Monday, October 15, 2012

TSTR-Rustic Elegance

Oh how I love challenges like this week's at The Shabby Tea Room...we were asked to use the inspiration photo, and include something rustic, and something elegant.  Just take a peek at all the wonderfully contrasting textures in this photo Rebecca chose for our inspiration...

For me, this signalled a call to bring out all kinds of fun embellishments, place them out on the table in front of me, and, like a kid in a candy store, go to town!  That's pretty much exactly what I did, and here's the card that's a result of that fun...

The rustic: the rusted heart, shabbied up with a touch of paint around the edges, and a small dusting of clear coarse glitter (that didn't photograph well at all); the burlap pennants peeking out under the crocheted flower; the corrugated, painted, and glittered butterfly; and the tea-dyed cheesecloth beneath the floral cluster.

The elegant: the large rhinestone brad in the center of the pink felt flower; the pearl and crystal clusters; the two clear pendants hanging from the flowers; the gathered lace at the top of the manila tag.

This has become my most recent "favorite" creation...LOL.  And once again, I have just the person in mind for this fun and eclectic card.

Patterned papers: Collage Press/Pink Paislee London Market Collection
Dies: My Favorite Things Royal Leaves and Mini Rolled Roses     
Punches: Martha Stewart Medium Branch, Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment
Rusted heart, white burlap, corrugated butterfly:      Tag: American Tag Co.
Pearls & clear crystals: Recollections      Hug Snug seam binding
Miscellaneous: hand crocheted flower, crystal brad, cheesecloth, crystal drops, clear coarse glitter

Thanks for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!


  1. Your desiner progect is the best !!!I love the flower and the pattern squares !!! Amazing !!!

  2. Wow, lucky person to get this card, it is stunning!! really beautiful!!

  3. Just gorgeous, Kathy. Love the textures; all your elements are beautiful.
    xo Anni

  4. Beautiful Kathy!! Love that rustic heart in all the feminine sweetness! The corrugated butterfly is perfect and the touch of cheesecloth and crystal is gorgeous!! So glad you joined us at TSTR!!! Hugs, Rebecca

  5. A beautiful mix of very pretty embellishments Kathy! Love all the texture and dimension.....another work of art that I just love!

  6. Wow...this is utterly gorgeous!! I just love it!!

  7. Oh, how beautiful Kathy. Love the pretty panels in the background and the different textures you used... the crocheted flower, the corrugated butterfly, the cheese cloth... just a perfect arrangement of pretties!

  8. So many textures and details onthis one. Fantastic!


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