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Saturday, 6 August 2011

There's a new Challenge!

Well...another week has just whizzed by!!  I can't believe just how quickly the last few week have gone by.
Yesterday was DD last day working on her  8 week Summer Placement - and although she doesn't start Uni until 19th September she has to go back next Friday as her  student -'term time' job working one and a half days a week 'need' her back in store and don't even allow her to take time off unpaid.  Still, only 1 more year left at Uni and then she will move back to the N.E.  She has had a  Trainee Pharmacist job offer to start next summer (I think this means she will be independent! - can't wait!!!)

Last night I was 'home alone' for a few hours and decided on 'me' time - it was heaven to craft in peace -and made this card for a friends birthday.  This stamp, Hampton Art Stamps 'Odes', hasn't been inked up for a while - don't know why cause I love it. She is coloured with Promarkers and inked with DI inks Dusty Concord and Antique Linen.  The Postcard is from the Royal Langnickel travel stamp set and the music sheet is the LOTV  clear stamp. These were both distressed and inked with Antique Linen.
I gave her a 'real' feather fan, I also stamped an extra butterfly on vellum, and glittered it before adding.
I stitched the paper, which is from Papermania and also stitched the cotton lace down the side of the image by machine. I added a little glitter to the Marianne flourish.

I am entering this card  in the new Fashionable Stamping Challenge - which is Anything Goes
and also in the following challenges:
  The Stamp Man - Stitching 
  Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
  Sir Stampalot - Anything Goes
  Just Add Ink - Distressing
  Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Only 1 more week of DD distractions and then hopefully I will be a better blogger!  but I am not really complaining as I do enjoy her company. We are supposed to be having a family barbecue tomorrow with Son and DIL, but I think the weather will probably dictate that I cook a Sunday lunch instead - so much for 'summer'.

That's it for now, hope you all have a good weekend and its not too wet where you are!

Avril xx


Doreen said...

This is simply beautiful Avril,love the image.xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh Avril!! This is stunning! Love the stamp, the colours and that fab feather! Wonderful!! xx

pinky said...

Its absolutely gorgeous Avril. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

Chrissy said...

So very pretty and elegant Avril...
Thanks for sharing with us at 'Make it Monday'


Janette said...

Avril this is so elegant, a really lovely card.xx

Fleur said...

Gorgeous, elegant card Avril, Big HUGZ Fleur xXx

lisa said...

Hi Avril
Glad you found some "me" time. Your card is exquisite. I love her feather fan and that swirl is one of my favourites, although I struggle with the flower part of it, usually gets left behind in the die!! You've got it perfect though.
Thanks so much for joining us at The Stampman by adding some beautiful stitching as well.
hugs Lisax

xxxtglxxx said...

Another gorgeous and sophisticated creation Avril :) Super image and the feather adds such a fabulous touch!



Alison said...

Wow - that image is stunning. This looks like it was from the 1920s! :)

Bronwyn Eastley said...

This is such a pretty vintage inspired collage. Thanks for playing along at Just Add Ink this week.

louise said...

Gorgeous card so very elegant.
Hugs Louise xx

Mary J said...

Just gorgeous, Avril! That purple is just delightful as is the feather!

Mary J said...

Forgot to say thx for linking it up to the Make It Monday party!

Mary J x

Anonymous said...

Very pretty colours. I do like how you have attached the feather as if she is holding it. Chantell

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is very glamorous Avril. Thank you for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot this month.
Clare x

Shirl said...

Always love popping in to see what you have created Avril and this is just gorgeous.

This is a stampers dream card, with lots of lovely inking, distressing, tearing, layering and so much more. The feather is the icing on the cake so to speak. Truly beautiful.

Thank you so much for entering our very first challenge at Fashionable Stamping.

Hugs Shirley x x

Jennibee's Cardspot said...

Amazing card Avril, absolutely love it, all your work lately is just great
Love Jenni xx

Jean Straw said...

Very pretty card. I love the stamp and the colour scheme. Jean x

Hazel said...

Hey Avril - yet another great card - really pretty and I love the colours. You can't beat a bit of quiet time my other half is playing golf tomorrow so I know what I will be doing! Hope the weather holds out for your BBQ. Thank you for your lovely comments they are appreciated. Hazel x

Emma said...

Hi Avril, Glad you found some "me-time" and it definitely paid off, you've made an absolutely stunning card. So very pretty and once again, totally elegant!
Hope you had a good weekend...
Love Emma xx

Jules said...

Hi Avril

What a beautiful card.

I have this stamp and for some reason always use shades of brown when I use it!! She looks gorgeous in blue!!

Make the most of having DD around .. you know you will miss her when she goes back!!

Love Jules xx


Fabulous card Avril - love the colours and the feather!
Thanks for leaving a comment just now - can't believe how quickly you did that!!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Babs said...

Gorgeous and beautiful love the colour and stamp too.

Babs x

JannaStamps said...

Your card is so very pretty! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card and love your lace down the side. Thanks for playing along with us at JAI

Fliss said...

This is beautiful Avril. Lovely colours and a gorgeous image.
Thanks for joining in with the first Fashionable Stamping challenge and hope to see you again.
Fliss x

Terry said...

This card is so beautiful and elegant! Love those colors!