Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Diva Day! {DCBD124}

Yes! There's a new DCBD Challenge today! It is a color challenge based on inspiration from these pillows. The colors to use are a combination of Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Going Gray or Basic Gray and Basic Black. I think I got 4 of the 5 in there- no white on this, although now that I think about it I could've achieved a neat look making the bottom layer of each of the flowers white. There are other things I regret about this card, but I won't obsess over them here (eta: OK, I guess I did obsess a bit).

I love the natural, very chic and of course modern look of these pillows so I decided to let that inspire me as well! I started out by embossing the branch from Eastern Blooms in clear on the vanilla paper. Then I sponged over it in a swiping motion (as opposed to blotting)- I was going for a little motion- maybe stormy skies kind of look (I don't know what I'm trying to say either). Anyway, then I stamped the same branch in going gray (so far so good) and again in black (ick!). Basic black has undertones of purple so I never should have gone there, but I just couldn't bring myself to redo it... I kept thinking "I can fix this".

The idea for a square card came from the pillows as well- that's twice in two days for doing square cards- yeah me! The flowers are all double layers which I cut by hand then distressed by crumbling as much as possible. Each has a metallic brad in the center.

For the sentiment I overlapped the "Heartfelt Thanks" from set of the same name. Enter next mistake- I like the idea, don't get me wrong, but the colors just are too muted. Actually, I think they were fine before I decided to sponge another layer of Basic Gray to help hide the black/purple (could be considered mistake #3?!).

Oh well, maybe if you get in a dreamy state with your eyes all squinty you can visualize something really glamourous and artistic. So what do you think? What should I have done differently? Go ahead, I'm a big girl!

Doing this card gave me another idea, so I might go work on that now... or maybe tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!

PS- PLEASE go play along with this challenge on our Diva blog! It is always fun and we'll leave you sweet comments and heck, it'll get you stampin'! Be sure to check out all the Diva's artwork while you are there, you won't regret it!
PPS- Hey guess what?! Today's my birthday! HB to me!


  1. Happy birthday Kristin!

    I love this card. What amazing use of colors in this...Its so good. I love those flowers.

  2. Happy Birthday! Your card is very nice. Love the Eastern Blooms!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love the shading and layout, great job!

  4. Happy Birthday, Kristin!

    You've really captured the look of those pillows in your card. Well done!

  5. Well, HB to you! I think this card is lovely.....I will have to check out the Diva challenge---it never comes through my email feed until late! Very creative creation!

  6. I really, really like it and until you pointed it out, didn't realize you used basic black. I NEVER use this ink pad anymore because of those purple undertones. I use black stazon for it's true black qualities. So, to be honest, I don't think it needed anything changed. I think you nailed the inspiration piece and I love that you pulled out this set to use. Happy Birthday, girlie!

  7. Happy birthday Kristin!

    Great job on the challenge, I wouldn't call them mistakes...just lessons learned :)

  8. Happy birthday Kristin!!!!!!! I hope you have a fabulous day!!!!

    Love your card - it's really beautiful and you did a great job with the inspiration piece!!!

  9. Happy Birthday Kristen! Great job for the challenge! :)

  10. Nice card Kristin !!
    And Happy Birthday ! I wish you a fabulous day !

  11. I hope you have a great day!
    I love your card! Very pretty.

  12. Love this card Kristin!
    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!

    Have a great day.

  13. OOHH.. today's your birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope it is filled with all the things that really make you happy!!
    Your card... the "mistakes" always gives us a chance to be more creative, therefore we don't really have any mistakes. Your card is really great... I like it a lot, it looks GREAT!!! I think the muted look really works with this card design.

  14. Pretty card. Very cool and calm


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