Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fusion Challenge: A Tribute to the 1980s





 Well Hello There! That's exactly what I said when my mom showed me these gold doilies from the 1980's that she found at a garage sale for 25 cents. There were probably no white doilies in the 80s. Everything had to be gold or shiny.


 I cut the center of the doily out and layered that under a speech bubble cut from Studio Calico Darling Dear paper. The gem in the "o" is a nod to the glitzy doily. After putting it on the card on my way to following the Fusion sketch, I really kinda liked it as it was.


I had more Studio Calico paper out for the card, so I cut another piece and stuck it on the inside. Really liked the contrast of the graphic lines with the frilly gold doily. But, this is not really the sketch, is it? So we must press on : )

  
Although this is not exactly like the sketch either, I took my inspiration from the curve at the bottom. Cutting along the paper's jagged lines gives a similar effect. I wanted something luscious and white to peek out underneath, but the plain white cardstock left the card feeling too top heavy. So I took some white fabric (also from "cousin" Helen), folded it lengthwise, and gathered it under the patterned paper for some volume. Yep, that's it! Still white, but no longer top-heavy. And it's easily made flat for mailing since it's fabric.

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Reminds me of those *fabulous* prom dresses, also from the 1980's, with the asymmetrical ruffle on the bottom!
 
As a reminder, here are the guidelines on the challenge:

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

Here are some fabulous cards by our design team!


WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates in two weeks. We each will choose one favorite. The winners will be announced at 4 am (PST) in two weeks!


Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

24 comments:

  1. WOW! Just WOW! Fabulous and elegant cards. I love the golden doily and skirt on the cards. Thanks for the inspirations today.

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  2. Not one but two fabulous cards...you're fabulous and LOL on the prom dresses. The gold doilies...score on those!

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  3. I always love to come here and see your creative process Kelly! each level works as a great design - how fun is that 'dress' ruffle under the chevron paper!

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  4. So Gorgeous!!! Love that unique gold doilies :)

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  5. Loving those gold doilies and how cool is the fabric on that second one!

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  6. I was a young mother in the 80's and I am pretty sure I didn't have any gold doilies laying around amidst the baby mess, but I sure do remember dresses like that prom dress! Your card is the winner today for the most creative...love the beautiful fabric along the bottom and the fun trip down memory lane!

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  7. Beautiful! So unique with the fabric at the bottom! I love it! TFS, And yes, I remember those dresses, not that I'm admitting I had one of those, LOL.

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  8. haha! Fabulous tribute to the 80's! Which is also now right? Because neons and ruffles and torn stockings are back in?! Not for me, no thanks. Wonderful cards, both of them- super love K!

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  9. Hahaha, Kelly ... a ruffle dress card ... how original, brilliant and so creatively you! Cool gold doily ... love how you made it the star of the show! Anita :)

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  10. That ruffled dress was a great inspiration :) Loved how u re created that on ur card n garage sales seem to be rewarding, haven't been to one yet. Now I think I will !!

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  11. Kelly you always come up with something totally unique! Maybe its those garage sales. Love your cards!

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  12. Wow...these are so cool and the second one made me chukle too!
    Thanks dear Kelly!!

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  13. As an 80s child I'm totally digging your style. Loving your inspiration from the asymmetrical ruffle!

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  14. Oh I'm an 80s girl...I love it! Those sweet gold doilies are awesome Kelly!

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  15. A skirt on a card. Only the very creative Kelly could think of that and "make it work" as Tim Gunn would say.

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  16. Wowzers Kelly those doilies are fabulous, great cards!

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  17. Gold doilies - I remember them! Very cool card!!

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  18. Two fabulous cards. And, yikes for the prom dress--where did you dig that one up? Question for you--where do you put your message when you have lined the card with patterned paper?

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! Yes, I had a blast looking through a search of 1980s prom dresses ... I even found the exact one I wore to my Senior Prom. I loved it! It was metallic.

      I have a stack of marquis shapes that I've cut on the Silhouette on white paper (probably 4x4). When I'm ready to send the card I put the marquis shape over the patterned paper and cut off what hangs over the card base. Usually ends up being 3x4. Then I grab a couple things from my scrap pile to layer ... strips of patterned paper or shapes.

      Have a great weekend!!

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  19. Such a runway of showstopping dresses, I mean cards! Love the fluttering trainlike quality and these are just high IMPACT cards!!!! Awesome inspiration for new approaches, with I ADORE!
    You = Inspiring us all!

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  20. Adore the skirt and the gold doilies!

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  21. LOVE these, Kelly! And that prom dress...certainly a blast from the past...but I'm so proud to say I didn't cave to that at my prom...maybe it was a little too new for me...I'm a slowpoke and I stuck to my vintage roots...my mom and I made a cream lace dress. I do remember something satiny and poofy at my best friend's wedding, though. Thank God I married much later and that trend was history!!!;) (LOVE the posts I got to see on my way to this one!!!)

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  22. The gold doilies are SO Awesome! Can I have some? :D

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly