Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Like the Circles in My Mind....

Hi Everyone. Hope you are all well and the weather is improving wherever you are. The West of Scotland  is having lovely weather just now and thankfully the temperatures have improved too.
 For the card I used Spellbinders Circle frames in two designs, one plain and the other scalloped. I combined the large scalloped die and slightly smaller plane circle to create a frame for my card. I covered the front of the card with a K & CO background paper by Brenda Walton ( also found them in my stash whilst searching for other things),  then placed my stamped/ TH distress inked frame on top.  ( I stamped the frame with Creative Expressions Artsy Floral rubber stamp, which is gorgeous and I must use more often............note to self !)

As I began to rummage in my cupboard I found a rubber stamp that was one of  my first  purchases, at least 16 years ago, if not more !   I usually gold embossed this image and then coloured it with an ink which twinkled like H20's. ( Just cant remember the name) I coloured in the main stamped image using  Tim's distress markers.  I also used a Sizzix Vintaj  Deco Emboss folder on two other circles, which I inked with  Tim's shaded lilac, spiced marmalade and tea-dye DI's. The butterfly was provided by my mum, who knows I love butterflies. I used eyelets to hold the card together, using paper  raffia to hide the eyelets. I then made a bow and glued it to the card, finishing it off with the smaller deco embossed circle that I cut out and a hat pin from Creative Expressions. The sentiment used on the inside is again  a stamp that I have had forever and was made by Impression Obsession. ( C5045)

Just editing this post as one of my crafty friends has advised that this card meets the  challenge criteria  at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge 77 - Dig Out the Old.   My TOP TIP would be to take away the white edge on anything you cut out or die cut as  it gives a better/more professional finish, especially when layering with foam pads or silicone. On decoupage I usually use a dark pencil or more recently I have been using the TH Distress marker in Weathered Wood to go around the edge. When using distress inks on backgrounds or images  I like to edge with one of the colours used. 

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you again soon. 
I love to read your comments so please let me know if you dropped by.

Crafty Hugs  Annie x   


  1. What an amazing card! Love the shape! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment on another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck,
    Rene ;D

  2. Another fantastic card Anne. Beautiful colours and I do remember that stamp too. Hugs Mum xxxx

  3. Love the layers, embossing and colours in this Annie. Gorgeous.
    Somewhat freakily I have had that self same stamp image in my mind today. Need to make a card this evening for an extremely sad situation and that one fits the bill perfectly. Let's hope I can put it to use as effectively as you have.
    Thanks for sharing as ever, hugs Buttons x

  4. Annie, you've blown my mind! This is so neat. I love that you used eyelets to secure the card...that's really a wonderfully unique style and looks incredible.
    I'm so happy you've joined us at Make It Monday and I'd also like to add that Top Tip Tuesday is hosting a 'Dig out the old' challenge and since you mentioned in your post that you dug out one of your first stamps..this would be perfect. ;)

    Hope you're having a great week!
    Lisa :)

  5. Hi Annie, I love the way you have used circles to make the card, the colours are subtle and beautiful, the image of the lady is gorgeous and that sentiment inside is wonderful.
    Crafty hugs, Anne x

  6. Great circular card - love the colours and all the detail!

  7. Saw this on MIM and came for a closer look.
    great circle card, love all the interesting details.

  8. Such a pretty card, lots to see & lovely warm colours. Sx

  9. What a beautiful card Annie - I'm so pleased Lisa pointed you in our direction ;) Perfect!

    Thanks for digging out your stash for us this week over at Top Tip Tuesday and don't forget you could win our Top Tipper prize if you share a Top Tip with us too :)

    Carol x

  10. Gorgeous card Annie, fabulous colours and stunning detail.
    Caz x

  11. Hi Annie, Oh this is so gorgeous. I love all the texture, it makes you almost want to reach out an touch it. Thank you for sharing this with us our Anything Goes / A Frame of Mind on Art With No Boundaries.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  12. This is beautiful, Annie! All the texture is just amazing, and you deserve bonus points for using such a 'vintage' stamp.

  13. Stunning card Annie, LOVE it! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  14. Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!! I'm back to say thank you so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday. It gave me another excuse, not that I needed one, to come back and drool over this groovy card again. :)
    Thank you again,

  15. Brilliantly done!!! Love the shape and coloration! This looks like it was fun to create!

  16. Hi Annie, Thanks for the visit you paid to my blog and your kind words :)

    So pleased to see you've now added a Top Tip too. Ref your concern of re-linking your submission - add a separate link to Mr Linking adding (TIP) next to your name - link picture number 2 if you want. You are able to add up to 6 links per week - 3 for projects and 3 for Top Tips. Give us a shout if you need us ;)

    Carol x

  17. WoW, this is just fabulous, Annie! I love all the texture you created ... just amazing!!

  18. What a lovely card Annie. I really like how you used a circle.
    Very creative.

    In answer to your question about the hangers you can find them at http://www.articusstudiodesign.com/index.html
    She has the very best price on them, also lots of really cool stuff have fun shopping!
    hugs Lynn

  19. Wow Annie, This is such a fabulous little make! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday and Loved the tip hun! Hope to see you again next time!
    Tammy Louise

  20. Beautiful framed card you have made! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  21. This is so lovely! Amazing how you revived an 'old' image by using current techniques.
    Love the butterfly...I also love butterflies, real ones too!:)
    Thanks very much for sharing your project with us at Art With No Boundaries!
    Do visit us again!
    Rene DT

  22. Great card, really unusual and that's a great tip, it is something that I try to remember to do, and it really does make a difference.
    Netty's Cards
    Top Tip Tuesday Challenge DT

  23. Gorgeous card Annie :-)

    thanks for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge DT call and Good Luck :-)
    Lols x x x

  24. Lovely shapes and papers :)

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