Friday, April 13, 2012

To Good Times And Synchronicities!





Here is my rather Larry offering to this week's The Play Date Cafe Color Challenge featuring Daffodil, Hydrangea, Kiwi, and Cherry.  For some reason, October Afternoon's Boarding Pass DPs just came screeching to mind when I saw the week's inspiration collage and I knew exactly where I was going to find something perky to use.

While I was in the midst of crafting this card for this challenge, prior to even conceiving the idea to add flowers (actually, at this point, I think I was rather captivated by those bathing beauties pictured, to be honest), my beautiful 17 year old daughter came home with a delightful posy for me.  I adore how wonderfully thoughtful she is as she collects and arranges the wildflowers she plucks (best not to think of from where as we live in the inner city) for me as she makes her way home from school or her other adventures each day.  When she passed them to me, two of the flowers fell out and landed on my craft space next to the die cut October Afternoon layer and the Tim Holtz embossed base of Spring Moss cardstock I had crafted thus far.  Talk about a light bulb moment, because the delicately dropped flowers were the sweetest daisies and they looked as if they totally belonged as part of this papercraftng picture all along and I just hadn't known it.  Don't you just love life's little synchronicites?  I sure do.  So off I went on a mission to craft some daisies for my card.  So cool.  Wouldn't you know it, I fossicked out my My Favorite Things Rolled Daisy die and off I cranked.  The centre of the daisies were just some random clear rhinestones I colored up with a Tria marker and glued down.  Nice.  You have no idea how chuffed I was to achieve a rather daisy-esque looking pair of blooms.  You might have to squint a bit though but hey,  I reckon they'll pass.  Needless to say, this card just pretty much took off from there and quasi-artishly mirrors the vision I saw before me.  I couldn't think of a better sentiment to use than the "Good Times" from Papertrey Ink's Road Trip set.   The sentiment mat is just one of the many fabulous labels from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

So there you have it folks.  Thank you for allowing me to share with you just another of my many musings in papercrafting.  To good times (daisies) and synchronicities!  


Edited to add:  Although I am not a stranger to Simon Says Stamp (love that place), I have only just found their challenge blog dedicated to all things Vintage: Simon Says Stamp And Show.  Am I as happy as a pig in poop or what?!  So I have linked this card there too.  

20 comments:

Tracey McNeely said...

Jen you could not have picked a better patterned paper for this challenge. I really love that your 17 year old daughter brought you an inspirational flower. Beautiful card.

Jen said...

oh, how fun!! i love it!! those flowers are great!! I love it all!

Gayatri said...

Hi Jen, Woozers!! what a wonderful card! I love that October Afternoon paper and that background is just fab.
That flower cluster with the leaves is so pretty! Great take on the challenge. I envy your vintage style. You have an art to create vintage style card, Jen! Love it ")

carol (krillsister) said...

Awesome! Love the embossed background. those flowers are perfect.
You have a cherub of a daughter. I don't know many 17 yr olds who would present such a wonderful offering to their mom! A great inspiration indeed.
Love your choice of words in your post!

Marybeth said...

What a sweet daughter! What a nice way to have an idea come to life! Love this bright patterned paper you chose for this one Jen. The flowers you made are just gorgeous but how could you go wrong with the real thing right in front of you landing on your card…:) Enjoy your weekend!

Cassi said...

beautiful card, love the pp, flowers, and dies!

Jill said...

I love how the flower inspiration happened, Jen, great story! After seeing your striking card, now I *really* want to go on vacation! :-D

Elena said...

Gorgeous! Love when crafty time takes on a life of its own :)

Patrice said...

Lovely card! I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week...http://www.oldbackporch.com/2012/04/52-card-pickup-week-15.html

Colleen Dietrich said...

Jen, I like this travel theme for your card. The colors are PERFECT for our challenge! The embossing in the background is a neat touch, too.

Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe this week. :)

Mayol said...

What a sweet light bulb moment! Great card! The flowers are adorable.

Joyce said...

What a fun card. Love the patterned paper and the impression plate on the base.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Although I would have loved to have a son, I have to admit that girls are very sweet and inspirational. Your card is great. Blessings!

Kara said...

beautiful card! love all of the textures and that paper is great! Love those beautiful flowers too!

Lisa said...

Perfect paper for this challenge!! And I think your daisies look FABULOUS!! Fun card ;)

Denise said...

Jen, this is lovely! My rolled flowers never look like much... yours are perfect!! Such fun and cheery work this week... thanks for joining us in the Cafe!

Michelle said...

You always have the bestest textures and inkwork going on, Miss Jen. Love the flowers you added - so glad you had your light bulb moment for sure.
I see you used Pine Feather in that card below. Good on ya'. That's got to be the hardest color to work with ever. But you added all that stamping to pattern it up and it looks a lot more inviting to me now.
Such an inspiration you are.

christy compton hall said...

Jen, this is GORgeous!!! I love the story... I hope my daughter brings me a posy when she's 17. :) Thanks so much for the kind comment the other day, too - you are SO sweet!

Vickie Z said...

Love that OA dp and it's perfect for these colors!!! Wonderful card!!

ellen vargo said...

Your card is gorgeous - such great layers and textures! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Ellen :)