Wednesday, May 18, 2011

If the Shoe Fits...

are you surprised that I have a shoe charm? it in every color.   Now that's a philosophy I can endorse.  When I attended grammar and high school I had to wear a uniform and I've been told that having a vast shoe collection was common for girls who wore uniforms.  It was definitely true for me and my friends.  Shoes are pretty much a female obsession, aren't they? 

It's time for Paper Pretties challenge PWC154 to use flowers.  Stop over there to see what the rest of the design team has made.  They're always an inspiration for me.  I'm not very good with using flowers, I love to see them on cards but I have trouble using them.  If you browse through my blog you'll see them here and there but I have to push myself to use them.  So this is a challenging challenge for me.  I like that. 

I was itching to use my newest Pretty stamp set "Sassy Shoes" so I had to think about this for awhile.   Even though the stamp set comes with a flower to add to the pump I didn't want to have that as my flower.  I wanted something more in your face.  So the first thing I did was pick a flower from my stash and from there I worked out the rest of the details.  The sketch is from Jen Del Muro, it's her May Sketch for You To Try.  It's perfect for an image and a big ole flower.   The colors for the papers and ink were picked to match the flower.  

here's a close up of the charm
 Here's a close up so you can get a better view of the charm.   You can also see that the layers are popped up.

I love this stamp set (are you getting tired of hearing this?) and you will too.  Here's some of the reasons why:

1.  there are 4 different shoes in the set.  My pulse quickens as I think about this.  There's a plain shoe, a polka dot shoe (that's the one I used, it reminds me of an faux ostrich bag I have, but I digress...), a leopard shoe AND A ZEBRA SHOE!!!! (my heart be still).  And if that isn't enough...

2.  there are four fun and funky sentiments including "walk on the wild side" 

3.  there's a little bow and a little flower you can add to the pump (I used to buy those fun things to put on my shoes so you know I'm wild for these)

4.  there's a "handstamped for you by" (and it has a little shoe with it) stamp in the set.

5.  this is a really easy to use set.  You don't have to have any coloring skills to work with this set.  Of course you can color the shoes and bow and flowers if you feel like it but all you need to make a great image is to stamp it.  AND this is a clear acrylic stamp that meets the paper with a kiss.  You'll love stamping with it.

I did finish off the inside but I forgot to take a photo.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sassy Shoes"
ink - Stampin' Up "More Mustard"
paper - Wausau "Sunflower", "Tuscan Sun" and "Firecracker Red" cs; My Mind's Eye "Andrea Victoria" dp;
miscellaneous - Recollections mulberry paper flowers, brads, Hero Arts gem stones; Taylor's Tiny Twinkles; ribbon; sewing machine; nesties circle and lacey circle; Stampin' Up border punch

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC154 - Use flowers
A sketch for You To Try - May sketch
Little Claire's #7 - Sparkle
Creative Cowgirls - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Totally Thrilling Thursday - Bling is a Girl's Best Friend
Fairy Fun - For the Girls
Creative Inspirations #59 - Glitzy and bling
Sugar Creek Hollow - recipe 3 dp, 2 die cuts and 1 charm
Really Reasonable Ribbon #24 - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink #28 - Is That Oranges That I Smell
CR84FN28 - Red, Yellow and Neutral

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again.  Now it's time for you to get inky and use some of those flowers you've been stashing away.  Don't forget to link it up on the Paper Pretties challenge blog so we can see what you've made. 


  1. Love this! That shoe charm is the perfect final touch!

  2. LOVE the layers and the sentiment! LOVE the shoe charm and the stitching! FAB card! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

  3. ooh what an elegant stamp and gorgeous papers
    Thanks for joining us at LCI this week
    Lisa x

  4. what a gorgeous and elegant the layers too...thanks for playing with FFF!
    xxx Margreet

  5. Fabulous card! I love all the layers! I went to private school & had to wear a uniform too! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us @ Creative Cowgirls Challenge!

  6. Wow this is amazing!! Love that gorgeous image and the little shoe charm is a lovely touch!! Where did you get that little charm...I love it! :D

    Thanks so much for joining us over at "Fairy Fun Fridays" and good luck!

    xx Tracey -PFD/DT xx

  7. Wowza...this is soooooo gorgeous!!!!

  8. Wow, this is fabulous! Love all the patterns you used! Simply FABULOUS! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Shelly's Images "BLING is a Girl's Best Friend" Challenge.
    We hope you'll join us again soon! Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
    Kaymin Kreations

  9. SOOO fun and fabulous!! Thanks so much for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  10. What a fun card Chris! Perfect for the fashionista GF! So true and that is exactly what I do when I find a comfy pair of shoes! :)

  11. Ooops! Was side tracked by your fab card and forgot to Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

  12. Oh my YES!!! This is FABULOUS! Love the patterned paper! How perfectly feminine! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN!!!

  13. Great papers, lovely bows, pretty shoe and cute charm! Fabulous!! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week!!

    PS - I think must be atypical - usually only have two or three pairs of shoes at any one time ;)

  14. This is just stunnin!! love the shoe and all of your comments about the set are just darling. I am glad to hear that there is someone else out there that struggles with flowers. I agree, love them on cards, but just can't quite achieve the same look. Thanks so much for playing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow and hope you will join us again soon.
    Patti SDT/SCH

  15. Gorgeous colors and such fabulous details, thanks so much for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge this week at One Stitch at a Time
    Debs R

  16. What a great images, love the shoe.
    Wonderful rich colors too. Thanks for joining us at SCH.
    Hugs, Heide

  17. I wasn't paying attention but that gave me the excuse to check out your gorgeous creation again--love it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations and Prairie Fairy Fridays

  18. Lovely paper and colour scheme on this card.

    Many thanks for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge over at OSAAT

    Mandy (DT member for OSAAT)

  19. Lovely card thanks for joining us at Little Claire x

  20. Very pretty!! I love those colors, and all your added embellies are just so perfect! Thanks so much for playing this week in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge!

    Connie M.

  21. this is soooo beautiful, LOVE that shoe and what a gorgeous color combo! thanks so much for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  22. This card is so elegant! Love the image & the charm is adorable!


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