Saturday, May 28, 2011

Get Crazy and Friendly in the Challenges

The challenge for Speedy's Friends this week is to use ivory, lace, and pearls.  Gosh, I had fun with this one....however when I was 'done' I realized I had eliminated the lace.  So....what to do?????  Well, I had this fabulous lace with pearls in it that was 'yelling to me' and I decided to use the lace around the upper rose.....AND I LOVE the effect.......always wonderful when 'mistakes' become 'miracles'!!!!

The sentiment I used is from Mark's Finest Papers.  The roses are Primas, the pearl flourishes are by Zia, and then I also used a couple Spellbinders dies and some paper piercing.

I apologize for the dull photo, but I am having some photography issues., especially with certain colors, and ivory happens to be one that I just can't get sharp.  New lamps may be in my future.

Now.....be sure to go check out what I expect to be an elegant gallery at the Speedy's Friends Blog post.

This is my last challenge as  Crazy4Challenges hostess for the month of May.  My challenge had to do with the time of the year.  It is often around now that we start planning vacations or summer activities.  My challenge was to base your card on a favorite vacation spot or activity.  Well....anyone who knows me at all, will know that the ocean is a place of tranquility and fun for me.......from birth to now in my retirement.  Some of my best days were spent on/near a beach, from Misquamicut, RI and Hampton Beach, NH as a youngster to Aruba, Maine, Japan, Myrtle Beach, and others as an adult.  I have pictures of some of my fav spots on the sidebar of this blog.  So......I used this fab ocean view from Innovative Stamp Creations as the focal image, added some palm leaves also from Innovative Stamp Creations and a sentiment by Cat's Life Press. A Prima rose, some rhinestones, and Mother Nature's shells finished it off.  This truly represents my absolute favorite type of Paradise!!!!

When you visit the Crazy4Challenges Blog this week you are sure to see some interesting vacation spots and summer activities represented. 

24 comments:

StampOwl said...

both cards are gorgeous Joanne!!!!!

Silli said...

Wonderful cards Joanne, love the scene, love your coloring!!!! Happy weekend girl!

Joan Ervin said...

Oh my, Joanne...you have created such gorgeousness...WOWIE!!!! Your ivory creation is absolutely STUNNING!!!!! Every little detail is exquisite and you always design the most fabulous seascapes....my heart is all a flutter!!!!!

Helen said...

Both your cards, are great, the ivory card is amazing.

Emily Keaton said...

GORGEOUS, Joanne!! Your fix to the Speedy card is absolutely amazing--looks like you planned it from the start. :)

Barbara said...

Paradise looks very inviting this morning, Joanne! Beautiful!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Joanne- your ivory and lace card is stunning and who ever receives it, is one lucky friend!

Cindy Haffner said...

Girl you are AMAZING!!~

Benzi said...

Joanne, these cards are fabulous...nice fix on your first card...I'm dealing with that on a card I'm working on. Hope mine works out as well as yours.

I, of course, love your ocean scene. I would love to play in both of those challenges. Oh, so little time. Maybe I'll get to it.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Your paradise is amazing, Joanne! I can feel the ocean breeze!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Joanne, my sweet friend, this first card...WOW, I am totally seechless...you have outdone yourself on this one. So beautiful and elegant an those flowers and your use of Spellbinders, pearls....stunning. Your second card...oh so beautifully colored and sure would be a place where I would want to be right about now!!! Have a fabulous long weekend!! Hugs, Sabrina

redwasher1 said...

Beautiful!!! Love all the layers!!

Julia Aston said...

Two wonderful creations Joanne! love all the die cut framings on the first and the ocean scene is SO serene!

Lynda Benden said...

Both cards are just beautiful Joanne! What gorgeous colors and details you have on your MFP card and your beach scene is absolutely stunning!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Holy Moly!! I'm lovin' your first exquisite card Joanne!! LOVE the ivory with the hint of peach...and of course all the diecuts and texture!! And your second scene....*sigh*...you're killing me!! I sooooooooo need a vacation in a tropical place!! Like right now!! Shall I send my jet to pick you up too?

Jessie/knightrone said...

Looks like paradise to ME!! Gorgeous!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

the first one is so beautiful. I wish I was in the second card. Very relaxing. Great cards.

Harriet Skelly said...

Joanne the ivory and lace card is absolutely stunning!
I also love that ISC image - great colors and scenery!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Joanne, you've created such a beauty for our challenge this week! Wow! I love all that Nestie action, especially the bottom frame with the flourishes. I'll miss you being on our challenge team. :(

Shirley said...

The first oneis just so elegant! That added lace is just gorgeous too!

Shirley said...

Okay, now I am really sorry! I got so excited about the first I forgot to comment on your lovely second card!!! I love the scene you did and the leaves you used. The shell and flower are wonderful!!

Winnie and Patty said...

Joanne--your "mistake" turned out beautiful!!! Sure wish I had some of that lace! It's gorgeous and really sets off that beautiful rose. Great job on the challenge! TFS

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Fabulous! Love your beach scene and it looks so tropical w/ the palm leaves framing it.

Marlena M. said...

I love your embellishments and the color of those flowers...perfect! I really like where you added the lace. ;)