Oh my goodness, that's a title and a half, but it sums up my day making this card to meet 5 challenges. I hope you like it. It's sort of different for me...
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is all about A Piece of Paradise and creating a project that depicts where you find your bliss. *WARNING - I'm gonna get sappy* My bliss is when I get to cuddle with my husband. I think it stems from the fact that after years of him being deployed for long periods of time in the military, I finally get to keep him home and hold him and that makes me very happy! So, for fun, I decided to do a play on their challenge title and make the base into puzzle pieces.
Creating the mixed media substrate with Distress Ink Paints, marker, texture paste and stencils, all mostly in pink because another challenge happening over at Mixed Media Monthly is all about Thinking Pink! Each layer from the bottom to the top contains some specific elements of pink so that the theme resonates throughout.
The next layer needed to be flowers. Not just any flowers, but handmade flowers. This wonderful challenge is for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog where the theme is Winter Blooms.
Below you can see how I store my handmade flowers for such an occasion.
Since the flowers were already waiting for me to use, I thought I'd pair them up with some fun little handmade leaves made from Washi tapes and later painted with Distress Paint.
Now, I really needed to pull the Piece of Paradise challenge from Simon Says together with another challenge at Mixed Media Card Challenge where the theme is Love. So here's a fabulous mushy sentiment and a big red heart.
Another close-up of the flower that has been coated in crackle glaze and the Washi taped leaves. The placement of these items also met the criteria of another challenge at Cardabilities where they are showcasing this fabulous 117th sketch!
And here is the final outcome....
My sappy little Pink Paradise of Flowery Love Sketched card to my hubby that says,
'You Complete Me'
Hugs and Happy Crafting to ya'll and thank you so much for your visit.
I cannot believe how you are able to do all that in one project. And your handmade garden of flowers! I die...
The puzzle is genius. The washi leaves, too.
Couldn't get any better.
First of all, I would like to say how happy I am that your hubby is home safe and sound. Please send him my deepest respect for what he does. Now onto this card...FANTASTIC! Puzzle pieces, nothing short of genius! I love love love the entire idea, good enough to steal...ahem...I mean borrow of course! Love the flowers and foliage too! Best wishes to you and your hubby Lisa! :)
WOW LIsa! This IS different for you and it is FAB-U-LOUS! Your flowers and leaves are beautiful. Totally love your use of the puzzle. (Anyone living in Ireland or UK might be interested to know that you can get blank little puzzles like this in Tiger Stores). I hope your hubby loves this too. Nicola x
Well your mojo kicked back in BIG time. There are not enough adjectives in the English language to describe this awesome card. I'm speechless...not an easy feat to accomplish either. ;) I FREAKING LOVE THIS CARD L2!!!
Let's hope winter is over soon for both of us. xx
Wow Lisa this is awesome, the puzzle idea is genius and your flowers are awesome. You're not soppy at all re your Hb; after 36 years of knowing mine he still makes my heart flutter. Good on you hun X
Stunning Lisa..love your flowers and leaves and a fantastic card design.The puzzle pieces and the way you did you and me is brilliant..beautiful work.
How clever! This is a beautiful work of art.
So creative!! Love it - the missing pieces - genius!!! Thank you for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!
So original, I disagree this is so you, as always you think outside the box or in this case the puzzle, I am sure Eric feels the same way as you on the cuddle front.
Fabulous symbolic card.
Well, I can't tell you how excited I am to see your beautiful card and hear the story about your hubby. When I saw the name on the Cardabilities cite and wondered if you were my friend from Stamp TV.. Sorta lost touch with you but I am sooo glad you are still out there and creating you usual out of the box fabulous creations . Just signed up for your blog so I won't miss anything else you do. I am sure this beauty will be featured. Kathy
Just always love your posts! You are a good writer! LOVE the texture and flowers too, and the way you did the tissue tapes!
Do you ever make a fail? Amazingly stunning and such elegance. Gorgeous card!
Lisa-this is gorgeous!!
OMG Lisa you have creativity oozing out of every part of your body. It took an age to just ponder over every little bit of the masterpiece. Simply so beautiful and all those elements you added - my jaw is still on the floor. Such a great post with so many details. Oh how I LOVE THIS PIECE OF ART.
Sappy? NAHHH.. Romantic? YES! So clever to make the background into puzzle pieces you trixie! Love your beautiful flowers and buttons and every little last bit of goodness here! Gorgeous as always Lisa!
Unbelievably beautiful! I'm out of words, your work always seem to have that effect on me... And that's a compliment, lol!
What a fabulous card, love it!
awe girl you can be sappy all you want...this is beautiful, your beautiful and thank your hubby for me...hugs
This is amazing - sappiness and all :-) Love the jigsaw pieced background and how you removed some of the pieces. Your flowers and the way you store them - wonderful. TFS and have a great day.
Gorgeous card, and the story behind it melted my heart!! I am so glad you found my blog! I came over to check out yours and am truly impressed! I am YOUR new follower :) Hugs :)
OK... You really need to give the "tissues handy" instead of 'sappy' warning! Got all teary eyed at the missing pieces... So glad your puzzle is complete now!
On a happier note, this is absolutely beautiful! All of the pinks come together so well and your flowers are gorgeous! I'm also going to need a 'how to' on those washi leaves-LOVE them!
Hope you are taking advantage of the snuggle time to keep warm right now!! Stay safe in this crappy weather!!
Love this entire card! All the pieces fit together so well...ha! ha! So nice to see this level of work. Major thanks...to you for posting this card...and to your hubby for protecting all the rest of us.
Awesome card! Loving all the layers and details. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
Stunning card! Love the puzzle pieces and the flowers are gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra
Hey Lisa, I was so distracted by all the beauty that I forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Winter Blooms' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)
I read this with a big "Ahhh" in my heart - not sappy, it's adorable! Love, love, love the jigsaw design for the "you complete me" thought, and the flowers and leaves are absolutely stunning, LIsa! If you want to really go the whole hog, you could come and play along in the Love challenge at The Artistic Stamper too!!!
What a fabulous card, love it! Thank you for sharing with Cardabilities.
this is one gorgeous card! love it! thanks for playing along with us at MMCC :)
So much to love here. First, the story! Then the puzzle pieces emphasizing the sentiment. And as lovely as those blooms are, I'm smitten with your leaves! Thanks for joining us this month at the MMCC.
Pretty card. Love the puzzle pieces. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge !
So first your own gorgeous paper flower stash is incredibly impressive and secondly I LOVE TO BITS the whole puzzle design to this card Lisa. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x
The puzzle pieces that partially cover the base is a fabulous idea, love those floral details too :) Thank you for sharing with MMCC!
What a beautiful make! I love how you put this together! Really stunning, those flowers are so fabulous! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!
Uau!! Eu amei esse cartão, que idéia mais original! Parabéns. Obrigada por compartilhar com o Cardabilities. Beijos
Beautiful! Love all the layers with flowers. <3 Looks amazing!
Thanks for playing with us at MMCC. Hoping to see you with us again in March!
you are blowing me away right now! this is a PERFECT card for your husband. i love the puzzle piece interpretation and those handmade flowers are fantastic! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
Congratulations on your card being chosen as a highlight at Mixed Media Card Challenge Lisa! I loved this one, so well deserved! hugs :)
You are so stinkin' clever. I would never think to layer the washi and them paint it and the puzzle is just plum genius. Your crafty mojo is rockin' and a rollin' girl!
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So stunning! Congratulations!
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