Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bountiful Bonnet o' Butterflies & Beauty....

If I were ever to pick a day to be speechless, today would be it! But alas, my vocal cords are still in tact and so I must prattle on about the 'splendiferous' news I received from another riveting challenge blog, Our Creative Corner.  Awhile back I was so honored to have won a challenge there and as a prize, I was gifted the opportunity to join in this weeks challenge as a GDT with the ever talented ladies who DT over there!  Here is my card I designed for their latest challenge...
In Your Easter Bonnet
 Here are the details for the challenge that is being hosted by Marcy Kaminski:
 Design a card/project that is inspired by a frilly Easter bonnet. 
Use elements that you would put onto your own bonnet, such as lace, flowers, pearls, etc.
 After much research and great guidance from another inspiring blog buddy, I decided to stick to my usual and go over the top.  After all, bonnets are a sign of flair and uniqueness and if I had the opportunity to sport one for the day, it would not go unnoticed! So sky high I went.
I decided it should be on an easel card base.  The dp that I used for the base is actually a sewing pattern for bonnets and can be found free here.  I've painted over it with antique green and blue acrylic paints.  The top section of the easel card is covered in, yet again, free paper from Far Far Hill that can be found here and comes in a down loadable pack that contains these...
I decided to create a brim off the top of the easel card, creating a bonnet affect and built out and up from there.  By placing this vintage woman's silhouette on the underside of the brim, making her the focal point, I then designed the bonnet's accoutrement from there. 
This is a compilation of glossy accented ribbon that has been twisted around a pencil, Tim Holtz tags and bird cage, a section of a view master reel, a vintage library card, silk flowers and butterflies.  I love vintage and reading and butterflies and birds and flowers, so it's a true representation of me all stuck on her head.  A closer look shows where I added mesh directly over the top of her forehead to symbolize a veil. 

The letters spelling 'Beauty' were a chipboard collection I've had for ages and thought it would complete the look. Plus, it had a blank space and my obsessive compulsive disorder wouldn't allow for that, so there you have it!  The little straw bonnet has been around for years and I never knew what to do with it, but it came in very useful as the 'kickstand' for this easel card.

I sure hope this was inspiring and you really must go see what the tremendously creative ladies at Our Creative Corner have done for this challenge as well.
I'm so glad you stopped in today for a visit. :)
Hope this finds you all happy and well and ready to craft for their challenge of

Hugs and Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx


Dr Sonia S V said...

Super stylish and elegant Lisa-I love the bird cage and the colors

Tracy said...

Now I'm impressed Twang. Not only did you get all that on there and it stays upright, but you used a hundred dollar word--accoutrement!! :-) Been reading them thar vintage books pages you been using?? teehar So glad you made this a true "Lisa" project. It's fantastic!! Hugs and Happy Easter!! Hope that bunny only leaves you candy. ;-)

Margaret said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! My first thought was 'now this is a hat that Dolly Levi(Hello,Dolly) would wear! Over-the-top, stylish, and whimsical...and perfect for you!Quite the masterpiece and congrats on the GDT! Hope you have a wonderful, black egg free, Easter!

Mary J said...

That is MAGNIFICENT Lisa! wow, your attention to detail is breathtaking!

Happy Easter honey!

Sandy said...

What in the world am I supposed to say except that you are uniquely you and an outstanding artist. You are so creative Lisa and if you know me at all, you will know I do not blow smoke. You bonnet is whimsical and over the top and your lady has one strong neck to hold this beauty up. For some odd reason, I have never had the desire to wear a birdcage on my head! I would say that these people that you are the guest DT for are honored to have you and they should be speechless!!! You always amaze me Lisa with your talent and your sense of the ridiculous!!!

Lisa Jane said...

oh Yes Lisa ... i can just image you donning this fabulous creation on your hat and carrying it off in style .. its fabulous!
A very Happy Easter to you and yours
Lisa x

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Q
You epitomise EXTRAORDINARY my friend, one could never use the word understated in your creations, that is why you are incomparable to any other card-maker; extremely individualistic..... gosh I wish I had just a soup├žon of what is whirling around in your head!
This little master piece you have presented us with today for Our Creative Corner GD is captivating along with charming,fascinating,riveting and spellbinding, not to mention Challenging. You have raised the bar to a formidable level...... literally!
We are the lucky recipients to have you as our guest this week Q, so THANK YOU for delighting us with your atypical work, we would not have wanted to see anything less, it is just wonderfully Quirky.

Sandy said...

All I can say is WOW!! How you put all those elements together to make something so fabulous is something I only dream of doing. What a great Easter Bonnet.

Unknown said...

What a bonnet!!! I adore this creation and all of the details that went into the making of it. Congrats on the GDT win and how very deserving.
My hat is off to you my friend. ;)Have a very Happy Easter!
Big Hugs,

Chrissy said...

For gosh sakes...I was typing you a book and the stupid pc went off...lost it all, and have to start where was I ....I have been trying to leave a commment or at least get to the bottom of the comment section for half an pc is jumping around and staggering like it has been on turps for a week...I love your Easter bonnet card, wow, you have loaded it up, very impressive,gorgeous design, love all the details, fabulous...and love the peacock feather, beautiful brother just gave some real ones and I sprayed them with hairspray, now they beautifully decorate my bench as I left them to a whippet...Happy Easter my friend..having trouble with MIM commenting too...I'm so slack...


Karen T said...

Hi Lisa,
What an amazing Easter Bonnet- I love that you've included the view master reel!
have a great weekend.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, phenomenal Lisa!!! Totally well thought out and cohesive piece of art. Love all the intricate details - a super work of craftsmanship and did I say gorgeous? A truly delightful spring-filled project.

You certainly did us proud as a guest designer for OCC this week. We are so fortunate to have had you as our guest. Hope you will continue to be a regular player.

Wising you and your family a blessed Easter.


Tui Nathan said...

Wow .... this is one stunning creative masterpiece ... I love everything about it ... your detailing is spectacular, your accents and embellishments incredible ... and the result is simply STUNNING!!!
What an absolute pleasure and honour to have you join us this week as Guest Designer this week at Our Creative Corner!!!

Meihsia Liu said...

This is really amazingly beautiful creation. Love all the details on it. Thank you so much for being the guest designer and sharing this fabulous card with us at OCC.

Anne Marie Hile said...

Lisa, this is jaw-droppingly STUNNING! I just can't stop staring at all of the fabuous details you have added. I keep going back to look at them over and over again. All I can say is WOW! So glad you joined us as a Guest Designer at Our Creative Corner this week! Hugs! :)