Monday 29 June 2015

The Gossip Column with Taheerah Atchia # 3 Challenge

Well, Taheerah has done it again with another brilliant post for the Winnie and Walter: The Gossip Column.  For this one she interviewed one of the 'A Lister' card makers Jocelyn Olson. I've followed Jocelyn's blog for a while so it was quite exciting to hear so much more about her.

Its a really good read as Jocelyn tells you about how she got into crafting, what her favourite trends are right now and her ideas for her cards. For the challenge, Taheerah asked us to create a card based on Jocelyn's style or CASE one of Jocelyn's cards. Or even use one of the trends that she likes on your creation. I decided to mix all three!!

I really liked the look of this card with the design and layout, so decided to try and CASE it. 

Jocelyn's style is so different from my own. She loves lots of layers, lots of embellishments and different textures on her cards. So this was going to throw me completely out of my comfort zone (this is why its taken me so long to make my card....). Last night I sat down and very slowly pieced together my card. Its so different from my usual so really hope you like it:

Reading the interview with Jocelyn, she mentioned that one of her favourite trends was 'yellow and grey' and that 'grey was the new black'. So this was the colour combo I used. She also mentioned water colouring as one of her favourites, so I did this on the flowers for their colour. She likes a lot of white space, so made sure there was plenty on my card and also some layering and texture with dry embossing (which I never do). This card was a total experiment for me and the result: I really like it!

I started by using a circular embossing folder on the card front. I then cut a piece of grey CS and popped it up on foam tape. After heat embossing the flowers in gold on water colour paper, I water coloured them using Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed'. I also stamped some leaves in grey ink on white CS.

I used a die to cut out the curvy shape from patterned paper and adhered to the card. After fussy cutting the leaves and flowers, I layered and glued them all. I stamped the sentiment on a thin piece of white CS and tucked it under one of the flowers. A sprinkling of gold and yellow sequins finished it off. Can't wait to hear what you think of this!!!

The embossing folder is from Couture Creations 'Drink Me'. The flower and leaf stamps are from Winnie and Walter 'In Bloom: Addie's Garden' and the sentiment from 'The Big, the Bold and You'. The curvy die is from Couture Creations and the patterned paper is from Dear Lizzy 'Serendipity'. The gold sequins are from Neat and Tangled and the yellow are from the Winnie and Walter Birthday Bash set from Pretty Pink Posh.

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

The Card Concept Challenge # 38 (Clean and Layered)

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Seize the Birthday Challenge (No Toppings for me)

Thanks again to Taheerah for getting me to try many new things with this challenge and opening my eyes to different ways to create my cards. I'm looking forward to the next Gossip Column now to see what I have to try next or maybe I should be a little scared........

Take care


  1. oh I love how you were inspired...gorgeous!

  2. STUNNING !! You need to do the layered style more often, because whether this is in your comfort zone or not, you ACED it !!
    I can't spend much time on the computer anymore ( plays hell with my migraines), but dropping in on you from time to time never disappoints! You master everything you attempt!

  3. Well Shona, you should try stepping out of your comfort zone more often as this is a beauty and really there is still a lot of you in here- still lots of white space, the textures background looks great and thanks for joining TCC

  4. This is just AMAZING!! I LOVE the Design and your take on the different Challenges!! These are some of my FAVORITE Colors too!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  5. You've pushed your own boundaries beautifully here, Shona ... this is so pretty ... fabulous crisp embossing, lovely layers and such a wonderful watercoloured bloom! Well done stepping outside your comfort zone! Anita :)

  6. Shona thanks for entering this stunning card at our Seize the birthday challenge!
    I love this card!

  7. Oh Shona! This is just wonderful! You stepped out of your usual zone and you've just nailed it. I love that embossed background - stylish but not fusty. As we said the other day - there's always something new to try - and this just proves it's worth doing. Oh my, oh my, oh my!

    Cool embossed paper you have Shona
    and pink with gold look so elegant
    it can be a winner card again my friend
    you are so clever
    now waiting for your visit hehehe
    hugs, Monika

    1. Shona may I ask what is the name of the folder for your embossed paper
      hope it also sell in Germany
      I managed to buy second hand die cut paper
      also I hope I can buy little by little embossing folder..
      many thanks if you can reply me
      hugs, Monika

  9. This is stunning, Shona! I love yellow & grey, too. You've watercolored fabulous flowers and the grey stamped leaves are perfect with them. I have to have that embossing folder. Love your card!

  10. This is stunning, Shona! I love yellow & grey, too. You've watercolored fabulous flowers and the grey stamped leaves are perfect with them. I have to have that embossing folder. Love your card!

  11. Your card is stunning! The circles adding texture in the background look perfect behind the brilliantly done flowers! Thanks so much for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  12. Wonderful CASE of Jocelyn's card, Shona! I like the dry-embossed background. Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

  13. You really did your homework with this entry Shona! I'm really so happy about how much you pulled out of the article and how you interpreted Jocelyn's style! The result is a fabulous CASE and a truly beautiful card! Thanks for spreading The Gossip on w&w's The Gossip Column! And thank you so much for the kind words too! :)

  14. Gorgeous, elegant and your take on Jocelyn's card, yours is just so fabulous. Love those flowers and your incredible background!

  15. Exquisite and stunning, Shona! You've taken elements of Jocelyn's style, infused them with your special style and flair, and created a work of art! Those flowers...swooning! Love this immensely!

  16. I love your approach to this card. Simple and clean lines yet a little added glamour with the sequins and gold outline on the flowers. Great Job!!

  17. What a truly beautiful CASE of Jocelyn's card and delving in deep on Jocelyn't style, Shona. The use of watercoloring, patterns, texture via embossing along with the color combination all are delightful! Thank you so much for stretching yourself and joining in on The Gossip Column challenge.

  18. Great to see this lovely little wonder in my inbox today as I returned home, Shona!! Gorgeous!!
    =] Michele