Thursday 17 January 2013

Dreaming of Times Past, Present & Future

Hi Everyone and a welcome to my new followers.  x

What a surprise when I came online this morning and saw I had some more followers........will drop by on Friday night/Saturday morning as I am not around until then, which is why this post is not a long one.
( okay..not too long )

I was also thrilled to have been picked once again in the Top 3 over at  the Fashionable Stamping Challenge. my post...two of my workmates had Special Birthday's and below is the card I made for a 50th Birthday. I love these images from TH Stampers Anonymous Classic Favourites SCF005.

The main image is that of someone day dreaming or wistful............most certainly very beautiful.

The card is 8" by 8 ", but not an easel.   To start I inked the  corner stamps with embossing ink, adding copper embossing powder then heat setting.   No matter how many times I have completed this process I love 'the magic' of the powder changing to a lovely metallic finish.

I then took my favourite Distress Ink....Vintage Photo and edged all around the card, blending in about about 1.5"  as I planned to cover the centre with a piece of recycled cardboard, which was in my parcel from the Funkie Junkie Boutique. ( Thank You Linda)  To give definition to the edges of the card I re-inked with vintage photo.

The cardboard was inked with Dried marigold and Vintage Photo, giving lovely warmth to the background. 

The images were stamped in Ranger Archival Ink- Coffee. Distress markers were used to highlight the eyes and lips, then the whole image was blended with a combination of  Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold  and Stormy Sky. Once I was satisfied with blending I then swiped the Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo around the edges, ensuring removal of a lighter edge. This makes the image pop. All the images were matted on to cardstock, which was also edged with DI's.

Lace was adhered to the cardboard using Ranger wonder tape and with the additions of some TH Ideaology and a dragonfly from my stash ( have had these  dragonfly's for many, many  years and I just love them :), which is why I bought so many !!! )

The sentiment is so keep on playing at whatever takes your fancy. 

Over at Frilly & Funkie the challenge is Follow Your Muse and  I have to say I found these stamps very inspiring.  Simon Says Stamp and Show they are looking for projects with Love/Lace.  This card was made with love and care and also has  a piece of vintage lace.

The Sunday Stampers Challenge this week  is I am off to participate.....................why don't you join me??

Won't be able to catch up  with you until Friday/Saturday..................but for those who leave a comment I shall definitely return the compliment.

Have fun xx 
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  1. Sooo lovely and very beautiful

  2. a great make congrats on the top 3 too! trace x

  3. Fabulous card Annie. It is even nicer in real life. The colour palette you have used just works so well and the stamps are fabulous. A definate keeper. Hugs Mum xxxx

  4. Such a beautiful card Annie, the soft muted colours are gorgeous, love the corrugated card from the FJ (I only have one piece left and am saving it!), love the layout and design and last but certainly not least, the fabulous dragonfly! A truly beautiful card. Hugs, Anne x

  5. WOW, this is an amazing card and I know the recipient will love it too.

  6. Wonderful job! This is a gorgeous card. I love the sentiments you used. I think it gives this card more than just a pretty face.

    Happy Crafting

  7. This is Stunning Annie, I like everything about it!!!!!
    Kevin xx

  8. What a fantastic sentiment. Waw, I have just been wandering around your blog - I could spend hours here. Love the colours and your embellishing. xx Flora

  9. The creations is so the stamping and layering in the gorgeous matching colours Annie...

    Greetings, Alie :-)

  10. Very very beautiful Annie.
    Great lay out.
    Greetings Janny

  11. Fabulous card Annie, love the layout, and such fabulous sentiments.
    Avril xx

  12. Amazing glow from this card Annie - I love your colours and design. I bought this stamp set before Christmas but havn't used it yet as I think its so beautiful that I would really want to do it justice. You most certainly have more than done it justice! Very beautiful. Nicola x

  13. Just wonderful, Annie! I love that you've used the whole set - they work so beautifully together with the sentiments, and all your blending, inking and distressing is just perfect. One of my favourites of yours...
    Alison x

  14. Love this stamps eat and you've show cared it brilliantly! I'm digging this larger format and all of the layers you have!

  15. What an amazing card! Both sentiments are wonderful - I have added that stamp set to my wish list! xx

  16. Anonymous1/18/2013

    This is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

  17. LOVE your card Annie. Wow aren't you creating some stunners this year. Huge congrats on your well deserved FSC honour for a card which is definitely one of my favourites so far this year. In my 'official' capacity thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time too. Hugs, Jenny x

  18. Annie...this is Ahhh-MAZING! I so love the sepia tones in this piece! Love the touch of lace in THE perfect spot! Love that Tim stamps and how you've utilized them so perfectly on this piece! Love the design. Love the touches of metal. The corrugated piece behind the stamped images also adds texture and a great background for those lovely stamped images. Annie, I think this is one of my favorite pieces you've done. Love it! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  19. Anonymous1/18/2013

    This is such a stunning - score that out .... this is such an amazing stamped collage style card. The textures from the metal and lace and corrugated card makes it so appealing tactile.
    Just love this card so much.

  20. ~Stunning card, I LOVE what you did with the lady, she is a gorgeous stamp isn't she? Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  21. Back again, dear Annie, I would like to say thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog and to be my newest follower. That is what I am here your newest follower.

    Greetings from Germany and I wish you a loveley weekend

  22. This is fabulous Annie ~ I love all the different heights of the parts, and how you used metal as well. Just gorgeous.

  23. Congrats on your win, and WOW what a muse! Love all the stamps from this set and you've used them so fabulously! The layering is gorgeous and the deep vintage! LOVE!!!!

  24. Well my word, that is a keepsake if I ever saw one. The perfect display of sentiments and image to relay that age is simply just a number. I love what you've created here Annie. You always knock my socks off! What a treasure you've designed for your birthday friend.
    Lisa x

  25. A beautiful tag, great layers.

  26. Amazingly made wowwzerssss thank you for sharing your fabulous card with the DT from Frilly and Funkie, love the stamps that you have played with and the colors too woww Hugs Terry xxxx


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