Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shabby Monochromatic

Hello Friends!

Today I am sharing a card  I made to celebrate my Mom's birthday.  The super-talented Cec is hosting a monochromatic challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and as soon as I saw her marvelous monochromatic purple card, I knew just what I wanted to make for my Mom. You see, my Mom lives her life in purple, and has for years!  I'm sure if she knew how, she would dye her hair purple! So here is my card I made to honor her and her special day.


To say that I was inspired by the Frilly side of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team in my make is an understatement. Obviously, Cec inspired me with her color palette,   Pamellia inspired me with her homemade papers, Georgie inspired me with her textured background, and Linda's swirls and doilies inspired my use of those on my monochromatic Shabby (!!!) card.  I emphasized shabby, because that's just not something I do every day!

I was just so inspired, too, by  one of my favorite Tim Holtz' Distress colors: Shaded Lilac. Oh, how I just love that name!  My favorite place to be as a child was at the base of a lilac tree that grew just outside our living room window. And I love how this color can look so entirely different on a variety of surfaces and in the various mediums, from a soft lilac to almost a periwinkle blue. Here is my card in a different light, taken on a piece of statuary and with my hydrangeas in my yard (sorry for the messy nose--bird poop!). Can you spot what's missing? Yes, the hat pins!  It seems like I'm always forgetting something!




Another Tim inspiration comes from his love of all things vintage, and I feel I've given my card a little vintage vibe with my "vintage wallpaper" tag here.

The bottom layer started as a cereal box, which I covered with coffee filters and cheese cloth using gel medium to adhere. I added some purple micro beads at this point.  I gave the entire thing a coat of gesso and threw on some clear  micro beads.  When dry, I swiped some crackle texture paste through Tim Holtz' Flourish Layering stencil and allowed to dry.  I wiped on some Distress paints in Shaded Lilac, Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves and spritzed with water to blend.  Next up, Dylusions Concord Grape spray ink, followed by a little Bell Bottom Jeans Glimmer Mist. I'm not a purple kind of girl, but I just love how pretty this turned out!  It's almost a shame to cover it up!



 I added the home made paper clay rose from my bits box, painted it, and adhered it with some more clear micro beads and added a few more beads here and there.  The Glue and Seal brought the pink out of the Seedless Preserves from the background.  I hope that doesn't take off points! I distressed the edges which left a little brown from the cereal box, so I swiped on some texture paste just on the edges to cover the forbidden brown.


The lavender tiny floral layer is just DP from my stash, and I added some paints and inks to the reverse side. 


The debossed layer is purple card on which I laid down a leaf mask (Crafter's Workshop) and spritzed with Plain Jane Baseboard Matte Mist in Ivory.  Then I debossed with an inked (Distress Shaded Lilac) Darice embossing folder. Afterward, I painted the petals with a mix of Shaded Lilac Distress paint and Dylusions Concord Grape and highlighted them with Picket Fence DP. I distressed the edges and dabbed them with Violet Dauber Duo.


The tag is cut from the same purple card, which I heat embossed using a Tim Holtz stencil, embossing dabber, and clear embossing powder, then swiped with Shaded Lilac Distress paint.  I gave it a quick wipe with a damp baby wipe, making it appear to be vintage wallpaper. I distressed the edges and left them bare. I splattered both the purple card and tag with Picket Fence DP.


I used Tim's Tattered Florals die and white card  to make my flowers.  I used Shaded Lilac Distress Ink to color them. The fibers were dyed using Seedless Preserves ink. The foliage is a Tattered Lace die. Bow and ribbon are died with Shaded Lilac Distress ink. 



 The butterfly is a Martha Stuart punch. I made my purple paper using Concord Grape and Bell Bottom Jeans and a spritz of alcohol for a very cool blend.  My sentiment is on a hand cut banner using Royal Purple Staz-On ink and a Stampin' Up image.  I used my Distress spritzer with Dusty Concord Distress marker and edged with Shaded Lilac ink.




The heart doily was fussy cut from a much larger doily, and stamped with a Stampington and Company image and Shaded Lilac ink.  My stick pins were pearl, so I dipped them in Picket Fence DP for a white accent, and the cheesecloth was also painted so it would be cohesive (it looked a little off white).  I used a Sizzix curly Gate die to cut my swirls from white card.


I know my Mom is going to love her birthday card,and I'm so grateful to Cec and the Frilly side of the Frilly and Funkie Design team and Tim Holtz for their inspiration.  Monochromatic is not the easiest, but it sure was fun!



I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:

 I used 2 stamped images on my project.  Butterflies and flowers and a June birthday all remind me of summer!
 To be honest, I had to look the word up to be sure I was within guidelines.  Collage " an artistic composition made of various materials glued on a surface" I think this fits the bill!


Well, you're going to think I never frown!  Celebrating special birthdays makes me smile.  Knowing my Mom will love my card makes me smile. Flowers and butterflies make me smile. "Shaded Lilac" makes me smile!
 Perhaps more of a vintage shabby; I thought my tag layer looked like vintage wallpaper.

Thank you so much for stopping in today, and as always, I love reading your inspiring and encouraging comments! Hugs and Blessings!

Sara Emily


53 comments:

  1. That is a really creative and thoughtful card. Happy birthday wishes to your Mom, I'm sure she'll love it. Best wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much! She sure did have a good birthday!

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  2. WOW, this is shabbiness in it's best Sunday dress!!! Gorgeous card Sara Emily, you should do shabby style more often, cause you sure do have talent for it!! Hugs, Samra

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    1. Wow! Samra, what high praise coming from you, the Queen of Shabby! This really made my day, and has encouraged me to try it again! Hugs to you!

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  3. Sara - your card is simply delightful as is your description of how and why you decided to make it. My Mom also is very fond of Purple so I completely understand the reasoning that went into it Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comments and thanks so much for joining our challenge at A Vintage Journey.

    S@ndy xx

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! What a lovely comment to read! I think purple is starting to grow on me, too!

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  4. wow...this card is just mind blowing and that too monochromatic is a double wow! Sara...am sure your mom's going o treasure it...to see her fav colors coming alive like this. Love the layers and the textures. A little different from your usual style but this rocks. Hugs.

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    1. Rupa, it is always such a great day when you come to visit! Thankyou for this lovely comment! Mom loves her card! Hugs!

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  5. Wooooow, Sara, this is a breathtaking mixed media shabby card! I am sure your Mom is going to treasure this beauty! You put so much love in this and it turned out perfectly! I adore your fantastic layering and amazing textures! I am totally blown away by this stunning card, my friend!
    Huge hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Awww, Branka! You've just put such a huge smile on my face! You know how it is to be a Mom; you treasure anything your kids make for you! big hugs, my friend!

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  6. This card took my breath away Sara!! Seriously love when you pull out your shabby chic style and wow us with your amazing talents!! You really kicked some texture butt with this one and your alternating layers of purples and whites has got me swooning! Flowers, freaking gorgeous! Ribbon, perfectly shabby! Butterfly, love it! What can I say, you took inspiration from us all and knocked it out of the park! Stunning, brilliant, LOVE IT!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Monochromatic' challenge, your rocked it! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Wow, Pamellia, what generous praise! Thank you fromthe bottom of my heart; it means so much to me that you like my shabby attempt! It's kind of fun, and may just have to practice more often! Big hugs to you, my friend! You always inspire!

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  7. Oh my goodness Sara, I see you are not a lover of purple but I am and adore this...everything looks gorgeous and just inspiring.xx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

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    1. Thank you so MUCH, Annie! What a great, encouraging comment!

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  8. Just beautiful Sara!! best wishes to your Mom for her birthday and tell her my fav color is also purple!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! So you are a purple girl, too??? It's really starting to grow on me! Hugs!

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  9. Squealing in delight right now I am! Wowzers and amazeballs Sara doll! This gives me hope that one day I can do Shabby as well. Awesome sauce! Your layers and textures have me drooling. Your flowers and butterfly have me tilting my head in wonderment. This is absolutely stunning and your mom will LOVE it! You get a gold star on your ballerina slippers dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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    1. Punkin', you never fail to make me laugh out loud when I read your comments and your posts! Hey, if I can do a shabby card, I know you can, too! It is SO out of my comfort zone, but I'm finding I'm being "forced" into it more and more this month, as celebrations are calling for more feminine cards--eek! I don't own any ballerina slippers, but I'll hang that gold star on my flip flops, OK? Hugs to you, Niki!

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  10. Hi There Sara Emily! I'm coming over today wearing my Our Creative Corner DT hat to say Thank You for bringing this delightful birthday card for your Mom over to our What Makes Me Smile challenge this month!! Keep on smiling, Girl!! :) :) Your Mom is going to LOVE this!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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    1. shari, I just love seeing that you visited, and thank YOU for this encouraging comment! I'm still smiling! Hugs to you!

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  11. Beautifully shabby chic.. All the crackle and texture.. Absolutely amazing! Thank you for entering our challenge at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

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    1. Wow, Ingrid! I am just so happy you came to visit and left this wonderful comment! It totally made my day! Hugs!

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  12. This is just lovely Cadbury-purple goodness, it's making me hungry lol!! Your layers are just such a delight for the eyes. And boy, don't get me started on the texture, yowzers... hun this is beautiful and it is even tied up with a bow! xx

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    1. Georgie, you always say the nicest things, and it means so much to me, because I just love YOUR work! I am really so inspired by YOU!

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  13. Sara, what a beautiful birthday card, it is so obvious it was made with so much love for your Mom. Wishing her a very happy birthday and thank you for sharing this gorgeous creation.

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    1. Deb, thank you so much! And thank you for your birthday wishes for my Mom! Big hugs!

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  14. This is so pretty Sara!! I love Shaded Lilac. Your layers and textures are fabulous and so much work has gone into creating them. The white accents, beautiful flowers and gorgeous bow are all wonderful details.
    Thank you for the lovely comment you left on blog xx

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    1. Thank you, Andree; you really put a huge smile on my face!

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  15. Beautiful card! Love all the texture and pretty color palette! The butterfly looks so pretty fluttering about!

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    1. This is so sweet, Mona! You know how I loved your lavender card!

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  16. Such shabby loveliness with all the wonderful texture you created, the fantastic layers and gorgeous embellishments. There just aren't enough superlatives for this card, although I aimed for it :) Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Awww, thank you so much, Cec; and thank you doubly for the inspiration! Just the kick I needed! Hugs to you!

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  17. Now I get to come over and love you up a 2nd time wearing my Creative Guide vest for A Vintage Journey!! Celebration indeed!! I loved reading through how you created this layered vision, Sara Emily! All of the textures that you built, your use of micro beads and I LOVE your simple treatment of the pearl stick pins! Just gorgeous! Thank you for bringing this stunning creation, celebrating your Mom's birthday, to Jan's Celebrations Challenge this month at AVJ! It's was lovely to come over again and read through all of those delicious steps! XOXO-Shari

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    1. Shari, this is just such an encouraging and inspiring comment! I'm so happy you like it, and it is even more special that you took the time to visit and leave a second comment! It REALLY made me smile! Hugs to you!

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  18. I could not have covered up that gorgeous background! Oh,the glorious crackles and texture....soooo beautiful,Sara Emily! My gardenias are blooming their heads off right now, and your incredibly realistic flowers make me think of them. Every detail of this card is absolute perfection....a keepsake for sure! You have magic in your fingers, my dear!

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    1. Kathy, you are so generous with your praise, but the kindest thing you said it that you think my flowers look realistic! Flowers are by no means my strong point, so this is so encouraging! Yes, it was very hard to cover that background, and so I had to take a picture to remind me I CAN do it! You are such a sweetheart, and you always bring great big smiles to me! Hugs!

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  19. Gorgeous card, Sara, love all the texture and layers and especially colors(my favourite, I use it very less).
    Thanks so much for joining us at Artistic stamper this month.

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    1. Thank you, Shilpa! I'm afraid I lost my previous comment I wrote when our Internet went down! It was a pleasure to be able to join in your challenge this time!

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    2. Thank you, Shilpa! I'm afraid I lost my previous comment I wrote when our Internet went down! It was a pleasure to be able to join in your challenge this time!

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  20. Hi Sara! What a delight to flutter on by today! Thank you for the incredibly kind comment today.. how beautiful to hear that your heart was always happy to see the love I leave others! I am honored to be leaving YOU some love today and am thrilled to be your newest follower! You are so talented and sure know how to make someone feel special on their birthday.. your mom is going to treasure this always! Every layer is filled with creativity and elegance.. and of course sweet touches of whimsy! What a gorgeous creation, with inspiration tugging at my heart with every look. (and I do keep looking!) You may have seen me tell Pamellia and Georgie how I long to dabble into mixed media... praying I can squeeze in some experimentation this summer! I'm delighted to have another artist to stir up creativity within me! Have a wonderful weekend, Sara! I'm SO happy to meet you! :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Karen, it is so sweet of you to come visit! I really enjoyed reading your words here, and I feel very honored you did and became one of my latest followers! I hope I can keep your interest! I do hope you can play in the mixed media pool this summer! I know you will enjoy it, and I can't wait to see what you create! I know it will be great, because you have a kind heart and a good soul! And I'm so happy our paths have crossed! Hugs, and many blessings to you!

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  21. what a gorgeous creation Sara! love all the layers of paper, inks, ribbons, die cuts and all the lovely purple!! Thanks for joining us in the Mixed Media Card Challenge - Collage! Julia xx

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    1. Wow, Julie, what a lovely comment! Thank you!

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  22. Ohhhhh this is a gorgeous, stunning example of monochrome beauty. The gorgeous, lacy die cuts you used, the inky background... STUNNING!

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    1. Becca, this is really a wonderful, inspiring comment! Thank you for visiting!

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  23. Hi Sara, wow I love those layers, even convinced me to like purple! But how could you cover up that marvellous texture base??? ( I would have cut the middle out to use somewhere else) Your mum will love her card I am sure. You made me smile! Thank you for joining my challenge this month at Our Creative Corner. Hugs Jan x

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    1. Hello, Jan!!! YOU made me smile with this comment! I will have to remember to try that cut out the middle trick! I'm happy I've convinced you to like purple...I think I may have convinced myself! Purple lovers seem to be coming out of the woodwork! Hugs to you!!

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  24. Oh boy what a shabby chic delight! This is superb with layer upon layer of gorgeous and interesting texture. Love it! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! You really made my day!

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  25. This is such as fabulous card Sara - all those wonderful layers and textures and GORGEOUS colour! Your flowers look fabulous. Thank your for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Celebrations challenge. Jennie x

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    1. Wow, Jennie, this is such a huge compliment coming from you! I so admire your work!

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  26. Wonderful card, Sara! I love purple, and I love all the details you put in it, with so much love I can see... Thanks also for joining our challenge at OCC!

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    1. Thank you, Lys! I really appreciate this sweet comment! Hugs!

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