Friday, January 20, 2012

My Mind's Eye Challenge & A Sweet Gift for Cindy...

My Mind's Eye has Card Challenge #31 going on over at their blog, so I thought I would play along. I am recently obsessed with all the glitter MME has been using on lots of their papers.  Lost & Found II is so beautiful! I also adore the new FunDay Collections, I think I must have purchased every single bit of it. The kraft paper and the wood veneer banner pieces are the coolest! As for the card itself, the springboard for my creation is that of Anam Stubbington's amazing sketch. I used to work on her design team at Twisted Sketches, and I loved every second of it. Anam's designs always "push" me to a new level of thinking with my creativity. She always couples it with a theme to make it extra challenging. :)

My cousin Cindy's birthday was on Wednesday, and what a perfect excuse to create such an elaborate card. :) I used lots of different MME products to create this little gem...

MME Lost & Found II: Sunshine "Memories" Blossoms Paper, Rosy "Everything" Acrylic Stamps
MME Lost & Found Christmas: Peace Paper
MME Lost & Found: Union Square Brads
MME Kraft FunDay: Everyday Fun Wood Banners, Happy Days Die-Cut Borders
There is lots of layering on this card which includes machine stitching and foam dots for extra dimension. (I told you I would be showing off my new found sewing skills!) Love, love, love the feel of a sewn card. It has such a finished look that seems to "hold" everything together. :)

In addition to Cindy's card, I found this sweet "hat box" purse at an estate sale a year ago. I have been hoarding it since then to find the perfect way to update it with a little extra. I created the big flower on the front using burgundy and red dupioni silk. I did lots of layering underneath to give it a more rounded, realistic look. I also added a Webster's Pages Berry Bouquet & some black pokkadot feathers. On the inside I added a baroque frame around the mirror. I filled it with fluffy kraft krinkles and a journal with matching red houndstooth pencils for a finishing touch. I love the way the gift "ensemble" turned out. I know I get a little crazy with the way I coordinate my gifting, but to me the presentation is the most fun. :)

I thank you again for stopping by and always appreciate your comments. You all inspire me to continue doing what I do. Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!
Amy

17 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love love your card and the purse!!!! Just GORGEOUS! LOVING the Kraft doilies and the flowers! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Rachael Funnell said...

WOW!!! your are is TOTALLY Gorgeous & that hat box is truly delightful...
all in all a BEAUTIFUL gift!!!
also thanks for your lovely comment.... have a Wonderful weekend!

Rachael Funnell said...

LOL! just read the start of my last comment it was to say your Card is Totally Gorgeous.... ♥

MARILYN said...

Beautiful card and box!!! I love it!!!
Hugs!

Fabi said...

Tks for the visit dear, i simply LOVE your work...wondastic cards (may I lift?!) and very cure box...

WillieburgScrapper said...

I agree- My Mind's Eye has been releasing consistently great material for 3 years now. LOVE the altered purse- that is beautiful!!!! I have a question about making perpetual calendars- what material do you use for the actual backing? I want to try to come up with a way to visually organize all the challenges and publishing deadlines I want to join this year- it's not working online- I think I need a pretty hand made one to look at as I work at my desk. Thanks!

Briana Johnson said...

What an incredible, thoughtful gift. That card is so beautifully layered! Gorgeous color scheme for all the gifts. I heart that flower :)

Andrea Amu said...

Wow! What a treat to see your creations today, Amy! I am dying over that houndstooth hat box and the way you embellishing it to add new life! It is fabulous, and so is your card. Good luck with the challenge!

Megan Aaron said...

beautiful creations!

Andrea Amu said...

Hi Amy!!

I got your blog post... here's my email...

amuoct21@aol dot com!

Take care, sweets!

:) Andrea

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow! What a jaw dropping gift set, Amy! LOVE the whole coordinated look. I am so with you on wanting the entire presentation to be a showstopper. You really knocked this one out of the ballpark.

Sandy Michelle said...

That purse is way cool! Have a great weekend! Sandy xox

Joan said...

Oh, I love that purse, well the whole gift set is fantastic!! So well done and sooooo pretty!!!!

jaz said...

WOWWWW! too bad my name is not Cindy!!! lol A very fortunate friend you have there! Gorgeous gifts and love the altered bag and how you place the DA frame onto the inside mirror! Awesome! -jaz

Stephanie said...

Very, very beautiful card. Just love the color combination. So pretty!

RĂ´ Philippsen said...

I love your work, girl! And this lil purse is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
xoxo

Thienly Azim said...

That is such a beautiful card! I LOVE it! I hear ya - I'm loving these paper lines, too! I'm your new follower, and coming by to say hi to my fellow Paper Issues member, and to say thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my project :)