Thursday, 26 January 2012


Sun shining here at the mo, but wintry showers forecast - it's quite cold despite the sunshine.

I finished this card yesterday afternoon and it was too dark to take a decent pic - but at least it means I have something to share with you this morning!

I fell in love the minute I saw this Stempelglede stamp set last year and have used all of the stamps on the plate (which is unusual for me! - Normally I buy a set, use one and the others gather dust!!)
This beautiful birdie though is my fave.

I duster brushed 'Tattered Rose' distress ink around the edge of a piece of scrap cardstock grading the colour to the centre so it was barely visible when it reached the middle. I then stamped the image in Versamark and spent a glorious couple of hours with my watercolours.
All the papers used apart from the first pinky/peach base are by Raspberry Road.

The birdie was distressed and layered onto co-ordinating cardstock and stitched.
I then distressed, layered stitched, distressed, layered, stitched and distressed-layered-stitched again with all the other paper and card. The birdie was mounted onto foam pads.
The pink lace piece peeping out from behind is from my stash.

I used the same distress ink on the flourish and stamped a sentiment onto co-ordinating card and cut out with a nestie and finished the front with yet another button from Mum's box and a scrap piece of shabby ribbon.

Here's a close up of the birdie  so you can click on it to enlarge if you want to and a peep at the inside.

Challenges -
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Birds of a Feather
Creative Stamp Friends - Old Fashioned/Antique
Crafty Bloggers - Distressing
My Mum's Craft Shop - Flowers
Craft Your Days Away - Distressing
Crazy Challenges - Vintage
Alphabet Challenge - 'Y' for 'YOU choose'
Moving Along With the Times - Bloomin Marvellous

Thanks for visiting me today, have a lovely day whatever you're doing. x


Jackie said...

This is absolutely stunning, I love it :o)
Jackie xx

Monica said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Such a romantic image. The bird and flowers look awesome - so well coloured.
Monica xxx

Jan said...

This is so pretty Viv and I love the beautiful soft vintage look. You know, I have this stamp and I've never used it.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Stunning card Viv, I like the image and all the distressing.
Kevin xx

Cindy-Up In Northern Michigan said...

Wow! Your card is absolutely beautiful. Love all the yummy details!! Thanks for joining our "Birds of a Feather" Challenge over at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!

Meggymay said...

Stunning card, love all your sewing and distressing.

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Oh Viv, This is sooooo beautiful. What a fabulous image (love your colouring) and what a great choice of colour for the card base and layers. Thanks for sharing the stamp make, think I will have to check this out, my parents love birds, although no doubt they will be the only ones!
Love Sheila x

Anonymous said...

This is so gorgeous. Sue x

Sheena said...

A gorgeous girly card! Your watercolouring is fab!

Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!


June Nelson said...

Oh my goodness oh my goodnesss my jaw is now on the floor vivvy babe its magnificent what a lot of detail, now whos getting on whos nerves!!!!! clever so and so lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Maureen said...

Beautiful !!!! and stitched! love it.

MaggieC said...

I do like this card, Viv. Somehow, I never think of using Tattered Rose in that way, so effective. Thank you for your visit today, and for your lovely comments. Have a good week. xx Maggie

sassy said...

brill card viv x

Desire Fourie said...

Viv this is such a gorgeous little creation and I agree that image is adorable and you have brought it so beautifully to life with your colouring.
Trust you are keeping warm

coops said...

oh wow this is fantastic viv.such a beautiful detailed image and your soft vintage colours are gorgeous :D

xx coops xx

Sue said...

Wow! this is awesome Viv! I love the image and your watercolours look SO beautiful !! Gorgeous papers and layout - stunning card!
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
Hugs Sue xx

Jenn Borjeson said...

Just beautiful! Thank you for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad! :)

PetraB said...

Absolutely stunning, the colouring is fabulous!Thank you for playing along with the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Chris said...

Hi Viv, this card is absolutely adorable. I love the little bird. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Sharon said...

Just stunning and perfect for our birds theme at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!!

Anja said...

Gorgeous card, I love the colours and all of the little details.
Thank you for joining us at "Kreative Stempelfreunde".


Jules said...

Hi Viv

Another beauty!!

I love all the distressing you add alongside your stitching and the fab colour combo.

Have a great weekend.

Love Jules xx

Vicki Romaine said...

Georgeous card. Everything about this card is lovevly. Thanks for joining "Birds of a Feather" at the Cheerful Stamp and please come back often as I want to see more of your work.

annesyme said...

I just love everything about this card, it is so beautiful. The bird stamp is so like some vintage postcards I used to have.
Anne xx

Anonymous said...

Wow Viv i really adore this its so so beautiful and what a gorgeous colour effect you got here and texture too ... this is fantastic !!
Hugs June x

Lionelsa said...

Adorable card! lovely colors.
Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge this week!

DesignerDiva said...

WOW Viv this is a work of art! Its absolutely beautiful!
Thank you for joining in at MAWTT for Lisa's 'Bloomin Marvellous' challenge and hope to see you again soon
Hugs Laurie x

Gaynor said...

This is really great, thanks for sharing with us at MMCS, hope to see you again, Gaynor DT :)

Pami said...

This is a beautiful card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck and hope to see you again soon. Pami x

kreativebastelideen said...

Hi viv
your cards are very beautiful.
Thanks for joining us on The Crazy Challenges. Hope to see you again next week.

Amanda said...

Lovely card.
Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Craft Your Days Away.


Lee said...

Soooo Beautiful in every way.xx