Hello everyone and a particularly warm welcome to some new friends who have joined us as followers. First up is Loll from Stamping with Loll blog. Loll is a truly talented cardmaker who offers lots of tips and tutorials on her informative blog. Loll is also one of the founders of Happy Little Stampers and is on several design teams. Next up is Carol from CM Designs blog. Carol is a very experienced crafter and blogger who has so much of interest on her blog. There are tons of tutorials to see as well as all the inspiration she provides for the numerous Design Teams she is on, and Carol is the Challenge Coordinator at Crafting for all Seasons. Last but not least is Nora from a Creative Touch blog, and she is also a very experienced Blogger. We 'met' on an Online Card Class some time ago and I have been a regular visitor to her blog ever since. Nora has a very eclectic style and makes amazing cards, as well as being very kind and supportive. Why not pop over to visit these talented crafters and leave them some love while you are there!
Today is the start of another challenge over at Simply Create Too, and this time the theme is old, vintage or shabby chic. Right away I have to admit that this challenge took me way out of my comfort zone, and I realised that I must be a CAS girl at heart. I gave it my best shot but made several cards that ended up in the bin before I came up with this card
I started with Rustic White card from Papertrey Ink for the basecard, and the focal panel was embossed with an old Cuttlebug folder after I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment. I then took the Spellbinders Labels 4 dies and cut the white label out. I used a stamp from the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Rescue Remedy stamp set and then inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give an aged look. I've had this stamp set since 2010 and luckily it was designed to be Nestie friendly. Some green paper from my stash was cut out and embossed with a larger die as a mat. I then simply layered up the mats and sandwiched some ribbon between before adding the flower and little heart as finishing touches. I have a sweet toothed friend with a birthday coming up so I thought this card would be fine to give her along with a yummy box of choccies.
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