Monday, January 10, 2011

City Crafter Challenge Blog Guest Designer

     A while back my friend Kirsty Vittetoe asked if I would have time to do a Guest Designer project for City Crafter Challenge blog.  I don't guess I have to tell you what my answer was.  I was thrilled!  I've been playing the challenges there since the beginning of my card making adventures online.  Kirsty and the DT girls have been such an encouragement to me.  Thanks Kirsty, Linda, Ros, and Cheryl!
     For my card I got to use Ros's sketch for this week's challenge.  I had the card all laid out one night and the next day it was almost completely reworked before I sent it off to Kirsty.  LOL
     I knew I wanted to do something vintage and girly and thought about a CD-ROM/book of beautiful floral images that I had bought at Barnes and Nobles several months ago.  I've used the "rose of love".  It's printed out on cardstock and the edges are inked.  I've used pale pink,soft pink, and a shimmery white Bazzill cardstock.  I dyed some seam binding using Caramel Apple Glimmer Mist and made a bow and some ruching.  The stitching was done by hand.  I have a DT team mate who is an expert at doing decorative stitching like this on most of her cards.  I've been wanting to try it so I thought I'd use it as a little extra accent.  I think it goes along with the vintage look pretty well.
     I hope you like the card.  I really enjoyed making it.  Thanks again to Kirsty and the girls for honoring me with this week's Guest Designer spot.  I know they'd love to see what YOU can do with this week's sketch.
Happy Tuesday!


Papers: Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Image: Dover Publications CD "Redouté Flowers and Fruits"
Inks+: Vintage Photo Distress ink, Caramel Apple Glimmer Mist
Tools: Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch around the page set
Miscellaneous: Hug Snug seam binding; Prima flower; charm, chain, pearl head pins and beads from my stash; Kaisercraft pearls; Recollections pearls; DMC Ecru perle cotton


  1. Hallo Tracy,
    it's a very beautiful card.
    My compliments!
    I love the stitchwork.
    Many greetings and al the best for 2011,
    hennie from

  2. I swear you should be teaching classes and if you are, then g/f sign me up! Your layouts are ALWAYS perfect!! I just love the vintage look of this one and did you gather that ribbon yourself?? Brilliant!!

  3. And again congrats to you Tracy on your GD spot! Love your take on the sketch, those vintagey rose images are the best! And your ribbon! So yummie! Hugs, Ira

  4. Oh so beautiful! There's nothing like hand-stitching, is there? Gorgeous! Congratulations to you on being the Guest Designer! :o)

  5. It's just beautiful Tracy, you always do such an amazing job!!

  6. This looks fabulous.. so pretty my friend. It was so nice of you to be our GD this week. I always love seeing your creations..

    Hugs, Linda

  7. Wow, Tracy! This is gorgeous! I'm scrapping my jaw up off the floor right now. Love, love the elegant vintage look here. And that stitching! Oh my word that stitching is out of this world!

  8. congrats on your guest designer spot, tracy! love your card, it's super pretty. love the colors, the pretty image, the scrunched trim and seam binding on the side with pretty charm. thanks for sharing and have a great day! *hugs* steph :)

  9. This is beautiful Tracy. The vintage floral image and stitching looks wonderful. :)

  10. Such beautiful vintage creation, I love that rose image of yours, and look at all those stitching, wow... Thanks for such beautiful card made for City Crafter Tracy, we are so honored to have you as our guest!!!!

  11. Very elegant and vintage. So pretty. Love the roses!

  12. Classic and very pretty. That stitching must have taken you AGES!

  13. Your card is so beautiful ... thank you ever so much for being GD for my challenge this week at CCCB

  14. This card is so very lovely! :)

  15. Congrats Tracy!! This card is very beautiful! I'm speechless....

  16. OMG! This is beautiful! The image with the ribbon is wonderful, but the hand stitching is perfect!


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