Monday, 3 February 2014

Dreams of Italy

It's been a while since I played with collage stamps and I had some pieces of linen card laying about which were cut off leftovers from other cards so decided to find stamps to fit onto the paper scraps.
I had intended to make another 'man' card when I set out as this terracotta tiled background paper I thought was great for a bloke............
don't know what happened cos THIS is definitely NOT a man card!!
It just took on a life of it's own and kind of evolved - maybe if I hadn't used up the last bit of card and stamped the face image it could have been  termed 'a man card' - but then I'd have had to leave off the ribbon and the pearls as well wouldn't I?

Hopefully though I have told a 'story' with this card - with the lady thinking about how much she loved her Italian adventure, the postcards she sent and the places she visited and how she is dreaming of a return some day soon.

Stamps all done with Versafine Sepia.
All the stamps are from different companies - a real  mixture!
I wiped some Antique Linen DI across all the images and then distressed the edges adding some Tea Dye DI.
The heart is made from wood, crackled and distressed and the card was finished off with a couple of bronze pearls and some shoestring ribbon.

Rest of the papers used on the inside.
Challenges -
OLLCB - Use a Heart
Craft Your Passion - Love
OSAAT - Anything Goes
Scribble & Scrap - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girls - Heart
Crafts & me - Use a Heart
Creative Romance - Show some Love
Fussy & Fancy - Vintage

Thanks for finding the time to look at my project for today - have a great day whatever you're doing! x


  1. Some cards just get away from you like that!!! It's a very cool card the way it turned out


  2. I begs to differ. A man to man card no. a woman to man card yes...Possibly. I like it, I like it. The again as you know me and vintage have a thing goin' on.


  3. Beautiful card Viv, and I love the little story behind the card.
    Caz x

  4. Beautiful work Viv, I love that focal image, had it for years and you have prompted me to get it out for an airing.

    Poor old showing yesterday, half of them didn't seem to turn up and as for that gift from Toure, the air was blue at my end.

    B x

  5. Love your evolved card Viv, gorgeous result. xx Flora

  6. Loving your beautifully collaged card Viv, looks perfect in Sepia.
    Annette x

  7. A lovely classical feel to your card, very beautiful.

  8. This is gorgeous,fab

  9. Gorgeous card and images,love the colour and story to go with it.
    Sue x

  10. Love your creation Viv. Such a lovely vintage feel to it.

    Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again soon. Good luck.

    Lynn, CYP DT

  11. fab card, love the image
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

  12. Viv,

    Don't you love how you sometimes start to make something and it turns into something completely different? So glad you didn't make this for a is so soft, lovely and elegant. I am daydreaming right along with her. Just beautiful.

    Thank you for playing along with the Stitchy Angel Design Team!


    Chriss - DT- One Stitch At A Time

  13. Its a beautiful collage card Viv, I love how it evolved into this special card.
    Yvonne x

  14. well whatever she's thinking about, the card is beautiful! thanks for joining in with The Ribbon Girl Card Challenge, Mary x

  15. Your card has a wonderful antique art feel! Love it!! Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  16. Ooh I love this sepia collage card Viv. Very vintage and chic.

    Hugs, Darn Sarn xxx

  17. Beautiful card, I do love this style but can't seem to make them myself!!! :o)
    Jackie xx

  18. so stunning viv.fab sepia colours and i love your vintage images and design ;D

    xx coops xx

  19. Oh Viv, isn't the excitement of creativity that some project use your hands to take on a life of their own ....You intended a card for a man ....This card had its own ideas and you have produced a most beautiful and interesting card for a lady. It is a stunning and very stylish card with such a lovely Dream-like quality.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely card in our challenge this week. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

  20. Viv, I totally love your card and the story behind the card is just beautiful. I lived in Italy for 4 years as my husband was in the service. I loved Italy and long to go back there some day. So when I read your story it touched me inside. I can remember the streets, markets and much more. Thank you for making my day. :D
    A pleasure coming to your blog and look forward to you joining our challenges at OSAAT.
    Deborah OSAAT DT

  21. Fabulous collage Viv - love the grainy texture of the linen card and the dreamy lady image. The stamps work so well together on this Italian adventure story - LOVE it!
    Sylvia xx

  22. Hi Viv

    .. .. .and a fabby heart you have used too. Loving the distressed look.

    Great card. Lots of layers and gorgeous stamp work.

    Sorry if I made you spend your crafty pennies .. .. but it is a lovely stamp! LOL!!

    I hope you are having a good week.

    Love Jules xx

  23. So beautifully vintage. Love the monochromatic earthy tones.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  24. Such a fabulous stamped collaged card!! Thank you for joining us this week at OSAAT and good luck.


  25. Fabulous vintage card. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck. xx

  26. Lovely vintage work here thanks for sharing with us over at A Creative Romance Hugs Rebekah xx


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