Feb 03 2008

Beautiful Life

I needed to come upwitha card for everyone to do at a workshop next week, so I worked this into today’s Inspiration Challenge at SCS, that lovely living room, and my Stamp Simply Challenge of yesterday to use pretty things while still trying to keep it simple. Here it is:


I took the colors from the IC photo — though the room was rather neutral, I was detecting a soft blue and brown tones, and I believe the shape of my flowers is somewhat like the shape of the rug. The room had sort of a bare-bones feel, a lot of hard surfaceswith only a littleplush, so I tried to pick that up in my *empty space* on my card.

As far as my Stamp Simply Challenge, I used a new set that is so fun, calledA Beautiful Thing, and the pretty things I used here are the Chocolate Satin Ribbon which, although no longer available on the spool, it is still available in the Theater Ribbon Originals Pack. Also I just love that round medallion image, and I put a half pearl from the Pretties Kit in it — I think that is pretty. I also think the Floral background, stamped tone on tone is gorgeous! It adds so much to any card — it is one of my all time favorite background stamps!!! So, there we have it — 2 challenges and a workshop project yet to boot!!!

  • Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Floral Background
  • Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
  • Accessories: Aquapainter, Pretties Kit, Theater Ribbon Originals, Ticket Corner Punch, and Round Punches in 1″ and 1 1/4″, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Sponge

And I do want to remind everyone that Flourishes is having a fun contest that runs all of February, with lots of prizes!!! It is a cake decorating contest — well, kind of!!! It is to make cards using Cake Decorating 101, which was one of their very first sets to come out. But it doesn’t have to be a cake — create whatever you can dream up from that set — there are lots of possibilities!!! Please check out the Flourishes Newsletter for a continuing series of articles, with photo tutorials, on a variety of ways in which you can use this set. And if you don’t have Cake Decorating 101 yet, no worries — it’s on sale right now and you can find it here — and you can still get it in plenty of time to play and enter the contest.

Also,Flourishes featured guest designer thisweek is Lisa Silver. You can read her interview here — it was so interesting to get to know more about Lisa and her life. Her work is amazing, too — you can check that out on her Blog here.

OK, that’s it for tonight — again, thanks so much for stopping in — I truly appreciate it!!! Have a great Sunday!!!

34 responses so far

34 Responses to “Beautiful Life”

  1. Julie Campbell says:

    ooh! This is GORGEOUS! I love your color choice and layout and and and….. 🙂 I love it all!!!

  2. Charlene H. says:

    This is one of the nicest cards I have seen made with this stamp set. Great job!

  3. Lisa (lakind) says:

    This is such a beautiful card! I really enjoyed that inspiration piece today, too! I loved the colors and you really picked up on the blue and brown nicely!

  4. Becky G says:

    So pretty, Sharon!

  5. Deb Neerman says:

    Simply stunning Sharon! (Again with the alliterations, LOLOL)

    You continually blow me away with your artistry and eye for color!


    ~Hugs, Deb

  6. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    WOW, Sharon. You do blow me away with these absolutely beautiful cards you come up with.
    Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us.

  7. Kathie says:

    Sharon this is absolutely stunning! I love that tone on tone background too, so subtle and yet so gorgeous.

  8. cassie says:

    This is a lovely card! I wish I could go to your workshop!

  9. Laura says:

    Gorgeous, stunning, wonderful! You make me love this set even more!

  10. Kathy (Wattle) says:

    Gorgeous card – I just love looking at your SCS gallery!

  11. Bev says:

    Beautiful card-love the tone on tone background! tfs
    Bev J.

  12. Tankergypsie says:

    I love the use of this set and colors in this card. It’s beautiful. Sharon, you’re such a talented artist!

  13. Dawn E. says:

    Very pretty Sharon! I have this stamp set but have used it only once or twice(for the sentiment). Thanks for inspiring me to pull it out!

  14. lacyquilter says:

    This is gorgeous. Love the color combination.

  15. Leisel says:

    Thank you! I love this set, and just got it as part of my starter kit, but when I looked at SCS for examples, I was surprised to find so few that I wanted to re-create to show customers. This is beautiful… I hope you don’t mind me CASEing it for an upcoming workshop.

  16. Marsha says:

    This is so beautiful, Sharon. Love your cards – they are so feminine and pretty. I also like the non-cluttered look. Keep them coming for us.

  17. This is such a pretty card! I love it! …now I’m off to try and create one for myself!…for your challenge! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing and for all you do! Take care!

  18. Debra says:

    Love these colors together. this is soooo gorgeous.

  19. Carolen says:

    Could you give us the particulars on the floral background
    stamp? I adore pansies!

    Another wonderful card Sharon!

  20. Jen Chapin says:

    Great card! I just love your work. 🙂

  21. DeborahLynneS says:

    Sharon, this is so pretty!!! I love the blue with the chocolate– just gorgeous!!!

  22. nancy littrell says:

    Oh………So Beautiful! I just love the colors, your medallion, stamping on the VV panel and finished off with the gorgeous satin ribbon. TFS your card and photography 🙂

  23. Leigh says:

    This is a beautiful card.

  24. Jerri Jimenez says:

    So beautiful! These colors are stunning together, I love mixing the richness of chocolate chip with pastels! It’s so pretty the way you colored the inside of the petals, it really brings out the blue in this card. I wanted to do this challenge, but ran out of time working on another inspiration piece. I may put this one on hold and attempt it after I complete a prior commitment. I kept seeing seashells, soft radiant seashells.

  25. This is so pretty! I love the blue and brown combo. The flower in this set makes me want it, if only I could get just the flower… Wonderful card, Sharon!

  26. Just gorgeous! You continue to amaze me with the simplicity AND elegance of your work. Thanks so much for sharing,

  27. Lynn says:

    This is gorgeous, my jaw just drops every time I get your news letter up date.

  28. Jillian says:

    my fav colors!! this card is just stunning. I just ordered this set and have yet to ink it up, I think you have given me a reason to hide in the stamp room tonight! TFS

  29. Rose Ann says:

    Gorgeous!! I love the colors and different backgrounds you’ve created! The pearl and ribbon are so lovely too!!

  30. AJ says:

    WOW! I was getting ready to trade this set, I cannot make it work for me what so ever! But you nailed it!! this is just gorgeous!!!! I am going to be casing this for sure! You have such wonderfully inspirationally layouts!! Thanks for sharing them all with us.

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