Saturday, June 25, 2011

Papertrey June Blog Hop


It's that time again! The 25th of each month is the day for Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop! This month participants were given this sweet picture below as inspiration for a card or project.

And here is my card:


I must admit that picture inspirations are the hardest for me. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I'm so visual that I have to fight the desire to duplicate every. single. thing. in the photo, which would be a disaster! :-) I chose to make a "happy healing" card for my boss, who is home right now having had back surgery. I am so glad that PTI came out with the Healing Touch Sentiments stamp set because it's more than just "get well." Sometimes the situation is more (or less) than that and it just doesn't sound appropriate to say, "Get well." Now we can be nuanced in our wishes and it just feels better, you know?

I chose Simply Chartreuse as the background cardstock because the color stood out to me. I sponged layers of colors to mimic the wall in the picture. I decided to focus on bringing out the tulle, wood, and white wicker aspects, as well as using some Smokey Shadow ink to represent the shadows in the photo. I made a butterfly using aqua tulle, embroidery floss, pearls, and pinking shears. The composition of the card is obviously based on that of the picture, with the "action" down in the lower right. I added a Healing Touch Sentiment, also in Smokey Shadow. (I used an atyou Spica black glitter pen over some of the flourishes and sentiment for some sparkle and highlight.) There, I did it, LOL! In my efforts to not be totally literal, this is actually pretty CAS for me--I hope my boss likes it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi! I am working today, and don't have reliable internet access there so will most likely be doing my "hopping" tonight and over the next couple of days. I can't wait to see what you all have made!

Supplies
Stamps: PTI--Healing Touch Sentiments, Fancy Flourishes
Paper: PTI--S.S. White, Rustic White, Simply Chartreuse; stash
Ink: PTI--Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile; Versacolor--Cinnamon, Camellia; Colorbox--Yellow Citrus
Misc: Corner Chomper; Die--PTI Take Three; Embossing Folder--Sizzix; Tulle--Michaels; Pearls--Zva Creative; atyou Spica pen--Black; Embroidery Floss--DMC White

48 comments:

Lisa H. said...

really pretty! love the colors and the tulle!

I'm Renee said...

It's fabby!!
Love the colors and all the little elements you brought into it from the photo!
I'm literal too...
photo challenges are very hard for me...
but I think you did a fabby job!!

Marge said...

I feel your pain on being too literal -- I really struggled with this one myself, but your interpretation is FABULOUS -- LOVE it!!!

Marlena M. said...

This is so soft and pretty. ;)

Linda said...

So-o-o pretty! Love the delicate background and the tulle butterfly!!
Lovely card.

AYN DESIGNS said...

love it, very feminine

AYN DESIGNS said...

love it, very feminine

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love how you've created the background.

Suzanne said...

Oh how do I love that tulle, Jill!!! Stunning!

Inkyfingers said...

I find photo inspiration hard too, but I love what you did here. That tulle butterfly is the sweetest thing I've seen for ages.
Hugs
Carol x

Karen said...

absolutely lovely
karen
www.littlescrappieces.blogspot.com

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Pretty card and beautiful butterfly!

Karen C. said...

Beautiful, Jill. the tulle butterfly is just the right touch and your colouring is fab. It certainly will brighten your boss's day!!

Susie said...

Beautiful card - very soothing.

Cassie_lu said...

You did an amazing job with the sponging effect, a technique I am still perfecting.

Margaret M said...

What a neat idea using the tulle!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your background and LOVE that flourish box! That sentiment is FAB, too! Your boss will think this is so SPECIAL!

Charlene said...

Love your dreamy take on the inspiration photo! The touch of tulle is perfect!

Terri said...

Very nice. Love the background and the tulle butterfly too.

Kara said...

sweet!

Jennifer K said...

Gorgeous! Love how you used the tulle to make a butterfly - so clever.

Melissa said...

Beautiful! I love your soft background and the gorgeous tulle!

Lisa said...

Oh this is too cute Jill!!! I sure needed that tulle for my card today...love they way you've used it :)

Anne B said...

Beautiful, Jill - the soft spoonged colours, the tulle butterfly and those extra little elements to unify it all :)

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

Fabulous! What a great take on the challenge picture! Love the tulle butterfly!

Ravengirl said...

Your sponging is gorgeous and I love your tulle butterfly!

Wendy ten Hove said...

It was maybe hard for you to think of something, but it turned out just perfect!! I love it, the colors, the tulle, it's so great!!
Hugs, Wendy

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Jill I think your card is gorgeous! The sponged colours turned out so well. Love the interpretation of the tulle as well, just perfect.

Thank you *so* much for the super-sweet words on my post. I'm actually lost for words at all the complimentary things you said! Thank you *so* much!!

Susan said...

Jill, I love this card. I love to use tulle on cards. You did a great job!

Anne said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! I LOVE how you used the tulle to pull in the pretty dresses from the photo! I also TOTALLY agree with you about the sentiment, "get well!"

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

What a pretty card!!

Cyndie said...

Wow, a gorgeous card! You did an awesome job on the sponging--I never can get the gradations that smooth. The overall effect of the card is calming and healing--perfect!

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Very pretty!! I too have trouble with these kinds of challenges - but you rocked it!

Gina said...

This. Is. Gorgeous! I love how you pulled out the little peek of tulle to make the butterfly. And I agree with you - sometimes "get well" isn't the appropriate greeting when someone is dealing with an illness or long-term health situation.

Danielle said...

Seriously stunning, I love your interpretation of the picture! The tulle is just the perfect touch!

Lorraine said...

WOW, Jill, I think you hit the nail on the head! You ARE very visual which is why you rocked it! And your card is so delicate and pretty, too.

Tracey Cuccia said...

Sweet and lovely!! The touch of tulle...brilliant! I love the sentiment you chose, because you are right, "Get Well" doesn't always seem appropriate. Beautifully done!

Brenda said...

Beauiful softly coloured background!

Kelly S. said...

Oh Jill, this card is sooo lovely! I just love the tulle with the flourish and pearl, such a unique focal point. This card has such a serene and elegant feeling, just perfect for the sentiment that you chose.

Laura Isham said...

Gorgeous! The tulle is absolutely perfect! The colors blend together so beautifully. You definitely aced this challenge!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Gorgeous and I love the bit of tulle. Such a nice touch.

Stephanie said...

Jill........You captured the essence of the inspiration photo perfectly!!! Love the tulle bow to finish it off and bring in the dresses. Amazing card!

Lindsay said...

This is lovely Jill! You did a great job capturing the feel of this pic! Love it!

Jen said...

Sweet jeebus! This is the best June blog hop card ever!! Just amazing! The color wash, the material...everything! Top honors!

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