Friday, May 20, 2011

PDCC82 - A Muse Recessed Window card

This card was made for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge using the Recessed Window Tutorial featured in Julie Ebersole's blog.
Not only did I use the Play Date Cafe's colors but the retro, vintage look of the suitcases made me think of old patterns in wallpaper/linoleum that I tried to recreate!  Do you dig my homemade A Muse|Studio background paper?  Want to know how to make it?
I used the Monogram Frames square and stamped it repeatedly in a pattern onto my cardstock with Papaya ink.
Stamped another layer - Yes, I do realize that the stamping is off kilter - but my sheer enthusiasm for trying this technique trumps over perfection, right??!!  Also - this way you can see that you don't have to stamp perfectly to get a cool outcome in the end.
Used the circle stamp from Monogram frames stamped in French Roast.  Do you see the pattern starting to come together now?
The whole thing is finished off with the smallest flower from the Clever Girls set stamped in Ocean.
Here is a quick pic of the supplies used - I am realizing now that the Vintage Labels die snuck back away to the drawer before the pic was made.  I like to keep my supplies all neat and tidy when I am done stamping but when I am in the middle of creating there can sometimes be quite a mess - behold -
My supplies took up the entire length of our long kitchen table!  In the foreground you can see my Scor-Buddy, rulers, trimmer and Cuttlebug leading up to the true mess -
right at the end of the table where I like to sit.  Quick tip - I keep all my adhesives in a bread tin (lower left hand corner).  You always need adhesive and sometimes several different ones within one card so having them all in one location makes for quick retrieval/cleanup!
I am really tickled to have used my A Muse|Studio supplies in a new way.  The sentiment comes from Marvelous Marigolds and the satin ribbon is Bermuda.  All supplies are available in my online A Muse|Studio shop!

17 comments:

Faye said...

Michelle, I am so impressed! I thought that this designer paper was so pretty. Then I read and looked at your description of how it was made. That is truly amazing. And the end results are just gorgeous.

Dolly LaBelle said...

I absolutely LOVE the paper you have created. The colors blend so well. How did you decide on those colors and designs? That would make another interesting class. Thanks for another great idea.

Kimberly Jones said...

Looks just like a linoleum floor! Genius idea!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lvely background to your card, very effective, love the cut out too. Tracy x

Lori Barnett said...

eeek! You are rockin' the custom DP!!!!! WOWZER! Of course you ROCK everything you do!! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I need to do that more often. I'm bad about it...I get to a blog...drool all over it...then leave with commenting. I always think about it...but then click off the page and...well...NO EXCUSE!! So I will TRY HARDER to stop and drop a comment ;) ((HUGS))

veronica said...

lovely colors. and love your linoleum style pattern, cool idea!

Ruby said...

Your card is lovely. I loved seeing your step by step tutorial on how it all came together, it looks fab! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Michele, I like your card even better, knowing that you made your own paper! THanks for sharing it with us at The Cafe this week.

Melissa said...

I love the way you made your own patterned paper using various stamps & the awesome Amuse Studio inks! Really nice card - love it!

JulieHRR said...

CLEVER GIRL!!!!

theneatery said...

i think i used to have that floor! ;) what a great way to create your own patterned paper!

liannallama said...

fabulous! Love how you made your own background and the colors are fantastic!

Brenda Lee said...

WOW!!! FABULOUS!!

Jeremy and Samantha said...

love the homemade patterned paper thank you for the step by step

Andrea Ewen said...

This is gorgeous Michelle...what a fabulous step-by-step! Your card turned out marvelous and that design is so elegant! I love that shiny bow, too! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Jaclyn Miller said...

When I first saw your card, I would have never guessed that you created that DP yourself. It is amazing!!! Great use of your stamps and colors. Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe this week.

Jinny Newlin said...

Such a pretty card! I adore that scrumptious bow and the way you've framed your sentiment in the negative space! Stunning! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!