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Monday, 25 July 2011

Faux postage and some exciting news, a new challenge blog starting soon!

Hi there, I've been a little quiet on the blogging front lately but fortunately I've found my missing mojo as there is a fab new challenge blog starting on Sunday
It was so sad when Suzanne our lovely leader over at Let's Ink It Up had to close the challenge due to her ill health (big hugs hunny, hope you're feeling better soon) and we missed our regular inky fix. Anyway Shirley came up with the idea of a new inky challenge, sponsored by the very generous Marina of Cottage Crafts. Its wonderful to be part of this new team with some very dear friends from LIIU and some new friends too but we'll also be having a DT call so pop over to  Fashionable Stamping Challenges for more information :-)

I came up with this project for the new challenge blog and I'm busy getting inky with another project for our first challenge on Sunday. 

I've used loads of different stamps on this project, apart from the sentiment they are all from Chocolate Baroque, as is the wonderful perforated paper I used for the 'stamps'.  The background is made with vintage photo, tea dye and black soot distress inks and stamps from the Paisley Elephant stamp sheet. The main image (from Peacock Ladies by Chocolate Baroque) is coloured with promarkers and sakura stardust pens for some bling (I haven't used them for ages and I'd forgotten how yummy they are). I made the 'stamps' using lots of different inks, brayering, sponging and  masking (using stamps from the Mini stamps multi buy sheets  also from Chocolate Baroque). I layered them up (and almost totally covered the background as I got carried away lol) and then overstamped with the mini postmarks. Here's a pic to show some of the detail.

The sentiment is from Sweet Pea Stamps and reads 'Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts'. I thought it was perfect for my collage of stamps.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
2 Sisters: Anything goes
Bling it on: Anything goes
Craft us Crazy: Anything goes
Make it colourful: Colour your own embellishments
Prairie Fairy: On holiday
The Artistic Stamper:  Feeling hot hot hot 

I do hope you're going to pop over and have a look at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, we're all so excited about our first challenge and it would be great if you'd get inky with us
Claire xx


  1. Great card Claire, I do love that image have used it a few times
    Beryl x

  2. This is an absolutely stunning creation Claire and I can't wait for the new challenges to start up.
    It's so lovely to be with everyone again.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  3. Breathtakingly gorgeous, hun!!! This project has just knocked my socks off... wooow, Claire! I mean. WOOOW!!!! Beautiful stamping, hun! xx

  4. Woo hoo Claire what a fabulous creation, I've never seen anything like those stamps before - just amazing.
    It will be good to have us girls together again - so looking forward to it.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  5. WOW Claire, this is stunning. I love it and the way you've pulled it all together. What a fabulous piece of art, x

  6. You just can't stop looking at this card Claire there is so much to see. Such vibrant colours it is stunning.
    Here's to Sunday.
    Hugs Shirley x x

  7. OMGosh wow!! This is amazing! You did a stunning job with the image and love the way you arranged the stamps! Gorgeous job!

    Thanks for joining us at "Fairy Fun Fridays" for our 'On Holiday' challenge! Good luck! :D

    xx Tracey xx

  8. Wowzers, Claire. this it totally retro-vintage-stylish! I am gonna have to pop over and say hey to the girls. Thanks so much for being on holidays with us at FFF this fortnight!

  9. A stunning and unusual card Claire and I LOVE it!!!! I'll pop over and check out the new challenge blog!

  10. utterly stunning!!! such an amazing work of art, I love every detail! Hugs Juls

  11. Claire, this is gorgeous. You certainly have been busy. I have made a note to look at the new challenge when it starts.

    Congratulations by the way:

    Best wishes, Kym xxx

  12. Fabulous creation Claire.
    Jen x

  13. Claire, what a colourful card!
    Love, Wilma

  14. WOW!!! What a beautiful creation. I love the Faux Postage.

    Sue xx

  15. ohmy goodness this is just gorgeous! when your mojo returns it returns big time! beautiful piece. xo

  16. Wow, your card is gorgeous, Claire. So beautiful! Good luck with the new challengeblog.

    Greetings from Norway!

  17. Wow what a stunning card. Lookng forward to fashionable stamping challenge!

  18. Wow Claire this is gorgeous!!!
    Thanks for joining us at Bling it On this time would love to see you again

  19. totally stunning :0)..thanks for sharing with us at Bling It On..hugs Debs x


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