Monday, July 20, 2009

it never rains, but it pours!

hooray, it's july 20th and you know what that means: time for a new CAARDVARKS challenge!!! this time it's a baby/bridal shower theme and we are sponsored by creative cuts and more who are offering a rather nice prize package to the lucky winner!

they also provided the design team with loads of fab goodies and so of course the team went mad making invitations, favors, cards, gifts and place short, everything one would need to pamper a bride-to-be or expectant mum on her special day! go check out the flickr gallery!!!

since lhj & i were just leaving for vacation when this challenge was announced, and i knew i'd have a bit of catching up to do when we got home, i--sadly but practically--opted out of the product gallery, but i have made a slightly funky, vaguely vintagey bridal shower card for the occasion. wanna see?

(vintage: bride image from an old music book & lace from my mom's sewing stash; patterned paper: basic grey; cardstock: core'dinations; dimensional stickers: brenda walton; stick-on pearls: michaels; font: susie's hand; other: colorbox inks, stickles; adhesives: tombow mono adhesive runner, 3m foam tape, scotch doublestick tape)

the text going around the central design of the card says, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" and i used that tradition to guide my product choices, as well. i have the vintage bride image (OLD), some k&co glittery dimensional stickers (NEW) (, a length of of gorgeous scalloppy lace i "liberated" from my mother's sewing room (BORROWED) (kinda!) and a piece of basic grey "lily kate" patterned paper (BLUE)!

since blogger sets the image sizes based on having vaguely square photos, it's hard to see detail on this long and narrow card (it's roughly 5 x 10" odd size, i know...but it was built around the image & i just *hated* the idea of cropping that pretty--if oddly proportioned--oval!) so here is a detail shot which shows how the whole oval panel is raised on a layer of foam tape to better feature the texture of the lace, and the little sticky-back pearls i added at the very end:

the challenge runs until midnight, august 3rd. visit the CAARDVARKS site for all the details, and to see the amazing range of projects created by my lovely team-mates!!!


  1. Woohooo....I can be the first to tell you that this card ROCKS!!! I love the vintage image and the sweet softness of the card as a whole. It's really beautiful Lauren! ♥♥♥

  2. wowza sista...gorgeous all the details that you are sooooo good at doing!!!

  3. You are so imaginative. Love it. You getting all the detail there is fabulous. Very lovely card.

  4. Simply stunning Lauren!! I SO love those vintage images and the totally fabulous lace trim and pearls you added!

    (-: Heid

  5. I really love word borders! They're so neat and tidy and pretty.

  6. Wow! What a cool card! I love how you used the vintage image with the lace! Did you hand write around the card? Looks fabulous! I have to say, I chuckled a bit when I took a closer look at the terrain that the bride is on, kinda looks like Mars! It's so funny how the art was back then. Love the DP too!


  7. SEE?!! This is yet another example as to why you are my hero. What is better than a unique hand made card? You are so friggin' talented. I love this card!!!!


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