Saturday, March 1, 2014

WPlus9 Stretch It Challenge

***This is my second post for today.  If you're looking for the WCMD Blog Hop, please scroll down

I wanted to play along with the last birthday challenge over at WPlus9, but this was definitely the toughest one.  We were supposed to stretch ourselves and try something outside our comfort zone.  I like to try different things and dabble with many different styles, but the one style that really doesn't come naturally to me is Freestyle Collage.  I'm kind of an ordered person and don't really enjoy the 'free' part of freestyle.

So, here's what I came up with.

I used Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook collection for the thin strips of paper and the fussy cut flowers.  The frame was fussy cut from the 12x12 paper.  Some bits of doily and stitching as well as some leaves from More Fresh Cuts that were die cut and then stamped after I spritzed the stamp with water added some pops of green.

I felt like it needed a little more oomph, so I added some sequins.  Funny thing about sequins, I have a hard time stopping....and then I often feel like I overdid it, but I think this is OK....I used magenta, clear, and gold sequins from Neat & Tangled and those giant gold ones are from Teresa Collins (thanks Tessa!).

What do you think?  Free enough to be considered freestyle collage

I also wanted to say thanks to Dawn for hosting all these challenges this month.  I've really enjoyed playing along!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  AC - Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 6x6 and 12x12 papers; Avery Elle - Silver Fox and White cardstock
Stamps:  WPlus9 - Fresh Cut Florals and More Fresh Cuts
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn
Other:  WPlus9 - More Fresh Cuts Dies; Neat & Tangled - Magento, Clear, and Gold sequins; Teresa Collins - You are My Happy Sequins; CTMH - Liquid Glass; Tombow - Mono and Multi Mono Adhesives; Misc Doily; Sewing Machine


  1. Well done, Miriam! I'm completely with you there about wanting to control everything, and so this would be a huge challenge for me, too. I think your card is really lovely! Love all the elements you brought together!

  2. Really love your design - this is wonderful!!!

  3. Incredible!! I've been staring at this for a few minutes, just taking in all of the details!!

  4. I love it!! I find free style super hard too!!

  5. totally gorgeous.. love the added sequins..

  6. This is gorgeous !! I think you did an awesome job in free style collage, it's always fun to go out of the comfort zone especially when the end result is pretty :)

  7. This is really the kind of cards that make my heart soar!!
    LOve it Miriam!!

  8. This is gorgeous! LOVING the sequins!!!!!!

  9. I don't know if free or what all I know is gorgeous! Love the clustering!

  10. Gorgeous!!! I love all the elements!

  11. So very beautiful... love your card!

  12. LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this card! LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about---esp the way you've used this patterned paper! FAB! You rock! <3 x1000000000000:)