Saturday, 21 January 2012


Morning everyone!  The sun is out here at the mo - let's hope it lasts although the forecast is for showers....
I have been wanting to make this for over a week once I got the stamp and finally finished it yesterday. I cannot tell you how much I actually enjoyed making it - fiddling about with lace, scrim, paper and of course distress inks - I was in heaven!!
I used  Broken China, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive and Spun Sugar on the stamp and I am beginning I think to finally get the hang of the duster brushes.
The papers are all from the delicious Raspberry Road 'Moments in Time' collection.
There are a lot of layers on this card and was panicking a wee bit as I didn't think the machine was going to co-operate! In the end I didn't stitch the actual stamp but mounted it with 3d foam pads!

So- 4 layers of papers all distressed, edges dusted with broken china ink and stitched.
Some cream and pale blue antique style lace from my stash.
Some scrim which I dyed with the distress ink and the flourishes were cut out with my new dies (a christmas present from Maureen). 

The little Eiffel Tower is shrink plastic. (Don't you panic when it first starts to shrink???!!!LOL). I added a couple of pearls in the top left corner, a tiny sparkly dragonfly and a piece of fabric stamped with 'Paris' which I again dyed.

I absolutely adore shabby ribbons and this length was a present from Maureen. It was cream so out with the distress ink again! The button is another from my Mum's button box - its got a beautiful pearl centre and has a real antque vintage look to it. I hand stitched the ribbon and button . I am really pleased with this bow - it just seems to look 'right'!

I followed the colour scheme and theme into the inside and waste not want not, used the ends I cut off from the ribbon with a ribbon slider to frame the space left for the greeting.

Challenges -
Sugar Creek Hollow - Go Girly
CardMadFairy - Ribbons and Bows
Paperplay - Ribbons
Crafty Catz - Ribbons and Bows
Gingersnap Supply - Ribbon
Digital Tuesday - Romantic Card
Crop Stop - Shabby/Distressed
Penny's Paper Crafty - Ribbons and Buttons
Ladybug Crafts - Bows
Allsorts - Needles and Pins


  1. WOW Viv, this is beautiful. So much fabulous detail. Love the colours,a nd the image is great. Very textured card. Have a lovely weekend.
    Love Sandra xxx

  2. A stunning card Viv, beautiful colours :o)
    Jackie xx

  3. Absolutely stunning card Viv, love everything about it xx

  4. This is stunning Viv xx Jan

  5. Wow this must have taken a while but it's turned out beautifully - love it! M x

  6. Love it ! where did that stamp come from??? and watch it with that machine - you'll be wearing it out!!!

  7. Oh, Viv - Your card is just beautiful and so soft and lovely. I do love it! Thanks for linking it up for us at Penny's, and good luck!
    Karen - Design Team Member

  8. WOW Viv!!!! This is gorgeous!!! I just love the shabby, romantic feel to it! I will post this on FVDS Facebook page for all to see!

    Simply fabulous!!!! xo

    -pamela :)

  9. cor blimey matey this is superb just loving the look very tres chic colours too are stunning hugs moi xx

  10. A gorgeous feminine card Viv, I love all the details.
    Yvonne x

  11. Oh my goodness, Exquisite,what a talented lady you are!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at LCI. Hope to see you next challenge when it's my turn to host. Have a great weekend, Julie.x

  12. FAB-u-LUSS!!! Love the stamp and those gorgeous colours xx

  13. It is stunning, wow, a gorgeous creation and the bow is perfect....thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

  14. wonderful the colours,luv Georginax

  15. ooh my...fabulous card, thanks for joining in with our BUTTONS AND BOW challenge at CRAFTY CATZ, good luck, x Carol

  16. so stunning viv.i love it.really gorgeous colours and design :D

    xx coops xx

  17. So whos getting too ruddy clever missus, now pack it in!!! you have really acheived perfection Viv darlin its beautiful keep it till june 11th lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  18. Your card is gorgeous Viv, love the shabby look

  19. Stunning card! The color is fabulous as is the detail work and stitching. Thanks for playing along with our CropStop Challenge Blog.

  20. This is sooo pretty Viv, well done I adore it :O) Viv xx

  21. HI Viv, This is stunning. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sue x

  22. GORGEOUS card, Viv! Love those colors and I also love the use of the snipped ribbon. All those layers create magic! :) XXX~DigiDarla

  23. Wow! Beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Digital Tuesday Challenge! :)

    PS-I have blog candy!

  24. Wow this absolutly stunning, very beautiful and love the shabby look
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  25. Oh wow Viv!!!

    I love this one very, very, very much!!!

    My type of card!

    Gorgeous colours, fabby layers and so much texture.

    Simply stunning!!!!!

    Love Jules xx

  26. Just love your creation Viv, super inspirational work.

    Thanks so much for joining us our Needles and Pins theme at Allsorts this week, good luck and hope to see you again.

    B x

  27. Perfection! Thank you for joining in the fun at

  28. Wowzers, this is so BEAUTIFUL! The details are amazing! Thank you for joining in our CropStop Challenge. Hugs, Rosie

  29. Gorgeous card and beautiful work with the distressed inks! love how this turned out.


  30. right up my alley - love these colors and your sewing and details...thanks so much for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow

  31. This is absolutely stunning, Viv. I love everything about it and it's perfect for our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this week. We've got a new challenge coming up on Saturday and I hope you will join us again. Peggy x

  32. Awesome thank you for joining us at CropStop Challenge Blog

  33. Wow Viv, I am loving this card. This is just up my street! Gorgeous colour too. Thank you for joining in my Allsorts Challenge this week. Good luck! Jo x

  34. Stunning card. Love the colours and the gorgeous bow. Thanks for joining us at LCI this time. Hope to see you again.
    Hugs Sally xxx

  35. This is soooo beautiful I love that bow!
    Thanks for joining the Ladybugs at LCI and good luck with the 'Bows' challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  36. I love your card, its fabulous.



  37. This is fab, love the distressed bow. Thanks for joining us at Cardmad fairy this week...

  38. Oh, my! This is absolutely fabulous.


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