Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Oldie But A Goodie #20 - Lots of Layers

Good morning, and welcome to another Oldie But A Goodie Challenge. Thanks so much to everyone who entered my Teddy Bears' Picnic challenge last time - I looked at every entry in order to pick my winner and top 3, and they were all adorable! Sorry I wasn't able to leave any coments but Mr Blogger has been so naughty this past week!!

This time it is Debs' turn to pick the challenge theme, and she has chosen a really fab one which is

Lots of  Layers 

Debs has also donated this yummy prize of papers, ribbons and flowers..

Don't forget that to be eligible for the challenge prize you should submit a new project using a stamped image (no digis please) that is at least six months old.

Here's my card for this challenge. I decided to go for a vintage/shabby chic look to build up my layers, as there are a few challenges around on that theme right now.

I created my image background by daubing "Tattered Rose" and "Antique Linen" distress inks onto an acrylic block and spritzing with water before stamping, and then built up the colour some more with more distress ink and a stencil brush. (Top tip: I bought a set of Dreamweaver stencil brushes after seeing them used in a demo for distressing at Port Sunlight - they create a really good blened effect with no harsh edges if you brush in circular motions on your non-stick craft mat). I then randomly stamped a Crafty Individuals text background stamp onto the background using more "Antique Linen", and swirls from a "Butterfly Kisses" set with"Tattered Rose". Finally I stamped my main image in "Walnut Stain" - two stamps from the Lavinia "dandelions" set. I struggle to describe any stamp as my favourite, but this set is definitely right up there.

I built up my layers using three different patterned papers from the BasicGrey pad "Capella" (thanks Laurie!) and then stamped a LotV postcard stamp onto a 4th plain paper, which I then distressed with "Tattered Rose". I stamped my Whiff of Joy greeting onto the postcard, and finished off with an assortment of flowers and lace from Wild Orchid Crafts, pearls from The Hobby House, and a Dovecraft dragonfly brad.

Having completed my card I realised that the postcard stamp I used isn't actually 6 months old .... but my main image flowers, background text and swirls are all older ... so on this occasion I will regard the postcard as a bit of a sideline lol!

BasicGrey #45 - Shabby Chic
Paper Sundaes #71 - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Your Favourite Stamp (Lavinia "dandelions")
Dream Valley #8 - Stamp Something
Stamp With Fun #113 - In The Garden
Incy Wincy #96 - Nature
Allsorts #105 - Things With Wings
Crafty Purple Frog - Things of Beauty
Bunny Zoe's Challenge #12 - Lace (2nd entry)

Hope you can join in this time - looking forward to seeing your creations, and hopefully being able to comment on them over the next two weeks!


  1. Beautiful card Pauline.. love the colours and those images
    Lisa x

  2. Oh Pauline this is totally stunning!
    I love it!
    Gorgeous image and fab colour choice.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Gorgeous hunny! Love the distressing. Sxx

  4. This is a gorgeous project. love the colours and the matting, the flowers blend beautifully as well. Heidi x

  5. Very, very pretty!!
    Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

  6. A beautiful card!

    Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Purple Frog Challenge!

  7. Gorgeous Pauline! Love your distressing that's still so elegant. xx

  8. totally gorgeous i love how you built up your background just stunning thanks or joining us at paper sundaes this week
    hugs sara x

  9. Gorgeous card Pauline, the image is stunning & I adore the little dragonfly
    Thanks for joining our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  10. Hi Pauline,
    Wonderful creation, your image is gorgeous and a fab design too.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  11. Stunning card Pauline, everything about it is just beautiful
    HUgs Laurie x

  12. What a beautiful card
    Hugs Nikki C
    Incy Wincy

  13. Pretty flowers and lace!! : )

    Thanks for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


  14. Your Lavina Dandelions stamp is wonderful! I love it and I definitely love how you used it on this amazing card. I love the papers, the colors, the embellishments...all of it work perfectly together. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  15. Love the flowers and lace on this! Thanks for playing at Dream Valley!

  16. This is gorgeous and those flowers really finish it off superbly!

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Dream Valley.

    Lin xx

  17. I recognise that postcard stamp! Thank you so much Pauline :0)
    Beautiful card, love all the inking & layering.
    Kaz x

  18. Beautiful card Pauline, so wonderfully shabby chic with the beautiful Cappella papers, Lavinia stamps and all your scrumptious details.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Basic Grey,
    Heather xx

  19. WOnderful! Love the colors, flowers and stamps too!
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

    Alica ;)


Thanks for looking, and for taking the time to leave a comment - I really appreciate it.
Pauline x