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“Sew and Sew”

Sew and Sew

I do own a sewing machine,
it is at the bottom of my bedroom cupboard.
It comes out every year…or two…
and I have to spend an hour reading up how to thread it 
before I can go ahead and start doing the mending 
~ which takes about 5 mins…
I just don’t sew…
so when this challenge came up at
Fashionable Stamping Challenges
I decided to represent all of you non-sewers out there…and fake it!
And that’s ok!!!
It even has a fancy name…faux stitching!

This card is my take on a card created by Kay Carley in The Craft Stamper.
I just used the stamps that I had ( from Crafty Individuals – CI 226)
and added my own flare to it (a little ripping in this case).

You see this is a challenge for anyone, 
You can follow the theme, or do some sewing on a card, or make a sewing project 
or follow my lead and fake it
~ as long as there is some stamping on it and you are having fun
then you can play along too.
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

“Swept Off Her Feet” – CAS style!

It is Clean and Simple 
over at FSC this fortnight.
And the twist for this challenge is that it is a one-layer project too!
I have been on the Design Team at FSC for 2 years…
and I have spent ALL of that time learning about layers and embellies 
and this time around I have to tone it down.
 So funny!
However I think this style adds a freshness to a card. What are your thoughts???
I think the trick to this type of challenge is a good stamp, good colours
and knowing when enough is enough.
…And walking away (a tough one!).
This card is inspired by something that I saw in Craft Stamper
(but I can’t find the issue to let you know)…but without the embellishments.
The heart is from spellbinders, and I have inked up the inside of it
with distress stains that have been blended with a dry brush.
Black fine-liner has been offset around the shape, using the cut-out heart shape as a template.
And the flourish was added because I just had to extend it a little lol.
Extra hearts and some words are stamped in to finish it off.
The main image is from Flonzcraft and is called
The girls over at FSC have some great inspiration to help give you ideas on different techniques and tempt you into joining in the fun with us!
Don’t forget we have Saturday Spotlights, a random winner and the DT’s pick a top 3 as well.
Flonz generously donates a $20 prize to the winner,
and even joins in at times with a surprise prize…
I hope you find some time to join in the fun with us.

A Different Kind of Vintage…

I had a play today with a new stamp…my first one from The Stampsmith.
Sir Charles  Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was a comic actor
back in the early 1900’s.
When film was in it’s early development, was black and white
and speechless…where we had to read the subtitles as we watched.
This is where I took my inspiration from for this card.
I have kept the card in black and white and tried to create
an aged, scratchy and vintage feel to it.
I have scratched off some shine from glossy cardstock 
and applied some Black Soot  Distress Ink.
Then I did some overstamping in the new Watering Can Adirondak Ink.
Charlie is stamped in Jet Black ink onto glossy cardstock
(a little messy ~ patience required in abundance for this)
and layered up with some TH filmstrip which I had purchased with
a win I had a little while ago (thanks Terry!)
To finish off I added some distressed bits of tissue tape to parts of the edge.
When I showed my son he laughed…so I guess
Charlie has an ageless appeal.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Wings and Things…

Things and Wings
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges
this month!
We had a great response to our last challenge with some
awesome entries…so I hope you come along and play again.
remember you can use any stamps that you like…
in any style that you like!

My card this time around is me having fun with ink!!!
 I decided to use orange and burgundy colours again…
because I just love this colour combination.
Gum leaves aren’t usually a burgundy and orange
 but I wanted something dramatic…not wish-washy.
They have been lifted with a little magic mount.
The birds were bleached out…and I quite liked 
the mottled effect so I left them as they were…
just adding a little stickles.
This time I remembered to take a picture of the background.
I had so much fun just mucking around with ink,
layering up some stamping and stencilling in different colours
and splattering a little bleach.
Then came the moment when I realised that I had over done it
so I added some more ink
The bird stamp from Flonzcraft can be found here.
I hope you take the time to pop over to VSC
and check out the amazing talent and ideas
from the team…and leave a little love.
Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 voucher for the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize and
there is always a top 3!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges…