Welcome to the first CAS-ual Fridays Challenge in the new format! I have to say your excitement for the new team and new format announced this week is totally infectious! Thank you so much for your incredible response; you guys are the best : )
This challenge is to use at least two shades of gray in your CAS project. I don't know about you, but gray is one of the first things I've been reaching for this past year, so this is one challenge I happily accepted.
This card tells the story of a feisty little flower who wasn't going to let a brick wall stop her from growing. Not only growing, but flourishing. She found a crack, and believed she could.
The 4 Petal Fri-Die makes this flower with a layer of textured cardstock and tulle. The pearl secures the floral wire that goes through both flower layers with a dab of glue inside. The floral wire is then bent to form the leaves and stem.
After going through the wall, I attached a penny to the floral wire to make sure the flowers stands nice and straight, and also to help weigh the top of the wall down.
The brick wall is made with the Brickworks stamp set. Stamping was fun because you don't have to worry about getting a great impression. In fact, you probably want a crummy impression to make the bricks look more worn. After folding the card, it still looked too neat and tidy. So I did two things: 1) stamped and cut individual bricks to layer on top of the wall for more dimension, and 2) sanded the sharp corners and edges.
The sentiment on the banner is from Calm and Gentle.
Here's a view of the top of the wall before it's locked into place. I left a tab on the end to help it stay closed and avoid any gaps.
Here it's folded flat for mailing.
Originally I was going to have a cute little animal or something sitting on the wall. But when I thought of a flower, and the inspirational message that would go with something flourishing despite their circumstances, I knew that was the way to go for a much more meaningful card. And there you have it!
You're not going to want to miss the awesome inspiration from the talented new Design Team!
Also, you've got a whole month to see where this challenge takes you. I sure hope you'll add a project to the gallery!!
Thanks for looking!