Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Challenge

About a month ago I read on my friend Patty G's Facebook page that Michelle Mach of Beads and Books Blog was having a card challenge.
Michelle was going to send 25 people an embossed card and we could do whatever we wanted to do to/with the card. I chose the alphabet card to give myself a challenge and because I figured that everyone else would pick the hearts and flowers being this is a Valentine's challenge.

I was so excited by this challenge because many of the items I use to make jewelry are also scrapbooking/cardmaking supplies.
It didn't take me very long to figure out what I was going to do with the card. Burn it!

Yep! I started out making the card my own by burning the edges. I went outside during my daughters nap and burned the edges with a lighter. Next, I cut a piece of decorative scrapbook paper to layer underneath, then another piece of cream card stock for the inside. I punched the holes for the die cut flowers, button, binding and earrings. Then, I stamped the words on the inside and a key on the back side.
I made the flowers using a flower die cut, then embossed them with a script folder and my Big Shot machine. I ran over the front of the card with light pink and red ink and then filled in some of the letters with nail polish (I am a nail tech, it was all I had). I taped the 3 sheets together with double sided tape, attached the flowers using brads, set the eyelet on the inside, tied on the button and tied the 3 sheets together with hemp.  Slip in a pair of earrings as a gift and you are all set!

Thanks Michelle for a great challenge I really enjoyed this challenge and finished it way early,
which is not me at all.
Thanks for checking out my card :-)


Cheri said...

Love it, you seem to have a very creative mind, I often find that a common thread between designers of any kind!!

Courtney said...

Love it!

indigo heart said...

shannon, i love how your card turned out! it's sooo cute. you put a lot of work into it and it just shines.

Marie Cramp said...

Love it! Especially love the layered flowers! I used to make cards all the time! Scrapbooked too! It was a natural progression to go to Jewelry I think. I need to get back to that sometime and play!

Therese's Treasures said...

Shannon, Wow now that is thinking out of the box! While I was reading the description I said humm she burnt the edges, but I love the effect. Well done the care is beautiful!

Michelle Mach said...

Your card is *so* stunning! I had no idea you burned it--what a great technique. I like that you managed to sneak in a little jewelry, too. Thanks for joining the challenge!

CraftyHope said...

Wow! Very well done. There's so much going on and so many neat techniques you used I'm blown away, However, the flowers are by far my favorite!!

Maryanne said...

I love your card! It's so shabby chic and I love that! It was a great challenge.