Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Card Concept Challenge #4: Use a Floral Theme

140 players.  
Yes, I said 140 players.
Card Concept Challenge #3 had 140 players.
I don't think I can say that enough...140 players!  I still can't believe how many beautiful cards were submitted to our last challenge and it was SO difficult to choose just one as my favorite among so many beautiful cards.  If you are wondering who were our's a link.  I sure hope you see your card posted in our favorite's gallery.
For today though...Card Concept Challenge #4 is beginning a new two week challenge period and our theme this time is:
Use a Floral Theme
If you are wondering what the Card Concept Challenge is all about...the basic premise is to make a card using the theme and in one of six "card making styles" represented by the Card Concept Design Team.  The card making styles and a detailed explanation of each can be found here.
I am one of the designers representing the Classy and Elegant style (still can't get used to that one), and I really went to town with the purple on this one.
On of the characteristics of a Classy and Elegant card is the use of monochromatic colors and since last time I used pink...this time I brought out everything I have in beautiful shades of purple.  My card base is stamped with an Impression Obsession Cover a Card (Roses).  I love those big, huge lining anything up, just ink and stamp for a beautifully spaced intricate pattern.  The bottom half of the card is die cut with a beautiful edge die (Anja Edge Die).  It cuts and embosses a beautiful swirly lattice type edge and really dresses up a card.  Another characteristic of a Classy and Elegant card is the use of embellishments and I dug into my ribbons and roses to add some elegance to my card.  The sentiment is a little stamp from Papertrey Ink Garden Variety Stamp set.
Would you like to give the Classy and Elegant style a try?  I would love to see what you come up with, but if not, you can make a card in any of the six styles and you have until Monday, March 3rd at noon PST to link your card up in the Card Concept Challenge gallery.  I can't wait to see what everyone does with our Floral theme.  Here's a link to more details about the Card Concept Challenge and also links to the other designers and their cards using a Floral theme.
Clean & Simple
Clean & Graphic
Shabby Chic


Marybeth said...

Oh my goodness this is beautiful Cathy ! Look at that ribbon and gorgeous bow! You went all out ! Beautiful stamping too. 140 that is a lot of players...congrats !

cm said...

Gorgeous card; most definitely classy and elegant, especially with the stunning roses and royal purple! Wonderful inspiration for this card concept! Thank you immensely for selecting my city-scape card as a winner; you've started my day with a sparkle and smile! So appreciated!!

Cindy Lovell said...

Cathy,what a perfect card! My favorite color...LOVE it! I adore this card!!

Julia Aston said...

Love that edge Cathy - and all the wonderful florals - background, ribbon and mini!

Lisa Elton said...

Purple prettiness Cathy! Your bow and the cluster of roses is beautiful and draws you right in!!

Nancy Penir said...

Your whole card is a triumph of beauty!
Gorgeous color, that amazing die, and your bow ensemble, just the picture of classy elegance.
PS Just sent you an email about your blog, hope it finally went through, had trouble connecting. I know it was my ineptitude!

Jeanne J. said...

Gorgeous Cathy! You know I'm lovin the purple, and the trims and flowers are absolutely gorgeous! You're making this look easy!

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous Cathy and yes.....classy and elegant!!

BethieJ said...

BEAUTIFUL Cathy! I LOVE all the purple!!! Hoping to join along this week!!
Have a GREAT day!!!

Deepti said...

Love that artsy effect of the die and that cluster of flowers :) beautiful card

Tracey McNeely said...

Cathy this is stunning, Ii love the use of purple and those organza roses looks amazing on your card. Yes Classy & Elegant my friend!

Kay Miller said...

Wow!! Wowl! and another WOW!! Cathy this is absolutely stunning! That purple bow is to die for! Seriously a beautiful card in every way!!

Karen Davis said...

Cathy your card is so pretty. I have been admiring it on the DT blog.
I adore the colours you have used.
The organza ribbon, the gorgeous die cut and the fabulous flowers and scrunched ribbon, all totally divine.

Sharron said...

Wow, Cathy--you selected the perfect elements for your classy & elegant card! Love the purple and the seam binding & flowers make a stunning bouquet!

Kim Heggins said...

Cathy, this is so sweet and lovely! From your beautiful bow to the edge die. This is about the most elegant card I have ever scene...just gorgeous!

Hussena said...

Wow !! What a gorgeous card, Cathy. I just love how you have created a whole monochromatic look with the flower cluster and the dies. Just beautiful placement and design! :)

I also wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful comment on my blog. It really made my day and brought a big smile to my face :)

Barb Ghig said...

Such a stunning work of art, Cathy! Seriously, your flowers are divine and your ribbon/bow are the perfect touch! Love your border die cut, elegant!

Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog...I really appreciate it ♥