Friday, July 7, 2017

It's Fussy and Fancy Time!

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog!

Today's theme is:
(e.g. Birthday, New Baby, Wedding, Engagement, Christmas, etc)

For my card I decided to go 'generic' and create a card that could be used for a variety of celebratory occasions.  And I had fun playing with my Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks in it's creation.  Here's a walk through the process . . .
I began by creating my oxide ink 4x6 panel using two of the new TH oxide distress inks ... Pistachio and Broken China. 
 I actually had one beautiful panel laying on my work station that I had cut a butterfly from for a tissue box cover I had made for a friend and when I saw this die cut tag laying on my work table I thought why not die cut the word out of the center and put another portion of that panel in behind the sentiment.  That left me with a scrap piece that could be used elsewhere within my design.

Now that meant I needed ANOTHER panel for the background so once again I used the same two ink colors and created a background panel.    Once I laid the straight strip across the middle I knew I needed something more decorative so back to the Broken China oxide ink I went and created a panel to use for my decorative die cut ... no pistachio this time. 

Now THAT's better!

As I was laying my pieces out I knew I needed a ribbon for my tag but I didn't want a solid color ... it was too 'stark' so I spotted a spool of white seam binding in my stash and was curious how it would color using these same oxide inks ... it worked perfectly as I dragged it through the broken china first then through some of the pistachio I had swiped across my craft mat and sprayed water into for a 'drag it through the puddle' technique (my words ... not any official technique lol).

 With the last little bit of scrap I had left, I die cut this Memory Box 'Beloved Butterfly' #99136 and laid it across the top of my tag (a few pieces are missing ... just not quite enough scrap left) ... but the extra butterflies within the die worked for the bottom portion of the tag and I'm happy with that!
A few Nuvo white crystal drops were added for dimension and VIOLA!

Challenges to share in:
Emerald City Crafts Challenge #1 - ATG
 Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge #196 - ATG
Making Memories Crafting Challenge #7 - ATG / Anything but Square
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #167 - ATG w/ribbon
Cards for Galz Challenge #51 - Butterflies
 I do hope you will come join in our challenge fun!
See you there!

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .
Papers:  Strathmore Mixed Media watercolor paper, ivory cs
Accessories:  Nuvo White Crystal Drops, White seam binding,, dimensional tape, Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks


Maria Illsley said...

A great card Darlene xx

Leslie Miller said...

The whys and wherefores of the creative process are very interesting! I enjoy hearing the story. You do the prettiest oxide ink backgrounds, Darlene. You took to those inks like a duck to water. And to make the matching ribbon... takes this to the next level. What a beautiful card!

Olga Jewell said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Judy Woodland said...

Beautiful card! LOVE what you have done with those Oxides, and oh, my word, that ribbon. GORGEOUS!!! I love everything about this card!

Greta said...

Wow, Darlene--this is amazing! Beautiful colors & elements!

Jo Rice said...

Gorgeous card Darlene, and a great use ofcouour. I love the distress Oxide inks, they are fabulous to use and I love how you haveused them here. Enjoy your weekend...Jo. xx

Doreen said...

Beautiful Darlene,love the background.

Conniecrafter said...

I love the color combination you used for this, I see more colors I need to get :) Love this design you came up with and I love that bow with the butterflies, your drops were just the right amount of embellishment to define your pretty die cuts, Lovely!

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely creative work of art. Thank you for entering our first challenge and we do hope to see you in our next one. ♥ {aNNie}DT for Emerald City Crafts

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful card, love the colors and design! Thank you for joining us at Making Memories Crafting! We hope to see you again!
Sherry x
DT for Making Memories Crafting
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous Darlene! I love the distress oxide inks you used and all of the stunning detail, beautiful bow too! Thanks so much for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz!
Tammy x

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Your colors are so pretty! I LOVE the blues and greens, and your layers. What a beautiful design. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Galz! -Chris, DT

Donna Ellis said...

ooooh, Dar! I love your combination of techniques on this beauty! The glorious water-like colors, the amazing use of die cuts, and the pretty delicate pretties on the tag -- all make for a fabulous creation. So glad I got to see your masterpiece showcased at the Cardz 4 Galz Challenge. Thanks for joining in with your lovely artwork. Hope to see more of your pretty creations in our future challenge themes! Please check back to see if you have won a badge. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
{Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

This is so lovely, Dar...the Oxide Ink background is fabulous. And, oh! I love that bow! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Anything Goes Challenge!

Karen Letchworth said...

This is gorgeous, Dar! I love how you split the doily die. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Karen L
Really Reasonable Ribbon

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card and background. Thank you for joining us at Making Memories Crafting !

Nicola DT