Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Swan Lake ~ MMSC11

It's another Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! Come on over and play with us!
Be sure to hop on over the the Midnight Madness Blog for all the details on the fun prizes and activities going on and also take a look at the wonderful samples created by my team~mates too!
This week I decided to play with a vintage print once again. These swans are just so peaceful and majestic looking that I just couldn't leave them untouched any longer. :) I've printed and layered them several times and then added a touch of glitter and glossy accents to the water and a little glitter to the grasses. And what do you think of those pearl buttons?! I was sorting through my many stashes of crafting and sewing supplies while getting ready for a yard sale and found these. They haven't seen the light of day in many years! They are very special to me because they are what's left~over from when I sewed my wedding gown. I have these buttons sewn on the sleeves of my gown. I considered pulling out the gown to show you all, but it's buried so deeply in storage that I just couldn't get to it this week. Who knew I'd be sewing the remaining buttons onto handmade cards all this time later!

17 comments:

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Speaking of elegant creations....This is downright incredibly gorgeous Michelle!! Love your ribbon flowers, the gorgeous swans and all the textures on this card with the soft colors! Beautiful take on this week's sketch!! You rock my dear!

Sue said...

Michelle, this is a gorgeous card!
I love swans and I clicked to make the card bigger, love the water and grass sparkley accents too. Flowers are beautiful. Wonderful card, made even more so by using those "perfect pearls".

chercroppin said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Great attention to detail, love it all!

Carolyn said...

So beautiful, Michelle. It looks "wedding-ie". I think you should save and frame this card. What a special keepsake from your wedding. Those swans really are elegant. I love your take this week.

Sue @ McMahon Five Designs said...

These swans are gorgeous! Your colors are so soothing and need I mention the pearls from your wedding? Awesome!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Michelle this card is stunning. The layering of the swans as well as the extra embellishments make this card so fantastic! Love it! Great job on the sketch challenge.

Carol said...

Michelle: I love the tranquil softness of your card this week. When I was viewing the cards this morning, this was the one I kept coming back to. Swans speak of compassion, freedom and beauty and they mate for life. Your wedding dress pearls were a perfect pairing for this card. You are so clever!!! I love the stitching, the embossing, and the flowers. This is truly a phenomenal piece or artistry!

Abby said...

Wow Michelle such an elegant card! Your swans are so beautiful and peaceful looking. How nice to have included pearls from such a special time in your life....Abby:)

Denise @ Paper Gems said...

WOW! Michelle,

This card should be "framed" and hung in your home as it is so earthy and sentimental with "pearls" left over from your own wedding dress.

... and I have to mention, NOT only was the dress beautiful on, but completely sewn by Michelle and then the dress won 1st. place @ our local state fair that year!

...Just remember crafters! *NEVER* through anything away, as these "pearl buttons" have a NEW life with in this beautiful "keepsake" card creation!

Heidi said...

Michelle, this is so WOW is all I can say, it is truly beautiful!

cabio's craft corner said...

Love the dimensonal effect on the swans. Very neat little pictures for this card challenge!
Hugs,
Cabio

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Michelle, this has to be one of my favorites of yours....I love swans and once spent almost a year trying to photograph swans close up....it's a long story!! Anyway, this card is amazing and you have given those beautiful birds such a tranquil setting...absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.
can I have it????? LOL Just kidding!
Hugs,
Charlotte

susanwilliamsrn said...

this is just beautiful...i love the image and i love how you made the water look so real....also i really like the pearls....what is your plan for this card? are you going to give it away with those special pearls on it? hope to see a later post of your dress.

Yvonne said...

This is just so beautiful, Michelle! I agree with you, the swans are really beautiful, and I love the story with the pearls, which makes this a very special card, I think.
Hugs, Yvonne.

Jodi said...

Very pretty and elegant card!! Just so beautiful!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

Beautiful card Michelle!!! Love the swans and talk about putting a little bit of ourselves into each card we make, yours speaks volumes this time!!! Another great card by Michelle.

Karen W said...

Oh my this is stunning. What did you use for the background paper? It looks textured? Just gorgeous