Monday, 27 August 2012

Sending you sunshine ...

... and happiness!

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick post tonight. Now that the lounge is getting a fresh coat of paint it's all go at Casa Worthington and somehow the day disappeared before I knew it. However, I did manage to make this wee 4"x4" card.

I had an idea to use a background stamp as the base for this layout. Unbelievably, I have only one in my crafting arsenal! However, it's a pretty little Victorian pattern from the V&A quilts collection which stamps quite well, that is apart from the fact that there's a quite noticeable line across the middle - this is in the rubber and I can only think it has something to do with the original quilt pattern.

I found the easiest way to transfer the ink was not to stamp in the usual way but to lay the stamp ink side up on the desk and place the card carefully on top, then press it quite firmly all over with my fingers. It's not perfect but it's certainly better than my attempts to stamp the usual way :)

You can see the strips that decorate the inside - they were trimmed from my first botched attempt to use the stamp.

Materials used:
Card: White 4"x4" card base and a snippet of white card trimmed to measure 4"x4" for topper
Stamp: Docraft's V&A quilts 1700-2010 Posy Background
Ink: Adirondack Earthtones, Eggplant
Sentiment: Docrafts Papermania Persimmon Collection Flounce Cardstock Stickers - had these since last year so ancient stash now
Embellishments: satin ribbon; button; twine - all from stash

Including as it does a snippet of white card, not to mention the leftover length of ribbon and a secondhand button, I think this card has to be submitted to Di's Snippet Challenge #35 

That's it, I'm done for the day ... it feels like it's been a long one, I'm ready for bed, and I won't need any rocking tonight.

Thanks for looking.

Happy crafting,


  1. This card is very pretty! That ink is really like an eggplant colour!

    I sent you an email a few minutes has some happy news!

  2. Hi Elizabeth, Beautiful Card, I also love using background stamps for my base,i use the large rock a bloc with my background stamps..

  3. It's lovely Elizabeth. I had to look real hard to find the line you mentioned so if you hadn't mentioned it.... Love how you put strips of the pattern inside the card - must start doing this myself. BJ

  4. Beautiful make Elizabeth - looks so elegant. Thanks for the tip about the V & A stamp, I have a set of V & A background ones here (not the same as yours) - came across them at the weekend and was thinking they need a first inking so your tip could well come in useful. Watch this space :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  5. A very pretty little card Elizabeth :o)
    Jackie xx

  6. Elizabeth, what a beautiful card, and that background is truly lovely. Hugs Rita xx

  7. A beautiful CAS card, and love the decoration on the inside. Lynn x

  8. What a lovely stamp. I find the way you described the easiest for those huge background stamps as well.

  9. Fabulous Elizabeth. Great background stamp. I've seen other people use the technique you mention for larger stamps xxx

  10. Very pretty background. Another way is to use your marker pens onto the rubber stamp and spritz with water and then stamp as ususal. Less messy. Hugs Mrs A.
    p.s. If you have any paint left over can we have it for the chicken coup. I think the chooks will lay better if they have a nicely painted wall to look at. Blue is very soothing!

  11. Elizabeth, your card is stunning! I love it, I love the color choice, everything goes so well together.

  12. Very pretty card Elizabeth! I love the strip inside - makes it very classy.

  13. That's an awesome background stamp, Elizabeth! I've read where some stampers STAND on their background stamps to ink them! I'm so sure. Anyway, your trick worked a charm and it's a lovely, lovely card!


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