Saturday, April 21, 2012

Vintage roses

     Grrr!  Is anyone else having trouble with blogger?  This is the third prescheduled post I've had that didn't post when it was supposed to.  Oh well, here it is.  :-)
     The Catered Crop is one of my favorite challenges to play.  The last challenge was brads and I was lucky enough to have my "Young Jack Sparrow" card chosen as one of the top picks.  Those picks get to be Guest Chefs and post a inspiration card for the midpoint of the next challenge.  This marks my third Guest Chef spot (YAY!!!) and since Linda's challenges are always fun how could I not want to play along.  :-)  Thanks Linda!!!!!  The new challenge is kraft.  Hmmmm???  Don't see much of that around here do ya?  LOL
     I'm still on the fence about whether I like this card or not.  I'm afraid I got a little carried away with the flowers and they've overpowered the image.  I've used a beautiful vintage image from A Day For Daisies and colored it with Prismas.  My kraft coloring hero and friend, Dorcas, who by the way is a member of the Catered Crop DT, recently did another wonderful coloring tutorial on skin and I'm afraid I have failed the lesson miserably.  Sorry teach.  :-(  I do believe this lady might be a member of the Cullen family.  LOL  Bit on the pale side isn't she.  :-)  I think I need a few more skin tone pencils in my collection.
     I also tried casing an idea from my wonderful friend Geri.  You can take a look at her card here.  I was trying to match her die cut and matching tabs but as you can see I got things a bit backwards.  I needed the negative image for the side panels instead of matching ones.  I didn't want to waste the paper so I left it alone.  Lesson learned for next time.  :-)
     So break out your kraft paper and pop over to the Catered Crop to get in on Linda's fun challenge.
     Thank you to everyone who prayed for hubby and I and sent well wishes.  We are both much better.  We even canceled his orthopedic appointment because his foot got so much better.  Keep those prayers coming that he will recover 100%.  The man spends 99% of his day on his feet and he is not one to sit still.
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craft Your Days Away--metal (brads)
Card Makin Mamas--make it girly
Fairy Fun Fridays--anything with flowers
Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude--anything goes/faces
Fussy and Fancy--punches/dies
Scrapbookaholic by Abby (Dilo En Espanol)--use black
Sweet 'n Sassy--make it old
Craft Us Crazy--Mother's Day and/or flowers
Sassy Studio Designs--flowers and flourishes
Crafts and Me--vintage
Whimsy Inspirations--punches or die cuts
Creative Card Crew--kraft
elke Kaart een Freestje--make your own flowers in a special way or with special materials
Craft Your Passion--die cuts and punches
Lexi's Creations--use your punches and dies
Truly, Madly, Crafty--handmade flowers

     Have a fabulous blessed weekend!

  • Papers:  My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found Two--Sunshine", Recollections
  • Stamp:  A Day For Daisies "Scent of a Vintage Rose"
  • Ink:  Prismacolor pencils and OMS, Vintage Photo Distress ink
  • Tools:  MFT Die-namics Fancy Flourish die, Memory Box Tender Leaves die, Martha Stewart Rose Leaf punch, EK Success Retro Flower punch and Diamond Scallop edge punch, Nestabilities Labels Sixteen
  • Miscellaneous:  Recollections pearls, Spare Parts brads


Carla S. said...

Your card is gorgeous, Tracy! I love the vintage look and unique layout! Fantastic coloring of the beautiful image! The flowers are wonderful - I don't think they overpower the image at all! Glad you and DH are both better!

Renkata said...

wow Tracy this is amazing.
Fantastic colouring.

Nancy said...

Absolutely stunning, my dear! What was it I said about you being too hard on yourself? lol The flowers are gorgeous...along with the swirls and leaves! The image is lovely and beautifully colored! Just stunning from top to bottom! :o)

Lisa Minckler said...

~Dear H~
I can't say enough about the beautiful layout. I don't think for a minute these flowers overtake the image. The fact that you left them brown only adds so much MORE glamour to her. This is stunning work Tracy. :) I LOOOOVE the black leafs too. So perty.
Hugs and here's to further healing in your family!
Thank you SO much for joining us at Craft Us Crazy for our challenge.
Best of luck to you and we hope to see you again next time too!
Lisa xx

heidy said...

Your card is gorgeous Tracy!
Hugs Heidy

Sarah said...

The flowers are awesome! And I love the color scheme, very sophisticated! Hugs

Unknown said...

You're kidding right? First the flower arrangement is gorgeous and does definitely not take the attention off the image, it's a superb addition to your card, second the lady shouldn't have too much colour, it's the twenties, right?? So to sum this all up: it's a roaring tribute to the twenties Tracy!! Hugs, Ira

Catherine said...

This is stunning and I just love all the vintage browns, so pretty...

angelwhispers said...

My word Tracy this is just magic I love your colouring its just so perfect and I can't see whats wrong with the skin tone it looks amazing and super papers and detail just loving it! Chanelle xxx

amanda stokes said...

Hi Tracy,
Wow this is just STUNNING I LOVE IT! :) x

Mau xx said...

This is Gorgeous!! Absolutely stunning, I think the amount of flowers are perfect.
love everything about it.
Hugs Mau xx

Danni said...

Gorgeous card!! Simply stunning!

And I have been having problems all week with blogger not posting my pre-scheduled posts so I'm happy to see it's not just me...maybe they are working on fixing it for us!!

Hazel said...

Beautiful card tracy - love those flowers.

Thanks for popping by and leaving me a comment.

Be back to see you soon.

Toodle pip

Hazel x

Daniele said...

wow what a stunning card, just loving your colouring and the flowers are fabbie.
I'm getting fed up with blogger I had a post that didn't get posted...derrr

Dorcas said...

Well this "teach" says you passed with flying colors! Honestly, GF your coloring is fabulous! And I love this vinategy card!

Geri said...

Oh, my!!! The dark roses/leaves combo is so striking and GORGEOUS!! Oooo, I love it ALL! Sounds like a whole lotta people have had issues with Blogger and scheduled posts this week. Mine were all fine, but lots of TCM designers were frustrated! Other than that...hope you're having a great weekend!!! The card is just beautiful!

Pia S said...

Terrific card! I love every aspect of it. The browns and kraft together with black, papers, image and embellishments - it all just work so well together,

Kelly L said...

Oh my, Tracy! I think your cards is truly lovely. I don't think the flowers overpower the image at all. My eye is drawn to the image and the darker colors in the flower just pull it all together. Fabulous job. I just happened on your blog from another blog ... can't remember where now, but I will BE BACK! :) Love your work, Kelly

♥Jan♥ said...

I must encourage you once again to get this into some magazine somewhere - you are sooo talented, and any magazine would be head over heels to publish this beauty. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it !!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh.. This is gorgeous.. I am speechless my friend.. I have a scheduled post for tomorrow morning. I do hope it works.. fingers crossed...

Mau xx said...

Hi Tracy, thanks for the reminder, I was planning to make a card especially for Mo's never thought of this one ...doh!
hugs xxxxx

Chrissy said...

This is so beautiful Tracy, just gorgeous...

Thanks for joining in with us at ‘Fussy and Fancy’


Tracy said...

I think your card is lovely.
I really like your cluster of flowers.

Tracey said...

I am not on the fence. It's wonderful. Your flowers are stunning and the leaves and swirls set them off beautifully.

angelwhispers said...

Just wanted to pop by again to thank you for you wonderful comments they are always so encouraging and I sooooo appreciate them Tracy Thank You Love Chanelle xxx

KimCreate said...

Beautiful coloring on kraft, looks good to me. Yes, I admire Dorcas work but haven't tried the kraft. I used to always use prismas and now they are neglected!
Your roses are stunning! Those leaves and flourish dies are on my wish list.

Debbie said...

This is just beautiful, love those flowers at the top. And yes,had trouble with blogger, I have to switch browsers when I go into mine, so glad my son download Safari on my computer so that is what I've been using. I can't compose on mine at all. Big GRRRRR


Marlies said...

A gorgeous card Tracy! I love the vintage look and the papers are fab! Lovely image and the flowers are beautiful!! hugs, Marlies

Carol L said...

What a beautifully designed creation! I love the placement of all your gorgeous elements! Thanks for playing along with the SNSDC!

Ann Marie Governale said...

Gorgeous, elegant, artsy and did I say gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous in every way!!xxx Ann Marie

Audrey Pettit said...

Well, I would hate for Dorcas to see my coloring....because if you think this project failed, she would gasp out loud at my attempts. Cullen family, or not, I think your lovely lady is beautifully done. :) And your design is detailed and amazing, as always. That delicate flourish at the top with the flowers is just gorgeous.

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is awesome sweetie. I have loved both your cards I have spotted that you have entered in our Challenge this time. Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew this time and good luck.


Peggy said...

Heel mooi kaartje heb je gemaakt!
Bedankt om mee te doen met de challenge van EKEF.

Peggy Dt-Ekef

CaroleAnn said...

This is just perfect! I love it and I did check out Dorcas tutorial on skin color! I think you did an awesome job - lover the flowers, design - everything about this card! Lots of Hugs

Beverly Montez said...

Your card is just beautiful! I love everything about it and saved it in my files. Thanks for sharing with us at Fairy Fun Fridays.

Jayne A said...

Gorgeous card. i love the vintage feel.


Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Oh my word, Girl! Your card is gorgeous! I actually LOVE the way you used the die cuts side by side. It looks like a continuous line it goes on & on & on. Love it!
Even though you do have a lot of flowers on the top I really don't think they overpower the beautiful image. And I think you've colored her Mrs. Cullen at all. LOL
Beautiful inspiration!
Happy Huggies ~

Julie said...

This is just fab - it looks just lovely and I think those flowers look great!

Thanks for joining us a CYDA for our Use Metal Challenge!

Julie x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Don't be on the's a beauty! Love how you have coordinated the black in the floral arrangement with the black of the image. Fab design. Great colourwork. Lovely! Hugs,Lesley

Renata van Miltenburg said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Renata van Miltenburg said...

Sorry...comment in Dutch :)

To be honest, I'm not that into vintage cards but this one is realy pretty! Love the rosesswirl.

Thanks for joining in
elke Kaart een Feestje!

Warmes regards, Renata

Anneke. said...

Prachtige kaart , met schitterende bloemen.
Bedankt voor het mee doen bij eKeF.
Groetjes Anneke.

Jolanda Cuper said...

Wonderful I like the roses! very nice!
Tanks for joining us at EKEF!
Greetz Jolanda.

Lori aka lorib117 said...

Beautiful card! I love the colors you used. Thanks for joining us for the Sassy Studio Designs Dare to be Sassy Thursday Challenge this week.

Kate said...

Your card is absolutely Stunning. I love everything. The detail is just amazing. Thank you so much for playing with us over at Sassy Studio Designs Dare to Be Sassy Thursday.


Arabella said...

This is so beautiful Tracy! Awesome!


Geertje said...

I love your card!! A great vintage card with lovely roses.
Thanks for joining us at Elke Kaart een Feestje.
Greetz Geertje

sara said...

gorgeous card love the rolled flowers thanks so much for joining us at crafts and me this week
hugs sara x x

Anonymous said...

I am loving the black and brown color combination!! This is an amazing card!

Whimcees said...


This is beautiful - one of my favorite Daisy images. I am working on a project now using it. Wishing you a sunshine day today!


Barbara Diane

Unknown said...

Beautiful vintage card! I love the image and flower clusters! Thank you for playing along at the SNSDC.

Stephanie said...

Wow, this is stunning! Love your rolled flowers. thanks for playing at SNSDC.

shell said...

I love this card its superb :) very well put together and looks amazing. I'm your newest follower :)

Shell x

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful card. I love the vintage image and the flowers are fantastic. Thanks for playing along with this week's SNSDC.

Jo said...

Just gorgeous!Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations this time and good luck!
Jo x

Ros said...

You didn't fail at anything ... this is beyond beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy,

Please could you email me re Fat Pages With Attitude winner challenge 11 xx

Sazzle said...

Congratulations Tracy you've been chosen in our Top 5 from the punches and dies challenge over at Fussy and Fancy. Please pop over to our website to pick up your Top 5 badge for your blog.

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx


Merilee Lane said...

This card is stunning! You said that you failed the skin coloring tutorial; however, since this is a vintage image, you chose your colors wisely. The flowers above do not overpower the image but, rather, frame it and draw the eye downward.

I always follow my instincts--they never lead me down the wrong path. It looks like you followed yours while making this card and it really paid off!

Thanks for sharing,

Ina G said...

Just saw this card over at SCS while browsing. WOW this is so beautiful with so much detail. Simply AWSOME and you are SO TALENTED.