Friday, 12 August 2011

Getting Inky .......

This is really something I have done for me - getting inky and playing about with colours, although there is a purpose behind it, as I am also entering it into a challenge - the new kid on the block - the Fashionable Stamping Challenge - and I guess in some ways it takes me back to what I love best - stamping .........  I really enjoyed this, particularly as I have had so little time for crafting this week.

For this card everything has been stamped on Ranger Manila  cardstock because I wanted the creamy colour to show through on the embossing.  I heat embossed the writing with clear detail embossing powder, and then coloured with distress inks.  The piece on the diagonal I have coloured the same, and then stamped a fine swirl over it - barely visible.  However, when I put the two pieces together I realised I needed to knock the colour back so went over lightly with DI Antique Linen, and then sprayed ovr with glimmer mist.  The lovely ladies are Crafty Individuals.  Once stamped, I lightly coloured some elements with colouring pencils and edged the border with distress ink.  They are mounted on a piece of card I coloured with distress stains.  The lace las been dyed with distress stain, and sprayed with glimmer mist.  To finish off a pretty fabric flower.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafty Individuals - Bright and Beautiful
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Distressing
Do yYou Stack Up - Emboss It
PaperPlay Challenge - Create Your Own DP
Anything Goes - Celebration (well I think this is the celebration of women everywhere!)
Clear It Out - Summer (I have used summery colours)
Crazy Amigos - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Emboss It
Inspire Me Fridays - Always Anything Goes
Phindy's Place - Vintage
Simply Create - Distress
The Stamp Man - Anything goes with summer colours
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Favourite Stamp
Papertake Weekly - Grow your own - hand made flower
Dream Valley - Distressing
Truly Scrumptious - Lace

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.



  1. Just so beautiful your layout and the flower is stunning hun...

    have a lovely weekend..hugs Vicky xx

  2. So beautiful! Love the images and the colours! Great design and technique!

  3. Oooo Val I have these stamps they are the best. Love your just for me card, wow you have inspired me to get these stamps out and make something with them. This is such a gorgeous creation and just perfect for our challenge.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  4. what a lovely card Val - i love that image .. so elegant and the lace and flower are gorgeous .Thanks for joining us at LCI this month
    Hope things are settling down a little
    Take care

    Lisa x

  5. This is such a gorgeous card. I love the colours you've used and the details also. Thanks for joining us this fortnight at Truly Scrumptious. Hugs Michele x

  6. Oooh, love this beautiful card Val. I can never 'resist' a gorgeous script background and the CI ladies work beautifully with the colours you have chosen. I haven't seen that Ranger Manila card (think must be slipping, ha! ha!) but definitely need to check it out. Glad you made time to get inky!

    Lesley Xx

  7. Hi Val, What a gorgeous card you made, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCtaz this week.xx

  8. ooh Val this is gorgeous so are those stamps!!
    thanks for joining us at Charisma this time would love to see you next time too

  9. Val its absolutely stunning. I love the gorgeous images, beautiful colours and pretty embellishments. Thanks for joining us at LCI this month.

  10. Your card is just lovely! Topnotch!

  11. Lovely card! Love the distressing :-) Thankyou for joining us at Dream Valley! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  12. The soft, muted colours make this such a pretty card.

  13. This is just gorgeous Val. Love the images and colours and that flower is fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at the first Fashionable Stamping challenge and hope to see you again.
    Fliss x

  14. Hi Val
    A beautiful card thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
    Hugs Dianne xx

  15. what a lovely card hun, im very sorry but we can't include you for this week's prize at charisma as our limit
    is 10 linkings to challenge blogs including charisma, so sorry, hope to see you next week
    hugs carlyann xxx

  16. Hi Val,
    What a gorgeous creation! Just LOVE it!!! Just gorgeous.Thank you for playing along in the challenge this week @ Paperplay Challenges.

  17. Truly gorgeous - I love those images. Your creation is a delight. Thank you for sharing at Simply Create.
    Ike xx
    SC DT

  18. Beautiful card, love the flower. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up and good luck.


  19. Beautiful card, love the flower. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up and good luck.


  20. beautiful, thanks for joining us at Clear It Out

  21. Gorgeous card with a fabulous vintage image. I love the flower and the lovely lace. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.

  22. stunning card Val love the images and your handmade flower is gorgeous thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

  23. Wow this is gorgeous, love the flower and your gorgeous background, thanks so much for sharing it with us at paper play, hugs Liz xx

  24. Wow this is a wonderful creation, beautiful colour theme and the image is gorgeous , fabulous Embossing too,

    thank you so much for joining us at the Crafty Catz Challenge Emboss it and we hope you stop by next week and join in,

    I also have some calorie free candy if you are interested

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

    Crafty Catz DT

  25. This is simply beautiful and I looooove your flower! Thanks for joining us for the Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog Embossing Challenge! Please join us again for the next challenge!


  26. Beautiful card,great design and I love the flower...Thanks for sharing with us at Truly Scrumptious and hope to see you next time....
    Mandy x

  27. You have done an incredible job on this, Val. I think the diagonal sheet looks like marbling, very beautiful. The design is fabulous. Love this card. So great that you joined us at Phindy`s place with this lush creation. Hugs...Mona

  28. Hi Val
    Stunning the ladies .....
    hugs sylvie

  29. A beautiful vintage card, I love the flower!
    Thanks for joining us at Truly Scrumptious,
    hugs, Marlies


Thank you soooo much for all the wonderful comments you leave on my Blog. I appreciate each and every one....and for you taking the time to do so....I will try to get over to your Blog too.
Love and big hugs
Val xx


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