April 4, 2007

Arturo + Pearls = Happy Dance

In this case, perhaps a waltz -- certainly something elegant. I placed an order with Ellen Hutson a few weeks ago for some Arturo stationery. Being the awesome crafter/businesswoman and all around nice person that Ellen is, she threw in some gorgeous self adhesive pearls (and some ribbon, too)! I wasn't really sure what to do with the pearls -- they are so beautiful, they went into the "hoard" category! However, today I made this card (which I mostly like): I used the beautiful celery green Arturo card, simply stamped with an SU Taken With Teal marker onto one of the stamps from Impression Obsession Damask Floral clear set (to die for, IMHO and only $15 -- less if you use a coupon!) and the word "Bonjour" from Stampin Up's Carte Postale. This color combination is fabulous, but I felt that I stamped the image and the word a bit too low on the card. Frustration to the max! So, I re-made the card with the blue Arturo stationery and suddenly remembered my pearls! What do you think?????? Pretty darn fabulous, if I say so myself (and you know I rarely crow about my own work.). Amazing what a few pearls can do! I think that Ellen has found the perfect accent when you are wishing you were Audrey Hepburn. (Please don't tell me you don't know who Audrey Hepburn is!) ***** Hmm, so now Julia wants to know my second favorite color. This is getting interesting. After buttery yellow, my second fave is blue! Anyone know why Julia wants to know? Julia??

25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Joan!!!! I definitely love it with the pearls.

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  2. That second card with the pearls is fabulous. Yes I know who Audrey Hepburn was. You don't have to be too old to know that(I think)

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  3. I love *both* versions! They are both very elegant. I wonder how a deep red would look...?

    *VERY* happy to have found your blog. I *so much* enjoy reading it. I have missed all of your level-headedness since I left SCS, so I'm happy to have found your work here. Thanks so much for sharing! ~ Kaylyn C.

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  4. Mmmm...they are both elegant, but gotta love those pearls!! that card seems brighter too. :0) Hope you didn't chuck the first card! Just cut a slit in the top left fold and tie some ribbon around it...it'll fill up the extra blank space! :0)

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  5. Gorgeous, Joan!! and, yes, I know who Audrey Hepburn is!! although, Kate is my favorite Hepburn:-)

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  6. OOooOo very elegant!

    Thanks for letting me know the next fav color! I'm keeping my lips zipped for now! :D

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  7. I love the simple elegance of your card. I used one of my Impression Obsession stamps just today.

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  8. Wow!!!! These are really stunning. So elegant and beautiful. Just breathtaking.

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  9. Pearls... so elegant ... so wonderful!
    Great addition to your card. I have to agree with Kaylyn though - both versions are lovely. I would love to see it in eggplant!

    (off to Ellen's store!)

    Patti

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  10. I love both Joan! It's too hard to choose.

    Linda (LSN on SCS)

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  11. Lovely cards, Joan! I like the position of Bonjour on the 1st one, too. Now, may I be today's Julia and ask a Q? Well, actually 2; where did you find your coupon? Did you buy other Impression Obsession stamps? :-) Cheers!
    Cristina

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  12. I love the addition of the pearls. It gives the card that extra pop. You always say you don't do simple beautiful cards but I think this one fits the bill. :)

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  13. Yes, it is amazing what a few pearls can do. :) Your card is absolutely gorgeous Joan. Both cards are gorgeous.

    Mary

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  14. Both fab, but the second one is amazing. Yes, the pearls really do add that extra special something. Gorgeous Joan!

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  15. Joan you are way tooooooo FUNNY! I really love both cards and didn't see anything wrong with it until you POINTED it out....The second one is better but there isn't anything wrong with the first one. How about adding a scalloped to the top that may fill it in with a little sticker around the scallop...just a thought!

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  16. Well Done, Joan! Your second card is simple, yet "tres elegante."

    - dlm.

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  17. Gorgeous card! I really like the addition of the pearls.

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  18. The pearls are a fab addition!
    I watched a movie with Audrey Hepburn when I was pregnant and now that's one of my DD's names.

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  19. Very nice! How did you adhere the pearls? (or did I need to pay more attn?)
    Lynn Anne

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  20. Beautiful cards. The pearls definitely add a lovely accent. But I liked the first card also.
    Audrey Hepburn--another one of my favs.

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  21. Another two STUNNERs! Simple and very, very elegant!
    I LOVE Audrey Hepburn and her marvelous style. I think I saw all of her movies. TFS.

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  22. Beautiful card - absolutely love the pearl embellishments.

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  23. No doubt about it, this is an Audrey Hepburn kind of card! I was thinking how much I liked the first one...didn't think it was stamped too low...but this! This is excellence in ink (and pearls). Lovely!

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  24. Oh! Oh! *Waving hand* I know Audrey!! Before my time but I certainly know and adore her! :)
    And I adore this fantastic card of yours! So elegant and simple! And the colors... awesome! Those pearls are fabo!!! You done good, girlie, very good!
    ~Angie

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  25. Joan, you are really on a roll! This is perfection--simple, clean, perfectly embellished--all hallmarks of great design!

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