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Friday, 27 June 2014

Sunday Stampers wk 313 - Friday 27th June 2014

Good morning Friends,

Aaah thanks so much for all your lovely comments about my desk! I've got to admit I was a tad pleased with it, though I took the photos on a bright day (even though I waited until evening) so most of the 'distressing' doesn't show. I loved working with the Annie Sloan Chalk paint, it is really beautiful to use. It was really hard work over several weeks - goodness after one session I was so stiff the next day I could hardly move to begin with, but thankfully my back held out, so those sport therapy sessions must be doing some good!

Some of you asked if I am using it yet....sadly no :( - there are still items in the summer house that don't belong there..e.g garden furniture (I keep telling Tom he has to find another home for it). I had hoped to get in there to sort it all out this week, but I've been busy with craft commitments and now, today the weather has changed! I'll get there soon and post another final photo.

This week the uber talented Hels Sheridan set the theme of including green in our Sunday Stampers creations for her weekly challenged. For full deets click here and take a look.

My creation this week is a Fairy Door card, again using Lavinia Stamps. A lot of crafters don't seem to like green on cards; when Julia Watts did her demo for Amy's shop a few weeks ago, she told us that she gets a lot of negative comments when she posts cards with green on, but I actually like green a lot.

Now I promise you there is green on this card, it just look more yellow  in the photo!

This is an 8x8 card blank, matted and layered in black-green-black. To create the inked background I used a brayer and the following inks and colours:

Distress: Mustard Seed, shabby shutters (green!), squeezed lemonade, Ripe persimmon, dried marigold, worn lipstick

I then used the following stamps: Lavinia: Fairy Door, path, bunnies, vine leaves, stars
Lindsay Mason Designs: mushrooms
Phill Martin for Creative Expressions: sentiment & butterflies

The tree stamp comes 'bare' and the little leaf stamp is included for you to stamp as you wish. To stamp the leaves I used Versafine Spanish Moss ink (green!). I stamped the vine leaves around the edge using Versafine black ink, but I shadow stamped by stamping each time on copy paper before stamping on the card.

To finish I used Seedless Preserves distress ink with a water-colour brush just to give a colour wash and a 'grounding' for the tree and dotted a little glitter here and there.

I stamped the sentiment on white card and cut into a banner shape, inking the edges with Shabby Shutters, distress ink.

For the inside:I used black card for the base and inked the edges of white card with Shabby Shutters. I stamped two pixies by Lavina, as well as the tree. The sentiment is from LOTV

This fairy door  stamp really made me want to make a real Fairy Door, so I looked for ideas on the internet and was amazed to discover that they are really 'big' five minutes research lasted an hour and I have now started to decorate my own. When I met my friend for lunch a few weeks ago, I mentioned this and she said that she had been wanting to make one for she isn't into craft, but she made one and posted it on Facebook last's fabulous!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Love and hugs,
Carole X


  1. Morning Carole, gorgeous card that attracted lots of oohs & aahs at our workshop last week!. Love the background with the brayered effect & particularly the bunnies, so cute!.
    Have a great weekend
    Amy x

  2. Hi just doing my 'founds' tonight before getting our meal ready...this is a beautiful card, love the stamp and your colours are gorgeous. I now need to find my brayer and start using all the great things I have to create, a great inspirational card...♥aNNie xxThe Journey is the Start

  3. How awful that Julia gets negative comments, even if it is about green! Your card is a real stunner Carole, I love that fairy door, it is wonderful and the way you have coloured it gives it such a mystical quality. Beautiful, really beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. I like green on cards, it just depends on the card and design I think. This card is stunning, love how you layered up the inside so nicely too. ~Diane

  5. Green is one of my favorite colors! but I don't use it much on cards I realize now! strange!! - still a negative comment is just plain mean : ( You will never get a negative comment on your cards Carole! You've created another work of art! : ) I love all the color and attention to every detail.

    Have a wonderful weekend friend!


  6. Oh! My! Word! Carole, these are absolutely stunning I just LOVE them both.
    Have a great weekend

    Patricia xx

  7. Hey Carole, thanks for visiting me as usual this morning..its crazy at work today :) I love the vignette of colour on your card, really beautiful. I will need to check out fairy doors now. Have a great weekend. Cx

  8. Carole these are stunning. Hazel x

  9. Morning Carole,
    Stunning card, love it all.

  10. Morning Carole

    A really gorgeous card. Love the background colours and your gorgeous stamp choices. All beautifully magical.

    I know what you mean about an internet search suddenly turning into an hour .. .. it's a dangerous (but wonderful) source of information and inspiration.

    Have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  11. Hi Carole,
    what a very super creation.
    Love all the stamping and and colouring of this gem of a creation.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  12. Wooow Carole this is awesome. Just adore the beautiful colours in the background to this precious scene.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  13. Hi Carole, thanks for all your comments, you really don't have to comment on them all my friend, sometime real life is more important but I do appreciate hearing from you and the time you take to put everything aNNie ♥

  14. This is beautiful, I really love how you use these gorgeous stamps. I am very intrigued about the fairy doors so I am going to have a little look!

  15. Gorgeous cards Carole, love the fairy one especially, it appeals to my inner pixie :O) Thanks for joining in with The Sunday Stamper x