Monday, May 21, 2012

Never saw a Purple Calf...

I simply couldn't resist joining in with this week's Vintage/Polka Dots Challenge at A Day for Daisies, certainly not once I saw this sweet freebie, Cow Dress, provided for this challenge:

Thank you Tammy & ADFD! I just had to make a card based on that familiar verse by Gelett Burgess. I printed the poem (now in the Public Domain) in Garamond onto a light lavender, textured Core'dinations cardstock. I wanted it to feel like an old design, so I didn't over-design it; technology has made anything possible, and sometimes it's nice to keep it simple. I cut out the pieces using a heart-shaped embossing die from the Pot Pourri Becky Fleck/Spellbinders set (which I won from CropStop; Thank you!). I used a violet Offray ribbon to tie on the heart button, made with the die from the same set.

I attached the purple tulle and wavy border with gold brads, which I heat-embossed in shiny purple.The wavy shape was cut from a two-tone purple Core'dinations cardstock with a Sizzix die, and I sanded it to add dimension.

"Purple Cow," The Lark, 1895
Check out how the Burgess poem was originally presented in 1895 (left). Here's my version:

I never saw a purple calf, 
I never thought to see one. 
But if they are this cute by half, 
I'd rather be than see one!

And, in case you thought this was all very fanciful, check out this article on purple cows!

A Day for Daisies Challenge #43: Go Vintage & Add Polka Dots
Cardabilities Challenge #55: Sketch (right)
Craft Your Days Away Challenge #45: All Creatures Great & Small

Update: This placed in the Top 3 for That Craft Place Monochromatic Challenge. Thank you!

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  1. Wow, Purple cow is so cute. I love this idea.

    Thanks for Entering the Challenge
    At Tammy's Scrapin Corner.
    I hope to see you enter next week!!
    Hugs Owner Tammy Ortiz

  2. Great take on the purple cow...Love it. Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. joann Sassy Raggedy

  3. Wow super cute image and the card is gorgeous, love the tulle border and the embossing is fab. Thanks for joining us at That Craft Place Challenge Blog :-) Kezzy x

  4. Awww how sweet!!!

    Thank you for joining us for our All Creatures Great & Small challenge over at Craft Your Days Away.


    Joanne x

  5. Wow a purple cow wearing a dress - I love it!!

    Thanks for joining us at CYDA for our All Creatures Great and Small Challenge - Hope you stop by again this Saturday when our new challenge goes live!!


  6. This is absolutely amazing! LOVE all that purple--it's my favorite color! And all your textures are fabulous! GORGEOUS creation!!! :)

  7. Honestly, this could not be cuter! The little poem is perfect for your precious creation. xxD

  8. Wonderful card.Thank you for joining us at HSC for our Die Cuts Challenge.

    Hugs sarah x


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