Friday, February 15, 2008

XOXO loooooooovefest: week 3

yes, indeedy, those caardvarks they never sleep! not during february, anyhow, and not when queen kat designs are on hand to sponsor a challenge each friday with fabulous stamps as prizes. (woohoo!) this week's theme is anniversary cards...silly ones, funky ones, cute ones, romantic ones...the DT gallery has a little bit of everything...but there's plenty of room for more, so get going and let's see what YOU make!

in the meantime, here is MY take on the challenge:

(QKD "sparkles" stamped w/colorbox creamy brown chalk ink & embossed w/bridal powder; patterned paper: all my memories, k&co; illustration from a vintage book; cardstock sticker: jenni bowlin; gem stickers: stampendous; butterflies made with an all night media punch and by tracing 2 sizes of heidi swapp ghost butterflies)

i wanted to go a little old fashioned, a little romantic, a little bit elegant, and i think i may just have succeeded in making a card to honor one of the longest and happiest marriages i know: that of lovely husband jef'f's parents who will celebrate 54 years together (FIFTY FOUR!!!) in march. i had not actually planned to go fact i kept trying to bring in a pop of bright color somewhere on this baby...but the vintage sepia-toned illustration just looked so much more important when surrounded by similar colors, so finally i bowed to the idea of a card done in creams and tans and browns. i had to flatten out the butterflies to scan the card, but in this close-up you can see that they're only attached with a line of dry adhesive at their centers, so that their wings can be folded upwards, as if they had just settled here for a moment. (awwwww!)

happy anniversary mom and dad! and happy anniversary caardmaking to the rest of us!


  1. Happy anniversary to your in-laws! 54 years :) Your 3d butterflies are wonderful. I am sure this will be a favorite card for them. Truly an elegant card, down to the wonderful ribbon buckle!

  2. oh thats just so pretty - i hope you'll just hand the card to them so you dont have to flatten those lovely butterflies! and congratulations to lhj's parents - wow :-)

  3. Lauren, the coloring is just perfect, it goes so well with the photo, sometimes muted and refined is better:)
    on a side note: i cut the end of my finger today, same finger as last time:(

  4. "Happy Anniversary" to the in-laws:)
    This is a beautiful card Andrea,Have a great weekend:)x

  5. Oh my word!!!!Your gonna have to change your name I`v just done it again!!!!Soooo Sorry!!!Lauren,I knew it was you on Laurens blog!!!!and still managed to call you Andrea!!!!lol........anyways you know what I mean...sorry again!!!lol....(((hugs)))

    Am I forgiven???
    Please call me what you!!!!

  6. Happy Anniversary to the outlaws! Beautiful card. x

  7. WOW happy anaversery to the outlaws!!!! i LVOE this card its simple BEAUTIFUL!!!

  8. Beautiful card ... love the little touches of blue bling ... glad to hear the pretty pink castles were completed ... hope you find a little fun time this weekend.

  9. Thanks for comment in my blog
    I love this style I want to see if I do sth towards this as well

  10. Wow! lauren It's beautiful! You did a great job, it certainly is romantic and elegant,and I'm just sooooooo loving "vintage" style at the moment!
    seems like we know a few people that have enjoyed a very long marriage!!!
    Nicola xx

  11. Butterflies & butterflies....when I see butterflies now, it instantly reminds me of you!

    Happy Anniversary to your in-laws!

  12. I'm so glad you stayed with the sepia tones, it's quite elegant! I also love the settled butterflies. That's one of my favorite techniques!


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