Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Happenstance

I'm not supposed to be here today. Until the winter weather acted up (again!), my sister Sue and I were supposed to be about 4 hours north of here painting my dad's living room and kitchen today. Since the roads up in northern Wisconsin were horrid, we've postponed our trip for a few days. However...that means I have had a day to catch up on around-the-house stuff, and today, I am playing in my craft room. Kinda nice, except I love spending time with Sue, and laughing with dad. That's coming soon though...

As a "happy happenstance," I made a card that fits two challenges. I've been looking at W Plus 9's Monday Mood Board for a few days. Rather than try to explain the colors, I'll show you in a minute. But as an aside, you need to know that when I was about 12, my mom told me that she loved me in grays. That's obviously stuck with me for oh, a 'few' years. And one year for Easter, she made me a yellow, A-line, sleeveless, cotton dress, with a border of white daisies at the hem. I LOVED that dress. Funny what we remember, isn't it? Anyway...the MMB rekindled memories and that's always a good thing!




See why I fell in love with it? This board is amazing!!!

And then this morning, Fusion's new challenge came up. Talk about a 'happy happenstance!!' See...




What divine inspiration! You've just got to love this! However, other than the double horizontal stripes going across the it, that's as close as I could get to the sketch for this card. Sticking with the left side for now...who knows, maybe I'll be back with more of a combo. And without further ado:




Other than the Neenah white base, I raided my scrap box for all other papers, including those textured gold strips at the bottom. The sentiment and flowers are from one of my all-time favorite sets, Fresh Cut Florals by W Plus 9. Inks are from SU (yellow), MME (stone), and Stampabilities (gold). An SU lable punch, inked with a little more gold. Hit my sewing box for the gold thread. Made a little 'nest,' which is so trendy right now. Usually I'm not much of a trend follower, though, I'll admit that there've been a few that I've liked. And that's all I've got for today. Time for me to get some work done, and then if I have time, more cards! Happy dances everyone!

19 comments:

Hannelie said...

Hi Bev... glad to see you!
I love the gold thread... it's the perfect touch!
♥♥♥

Bobby said...

I guess you did a different fuse - Mood Board and Fusion - and the results are spectacular. Have fun painting with your sister. I know how much laughing can go on as I've painted with my daughter and we have a ball.

Marybeth said...

I am working on the same two challenges today as well.
Sorry about your trip being canceled due to weather. Nice to catch up around the house though.
Your card is simply stunning!

cm said...

I LOVE the story of your mom 'gently' nudging you from your palette of grey to the sunshine of yellow, through a dress that sounds absolutely lovely. I'd so enjoy adding such a piece to my wardrobe - because I'm now feeling the need to 'spring up' a rather drab wardrobe. Perhaps a shopping trip on the horizon (with my mom, when we go Edmonton, as in - fingers crossed - next weekend!!). So glad you didn't venture north; we watched footage on weather conditions in your state, and yes, home is where you needed to be! Yikes! Your card captures the essence of both challenges wonderfully! The WPlus9 arrangement: wow. Adding those dies/stamps to my wish list. The chevrons make me smile! Fabulous card, my friend, fabulous! Hugs~c

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

You've combined these two (three?) challenges perfectly, I think - you've got the MMB and the Fusion flowers and I think you're pretty darn close on the sketch. I love the gold 'nest' - something I'll have to work on at some point. Glad you were able to make good use of your found time - have a safe trip when you do end up going!

Craftychris said...

Lovely summery card. The chevrons look cool and I love the addition of the gold thread xx

Julia Aston said...

Your greys and yellows look wonderful on this pretty card Bev - beautiful group of flowers and love the chevrons! Thanks for sharing your memory story and for playing with Fusion!

Cathy Weber said...

You are quite the speed demon...first card in the gallery and a gorgeous one to boot! Really pretty with the chevron and flower mix...so lucky you could make one card which fit so perfectly for two challenges!

Tracey McNeely said...

Way to tackle both challenges Bev, your card is so gorgeous, I love those chevrons!

Dannielle Robeson said...

Cute card and I love how you combined both challenges! Thanks for playing along with us at fusion!

Jen said...

Terrific card! I love those chevrons!

Geri said...

Yowzers girlfriend...you definitely nailed the mood board, especially with the chevrons and the horizontal lines at the bottom - love the texture on the gold paper!

The way I see it, your pretty little trendy golden nest is dang close to the Fusion sketch as well! Love the flower cluster and label combo - great idea - looks awesome!

Hopefully the weather will 'smarten up' and you gals can be on your way to work magic in your dad's apartment! In the meantime, happy crafting pal :)

wienerhoneymooners said...

Lovely happenstance!!! They are just wonderful!

Kelly Griglione said...

Hi Bev!! So impressed that this came about all from your scrap pile! It's just gorgeous! So glad to see you here at the Fusion Challenge!

Anita in France said...

I love how your colours are gorgeously soft and delicate, Bev ... perfect with those yummy blooms surrounded by the delicious gold nest! Your story of the yellow dress had me smiling ... I had a different colour one but it was made by my Mum and I LOVED it till it wore out! Hugs my friend, Anita :)

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning card Bev, truly stunning! I love those colors together and you just nailed it. Such a sweet way to say thank you too, so beautiful!

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness....love how you interpreted the Fusion inspiration. Gorgeous...and so funny what we do remember. I had these pink and green gingham overalls that I loved...still love that color combo too!

Lyndal said...

FABulous card Bev - LOVE that this combo brings back so many childhood memories!
So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION - hope to see you again soon :)

Laura Davis said...

Lovely!
Laura