July 1, 2015

House of Cards July Challenge: Food and/or Inspiration Photo

Greetings my friends!

I have some exciting news to share!  I applied to be on the House of Cards design team again, and was lucky enough to be chosen to return.  I'm super excited!  I am hoping this will help me use up some of the crafty stuff I've been hoarding.  Lord knows I've got a TON of stuff. lol

This month there is an inspiration photo for you.  You can choose to use any kind of food items and/or the colors from the photo.  Here is your inspiration for July.

I love these bright, cheerful colors, and that fruit looks amazing too!  Makes me want to go make fruit salad right now. lol  Here is the card I created.

I was inspired by the colors this week, and I chose to keep it clean and simple.  I watercolored my main focal panel with my distress inks, and added some darker splatters with my Gelatos.  I then cut the butterfly out of vellum, and embossed the tips of the wings with some holographic embossing powder.  Here is a close up of the butterfly, so you can see it better.  I love how it turned out.  It's lovely!

I added the butterfly, some enamel dots, and the sentiment, and called it done.  In real life, the colors are a bit more vibrant.  I really think these butterfly dies are some of my new favorite items.  I will definitely put them to good use.  I'm going to submit this card for the following challenges too.

Freshly Made Sketches #192: Sketch (challenge is closed, but I liked the sketch)
Friday Mashup #215: It's All About 3 (I have three enamel dots)
Can You Case It #76:  Color Challenge (I got as close as I could to Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder & Delightful Dijon)
The Pink Elephant #305: Anything Goes
CASology Week 153:  Pop (I kept everything soft, with a pop of bold color)

The other designers have created some amazing cards for you today.  I hope you are able to check them out, and are inspired to join us this month.  You have until July 31st to play along, and I cannot wait to see what you create.  That's all for me today.  I'm off to work, and then another afternoon of softball.

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper:  SU! Very Vanilla Cardstock, SU! Watercolor Paper, Neenah Red Textured Cardstock, Vellum
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Graceful Beauties, MFT Garden Flourish Background
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Simon Says Stamp Fog Dye Ink, VersaMark, Mango Mango & Metallic Melon Gelatos, Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw & Cracked Pistachio
Accessories:  MFT Flutter of Butterflies Lace Dies, Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles Dies, Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots


Bananastamper said...

So pretty! Love the watercolouring. Congrats on your new DT assignment!
Shanna :)

Monika Reeck said...

I love your soft color on the background and lovely soft butterfly too
and I adore the pop of the red on your crd
really lovely DT Debut card
congrats on being HOC DT member, welcome to the team
and hope to see you on my post too
hugs from teammie

Karen Petitt said...

I love your soft blended panel - that takes a lot of skill! Gorgeous card, perfectly fits the theme too. I’m really looking forward to working with you and seeing more of your beautiful projects Karen (new HOC DT)

heather said...

Beautiful, delicate card; I especially like the embossed wing tips of the butterfly. Congrats on being chosen as a design team member at HOC from another newbie :)

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Steph! Welcome to the HOC DT! I love your beautiful watercolor wash background on the card. Great CAS card! Have a great day!
Donna N
HOC Teamie

foleysfriend said...

Beautiful interpretation of the inspiration colours.

Merethe Arstein said...

Nice card
(✿*‿*) Ma
Teamie HOC

Toni said...

Like sherbet--love it!

HOC DT Teamie

Donna said...

Beautiful card Shawna, like your water coloring and that butterfly! Welcome back! Donna T. HOC DT teammate

Mynn Kitchen said...

This is just stunning, Steph! I LOVE the gorgeous colors, fabulous texture, and CAS feel! That vellum butterfly was the perfect touch, too! A wonderful debut!!! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Michele Henderson said...

Steph, I love this pretty blend of colors on your card! It's seamless! Very pretty card with great color!
Take Care,
Michele, HOC teamie

Eva Bussom said...

Steph, loved your card and the butterfly is gorg! Thanks for joining us at CYCI :) eva

Billie said...

Especially love your background...TFS!

Emily Dee said...

What a pretty card, I love your background and the butterfly turned out so pretty! Welcome to the team! Nice to see a fellow Iowan here!

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty effect with that subtle gelato background and pop of colour on your dainty butterfly! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week, and congratulations on your new DT position with House of Cards!

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty effect with that subtle gelato background and pop of colour on your dainty butterfly! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week, and congratulations on your new DT position with House of Cards!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Wow, Steph, I love it! Thanks for your welcome and sweet comment. I look forward to working with and getting to know you too.

HOC teamie

Heidi Baks said...

Very pretty watercolor card. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup.

Cynthia said...

such a pretty card. Love the subtle colors and the vellum butterfly. Thanks for playing along this week with us at The Friday Mashup!

Tammy said...

Stunning card Steph! I love the fabulous background you created and the gorgeous butterfly! Welcome to the team!
Hugs, Tammy

Barbara Rankin said...

Beautiful card, Steph. I love how you matched the colors so wonderfully. Glad to have you on the team! Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

Jinny Newlin said...

What a beautiful transition of soft, subtle color! Yum! And I just love that gorgeous, vellum butterfly!

Dotty Jo x said...

I love how you used the pretty colours for your sweet card, Jo x (HOC Newbie)

sue t. said...

What a peaceful and soothing CAS card. Lovely.

Katy said...

Very pretty! I love how you did the background! And that butterfly is perfect! :) Hugs! Katy HOC DT

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Such a pretty background and that vellum butterfly is wonderful! Hugs, Cornelia

Lilian YF said...

What a pretty card! Love the watercolor panel!
Welcome to the team!
The Leaf Studio