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Thursday, 29 September 2011

vintage image for birthday card


This is another Kanban decoupage image which I found at the Ally Pally show last weekend.  (Bit of a bargain as I bought four Christmassy ones and got two Deco-style free).  I bought some of the new Christmas papers: Authentique and MME, which I'd like to sit and stroke for a little while before I have to cut into them, and have palpitations. 






















I'm very fond of turqoise backgrounds and this decoupage came with matching background paper.  As this was teamed with teal and apricot on the image, I decided I quite liked this colour combination, although it's not one I would choose normally.  This card is for Carol's birthday (Bruce's mum) which was yesterday.   Carol is known to our grandchildren as Nanny Seaside, and she's a lovely, warm person,  known for her practicality and common sense.  (Guess what? She lives near the sea!)

I had to add some flowers of course:  you know me, I can't do CAS.  I start off with good intentions, but what looks elegant and minimal on other people's work, just looks sparse and boring on mine.  Don't know the answer to this conundrum!

The open flowers and leaves are from a Marianne die I bought recently from Oyster stamps, and the sentiment is computer generated.  The cardstock is pearlised, which I used to use a lot, but I tend now to use plain coredinations.  The roses are WOC (smothered in glimmer mist), which I altered slightly with my copic markers, and the organza ones are the last of my Prima stash in that colour.  I will really cry when they are all gone: I have quite a few of the flat flowers left in most colours, but only a couple of purple and green ones left in the organza, and then they're all gone.  I'm going to try cutting some out from organza fabric with a soldering iron, and see how that works, as the only place I've found that still sells these readymade, is in the States, and the postage costs are prohibitive (I was quoted about £30:  aaaargh!!!).  I always use copics to edge my leaves and card-stock too, and although you can't see it, I know when I haven't done it, as the edges show white.

I'll be entering the following challenges:
http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - birthday card
http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/ - die-cuts and punches
http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.com/ die cuts or punches
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - happy birthday
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/ - vintage

Thanks a lot for stopping by to visit my blog.  It's a real pleasure to know you've come, so please post a comment below, and I'll come to visit your blog too.  Mr Blogger still isn't showing my followers, so thank you so much if you are one - I just won't know about it - so sad!!  Off to copic class tonight with the lovely Wendy from Stamps and Memories - a whole evening of playing with markers - what fun!!

xx Jill

27 comments:

Sue said...

This is gorgeous.
Sue x

CraftyLoops said...

Stunning card, so elegant. Lee x

Judie said...

Oh Jill, this is absolutely beautiful and so elegant. I love it!!! It is truly stunning.
TFS
Happy Thursday
Judie.

Audrey said...

What an adorable birthday card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

Pink Dandelion said...

Beautiful card, the teal and apricot go so well together. Debs xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Jill, I like the image, the colours and the fab flowers.
Kevin xx

Wendy said...

This is really beautiful Jill,love the colours and those flowers are gorgeous.I can see your followers, hope you can too now.
Wendy xx

Angelica said...

Wow!!! Absolutely gorgeous, that image is so elegant and your attention to detail is amazing. Thank you for joining our challenge at Inky Impressions.

Joey said...

Hiya, this is so elegant and such a beautiful main image, love it, thanks for sharing with us at inky impressions. Joey x

Carrie said...

how beautiful. I love the colour - Thanks for sharing it at Inky impressions xx

Fiona said...

Stunning card - love the colour. The flowers and leaves are gorgeous. x

Alizabethy said...

What a beautiful card - those flowers just finish it off treat!

Jayne said...

A beautiful card, very elegant! x

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow super card ... love the colours and love the image very elegant ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

craftybirdlisa said...

stunning colour combination and the colour is perfect for Nanny Seaside. Gorgeous card. By the way your grandchildren are adorable. x

SandraCraftyCardz said...

Beautiful colours beautiful card Sandi x

Izzwizz said...

Such a beautiful card, your flowers are gorgeous!

Michelle B. said...

So beautiful! I love turquoise and brown together, very elegant. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments!

Cheryl Walker said...

Beautiful card!! thank you for joining us at Inky Impressions Die cuts/punches challenge this week!! Hope to see you back again next challenge :)
Hugs,
Cheryl

MissyG said...

Stunning card - beautifully elegant - gorgeous colour
Linda

ChatterScene.com said...

Super pretty!

sparklingblackrose said...

This is gorgeous! I love it :-) Elaine-xxx-

applejack cards by sue said...

My goodness this is stunning. A really beautiful card and I adore the colours you have chosen.

Sharon Basel said...

Wow this is an eye turner! Beautiful card in every way. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions this week. Hope to see you back again soon.

Jackie said...

I just love this! The layout, the colors, the dies you used...lovely job! Thank you for joining us this week at Inky Impressions!

Suzie McFloozy said...

What a beautiful card - love that vintage image x
Thanks for playing along with us at Paper crafting journey & goodluck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a beautiful and elegant card. Thank you for taking part in the Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Aud Sentiments Design Team Member) xxx