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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Sunday Stampers Week 215 - More than Words 26th July

Good Morning Blog Friends,

Today it's time for my contribution to Hels' Sheridan's 'Sunday Stampers' weekly challenge and this week's theme is - More than Words.

Before I talk about my project, I just want to say it's been great to have Hels on Create and Craft for the POTW these last few days. Like many others I was getting very worried at the weekend that there wasn't going to be enough left for Hels' shows, but yesterday, which was my day off, good news, more stock and more shows! So there I was creating my canvas whilst watching Hels on TV! And even better, having rushed home from work on Monday for the 5pm show, I settled to watch and sent in an email. Then my hens decided that there was something in the garden disturbing them, so I had to go out and have a look and missed the end of the show! It wasn't until Susie left me a message on my blog to tell me I'd won the card! So thank you for that and woo-hoo!!! A Hels original is on its way!

Now for the project:

When I read the theme was WORDS, I immediately knew I wanted to use the Sam Poole typewriter stamp from her Vintage Typewriter set which I only recently acquired, but had been on my wish list for a while.

I decided to make a piece of canvas art, so having prepared the canvas, I covered it with this piece of script paper from my stash box. The edges were inked with Victorian Velvet distress ink (one of my favourites!). My idea was words and writing; a writer in times gone by, sitting at a typewriter (although I dare say some still use a typewriter instead of a computer!) with ideas and thoughts flowing into beautiful words, hence the butterflies and flowers.

I'll let you into a secret....when I was in my 20's I wrote a book, a bit of a Jackie Collins set in Hollywood....sssh! Honest! It was never published of course and only read by a few, who did try and get me to send it off, but all 300 pages of it are gathering dust in our box room and as it was all saved on floppy disc, which is long gone, there's no hope except rewriting. Tom said that with the success of '50 shades'  I should resurrect it, but I think I'd rather be crafting! I did eventually get published, after studying film as a mature university student, I wrote a few feature articles for film magazines so that was one ambition sort of met...but no, I'd rather be crafting :)

So there I go off on a tangent again! I stamped and cut out the typewriter and also what I thought was the perfect sentiment from Sam Poole's Art Phrases stamp set. I also stamped the alphabet from the Vintage Typewriter set on to  American seam binding to represent the trail of words from the beauty of nature to the words on the page.

The butterflies are from the Spellbinders Fanciful Flight die set and the flowers are from Spiral Blossom One, Flower Creations and Anemone Flower Topper all inked with Victorian Velvet. I used a paper from stash,which was printed with random words. To finish off I added some buttons, Vintage Bakers Twine and metal button embellishment.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Carole Z X

This is my contribution to Sunday Stampers Week 215 - More than Words


  1. Absolutely beautiful! Love it all, the colours, stamps and die cuts! Wonderful!x

  2. Oooh Carole I just so want to read your book now!! Talk about leading a horse to water or what. Love your canvas art piece - it is so pretty. I really like the way you have interpreted the challenge.

    Hugs Sue P xxx

    PS The typewriter is very much like the one I trained on back in the late 60s. LOL!

  3. Carole your cards are just fabulous I love seeing what you have made .
    This one has given me so many ideas, I think we all have things in our cupboards that we use for a time then put away and forget about, so I love looking at other people blogs for inspiration and also to jog my memory about things and techniques.
    Note to self !! I must get my anemone die out I havn't used it in ages .
    Super card Carole Hugs Elaine

  4. That is absolutely fabulous. A work of art! I lvoe the retro type writer. There is nothing like the sound of tapping your words out on a fab old model like that. jenx

  5. DO IT!!!!!!!!!!! Get thee to thy computer and type it up again... I want to read it! I just finished 50 Shades (all three, she said breathlessly hahaha) So, THANK YOU so much for your lovely kind words at the top of your post... bless you, you are too kind. And I am hoping your card is there now... I know some have already got there (wherever there is lol)
    Now then, LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece, it is stunning.... seriously GORGEOUS... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper and apologies for my late arrival!!! x

    1. Ha! My card arrived it! Thank you,I've been having a play with the Dandelion Wishes stamps today and absolutely love em! Sorry for being a test with the book, when we have decluttered the box room and I actually find it again, I may start a re-draft of it, it would be soooo outdated now! Thanks for your comments, always appreciated, I really look forward to Sunday Stampers X

  6. Hello Carole,
    Well all I can say is if you write as you craft, you must definitely do the re-write. This canvas is absolutely stunning, so well constructed and so fashionable. A real high end boutique piece for sure!
    I hope to be back with a creation of my own on my blog in the morning as long as I get to sleep now. Please stop by if you can, I have so missed everyone and am glad I feel better now so I can be back with you all.
    Again I must say how much I love this piece, your creativity knows no bounds. Keep up the good work, I so love to see what you are going to create next.
    Hugs Linda xx

    1. Welcome back Linda! I just sent you a card in the post cos was worried about you! X Just tried to visit your blog but kept saying the page wasn't there, so will try later again, hope you are much better now, hugs Carole XX