Tuesday 2 September 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #110

What a glorious day I had today. I spent four hours with Phoebe's class at the riverbank, planting tree's to beautify and help the river area. We walked there from the school (which only took 25 mins), had a picnic lunch and then spent 2 hours planting more than 300 native tree's. I was worried the kids wouldn't want to do the hard work of digging holes etc but it turned into a competition to see who could plant the most and they loved it!

Will be so wonderful to walk past this area and watch the tree's grow, knowing we planted them ourselves.

This week for the Addicted to Stamps and More   challenge they have the most beautiful photo for inspiration:
Such an amazing photo, I don't really think I can do it any justice. I decided I needed to make something incredibly simple and soft.

I found this amazing wood-grain paper which I thought would be perfect. I was trying to work out how I could represent the curves in her skirt when it suddenly hit me to use my curve-stitched die. This way the stitching in the card would be like the stitching in the skirt fabric. After stamping the sentiment, I popped this white card up on foam squares over the wood-grain. A few enamel dots, sequins and some Wink of Stella in the sentiment heart and I left it at that. Maybe its too simple but now seeing it underneath the photo, I can definitely see the inspiration.

The woodgrain paper is from American Crafts 'Dear Lizzy - Poka Dot Party'. The enamel dots are from Papervine, the sequins from Neat and Tangled and I used a metal stitched-curved die from Pretty Pink Posh.

I was extremely lucky a few weeks ago to win a stamp set (of my choice) from Neat and Tangled thru a Curtain Call giveaway. I didn't have any of their products so took the chance to order two other stamp sets and some of their sequins. Danielle was so lovely to deal with and sent them off straight away and even popped in a few other sequin colours. I LOVE the stamps and can't wait to show you more of them. This sentiment is from the 'Kindness Matters' stamp set.

I'm also going to link this card to the challenge at Virginia's View #7 where their theme is:

And will also link to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge  where their theme is 'Anything Goes'. This is my third entry.

Sorry this is such a wordy post. Wish I could describe what I mean in a shorter way, something for me to work on. Have two cards I want to get finished tonight so better get a wriggle on!

Take care



  1. yay for Neat & Tangled stamps! Love your card, isn't that Kindness Matters set fabulous? That was the start to my N&T collection. Love the contrast of the woodgrain panel and the white speech bubble! Thanks for joining in the fun over at Virginia's View Challenge!

  2. Perfectly clean, simple and beautiful. I love the wood grain paper and the curve to the panel. The sentiment is wonderful too and I do like the touch of sparkle with the sequins and Stella. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week.

    BTW, sounds like your class had a wonderful time!

  3. You did a fab job with the card Shona! Its really subtle, you have perfectly matched the colors to the picture. Thank you for joining us at ATSM.

  4. I love you take on the photo, so much thought behind it and the idea of the curved die is so clever. It is a very elegant card. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  5. A great take on your inspiration piece, Shona! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  6. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

  7. What a lovely day, Shona - there must be a connection between planting the trees and using the woodgrain paper :) Such an elegant card and a perfect take on the inspiration photo!

  8. I love this, Shona. The idea of the stitched curve is genius. Such a beautiful CAS card. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM this week, Anita x

  9. This is simply stunning Shona! I love love love your card....and I love how your sentiment looks like the ballerina's dress, so so beautiful and a winner in my book!

  10. Fabulous card, Shona -you captured the inspiration picture so well! Great to see you playing with us at ATSAM. Come back next time, too! Hugs, Cornelia DT

  11. Simply, beautiful!!! Love! Thanks for joining us at Virginia's View Challenge!

  12. Congratulations on the win at ATSM, Shona!! Your card is jaw-droppingly gorgeous!! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Clean and Simple at it's best! Love how you used the papers to create such an elegant card! Thanks for joining the fun with us at Virginia's View Challenge.

  14. Hello Shona,
    I’d love to share this card on Trendy Tuesday for Paper Crafter’s Library blog. I couldn't find any contact info so I'm trying it this way.

    The post that will feature an image of your card will credit you and link back to your blog as well. If for any reason you do not want to be featured, simply let me know at lucinde88 [at] gmail.com. You can check out the PCL blog here: http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/

    Lucinde van Ballegooijen

    Trend Reporter for Paper Crafter’s Library

  15. Stunning, Shona ... you've captured the soft, gentle essence of the inspiration photo so perfectly! I so have that stamp set on my wish list ... it's gorgeous! Anita :)

  16. Simply SUPERB!! I can't love this more! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View Pattern Paper Challenge!