Friday, July 23, 2010

U R Courage

Danielle inspired the beginning of this card with her challenge. When I saw her challenge I immediately thought about my alcohol inks that I haven't played with in a coons age. The colours of this card is much better in person, but it was hard to shoot and get all the different hues.

So, I pulled them out & began to play around with the Eclipse themed card, but it wasn't working for me. I gave up that idea and decided to work with the colours of my alcohol inked glossy paper. Then the creativity began to flow and my card became a "thinking of you" card of sorts for my girlfriend Ellena.

Most of you know that she is battling cancer right now. My girlfriends and I make sure that she receives at least one or two cards a week from us letting her know that we are thinking of her.

I am always on the look out for unique items to use on my cards or in my scrapbooks. A local store called, Green Earth, in Intercity Mall is one of my favourite shops to go to. It carries a lot of unique picture frames and now they have these fabulous charms that are meant for key chains or necklaces. I saw them and thought they would be a fabulous embellishment for cards and scrapbook pages.

I had purchased the key with the word courage on it with intentions of putting it on one of my cards for Ellena. I buy a lot of things for cards with good intention, but they don't always get on a card....this one did! So, I am very excited about that!

I used Scrapbook Sally Glimmer Paper for my base of my card. I alcohol inked white glossy paper to make the background paper for the front and inside of my card. The chipboard frames from Tattered Angels were also alcohol inked.

I used Basic Grey Bling it On Rub-ons & Bling, Maya Road Straight Pin, Prima Marketing "Say it in Pearls" Flourish, We R Memory Keepers metal photo corners & lettering and the ribbon & brads are just from my hodge podge of stuff and I don't know where they came from.

The sentiment on the inside of the card is from The Greeting Farm and I used brown Staz On ink to stamp on the glossy paper.

I have stepped out of my "box" for this card. I haven't created a card with a more serious tone to it in years because I have been having so much fun with all my fun, whimsical stamps that I can't stop buying. If you could see my scrap room and my kitchen right now, you would see how much fun I had putting this card together.

My grandparents were here today and my grandpa's reaction to my card that leather on the card? That must have been a lot of work! My grandma's reaction was...WHOA!!! (with bulging eyes) and she analyzed the card for a good minute or two taking it all in. She had a stroke 2 years ago and has very minimal speech.

Maybe Ellena can just live with the photo on my blog and I will keep this one for myself....of course I am just kidding!


  1. Oooh, very nice! She will love it! I want to see it in person! You definitely pulled the colors perfectly from the inspiration photo! So cool that you pulled out those alcohol inks. I have some that are still in the package! Oh well, they will be here when I need them!

  2. Donna this card is absolutely stunning! Wow! I'm so glad that you were able to make something with my inspirational photo. I'm sure that Ellena will love it. Thanks so much for participating!

  3. This is so pretty! I love all the different elements.Wow! I love the way you used the stick pin, I have some, but using them is tricky. I only have one more thing to say...NO COPICS! Yeh! have a great time on your trip!

  4. ok i have to say that if i saw this card i would have never guessed you had done it, so out of your norm, amazing work and E will love it, great work, hope you are enjoying yourself, love ya

  5. Oh my goodness this is stunning! I really thought thet was leather until i read further dow n your post. That is amazing. You friend is bound to love this (if you can bear to part with it!). Thankyou for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them!
    Linds xx

  6. I got the card and it is so beautiful. The picture does not do it justice. I love the colors of this card. As fall is my favorite time of the year. Every week I wait for these most amazing cards from the most beautiful people i am blessed to know. It give me the strenght to keep going when the going gets tough. lv you guys. E