Friday, December 10, 2010

Abstract

If there's anything you can count on from the Play Date Cafe Challenges lately, it's that they'll kick you out of your comfort zone more times than not!  Here is the inspiration photo for this week:


Pretty colors, aren't they?  So I ransacked all my supplies looking for these colors, and while I have plenty of turquoise, those dark purples and royal blues are just about non-existent in my stash.  I found a BoBunny Brilliant Blue Dot paper (reverse) that kind of works for the blue, but I came up empty on the purple. 

I had just visited Libby's blog, where she made the most fabulous card by making her own backgrounds with an acyrlic block and distrss inks, so I decided to try that next, and go the abstract route.  And I was happy to see that dusty concord and broken china were fairly close to these challenge colors, so that's the direction I started with.   Since I see a bit of pale yellow in the inspiration, I also added some scattered straw to the mix.  I also noticed that hand-drawn heart shape in the inspiration picture and I remembered a very similar 2006 Hero Arts stamp I just found recently.  Here is my submission:


I also found some tiny heart buttons and some silk ribbon in these colors, and made my sentiment using some tiny alphabet stickers.  This is waaaaay out of my comfort zone, but I like my results and had fun!

Supplies: white cardstock, BoBunny Brillian Blue Dot (reverse) cardstock, scattered straw, broken china and dusty concord distress inks, Hero Arts H3781 Three Stitched Hearts, Stampology black ink, Making Memories tiny alphas, teensy buttons, silk ribbons

24 comments:

  1. I love the acrylic "messy" look of this wonderful creation of yours, Lin! The different colours of buttons on each corners makes the card unique!

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  2. just gorgeous Lin. Love the way you followed the inspiration print. Well done on stretching yourself.

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  3. This looks like a piece of art Lin and the hearts are fabulous, they look like they were stitched.

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  4. What a marvelous take on the inspiration, Lin! I think you did GOOD out of your comfort zone! I love this!

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  5. This is a wonderful abstracct. You did very well out of your comfort zone--I love this card.

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  6. Oh I love! That silk ribbon is lovely! :)

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  7. Genius....what a glorious design, Lin! I love it when you have a problem to solve, beauty always follows!
    blessings...

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  8. Is there any challenge or style that you CAN"T do? I don't think so! Love how you come out of your comfort zone, struggling at first, but always end with amazing results! Love this, Lin!

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  9. So smart and clever to create an abstract background. Beautiful design!

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  10. This is such an inspiring interpretation! I love this original work of art!

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  11. thanks for playing along with the Webster's Pages Blog Hop!

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  12. WOW, Lin. this is very beautiful. Gorgeous designed background and the hearts match weel. Lovely little bottuns you used.

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  13. Stunning Lin, love your background and those amazing Hearts that look as if you have stitched them. Really love your take on the challenge colours!!

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  14. WOW Lin!!! LOVE this abstact background you have created!!!

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  15. Wow Lin - Gorgeous color mix - beautiful!

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  16. Ha Lin! Don't you like being kicked out of your creative zone? Pushing limits and boundaries? Eh, sometimes it's fun, but other times...a little frustrating. That being said, whenever I come to your blog I always see a fresh, wonderful, beautiful card with a superb design and excellent use of color. Looks like you certainly stand up to the challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

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  17. such a pretty background! fabulous card, Lin!

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  18. Ohhhhhh my my....am I at Lin sista's blog??? I so love your interpretation of sample card ! Maybe this is a new you?? You really rocked this artsey look..love it. That is why challenges are so great!! Sending hugs to you sista
    love,kathy

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  19. There is no uncomfortable zone for you, it seems! Great job!!

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  20. This is lovely! I love how you've done the colours and that ribbon looks great! Thanks for joining in on the fun with us at the Play Date Cafe!

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  21. LOVE how you recreated this photo! LOVE your stitching and how you used the colors! FAB job:) Thanks so much for playing along and joining in the color fun over at the PDCC:}

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  22. Lin...this is stunning! Beautiful use of our colors in The Cafe : )

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  23. Congrats Lin!! You did an amazing job with the unusual colors! So fun, so eccentric! :)

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