“A Creative Romance” Launches Its First Challenge & Candy Winners

 Happy Friday! Today is the “big” day as our new challenge blog, A Creative Romance, is launched!  Yippee… I am so very excited to be part of this amazing design team, and what makes it so very special is that building this blog over the past couple of months was such a completely collaborative effort. Jenny and Becky have done an incredible job putting together our two teams- the “Chic Crafters” and the “Elegant Artisans”.   I laugh as I type this as remember how funny it was trying to come up with names of teams!!
    Each team will host a challenge every two weeks and the winners will receive fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors! We also have some surprise guests posting today to help give us an inspirational send off!  Our first challenge which begins today is …

         For my card, I selected an image that I purchased a while ago but never got to color up. She is a digi image by Pretty Little Stamps called “Pretty Mermaid.”  She is stamped on Make it Colour blending cardstock and colored with copic markers.

    The design paper is a new paper pad by DCWV called Art Collage Stack. I really like it as many of the papers look just like mixed media pages. I used some of the lighter colored papers as the image has such intense colors.  For some reason my photos do not do justice to the colors of the papers.. the background dp is full of pastels and the torn dp across the bottom is such a soft yellow- for some reason (maybe because I took the pics late at night) the paper colors are faded out.  I tried with and without lighting and still no help… Here is a better pic of the papers…
I distressed the edges of my cardstock, dp and image with the Zutter distress tool and Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo distress ink.  I tore the bottom of my layered cardstock and then distressed with ink for a worn look- same with the sentiment, which I also crinkled up.  I always go back to my older Just Rite stamp set and this one is from the Friendship sentiments.  The metal corner is once again “frantaged” with Antique Wine and gold glitter.  I added gesso to the cheesecloth and it helped stiffen it and give it a brighter white look. To the cheesecloth I attached star fish, gold seed beads and some red heart shaped glass beads. I ended with shabby seam binding and wooden heart from Live and Love Crafts. Last, I used a new stamp I just got from Our Daily Bread Designs that I just LOVE!! I thought I would use it  more on this image, but I only stamped it in the corners of the image. It is a large (4×5)“Fish Net” background stamp and I can’t wait to use it again. If you click HERE, you can see the stamp and all the other ways it is used. As always, the flowers and heart pearls are from WOC.

    You will have from now until June 20th to enter our “Anything Goes” challenge. We would just love to see your creations.  One lucky winner will receive a gift certificate from The Ribbon Girls! We will also be selecting our Top 3 to receive our “Paper Goddess” badge.
    Let me end by saying that over the past few months, I have grown so close to this incredibly talented group of women who come from all parts of the world!  It is my sincere hope that visiting our blog and playing along in our challenges will give you the chance to get to know each and every one- I am sure, like me, you will most certainly recognize many of them!
     Thank you so very much for becoming followers and cheering us on.  Why not hop over to the challenge blog to see what the “Chic Crafters” and our Guest Designers have created to inspire you! Also check to see if you are one of our four lucky SPONSOR CANDY WINNERS!   Have a great day, and thank you for your kind comments!
Meljens Designs – Opposites Attract (Green, Red)
Freshly Brewed- Mermaids
Lady Anne’s Stamp Challenge
Lady Bug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog- Color Wheel (Red, Green)
Deep Ocean Challenge- For a Girl
Papertake Weekly- Anything Goes
Gingerloft- Creatures of the Sea
Pinspirational- Mermaid (Photo Inspiration)
Cupcake Inspirations- At the beach
Lacy Sunshine- Anything Goes

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Ann Marie, that is so stunning! Such a sweet pretty stamp! Beautifully coloured!! Love the background too and the darling seastars. Gorgeous. Hugs, Wends xxx

  2. Rene

    This is GORGEOUS! I loooove it! Thank you so much for sharing her with us at Cupcake Inspirations! Good luck!
    Rene ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Zella

    Ann Marie, this is beautiful! I love how you colored the image and everything from the ribbon to the papers to the flowers – just adds so much. I'm heading over to check out your new challenge blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for joining us at {PIN}spirational Challenges!

  4. Stunning image and card. Thanks for sharing at Gingerloft's Critters of the Sea Challenge. Hugs Tania (DT)xx

  5. coops

    so stunning ann marie.really gorgeous image and I love your beautiful colours and design ๐Ÿ˜€

    xx coops xx

  6. Penny

    Just beautiful, Ann Marie! Love the image & your fab coloring! Love your design, layers, distressing, textures, and embellies on this, too! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  7. This really is glorious Anne Marie. I love the colours and the vintage shabby feel to your creation. Brilliant little image.

    Thank you for joining us at Lady Anne's Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. I hope you join us again soon.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

    DT member Lady Anne's Challenges

  8. Tove

    What a lovely card! The motif is so cute and lovely, love the coloring. Hugs:)

  9. Kerry

    Wow Anne Marie…your coloring is outstanding! Gorgeous card..love all the embellishments, especially the starfish. Thanks so much for joining in our Color Wheel Challenge at LCI this fortnight xx

  10. Wow! How Beautiful is this! Amazing Colouring and Gorgeous Layers! Thankyou for joining us at Deep Ocean!

  11. wow. precious and beautiful! thanks for joining us at fresh brewed designs ๐Ÿ™‚

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