Saturday, September 5, 2015

Anything But Cute Challenge #5 Mixed Media Makeover

Hello everyone,

It is time for a brand new challenge at Anything But Cute and Nikki is our hostess this month. She would like to see an old project that did not quite turn out the way you hoped for and revamp it and make it better. For this challenge we'll need to see before and after picture, so that we know what you started off with...

I usually don't save any of my mistake projects, but I saved this one because I wanted to salvage the embroidered ribbon and pearl swirls...So here is my "What was I thinking???" project. (Never try to use as little ribbon as possible, if you want to make a nice dress for a card!)

And this is my make-over card:

I was able to remove the ribbon and everything else from the card without damaging the paper...I covered everything with very thick layer of gesso and while it was still wet I sprinkled some distress glitter...

I added many more layers of different ribbons and lace to create the dress and the shabby bow that was originally kinda on top of the card is now embellishing the wedding dress...

I added some liquid pearls and new sentiment...

I hope you'll join our challenge at Anything But Cute and have fun!

I hope you enjoyed this post...
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by...


  1. Dear Samra, this is one of the most delicate wedding cards I've ever seen! It's just breathtaking! I adore your fabulous textured background with distress glitter and that dress is out of this world! Stunning card, my friend!
    Big hugs to you! Branka xxx

  2. Wow, Samra, you knocked this out of the ballpark, my friend! The background on your original card was so pretty, but you pumped it up about 100 notches by adding that gesso and glitter...I would have never guessed this is the same background! Simply amazing! And that dress is OH, SO MARVELOUS! You really should be a dress designer...I'd be proud to have my daughter wear this as her wedding dress! And your sentiment is just perfect! As for the Liquid Pearls, again...perfect! What a wonderful job you have done on this! Whomever is a recipient of one of your cards is truly blessed! Big hugs!

  3. Wow Samra.......what a make over! So so Beautiful, love your gorgeous card. Your work is Stunning my friend :) Have a wonderful week!

  4. Wowzers! I love that you have embraced this challenge and turned out this gorgeous revamped card! You never cease to amaze me with your talent for such stunning creations. So awesome sauce to see that you have re-used almost all of your items from the original. I now know not to skimp on lace and fabric if I decide to do a dress. Such a stunning design and I bow down to your made scientist skills with bow making! Hugs to you muffin! ~Niki

  5. Stunning!!! But I didn't think the first one was bad, just a slimmer version.

  6. Hi Samra, No wonder you didn't want to throw the original away with that lovely lace and ribbon. The make over is gorgeous and really shows off the lace to perfection.
    Avril xx

  7. I was scrolling along, reading your post and I came to the first picture and thought, well, this is beautiful and doesn't need a make-over...then I scrolled down to the new one and WOW!! It took my breath away!! The dress looks absolutely amazing, Samra!! The lace is so gorgeous!! I love the texture!! This is absolutely stunning, my friend!! I just adore it!! Wow!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Both versions are beautiful Samra! There are no mistakes just opportunities :) Love all the texture and fabulous dress! So elegant and glamorous!

  9. Well I kinda liked the original ... However the re-make is very stunning!

  10. I like both versions Samra but your new one has to have the edge, it's soft, romantic and I love the extra layers on the dress. So pretty.
    Julie x

  11. Well, I 'm just stumped as to how you would have any makeovers in the first place, but let me just say....HOLY COW...that's a gorgeous makeover. The elegance and flow of this dress with the gems to embellish is a stunning eye candy! Beautifully crafted (again).
    Big hugs to you,
    Lisa x

  12. Wow Samra, what a transformation, your makeover card is just gorgeous! So beautiful, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  13. Wowsers, you sure 'dressed this up' fantastically - love your 2nd edition. Nicola x

  14. Now that dress is sure kicked up major notches and would give any on the show "Say Yes to the Dress" a run for the money. Love how you changed the background and used the bow on the dress. Gorgeous!!!

  15. I don't even know how to respond to your creations... you are talented beyond description with such a beautiful eye for detail. This is spectacular and I love every stunning inch of it! I LOVE how full you made the dress on the re-do and the background is dreamy. Exquisite!

    Hugs and blessings,

  16. Absolutely fabulous makeover love the many layered dress and great textured background and that bow looks simply perfect on the back of the dress
    carol x

  17. I would have thought the first design was beautiful until I saw the second - what a big difference a little more lace makes! Your dress is wonderful! Julia xx

  18. What a transformation - wow!!! Very clever to save your "eeeeeek project", because with a little bit of extra work it turned into a stunning piece of art. I love it! Hugs! xx

  19. Yes, it's always a temptation to use a smaller amount of ribbon, especially if it is a precious one, but invariably it is not enough.
    This is a marvellous old-to-new, to the luscious lacy full skirt of the bridal dress and I'm glad the "shabby bow" got its rightful place on this wonderful dress.
    It's a very stylish card.

  20. Beautiful, elegant, exquisite Samra. Dear me - it's amazing the transformation. The background is absolutely incredible intricate and stunning - just more than spendid. And the dress.... well - I'm awed. Incredibly inspiring.... j.