Tuesday 6 September 2011

6th September 2011- how distressful

Hello there hope you are all ok and enjoying the damp weather.  I'd like to welcome my new followers and thank them so much for becoming followers I will be hopping around to their blogs later. 

The reason it is distressful is because that is what I have been doing - Distressing!!  I must admit I am a bit covered in it, I don't know about the card - my fingers look like I have a 60 a day habit!!  However, I have enjoyed it and I could quite easily get carried away with it - mmmm where is that cat????

So anyway to get back to the card and leave the poor cat alone.  I have chosen to use another old stamp today which came as a set of four from Hero Arts.  They are all flapper style girls and remind me of a bygone age when my grandmother would have been young.  The papers are all Raspberry Road digital papers.  The post card I just one in the challenge from Cooking it up with Katie and came from Dragon's Lair Designs - thank you so much Beth.  I have wanted a post card type stamp for ages and as this is digital you can really play around with it and alter it.  I printed out using Old Newspaper edit and then distressed the edges with my paper distressor and some Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I used an old script stamp from Hero Arts (must be the one stamp I have used the most) to add some writing to the Post Card.  I used some Kraft Card for backing and the frame which is cut out with a Nestie.  The corner frame from Wild Orchid (as were the flowers) I distressed with some Tim Holtz crackle paint in Brushed Corduroy and distressed it further with Walnut Stain (told you I was getting addicted!).  The leaf pin I also distressed but you can't see that so well and I added a couple of little beads to it.  Needless to say I distressed the lace with Antique Linen.

I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Heart Song Inspirations - Distressing And/or Use Paint (I did both)
Kaboodle Doodles - Use Ric Rac, Fabric or Lace
The Kraft Journal - Must use Kraft Paper and Make it Grand (my grandmother's era)
Woodware Challenge - Anything Goes
Catered Crop - Recipe (I used lace, digital image and die cut)
I Did it Creations Challenge - Girly Girls
The Order of the Opus Gluei - Roses/Rosettes
Stamping Sisters in Christ - Quiet Colours
365 Cards - Past (old stamp that I have re-used), Present (I love beige and browns) and Future (Post card - cause I'm going on holiday in November - yay)
Clearly I Stamp - Use patterned papers
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Monochromatic
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog - Flowers and Lace
The Stamp Man - Travel (hence the post card)

Thank you for looking I would love it if you could please leave a comment, take care x


Unknown said...

Cute stamp, haven't seen that one before. And I get to type my comment in next to the photo of your adorable grandson, what a sweetie! I like the colors you chose. Thanks for joining us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

cotnob said...

This is such a gorgeous card Susan, it's fun getting all messy sometimes isn't it. The lace makes the perfect finishing touch.

Nancy said...

I adore the vintage look and feel to your card! Thanks for joining us this week at Woodware USA!!

Anonymous said...

A great background paper, the design is great. A gorgeous vintage card.

Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

carol said...

Gorgeous card, love the flowers, thanks for playing along with CRAFTY CATZ this week, x carol

Bianca said...

Oh, this is so very stuning! I love the shabby look! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

chrissy xx said...

Distressingly Good lol. LOve it.

lindyloo said...

very stylish card hun and love the colours thank you for playing along with us at the crafty catz linda x

Claire said...

This is just gorgeous and very stylish - love the soft muted colour tones too. Hugs, Claire x

susan said...

This is lovely! Great vintage image and colors. Love the lace. That's a great touch. Thank you for joining us at I DID IT CREATIONS CHALLENGE # 71! Good Luck!

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow this is stunning! Love the vintage look and colours. What a lovely layout.
Diane xx

NanaConnie said...

Ooooh, wonderful distressing and I love the brown and beige flowers. Fabulous job! Thanks for playing along this week at Heart Song. Hope to see you again.
NanaConnie HSI DT

Grace said...

This is so pretty! I love the vintage feel and the subdued colors! Love the distressing and lace.... all beautiful details!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at SSIC!

coops said...

wow this is stunning susan.your vintage image and colours are gorgous and i love your beautiful details :D

xx coops xx

Audrey Pettit said...

How very beautiful! Love your design and love that vintage image. The neutral color palette really grabs my eye, too. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Kraft Journal.

Bettina L. said...

This is superb. Love all the details. Lovely lace as well.Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles this week and good luck. Hope to see you back monday for a new challenge. Bettina x

Cindy Groh said...

Fabulous card. Love all the little details. Thanks for playing at IDIC.

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Susan - this is just divine! I love the image and the gorgeous flowers and lace! the soft colours add such a nostalgic feel. Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ, we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Linda McClain said...

Oh, how beautiful. I love how that central picture pops off the page. Thanks for sharing it with us at Catered Crop.

Curly said...

Wow this is a wonderful creation, beautiful colour theme and image the image is gorgeous , its just perfect for our challenge this week,

thank you so much for joining us at the Crafty Catz Challenge 99 Monochromatic and we hope you stop by next week and join in with the fun,

I also have some calorie free candy if you are interested

Good Luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :0) x

Crafty Catz DT

Unknown said...

Oh I love the distressing! GRAND work indeed! Thanks so much for joining us at The Kraft Journal for this week's Something Grand challenge!

Jolanda said...

you're right once you start distressing it's impossible to stop!!! Your card is very beautiful - I love the way you have layered your papers and the lace along the bottom :)

Gini said...

Perfect for putting on the Ritz, love your elegant card Susan :-)
Hope you have settled into retirement and are thoroughly enjoying yourself.
Thank you for joining us at Opus Gluei!

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful card. Your distressing is perfect. Very elegant and timeless. Thanks for joining the Heart Song Challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week.

Rosemary said...

What a darling blog you have! I love the sweet mood here and the photo of your grandson is marvelous! So adorable.

Your card is fantastic, you really captured a vintage feel with the stamp, colors, and style that you're using here. I love the aged romance of the roses and they are perfect for our Opus Gluei challenge, thank you so much for participating!

PokSa said...

What a great card. Beautiful work.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
xx Sandra

Kathy D. said...

wow what a beautiful vintage looking card.
Thanks for playing with us at Clearly Inspired Challenge. The new challenge was posted today so I hope you will come over and play again with us.