Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Stripes and/or Polka Dots - Crafty Gals Corner

Hello lovelies! Anybody in the mood for some fantastic polka dots? Well, I'm so glad you asked, because I can deliver! 

This week at Crafty Gals Corner, we're talking on dots and stripes in style. You can choose to use one or the other in your card and share them with us for some Fantabulous prizes.

As for me, I didn't want any second-class premade polka dots... oh no! I set about making my OWN version of polkies.


I stamped a scrawling script on my card stock base and then used a stencil (Wendy Vecchi Polka Dotty) and some texture paste. I let the dots dry, and then sponged over them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 


I used an image from Bugaboo called Rose Tag and colored it in using some Spectrum Noir Markers (PL2, PL4, PL5) and then I added some die cut leaves. I added stripes around the edges of the tag, too. 



Also - a super important thing: I learned how to tie a triple bow thanks to the help of a very handy dandy bow maker that I got from the fabulous Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts. She's got a tutorial up at her site if you're interested. 

So head over and link up to Crafty Gals Corner and you could win:



Prize: 7 Digital Images

As for me, I'm going to link my card up to the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
The Challenge: Polka Dots


On a more personal note: the weekend is over and I'm back from my grandma's estate sale. A big thank you to all of you who left kind comments or sent me happy thoughts. It was... rough... but it's done now. At least I got to go home with her Valentine's Day stamps, which are more than priceless to me. 

I'd say ranges of emotion rolled through me... A momentary panic when I saw some stranger with a stamp set that had a scrawling MM down the side, my gram's signature way to keep track of what was hers. And then the happiness as a lady with a handful of music boxes checked out and explained that she was going to put them in piggy banks that she was making for her grandkids - exactly what my gram had done with them... 

Again, thank you for all the happy thoughts. I'm sending a ton your way, too! I'm glad you stopped by! Please leave me a comment or follow my blog and I'll try to return the favor!

37 comments:

  1. Polka dots, yes please!! What a beautiful card Becca. I really like the rose tag and your mix of elements!

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  2. love your polka dots and beautiful bow too - beautiful whole card really!!

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  3. Becca, I'm so glad you are okay after the estate sale. I know it must have been so hard, but knowing that her music boxes will go to such a good use has to be comforting. I'm glad you kept the stamps that mean so much to you.

    Your card is amazing!! I love the polka-dots!! You did a fabulous job with them!! And oh my gosh, the bow is stunning!! You mastered bow-making in no time!! Gorgeous card my friend!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  4. gorgeous card and love your technique, the raised dots adds so much to the background!!!

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  5. Oh the card looks so great and Victorian in feel. I love the dots and that brilliant purple flower. I am certain it was a rough weekend for sure. I bet you wanted to grab those stamps back because that's what i would have wanted to do. I am also glad you have your grandmom's Valentine stamps. I would love to see what you will do with them in her honour:)

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  6. Oh my! This is beautiful, Becca.

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  7. Gorgeous card Becca, love your dots!
    I bet it was an emotional weekend for you, but you appear to have come through it. What doesn't break us makes us stronger.
    Stuck at my son's house at the mo as the motorway for home has been closed since 4 this afternoon and not due to open 'til 10 tonight followed by a 105 min journey home! Arrgh!! xx

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  8. HI Becca, I love your polka dots, you're card is so cool! I think your grams would be so proud of you, and I'm sending lots of hugs to you, I can only imagine that this is such a difficult time xx

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  9. I must've missed the post about the Estate sale....that would be real tough. It's good you got some of her stamps:) I must say, when my Mum sold up their farm [after Dad died]..I simply didn't go home for it! Thinking back, I should have...so I'm glad you did:) And your card. CLASSIC beauty, I reckon - you do this [sorta] shabby chic vintage=ish sooo beautifully!! Love your bow. Clever girl;)!!!

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  10. Love your card, Becca, just the right amount of everything and such a nice mix! So sorry to hear about your Gram.

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  11. Truly stunning card...fabulous use of your stencils. And the colors really send me. That bow, BTW, is gorgeous.
    Oh dear, I missed the post about the estate sales, too. They always beat me up. I'm sure your thoughts were with your Gran while strangers were rummaging through her precious things. The good part is somebody will put them to use and you have some of her treasures now. I know how very special she was to you. Sending warm, positve thoughts your way.

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  12. Truly stunning card...fabulous use of your stencils. And the colors really send me. That bow, BTW, is gorgeous.
    Oh dear, I missed the post about the estate sales, too. They always beat me up. I'm sure your thoughts were with your Gran while strangers were rummaging through her precious things. The good part is somebody will put them to use and you have some of her treasures now. I know how very special she was to you. Sending warm, positve thoughts your way.

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  13. Loving your polka dots and stripes Becca...your finished card is gorgeous. Glad the estate sale went okay. Carol x

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  14. So beautiful. Love that flower and the bow!! Yes Yes. Thank you for joining us this week at TTCRD :)
    Cindy TTCRD

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  15. Love the card Becca, Beautiful. We just buried my Mother-in-Law, so I can truly understand the difficulty during the time you were away. My thoughts are with you.

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  16. Becca - delightfully awesome and super well done card!! Love the fresh yet vintage-y feel is has - your background is stellar and I really love that bow - so cool, I will definitely be checking into that!! So glad the weekend was not too hard and that you had a chance to think about and cherish your Grandma and all the memories you made with her!! Love and hugs to you!!

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  17. Your card is gorgeous! I love your stencilled dots! The rose is so pretty and I love your bow! Congrats on your new bow maker - I don't know what I would do without mine! Glad you made it through the estate sale okay - sounds like a very emotional weekend. I'm happy that you were able to get the Valentine's stamps.

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  18. Hi Becca!
    Fabulous card and you know how much I appreciate you sharing the pictures of the making of so to speak ;)
    Thank You!!

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  19. Love the texture you've created on this card! Totally gorgeous!

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  20. Hey Becca, this is such an elegant card! I loved the vintage feel that it gives off...and those polka dots came out really well! I loved that gorgeous bow too. :)
    Cheers!
    Suchi xx

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  21. Wonderful card Becca! I love the wonderful dots! Great vintage creation. Thanks so much for posting :)
    ~kim

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  22. Love your version of textured polka dotties...gorgeous card Becca. So happy that it all turned out fine with your Gran's estate sale. xx

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  23. Awww Becca, so wonderful to have homemade dots in The Challenge gallery... loved your sweet Gramma story - she's only a thought away remember... thanks...
    =] Michele

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  24. WOWZER!! This is amazing Becca!! I absolutely LOVE the pop of purple colored rose!!! The script with the polka dots over it looks stunning!! I love this card! Glad you made it through with your gma's estate sale. I remember after my gma had passed and all of the memories. It's good to remember her. BIG HUGS

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  25. Beautiful card and bow; love the colors you used. So glad about the positive stories of your gram's estate sale. Hugs

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  26. Fabulous card Becca, love all those layers colors and textures.

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  27. Your card, with your own-made polkies - is vintage-gorgeous! Layers, textures, colours, details...so much to savour! The bittersweet nature of your trip really strikes a chord with me. We're set to visit my mom the weekend of the 9th/10th and while I so very much want to go, part of me doesn't. I feel badly, but sometimes, returning the 'scene of sadness and loss' is just...well, hard. Anyway, your post carries a strong message: we go to honour those who've passed and to spend time with those still with us. I think I'll be packing my bags after all...
    Hugs~c

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  28. WOW....this is one stunning and amazing card! I love how you created those fabulous polka dots and all your incredible details, what a wonderful way to say Thank You! Thank you for playing along with us at The Challenge.

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  29. WOW is right, such awesome techniques you always use in creating your lovelies!! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at The Challenge!!!

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  30. Gorgeous Becca!! Such a beautiful background, great way to incorporate the dots! That flower is just stunning, the purple is so rich and it just adds a wonderful decadence to your card! hugs :)

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  31. Beautiful card...love the elements....so pretty! ;-) Sounds like you've been having a tough time.....sorry to hear and hope things are a LOT lighter...really soon! x

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  32. I love how you've used the texture paste to create the polka dot background and your card is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.. :)

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  33. Such a pretty card, sorry you're having a tough time - sending hugs, Carole Z X

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  34. Your dotted background is fabulous! Love all of the texture. Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

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  35. I am glad that your gram's estate sale went well. My father is moving and had a sale last week. I could not attend because even though I wanted none of what he was selling, it made me sad to see it all go. Really love your card. The way you made your paper is amazing and I love the colors you used!!

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  36. your home made Polkadots is amazing
    love your flower in purple
    adorable DT card Becca
    may I ask you in how many challenges you are DT..I will join in :)
    I knew you are at Stamplorations too
    I love always seeing your vintage feel cards..
    hugs, Monika

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