March 13, 2011

it's distressing

When I saw this “oh so lovely” image for Moxie Fab’s Tuesday Trigger, I knew that I wanted to use Distress crackle paint to get the aged look of the chair. And lucky me, it meant that whatever I made could be entered into Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #5:  Distressing Edges, too.

I had hoped to pull in the lushness of the floral bouquet, but couldn’t get it to work with my supplies on hand. After making a few sketches and looking through my inspiration folder, I came up with the idea for a card using buttons for dimension, but there was still something missing. Enter Betsy Veldman’s use of PTI’s soon-to-be-released angled label die and I knew what would finish my card, a ticket.

In the interest of full disclosure, I had pulled the elements of my card together, but had not yet assembled it, before seeing Lisa Johnson’s Flower Fusion #2 card. I was pretty pleased with myself for coming up with a similar design as one of the talented PTI design team members. Go me.

Life has been somewhat distressing this past month, which explains my lack of posts. Creativity had taken a back seat, so I was excited when ideas starting percolating upon viewing the trigger photo. Thanks, Cath.

My wish for you is that your life is not as ragged around the edges as this card.


PS – My plan was to enter my sister’s birthday card into the Papertrey Paper Dolls PTI challenge, but as the deadline nears and my daughter keeps calling in frustration over a performance installation piece, my plans have changed. This card is being entered in the challenge. My P*T*I items are:
            P:  paper and paint
            T:  ticket and twine
            I:  ink and inspiration from PTI DT member Betsy

paper:  kraft c/s (PTI)
stamps:  Just the Ticket, Round & Round (PTI); Create Spring (Hampton Art)
ink:  silk green pigment, burnt sienna chalk, creamy brown chalk (Clearsnap)
paint:  old paper Distress crackle paint (Ranger)
dies:  Just the Ticket border (PTI)
extras:  buttons (PTI and Basic Grey); jute twine (Westrim Crafts)


Michelle said...

Your layout is simple, but the distressing really adds texture and dimension, as do the buttons. Love it! Thanks for playing along with the Paper Dolls Challenge. Good luck!

onecraftymama said...

I really love the pop of the buttons! I think I want to try that distress paint too....hmmm.... :D

Monika Wright said...

this card is gorgeous, you rocked the flowers!

Cath said...

Hey Nancy! What a sweet approach to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! Thanks so much for playing along! :)

Lea L. said...

Very pretty!! Great job with the Tuesday Trigger challenge!! ♥♥♥

Julie Day said...

Too cute! Love the button flowers :)

Kelly in Canada said...

oh, i love this. what a great take on both challenges.

Laurie said...

This is so pretty! I love the distressing! And the ticket!!

Monika Wright said...

just fyi: i pre-posted all my posts this week and haven't done any real blogging since Saturday. Just having fun creating and being with the girls...oh and had a mid-week date night tonight!

Kara said...

this is so cool!! thanks for the suggestion about tuesday's trigger...i took your advice!

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

What a great card!!! Love those buttonflowers and the background is perfect!!!

Joyce said...

Love how you used part of the Just a Ticket stamp/die for your sentiment. Great idea.

Marjolaine said...

Awesome blog and I really like this card! I have an award for you on my blog.

Mommy said...

So pretty! Love the painting technique and the ticket portion! And I am all for life being not as ragged as the card. So sweet of you to say so! I love the lady who said you can complain about the dishes you have to wash each day or you can be grateful that your family had food to eat on those very same dishes! I try to choose the second one whenever possible but some days are very big challenges - and boy to I get tired of not having a dishwasher! Have a great day!