Saturday, 30 July 2011

Vintage - One Stop Crafts Challenge

This weeks theme at One Stop Craft Challenge is Vintage, so we would love to see your distressing, inking or vintage ephemera this week :) We are sponsored by  One Stop Card Crafts where the very generous Shelley is offering the winner a £10 voucher to spend at the online store.  This is a fab prize, as there is always lots of great new stuff to choose from.

Now if I was asked to pick one of my cards that I feel really reflects my personal taste and style, then this would be it.  I am a huge fan of the Pre-Raphaelites, poetry and classic literature.  Whilst I love making cute, whimsical and girly cards, this style is a lot closer to my heart and often think I should spend a little more time exploring this side of my creativity.

I recently won this image from Dezinaworld which is based on a painting by Frank Cadogan Cowper called Vanity.  I use this as my blogger avatar (as you can see), so I was thrilled to get this digi-image to play with.

I hand-stitched and distressed HOTP paper pizzaz 'Heritage' papers, I coloured the flesh tones and dress detail with PM's and inked the rest of the image.  The flowers were an ebay bargain and the pearls, ribbon and brads were from stash.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Make it Girly
Crafts & Me - Ribbon
Creative Inspirations - Fab Sketch
The Stamp Man - Show some stitching
Totally Papercrafts - Bling it up
One Stitch at a Time - Pearls and Swirls
Allsorts Challenge - Free & Easy

Thanks so much for looking and good luck to everyone entering these challenges,


sara said...

Beautiful card! the image is amazing!

Denise and Louise said...

Oh Alison this is gorgeous. Love the image and those flowers are yummy. Really like this style.
Denise xx

Kobie's Crafty Corner said...

Hi, Alison
Your card is lovely! Love the die cut this a nestie?
Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs Kobie xxx

Suzilou said...

Love this card Alison, some gorgeous embelishments on this one, love the colours and this style of card :)

The silver and black thing on my desk is my guillotine, the front folds up so it's all neat and tidy, unlike my desk atm hehe and yes that card was a big one 8x8 am loving these big cards, can get so much on them :)

Hope you are having a fab weekend xx

Delphine said...

Gorgeous card, Alison! The image is fantastic, your embellishments are so beautiful (wow, the arrangement of flowers...) and the distressing looks fantastic! I love it! Isn't it sad, this lack of time we have... Have a great weekend! Hugs Delphine xx

CraftyC said...

Wow ALison, this is gorgeous, love your card

KarinsArtScrap said...

very beautiful card alison, love all the flowers and a great digi.
have a nice weekend.

greetings karin

Lisa M said...

Hand stitched??? AMAZING!! Your card is stunning and I enjoyed every minute admiring your talent and eye for design. :)
Thank you so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our "Make it Girlie" challenge.
Good luck to you and hope you visit again next week.
Lisa xx

Claire x said...

Beautiful card Alison - I love the colours. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Claire x

Deb said...

this is stunning Alison, love that image and the colours are so perfect, give it a very rich, regal look.
Have a great weekend, Debxx

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie wow totally awesome awesome card & its fantastic to see one that reflects you hun. Its brill!!!!

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Theresa said...

Hi Alison,

LOVE IT!! That's the first thing I noticed...she looks like your Avatar. I love the background paper with the A on it. The flower arrangement is fabulous!!

Perfectly beautiful.

Josephine said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week.

Sue said...

Oh wow! Alison this is awesome. beautiful image and the flowers are stunning! Love the little pearls and the colour is unusual but I LOVE it!!
Stunning card!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs Sue xx
p.s. I love Pre-Raphaelites, poetry and classic literature too. and of course Richard Armitage!!! ;-)) LOL

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Beautiful card, I love the ribbon and flowers you have used on the card too. Thanks for joining in with our challenge over at OSAAT and good luck Julie DT

Marjo said...

Wonderful vintage card, thanks for playing with us this week at OSAAT for our “Pearls & Swirls” Challenge.

Good luck with the draw, we hope to see you play along with us in August for our “Pretty in Print” contest. I have some yummy candy to Celebrate too.

xoxo Marjo

Sussie said...

Beautiful card!
I love the colourcombination.
Have a nice weekend!

Anonymous said...

Totally amazing Alison!!! I would have known this was yours even if I'd seen it somewhere else. This is, as you say, your style and it's fantastic! xx

coops said...

wow this is stunning alison.the image is so beautiful and serene and gorgeous colours and details ;D

xx coops xx

Jolanda said...

what a beautiful card, I love the colours and the stunning image you have used. xx

Faye said...

Alison, this is superb. Your attention to detail is amazing and I love the details on this. xxx

Paula said...

Strikingly different & I love those turned over corners. I thought at first this was a printed topper - superb colouring & impressive with that floral spray so well balanced with the image. I love the way you've used pearls for her headress & used them also in the ornate decoration of the die-cut frame - as well as that floral spray; tying it all together.
Paula (PEP)
PS - i too have a real fondness for the Pre-Raphaelites.

Vintage Milly said...

Hi Alison, this is such a gorgeous card, I love how you have put all of the elements together, thanks for the inspiration,

Pop's Cards said...

Sweetie, this is just stunning, loving your colour chocie too, perfick hugs pops x

Miranda said...

great card Alison and such lovely colours really beautifull, the image is cool too, much check out that site again

D K Crafts said...

Hi Alison. This is really stunning. Great image and the vintage feel to it is gorgeous. Detail is beautiful as always. Donna

Mary J said...

WOW! This is so elegant Alison - I just love your original style!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Beautiful color palette and embellishments. I really like the design on the panel behind the main image. Lovely image too! So happy you shared your work with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Heidi said...

Gorgeous card!
Beautiful design and colours:) Lovely image.
Have a great day Alison!
Hugs, Heidi:)

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous card Alison.

Fleur said...

A fantastic card Alison, Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
Hugz Fleur xXx

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Beautiful colours and gorgeous vintage feel.

My name is Wynneth said...

This is awesome Alison, this is SO your style as you do it to perfection. Gorgeous selection of colours, papers image - oh just everything really! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog today, the Venus Moon stamp is lovely and I know I'll use it again once I've finished my Queen Kat Assignments with her for August. In fact, today's card would be perfect for my DT project for next week on ILPM !!! if I hadn't used her already for qkd.

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Fantastic card!!!

Thanks so much for joining in our free and easy challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck in the draw.....

Emma xxx

Aunty Sue said...

stunning card and thanks for sharing with creative this week

Brenda Brown said...

Hi Alison - how are you?
I just love this card, the colours are fabulous together and the textured layers add real impact. You have chosen the perfect embellishments to enhance the look you wanted to achieve and the image is beautiful. On top of all that you added stitching to the card. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Stamp Man and joining in with our stitching challenge. It's lovely to see you.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Clarky J said...

Wow this is wonderful - Love those flower Thanks for sharing at The Stamp man challenge x Janets x

Rose said...

Alison, your Vanity image looks fabulous on this great vintage card. Lovin' that dotted ribbon bow too! So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Digi Team's ribbon challenge. Good luck to you! ~ Rose

Mrs.B said...

Alison, this is gorgeous, you really should do vintage more often. Love all the pearl detail and that turned over corner just sets if off!
Very striking, and the flowers just add a softness.
Avril xx

Sharon said...

This is just beautiful - love the colour scheme!

Anonymous said...

Alison, she is totally exquisite !! What an absolutely beautifully detailed art piece. I really LOVE this gorgeous creation. Thanks also for adding to the Dezinaworld Gallery. I like to check the gallery once in a while and see what fabulous pieces have been added and this one was a wonderful surprise
hugs June x


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