Croatian Inspiration 24

Mona Pendleton | Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 3:42 PM | , , , ,

Hi Everyone! I am changing gears here & shifting to a Vintagey - Old World Style for this card & then some... I needed some Sympathy cards for a few co-workers who recently experienced the loss of a family member so I pulled out some Vintagey-soft looking K&Company DP. For sketch inspiration, I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #102, WSC102. If you have never visited Beate's site, you have no idea what you are missing! You really ought to visit her site as she has so much to share! :) I hope you don't mind, I would like to share some pictures that inspired me in making this card. They were taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia which sits the the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik was a port call on a cruise that my honey & I took in the summer of '08. There is so much history in Croatia & the city is full of old buildings, beautiful flowers, countryside & very friendly welcoming people. I would love to know if you have ever been to Dubrovnik, Croatia? Be Sweet!

This is Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is surrounded by a massive wall that served to protect the city during war time.

You can see the beautiful flowers in bloom & rustic old buildings.

This picture is from a lil' countryside town on the outskirts of the city.

This is my DH :) We were eating lunch at this lil' restaurant next to the creek that you see up above. The Croatians are very proud of their wine!

Here is my Praying for you card...

To make that BIG pink blossom, I inked up my SU French Script stamp with SU Close to Cocoa ink, stamped it then using the Spellbinders Blossom dies, I ran the stamped paper through my die cut machine. To give them that distressed look, you just put them in the palm of your hand & crinkle them up a lil'! MAGIC!

I rarely use Gold but since the pearl brad is trimmed in gold, I used a few gold brads on the Label as well. I think the gold gives it a fancy / elegant look?. I inked the edges of the Label under the Pink blossom with SU Close to Cocoa.

To create those distressed leaves, I cut them from SU River Rock cs, then inked up my PTI Damask Designs image then stamped the leaves. After stamping, I used a distressing tool to rough up the edges then once again, I crinkled them up in my hands! :) Easy Right? I hope you give it a try!

Ingredients Used: Stamps: SU French Script, PTI Damask Designs Paper: K&Company DP, SU Pink Pirouette, River Rock, Close to Cocoa, Kraft Ink: SU Close to Cocoa Sprinkles: Spellbinders Labels 4 & Blossom nesties, Offray ribbon, brads from stash, PTI buttons

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24 Sweet Comments So Far:

Courtney said...

What a lovely card! That flower with the French Script is stunning! Great job! Love the Croatia pictures too!

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing those amazing photos with us! This card is so very feminine and classy! Love that delish little flower and pearl. The ribbon, tags, and beautiful dps are gorgeous! This belongs on the cover of a magazine too!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

Jackie said...

I had no idea Croatia was so beautiful! Your card is gorgeous, too - I love the blossom with the pearl!

Beate said...

Gorgeous card, Mona! Thanks for playing!

Those pictures of Croatia remind me of a vacation I took with my hubby there a LONG time ago when it was still called Yugoslavia and we weren't married yet. Good times, good times. Thanks for a stroll down memory lane.
Hugs and smiles

Always Playing with Paper said...

What a gorgeous, thoughtful card! Love that flower...wow. Your pictures are breathtaking!

Smiles,
Lesley :)

Live Love and Scrap said...

Hi Mona...wow this card...is STUNNING! I just LOVE the flower...so creative.

How do you put your cards in envelopes....you always have such big bows and flowers that pop out...I would hate to squish them!!!

Have a blessed day,
Sarah

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Beautiful card!!!

Nancy L. said...

Your card is beautiful!!

Stampin' Pam said...

Everything about this post is amazing - the photos of Croatia and the card - oh the card and the flower - stamped and the leaves stamped too! Mona you are SO creative! LOVE your work. Beautiful.

Melissa said...

I love your vacation photos; Croatia looks beautiful but not nearly as beautiful as your lovely card. I love how you made that flower. It is so elegant! Great job!

Pamela_U said...

Amazing card especially that beautiful flower! Wow it's so elegant and that custom DP is stunning! Great job!

PaperMomma said...

Wow, thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures from Europe with us! Gorgeous just like this card! You are a great friend to create such a nice card for your friends who have recently lost a family member. God bless.

HawaiiRenee said...

Hi Mona! Just checking out your wonderful Croatia pix. So beautiful! Great inspiration for your gorgeous card! OMG, that flower is so magnificent! You never cease to amaze me! Just awesome! Thanks!

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful card Mona, I love the print on the flower, your friend will truly appreciate this. I like your DH's shirt, my DH was born there. (Italy) Thanks for sharing. ~Diane

AimeeOh said...

Mona, this is such a beautiful and elegant card! The printed flower is luscious! Also, great vacations photos! Looks so beautiful there!

Sue Hester said...

What a spectacular card, Mona! Wow, you really put your heart into this one. Your friends, although sad now, are lucky to have you!

GinaB said...

Pure and simple, gorgeous card! Wow! Every element is so elegant and perfect! You are freakin' amazing, Mona!

Mary Reidel said...

This card is a masterpiece with that gorgeous script flower. What a beautiful combination! You have such a great "eye" for the perfect design!

NanceB said...

Fabulous looking card, Mona! Your design juices are really flowing now. That flower is just plain magnificent! Wow! What an amazing design! TFS!

Live Love and Scrap said...

Hi again =)

Just wanted to thank you for answering my question and for all the nice comments you leave! I look so forward to your tutorial on scallops....I really appreciate it!!!!!!

Have a blessed day,
Sarah

KathyO said...

I love the french script on your flower. This is such a beautiful project. Amazing job with the stamping also! Love the Croatia photos!

Norma said...

Wow! I really love your flower cards! Can't wait to see your video and also can't wait to see what people do with your challenge next week!

Sue said...

Hey Mona--Just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your beautiful card with me. Your work is really great and only continues to get better and better. Looks like being on the team has really inspired you. Also enjoyed seeing the Croatia pictures and your beautiful family. Really awesome. Sue

Susan Mast said...

Simply beautiful!


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