white-on-white is (imo) one of the hardest design assignments to accomplish. ok, maybe tied with the ever popular "cardstock only" challenge, where pattern is taken away, rather than color. i think it's because in both cases, one is required to strip down to the very barest of essentials--something i always find challenging; and with less detail, fewer colors, etc, one has no distractions to rely on, and the more laser-like the focus on what is actually left. at such times, if you don't have "good bones" you're sunk! so perhaps no one will be shocked that i was just a tiny bit nervous about the first shopping our stash challenge of the new year, which is to make a card using only shades of white: cream, ivory, ecru, eggshell, magnolia, marshmallow, vanilla, chalk, talc, bone, bright white, winter white, etc, are all IN... but everything else must go! even more daunting is the fact that, looking at the other cards in this week's inspiration post, i realized i'm the ONLY one who finds this tough; my fellow SOS design team members have ALL TOTALLY ROCKED IT!!! in fact, you should go over there and SEE; but first, here's what i finally came up with:
(recycled: page from a datebook; patterned paper scraps: pink paislee, basic grey, rhonna farrer, the paper co; floral: prima; rub-ons: fancy pants; other: scraps of lace, ribbon and doily; inks: ranger; adhesives: staples brand glue tape runner, gluedots, sewing machine)
i've semi-CASE-d this card i saw at the shabby tearoom (by michelle bala), and used nothing but scraps for my design, including an off-cut card base, and a re-purposed background paper (from an old datebook, which; has printing on the back!); all the "banners" are from my big box of little strips; even the half-doily was already a half-doily, and the ribbon and lace were leftovers from other projects. the prima flower and the rub-ons are relatively new, but a girl's gotta be allowed a little luxury when she's displayed this level of frugality, right?
so what do you think? are you up for making an all-white card to start off this fabulous new year? why not drop in at SOS and soak up some inspiration before you decide! ♥♥♥