Tuesday, 25 February 2014


I have been able to have a bit of a play for an hour or so over the weekend.
Felt a lot better then yesterday back to sneezing and spluttering - am getting on my own nerves never mind anyone else's! I appear to be unable to shake off this 'whatever it is' that has now been with me for almost 2 weeks.
Consequently I am unsure about this make. Whether that's down to my fuzzy brain or it really is just a naff effort I don't know!

I used some old papers from my stash (which may have been from a HOTP pad?), distressed the edges then matted and layered onto Kraft then black card.
The main stamp is one of the very first I ever bought when I started my 'mixed media' journey (!) as at the time I was hooked on all things medieval and historic.
I found it (along with 3 others!) all dusty and unloved - so inked it up and stamped it onto dark cream card, clear embossed and then matted and layered it. Resisted using any colour on the image at all although maybe I should have coloured her dress?
Stamped the large script onto a scrap piece of kraft paper and just randomly ripped the edges.
The pen and ink bottle also stamped onto scrap pieces of kraft and mounted using 3d pads. (more old stamps!)
Finished it off with some die cut corners and a sanded 'hinge' secured with brads.
Challenges -
Make My Monday - A non cute grown up card
MIM - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Vintage
Fashionable Stamping - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Ladies Day
Card Making Mama's - Stack it Up
Daring Cardmakers - Old but not Forgotten (my stamps!)

Thanks for taking the time to have a look and if you've left a comment I really appreciate it.
As I'm confined to the house in an attempt to get rid of this bug I will be trawling round blogland all day! Have a great day whatever you're doing. x


brenda said...

It's sitting in cold stadiums I reckon Viv, bet that last was was frustrating to watch as well.

I love what you have done on this card, puts me in mind of an old tapestry.

B x

Irish Cherokee said...

WOW Viv! For not having all cylinders firing at once this was a bang up job. Really like this one. Get well soon.

Carol Willis said...

Gorgeous card Viv, loving the medieval vibe.
Caz x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fab design and colours.xxx

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE it, that stamp shouldn't catch any dust as far as I am concerned, or you must let me let it get inky :) , it is a gorgeous stamp!
Thanks for joining us at FSC !
xxx Ellie xxx

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this is wonderfully medieval. Love the monochromatic earthy tones.
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Netty said...

Beautiful medieval card, loving all the script. Hope you feel better soon Viv. Annette x


Birgit said...

This is so beautiful and I love this image. I am glad you dusted it off and used it:) I like the monotone of it and think it is beautiful. Saw this on MIM

Sue said...

Fabulous card Viv. I love the image and wonderful detailing.
I hope you are feeling better soon.
Sue xx

Pia S said...

I like this! It's different - and very beautiful!

susiestacey said...

A lovely card.
Thank you for sharing with the Allsorts 'Ladies Day' challenge and good luck x Susan x

Meggymay said...

Fantastic design and images, hope you use those stamps again.
Yvonne x
p.s. Thank you for sharing it with us at FSC this time.

Pat said...

Really unusual but effective card. Love the hinge and corners. Sorry you are feeling rotten with this bug, and do hope it soon leaves you for pastures new. x

Loz said...

Fabulous card Viv. Hope you are feeling better. I saw this on MIM..Loz

Astrid Maclean said...

Totally stunning!! Absolutely adore those stamps and the way you have put them together just looks fantastic! I'm glad you did not colour the dress, this looks bril!

Jackie said...

I have had the same affliction, just as I seem to be getting rid of it, back it comes full force!!!!!
This is definitely NOT naff, I love it :o)
Jackie xx

Fandhmum said...

Absolutely gorgeous, that is a wonderful stamp.
Thank you for sharing with us at Make My Monday this week
Rosie x

Lisa S. said...

Love the vintage style of this card, it's gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday. Hugs, Lisa DT

Kim Kelley said...

Very elegant! Love the bold choice of papers! Thank you for joining us at Card Makin Mamas this week! HUGS


Heléne Ericsson said...

This is really elegant! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!

coops said...

so gorgeous viv.fabulous design and colours and i love the stunning background stamp :D

xx coops x

mixamatoasties said...

Stunning card.

Thanks for sharing at Dream Valley.