Friday, June 1, 2012

Felt Like Singing...

Hi blogger buddies, welcome back! 
Here is a card I worked on this morning for a few fantastic challenges happening out in blog land. 
The criteria I had to meet on this was distressing, shabby chic, and use felt.  I mentioned that I made it this morning, but I've had certain elements on my desk for over a week.  The original vision was much different, but then I threw in the "add felt" and you could smell the brakes halting to a squealing stop! 
Elements used on the card are free background paper from Far Far Hill, stitching, distress inks and distress crackle paint, burnt orange and copper embossing powders, die cuts, felt, polka dot, ribbon, brads, prima rose, buttons and stampin' up! alphabet stamps (powder embossed letters on the felt for SING) and twine.

I assumed incorrectly that I had several colors of felt and upon retrieving it, found I only had black.  I had a difficult time convincing myself that shabby chic can incorporate black, but after putting this little doozie together, I think it works.  I'll let the jury decide, but I'm pretty happy with it.
Would like to say thank you so much to Linda at Catered Crop for allowing me the opportunity to guest design for their current challenge of using felt.  No doubt, it lived up to it's name and it was certainly a challenge for me, but I honestly enjoyed the experience!
Secondly, my dear friend Sue is hosting a fantastic challenge at Our Creative Corner and she has picked the fabulous genre of Shabby Chic; which I must confess, she reigns at, and I do hope this card will not be too off the mark for what she's looking for. 

Thank you so much for stopping in and I hope you found some inspiration in this card.
Hugs n' Happy Stamping..
Lisa xx

Other Fabulous Challenges That Inspired This Card:
Through The Craft Room Door - #27 Distressing
Southern Girls Challenge - Dying to Diecut or Punch (I've used Diecuts)

22 comments:

Jeanne J said...

Oooh Lisa! I think the black is fabulous! It adds so much contrast and richness to your design. I think this one is pretty enough to frame - and a good reminder to sing! I love the glitter and that sweet bird! I wouldn't change a single thing! Welcome back!

Chrissy said...

[GASP..] Oh! you do shabby chic just perfect..love the black, gorgeous papers, free you say! mmm...look at the wee bird, how cute is that, love all your elements, fabulous as always.

Luv CHRISSYxx

richardbreaks said...

This is so terrific, Lisa!!!

Sue said...

Drama ++++++++++++, I can count on you to take Shabby-Chic to another level, or should I say planet!
Gorgeous elements all over this creation, it is not true to the genre of what is classic Shabby, but it is soo soo 'Chic' Quirks.
Your half cut bird cage, I mean who does that? the Russian words! There are no muted tones; unless we can count the word Sing -obscure as that may sound to some.
Using a Black palette has created a dramatic effect on this card, it is unique and dynamic but also engaging. Thank you for thinking outside of the square on this one Lisa, I can imagine there will be conflicting responses to how people view this; some will love it some will dislike where you have taken the genre; but this is what Artists do, and I certainly count you as one wonderful talented Artist.
Thank you so very much for entering this card at OCC, it has been an absolute delight to comment on. It will make people think.
Smiles:)
Sue

Linda McClain said...

Holy Cow! What an amazing, amazing project. I'm so honored you're joining us this weekend as our guest designer. This is stunning!

Sandy said...

I think it is very creative and you have done a wonderful job creating this - I have never know just what shabby-chic meant but I think you have just given it a new definition. Wonderful art work Miss Lisa!!
Sandy

happyglitzygirl said...

Delightfully shabby Lisa, well done. I like it.
Blessings Hilde

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Oh I think it is spot on!!! Fabulous job- Tim Gunn would totally say that you "made it work". :)

Shahrul Niza said...

I totally agree. You made it work!!!. Black is mysteriously so fabulous with a touch of blue. LOVE LOVE it.

Lori said...

Oh, yes, the black felt works perfectly! So glad you had it. Wonderful card - love the glittered "sing"!

angelwhispers said...

Wow Lisa this sure does "Rock" just fabulous and love all the detail just perfect! I can't believe you get up at six everyday Lisa I must tell you I have not been sleeping very well with everything but with these new tablets I can't keep a wake I really don't know whats worse!! lol Love Chanelle xxx

Mary J said...

Wow, you are so brilliant at detail Lisa! I love the colourway too!

Patricia St Martin said...

Awesome Lisa. Great work with the use of felt on your card and I like the shabby chic look with all the different elements you added. Wonderful job.
Hugs

Margaret said...

Call it what you will, I think this is fabulous! Love how you incorporated the felt and the embossed letters are wonderful with the whole shabby style.

Tracy said...

This is so fun we get to make a Catered Crop debut together! :-) You did an amazing job on this card Twang. Perfect shabby chic look and the black felt fits right in there. Hope you're having a great weekend. I've tuckered myself out with procrastinated spring cleaning. ;-) Hugs! H

Annie Anya said...

Just love the card and image used...bright and inspiring.♥

Shirley-anne said...

Very interesting and inspiring .You said it was a challenge for you ..and you should be well pleased because this creation is amazing, Lisa .
hugs Shirley-Anne

Maria Matter said...

gorgeous Lisa! love all the pretty elements you've added!

Marie Gamber said...

This is a super cute card girlfriend! Love all the layers of detail. The longer you look at the card.... the more there is to see. It is the gift that just keeps giving :D Gorgeous Lisa and thank you for joining us at THCRD!
Hugs,
Marie XX

Mitra Pratt said...

The black is making me SUPER HAPPY!!!! Love it all! And the spotty brad sneaking in there was like BAM! Super cool card, Lisa!

Darlene Lyons said...

So many beautiful things to look at! I love the shabby look to this card, you have done a beautiful job! Thanks for joining us at TTCRD!

wannabcre8tive said...

I love this. Shabby chick is so my favorite, but I have to work hard to do it. You achieved the look quite well. Thanks for sharing this beauty.