Mon Amie...PDCC21 61

Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:00 PM | , ,

Hi Everyone! It is time for another Creativity Challenge at The Play Date Cafe! This week, I chose this beautiful photo featuring cherry blossoms - a sure sign Spring has sprung! I think the various shades of pink with yellow scattered about makes for a fabulous color palette for this week's Play Date Cafe Creativity Challenge #21, PDCC21.

Here is my Mon Amie card:

I made this card for a special friend. The beautiful DP is from K&Company. After stitching the pieces together, I stamped the Prima Crown image.

I love the beautiful font used for the SU Mon Amie sentiment & the whimsical ornate Prima design that frames it. After stamping both of these images, I cut them out using a # S4-112 Classic Ovals Small die. I inked up one of the Gina K. Designs from the Lovely Labels set that fits perfectly within a Spellbinders Labels 4 die, sponged the edges a bit with SU Creamy Caramel ink then layered these pieces together.

I like the contrast of this beautiful bright pink rose against the pale yellow butterfly. I interpreted the image in the pebble as 2 friends which I thought was a great accent piece on this card made for a special friend. I didn't even realize Prima made stamps as well as flowers! My DH surprised me & ordered a few sets of Prima clear stamps & several colors of beautiful roses, like the bright pink one you see here :) Being my 24/7 tech support life line - he created this gorgeous graphic for this week's challenge :)

Here are a few photos of the Eiffel Tower I would like to share from a trip that my DH & I took while visiting Paris a few years ago. You can sort of get a sense of it's actual size by this photo.

It is such a magnificent structure!

When all lit up at night, it really looks just as beautiful when in day light!

I would love to know if you have been to Paris?

That's all for now! I hope you can join along with this week's creativity challenge. After you have made your project, please head on over to The Play Date Cafe & link your post to Mr. Linky. If you post your creations in an on-line gallery, please label it PDCC21. Be sure to see what all The Play Date Cafe DT girls have created, (on my side bar), & Jean Franks Beck, our Guest Designer for March, to share with you for inspiration! I hope you are able to join along with this week's challenge. Be Sweet!

Ingredients Used:

Stamps: Gina K. Designs Lovely Labels, Prima, Stampin' Up

Paper: K&Company DP, Papertrey Ink

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up

Sprinkles: Spellbinders # S4-190 Labels 4, # S4-112 Classic Ovals Small, # S4-171 Butterflies, Prima rose & pebble embellishment, Martha Stewart pearl, EK Success border punch

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61 Sweet Comments So Far:

Julie Ranae said...

Nope...no Paris for me. My husband has been, but it's an easier trek when you're from the UK!

Great creation Mona...thanks for the inspiration

MeredithS said...

Wow this is so gorgeous Mona. It seems that every project you do is more beautiful than the one before! I love all the stamping and the beautiful stitching. You butterfly with that stunning rose is just phenomenal!

Mara... said...

Oh wow!! What gorgeous photos of the Eifel Tower! I have never been...but maybe someday. Your card is beautiful and it sure makes me hope that spring is here to stay!! I love the little crown stamp!!

Betty Benton said...

Never been to Paris but I love the photo of the Eiffel Tower and the perspective of how huge it is!! Also love those cherry blossoms and your card is pretty nice too! lol

Pauline said...

We went to Paris last August, and have a photo of the eiffel tower that is from the same position! We had a fab time then went to Beaulieu-sur-Mer in the south of France, it was heaven. Your card is so soft and pretty, love the vintage feel of it, Pauline xx

Betty Benton said...

Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment about the bunny. Mine is probably about that old -- probably when they were all the rage!

Sarah Anderson said...

As Julie said, Paris is just but a hop and a skip from the UK, but I've only been twice. Would love to go again on a romantic weekend :) Gorgeous card Mona, and what a fabulous husband you have to buy you stamps as a surprise!

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

This is great, Mona! I love the softness of this card. I've been to Paris - but I was only 16 or so and would love to go back as an adult sometime soon with my hubby! I walked to the first tier and boy was that higher than I thought! Next time, taking the elevator! HA

Ruby said...

Wow! LOVE your card Mona, it's so pretty. The little pebbles look gorgeous too. I hadn't noticed them to start with.

I have been to Paris a few times, it's my favourite place in the whole world, but most special because I got engaged there!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous card! Loved the inspiration picture! No Paris for me either.

Jane Wetzel said...

Amazing card, amazing pics, amazing blog! yikes! I am a follower now! :)

Kim said...

Hey, what do you mean keeping up with me? You are brilliant! You know I aspire to be YOU when I grow up! Why you ask? Because I want to create stunning cards such as this. I love the dainty feel to this with all the butterflies, little flowers, and gems!
I haven't been to Paris yet, but Honeybee says on our 25th we'll do France and Italy. I don't want to rush life, but I can't wait!!!
blessings,
Kim xXx

Mirna said...

Mona, this is so elegant graceful and shabby chic all at the same time! Now that would be very hard for a mere mortal to pull off but you seem to do it with ease! Another absolutely stunning creation! You are so amazing!

Laurel said...

Gorgeous card as usual! Yes I have been to Paris and hubby and my oldest just got back 2 days ago with tons of pictures!

Pammy said...

I love these soft colors and the fabulous stamps you chose! Wow, those butterflies are just gorgeous! Your DH must be a really good guy to help out like that. No Paris for me, sadly, but I hope to visit someday!

Shelly said...

Mona, I love this card! It's so elegant and your colors for this challenge are divine! Great job with all the beautiful stamps, I really love the frame around your beautiful sentiment! Also, those butterflies are fabulous!

Mercedes said...

Amazing card, Mona! Love the colors and those stamps are so pretty! I wish I could say that I've been to Paris but not yet! One day soon!

Silvia said...

Stunning card Mona! The color combo is great and the stamp is so cute. I am loving the way you have been using your spellbiders dies.

I would love to visit Paris. In fact, we have a friend who married a french lady. They invited us to go there, but for some reason we couldn't make the trip. Our friend's wife is a diplomatic and now they live in Brazil :(
Thanks for sharing these pictures! I will show them to my little girl, she is learning French at school.

Mary Reidel said...

Mona, You chose some gorgeous colors for this weeks challenge and your sample is totally amazing! I would buy it in a sec. if it were available (hint, hint). I love those butterflies! I have indeed been to Paris; it is my favorite city in Europe! I love the food and the wines! So beautiful!

Shana said...

Beautiful card and great pics of the tower.

I was there for it's bicentennial bash in 1989. That was so much fun - a huge party with great fireworks and stuff. :)

Stephanie Kraft said...

Gorgeous, Mona!! Love the contrast and all the fab details! Your DH did a wonderful job with the graphic!

Love your Eiffel tower prop and all of your photos are fantastic!! Some day I hope to visit..

SusanH said...

Mona, this is a fabulous looking and totally elegant card! I love that vintage chic look and they way you stamped it! Your colors for this week are gorgeous! I wish I could say I've been to Paris! The closest I've been is Maine!!!! LOL!

GabrielleH said...

Mona this is an example of why you are in such demand! Your designs are always gorgeous, intricate and appealing! You have a definite sytle all your own! I absolutely love how you put this beauty together. Those colors are fantastic and all the little touches like the butterflies, the flower and the little button drop are perfect! I have been to Paris a couple of times! Once in college and more recently with my DH on a semi-business trip to Europe! It is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Great choice of inspiration for your card! Thanks for always amazing me!

Stampin' Pam said...

Ditto to the first five sentences from Gabrielle (just above me) it's all SO true. I have been to Paris yes and really enjoyed it. Thought it would be the highlight of our European vacation a few years ago (with the kids) but we all liked Nice and Rome better - but that could also have to do with the 65º in Rome in December vs 45º in Paris LOL.

Lora DeJardins said...

Yes, I adore Paris (been there once) but I really adore this card! Shabbily chic at it's best! Another magnificent design, Mona! I just love everything you create!

Penny said...

Mona, you've created another masterpiece. I love this style of card! Your stamps are stunning! Great colors too! I've been to Paris and fell in love with it. I hope to return soon! TFS!

tina... said...

So, so pretty, Mona! Love it. No, I've not been to Paris, but I would love to someday :)

Heather Jensen said...

This is one of my most favorite cards of yours. This is fabulous and I just love the colors you chose this week. Can't wait to play. :)

Beth said...

Love this beautiful card! This is a classic Cupcake's Creation! So elegant and vintagey! your background DP is perfect as is that beautiful sentiment and surrounding frames! Always, an interesting eye-catching design!

Millicent Forester said...

Really amazing card, Mona! This is instantly one of my favorites that I have seen you create! I love the different textures and the lovely sentiment and framing! That beautiful queen's crown stamp is such a perfect touch as is your adorable butterflies and bow! Stellar creation! Living in the UK, I have had the opportunity to travel to Paris several times! It is a gorgeous city and beautiful sites abound! Your photos are wonderful and obviously served as great inspiration for gorgeous card!

Andrea M said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Mona! You've really captured a romantic French feel with this stunner. It's so soft and lovely! Love the inspiration for it too :) I have been to Paris - it was stunning. I was a bit younger so I'd love to go back and experience it again.
Really pretty colors for this week's challenge. Can't wait to play! Have a great day!

JeanFB said...

This card is simply stunning!! I LOVE the vintage French shabby-chicness of it! (And great paper, too.... this challenge just calls for it, I think ;)). I haven't been to Paris in years... hope to take my kids someday, though!

Trisha said...

Really one of your most beautiful cards ever! Those butterflies are darling. I love the colors for this weeks challenge that you chose! Great French inspiration; I love Paris and have visited twice!

Julie said...

Gorgeous card! This is the quintessential vintage shabby chic card! It should be placed in Wikipedia as the definition of tasteful shabby chic-ness! lol! I really love it. My favorite is your Mon Amie sentiment with those fabulous frames surrounding it! I also love that crown stamp. It's all just so right! Mona, you are the best!

Christine Teros said...

Mona, this is such a fabulous card and I love your gorgeous photos of Paris! I have never been there but it is definitely on my "bucket list"! I love your vintage card, it reminds me of old french treasures that you might find in an antique store! You have such a special way of designing great cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Paul B said...

Beautiful card. I especially like the butterfly/rose combo as an embellishment. And yes, I've just returned from Paris two weeks ago. Has to be one of my favourite cities. We were run off our feet with all the stuff we went to see and we still have hardly scratched the surface of what's on offer. Love your pics of the Tower :) Pxx

Roxanne said...

Gorgeous card! love those awesome colors! Great vintage look! Outstanding!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Beautiful photo for inspiration, Beautiful card you've created, beautiful photos you've shared! Sadly I've never been to Paris, but I've sure enjoyed looking and getting an idea of the sheer size of the Eiffel Tower!

Davi said...

Mona, A beautiful inspirational pic of the cherry blossoms...The card is fabulous! The wonderful colors, aging and that big butterfly and rose is fabulous! As usual a feast for the eyes! :) I have never been to Paris however many years ago I was in Tokyo where their Tokyo Tower was built as a replica of the Eiffel Tower and is actually taller and the cherry blossoms were in bloom.

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful vintage card - love the addition of the fluttering butterflies.

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful card Mona, I love the elegant touch the crown adds, and the colors you chose are beautiful! Take care, ~Diane

Cardmaking-Companion said...

This is a gorgeous card - the colours work so well together and I love the way you have used the rose in the centre of the butterfly.

Julie said...

How beautiful, Mona! Love your card--and the Eiffel Tower! I've never been to Paris, but I will one of these days! Thanks for sharing these beautiful views!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Kathryn B said...

Such a soft looking card Mona! Very pretty! Nope I've never been to Paris yet! I used to be a travel agent in my younger years and in those days I concentrated on the Caribbean and sunshine now that i'm "grown-up" I like to actually see history so some day i'll get there!

Lizzy Copland said...

Amazingly gorgeous card, Mona. No one does vintage as nice as you! I love these soft colors and your beautiful stamps! Great inspiration! No Paris for me, yet!

Dawn said...

Hello, I really love this card! You have real talent! Your vintage designs are really amazing! Sadly, I have not been to Paris but I hope to soon!

Sue Lelli said...

This card is so BEAUTIFUL I can hardly stand it! There are so many FAB details and you are always a genius at combining all of the elements but never making it look busy or over done! This is one special card for your very special friend!

Stacey Pembroke said...

Mona, what a spectacular looking card! It's a perfect example of your distinctive shabby-chic (emphasis on the "chic") style! Really gorgeous design! I've had the opportunity to visit Paris on several occasions! What an inspiring city!

Tracey said...

Nope not been to Paris and I live in the uk so no excuses really , maybe one day ! Very pretty card as always, love the way you used those colours - so fresh and pretty, reminded me of strawberry and vanilla ice-cream yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm XXX

Laural said...

Ok, this is what I think of when somebody says, Shabby-Chic! What a gorgeous and stunning card! I love this style that is your trademark. I could pick your designs out in any group! They are always so distinctive and polished! Way to go!

Trudy said...

First of all, I'm almost embarrassed to say that I have never been to Paris. I live in Scotland, which is obviously close but I've never made the journey but I will some day!
I really want to tell you how much I adore this card. The colors are stunning as is your beautiful and perfectly framed sentiment! I love the stamps that you chose, especially the dainty crown stamp! Your vintage design style is always elegant and gorgeous!

Sam Marsdon said...

This is totally classic Mona Shabby-Chic! Gorgeous card in every way! Love your stamps and those amazing color choices! I haven't been to Paris but I am planning on it, hopefully, this summer!!! Great photos of that beautiful city!

HawaiiRenee said...

Great vintage card! Just plain shabby-chic gorgeousness! No Paris for me, yet!
Aloha,
Renee

Basement Stamper said...

What a gorgeous piece of artwork- love the bright pink crown & the butterflies, it's all beautifully put together!!

BethieJ said...

Mona this is BEAUTIFUL! I love everything about it!!! STUNNING! and NO I have never been to Paris.. only in my DREAMS! :)
have a GREAT day!

Laura said...

I just love it! It goes perfectly with the whole Parisian aura. You picked a perfect combination!

I've been to Paris 2 times... 2nd time I got engaged on Eiffel tower itself :). My husband knew my obsession with French and picked a perfect spot to propose exactly when the Eiffel Tower sparkly lights went on... sooo romantic :)...

Hugs,
Laura

Sue said...

Mona--Another beautiful card. The shadings of the pinks are great along with the vintage background. Love the butterflies and the single rose. Just gorgeous. Photos of the Eiffel Tower are great and crystal clear. I have never seen it from that angle before. Great job. Sue M.

Jen Johnson said...

OMG, Mona Cupcake! This is such a gorgeous and elegant vintage card! I love it! It is the pure definition of shabby chic! I love how you stamped your Mon Amie sentiment and framed it! Your butterflies and that awesome crown stamp are the perfect finishing touches! You 100% rocked this challenge! In my book, you are the best!

Tatanky said...

I love the card !! the colors, the butterflies, the roses but most of all the crown stamp ! I'm a fan of your style. I've been to Paris three times. The last time on 2006 for my honeymoon we stayed at a very small hotel....but I could see the Eiffel Tower from my room window it was so nice at night !

Shabby Horse said...

OMG - this is magnificent! What a beautiful card. i love the butterflies and EVERYTHING on it! Great work!

Linda Beeson said...

Gasp! This is more then dreamingly wonderful!


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