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Friday, 30 April 2010

That's Torn It


It's Play Date Cafe Challenge Time!!!! Beautiful, soft pastel hues of blue, green and off white. Not my usual taste as I prefer my colours richer but I have to say, I love them. I'm now tempted to try a softer palette again. Especially these three colours.

I began by stamping Hero Arts 'Printed Flower' set and cutting them out. I folded and crumpled them and attached together with a faux-pearl brad. I took out some My Mind's Eye '29th Street Market' paper in green and blue and cut some matting layers which I tore at the edges before inking to give that shabby effect. I then hand sewed around the blue mat.

I created the border with a Martha Stewart punch before crumpling it and made the sentiment with a Hero Arts Birthday stamp and a nesties die. The flower stem is also Hero Arts from their 'Scattered Leaves' set.

I can now add it to my ever-growing pile of cards. My craft room is being taken over! I think it's time I started looking at doing some scrapbook layouts soon as I'm falling behind with way too many stories yet to capture. Who knows, maybe the next challenge?

18 comments:

Sarah Anderson said...

Just GoRGeouS Paul! Love the shabby chic look you've got going on this card. Would be great to see a scrapbook layout for a playdate challenge entry :)

Michele said...

Gorgeous card, Paul - it's all fab, but I especially love the stamped flower x

kjjc said...

gorgeous Paul

Cath Wilson said...

Stunning Paul - I really, really, REALLY love this one - but I would - it's in some of my favouritest colours of all:)) See you tomorrow!

Stephanie Kraft said...

This is just beautiful, Paul!! Love the shabby vintage look that you achieved, the border, flower.. love it ALL!!! Thanks for playing with the Play Date Cafe!!

Tracy Evans said...

Lovely card and that flower is fantastic, great colours. Tracy Evans x

Julie Ranae said...

I'm with Sarah, a layout entry would really be fun to see.....THIS is beautiful, but you already know I am a fan!
I really do appreciate your support of The Play Date Cafe.

Lisa Somerville said...

Great shabby chic look! Love the medallion and stitching! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

Anne Jagger said...

That is just fantastic Paul, love it!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Fabulous card Paul! That flower is amazing! Thanks so much for playing along with the Play Date Cafe! Thanks for your continual support :)

Jaqi said...

Fab Card Paul, love the colours

Bettythebaglady said...

Paul this is lovely.I've noted you've not used the sewing machine but hand sewed instead-it really does complement that shabby chic look.I do love it. Have you seen the video on Shaz's (ramblings of a fairy )blog where she shows how she makes those lovely shabby roses. It is genius and so natural (the video and the rose)Hugs Betty

Dazzled Nance said...

Congrats, Paul! I gave you the Sunshine Award! visit my blog to pick it up and spread the sunshine! I love your blog!

Suzanne C said...

Lovely card! The flower is gorgeous! Wonderful use of the colors and I agree a Layout would be a great entry! Thanks for playing along again in the PDCC challenge!

Ruby said...

This is gorgeous Paul! I love everything about it, the shabby chic style looks fab! I particularly like the hand stitching, that's something on my list of things to do. As Sarah said it would be great to see a scrapbook layout for one of our cahllenges. Thanks for playing along with us again this week at the Play Date Cafe!

JoZart said...

I love this so much Paul. It's classy tasteful grunge, great colours and love that distressed edge.
Jo x

Anonymous said...

Love that soft shabby look - and glad the colourway has expanded your horizons! Hope you'll use it again soon ... on a LO maybe? xx alexa

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Paul--you do such a great job on our challenges! You ALWAYS match the colors perfect:) This is a FAB card--love shabby and how soft it is:) Great job! Thanks for joining the fun over at the PDCC:)