Bear market rose

No, I'm not telling you that stock prices are going up, I'm telling you that my IRA is doing lousy.  I could tell it was doing lousy before I even opened the annual report, because of the cheap, flimsy paper.  When things are going well, your companies send reports on gorgeous, high quality paper, and when there are negative numbers on page two, the report is tiny, and printed on thin cheap paper.  This paper looked like dress pattern paper.

I will say that when I saw the Fun with ATC's challenge, money, I thought it was an impossible theme.  Then I saw Vicki's take on it, using chinese coins just like the ones I have, then I felt really stupid.  It was still bothering me when I saw the flimsy paper, so the sudden inspiration to use it for this ATC was inevitable.  It may be a stretch of the theme, but at my age, my retirement account balance matters!

This is one of those crumpled paper roses, made with about a dozen layers of punched scalloped circles.  There is a brad in the middle, but you can't see it.  Once I made the rose, I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I kept adding aspects from different challenges until I liked how the ATC looked. Some touches are subtle, like the little bit of fine glitter on the rose, or the clear embossing on the word, but I don't think this card would be half as nice without the inspiration each challenge provided.  Here is a list:

Fun with ATCs - money
AI Factory - garden
ABC - glitter
Cook it up with Katie - black/texture/swirls
Oldie but Goodie - old stamp, distressing
Doodle Palace - sketch
Eat Sleep Stamp - sketch (yeah, it was the the same sketch!  I took it to be a sign)

Juliet Arrighi


Fleur said...

Gorgeous creation
Thanks for joining my challenge at OLDIE but a GOODIE, hope you’ll join us again
Hugz Fleur xXx

froebelsternchen said...

That´s fab !!!

Doreen said...

Wow just gorgeous.Thanks for sharing this with us at Cooking it up with

Georgia Ehrmann said...

such a beautiful ATC! I love how it turned out! Thank you for playing with us at AiFactory this week!

Anonymous said...

wow! I adore that rose! this is fabulous! thanks for entering this week's Garden Party challenge at AIF

Tracy said...

wow this is beautiful i love the flower. Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage. Tracy x

Suzie McFloozy said...

The sentiment says it all - def beautiful x
Gorgeous flower and great paper choices x
Thanks for joining in with us at cooking it up with Katie and the creative cottage this week x
((hugs)) Suzie xx

Vicky said...

very pretty atc Juliet. love,love,love the flower...Thanks for the shout out :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful ATC Juliet- I am not sure I would notice the paper my stock report was written on nice or crappy paper....LOVE your flower and your creativity!

liza said...

Beautiful creation,thankyou for joining us this week at Oldie But A Goodie
love n hugs

Tracy said...

Simply beautiful! I don't think I could ever make a flower look so good! Seriuosly this is breathtaking. Thank you for playing along with Sketchy Thursday!

Francesca said...

What A wonderful distressed card , Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a goodie this fortnight and good luck !