Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Out of the Box Beautiful

Hi friends!  Today I'm hopping along with an all-star list of stampers celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the CASE Study challenge.  If you've come here from the blog of Joy Taylor you're on the right track! If not and you want to start from the beginning, you can view the whole list of designers over on the CASE Study blog.  You'll definitely want to check it out and leave a little shout out on each blog, since there are PRIZES to be won (including a little Verve)!


The challenge for today is Out of the Box, and we were tasked with trying something we've never done before.  At first I kind of scratched my head a bit, and then headed straight to You Tube!  LOL  Isn't the Internet great?  I found this SUPER easy tutorial on making tissue paper flowers (something I've always wanted to do, but for some reason thought it was a much more involved process!) and decided to give it a go with some of the sparkly tissue paper we use to package orders at Verve.

I used circle punches for the flower layers and followed the tutorial, using some decorative brads and  finishing off with some Mister Huey Shine spray for a super shimmery look.  While the flowers were drying, I decided they would look great with a mixed media style of card, so I pulled out some paints and Gelatos.

And I got to do something else I've never tried before... baby wipes and Gelatos!  I LOVE the effect, it blends so beautifully and easily.  I've never had a reason to have baby wipes around the house until now and it always seemed a little weird to go buy some just for a craft project.  But now with the twins, we've got baby wipes galore, and I can try all the baby wipe techniques!!! {grin}

I dug deep into the back of my craft closet and tried to pick embellishments that I hadn't used in a long time, like these patterned ribbons, the pearl string (from Pizzazz Aplenty) and the binder clip from Tim Holtz.  I even added a little bit of accent with an old pack of rub-ons.  The stamping on the card (the sentiment and leaves) are from the Sunny Days set and are cut with the Leafy Sprigs Die Set, both by Verve.

Oh, and if you recognize the layout, it's Jen's Sketch For You To Try for August, which I turned into a 5.25" square card to fit my elements.

Okay, that's all from me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next up on the hop is Amy Wanford.

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Sunny Days (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Classic Calico Vol. 2 (Studio Calico), Basic Gray, Basic Black (SU!), aqua gemstone tissue paper
Ink: Black Mix'd Media Ink (Color Box), Pumice Stone Distress (Ranger) Black Gelato (Faber Castell) Dark Turquoise acrylic paint (DecoArt), blank canvas Studio paint (Claudine Hellmuth)
Accessories: Leafy Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE) ribbons, decorative brads, binder clip and tiny attacher (Tim Holtz), circle punches (SU!), Mister Huey's Shine spray (Studio Calico), silver pearls on a cord (Pizzazz Aplenty), rub-ons (BasicGrey)

61 comments:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Stunning!! You inspired me to try to make tissue flowers myself, I never did either and I'm a bit too scared, lol. You're such an artsy chick!! Thanks so much for helping us celebrate! xxx

Debi said...

Julee this is beautiful, those blue hues- wow, Debi x

Sian Ridley said...

As per usual, your card is gorgeous! I have also used the verve tissue paper to make flowers-it's beautiful! :) I don't think it's weird to buy baby wipes solely for crafting purposes-I've been doing that for years! In fact, I always have wipes in my handbag and am always surprised by the number of times they've been useful :)

Stunning card :)

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Julee.

Hugs Riet.xx

Katie said...

Beautiful card, love the color combination.

Adrienne Crist said...

Simply gorgeous and I noticed the Verve colors! Love it and your stamps!

Suzanne Russell said...

Gorgeous flowers! I actually have kept the "sparkly tissue" from Verve to make flowers, too! Mine don't hold a candle to these. Thanks for inspiring me to try again. :)

Susi said...

That blue hue and smokey grey come together in one STUNNING card, Julee! It's an absolute beauty - you are the Shabby Queen!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is stunning! Love the coloring/distressing on the papers, and those flowers are fantastic and really pop! Beautiful!

Aimes said...

Those flowers are beautiful! I love the extra special sparkle of them! Your card is beautiful as a whole too!
So happy you could be a part of our hop this week! :)
Hugs!
x

Kailash said...

Just a gorgeous creation, the colors and flowers are beautiful !!!

maria mcclure said...

the flowers are beautiful! aren't you glad you made them?

Janet said...

I don't often comment, but I do visit for every new post, but today I just had to comment. Your creation really caught my eye. It's just beautiful. I love the colors, which flow together so weel. I love the distressing, too. And I really like the little clipboard embellishment. Just gorgeous!

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, Julee, this is STUNNING!! Those tissue paper flowers are fabulous and really pop off the muted BG colors!

Pam Sparks said...

Beautiful card Julee! The flowers you made are lovely and striking set off on the dark color!

Vicki Wizniuk said...

Beautiful card! I love those flowers, too. :)

whoistracy said...

These colors are just amazing together!! Love the bling, too.

Cindy C. said...

Stunning flowers!!

Sarah C said...

What a cool idea on the sparkly tissue paper flowers...they almost look liquid. Very fun technique! Thanks for sharing!!

craftzonkey said...

There's something edgy about this card I LOVE! Gotta try making tissue paper flowers...

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow beautiful card...thank you for the flower tutorial.

christi said...

love the colors you picked. great job on the tissue flowers. very cute card.

Lorraine said...

Totally stunning color combination on this wonderful card! Love your tissue blooms!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW ... what a super beautiful creation! LOVE those flowers ... great job and the entire card is certainly a style that appeals to my eyes! Thanks for fun and inspiration!

PaperPixie said...

Live the black and bright blue paired with the distressed look. And those flowers are just gorgeous!

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

Your flowers are too beautiful! Gorgeous technique I need to try.

Karen Day said...

Those little Verve-tissue flowers are pretty sweet! Lovely card, Julee :o)

Laura Love said...

WOW! This is GORGEOUS!!! Those aqua tissue paper flowers are stunning! I HAVE some of that paper from when I placed an order because I couldn't stand to throw it away...too pretty - LOL... now I am glad I hoarded it :) Will have to try this!!

Laura Love said...

PS... I am pinning this on my favorite cards PINTEREST BOARD :)

wendy said...

oh my goodness...this is stunning...gorgeous tissue flowers..and the color scheme is amazing...beautiful!

scrappingnana said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. Love the colors, details, and especially your tissue flowers. TFS

Renuka said...

Firstly.. amazing color combination ..and then...the flowers.. they are stunning..amazing..pretty ......

Kris said...

My word! It looks like you put your heart and soul into this! Stunning!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Anja (scrappie) said...

Love your card love that colorcombo and those flowers are great TFS.

skywriter2 said...

I just LOVE this card..it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GORGEOUS!!!!! THE tones are soooooooooooo great ...love different shades of blue and black and going together...DEFINETLY going to try this color palette.Your card is sooo inspiring and I LOOOOVE it..the gems and the flowers are sooo cool and in a way, its so simple with those pretty flowers and simple flourishes but the clipboard thing and the background is just amazing!!!!!

Duaa

shirley-bee said...

Wow, this is stunning! I love the grungy look and the black and aqua colour scheme.

Emily said...

Wow this is amazing! I love the colors.

lydiawalker said...

your flowers are fab xx

Connie MacFarlane said...

Julee, your card is stunning! Love the colours and the tissue paper flowers are gorgeous.

Marlena M. said...

The tissue flowers are OUTSTANDING! I love the blues and black too.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous card Julee. Love the color combo, the tissue flowers, the embellishments... everything is just perfect!

Berni Cuttino said...

Striking, beautiful flowers. Hugs

Danielle Vincent said...

WOW! Everything about this card is stunning - especially the colors. I must try that tissue paper technique. Thanks so much for sharing with us and "yes" the internet is a wonderful thing :o)

JESSICA said...

These flowers are beautiful! Great card! And yes...life is beautiful!!! :)

JayTeeZe said...

Great card! The flowers are beautiful! Love the baby wipe technique effect! Thank you for the wonderful sharing.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous card with fun techniques. Really stunning!!

Julie H said...

such a pretty card! Love your flowers, and colour scheme

loulou said...

Stunning card, I love the colours and the flowers are gorgeous, cheers Linda

Jess said...

lovely card!

Lagene said...

WOWZERS! You knocked this one out of the park! Amazing!

sanketi said...

Wow! Stunning!

Pryn said...

Gorgeous card! Those flowers are amazing!

Babi Kind said...

Beautiful card... Those flowers are amazing!

Rachy said...

Absolutely stunning!! It's a work of art. The tissue paper flowers are gorgeous: they kind of remind me of organza. What a fantastic technique *u*

Alina said...

Gorgeous card! Those flowers are very cute!

CanadianScraps43 said...

The distressing on this is magnificant and the colours are beautiful together. Wow. I am sure that Chuppa loved this masterpiece.

TesaB said...

Wow! Lost my ability to speak there for a while. Such a beauty!!! Love how the turquise fab flowers pops. Just stunning!!!

Jeanne said...

Such a cool card. The colors are perfect and the flowers are so neat. I am going to give tissues a try...

Allisa said...

Such a stunning card! Love it!

Michelle said...

love the color palette on this beautiful card!

Karen said...

I'm very late to the blog hop aleady (I've been trying to get here since Saturday. Lol.)
But you just made me even lately ...tut tut tut!

Your gorgeous creations just way laid me a little more, as I got a little side tracked with your more recent posts.. hehehe..

Stunning work hun I have to say. Smiles.

This card is simply outstanding.. those colours together are divine.. they really draw the eyes - truly inspired I love this.

Hugs,
~Krafty Karen.xx