Saturday, September 3, 2011

Love = Love

Good morning, friends!  I hope the beginning of our Labor Day weekend finds you well and getting ready to enjoy the last official weekend of summer.  And if you aren't in the USA, I hope you enjoy your weekend also.  We are entering my very favorite time of the year - autumn.  Unfortunately so many of the things I enjoy about fall aren't present here in Miami, Florida - no turning leaves, no fresh ripe apples, no smell of smoke in the crisp air from leaves burning.  So I'll have to make due with decorating my home and making crafty fall items.

This week at our Creative Corner, one of our brand new design team members, Holly Kean is our hostess.  The fun challenge she has for us is called Stamp Happy and she wants us to stamp on our designer paper.  I love the look and creativity of stamping on designer paper, but I never think to do it, so thanks to Holly for giving me a push in this direction!

This card is my very first piece ever made with a Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490 stamp.  I finally broke down and ordered a couple of sets.  I admire her work, but I'm not sure her style fits with my style very well.  I've been alternating between liking this card and being very lukewarm about it.  I'm still haven't made a final decision on that.  I purchased two sets - Love to Make Art and Nature's Art, and this card combines stamps from both sets.  What I really like is the text stamp (directly under the heart and also used it to make the second layer of the card) and the sentiments (I'm a big sentiment/quote fan).

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch

My DP started life as a book page.  I used a technique I saw on Tim Holtz's blog to lift some of the print off the page.
Here are two photos of the process.  I used a vintage book, about 50 years old. I don't know how this would work with a new book.  Basically you just lay the tape directly on the paper surface, burnish it a bit and then rip off.  In the bottom photo, you can see on the tape that about half the surface ripped off.  After that step, I stamped the leaf and the gingham stamps directly on the paper with Brushed Corduroy distress ink.  The two top panels were cut with PTI dies - one is the Spiral Notebook Page die and the other is the Button Card Collection die.  For the notepad, I also embossed it with the Tim Holtz notepad texture fade.  The heart was stamped and trimmed out.  Peeled Paint and Scattered Straw distress inks were used on the notepad and the heart and butterfly.  The hardware and lace are from my Etsy shop.  I stamped the sentiment on the butterfly "and in the end, the love you make is equal to the love you take" a quote from an old Beatles' song probably written by John Lennon.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'd be interested to know what you think of this card/style.  Happy weekend everyone!

Challenges Entered:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Ribbon or Lace


Holly Kean said...

Linda! I love this card! I think you've used the new stamps wonderfully. And that tape technique - BRILLIANT! (don't you just love Tim Holtz!). Have fun this weekend!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh I think this turned out terrific, great combo of everything, stamping, embossing, embellishing and colors!

Marjie Kemper said...

I adore your card, Linda! I was surprised to see the Studio 490 because I don't think of it as TFJ but you have made it your own. (There's a great Wendy Vecchi yahoo group you may want to join!) Love your colors, all the layering, and the way you stamped the sentiment on the butterfly.

Sue said...

Well Linda I love this Card as I love the Earth Tones, I was surprised to read that you are lukewarm on design.
Can I suggest you spend sometime looking at the card for awhile, as I am convinced you will grow to like it if not love it.

Kristin said...

Oh wow Linda - another stunning creation! I love that technique, I'm going to have to try it out, thanks for sharing it. I love the colors and the butterfly is so gorgeous! I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

Jennifer M. said...

Hi Linda:

When I first opened your post and saw this card, my first word was WOW! This is awesome. I love your style and this card came out fabulous.

From a fellow Miamian, all I can say is I feel you about the un-Autumn like weather in Miami. I've read many blog posts today saying how they are starting to feel the temperature changes where they live and are looking forward to Autumn. It makes me jealous I must say since we only know two seasons down and cold. LOL

Enjoy your long weekend. :)

CTgirl said...

This is so stunning! Wow! The tape technique is very interesting...will have to try it!!

Tui Nathan said...

Fabulous card Linda ... I love that tim Holtz technique, you have applied it to your card beautifully - thanks for sharing, also the stamps are just lovely and of course all your extra details just add such style and beauty! The details in your cards always amaze me week after week!!!

Pooja said...

WOW ! really love the idea of rip off ! will surly try it our ! thanks a lot !
Stopping by from
for the treasure hunt !

Makiko Jones said...

Wow!! This is such a beautiful card Linda! I love how you lifted the book page for distressing! Your design and details are fabulous!

Sharon said...

Linda, I like this style! and I thank you for showing us how you distressed the book page, with some tape. And I thought you completely embrased the challenge. I love how you stamped dots on the leave cut outs, and the butterfly. How pretty. I also like the patter you added to the text with the gringham stamp.
Great card! and I like the style!

Kimberly said...

Holy Moly...this card is stunning..
I just love the texture and the tecnique you used. All the added detail is perfect...tfs and leaving the most sweetest comments. I'm now your newest follower.

marsha said...

Wow Linda, are you ever the creative one! I just adore these stamps now that I've seen your creation, you did a stunning job! Love the tape idea for design paper, this is just so innovative (I have just discovered Tim Holtz and love his ingenuity!). As always, your genius for vintage and all the details just blow me away!

Shelly Hickox said...

Well, I for one, LOVE this!! You are the queen of combining different elements for a stunning look. Thanks for reminding me about that text technique - I love the subtle way you used it.

Lori said...

Oh, you know I LOVE this! lol! Totally my thing, that Studio 490 stuff! I love how you incorporated the stamps into your style, I think it's awesome!

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

love this card!!! :)

MarcyK924 said...

I HEART this card Linda! Your layering is always a study in composition for me! I especially love the pop of green and that embossed butterfly is perfectly perched. I am forever inspired by your creations!

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Linda, I love this card! The colours and distressing are very vintage and look great all layered up! There is so much to look at here. Thankyou for playing along at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
Dot x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Linda, your card looks wonderful, love the vintage feeling on it. Thanks for joining the Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Linda, I love this card, there's so much going on! Beautiful stamping, embossing and layering and a great vintage feel to it.
Thank you for joining Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Violets Corner said...

Fabulous card, love it!


Fliss said...

This is absolutely stunning Linda. Love the vintage colours and those gorgeous stamps. Fabulous creation!
Thanks for joining in with FSC Ribbon and Lace challenge and good luck.
Fliss x

wendy vecchi said...

this is just BEAUTIFUL!

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