Monday, January 19, 2015

What a Great Friend...

Happy Monday, everyone! Today's card is just a bit of a different style for me. I have a crafty friend who's a whiz at a style called "freestyle collage."  She's able to take bits and pieces of seemingly unrelated papers and embellishments, and transform them in a wonderful, eclectic way so they all fall into place to form a fun, "pulled together" piece.

I'm not able to pull that style off as well as she does, but every now and then I like to give it a try - especially when I find some patterned papers that lend themselves to it so well that I have no excuse but to make it work...or at least make the attempt. LOL

All those small pieces behind the sentiment block piece were from another patterned paper piece in the same collection as the paper piece with the flowers and bird  (so I guess I kind of "cheated" a bit while collecting the ephemera to use on the card...heehee), and tucked behind the sentiment, they add a nice bit of dimension and "shabby" feel to the card. 

That upper right corner looked a little empty to me, so I pulled out a stencil and some modeling paste and added some small textural dots up there - I guess I added a little "mixed media" into my version of "freestyle," too!

Here are a few closeups of the bows and flowers...

Patterned papers:   Kaisercraft "Telegraph Road" collection (6x6)
Sentiment stamp:   My Favorite Things "Forget Me Not"
Stencil:   Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz "Dot Fade"            Die:   Spellbinders "Foliage Two"
Pearls:   Recollections            Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Lace:
Miscellaneous:   Golden modeling paste,  white twine,  cheesecloth,   Hug Snug seam binding

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


  1. Stunning Kathy! I love the red and pink summery palette and the many wonderful layers of shabby beauty!! What an amazing style you have, love it! hugs :)

  2. What a wonderful und bright piece of art!
    Hugs Elfi

  3. Gorgeous!! You pulled all of the pieces together beautifully!

  4. Gorgeous card, beautiful flowers and details x

  5. HI Kathy! Well it seems to me that you did this style just GORGEOUSLY!!!!!! Yes, you totally pulled this off .. and I LOVE it!!! All those layers, those beautiful colors .. this is STUNNING Kathy!!!

    Hope you're all doing well and having a lovely week so far my dear!

    Big Hugs,

  6. Beautiful card! I love the pearls and thought you did a great job on the free style.

  7. I love this style! LOoks amazing to me!!

  8. It's been way too long since I visited your blog, Kathy! Oh my goodness, your card is FABULOUS! I love this style and you've pulled it off like a pro. It's soooooo pretty!! I have such a difficult time working in bright accents/colors. You work magic with everything you touch!


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