Wednesday, 20 April 2011


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Last week I bottled out of the Less is More challenge, ‘cos none of my sentiment stamps seemed to fit and I’m no good at generating fancy ones on the computer … so this week I just had to face my demons. But acetate ?? ACETATE??

Initially I thought I needn’t concern myself with this challenge, as I was under the impression I didn’t have any of the pesky material … but then it occurred to me that actually I once bought a pack to make a shaker card with (and what a disaster that was … the quicker we draw a veil over that little episode the better!!)

Anyhow there was nothing else for it but to get stuck in! Now I don’t go much on apertures and I don’t have many inks that can stamp onto acetate, so to my mind there was only one way to  go …  I made the most of the space on the inside of the card, and produced an acetate front cover with only a sentiment stamped on it … voila! I also used this as an opportunity to have a go with a Tim Holtz distressing technique as per his video tutorial here ... so that I could also enter this card for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge.


Main image: various stamps from Unity set “Insightful Meadows” stamped onto a wet distressed background using Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans distress inks;
Sentiment: same set as above;
Tools: Martha Stewart “scalloped dots” edge punch.

And here’s a pic of the card open – just to prove I did actually use acetate on the front lol!!  I have to admit I had several goes before I was (vaguely) satisfied … so please Chrissie and Mandi don’t ask us to use acetate again, as I’ve not got much left now lol!!


Less Is More #11Acetate
Simon Says Stamp and ShowA Lord Tim of Holtz Technique
Pile It on #16Smells Like Rubber
Incy Wincy #90Bright and Bold
Top Tip Tuesday #30Open Challenge

Phew … mission accomplished! Think I need to lie down now!! 


  1. well i think it looks great - well done for challenging yourself
    :Lisa x

  2. Absolutely lovely, well done you, I love it:0) xxx

  3. This is a TERRIFIC card.

    I know exactly how you feel about this challenge, believe me! But your perseverance was worth it as the card is gorgeous.

    BEAUTIFUL Unity stamps . . . *sighs*

    Hugs, Sandra

  4. This is lovely Pauline, your inked and stamped panel is gorgeous. x

  5. LOL.....I chickened out of last weeks too, and they have got me running scared with this weeks!
    Loving your card and the way you have used your acetate. Those floral stamps are lovely against your distressed background.
    Kaz xx

  6. Pauline am I glad I found your blog . First Love your work, this my first attempt At a MIL challenge a bit tricky but worth the 25 quid on acetate that went in the bin lol Secondly love your techniques choice of stamps stamping etc and thirdly am from Liverpool formerly living in `London now in Greece and will be visiting `family in Liverpool soon. Could you if you have the time recommend any craft shops in Liverpool or the surrounding are where I could find some crafty stuff.



  7. What a FAB card and a superb stamp set
    Thanks Pauline
    See you next week
    Less is More

  8. Hello! I love your card! I'm not much of an acetate user...a bit "afraid" of it. But yours is wonderful! The images you used and the colors are so lovely. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! <3 Candy

  9. This looks great, I'm really glad you didn't chicken out this week, otherwise we wouldn't have seen this super card!
    "Less is More"

  10. Your card is beautiful - I love the scene you created with those seed-head stamps. Very clever to just stamp the sentiment on the acetate card front too!

  11. What a gorgeous card, and i love your stamps!

  12. should be really proud of this masterpiece! I love it!

  13. I did enjoy your story!! I don't think acetate is one of my favourites - and I'm missing this challenge. However, I think your card is lovely. I think the scene on the inside of the card is beautiful. And the sentiment on the acetate is fab! Great job!

  14. Absolutely stunning, Luv Sam x

  15. Fantastic! Super card and great idea execution! :)

  16. Well I want to say congratulations! 2 new things in one card! great to see you playing with Distress inks my favourite! and also having a bash at Acetate! great job! lovely card! hugs Samantha :0)

  17. Very pretty card and love the overlay! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  18. What a eonderful card Pauline.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  19. hello Pauline .Love your acetate card . Beautiful scene inside .This really was a challenge wasn't it? Well done with your creation .

  20. I'm so glad you didn't chicken out too Pauline! This is fabulous! xx

  21. This is absolutely gorgeous, love the silhouette scene.
    Jenny x

  22. Love your stamped panel and acetate overlay. x

  23. Mission WELL accomplished - this is fab

    Happy Easter


  24. Oh this is fabulous and what beautiful work Pauline.

  25. Beautiful card Pauline - Thanks for joining us this week over at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'Open Challenge'

    Carol x


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Pauline x