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Sunday 6 May 2012

Cities of the World At FSC

Hi there, we're on our travels at Fashionable Stamping Challenges as this week our theme is 'Cities of the World' so perhaps you'll be inspired by your own capital city, or by somewhere that holds special memories for you. Don't forget that to be in with a chance to win a prize from our generous sponsor Marina from Cottage Crafts you need to use a rubber stamp, no digis allowed!!

I was a bit stumped for this challenge as I'm not a city girl at all and then I saw some gorgeous new London stamps from the Artistic Stamper and couldn't resist them. I decided to go with a jubilee inspired wedding anniversary card and got a bit carried away, I threw everything at it lol. I started with a layer of Tim's tissue tand then added a shaped card topper that I'd stamped with a Crafty Individual's union jack stamp coloured with distress markers (fired brick and faded jeans) and embossed the edges with gold EP. Next came a  lady and gent from Joanna Sheen, I stamped and masked the lady and stamped the chap to look as if he's asking her to dance.

 The gorgeous union jack bunting is one of my scrummy new stamps from the Artistic Stamper, coloured with distress markers, cut out and popped on some blue thread. Everything is distressed, inked, torn and a bit crumpled :-)
I love the London skyline from the Artistic Stamper and it fitted perfectly on my perforated postage paper from Chocolate Baroque, how lucky is that??  I wanted it to look a bit faded so I masked the squares  and stamped with an ancient versafine ink pad. 

I've added seam binding ribbon in ivory and coloured some more with faded jeans and fired brick distress stains. The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque, stamped on vellum. To finish off i've added some flowers made with tattered florals and tattered pine cones dies using watercolour card and again coloured with distress stains. Pop over to my teamie Brenda's blog as she has a fab tutorial for making flowers with watercolour paper and they hold their shape beautifully so thanks for a fab idea Brenda :-)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cupcake: Best of British
Fashionista: Weddings
Joanna Sheen: Flower Power
One Stop Craft : Clebrations
Polkadoodles: distressing
Wags'n'Whiskers: distressing

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


  1. Oh Claire! This is a real stunner. I particularly love the Union Jack bunting. Well done! Best wishes, Yvonne

  2. Great card Claire the image is great, I just love everything about this card.

    Joan x

  3. Oh wow. How can you load something up with so many different things and it still looks fabulous. The masking and positioning of the couple is brilliant. The more you look the more detail you pick up on. Amazing piece of work Claire.

  4. Another total stunner Claire and the more you look, the more you see. So very beautifully put together and your distressing is just fabulous.
    Thanks too for entering this gorgeousness in the Polka Doodles distressing challenge and it's so lovely to see you there.
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  5. A very patriotic card Claire, it certainly makes a wonderful Anniversary card.

    Sue x

  6. Wow, love this, so many elements to look at and the stamps are all gorgeous.
    Yvonne x

  7. Wow, Claire, a fantastic collage, great elements, especially love the garland.

  8. Hi Claire, I really thought that the man and woman dancing were one stamp!!! Wonderful masking with a great effect. And masking the faded background and then inking with black ink brings it all together perfectly. How have you done the flourishes ~ they look amazing too!
    Dot x

  9. Hi Claire
    You created amazing layers and textures on this piece and so much for the eye to take in.

  10. This is packed full of so much detail Claire with wonderful colours and textures. I love it.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  11. Stunning card Clair, so much interest and detail. Love your 'dancing' couple.
    Have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

  12. Gorgeous card Claire, you did make me smile when you said you'd thrown eveyrthing at it !I love how you've put the couple together, stunning! Sue C x

  13. Gorgeous card Claire! So much to look at! Very British... perfect for my challenge at Cupcake! Thanks for joining in, Shelly x

  14. What an amazing piece, Claire! So much fabulous texture, the colours really pop and I SOOOOO love that cute little bunting! Enjoy the BH weekend! hugs, Joanna xx

  15. LOVE your DT piece, nice colors you've used as these are the colors of the flag!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  16. Oh this is gorgeous! love all the detail! Thanks for joining us at Polka doodles this week, Nelly X

  17. Hi Claire, this fabulous, an outstanding piece of art, love all the layers and textures and superb colours. I love the lady and gent, I thought they were one stamp fabulous masking. Sorry for my belated comments, was convinced I'd already left one LOL. Have a lovely day. XX

  18. Wow this really fits the bill for the challenge Claire with lots of froth and pomp added - adorable.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  19. Fascinating card - so much to see.
    Thanks for sharing with us at C4E this week.
    Best wishes, Sharon

  20. Claire this is stunning - I especially love the bunting x
    Thanks for playing along with us at the PCJ challenge & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  21. One would never know you aren't a city girl! Love all the texture and the flowers and banner with the lady and gentleman image are all such great details! Love this!

  22. Wow what a great card, I love all your layers. The colours are fab, and the masked image is super. Thanks so much for joining us at Fashionista. Jenny x

  23. Claire: I just love your card! Reminds me of Downton Abbey series...the banner, the vintage stamped image of the couple dancing (great masking, by the way), the vintage photos. You did a lot of work on the card, and the result is fabulous.
    aka celticrafter.

  24. Super incredible work... I cant image what time it took to make this creation! What a lucky couple to recieve this card!
    Thanks for joining in the Fashionista challenge!

    Rina Fashionista

  25. great card thank you for joining us at fashionista this week

  26. Fabulous card Claire! Thanks for joining us at crafts 4 eternity this week hugs x

  27. This is absolutely gorgeous Claire. Thanks for joining us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge.

    Wendy -x-


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