Wednesday, September 9, 2015

No Stamps

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Pamellia is our hostess and is calling it Stamps Be Gone.  She introduces the challenge this way:

"How would you decorate your project if you didn't own any stamps? Embossing folders, stencils, or perhaps a little hand doodling? Well, let's put it to the test for this challenge. Other than a small sentiment, I would ask that you use no stamps at all on your vintage or shabby chic creations."

I don't use stamps as much as many others do so this challenge was right up my alley.  I started with some white card stock from Staples for the card blank and added lovely Maja Designs papers from the Coffee in the Arbor pad that I distressed to create a background.  I added some venise lace to the bottom section.

Next I altered the birdcage, which is my husband's design (he is teaching himself how to use Adobe Illustrator) and was cut from some mat board on his new laser cutter.  I painted it with white paint and then covered it with Picket Fence Crackle Paste.  When it was dry I inked it lightly with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and added some burlap string as a hanger.

The bird was made with some Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay and a Wilton silicone mold.  It was also inked lightly with Frayed Burlap DI.

All the flowers were made from card stock.  The big yellow flower uses die cut petals given to me by Pamellia and was inked with Scattered Straw DI before I started scrunching and shaping the flower.  Since I didn't have another petal to pull the flower in a bit, I just cut a section out of the top layer to make it smaller and then I added some Wilton stamens.

The rose was shaped from petals cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and some off-white card stock.  I created it by following Pamellia's video tutorial on her You-Tube channel.  It was inked with some Antique Linen DI.

The purple flower was also made from petals Pamellia gave me (love my visits to her because she is always so generous) and I coloured them with Seedless Preserves DI before shaping them and adding some Wilton stamens that I coloured with Deco Art Wild Orchid acrylic paint.

I added some Stampendous iridescent glitter to the edges of all the flowers.  The leaves were had cut and were inked with Old Paper DI, which looks yellow in the photo but has a green hue in real life.

Next I painted a metal filigree leaf and corner with some white paint and then coated them with Stampendous clear embossing powder.  The final touch was to add some Prima pearl flourishes.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Creative Knockouts - Flower Power
Card Mania - Pastel Colours
Crafty Cardmakers - Floral Embellishments
Make My Monday - Something Beginning with F (Flowers)
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes - Use loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking
Allsorts  - Lots of Layers
My Time To Craft - Flowers

The following products used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Loving the whole design with the diagonal band and birdcage Cec. Jenny x

  2. Hi Cec. Hubby just couldn't stand watching you have all the fun. He had to join in. Well tell him "he did good"! Mixed media is great fun and so interesting. You combined all the elements to make a stunning card. You are a master of vintage for sure!

  3. This is beautiful. Great job.
    Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week :)

  4. Lots of lovely layers here Cec and such pretty colours as well.

    Many thanks for joining in at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  5. A no stamps card Cec, that seems a difficult theme, your piece looks gorgeous.
    Yvonne xx

  6. This is really pretty. I don't even miss the stamps! Thanks for joining us for Sparkle N Sprinkle's Creative Challenge.

  7. Beautiful card Cec ! Love the flowers and the bird cage is fabulous. Sue C x

  8. How lucky you are to have a hubby with a laser cutter!! Love the vintage feel of this card and the flowers are gorgeous!

    Thank you for joining us at Creative Knockouts for our Flower Power challenge.

  9. Lovely!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and More!

  10. Hi, Cec! What a beautiful card...your flowers are gorgeous, and I love your collaborative birdcage! Such a wonderful shabby creation! I love those handcut leaves, too! Well done! Hugs!

  11. Wow this is the greatest challenge not to use any typical supplies to create a card... (they didn't say anything about die cuts!) I must say your shabby chic card is right on the money!! Your 'f'lowers are just amazing and your composition lets the flowers just pop (literally) and visually off the card. This card is awesome and I want to thank you for joining us at MMM!!
    Hugs -Shawna DT

  12. Beautiful card created with papers and flowers. I love the shabby chic effect. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday Caz DT

  13. gorgeous gorgeous shabby chic flowers - great card. Thank you so much for joining in with our flowers challenge at My Time to Craft. Watch out for our new challenge starting today. Annie xxx

  14. That is so stinkin cool that your hubby can make these wonderful laser cuts! Fantabulous birdhouse! And your design is gorgeous shabby chic! Awesome sauce. Hugz. ~Niki

  15. Your lovely handmade flowers make me think of dahlias...the colors are just gorgeous. I'm very impressed with your bird and the bird cage, too! How clever you are!

  16. Delightful - the strips of paper create a great structural background, and the flowers are lovely.
    Alison x

  17. How come that I missed this shabby gem! Oh, Cec, this is absolutely beautiful card! What amazing handmade flowers! Your bird and the bird cage are stunning! LOVE it!
    Hugs! Branka xxx

  18. Love the shabby elegance of your card! Thank you for playing along at Crafty Cardmakers and More this time, good luck and hope to see you again soon
    Hugs, Sue xx


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