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a formal russian ball….

With web translation abilities, there is a world full of creative blogs is at our fingertips.  I found an exciting, relatively new blog in Russia called, ‘Vintage Café Card Challenge’.  If you click on the name, it will take you to an english translation of the site.  Their current challenge is about creating a card, inspired by a formal ball.  A waltzing, swirling, romantic and formal ball!!  I have one set of great grandparents who came from Vienna Austria and perhaps they went to balls.  It brings all sorts of elegant images to mind~ men in tails, women adorned in beautiful fabrics, gloves and fans, people dancing in unison inside elegant ballrooms… sigh…  The image that kept coming to mind was an ornate fan. Something very elegant and adorned with feathers!  I must have seen one years ago and while my memory for words is if-ey at best, my visual memory is intact. The only problem is that I don’t remember where most images in my mind came from!

I decided to work with periwinkle.  It’s a color I really enjoy yet rarely use.  If I were choosing a color for a ball gown, it would definitely be in the running! Enough of my chatting! here’s my card…



Each scrolled motif was die cut with a favorite tag that you’ve seen in some other cards and projects that I’ve created.  This time, I traced around the outside edge of the die and extended two line, converging at a rounded point, to create the single panels of this fan.  I used another die to cut an oval from patterned paper, each oval holding a different portion of the design and edged with a thin line of gold glitter. Pearls accent the motifs and a satin and organza ribbon holds a bunch of lightly colored flowers.  They are actually cream colored cherry blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I added just a touch of color with my Copic markers.  WOC’s is hosting an ‘anything goes’ challenge this week, so this will be entered there as well.



The inside of the card is half a circle, scored down the middle and covered with an elegant damask paper. The feathers, which were tucked in between the panels, are visible from both sides.  Some half pearls were used on the backs as well as the fronts, to give a more finished look.  I used a die cut flourish to bring attention to the dancing couple.  If they look familiar, they were cut from a copy of Renoir’s ‘Dance in the City’, painted in 1883.  I took some liberty in coloring highlights onto the woman’s all white gown…



How very romantic, to think about a time when there were balls to attend!  I didn’t add a sentiment because I thought about this card being suitable for anything from an anniversary, engagement, love, thank you or wedding.  It is quick and easy to personalize it when needed.

Dream some lovely dreams tonight~ something wonderful, like a ball, or sitting with a loved one, or as wonderful as listening to the birds!  While the world of balls must have been wonderful, I don’t think I’ve missed anything truly important.  I’ll take my loved ones and mother nature over a ball, any day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!




Card stock periwindle Bazzill
whisper white Stampin’Up
Patterned papers blue pansy 6×6 Pion Designs
blue damask K & Co.
Dies fancy tags 2 Spellbinders
venetian accents         “
Dye ink camomille Papertrey Ink
Pearls half pearls Melissa Frances
Glitter gold- stickles Ranger
Feathers white Michael’s
Flowers cherry blossoms Wild Orchid Crafts
Markers alcohol inks Copic
Ribbon organza & satin Wright’s



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11 comments to a formal russian ball….

  • Holly Saveur

    Rebecca this is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    GORGEOUS and STUNNING..love what you told about it.
    I have aways been a fan of movies and books about around the 1700 till the late 1800….just love everything about it….the furniture ..clothes….well all.
    Only wouldn’t have liked to be poor person in that time….now more people are better off..are more equal..which is much better..only the lucky few had a great life in those days..and we as women had not so much to tell..as now days!

  • What a beauty! I have made fans before but I love the idea of making it part of a card!

  • I’ve said it before and it bears repeating…I love how your imagination works and that you’re able to transform your imaginings into such beautiful projects! This card is the perfect example…simple stunning, Rebecca!!

  • This is drop dead gorgeous! Just came across your blog tonight, and just am simply blown away ! lovely work.
    Thanks for Sharing.

  • Oh Rebecca you always amaze me! This is just so very beautiful and creative and inspiring! Love the way you added the Renoir couple to the inside and your very creative use of the dies! WOW!!!!!!

  • How very beautiful this is … you have an amazing creativity

  • Oh, lovely as always! I am either getting senile, or very sentimental, but I can SEE the lovely Lara and Dr Zhivago waltzing! lol

    SUch a great job. Love the colors, and the way you highlighted “Lara’s” gown!
    Hugs, Pat

  • Susan Prussell

    Soooooo stunning! How ever did you come up with this? I’m in awe of your talent! This is beautiful in every way!!!!!

  • Просто шикарная открытка! Вы нас окунули в мир роскоши и шика! Спасибо за теплые слова нашему блогу! Рады что вы играете с нами!

    Команда Vintage Cafe Card Challenge

  • Bev

    Wow this is amazing! Thanks for joining us at WOC this week x

  • I just had to stop by your blog after seeing your fan at scs. This is totally gorgeous. I was planning a fan card but not quite sure how to do it. I am so going to copy your idea of the quarter circle. Thank you for such beautiful inspiration.