Friday, May 21, 2010

Chocolate Leaves

I finally had time to make a card!  I cannot believe I haven't stamped anything in two weeks.  I knew that I wanted to participate in Ted's fun May challenge.  Have you seen it?  Oh my, what a creative challenge.  He called it Eat Your Heart Out!, a menu challenge.  Go check it out and play along.

Here are the rules I had to follow since my birth year ends in a 2:
  • card base = brown
  • technique = paper piecing
  • embellishment = floss, string, thread
  • main image = leaves
Here's what I came up with:

I can't tell you how hard this challenge was for me.  I started with another idea, using a different stamp set, and worked on it forever before giving up.  In the end, I decided to keep it simple.  The paper piecing was the hardest part.  I couldn't get any creative juices flowing.  I wanted to stick to leaves and not add any flowers, etc. so I just decided to paper piece two of the leaves that I stamped on the base.  I added the button for balance.  What do you think?





All products from Papertrey Ink unless noted

Stamps:  Year of Flowers: Violet
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Green Tea Leaves pp
Ink:  Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate
Accessories:  new leaf button, DMC floss 967, long rectangle nesties (spellbinders), pop dots

16 comments:

Diane Jaquay said...

I think it's beautiful!! The leaves stamped in Vintage Cream on the brown card stock look FABULOUS! Love what you did with the string, and the paper pieced leaves add a nice pop of color :)

Nadine said...

I think you made a great decision keeping it simple! Everything is nicely balanced and well designed. I always have a hard time with Ted's challenges (that's why they're called challenges, lol) and I think you did a fabulous job!

Ted said...

Sara, I'm loving this card! The balance is perfect and the green button --- perfect color! Great piecing... wonderful. Thanks for participating in my challenge! :)

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

I think this turned out gorgeous Sara! I think you struck the perfect balance with all the elements, and the paper pieced leaves give such a wonderful pop of colour!

Barbara said...

I love it, Sara!! So unexpected to see those PP leaves, but so cool! Great job!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Beautiful card. CAS

Emm said...

Great job with the challenge-I think it turned out great!

Jill said...

Yes, it works! In fact, it looks sophisticated and tropical all at the same time. I think you did Ted's challenge proud!

Noora said...

Sara, this is a stunning card! I really love how it turned out..so elegant!

Angy said...

I think you did a great job! Beautiful...

Laurie said...

Sara I love this! The leaves really pop on that brown cardstock! Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie Gaydos said...

Beautiful card!! The leaves look so bold on the dark background, and love your use of the floss.

Joan B said...

gorgeous!

Dana said...

Oh so pretty Sara. I like the balance here...the pieced leaves are the perfect touch with all the open stamped ones in the BG, and the scalloped sentiment panel is sweet...did you score through it?

Jackie Pedro said...

This is fabulous, Sara!!! I love the paper pieced leaves!!!

Barb said...

Sara. This is a beautiful card. I love the colors and the leaves are the perfect accent. Simple but gorgeous!