Je Vous Adore

I must apologize for the delay in getting this entry posted. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was apparently upset with the Southwest desert U.S. After having a few days of temperature readings below zero (and incredibly, -21 with the wind chill factored in), the aftermath was nearly as cold as the event. I had three separate broken water lines (…and only two thumbs to plug the holes with, lol). It’s been an icy floody mess around here. But, like all things, this too shall pass.

The good news is that today’s card project is so pretty, it made me forget the bone-chilling cold–for a bit at least. This card is also one of those happy accidents where a combination of not-so-likely Cricut cartridges provided an interesting collision. In the end–and pardon my frankness–this card is beautiful.

I used one of the Spring 2011 seasonal mini-cartridge releases, “Mother’s Day Boquet”, to create a layered flower piece that serves as the focal point of this card. The image I used was the flower on Row 1, Key 5. I cut four layers: 4″, 3.5″, 3″, and 2.5″. I used my Cricut Imagine to do the cutting and one big advantage to doing so is the ability to create custom colors and/or patterns on designs from the regular Cricut cartridge line. Earlier, I had been working on an Imagine project using the Cricut Imagine “Country Carnival” art cartridge. While I was debating what solid color I wanted to print my flower layers with, I had the idea to experiment with pattern using the “Country Carnival” cartridge. One of the patterned paper images I love on this cartridge is a vintage newspaper layout that is dotted with spots of bright color in the form of trailing rose bushes. It provides for vivid pops of color, while keeping with a chic vintage look. Using some white Bazzill cardstock (corduroy textured), I cut my flower layers using the “Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge and the pattern from “Country Carnival”.

I further enhanced the vintage look of the layers by using some Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold. I really love the formulation of these Perfect Pearl mists. I’ve tried other color spritzes, washes and sprays–and usually the results are messy and not aesthetically pleasing. But, I have had tremendous success with the Perfect Pearls. I anchored my floral layers with a giant faceted jeweled brad from Creative Charms. I used a Martha Stewart bone folder to curl my petals to provide dimensionality and visual interest.

The decorative paper for the card mat and the inside of the card is from Graphic 45’s “Le Romantique” collection. The card base and ribbon are from Papertrey Ink in Pine Feather. A little dimension and a strategically placed stick pin provide just the right finishing touches on the front. On the inside, I used a kraft journaling tag from Maya Road to provide an area for personalization.

Overall, I was really jazzed by the modern meets vintage look of the overall card. The bloom looks like it is growing right off the card front–and in these frigid temperatures it is certainly a most welcome sight.


6 thoughts on “Je Vous Adore

  1. Oh, I’m so sorry!!!!! Freezing weather, frozen pipes . . . YUCK!!! I’m so sorry to hear that!!!!! I love this card too. I agree that the vintage meets modern look to it is perfect! It’s beautiful (the glitter mist really added to it too)!!! TFS! šŸ™‚ Warm hugs sent your way!!!

  2. I am so in awe that I am speechless!!! This is just breathtaking!!! Beautiful!!
    Fantastic!! Awesome!!! You never cease to amaze me with your creations!!

  3. Love that big flower. I just saw somewhere that big flowers were huge at CHA this year. Lots of stuff with big flowers on it and to create them. Just my style.
    Sorry to hear about your cold weather woes! I have a cyber friend in Texas who had her pipes freeze and burst, what a mess she has on her hands! Sorry to hear you have the same disaster going on!
    Hang in there, as you said, this too shall pass!

  4. So sorry to hear about your cold and frozen pipes – we have been dealing with ice dams and water dripping in the house in several rooms – Spring can’t come too soon!

    This card is lovely – I am totally into the big flower craze after CHA and you used one of the papers I also love – what a great look! The Creative Charms brad makes a wonderful center and must look great with the perfect pearls mist on the flower (it’s hard to get the mist effect in the photo).

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