Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sentimental Sundays Inky Fingers


It's time for the new Sentimental Sundays challenge. We have a really fun one this week! We want to see you use unconventional stamping materials or techniques. I have to say, this one almost had me stumped. I had pretty much given up when it occurred to me that maybe I could use my Craft's Meow silhouette stamp on a book page. I have no idea how this popped into my crazy head, but I'm glad it did. I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out.

This is where the whole card started. I ripped a page out of an old dictionary. We don't use dictionaries anymore in my house... everything's online now! I stamped the image using Martha Stewart chalk inks and used a make-up sponge dipped in brown ink to "weather" the rest of the page. I waded that page up, ripped it... it's definitely weathered now. I did not ink over the word wonderful as it matched my sentiment and I thought it a good tie-in.

There's a lot going on here. There are two cork pieces that I stamped images on, another piece of the dictionary page with a butterfly stamped on it, seam binding that I dyed with ink to match the stamps, singed flowers, a stick pin that I made, a sentiment and some brads.

I distressed the inside as well. My fingers were extremely inky from dying the seam binding, so I used that to my advantage. I wadded up my paper for the interior and rubbed it with my inky fingers. I did the same with the flower made from more dictionary pages. The flower was simply torn into rough circles and wadded up.

All in all this project that I had worried about for days, ended up being a lot of fun and something that I am proud of. Moral: Don't be afraid to step out of your box. :)

Stamps: The Craft's Meow Butterfly Kisses Stamp Set, Fly Free Stamp Set, and Simply Delightful, The Cutting Cafe Everyday Greetings Set 1
Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Hattie
Ink: Martha Stewart Chalk Ink (discontinued)
Accessories: Pearl Brads from Eyelet Outlet, Seam Binding, Stick Pin, Cork, Handmade Fabric Flowers, Decorative Brads

I checked the challenge lists at Feline Playful and I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafty Ann's - 2W, SIO - get well/ thinking of you/ just because
Crafty Catz - 1E - 2nd week - a vintage look
Designs by Lisa Somerville - JFF - floral frenzy
Fabulous Friday - recipe challenge use 2 of three: ribbon/trim; charm; rhinestones/pearls
Inspire Me Fridays - always anything goes
Simply Create - 2W – silhouette
Stamp Something - bugs or butterflies
Stampin For The Weekend - 2W, 1E – 2nd week - wings and things
Aud Sentiments Challenge - 2W - 2nd week - Sentiment with at least two words
Charisma Cardz - 3E – All about flowers - plus a *DT Call*
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - SIO – Butterflies
Stamp Insanity - SIO - Anything goes
Creative Belli - 2W - #121 handmade embellishments
Flutterby Wednesdays - 1E, must include butterfly, fairy or angel – open
Truly Scrumptious - 2W - #60 things with wings (2nd wk)
Clear It Out! - 2W -  Wings 
Creative Craft Challenges - 2W, 3E -  Pretty Blossoms 
Deep Ocean Challenge - 2W -  Cards
Paper Take Weekly -  Anything Goes with Optional Use Buttons
Try It On Tuesday  -  Flower Power 
Bows 'n Berries - 2W, SIO - use Kraft paper
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
DDH Challenges - 2W - 2nd week - Handmade Flowers
KB Cute Monday - Anything Goes
Karens Doodles - 1E, SIO - use more than 1 image
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - 2W, SIO - 2nd week - Summer flowers
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Your Favourite Technique (distressing)
Scrappy Frogs - 3W - 2nd Week - Summer flowers
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Use your favourite item for stamping (handmade flowers, chalk ink)


hannelie said...

It's beautiful!

WencheP said...

Awesome! Love the vintage look!


Debs M said...

love the colour scheme and all the distressing. Those flowers are lovely too! Thanks for joining the ‘Butterflies’ Challenge’ at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges
Debbie Dt x
(Visit my blog, I have candy!

Craftyanny said...

oh wow a stunning card. Love your vintage look and colour scheme.
Thanks for playing along on Karen's Doodles
Anne x

Nancy said...

WOW, gorgeous card, Heather:O) Beautiful design!
Thank you for joining Karen's Doodles, good luck!
Hugs, Nancy;O)

Dragonlady said...

Wow what a stunning creation, love all the distressing. Thank you for playing at Aud Sentiments.

Hugs Ali x

PS Why not check out my candy too

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card, love the colour combination. Thankyou for joining us at TioT's this week.

Jen said...

Beautiful card, love all the elements you have combined so well. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Ann's this week.
Jen x

Wendi said...

Oh wow how gorgeous is this those flowers are fab
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

Grace said...

OMgoodness I LOVE it!!! Your idea to stamp on the dictionary pages and then make the flowers too... genious! Love the seam binding and all the distressing! Just fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ! Ps... I've already used some of my wonderful candy!!!

Kristie said...

Great take on the technique challenge, I love your image stamped on the book page. Wonderful color combo and distressing too. Thanks for playing along with Flutter By Wednesdays!

FBW DT Member

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderfu vintage card! Love all the distressing and the added image to the dictionary page! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Basement Stamper said...

Wow, gorgeous card, I love the image on that paper and the chocolate flowers with the pearl. Beautiful!

Sylvia x said...

fantastic project..colour combo is perfect..thanks for joining in the fun over at Creative Craft the flowers...

Sylvia x

Curlybear said...

Wow this is a wonderful creation, beautiful colour theme and image and I love the how you have antiquated your card,

thank you so much for joining us at the Crafty Catz Challenge A Vintage Look and we hope you stop by next week and join in,

Good Luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :0) x

Crafty Catz DT

PatR said...

Love your fantastic card, the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it with us for the TioT challenge. xx

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous! I am so glad you made this too! I love the colors. Everything looks so soft and pretty.

Martha said...

ahhh just soo gorgeous!!!
Thanks for joining us at clear It Out

carol said...

super vintage card, thanks for joining our challenge at CRAFTYCATZ, x carol

Nicecrane Designs said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, so cute fairy,,,,,and so unnusual card,,,,,love it.

Audrey said...

What an gorgoeus card. Thanks for joinin us at Aud Sentiments.

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

How wonderful! I've found too that the one I struggle with the most while formulating my design and just getting started turns out to be one of my best! Yours is a delight! Thank you for joining us at Simply Create for our Silhouette Challenge.

Simply Create Design Team Member

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is beautiful Heather! I was too stumped by this challenge to give it a go, but you did a wonderful job! Love the dictionary page and the dyed seam binding! The cork is fantastic too!

BugBites said...

Wow- this is so pretty. Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs.

ike said...

Oh just sooo beautiful. Thank you for playing at Simply Create.
Ike xx

Ann Whitfield said...

Oh my! This is WONDERFUL! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Julie said...

So pretty! That ribbon is a gorgeous shade of blue. Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best

Aunty Sue said...

Great card for our Vintage Look theme this week at Crafty Catz.

Gill McCall said...

Love the project. thanks for joining us at BnB this week

Debs said...

Gorgeous distressing and what a beautiful color combo, love the flowers and such a super idea with the dictionary, thanks for the inspiration, and thanks so much for Joining our "Anything Goes" challenge this week at One Stitch at a Time, good luck
Debs R

Ann said...

I'm SO glad you stepped outside of your box! This is beautiful!
Thank you for sharing it at Frosted Designs.

Debby said...

Absolutely wonderful card, I love the color combo and all the distressing!Thanks so much for joining us at CCC. Hugs and Good Luck!

li-bee-ti said...

Lovely card! I love the distressing.
Thank you for playing with us at Simply Create!

Ida said...

Your "Shabby Chic" card is just beautiful. Thanks for joining the BC Floral Frenzy challenge.

Connie Paxman said...

love the aged look of your card and the solitaire way you added the embellishments.
connie paxman

Lovely Linda said...

Helloo Heather - this is gorgeous! I love your techniques - they are so effective!! Totally gorgeous! Thank you for playing along with the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge, we love to see you and appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Gemma said...

a lovely creation! Thanks for sharing with us at AUD Sentiments :) Gemma

Elke said...

love that style of card.

Thanks for joining us over at CCC, good luck.

Elke XX

Marjo said...

Wonderful project, thanks for playing with us this week at OSAAT for our “Anything Goes” Challenge.

Good luck with the draw, we hope to see you play along with us in August for our “Pretty in Print” contest. I have some yummy candy to Celebrate too.

xoxo Marjo

Helen said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
Helen x

Made by Mandy said...

Fabulous Card :)

Many thanks for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge over at OSAAT, hope you will join us again.

Mandy (DT member for OSAAT)

bosenberries said...

Really cool card... love all the different distressed elements! Thanks so much for playing with Bows and Berries!!! Robin

Trish Hughes said...

congrats on the top 3 over at SC!!!

Cheryl said...

Congrats! I saw this was one of the top picks at Simply Create!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Oh Heather, I love the vintage look of this! Thank you so much for sharing!!!


P.S. I'm going to post this on our Facebook page. ;)