Monday, January 7, 2013

The Kraft Journal - Crimp/Fold

When I think of a Crimp/Fold Challenge, this first thing that comes to my mind is Shabby Vintage goodness and sweetness.  For this week's Design Team inspiration project at The Kraft Journal, I took a piece of srap cardboard with a corrugated side and I painted, distressed and glittered it.  Then, I placed a Crafty Secrets Mini-Vintage Creative Scraps image on the right, and made big shabby flower for the upper left by cutting Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die-cut flowers out of Vintage Dictionary Pages from The Kraft Outlet and inking them with Tim Holtz inks.  Other sweet little touches for this project include Prima leaves, Papertrey Ink jute, scrunched seam binding, Recollections flowers, pearl stickers, and rows of pearls, a Maya Road green leaf stick pin and a pink craft pin, two Tiny Clothes Pins and a painted and glittered Silver Bottle Cap for the flower's center.  The lacey border on the righ-hand side of this porject was made by cutting more of the darling  Vintage Dictionary Pages with the Dutch Scallop Square  Cheery Lynn Designs die-cut.  I used only one half of the square to border the right side of the card.  Also, I think I painted, glittered, and inked just about every square inch of this project.  I LOVE me some glitter!

This is just one of those projects that looks SO much prettier in real life.  Well that........and the fact that I really need to learn how to take better photographs.  My photos really are quite awful, and don't do my projects justice.  I am in awe of some of the photos people are able to capture of their art.  That's a goal for me this year - learn to take better pictures.  I'm really gonna work on that!

Here are the challenges I'm entering with this card.  I love sharing my art in challenges as I'm always hopeful that they will be a blessing to someone, or that I may meet someone new through the experience, and.....of course, winning an occasional prize is always a special  (and much-appreciated) treat.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - This week, Simon Says:  "Something New" - I used a new die-cut I got for Christmas, and a brand new bottle of ultra-fine glitter.

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Challenge Blog - January Challenge - I used a
Crafty Secrets Mini Vintage Creative Scraps for my focal image - SO soft, sweet and pretty!  I just LOVE their sweet products!

Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog - Something New - I'm using a new die-cut and a new bottle of glitter

The Pink Elephant Challenge Blog - Challenge #181 - Celebrate - What am I celebrating?  This card is being sent to my friend, Mary, who has (so far) had her new kidney (after transplant) for about two months now.  A new lease on life - now that's something to celebrate!

Frosted Designs Challenge Blog - Fabulous Friday - Recipe Challenge - Out of the list, I decided to use Misting (Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist), Punches (flower punch), Stamping (sentiment), Stickers (Crafty Secrets image).  I've been a long-time fan of Patsy Lewis (this week's sponsor), and would LOVE to win some of the delicious trim!

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog - Challenge #63 - My New Toys/Add Ribbon - I am a HUGE fan of Really Reasonable Ribbon, and their current challenge calls for using a "new toy" which is my new Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die-cut, and of course - the use of ribbon.  I used scrunched seam binding and jute.

Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog - Challenge #144 Vintage/Shabby Chic - One of my favorite styles of all time!

It's All About The Vintage Challenge Blog - Lace Dream - I love all things vintage, lacy and sweet.

I hope you have a wonderful day, and I thank you for stopping by to say hello.


Blessings,
Karen

30 comments:

  1. This is such a cool technique and challenge. Your card looks wonderful, love the shabby chic style. One of my goals is the better photos and to learn more techniques! God bless!!

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  2. This looks gorgeous in your photo so I can only say it must be BEAUTIFUL in 'real life' ! Your attention to detail is fabulous .

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  3. hi karne :) hope your holidays were fantastic :) i so love this! isnt painted corrugated cardboard the best! i love to paint it and frou frou it up.its neat how we can turn "trash"into something. anyway, this is just beautiful and i love the vintage image you chose. have a super fine day :)

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  4. oopsie i didnt spell check my post so sorry! *karen*not karne ;)

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  5. Karen this is gorgeous. So love all the textures.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  6. Fantastic I love it...super little keepsake and I bet you're very pleased with your new die cuts!! Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts, "Some thing new with pink" challenge!!
    Happy New Year!!
    ((Lyn))DT

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  7. Wow, what a fabulous creation Karen, really love your use of corrugated cardboard, it's superb! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, take care, Ira xox
    irascreacorner.blogspot.nl

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  8. I love the mountains of texture you've incorporated onto this, very cool! Thank you for joining in with the challenge over at Quirky Crafts.
    From Daire - on behalf of the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog DT.

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  9. This is gorgeous, Karen!! I can't imagine it being better IRL! Your embellishing is always wonderful!!

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  10. This is a very sweet card! I love the printed blossom, and just have to laugh at the way we will distress something and then add glitter...something that my hubby definitely doesn't understand. Please consider sharing your discoveries as you work on your goal of improved photography. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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  11. What a gorgeous creation, Karen. All of the layers are amazing and the color palette is just yummy with the perfect pop of pink. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us at Frosted Designs - hope you'll play along again!

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  12. This is just beautiful! I really love the way you used the dictionary page in the background! Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs.

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  13. gorgeous card!!!! I always love corrugated board and you hit my soft spot!!! love the whole thing!!!! thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs.

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  14. Wow, this is absolutely stunning!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  15. This project is absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for the inspiration and joining us over at Frosted Designs so I can see your lovely work...I am going to actually use your project as inspiration for something I am doing right now.

    I'll definitely link back to you to show where I got my inspiration!

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  16. This is so lovely - a really nice design. Happy New Year and thank you or joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge. Hugs, Dawny x

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  17. Oh how I love this. I will never look at corrugated cardboard in the same way! I have a lovely box just ready to cut up and transform. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Oh your card is so fabulous.
    Thanks for joining us at CYP.
    xxx Michelle

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  19. Oh my, I've taken a bit of time off and you've just been putting out some of the sweetest creations! Your style just makes me smile! Blessings to you!

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  20. Beautiful card. Love the corrugated cardboard background and how you have framed your image.

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  21. This is stunning Karen!! Absolutely gorgeous!! A piece of art!!

    Thank you very much for joining us for the Crafty Secrets January Linky Party! Good Luck! :)

    hugs...
    Melissa
    Crafty Secrets DT

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  22. Oh Karen... how cool ... great technique! Thanks for playing along with us!

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  23. Beautiful creation, love the focal point.

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  24. How deliciously shabby chic!! Great card Karen. So glad you could play along with us over at the Crafty Secrets Linky Party!
    Rebekah
    Crafty Secrets DT

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  25. Fabulous card Karen, it's really pretty! Thanks for sharing and posting it in our January Linky Party

    Sandy Redburn

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  26. Beautiful creation...your friend will love it!! Thanks so much for playing along with The Pink Elephant!!

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  27. Hello Karen, i know what you mean about photographing your work. I struggle too...but I can tell from your photo that this is a beauty. Looks so tactile. Thank you for playing along with us at It's all about the Vintage "Lace Dream" Challenge. Wishes, Suzanne

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  28. Those papers with text really give this card a special look. Thanks for entering our challenge at It's all about the vintage and beauty!

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  29. Karen, I have been waiting to hear from you to collect your prize!

    Cazzy x - on behalf of the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog DT.

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