Friday, 27 July 2012

True Beauty

Evening All,

Well, we are waiting impatiently for the Olympics opening ceremony. I been tuning in and out all day, listening to the ringing of the bells and some of the commentary ... what a build up!

I started to write up about this card several days ago and had to abandon it for other things but at last I've found time to post it.

I love heavily patterned paper ... I buy it, admire it, stroke it and then just put it away. Lovely though they are the patterns are difficult to use. However, on my trips around blogland I spotted someone else also trying to tackle this problem and her solution was to stamp over the paper and make a real feature of it as I have done here ... I neglected to take a note of the person concerned, so if you recognise your hand on my card, please contact me so I can give you the credit you are due.

The paper I've used is from the Prima Madeline 6"x6" paper stack, and it is gorgeous. The topper, love the sentiment, is from the same stack. The butterfly was a present from a lovely crafter, Chris ... many thanks. I've covered it with glitter glue and added tiny white pearls to decorate.

The inside.

The back.

Materials used:
Square white base card
Prima Madeline 6"x6" paper stack
Coordinations cardstock - Tim Holtz Milled Lavender
Stamps from Inkylicious: Rose Sauvage; Simply Script
Ink pads: Tim Holtz Milled Lavender; Memento Tuxedo Black
White card with punched edge trim - bought ready-made last year from ebay
Tools: Scalloped edge punch; scalloped edge round punch; straight edge round punch; tiny scallop edging scissors
Die cut butterflies from my friend, Chris
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts - mauve & cream roses, white cherry blossom and black crystal sprays; Ribbon Carousel - baker's twine; tiny paper and satin roses, white and black adhesive backed pearls - all from stash.

There's been no basking in the sunshine here today ... we've had rain, lots of it and it's breezy ... so not been tempted out into the garden at all.

I'm off to a new craft shop I've only recently discovered tomorrow - it's at Cardwell's Garden Centre near Gourock. There's going to be a cardmaking demonstration from Sheila Halliwell of Docrafts and, as the EM is on the hunt for a Rowan tree, we are taking a trip up ... no doubt I might just find that one or two crafty items may slip into my basket :)

Whatever happened to my vow to use up what I had before buying new!?!? I'm still making a real effort to use up stash, but I simply cannot resist acquiring new goodies - the Prima paper used on this card is a case in point. I suppose I did well to last into the sixth month :))

Right, I'm off for a cuppa, have a good evening everyone.

Happy crafting,


  1. Pretty card!
    That sounds like a fun outing. I have never seen a card demo at a garden center...they really should embrace that over here!!!

  2. I do something very similar with heavily patterned paper. It is just too lovely to ignore, isn't it? But I love this idea of stamping over it and really making it the main feature. Thanks for posting the idea - and to the person whose blog you saw it on. Enjoy your trip to a new craft shop!

  3. Love what you've done with the patterned paper Elizabeth.
    The white collared doves are very easy to tame apparently, so good luck with hand feeding them.It is just so lovely having them trust you.Thanks for your lovely commment on my blog.
    Judy #41

  4. Wonderful cards since my last visit Elizabeth, especially the trees. I'm afraid that life gets in the way of visiting every day!
    I hope you enjoyed the magnificent opening ceremony as much as I did :o)
    Jackie xx

  5. Hi Elizabeth, Wow your so right with your heading this really is true beauty your card is simply gorgeous xx

  6. wow this is beautiful eliabeth, so pretty :D

    xx coops xx

  7. Love this...great image and


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