Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Retro Jules

Good afternoon everyone! Well it's still morning for me, but I just know that I will get interrupted and it will be well after 12 when this gets posted! Today I have a cute retro-ish, very red card to share with you. I'm actually not sure if I can call this retro but the paper was EP - Happy Days I just love the rose print and those poke-a-dots.

The card layout is based off of the current 'A Die for a Sketch' Challenge (#3). This is only the third sketch challenge that they have posted but I like how they keep it simple. The sketch that you get just shows the paper layout and you are free to use and place embellishment's as you like.

Close up on the image that I used. There are a lot of challenges right now that want you to make your own background. I used distressed ink for a sunset cloud background and then for a field of flowers. I'm not so sure if I love it but it's kinda cute. I really like how I colored her dress but I'm thinking that I should have colored the poke-a-dot part on her dress blue instead of red.

I tried to follow the sketch through on the inside with a few small changes and a little less embellishment. When I went to cut out the red circle I couldn't find my extra red paper, so I ended up cutting it out of the middle of the background red. Once I had everything together and started to put stuff away I then ended up finding the extra red paper that I had had out. Isn't that just how it works?

Final picture and big question. How do you attach your flowers to your cards? I had asked one person and she said that she just used glue dots. When I started using flowers on cards I would cut off the stems and then place them using glue dots, though I did try to use glue a few times and figured out fast that it wasn't going to work. Now I tend to twist the stems of my flowers together before using glue dots to place them on my cards. So my question is, short of stapling, is there any other way besides glue dots to adhere the flowers to a card?

~ A small tip from this card, when using ribbons that have a loose weave they tend to fray very quickly. There is a product called Fray Check that you can use on the ends of the ribbon, you only need to use a small amount and it drys fairly fast and clear. I really like it because I don't have to worry about my bows falling apart thread by thread.

So the Image was colored with Copic's and distressed inks, the roses are from wild orchid crafts, Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles and the Standard Circles were used as for my die cuts, the butterfly is from a Close to my Heart package from about a year ago, the bow is just a piece of scrap ribbon that I had and a corsage pin is stuck through the middle, and the image is Saturated Canary - Jules.

Thank you for stopping by!
XoX ~Sarah

Challenges entered:
A Die for a Sketch - Challenge #3
Saturated Canary - Challenge #23 The Great Outdoors
StampARTic - Dies
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 167 Going Around in Circles
Just Some Lines - Layer it Up Challenge
Totally Papercrafts - Challenge #120 Frame It
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Challenge #25 Seeing Spots and Dots
Simon Says Stamp - Lets Play BINGO  (Ribbon-Free-Blooms and/or Die cut-Free-Glitter)


  1. This is just adorable! Thanks for joining us at Just Some Lines. :)


  2. Such a pretty card Sarah lovely bright colours.

    Great to see you at Allsorts challenge this week, thanks so much to joining in.

    B x

  3. Beautiful card Sarah with an amazing amount of detail, love the sweet image and the fab design!
    Thanks for going round in circles with us at Allsorts and good luck!
    Hugs Nicola xxx

  4. Gorgeous card Sarah :-) such a lovely image and I love the papers and colours ,, fab backround too, the sky looks FAB !! :-)

    I find glossy accents stick flowers onto cards really well and dries quickly, or multi medium is fab too but it does take quite a while to dry.

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  5. Such a pretty card, Sarah! Red is my "happy" colour and it looks wonderful on your card! That image is fabulous and you've done a great job colouring it! I agree that Fray Check does a marvelous job! Yay for repeating the sketch on the inside of the card! So glad you joined us again at A Die For A Sketch!...Nancy :o)

  6. Very nice cards! Thank you for participating in our competition at StampARTic :-))

  7. Such a beautiful card, love the image and papers. Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts.
    Hugs Sue W.

  8. Hi..Lovely creation, fab colour choice, thanks for joining in with our challenge at CRAFTY RIBBONS x carol

  9. gorgeous card i love the colours you've used and the sweet image too. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons. luv gina xx

  10. Gorgeous card, Sarah, love the colors and the cute image!

  11. Great card Sarah and I love that image. It's hard to believe you are new at making cards because this one is lovely. I see you finish the inside of your cards and that's one thing I wish I had done when I started. I do it now and it completes the card so good on ya!
    Thanks for joining us at A Die for a Sketch, good luck in the draw and hope to see you next time too.

  12. Hi Sarh! Love the colours and image! Jules is gorgeous all the red...love it. Thanks for joining us at a Die for a Sketch! Willie

  13. Hi Sarah, I'm so sorry that it's taken me ages to reply to a couple of comments you left on my blog - I have a small daughter and she's off on school holidays right now so my computer time is limited and therefore my replies can be very delayed.

    Have just been having a wander back through your blog and your cards are so pretty. The art walk sounded like a great thing as well and love the art that you brought, really does make me think of the sea.

    You'd asked if one of my shaped cards was made using a punch, it's actually a large die (a company called Go-Kreate, don't know if you can get them in the US) and then just folded to create the stepper. The image was cut out using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die - hope this helps.

    Look forward to seeing you again, and won't leave it so long to comment next time!!


    PS - Your query about how to glue on flowers - for this type of flower I use a wet PVA glue from Wild Orchid Crafts called 'Crafters Pick', but I think it's American so you might well be able to get it somewhere more local to you. I actually us it an awful lot - it sticks brilliantly! I cut the stems off the flowers and then pop a small sized blob of the glue on the bottom of the flower, press it onto the card and hold for 30 secs - hey presto it's glued. By the next day nothing will take it off!!!

  14. Oh, what a wunderful card,and nice bright colours.

    Thank you for joining our challenge over at A DIE FOR A SKETCH

    nice greeting from Andrea

  15. Hi Sarah, what a lovely card. I love the colour you chose, the papers you combined. The decoration is fantastic, love all the blinky gems and the colouration of the beautiful stamp is great.
    Thanks also for your visit and your so lovely comment on my blog.
    Hugs Claudia

  16. WOw - really beautiful! Thanks for joing us at StampARTic!

  17. I LOVE your BEAUTIFUL card! The cat is my favorite part!! Thank you for sharing!