Tuesday, 26 March 2013


Am vainly searching for my mojo lately as far as card making is concerned - really as far as a lot of things are concerned!

This is another one of those - 'I think it's not toooo bad but could have done it better' efforts. Trouble is don't know what I could have done better... perhaps the sewing machine should have been stamped onto a frame or decoupaged to make it stand out a bit more?

I did consider this but when I set out to make the card I wanted it to be somewhere between CAS and 'frilly and fancy' and a bit more 'flat' than my usual multi layered efforts!

The papers are called 'For the Record' by Raspberry Road. Some digi papers I find really bright and not my cup of tea but I really like these - they all co-ordinate beautifully and the set is such a pretty one.

Used Kraft card as a base, layered the papers onto black card after distressing and sponging with Antique Linen DI then stitched (not very well I might add).

The stamps were a free set with a crafting magazine - I don't normally buy crafting mags  but paid for this one 'cos I wanted the stamps!!

Black satin edged organza ribbon tied round and a huge bit of blingy stuck in the centre of the bow - the blingy was in fact an old ring and I just used a pair of pliers to remove the front from the back! Happily too I found a single black 'dew drop' in my stash so popped that onto the bottom corner.

Used more of the papers on the inside to tie it all together.

All in all don't suppose it's too bad - might do another similar and swap the placement of sentiment and sewing machine..... 

If you, like me, are experiencing freezing weather conditions I wish you all a warm and snuggly day in your crafty spaces! x

Challenges -
1 Stop Craft - 1 image, 2 embellies, 3 DP's
Crafty Catz - Sparkle with a Bow
Emma's Cards UK - Vintage
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Stitching
Make It Monday - Anything Goes


Desire Fourie said...

Just gorgeous. Loving the vintage theme and sewing around the edges.
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Unknown said...

Absolutely stunning Viv, no improvement needed on this one...it's gorgeous.xx

Jackie said...

Hi Viv, I'm having a bit of a mojo problem myself at the moment. I love this beautiful card and you great distressing :o)
Jackie xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Viv I think your card is beautiful and think you have made a perfect job....we are all guilty of criticising our own work...love your papers


Carol Willis said...

I love this Viv. The papers are gorgeous and the stamping perfect.
Caz x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

I wouldn't change this for anything Viv its stunning
jacqui x

Tina said...

Beautiful card viv
Thank you for entering Emma’s crafty challenge
and good luck xx

Tina said...

Beautiful card viv
Thank you for entering Emma’s crafty challenge
and good luck xx


Beautiful caed Viv love the colour's thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
Hugs Dianne xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Its lovely Viv, love the B and W colour combo, very striking. The image is lovely. RR papers are so nice I have quite a few including this, I think I have a bit of an obsession with digi papers - far too many!! Hugs Susan x


This is fab. Viv - love the sewing theme and the delicious papers.
No change required!
Hugs, Sylvia x

Jac’s Playground said...

Beautiful and elegant love it, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

Pia S said...

I recognize the feeling. But I'm being totally honest when I say you shouldn't change a thing about this card - I think it looks beautiful just the way it is! Fab stitching, elegant papers and a gorgeous bling on the bow!

Suze Bain said...

Those papers are lovely Viv and I love the sewing and stitching theme. I wouldn't worry too much about placement of the stamps, we're always far too critical of our own work. Xx

Andree said...

A wonderful card. I love the way you've stitched the gorgeous papers.
Thanks for joining us at Emma's Crafty Challenge this month and good luck x

Netty said...

well you definitely wowed me with the wonderful ribbon and bling, loving your card. x

McCrafty's Cards said...

A very elegant card Viv, I like the stitching the distressing and the gem.
Kevin xx

Meggymay said...

Looks beautiful Viv, a great design.
We are still struggling with snow as well.
Yvonne x

Paper Junkie said...

I love the fact that the stitching isn't perfectly straight - it seems just right to me. I do the same - buy a mag for the stamps, (then pass it on to a friend who isn't into stamping), that way I don't feel I've been too extravagant! X

Shea said...

Viv, one woman's blah is another woman's WOW, and this one is WOW for me. I love it! And I love how you write, as well. Your posts are always entertaining. I've been away too long and look forward to all the paper goodness I'm sure to discover!

Unknown said...

This is "sew" great! Thanks for sharing at MIM!

Crafty Lark said...

Gorgeous card Viv, Love the layout and the papers are fab. The machine gives it the great vintage look. xx Flora

coops said...

so stunning viv.i love your distressing and gorgeous classy design :D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

This is lovely. The b&w colour scheme with a hint of beige is elegant and the mix of patterns and textures vintage. Vintage elegance-love it.
Heather T

Zippy said...

Gorgeous and very elegent card. I think it is perfect xx

Sally said...

Very elegant card, love the sentiment.
Thanks for joing us at Ladybug Crafts Ink this time.
Hugs Sally xx

Donna Ellis said...

How wonderful, Viv! A striking centerpiece on your ribbon, and a very vintage feel with the antiqued black and white. Distressing and stitching really adds more to your textures, too.

Di said...

Beautiful Viv! I think the card is perfect as it is - and just love the fact you cannibalised a ring for the embellishment, you clever sausage!

Hugs, Di xx

Mau xx said...

Oh dear! You sound like I have been for weeks Viv, Do you think your mojo is on holiday with mine?
I think we all need some sun and warmth on our bones.
Saying all this your card is super, I like the Vintage look and that ribbon is perfect for it.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Andreja L. said...

Beautiful card you made!
Thank you for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge, I hope you see the next week, too!
Hugs, Andreja

scrapperjulia said...

Beautiful card! Love the stitching! Thanks for joining us at the One Stop Craft Challenge!

Viv said...

It looks great Viv, you are far too critical again lol !looks just right to me.Happy Easter ! :)Viv xx

Jules said...

Oh Viv .. .. it is beautiful!!!

I have this digi set too .. .. must have similar tastes.

Have to admit to being slightly disappointed though. I was hoping you were going to tell me where I could by that gorgeous sparkly embellishment .. .. but instead you have burst my bubble and taken a pair of pliers to your jewellery LOL!!

Hope you have a good Easter break.

Love Jules xx

Sarahshandmadecardsx said...

A gorgeous card. I love the papers, the image and your big bow.

Thanks for joining us this week at the One Stop Craft Challenge.

Hugs Sarahxx

An Occasional Genius said...

It's stunning Viv but I understand what you mean about doing it better, I often find that syndrome lol! I think if anything you could change it would be making the sewing machine more prominent but I don't mean that to take away from what is already a gorgeous card so please don't be offended :-)

Enjoy your weekend xx

Julia said...

I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

My entries are: #4, #207, #213, and #236.

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DesignerDiva said...

I love this card Viv - that gem stone is fantastic!
Thanks for sharing at LCI this week and good luck with the challenge
Hugs Laurie xx

Julie said...

Sooo classy, LOVE the vintage look! Thanks for joining the Ladybugs this time, have a great weekend, Julie.x