Thursday, October 9, 2008

Simple Elegance and a DREAMY challenge

Simple.

Sometimes these types of cards are my favorite.

I love how the brown "flourish" limb stands out amid the lightly colored background. I used the Resting bird image from Memory box and paired it with the Alpha background (because I saw the great Dave Brethaueer pair these stamps together and I love how they looked!)

Tip: In order to get the look of different hues on the background stamp, first ink the whole stamp in the lighter color (soft sky). Then, take a marker in a darker color (bordering blue) and outline the stamp and then run the marker along the bottom edge of each row of letters. When you stamp--you get a neat blend of the two colors. Very easy but neat results!

The sentiment is part of the Thanks stamp by Inkadinkado (very elegant--I love using it all together or just masking off the Thanks as I did in this card!)

Here is a close up of the card:


This picture shows the dimension of the middle layer with the flourish and the bird. I cut out the flourish and then embossed it with the mosaic embossing folder. The two light blue squares in the background are embossed with the textile embossing folder. A piece of May Arts sheer white ribbon adds a bit of elegance to this. Finally, I added a few Robin's nest water dew drops under the sentiment!

Materials used: Stamps-Resting Bird, Alpha Background (Memory Box), Thanks sentiment (Inkadinkadoo); ink-soft sky, blue bayau, bordering blue marker (Stampin' Up!); cardstock-vanilla, soft sky, blue bayau, close to cocoa (Stampin' Up!); Cuttlebug embossing folders-Textile, Mosaic (Provocraft); Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Robin's Nest water dew drops; May Arts ribbon; Quik Kutz flourish die; sponge; dimensionals (SU!).

You can find all of the stamps the ribbon and a great selection of embossing folders and Robin's nest dew drops at Stamper's Dream! Check it out when you have lots of time---Michelle has this store stocked with amazing things!

***And while you are at it---Check out the Stamper's Dream DREAMY challenge HERE. You could win an awesome prize just for playing along!!!***

Thanks for stopping by!

32 comments:

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very soft and pretty! Wonderful Carolyn!

Tonniece said...

Awesome card, and again my fave colors
TFS

Happy Thursday

Molly B said...

That is beautiful. The colors are very nice. -Molly B

specialcraftmom4 said...

I just love the beautiful blue on this card! All the details are gorgeous (: Wonderful like always.

Kim said...

Cami what a GORGEOUS card! Thanks for the tips on creating such a lovely image! Your work is gorgeous!
Hugs~ Kim

Ila said...

This is Very Beautiful!! I love the colors, dimesion and the embossed swirl!

Vanessa said...

Lovely card. Thanks for introducing me to Memory Box stamps and Dave Bethauree. Amazing stuff!!!

Vicki said...

What a gorgeous design!! Love the flourishes!! :)

Michelle said...

Simply beautiful! I love all the texture and the blues. Great design as well! Thanks, my friend! :-)

Deb Neerman said...

Gorgeous, Cammie!!

Love the Cuttlebugged flourish; beautiful touch ... man, if I ever grow up, I wanna be jess like you!

~Hugs, Deb

Shirley said...

What a careative idea with the Cuttlebug flourish and the bird is just perfect. Love the Dew Drops too!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Ohhhhh!! What a gorgeous and elegant card Cam!! I LOVE the soft blue/white combo...and the sketch is so dreamy!! *sigh* This is a real BEAUTY!!!

Deb said...

Gorgeous Cammie, love the colors and the flourish!!!

Deb said...

Gorgeous Cammie, love the colors and the flourish!!!

Christi said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Gorgeous colors and design Carolyn!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Gorgeous! Love the soft and pretty shades of blue. :)

catdidit said...

Oh this is gorgeous Cammie! I love the shades of blue...and love that tip you gave, the results look awesome!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is beautiful, I love it!!

Rita said...

I luv the softness of the colors, great card Carolyn!

cadnileb said...

Absolutely gorgeous! :-) Love the design and the tip and the flourish!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

This is just beautiful, Cammie!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

This is just beautiful, Cammie!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

so soft and beautiful and elegant!! I love all the texture with the embossing and dew drops!!
hugs, Jami

Jessica said...

Wow. There's nothing simple about that card. It's gorgeous!

Anita C said...

This is so elegant Carolyn!! Such a terrific idea and I love the stamp combo too :)

Judi said...

Very pretty card!

Rose Ann said...

This is so beautiful, Cammie!! I love that shade of blue with the brown!! I love how you've used your embossing folders and your pretty bird & Dew Drops too!!

DEBBY said...

beautiful card!

Jackie Pedro said...

I love the shading on the bg stamp...just beautiful!

Beate said...

Oh my goodness. Your card looks wonderful! I love the layout, the soft colors, the gorgeous swirl and bird and all the texture you added.
Hugs and smiles

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Woweeeee!!! So soft and elegant........I love the dimension and the flourishes!!