Friday, April 5, 2013

a card which qualifies for "the express lane"

thanks to our lovely guest star, lisa hausmann, we're still celebrating all things glittery, sparkly and be-jewelled at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this week! not that some of us (ok, *ME*!!!) need any excuse at all, and in fact, have a more challenging time with an assigment to make cards WITHOUT such embellishments; but sometimes life tosses ya a softball, and you have to make hay and run with it! (ok, yeah, i'm pretty sure that sentence comprises non-matching halves of at least three totally non-pertinent sports metaphors; be generous and just scroll down to the card, ok?! thanks!) so what did i mean by my post title, then? well, despite the high levels of glitz and sparkle, i've only used SIX ITEMS on my card, which i think might be an all-time record of restraint for me!!!

(patterned paper: my mind's eye, studio calico; glittery xmas stickers: papaya art; bling flourish: recollections; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape) 
see what i mean?! cardbase... center panel... 3 glittery stickers... rhinestone flourish... that's it. holy moly, this thing is practically *MINIMALIST*!!!  ok, just who exactly AM i, and what have i done with lauren??!???!???! :) :) :)

in retrospect, i wish i'd've stitched around the white panel before gluing down the other elements. but, since they overhang on all sides, the thought just does not appeal, so it's not happening. other than that i'm pleased with this card, and feel like there is definitely enough interest and texture and glamour in the papaya art stickers alone to carry the rest of the design. also, i owe the "good bones" of the layout to this awesome mojo monday sketch from a couple of weeks ago:

speaking of fun places to link up cards, i'm off next to 52-card-pickup to submit this one, won't you join me? then let's head over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and see the gloriously gorgeous things lisa and stephanie have made, especially to delight us. after you, darlings! ♥♥♥


  1. It's almost like you've been busy? This may be almost minimalist BUT it's got enough glitz & sparkle to satisfy my inner magpie! Love the swirls & the fab glitzy bits on the banners!

  2. absolutely the papaya goodness...I have tins of tags but can't seem to use them...thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Love, love, love this card, Lauren! I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week...

  4. adorable! I wish I had some of your style!

  5. Thanks for the kind comments on my card...yours looks great...sometimes restrained is still gorgeous..and yours is!


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