Monday, June 21, 2010

A Big Top Birthday...(Gallery Idol Top 10)...


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The polls are open for voting in Round 3 of Gallery Idol 2010, and I am so proud to be counted among the ten talented card-makers. Thank you again to everyone who helped get me this far! If you would like to VOTE, please click on the link below, or click on the voting widget at the end of this post.

To vote click: Gallery Idol Round 3 VOTING

For this round, we were challenged to make a card incorporating a creative use of ribbon. I don't have a huge ribbon stash, so I was a little nervous, but when I discovered some Christmas ribbon in the closet, I knew just what I wanted to do.


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I was inspired by one of my son's favorite books, If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss. When I picked up two rolls of red and ivory satin ribbon, I just had to try to make a circus tent card. Admittedly, with only three days to create, I was nervous I was being too ambitious, but that what a challenge is for, right?
To begin, I sketched out a template for the card, cut it out, and used it on a piece of very thin chipboard. I knew I would need something very sturdy, as I wanted to make a shaped card. I did this twice, as I planned to pop out the top of the Big Top. I used a LOT of scor-tape to adhere the satin ribbon in alternating stripes, overlapping on the top to simulate the curve of the tent. Scalloped velvet ribbon was the perfect trim, and I added yellow flags fashioned from grosgrain ribbon and toothpicks.
To create the curtained entrance, I ran some card stock through a paper crimper and then die cut circles and cut them to make the "lit" marquee (a few clear gems worked great.)
What circus is complete without a few performers? I made the little lion's mane by unraveling some chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon and then gluing down on a base of card stock. Next, I used circle punches to create the face and ears, penning in the mouth. I free cut the body and tail, adding more frayed ribbon to the end of the the tail. Next, I sketched out and cut the shape of a seal and again used a circle punch to create the little ball. For a fun touch, I ruffled some stitched grosgrain ribbon and made the seal a cute collar. I then made two stands for each, using more pretty ribbon to decorate.
For my sentiment, which reads, "Hope Your Birthday is the Greatest Show on Earth" (thank you to my mom-in-law, Susan, for helping me decide on it!) I printed it out on a long banner in an appropriate font, and stamped a sweet little plane to fly it across my Big Top birthday tent!

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my Gallery Idol card. I hope you enjoyed it and please VOTE for your favorite, as the next round eliminates five more from the competition, taking us (me included, I hope!) to the Finals.

BEAN NOTES: Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats: Valentine (plane); Paper Co. Shimmer Card Stock; Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, and Basic Black Card Stock; Hero Arts Clear Gemstones; Spellbinders Classic Circle Nestabilities; Big Shot; Toothpicks; Fiskars Paper Crimper; Sakura Jelly Roll Pens; Chipboard (Essentials by Ellen); Foam Tape
HAPPY BEANS: Kate's Paperie Ivory and Red No. 53 Satin Ribbon; SU Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon; Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon (generic); SU Groovy Guava Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly Scalloped Velvet Ribbon; TE Grab Bag Colored Ribbon; Fontspace.com (JJRingmaster) Font




28 comments:

Laura Isham said...

AMAZING card! It is stunning! You are so creative and a true artist. Good luck. You got my vote!!

Kim said...

OMGOSH!!! You just have to win Regina!!! This is absolutely AMAZING!! You are SO talented!! I will wish you luck, but I do not think you need it - you have this in the bag!! FANTASTIC

Jenn said...

This card is amazing! WOW!! Good luck!

It reminds me of this tape!

http://shop.torendi.net/OPP-Tape-Pop-Circus-SER-OP1-02-006C.htm

Monica K. said...

Wow, this is a stunning card!! All of the details are amazing. Looks like I will be voting for you 3 times in a row! :)

Mary Fish said...

You're creativity never ceases to amaze me. It's really over the "big" top :) Hugs, M

Danielle said...

wow, that is so cute! seriously creative!

Ann Schach said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! This is stunning! You've got this one in the bag!

Susan Mangum said...

Your fantastic circus card is the happiest bean in my day! Beautiful job, Regina.

Courtney K said...

you are AMAZING!!!

Pattie said...

You are one of the most talented papercrafters around...all I can say is WOW! Stunning! You really should win!

Patti MacLeith said...

WOW. I'd like to see what can beat this!

Kryssi said...

goodness regina, this is like crazy, lol! you must have a ton of patience to incoroprate so many details!

Karen B. said...

Great card, full of details, so cute!

Shemaine Smith said...

This card is absolutely amazing!!! What a fantastic idea and beautifully executed! Good Luck!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

What a creative mind you have! Girl, you are going to the top for sure. Especially with this card!!! Love all the details on it. The lion is adorable! And your banner with the sentiment is wonderful! Good Luck!

Belinda said...

Fabulous!!! LOVE the details that you added to every piece of the card!!

Tanya said...

Oh this is amazing! So cute, so much detail, I totally love it! (Yours is the best)

Nicki(CSS) said...

This is super fabulous - love, love love all the amazing detail that went into it! Awesome entry!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Regina, we definitely need to exchange recipe on this theme! I had to pick up my jaw from the floor after seeing this card. I am so glad we're in Gallery Idol together! Your works inspire me! :)

Gina said...

I'm super impressed that you did this in three days!!! I couldn't have done it in three MONTHS! LOL Amazing!!!!!! I saw in the Gallery Idol comments someone said they'd keep this card forever if they were to receive it. I agree. This is beyond precious!!

cheryl (clee') said...

I just HAD to vote for your card! It is over-to-top fabulous!

mamia (me and mine in Alabama) said...

This is awesome, love your creativity! I voted for you, no doubt yours is the winner!

Kay S said...

I had to vote for your card! It is so innovative and just darn right cute! I love how you used the ribbon to create the circus tent. I was even more amazed when I read that you only had three days to create your card. It had to have been a lot work and time to create. Good luck in the Gallery Idol contest. You are definitely a winner with this one!

Linda Callahan said...

Wow....................I am speechless..............wow........

Steph Zerbe said...

SHUT UP! Are you kidding me?
I love the ribbon flags to say the least! I always use paper.
The plane, the awesome banNER and the curtain entrance are all so, so awesome! Where do I vote?

ok, so I missed this voting round. So sorry! You SO DESERVE TO WIN! You go girl!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow, Regina - this is over-the-top-Big-Top goodness. OUTSTANDING!

Lisa said...

THis blew me away and so does your card for the Top 5!!!! Here's hoping you win...you so deserve it!

In the blink of an eye said...

AMAZING Card! So darn cute! I would love to make cards like yours! OH I voted :)