Card Concept #2: Add Texture


Today is a very big day for me...my first day on the Card Concept Challenge Design Team.  I am beyond excited to be one of the Classy and Elegant style designers for this brand new challenge and believe me, I know how lucky I am!   Anyone who has ever seen my cards might be doing a little double-take right about now.   Most of the cards I make are in the Clean and Layered design style, after all I live in a town whose motto is "Horsetown USA".  My idea of classy is drinking beer... from a glass.  Frosting the glass in the freezer...elegant.  Setting it on a coaster... bumps it all the way up to regal, so Classy and Elegant cards are going to be a bit of a stretch for me.   That's why the Card Concept Challenge is going to be such great fun for every card maker.  Every challenge,  the design team will share two examples of six different card styes and you can use any one of them to make your card.  I think you will be surprised to see how many qualities each style has in common.
Here are the six styles and a link for more information about each style:


For Challenge #2, we have a beautiful inspiration photo and a challenge to use texture on our card.
I drew my inspiration from the texture on the roof and the red and white color of the house.
I based my card around a beautiful sentiment stamp from Waltzingmouse Stamps (Safe Harbor Sentiments embossed in gold.  I layered the sentiment onto a couple of Spellbinders Floral Ovals.  The texture on my card is some jute wired ribbon that I spray pained gold to make it a little more elegant.  The burlap ribbon is also spray painted.  The background patterned paper is stamped with Waltzingmouse (Pinstripe Backgrounder).  I added a gold bow and some charms...you guessed it, spray painted gold to match the ribbon.  
Classy and Elegant not your style?  I guarantee you will find something that is just right for you when you check out the other cards made by the Card Concept Challenge Design Team.  Challenge #2 lasts for two weeks, plenty of time to make a card...or two!  The challenge ends Feb. 3rd at noon, PST.  The winners will be revealed on Wed. Feb. 5th.  I hope to see your card in the gallery very soon!

26 comments:

Marybeth said...

Congrats again Cathy ! Oh ...you made me laugh with your post . Your very elegant card made me smile ...wow! Look at all the fancy details and the gorgeous bow!!!!!! I love the elegant red and gold and the charms are so fun! Great job with your first post on this DT. Beautiful!!!!!!!

Alanna said...

You've done very well with this card style. It's beautiful.

Cathy I just love your post (made me laugh out loud) and your fantastic card. You did C&E proud! Gorgeous oval die cuts. We are so happy to have you join us.

BethieJ said...

BEAUTIFUL Card Cathy!! CONGRATS again, and I too LOVED your post!! :)
Thinking I am gonna play along with this weeks challenge!! Now for a style.. hmmm... :)
Have a GREAT day!!!

Jeanne J said...

Great post Cathy! I loved reading it! You cracked me up with the beer on a coaster and in a glass!!! Your card is beautiful! I love all the gold accents - yes.. definitely elegant! So many great details - layers and layers of goodness here!

Kerin said...

Oh my gosh Cathy you are a hoot! Love your beer equivalents to classiness!! Your card is gorgeous, and I'm so glad you're on the team with us! Welcome :)

~Tammy~ said...

This is gorgeous! I love your focal point and that darling charm. The texture is perfect and I think you are a class act! You crack me up! Congrats on your new DT gig! You are off to a FANTASTIC start!

Love your post! Laughed out loud! Your vCard is stunning... classy for sure!

Lisa said...

Teehee you're a hoot Cathy!!! Wonderful debut card, it's very rich and warm!!

Rhonda said...

What fun Cathy! Congrats on the Design Team. Love all the textures!

Joyce said...

Here you are rocking it with your very first post. You cracked me up, and then bowled me over with your gorgeous card. I think you had the class and elegance inside you all of the time. Love all the textured on this card, and I am super impressed about the gold spray paint.

Greta said...

This is just amazing! No wonder you're on the DT!

Karen D said...

Hi Cathy, welcome to the team. Your post is so gorgeous!! :-) AND, so is your card. I love all the wonderful layers and the colour combination. What a fabulous idea to spray paint the burlap. Altogether lovely.

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Sharron said...

Cathy, I'm so happy for you. Congrats on being selected for a second design team--you will do a fantastic job! And your description of classy & elegant for you was hilarious. This first card is gorgeous--so many beautiful details. Love how you added gold spray paint!!

KayM said...

Congratulations and welcome Cathy! Loved your idea of classy and elegant! haha! I have to admit, that would be more my idea too ;) But you sure did an amazing job on your card! Wow!! That is just stunning! The red frames look wonderful! You pulled off classy and elegant beautifully!!

Lyndal said...

Huge CONGRATS on joining the team Cathy :)
Fabulous card - LOVE the textures, layers & perfect charms!

Renee said...

Congratulations!!
I knew we were friends for a reason...
beer out of a glass...
that's gettin' fancy around here! *giggle*
And love this gorgeous beauty!
That red and gold...
that background...
all the layers...
love it! :)

Cathy...congrats again, so well deserved! This is one amazing card and so many fun little details that truly make it stand out! Love the charms too, so fun.

Well, you could have fooled me, Cathy! You look very comfortable in 'classy and elegant'! All of the gold spray paint is such a wonderful contrast to the jute and the burlap. Gorgeous work!

Love these elegant layered oval frames and the spectacular bow with trinkets cascading...wow!

Carol L said...

Your card is breathtakingly beautiful! Those delicate dies look amazing in layered red color with the mesh, burlap and jute ribbon! And then there's the charms dangling from that beautiful bow! Simply fabulous!!

Jen W. said...

I knew you would blow this style out of the water, Cathy! This is GORGEOUS! I love the colours, the layers and all the sweet details. The popped up lantern, the charms and those gorgeous Spellbinders ovals. Really really classy and elegant! Even the card stand is fabulous!

Debbie said...

What a BEAUTY, Cathy - WOW!

This is just so elegant and gorgeous Cathy! love the beautiful layers of die cuts and the sweet little lantern and charms! Well done!!

Deepti said...

This is so very pretty, Love those frames. very beautifully layered card :)

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