Friday, June 26, 2015

Runway Inspired Challenge #86 and Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge

I am attempting to get back into the swing of things after being away for a week. All vacation I had tons of ideas and was itching to create SOMETHING but when I actually have the time to sit at my desk, my mind goes blank. I decided to attempt some challenges to see if that would jump start my creative juices.

Before I crafted, I ate my favorite lunch of rice cakes, peanut butter and bananas. It is so filling and yummy!! I tend to eat a lot of the same things in the summer and eat less of it. My meals are usually easy to make too because I am lazy and I HATE to cook!! That means a lot of grilling for Chris because I am afraid of lighting the grill.

Today I am sharing a card that I used Runway Inspired Challenge #86 as my inspiration. Here is the image that was posted on the blog to use as a starting point.

Here is what I came up with:

I chose to play with the colors in a fun way for the background. I dabbed distress ink in Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn and Dusty Concord on an acrylic block, using each color separately, misted the block with water and then "stamped" it onto a piece of damp watercolor paper in random places. I then would pick the card up and let the colors "run" into each other. The green I used is not as blue as the photo but I liked it better with the other colors.

When the background was dry, I then used the Hero Arts stamp "Highline Chalkboard Background" inked up in black ink and stamped it over the colors. I LOVE how it came out. It looks so cool with the different colors peeking through. I then die cut the paper and adhered it to a white A-2 top folding card. 

I looked at the photo again for the embellishments that I chose to use for this card. I die cut flowers out of purple and gold glitter paper using the "shiny" material as inspiration. I also used a foil paper for the green because I did not have a green glitter paper that matched the colors I used. (or foil paper in the other colors.) I chose to use white leaves and a black banner to break up the bright colors and give your eyes a rest. 

The final additions were sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I thought I was done and then I noticed the rose colored waistband on the model. I decided to use Stickles in Thistle to make glitter dots inside the sequins. It is not an exact match to the photo but I think that is okay.

As I was making this, I noticed that the colors are a bit Halloween but I like it anyway. I am sending it to my cousin whose house we stayed with for part of our vacation.

Speaking of vacation, here is Char posing for me at The Biltmore in front of a tree on the grounds.

Can you tell her smile is fake? She was so mad at me and did not want to pose for ANYTHING on this trip!!

Here is a flashback Friday photo of her when she didn't mind smiling for the camera. Those were the days!!

I am also entering this into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes."

I thank you for stopping by my blog and viewing my creations. I also want to thank everyone who left such lovely comments on the post that I wrote about saying good bye to my childhood home. I appreciate all your kindness and taking the time to read, as well as comment, on something that does not involve crafting. 

Have a Wonderful Day!!


Hannelie said...

Nora this is a beautiful interpretation of the inspiration photo!

Happy Dance said...

KIds are so funny about having their photos taken. I have one son who always looks mad in family photos... he still doesn't smile much in them, ah well... Love how your card came together. Love all those fantastic colors and that amazing rose. What a fun card. It just makes me happy! Great card. Have a great weekend. Bev

Ashwini Rao said...

Nora, its a fantastic card!! Love the way you've made your background. Also, the flowers stand out so much even though they are almost the same colour! Wonderful!!

Inkyfingers said...

Wow, Nora this is such a striking card and a great interpretation of the inspiration photo - so creative and should be a winner IMHO. Looks like you had a great holiday in spite of the reluctant model!
Carol x

Monika/Buzsy said...

Awesome card Nora. Love the colorful background. Great take on the photo.

Jingle said...

What a cool background! Very nice! Thanks so much for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Taunya Butler said...

Your daughter is SUCH a cutie!! Loved seeing both of these pics!! Your card is stunning, gripping and such a feast for the eyes!! Colors bursting and flowers sparkling make this SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I so wish I could sit across your table from you and bounce ideas off each other!! You are a tremendous friend and such an inspiration to me!!

Virginia Lu said...

So many yumminess in one post! Your rice cake looks delicious! I love this graphic take on the RIC! Totally fabulous, Nora! Your cute pie is so sweet even though you said it was a fake smile (LOL). Kids do that, don't they?

Miriam Prantner said...

Just the most perfect take on the photo! LOVE that background, this is spot on!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love how your background looks like graffiti, and that the sentiment pops with the addition of the black banner. Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway! :)