Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Time for a break

Hi everyone,
Phew! I'm having one of those weeks again.  It's non-stop in the old craft room, I have a list as long as my arm and it doesn't seem to be getting any shorter!
I decided to take a break from DT stuff this morning and squeeze in a couple of quick Blog challenges. 

First up is this weeks Less is More.
Being the first of the month,  it's COLOUR week, and Chrissie and Mandi have chosen ......

                           BROWN & PINK

It's one of my favourite colour combinations so I couldn't wait to get started.   Here's what I came up with ......
This is one of my all time favourite Clarity stamps - the Sketched Lady.  I just love her, she's so elegant and you can dress her up and change her look in so many ways.
Here I've used a fabulous technique I saw Barbara Gray do at a Craft Show many years ago.  I love watching Barbara create pieces of artwork, she makes it all look so easy.

I stamped the image of the lady using Vintage Sepia Versafine ink - my brown colour, then created a couple of masks.  One to cover the whole of the lady while I did the background.  For this I used an Eiffel Tower clear stamp from a set from the Lost and Found collection by My Minds Eye, again stamped in the sepia ink. With the mask still in place I used a piece of copy paper and a make-up sponge to add a little ink to ground the tower and add a bit of depth.  
The second mask had the dress and the hat cut away, so that I could stamp a design through and change the outfit. I used one of Barbara's 'clever corner' stamps to do this, unfortunately I'm not sure which one it was, but any of them will do.  The colour was Worn Lipstick Distress Ink - my pink colour.  I added a tiny gem just to finish it all off.
The sentiment, which I think is perfect for this, is from a clear set of stamps by Butterfly Kisses. 

Here's the piece of artwork that Barbara did - yes I have a Barbara Gray original!  
You can see that she's also used the corner stamp to create a matching border on the card.  These little stamps are well worth investing in, they're so useful for doing a lot more than just corners.

Well, I suppose I'd better get  back to the old craft room, still lots to do.  Next on the list is more samples for Kay's Indigo Blu show on Create and Craft.  I have NEW Christmas stamps and they are soooo nice.  Watch this space, I'll give you a sneaky look at them soon.  

Thanks for popping by today.  Tomorrow it's Twinchie time if you fancy taking a look.
See you then.


  1. Hi Linda, I do love less is more cards that other people do (can't do them myself) and this one is gorgeous, love the colours and the way you have grounded the Eiffel tower. Lovely original you have there too. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  2. Hi Linda, I love brown and Pink together, and really love what you have made with these colours. A very stylish card. Hugs. X

  3. Lovely card, very stylish! Thank you for visiting my blog. Hugs, Sue x

  4. Gorgeous card Linda, I think it looks fab in pink and brown, very elegant, Gay x

  5. Fab card - I love that Clarity lady. How great to have a Barbara original for reference.

  6. A very stylish and elegant card Linda. Love the stamped image
    x catherine

  7. Oh very pretty Linda - I love the way the tower is grounded and the lady is very elegant! Vicky x

  8. Just catching up - as always, I almost did this one, just ran out of time today! Thinking cap on for towmorrow.
    Avril xx

  9. Love your classic styling card, Linda!!

  10. This card looks great Linda, in fact dare I say it, I think I prefer it to the BG original you have!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  11. Fab card - lovely images and lucky you with a Barbara original too


  12. Very stylish, the gem is just perfect.

  13. So classy, I love it :) Viv xx

  14. This is fabulous, so elegant.

  15. Oh I really like this so stylish and elegant! x

  16. Love it Linda
    The brown and pink is fabulous with the image
    perfect placement

    Thanks very much
    "Less is More"

  17. You've mastered your technique perfectly. Looks brill for the challenge. x


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