Monday, 20 February 2012

Paris Revisited

I had to make a birthday card for one of our French friends and wasn't sure what direction to go in. He is not very well and is confined to bed so a sporty card would probably be a bit insensitive. One of his great loves is good wine, but I'm not sure if he's allowed to drink so again a wine themed card could be insensitive.

He has always been very patriotic so in the end I decided to use the Just Rite Cling stamps that I got from Creative Expressions a few months ago. I chose a cream/brown/turquoise colour palette. I didn't want the card to look too feminine so I chose to make brown flowers using scraps of brown parcel wrapping paper. The flower centres are brads. I also had some scraps of DP left over from my first hidden message card and some scraps of vellum to use up so these were incorporated into the card too.

I distressed the edges of the elements in my card using frayed burlap distress ink....unfortunately my blending foam is still giving a green tinge so please ignore this, it is supposed to be brown. The dies I used for the flowers, leaves and the main focal point of the card were all Spellbinder dies.

I dyed the seam binding using brusho ink which turned out to be a very close colour match to the combination of tumbled glass and broken china that I had used to colour the main focal point of the card. The words, postcard, stamp, Fleur de Lys border, Eiffel Tower were all stamped using Coffee Archival ink. The post mark was stamped using Black Ancient Page.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges....
"Fashionable Stamping - Monochromatic plus one other colour"

"Creations by Gill M - Colour challenge"

"Card Crafters Circle - Use Die Cuts"

"Daring Card Makers - Postage Mail"

"Fabulous Friday - Brads or Eyelets"

"Stamping for the weekend - Photo inspiration"

"Totally Paper Crafts - ribbons and or bows"

"Delightful Challenges - Use your scraps"

"Do you stack up - Layers"

"Southern Girls - so distressed"


Gabrielle said...

Wow! You put so much thought into this and the result is fabulous! I love the use of the stamps and all the embellishments you added. Fabulous! I'm sure he'll love it!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely card Sue and perfect images to use for your card and great colour palette. Tracy x

Anonymous said...

I am sure your friend will be thrilled on receiving a card with such careful thought put into its creation.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at FSC.

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Lovely card Sue. I love that colour combination and you have so many lovely details!!
Siobhan x

Craftyanny said...

Such a beautiful card Sue, your friend will be thrilled with it.
Thanks for playing along with Totally Papercrafts and good luck
Anne x

Elaine said...

Hi Sue, I'm Elaine. I have followed you from afar for a while and have just become a follower.
I love this card I do all of your creations.
Well Done
Elaine W

Silvia(Barnie) said...

It's a wonderful creation in great colors. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

Chriss America Real said...

Oh this is so lovely & elegant! Thanks for playing along with the Delightful Challenges Design Team this week!


Zoe Sanderson said...

Gorgeous card love the colours and the flowers fantastic XOXO Zoe

Mary Jo said...

Beautiful card! Lovely colors and stamping. Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

Rein said...

Pretty card,
loe the color combo!
Thanks for joining in with DCM.

Lori Apgar said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the flowers and the colors you used! Your friend will love it!!

Thanks for joining us this week at Frosted Designs!!

Anne-Marie said...

I love the way you so carefully thought through the design of your beautiful creation. Your friend must have fallen in love with is just stunning, with so many gorgeous details! Thanks for sharing it at Card Crafter's Circle, and please come again...good luck!

hazel said...

This is such a beautiful card, it's perfect.
xxx Hazel.

princesskitten said...

Lovely collage

kitten - DYSU team

Trish and Treasure said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for joining in the fun at Card Crafter’s Circle this week. This distressed card is fabulous and I like how you created such a simple yet striking layout using contrasting colours,really pretty card!I hope to see you again next week for our latest challenge and I love this die cut you used!
Trish Munro
Card Crafter’s Circle Design Team

Jenny Evans said...

Gorgeous card...absolutely love those flowers! Thanks so much for playing along at Frosted Designs!!

WencheP said...

Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up, hope to see you back next week.


Linda said...

Sue this is absolutely stunning! Love the layout too. Thank you for joining us at Creations by Gill M challenge this month.

Linda xxx

Ellie said...

LOVELY and I so much love the colors you've used, and all the details, gorgeous!
Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

xxx Ellie xxx

Ephemera said...

So beautiful, such a lovely colour combination and beautifully crafted. Thanks so much for joining us at FSC. X

Fliss said...

A lovely card Sue. Gorgeous colours and beautiful attention to detail.
Thanks so much for joining in with the FSC monochrome +1 challenge.
Fliss x

norine said...

What a kind and sensitive friend you are! Lovely card - I'm sure it was gratefully received!! Thanks for playing with us at Southern Girls!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Sue,

Lucy x

Gill McCall said...

Such a fabby project, thanks for taking part in my challenge this month at CBGM. Good luck. GIll