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Friday, 14 January 2011

Ring in the new at Crafty Ann's

Good morning, Friday at last and its time for a new challenge at   Crafty Ann's and this time Ann wants us to 'Ring in the New' but that doesn't mean forgetting all your old favourites, so we want to see you combine the new with the old!
 I've gone for a new technique which I've combined with one of the first stamps I used from Crafty Ann (this gorgeous 'Bird on blossom branch' and an old frame rubber stamp (I haven't used this stamp for years and had forgotten how much I love it) from Stampin Around.

I've used a pastel pink bp from Crafty Ann's 'mottled stone' collection (available in Crafty Ann's Digi shop) , stamped and embossed the frame with detail black ep. The bird is coloured with distress inks, my new technique and I have to say one I think will take a while to get the hang of. I also stamped the sentiment (from Elusive Images) on some pastel pink mottled stone paper and layered up the frame and bird with foam pads. I've added some glitter to the flowers for a bit of sparkle. The image is matted on yet another layer of pink mottled stone paper, this time with faux stitching (again stamps from Elusive Images). I wanted to keep the card pretty simple but after 4 attempts to get the stitching straight at the corners, I gave up and used some pretty pink roses from Wild Orchid crafts to cover the dodgy corners lol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays: Things with wings
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Try something different
Our Creative Corner: photo inspiration
Freshly Brewed Challenge 30: Black, white + 1
Dutch Dare: All stitched up
Sassie Studio Designs: Use something old (my frame stamp)
Meljen's: Square or round card

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you're going to play along with Crafty Ann's Challenge this week. I love these something new challenges, I'm such a nosey parker and I love to have a wander round blogland checking out everyones new stash. The only problem is my wish list gets even longer lol
Claire xx


  1. This is a lovely card Claire. I can see why you like the frame stamp so much and that sentiment is wonderful.
    Jen x

  2. this is lovely...and the stitching is perfect, great layering. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


  3. I adore this Claire, and think your colouring with the distress inks is fabulous - you probably just need time to adjust to something different.
    Ann x

  4. Wow... beautiful card, so elegant!
    Lovely to see your work at Freshly Brewed Challenges! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

    Greetings, Saskia :)

  5. Wonderful card..... I love the dimension you gave the frame and bird by layering them with the foam dots! Also, your faux stitching is fabulous and it's so clever how you covered the corners with the lovely roses! :)

  6. So elegant and beautiful. I love the stitching and the layering.

    Thanks for playing along at Freshly Brewed challenges.

  7. Gorgeous card I love the frame its lush.
    Thankyou for joining us at Sweet Stampin', good luck.

    Hugs Vicky xx

  8. Very pretty Claire and well worth all the effort.
    Beryl xx

  9. It's so easy to forget about the old stuff in the excitement of the new, so well done you! I love the card, your old & new work very well together. Thanks for playing along with our Sweet Stampin challenge x

  10. this is a very elegant card - I love the soft feel and the beautiful layout! Thanks for playing at Meljen's Design this week!

  11. wow just eleagnt, love the frame the gorgeous image and beautiful sentiment, such a work of art! Hugs Juls

  12. Beautiful card! I love the frame effect!
    Thanks so much for playing along at Meljen's Designs this week!
    Hugs!! Dee Sprytebyrd's Spot

  13. Gorgeous card Claire I love that image and the colours and sentiment look perfect.
    Lorraine x

  14. gorgeous card, and what a lovely sentiment! Glad you played along with us this week at Sentimental Sundays!

  15. This is just lovely! the color theme is fabulous!

    Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week! Looking forward to seeing you create with us again soon!
    ♥ Lisa

  16. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with SSD!


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