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Tuesday 15 April 2014

Journey to Paris

Good morning folks and big warm welcome to my new followers, it's always lovely to 'meet' new friends! Today's card was made for the challenge at A Vintage Journey where the theme is 'A little bit French'. This project was actually inspired by the alley way next to my work, not as glamorous as Paris, in fact its a very scruffy and rundown little street in the town centre but among all the weeds, muddy parking bays and old wooden doors with peeling paint there are pretty forget-me-nots, little wild birds looking for nesting materials and bees and butterflies. You really can find beauty everywhere.

I'd made this background a few weeks ago using a mask from Clarity, Stampers Anonymous stamps, Crafters Workshop harlequin and squares masks and distress inks (tumbled glass, broken china, old paper, vintage photo and walnut stain). Once all the ink was dry I applied Maimeri Glassy gel over the squares through the stencil and then sprinkled with micro beads, I love this effect its so pretty when the beads catch the light.

The images are two of my favourite stamps from Crafty Individuals, coloured with Graph'It markers and distressed with Old Paper and Vintage photo distress inks, I added some pretty blue lace and bead trim to the bottom of the images.

I've added some crinoline flowers, an Ideology facet layered over a sentiment from the Gecko Galz. I've stamped some butterflies, fussy cut them and layered them over the card and to finish off I've added a seam binding bow and a gorgeous mother of pearl button topped with a twine bow.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Individuals: Nature's Beauty 
Docerela Creations: anything goes
Fussy and Fancy: all about travel
Penny Black and More: blossoms and blooms

Well I'd better scoot off to work now so thanks for popping by today, 
Claire xx


  1. beautiful work Claire and its so true you can find beauty anywhere - its a state of mind!!! Big Hugs rachel xx

  2. A great card Claire, really love how you put it together! Love all the elements you added, makes for a lovely composition! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge ver at A Vintage Journey!

  3. So Beautiful Claire, I love the colours you've used. How ture it is that you can find beauty everywhere.

    Sue xx

  4. WOW!!!!! this is just amazing!!! Hugs Juls

  5. Hi Claire, a gorgeous make, love the colour combo and the effect with the beads on the background looks fabulous.
    Avril xx

  6. Wonderful details and aging, its a fantastic card Claire. I agree you can see beauty when you take time to look.

  7. It is such a beautiful creation, gorgeous background too!

  8. Lovely work Claire - very nice touch with the micro beads too! Many thanks for entering the Crafty Individuals Challenge for April. Jean x

  9. Beautiful vintage travel card I'm so pleased you've entered it into the Fussy & Fancy Challenge, good luck xxx Annie

  10. This is wonderful, Claire, a beautiful combination of some lovely crafty individual's stamps with Tim Holtz and some great techniques. Beautiful composition. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individual's challenge,

    Lucy x

  11. Such a gorgeous,pretty and shabby card! Love the different elements and the soft colors! Thanks for joining my challenge over at It's All About The Vintage & Beauty Challenge! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

  12. Great work Claire, Thanks for joining in with our Fussy and Fancy Challenge and good luck. X

  13. wow, its a great creation. the backround is fabulos also the collers and this design.

    thanks for sharing with us it´s all abaout the vintage and good luck

    gr. meggi

  14. Beautiful card, so many little details.

  15. I love all your wonderful French and chic details which come together to make such a wonderfully shabby card. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our A Little Bit French Challenge.

  16. Gorgeous Vintage! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  17. Lovely vintage inspired colours and how nice that you used two of your favourite CI stamps.
    Thank you for entering your lovely card at the Crafty Individuals Challenge.

  18. WAW! This is such a wonderful card. Love the colors and pretty details!
    Thanks for joining us at It's all about the vintage and beauty! :)

  19. So pretty! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations!
    DT Member Sara

  20. Love all the details.
    Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations.
    DT Member Susana

  21. Amazing and
    Beautiful project !!!
    Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Ana -


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