Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Not-Too-Shabby Summer...


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Ahoy! I'm still in a beachy, nautical mood and thought I would create a card today to match. Before I get to the details, I'd just like to let you know that today is the last day to vote for Gallery Idol 2010's Top 15 round: Masculine Garage. Voting ends at Noon! You can see my card HERE, or scroll down to the voting widget at the end of this post. Thank to everyone who has voted so far, and I'm really hoping I make it through to the next round, but I know how lucky I am to have made it this far!
Now on to today's card. How happy was I that both the Pals Paper Arts Challenge and the Shabby Tea Room are hosting summertime challenges? When I think of summer, I think of ocean breezes, gorgeous marine life, and happy days. I took some inspiration from this week's 2 Sketches 4 You sketch and the Color Cue Challenge. This is the first time for me on a couple of these challenges, and I love discovering new ones!
For this card, I wanted to try my hand a little at the shabby chic look. It's not really my usual style, though I admire it very much. I don't have much of the wonderful accoutrement that goes with it, but I did my best, and made use of some distress ink to soften all the edges of my card elements. I added some large rope twine and some raffia, alongside a pretty pearlized button, and that was that!
BEAN NOTES: Seahorse (unknown origin) and Papertrey Ink Fancy Flourishes and Birds of a Feather (sentiment) Stamps; Memento Rich Cocoa Ink; VersaMark Clear Ink; Tim Holtz Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Ink; Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi Classic Dye Ink; Copic Sketch Markers; SU Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, and Wild Wasabi Card Stock; SU Rope Twine; Clear Embossing Powder (generic); Foam Dimensional Squares (generic)
HAPPY BEANS: Pearlized Button (generic); Chocolate Raffia (generic); Adirondack Terra Cotta Dimensional Pearls



16 comments:

Savitri said...

Super cute!! LOVE this card!

Laura Davis said...

Stunning work!
Thanks for playing at 2S4Y!
Laura

Cards by Gina said...

Beautiful card, as always! The colors are absolutely terrific and so is the design. Perfect!

Debbie said...

I {heart} the ocean too and can't wait to go on our annual family beach vacation next month!!! I adore that sweet little sea horse! Thanks for joining us this week in the Tea Room :)

Cheryl Nelson said...

perfectly lovely!!

Kim said...

Beautiful card Regina. Love the nautical feel!!

Mary Fish said...

Sea-rific. Adore the dots around the sentiment and the coloring is trés shabby chic! Hugs, M

Ann Schach said...

Oh my gosh! This is wonderful! I love the sea horse!

Dawn said...

I absolutely adore how you have used these colors! You've managed to make some extremely bright colors seem so soft and relaxing. Bravo!

Thanks for joining us, hope to see you again!

Linda Callahan said...

Such a cute image! Great colors!

Carla Bazhenow said...

I love your nautical card, just beautiful. Hugs,

Sylvia said...

Love this card!

Rose said...

Awesome card! I love your beachy theme! Thanks for playing along this week at 2S4Y!

Audrey Pettit said...

What a super cute beachy summer card! I think you captured the shabby chic style beautifully here and I truly love this adorable card. thanks for playing along with us at the Tea Room.

Elise said...

Regina, you are so funny! I love your blog! AND, your delightful card, of course! So elegant and hypnotic {like staring at a beautiful aquarium!} Those rivet looking gems on that tag are GORGEOUS! I'm so delighted you joined the Color Cue for this round! Best of luck on Gallery Idol! WAhoooo!

Jinny Newlin said...

This is gorgeous! I love your rope twine detail and the aqua distress ink around your sea horses! Beautiful!