. Once dried, I decided it needed to be shinier and covered it with Glossy Accents. Of course, I forgot Glossy Accents tends to change some colors, and the pinky heart turned into an orangey heart. Blech. I flipped it over and started again - more Worn Lipstick and another day to dry. This time I used a thin layer of Rock Candy Stickles on top to give it a bit of shine. Perfect! 

This delicious cage is cut from Grungepaper using a Tim Holtz die. I painted the cage with pearl Lumiere acrylic paint and it turned out too silvery. I then took a blob of Lumiere Halo Pink Gold on a makeup wedge and dabbed here and there on the cage. Once that dried I decided it needed more... I used a Prima music stamp with Archival ink in Russet on the cage. Phew! I'm done!

Challenges, Please
To get you started, here is Chelsea's beautiful CLP Challenge sketch. I hope you can use it and join our challenge!

This month we're sponsored by Chelsea's own Gurlee Girl shop. You could win a $20 gift card!

Come join us!



Sassy Scrapper said...

Wow Sue my dear what a gorgeous creation you've made. I have that cute little cage but wasnt sure what to do with it so thank you for giving me inspiration. I love all your embellies and I'm totally drooling over that roset flower soooo pretty.
Hugs Bonnie

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

Awesome card!! I just LOVE this kind of cards, with vintage elements and beautiful flowers. Wish I had a bird cage die, but I haven't. I guess I have to add it to my scrapping goods wishlist!

I hope you will have a fab month of February! Looking forward to spring hewre in Tromsø, but that is not until May-June... Electricity is expensive over here these days, so I wish it was warmer and milder this winter. But, well - not all the time I want to go cross-country skiing!! :)

Hugs, Hege

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Susan, this is just absolutely delightful. I love everything about it, especially the caged heart and placement of the lace. The color palette is wonderful too and that tiny lock is the perfect finishing touch!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That's a pretty one, thanks for playing along with CCCB!

Ros said...

A truly stunning creation ... love everything about this ... al the elements and your cage felt heart ... just fabulous ... thanks so much for sharing with us at CCCB

Grenouille Greetings said...

I see you've captured someone's heart! Lovely! Bird cages are definitely "in" and your card is a fabulous confection of embellishments and style! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Lori said...

Totally love this! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Beautiful work! Great job on the layering and love the lace. Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week!

Linda . J said...

Gorgeous card love the colours and the beautiful images and your flower is to die for.
Thank you for joining us over at Papertake this week.
Hugs Linda

Nancy said...

This is beautiful!!

Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

Flutterby Trina said...

absolutely beautiful! thanks for joining us at papertake weekly! good luck


Kat said...

gorgous creation,
love the caged heart,
colours are stunning,

Unknown said...

WOW!! This is absolutely amazing.. I love it!! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

cnelson said...

This is just GORGEOUS! LOVE all the AMAZING detail work!! Thank you for joining us at CCCB!

Kim Costello said...

This is gorgeous Sue, the heart within the cage came out stunning!!!
The Design Team and I are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!
HuGs Kim :)

Isabelle Norris said...

what a beautiful card, really lovely
isa x

Mina said...

wow Sue I love this card too...stunning way you used the birdcage...thanks for joining in with the Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge
Mina xxx