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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Do you believe in fairies?

I'm totally addicted to fairy stamps, and the stamps I've used for this card from Graphicus are some of my favourites. I just couldn't resist the challenge from Quixotic Challenges which this week is 'I Believe in Fairies' and came up with this card. The sentiment is from Crafters Companion and fits the challenge perfectly.

I had to take part in this weeks Challenge from the Lots to Do team which is backgrounds as I just love making allsorts of inky messy backgrounds - this card has two. Inside the aperture is a background made using the 'caught in crystal' technique. Behind the acetate I used starbust stains (I can't remember which colours as I made the sheet a while ago but they are purple and teal colours), glitter, tiny little stars, a little mica powder and lots of floor polish lol. I've stamped the Graphicus fairy castle onto the acetate background using black stazon. The outer background is made using tapestry card which I've inked with versamagic Eggplant ink and then added some fusible webbing. I always have a bit of a battle with this stuff but I love the effect especially with this EP - which is Cosmic Shimmer Arctic Black. I'm not sure where that name comes from because it is actually mauve with a teal shimmer - love it!!
The fairy is stamped onto  some scraps of fantasy film. I've used two freebie stamps from Craft Stamper magazine - the key is stamped onto grungeboard and triple embossed with silver EP and the fairyland ticket has been stamped onto a scrap of card from the main background. I was struggling to fit all these bits and bobs onto the card until I saw a gorgeous sketch from Pretty in Ink which I have loosely followed . Instead of the border at the bottom of the sketch. I've put a little stamped unicorn on to a penny slider mechanism so that the unicorn tumbles across the bottom of the card. I'm also going to enter this card into the challenge at Floral Fantasies which is 'Moving' to celebrate the fact that Sir Stampalot are moving to new premises in Peterborough - they have a fabby prize and a blog hop too so its well worth a look.
The colour scheme also fits the challenge at Macabre Monday which is Purple Haze
Thanks for looking
Claire xx


  1. Fab background Claire

    Thanks for playing along with us this week over on Lotstodo - Sam xxx

  2. Wow - what an amzing piece of work. So many different elements and all working so well together. I would love to have a go with that fusible webbing. I'll have to see where I can get some.
    Beryl xx

  3. Beautiful! A great penny slider! Thanks for joining in the hop and good luck with the draws!

  4. Wow! It's stunning claire! your inky backgrounds are just beautiful, it looks very magical with all that shimmer!
    Love the unicorn slider at the bottom too!
    Thanks so much for joining in, I'll go and link up to your card.

  5. Great job with all of those challenges on one card! I'm completely intrigued with the floor polish technique... I'll have to look that one up! Though you missed the deadline, thanks for playing along with Macabre Monday!!!

  6. Oh wow how fabulous is this I do believe in fairies and this is just so magical I think that moving unicorn is wonderful thank you for joining our Moving challenge good luck in the draws.
    Lorraine x

  7. Hi Claire

    Oh yes, I beleive in fairies, I thought everyone had them at the end of the garden as I do.

    This is a fabulous peice of artwork, such stunning effects with all the elements you have used. Reminds me I have a tin of that webbing somethere, must dig it out.

    Thank you so much for joining in our Stampalot challenge and good luck with the draws.

    B x

  8. This is fabulous Claire! Thank you for joining the Sir Stampalot challenge and good luck in the prize draw.
    Clare x

  9. Wow Claire, this is just amazing. Love the background with the embossing powder - stunning
    Beryl x

  10. Hi Claire and what a gorgeous background you've created - love it

    Thanks for joining the Lotstodo Challenge this week xx Hilda

  11. Claire this is just brilliant, so much work has gone into it. Great take on the challenge theme of MOVING. Thanks for taking time to join the fun and good luck in the draws.

  12. Hi there this is stunning I love it.
    thanks for joining us on the sir stampalot challenge love chris xx

  13. Absolutely wonderful.

    Such beautiful detail and texture. I love it!!

    Thank you for joining in this special Stampalot Challenge.

    Love Jules xx

  14. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining the hop and challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  15. Great piece love the colours and all the little elements - fabulous

  16. so gorgeous!! Love the real collage feel you have created! Thanks for joining us on the Stampalot challenge!

  17. Great card , love the colours

    thanks for joining us on the special challenge & blog hop



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