Saturday, 27 August 2011

Snow white.....

Hey there!

Today I am combining two challenges - Viva La Verve sketch for the fifth and final week of the month and the challenge at Less Is More

The sketch over at Viva La Verve this week is another good'un!  But, then again, when aren't they!  Luckily I didn't struggle so much with this one - in fact I have made two cards with this sketch already!  (I may share the other one later :))

The challenge at Less Is More this week is to combine three past challenges.  Having only discovered this challenge blog last weekend it was a good opportunity for me to have a go at some of the challenges I've missed. 

Here is my card;

More Christmas, I know!  I have decided that while I'm on this Christmas roll I'd better make the most of it!  It won't be long before Christmas is EVERYWHERE (you know, in the real world!) and it becomes more of a chore than something to be enjoyed!  (Bah humbug!  He he!  I'm not really that miserable, honest!)

I have seen a few people create white on white cards lately and I just had to have a go!  I always think they're so effective!  I'm not sure how well this one has turned out, but I'm wondering if it's because I've been staring at it for a long time.  (It took over an hour to do all the stitching - how ridiculous, right?!)

It doesn't really show so well, but the main layer is latted on another layer of white with distressed edges and then mounted onto the card front.  It adds a little more interst and dimension in real life.  Speaking of dimension, I dread to think just how much foam adhesive is in this card!  It's very three-dimensional!

When I saw the tag on the sketch I knew I wanted to make a tag that could be used and wasn't just an embellishment.  This tag is adhered to the front of card with temporary glue dots so that it can be removed and used!  I used some Velcro dots to hold the tag closed.  (I got this idea from Laurie Willison - brilliant!)  As the tag would be opened, I decided to add the sentiment to the inside of the tag rather than the card itself.......such a rebel!!  The sentiment is heat embossed.

None of my cards are complete without a little, tasteful bling.... :)

The three past challenges at Less Is More that I chose to use are;

Week 14 - White on White
Week 15 - Embossing
Week 25 - Buttons or Ribbon
and I couldn't help adding this one in too.... Week 9 - Touch of red!  Again, it's the rebel in me!

I hope this counts as a 'Less' card rather than a 'More' card?!  There's plenty of white space!!?  :)

Thanks for stopping by and please do let me know what you think  :)

Card:      White 220gsm (lots of!)
Stamps:  Penny Black - Giving & Receiving
Ink:         ColorBox Cat's Eyes - Scarlet
Other:     Rhinestones; Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder - Berry Red Aurora; Cuttlebug embossing
                    folder - Swiss Dots; satin ribbon; present ribbon; sewing thread; Velcro dots

Friday, 26 August 2011

Merriest Christmas! Viva La Verve - Week 4

Good Evening all!

It's Friday and a bank holiday weekend too - woo!

I've fallen behind again with the Viva La Verve sketches, but that was because (I'll be honest) this sketch threw me.  I saw it last Friday and really liked it, but then when I tried to design something I drew a total blank - typical! 

Today I decided to sit down and make myself come up with something and I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out!  Once I stopped obsessing over it, the creative juices started flowing :)

I decided the best idea was to go with what I know - Clean And Simple!  I'm trying to build up my Christmas card collection at the moment so that seemed like a good place to start. 

This is what I came up with;

(Apologies for the poor quality photographs, the weather here is SHOCKING at the moment, and typically, the heavens opened as I picked up my camera, of course!)

If you click to enlarge the photographs you'll be able to see the snowflakes in the background.  I stamped them in white and then embossed with a glitter embossing powder.  Obviously, it's much more effective in real life!  There is also this glittery heat embossing on the large white snowflake.

Other than that I think that the card is pretty self expanatory!?

I hope you like it :)

Right, I can hear my glass of wine calling so it's a short and sweet post today :)  Enjoy your Friday night!

Card:      White 220gsm; Turquoise and Teal from supplies
Stamps:  Hero Arts - Valentine Flourishes; Penny Black - Crystalline, Giving & Receiving
Ink:         Distress Ink - Broken China; SU! - Basic Black
Other:     Rhinestones

Thursday, 25 August 2011

That's a bit of me.....

Hello there!

I'm back with another CASE Study entry.  This week is the final week of anniversary celebrations - they've been so good it's almost a shame that they're over!  However, that does mean that there'll be some more awesome talent to CASE next week so I'm looking forward to that  :)

This week the challenge is to make something in your own style.  Sounds easy huh?!  Not so much!  I think I've become a little too dependent on challenges for inspiration!  Having said that, anything you create for a challenge has a little bit of you in.

I sat down with my pencil and sketchbook and this is what occured;

Black happened!!  I used to use a lot of black all the time but then I forced myself into the world of colour and I have neglected black a little ever since.

I love that tag/label shape!!  It's one of the die cuts that Kelly so kindly sent me the other day!  Well, actually, I traced around the die cut Kelly sent me and cut this one out by hand so that I could add the stitching.  The original has really pretty, but very small stitch lines around the edge but they were a little too close together and I didn't want to tear it so I used it as a template instead :)

Ordinarily I would've chosen red to go with the black and white, but I always go with red!  Hot pink seemed like a good alternative.  (It was going to be that or teal, but I didn't have any teal tissue paper so the pink won out!)  I made the flower from seven layers of scalloped tissue paper, scrunched them up and stuck a little black brad in. (split pin)  The photographs don't actually show just how bright that pink is - as always, it looks better in the flesh :)

For the leaves I stamped the flourish from the SU! Bliss set in Perfect Medium and then clear embossed.  I've seen lots of people embossing black on black and thought it looked great.  I'm pleased it turned out so well.  (You can just about see it in the photograph's, I hope?!)

A little hand written sentiment edged in black ink, some ribbon and a few rhinestones and I was done.

I'm surprisingly pleased with how the whole thing came together, but I await your critique  :)

Card:      White and black 220gsm; hot pink tissue paper
Stamps:  SU! - Bliss
Ink:         Ranger - Perfect Medium; VersaColor - Charcoal
Other:     Rhinestones; clear embossing powder; ribbon; Making Memories - metallic basics brad;
                    fuschia and black sewing thread

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A Purple Thank You

Good Afternoon!

Today, I'll be honest, I didn't wake up in the best of moods.  But that all changed when the Postman arrived!  (which is not usually the case!)  A little while ago the darling Kelly told me to send her my address and she'd very kindly send me some die cuts because I don't own any dies yet.  I e-mailed her to thank her for her generosity and told her that she didn't need to do that, although it would be lovely.  Anyway, this morning I heard something pretty heavy come through the door and I figured it was a big bill - it absolutely was not!!!  I opened it up and it was FULL of goodies!  Loads of die cuts of butterflies, flowers, leaves, birds, note tops, ovals, circles and scalloped circles!  I mean, loads!  And, in that parcel was a beautiful butterfly embossing folder! 

Also, Kelly sent me this cute card (click here for more details and a better picture on Kelly's blog) It's lovely and I love those bubbles!  :)

Agh, I was so excited that I got to work immediately!

I have made this card for two challenges that I have never entered before.  The Mojo Monday sketch challenge and Jay Gee's Nook challenge.  I thought I'd combine a sketch challenge with a colour challenge.  And, as I ended up doing some embossing (surprise, surprise!) I think I'll enter it into Mark's Finest Papers challenge too.  (I had a look for the rules on their blog and I can't find anything that says that you can't enter more than once?!)

Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #10

Here's what I came up with;

I used the flower die cuts that Kelly sent me.  Inked them up and layered them on top of one another.  I think they look like a starburst - I love them!  I can't tell you what they're called though!?  I finished the centre off with some rhinestones.

I was mostly inspired by the damask at the bottom right hand corner of the Jay Gee's Nook inspiration image - so I made my own.  It's stamped in lilac ink and clear embossed.

Now, as you may or may not know, lots of panels and patterns are not really my thing.  That's what I love about these challenges, they push me to do things that I wouldn't ordinarily attempt -  that's the whole point of the word 'challenge' I guess!  It took me an obscenely long time to choose just the right papers to go together and even longer to make myself cut into them!  (I'm a terrible hoarder!)  It doesn't really show in the photograph, but the swirls in the paper on the bottom panel are pearlescent and look really nice in the flesh.  I did a bit of hand stitching on this card too - not like me at all!

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and I think I'll save this one for my sister as she absolutely loves all things purple!

I hope you've enjoyed your stay at my blog and I hope you pop back soon :)

Card:      White 220gsm; Damask Oyster wallpaper; Purple Flower wallpaper
Stamps:  Stampin' Up! - Just Believe, Bliss
Ink:         Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Broken China; VersaColor - Violet, Charcoal; ColorBox Cat's Eye -
Other:     Rhinestones; 25mm organza ribbon; present ribbon; sewing thread; Tonic Studios double
                       corner punch  

Monday, 22 August 2011

Things That Move!

Hello there!

I hope you all had a good weekend?!  This weekend I discovered the Less Is More challenge blog, thanks to Kelly.  Kelly suggested that I enter it as I may be good at it!  Bless her, thank you for believing in me!  (By the way, Kelly's been on a proper Viva La Verve mission this weekend - I suggest you check it out!!)

So, I checked it out and this week's theme is 'Things That Move'.  This could range from anything that would in real life move (animals, vehicles, prams etc) to things that physically move on your card.  Once I read this challenge I had to have a go!

When we were little we (Mum, mostly!) used to make Christmas cards to give to all our friends at school and family.  The idea originally came from an episode of Blue Peter!  Our cards became somewhat infamous and people began to expect them each year.  I really wish I had a picture of one to show you - although mildly embarrassing I still love them!  The main idea of the card was to have an image hanging in a window on the front of the card.  We did Christmas Puddings, Christmas Trees, Stars, Snowmen and all sorts!  So, given this challenge I just had to make one of these cards!

I'm hoping this counts as something that moves?!  I'll find out sure enough if not!!  Even if it doesn't, it took me back to making cards with my Mum so I'm happy  :)

So, without further ado and sentimentality, here is my card;

Sorry for the photogrpah quality - it's such a dull day here!

This is a slightly more mature version of the cards we used to make - there's not a drop of glitter glue in sight!  (Glitter glue was what used to hold our cards together, I'm sure of it!)

I drew the ornament shape based on the SpellBinders Heirloom Ormanent Die template, cut it out and inked it using Crushed Olive Distress Ink, edging with Vintage Photo.
I made a small rosette for the centre from some parchment coloured card that I'd printed a musical score onto.  I then placed a red circle on top of that and then a circular piece of background paper that I'd made myself previously using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and SU! En Francais and Bliss stamps.

No card is complete without a bit of sparkle, and neither is Christmas, so I added some rhinestones to the ornament!  The sentiment was stamped in Scarlet ink (ColorBox Cat's Eyes) and then clear embossed. 

I am also going to enter this card into the following challenges;
CAS-ual Fridays - Embossing
Mark's Finest Papers - Emboss It!

Well, I hope you enjoy looking at this card as much as I enjoy the nostalgia it invokes  :) 
Thanks for dropping by :)

Card:      White, Red, Parchment 220gsm
Stamps:  Stampin' Up - Bliss, En Francais; Inkadinkado - Doodle Frames Holiday
Ink:         Distress Ink - Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen; ColorBox Cat's Eye - Scarlet
Other:     Rhinestones; present ribbon; Tonic Studios double corner punch

Friday, 19 August 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #16 - Embossing

Hello there everybody!

I hope everyone's enjoying their Friday?!  It's nearly the weekend - woo! 
Friday means a new challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays and this week it's embossing;

I love embossing!  I think I use it on pretty much every card I make in one way or another!  After getting all excited I then couldn't think what to make at all - typical!  After sitting for a little while and having a flick through my calendar to see what events were coming up, I remembered that one of my best friends has just set her wedding date!  How exciting!  Whether she'll want me to do/help with wedding stationery, I have no idea, but I thought I'd play around with some ideas for invitations  :)

I used both types of embossing on this card - dry and heat embossing.  The challenge is to emboss - I embossed!  I stamped the image in white VersaColor ink and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I then used my blending tool to blend Broken China Distress Ink over the image in and emboss resist - I always love how that turns out, don't know if you've noticed?!!  :)
The bottom piece I embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder.  Another one of my little addictions is foam adhesive - dimension's important in CAS design I think  :)

Anyway, after making this one I was looking at my other Distress Inks and wondering what this would look like in different colours - here's what happened next....

Victorian Velvet...

Wild Honey...

Crushed Olive...

So yeh, I got a little carried away!  I think they make a sweet little set though!  :)

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see ya again soon :)

Card:      White 220gsm
Stamps:  Snag 'em Stamps - To Love & Cherish; Studio G Clear Stamps - VC0012 Series 32
Ink:         Distress Inks - Broken China, Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive; VersaColor -
                      White, Cyan; ColorBox Cat's Eyes - Marigold
Others:   Rhinestones; Cuttlebug ef - Swiss Dots

Thursday, 18 August 2011

It's Thursday...which means CASE Study #53 and Play Date Cafe 95!

Hello and welcome!

I'm on the ball this week with the CASE Study and the Play Date Cafe challenges!  They're both good ones too - as usual  :)

At CASE Study this week, as part of the anniversary month celebrations, we are all to CASE the one and only Iwona Palamountain!! (Chupa)  Chupa is the wonderful founder of the CASE Study challenge and it's only right that as part of the first anniversary party she should be celebrated!  There are hundreds, possibly thousands of wonderful designs on her blog - so talented!

I spent quite some time looking through Chupa's blog and I finally decided to CASE this card;

Now, I know that you're going to think this is a real cop out because it's the card that Chupa herself chose to CASE this week; but if it's good enough for the wonderful Chupa then it's good enough for me!  I had a whole bunch of her cards in my shortlist, I shall attempt another CASE before the deadline if I get the opportunity!

I combined this CASE Study challenge with the colour story challenge over at the Play Date Cafe today.  I haven't had a chance to play over there for a few weeks so I've made sure I got to play this week!  I'm always surprised by the colour combinations that they come up with - amazing!  maybe I just don't have a very good imagination and that's why I don't come up with them myself?  I love it though, it really stretches me.  Here are this week's colours;

Navy...Bubblegum...Leaf Green

Aren't they so summery!!?

Trying to channel my inner Chupa and these colours, this is what I came up with;

I stamped the background with a small medallion-type stamp from Personal Impressions' Frames and Swirls set.  It's one I've never used on a card before and I'm pleased it's having it's time to shine! 

I think the 'mechanics' behind this card are pretty obvious so I shan't bore you with the details. If there's anything you'd like to know however, then just leave me a comment or drop me an email and I'll be happy to oblige :)

A little bit more Calligraphy on this one too  :)  It's been quite some time since I've done any real Calligraphy, but I'm starting to get back into it.  And I'm enjoying it!  I'm using it more on my cards now and I'm thinking about doing a nice set of Christmas cards that are mostly, or even solely done with pen and ink - I haven't quite worked out what I'm going to do yet, but watch this space!  I used the Durer Caps and basic Gothic alphabets on this card, if anyone's interested!

As always, thank you for your time, I hope you enjoyed it!

Card:      White 220gsm; Dark Blue 190gsm; Great Expressions Textured Card - Mid Pink
Stamps:  Personal Impressions - Frames and Swirls
Ink:         VersaColor - Lapis Lazuli; Distress Ink - Crushed Olive, Victorian Velvet, Broken China; 
                     Windsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink - Dark Blue
Other:     Rhinestones; ribbon; Olive and Forest Green sewing thread

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

CAS-ual Fridays meets Clean and Simple Stamping - CFC15 & FTL153


Don't worry, it's just a quick post this afternoon!

It's a 2-in-1 challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays this week.  CAS-ual Fridays have teamed up with Clean and Simple Stamping for one week only!  Clean and Simply Stamping have provided the sketch layout for this week's challenge and here it is:

I really like this sketch, especially as it's not something I would have come up with myself.  I like symmetry and my OCD senses were tingling when I saw this sketch!  I'm getting better at not panicking so much when asked to leave my comfort zone though, so it was ok!  :)

Here is the card I made;

I was really in the CAS zone when I started making this!  I wanted to keep it neutral with a splash of colour.  I haven't ever made such graphic looking flowers before and I'm really pleased at how they turned out  :)  I used black and silver for the 'petals' as I wanted to give the impression of a silhouette.  I embossed the bottom-most layer to add a little bit of interest and variation in the whites.  Some pale blue rhinestones and a some simple Calligraphy and I was done!  I was amazed at how quickly this card came together actually.  I often find it's the most simple looking cards that take the most time and work!?

Thanks for stopping by and please let me know what you think, your feedback is always welcome!

Card:       White, Black 220gsm
Stamps:   NONE!
Ink:          Distress Ink - Broken China, Crushed Olive; Windsor & Newton black writing ink
Others:    Rhinestones; black flock wallpaper, matte silver wrapping paper; Craft Concepts embossing
                      folder - Cottage Floral; Rotring 0.5mm drawing pen; jewellery wire

Viva La Verve - August Week 3

Hello there!

I'm back with my submission for this week's Viva La Verve challenge - I have finally caught up!

This week's sketch is by Shannan Teubner and it's a cracker!  I was daunted by it at first because, as you may know, I'm a 'less is more' kinda person rather than a 'more is more' person!  This sketch had a load of layers and I'll be honest, I wondered what on earth I was going to come up with!  I am actually quite pleased with how it turned out though, always makes a nice change!!

Here's the sketch;

Do you see what I mean?  Not me at all!  I was worried that it was going to end up a mess of clashing colours and layers, or look really block-like and rubbish!  Anyway, without a plan in mind I just started playing around and went with the flow and this is what happened.......

Ta da!  Where did those colours come from hey?!  Don't get me wrong, I like the colours, I just would never have come up with this in a million years - or so I thought! 

I started out by drawing around a CD for my circle shape (so technical huh?!) inked it with Wild Honey Distress Ink (it kinda looked like the sun for a while!) and then distressed the edges.  Then I was playing about doing some emboss resist which I loooove doing!  I always use the damask stamp from SU!'s Bliss set to stamp black on white backgrounds but I thought it might be nice for the damask to be the white part, so that's what I did.  I inked that in Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, edged with Vintage Photo and then the vertical piece is inked in Vintage Photo.

I made a card for the CASE Study challenge which was CASE of this card by Jen Rzasa.  I then realised that for that challenge I should've chosen something that Jen had entered for a previous CASE Study challenge and not just anything on her blog so I didn't end up posting it - I may do in the next few days, see how I feel :)  Anyway, my card had a butterfly as the opening rather than a hot air balloon as Jen did.  The butterfly on this Viva La Verve card was the piece I cut out of the middle to make my window!  I hate to waste anything!

I inked the butterfly with Broken China and Crushed Olive Distress Ink and edged with Vintage Photo.  It's matted on a creamy/ivory butterfly which I edged with Antique Linen.  I made some little antennae from a brass coloured jewellery wire and added some sparkly beads on the ends.  A few rhinestone and my butterfly was done  :)

I hope you like this week's Viva La Verve offering and I hope I've proved (to myself more than anything!) that I'm not just a one trick pony!

Thanks for dropping in and enjoy the rest of your day :)

Card:       White 220gsm; ColorBase Pastel Card - Chamois
Stamps:   SU! - Just Believe, Bliss, En Francais
Ink:          Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey,
                      Rusty Hinge
Others:    Rhinestones; jewellery wire; beads

Happy 2nd Birthday Marshall!!

Ok, so it's not his birthday today, but I am posting it today as there's no danger of anyone seeing it on here before it arrives in the post!  Saturday is my Grandson's 2nd birthday!  (My other half's Grandson, but I consider him mine too :))  I can't believe he's two already!  It seems like only yesterday we were visiting him in the hospital when he was only 11 hours old!  Time's starting to really fly, I must be getting old!

Here is the card I have made for him, I hope he likes it  :) (or the rest of the family at least, I'm sure he'll be too busy with his new toys!)

I'm not one for cliche's and the typical pink for girls, blue for boys.  I'm also not a cutesy kind of person either so children's cards can pose a problem!  I wanted this card to be bright and fun whilst being for a little boy.  Hopefully I achieved that?! 

I added some little balloons on the inside because let's face it, what's a party without balloons?!!! 

That's post number one for today, I shall be back shortly with my Viva La Verve week 3 entry so stick around!

Card:      White, Black 220gsm; Yellow, Silver Matte Mirror Card 200gsm
Stamps:  NONE!
Ink:         NONE!
Others:   Rhinestones; present ribbon; jewellery wire; acrylic writing ink - turquoise

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

CASE Study Challenge #52 - Jen Rzasa

Hello everybody!

I know I'm cutting it a bit fine for the deadline this week - it wouldn't be the case if I got a chance to do these things over the weekend!  Ho hum, such is life :)

As another part of the anniversary celebrations, this week's CASE Study challenge was to CASE another challenge participant.  When I first read it I was really excited, then, I thought about it!  Aaargh!  Not only was I going to have to pick someone to CASE out of ALL that talent, I was going to have to CASE them!  I say that because I'd hate to offend anyone by choosing one of their cards and then not doing it the justice it deserves - which is pretty much what has happened!  Sorry Jen!

After the excitement and then abject panic I chose a design by Jen Rzasa.  I love Jen's style and she just keeps churning out gems, it's quite incredible!  It took me an age to choose a card to CASE, partly because ther are so many to choose from, and secondly because I thought I'd better not pick something that was beyond my capabilities!  Well, the second one didn't go quite so well!

Here is Jen's card that I eventually chose to CASE;

and here's my attempt;

I'll be honest, the reason for it being in white is because I'm out of kraft card!  How terrible is that!  Sshh, don't tell anyone though!!  :)  I also didn't have any patterned paper because I generally don't buy it.  Sooo, I used the emboss resist technique with some Distress Inks to mimc that pretty paper that Jen used. 

Now, I do have some embroidery thread, however it is currently in a bag which is right at the bottom of quite a large box, which is underneath several other boxes (we're currently refurbishing the house!) and I was not in the mood to lift them all out of the way for some thread!  I did have some sewing thread to hand though, so I used that.  I only had the two 'pinky' shades so I dyed some white thread with ink for the rest.  I busted out my inks and nibs too for a little Calligraphy for the sentiment, it's been a while :)

Well, I hope Jen isn't too offended or disappointed with my interpretation of her work?!  Jen, if you're reading this, some pointers would be appreciated - especially photography ones!  You have mastered it and I'm hoping that my cards might look a little better if I could at least portray them as they are in real life!

Thanks all for watching, I'll be back soon with some Viva La Verve and a birthday card for my 'Grandson'!

Card:       White 220gsm; Red 200gsm
Stamps:   SU! En Francais
Ink:          Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Antique Linen; ColorBox Queue - Canary
Other:      Rhinestones; acrylic ink; sewing thread

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Viva La Verve, August Week 2

I would like to start off by thanking everyone who leaves such wonderful comments on my blog and SCS Gallery, they are really appreciated and encourage me to continue and better myself.  I would like to say a special thank you to Michelle for her kind words, they really meant a lot to me as I really was daunted by entering this challenge :) 

I have finally got around to photographing my card for Week 2 of the Viva La Verve Challenge!  I made this in the week but the weather has just been so appalling here and I've been holding out for maybe a little sun to shine through my window, but alas, just rain!  I was getting impatient and decided that I didn't want to wait for the elusive English summer sun any longer, so I've had to take my photo in the gloom!  I apologise for this in advance.!  I don't have a light box or anything fancy like that - living here it really ought to have been one of the first things I invested in huh?!  It pains me to buy things like that though, I'd rather spend money on stamps!

Because of the lack of lighting the colours don't show quite true, although I have tried to adjust it a little.  You'll just have to take my word on the colours!  (If the sun comes out then I'll take some better photo's to replace these.)

Here is Andrea's sketch for this week.  I knew it was going to be a good'un when I found out Andrea was in charge!  I just love everything she does!  I check her blog pretty much every day and almost always find something new a amazing to look at!  Although our styles are poles apart (hers is awesome, mine not so much!) I really enjoy soaking up her vintage, shabby chic-ness and all the femininity.  If you have never visited Andrea's blog (then I can only conclude that you live under a rock?!) then I suggest you get yourself over there right now - you have no idea what you're missing!  You can imagine how pleased I was when Andrea commented on my Week 1 entry in my SCS Gallery!  Aaaaah!  I was starstruck!

and here is my take on the sketch; (remember to forgive the lighting!)

those are soft green stripes!

Now, I made this card and looked at it for quite a while.  I really wasn't sure about, although it is growing on me!  I was going to say that it's not 'me', but it must be because I made it right?!  There's something about this Viva La Verve challenge that's making me go all 'vintage-y', but in my own CAS way of course!

I don't have any dies, as I mentioned before, so I was hunting high and low for something oval that I could use as a template.  I couldn't find a single thing!  However, on the end of my desk was my other half's bottle of aftershave.  It was kind of oval so I thought I'd use that!  I quite like the shape actually!  Having only a small stash of supplies makes you more resourceful don't you think?!  (Might just be me then!)
A while ago I was experimenting with things and came up with that antique-y script piece of card.  I dabbed some Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto an acrylic block,spritzed with water and then pressed a piece of card onto it to make the background.  Once it dried I stamped the script in VersaColor Charcoal and then 'damask' in SU! Basic Black.  I was quite pleased with how it turned out and then had no idea how I was going to use it!!!  I decided it was high time it made it's debut and where better than at Viva La Verve!  It's matted on a distressed piece of card that was created with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The butterflies were a gift from a friend of my Mum's, Jackie.  I met Jackie when I recently went 'home' to visit the family.  She has a much larger collection of tools, punches, stamps - everything - than I do!  I really love the Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch and guess what, Jackie has it!  She had a load of the butterflies punched out in white and coloured card and was kind enough to give me a load of them!  Something else I've been dying to use!  Thanks Jackie!!  The top butterfly was one of the white ones but I inked it in Antique Linen and added some gold glitter to the wings.

Anyways, I think that's more than enough of my ramblings - I must keep these posts shorter so as not to bore everyone to tears! 

Thanks for staying with me, have a great Sunday!

Card:      White 220gsm; Create & Craft Ivory Linen 200gsm; ColorBase Pastel Card in Chamois
                    170gsm; Harlequin wallpaper Anoushka collection - II0023 Jolie Stripe (background)
Stamps:  SU! Bliss; SU! En Francais; Debbi Moore Birthday Definition
Inks:       Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo; VersaColor - Charcoal; SU! - Basic Black
Others:   Ribbon; MS monarch butterflies; rhinestones; glitter