Sunday, April 4, 2010

"Garden Romance........" Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #47

A "Happy Easter" to everyone!  Today's challenge lead me on a quest for something "old fashioned and romantic". Imagine a warm summer day a few centuries ago in Greece or Italy. The smell of roses in the air and the sound of dragonflies faintly audible. Feel the sun on your skin........Ok, enough of that! You get the picture. MMSC details can be found HERE.  Seriously, when you see this weeks sketch below you can see how I came up with my idea. The columns were made using a Spellbinders die who's name escapes me that allows you to "build" columns of any height. The set itself has several base, body and top options. When I "HAD TO HAVE IT" I wasn't sure what exactly I was going to do with it but as with most of my purchases they find a purpose eventually. Its hard to see but the columns were given a iridescence by sponging Adirondack metallic acrylic paint dabber in Pearl, with fine crystal glitter sprinkled onto the wet paint. Next they were sponged lightly in the body and on the sides with Ranger distress ink in Vintage Photo. The lattice panels are part of a MS border punch with the scallops cut off. The columns themselves are propped up with dimensionals. The edges of the background DP were distress and glittered. The "vines" were found in the floral section of Joanne Fabrics and cut to fit. The vines and roses are attached with Locktite Super Glue Gel. I use this for all my embellishments. Dries quick and stays on!

The Details:

Stamps:    SU ( Can't remember set), Unknown side pose Dragonfly

Paper:      Neenah Solar Crest #120 (base), DP ( Best Creations   "Craft n Craftin")

Ink:          Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Vintage Photo

Other:      MS border punch, Spellbinders die, Roses (Wild, Vine (Joanne Fabrics) Stardust
                Stickles, Copic markers (G21, G24, E33, RV32, RV34), MS glitter "Smoky Quartz", crystals.

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT week!



  1. Wow, love your columns! Love the whole card, in fact. Sparkly dragon flyies are so pretty and the climbing roses are lovely. Very creative how you used the punch in place of the stitching too. Thanks for sharing your card with us again this week. Always fun to come see what you are creating.

    MMSC March Guest

  2. HI Holly - this is truly divine - yes romantic and totally a favourite!! I love the vines, they look like they have literally grown up those columns! The dragonflies are perfect too - another amazing card Holly - you ROCK girl!

  3. oh and...Thank you for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we appreciate your support and love to visit with you! We look forward to seeing you next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team...LOL!

  4. I had al look at MMSC page and I saw your card; and wow this is just so sweet. Love the dragonflies and the columms you have made.
    Had a look in your blog as weel; and I love your work! You are truly talented. Like the way you take a picture of all the things you use for each card.
    Happy easter!
    Hugs Guro

  5. Holly this is exquisite. I am in awe of those pretty dragonflies. This is simply charming and totally romantic. Thank you so much for gracing us with this lovely creation. We appreciated you playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :o}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  6. Just love your image and colors with the dimension!!The trellis and roses are beautiful!! Awesome take on the MMSC sketch!! Thanks for joining us this week!

  7. Hi Holly, this is just breathtaking..I have no idea where to start.. love the colors and all the bling. Your vines and lattice work is so perfect with the sketch and dragonflies. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
    MMSC Hostess

  8. What a beautiful card! love the trellis, the flowers, the dragonflies, the sparkly bling - love it all!