Saturday, April 3, 2010

OCCC - Break out the Buttons

We have a new month, and that means a new hostess. Let's welcome our April hostess, Dana Grothaus. This week Dana is challenging all of us to use buttons on our cards or projects. Anyone can play and we can't wait to see your creations.

Please remember there is no time limit on our challenges - participate whenever you are able. To play along, upload your creation to your blog or gallery, then leave us a comment linking to your card/project so we can check it out. If you upload to SCS, remember to use keyword:OCCC.

I do love buttons. I have an entire stash of them. Any style that doesn't have enough buttons to sew on a shirt gets relegated to my stamping stash. I have spare buttons that have come attached new garments that I don't even own the garment anymore, and there are some fabulous buttons which have no home, so they appear on cards on occasion. Love buttons!!!

Here's my card for this challenge;



I fished deep for this image! I have a Crafty Secrets cotton scrap that I started cutting into last year and didn't get back to. There are some incredible images available. The best part is if I am in a rush, they are already beautifully coloured and I didn't have to lift a finger!!!

I have to admit that while I chose to use this week's mojo monday sketch challenge because I really like it, I really struggled with it. *Dagnabbit!* I thought I was making it easy for myself with the image already done for me, fabulous sketch already chosen, and buttons on my embellishment list. It sounded like a perfect card recipe and completely easy peasy. Nope. Not even close! I'm still not completely happy with it, but I've got to say, 'Quits!' and go to bed at some point.

There are gorgeous samples being offered up by the rest of the OCC design team AND there are 2 new members to feast on their eye candy!!! Go ahead and peek at the OCC blog and it would be wonderful if you could grab some time and play along with us!!!

paper; on the boardwalk, a proper gentleman (graphic 45), ivy, brown, walnut creme swirl (bazzill)
accessories; dew drops (the robin's nest), button (basic grey), border punch (ek success), feathered friends cotton scraps (crafty secrets), ribbon (SU!)

15 comments:

Lori Rider said...

Oh Loretta... I so know that feeling. Sometimes you think it's all going to come together so easily and it just doesn't - so frustrating! But I love your card - the image is just gorgeous and your ribbon with the button and all the dewdrops really set it off nicely.

Beverley said...

WOW Loretta...what a beautiful card...I feel like I'm looking right into the nest of those birds...lovely colours...DP and embellishments are gorgeous too...thanks for sharing...have a stampin' good day.

Stampin' HUGZ
Beverley

marsha said...

Loretta, this is gorgeous! I love that image and I think you did a fantastic job! And I know what you mean, sometimes the one's I think are the easiest take longer.

Hugs,
Marsha

Dana Grothaus said...

Your card turned out great. Sorry you struggled, but it was worth it in the end. I love the image in the center. Such a peaceful looking card. Great job!!!

Sarah Gough said...

Oh how pretty - if you struggled, it was worth it! What a gorgeous combo of colours!

Antje said...

such a cute image and beautiful harmonic card!

Velta said...

Hi Loretta ~ This is just stunning! Your button is the perfect color and the Crafty Secrets image is beautiful!!

Have a Blessed Easter!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

I know that feeling well, but I have to say, your card is wonderful. I LOVE that image and the way you have framed it with the square and circle is just lovely - great papers too. All in all, a terrific outcome!!

Hugs,
Linda

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Hello Jackie! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog-hop entry. It is always so nice to meet new blog friends! I have been scrolling through your posts ... and enjoying your beautiful creations. (Loved the Mar 30 card especially!) And ... absolutely loved seeing your sweet puppies! Congrats! Stampin' Hugs, Andrea xxx

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Oh dear! I just realised that I got your name wrong! I am soooo sorry! All the comments about your lovely cards etc. were meant for you though! But ... I think it might not have been you that visited my blog??? I seem to have mixed up a blog address! But ... at least I have discovered a new blog to visit!!! So sorry for the mix up! Hugs, Andrea xxx PS I am such a dumbspud! xxx

Julie - Kewlstamps said...

Turned out great... Thank you for sharing...

MiamiKel said...

Ohhhhhh wee, this is stunning! Lovely birds along with a most outstanding paper choice - this is stunning!

Joycelyn Turner said...

What a stunning creation, Loretta!!! So beautiful in every way!!!

~Christina~ said...

This is beautiful and the patterned papers compliment each other so perfectly :)

Sian said...

Beautiful card, love the birds and the dew drops add that extra touch!

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