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Monday, 23 May 2011

To distress or not to distress?

Hi everyone!  A very quick one from me tonight to post the card I made for this week's Michelle Perkett Studio's challenge to use die cuts.  I had to rush this card because I couldn't decide if I wanted to do one of my clean cut bright cards or to practice one of my less used techniques of vintage style.  I decided to be brave and do a vintage card but it took me aaages because it's just not my natural style!  Anyway, here it is....

 
 


I think the text needs to be bigger!  Hey ho.  I used the Put On Your Party Dress digi by MPS and the papers are from a Prima design pad that I won from The Scrapbook Garden's April giveaway - lucky me!  They have a new blog candy giveaway for May/June - you can enter it here so give it a chance!

I used the Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch and I am also entering it into the following challenges:


Paper/cardstock: Bazzill bling cardstock, Prima Magnolia paper pad
Stamps: MPS Put On Your Party Dress digi
Mediums: Aqua ProMarkers, Distress Inks in Antique Linen
Accents: Stampin Up ribbon (ordered from Nic, The Sticky Elf, here), Prima Magnolia flowers, 8mm flat backed pearls (from Quixotic Paperie here)
Tools: Nestabilities dies, Magnolia border and leaf dies (I get mine from Bunny Zoe's Crafts here), Tim Holtz Distressing Tool

44 comments:

craftymum said...

I love this card Mary
hugs sarah x

Frea said...

Hi Mary, dead easy question, I'd always go for the distressed look, in my opinion that adds so much more interest to a card. So needless to say I just love this one, great job hun!! Hugs, Frea

Tracey T said...

I think this is fabulous, Mary J - love the colours, the DP and the pretty image. And the text is just fine! Tracey x

Pops x said...

Hi sweetie, this is just stunning work, big hugs pops x

heidy said...

Just gorgeous Mary J!!
Hugs Heidy

Vicky said...

Oh this is just gorgeous Mary..and I love the fab image too hun..

hugs Vicky xx

Irene (Ivy Swan Cards) said...

Awesome vintage style card Mary! Gorgeous coloring and I love the pearls, ribbon, flower and leaves. The distressing adds the perfect touch. Thank you for joining this week's die-cut theme challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio. Have a great day :).

Tracey said...

This is a fabulous card Mary, I love the colours & all the details :)
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Tracey said...

This is a fabulous card Mary, I love the colours & all the details :)
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Chrissy said...

Well worth the time Hun! This is gorgeous.Love the details,and gorgeous colours.I use distressing when I've stuffed up my cutting..lol..which is a lot..
Beautiful backing paper.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Cindy Haffner said...

PRETTY PRETTY!~

Molecraft said...

This is gorgeous Mary, love the vintage style! Fabulous image and papers too!
Helen x

Delphine said...

Your card is fantastic, Mary J! I love the distressing (I have never been brave enough to try so far:-)!) Wonderful colours and the embellishments are gorgeous! Hugs delphine xx
PS: My lightbox is on its way... bought from a French store:-)...

Lisa Jane said...

Oh wow Mary .. i love this .. well worth the time spent.. the little dress is gorgoeus.. and the shabby chic look suits it perfectly
Lisa x

Sue said...

HI Mary
wow a gorgeous card, lovely image & colouring, pretty papers & embelies, thank you for joining us at CES this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

Genevieve said...

Wow! Stunning card inside & out! I LOVE the vintage look! Thanks for playing along with us @ Sweet Sketch Wednesday :)

Genevieve SSW-DT

Fleur said...

Mary this is very pretty, love the spray of flowers & ribbon
HUGZ Fleur xXx

CTgirl said...

Wow, a fabulous card, Mary! Love the image you used!

Jenn Borjeson said...

LOVE IT! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Michelle Perkett Studio - good luck and hope to see you again next week! :)

Kathleen said...

Bet you were dis-stressed when you had finished the card..ok not that funny.
Really lovey card, papers look fab, well put together, best of luck with the entry.

Kath x

Sally said...

Distressed looks great Mary. Just love the image and the flowers are gorgeous. Great card xxx

Ellis said...

Stunning card Mary, love the distressed egdes and the colors! =)
Hugs, Elenor

pinky said...

So delicate and pretty Mary, I think its just perfect.

Julie said...

Oh my goodness Mary,this is the most perfect card ever! Hugs Julie.x

Karen S said...

WOW! This is stunning! I LOVE everything! Thanks for joining Michelle Perkett Studio.

Auntie Em said...

Your card is so pretty and feminine! I love the colours and the pretty stamp.The sweet flower and the ribbon are nice accents. You did a lovely job for it not being your style!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Kathie said...

Hi Mary, I love your card, I adore your colours and thats a great image. I know what you mean out of your comfort zone mine would have to be distressing and browns. I feel that if I distress my card look untidy. I just love your card very pretty and girlie. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday this week.
Hugs
Kathie SSW-DT

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

At first look, I said to myself, now that's a different look for Mary J.
You are just so multi-talented.

mulberry station said...

Fabulous card. I especially love the distressed look to your card. Your bow and added emblishments are wonderful. I love your image. Thanks for joining us.
Nancy SSW-DT

Lorraine said...

Beautifully vintage to me! Love the distressing, papers, inking and nature elements on your card!

Michelle said...

Mary, this is beautiful, I love that you pushed out of your creative comfort zone and wow, look what a gorgeous card you made! I love the vintage fee, lovely colors and embellishments! Thank you for joining us at MPS this week!

Jeannie said...

Well all of the time you spent on this paid off because it is just beautiful! Gorgeous colors and papers! Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Peace & Luv,
Jeannie

Sharon Basel said...

Mary this is lovely! The card is really beautiful in vintage style - you have a talent for that for sure. I can't get over your incredible coloring work on the image - fabulous. And your embellishments are so perfect. A real beauty and so glad you've entered the Sweet sketch Wednesday challenge. Hope you join us again too.
Sharon :)

Shelley said...

Mary, this is really awesome. I love the vintage look, but it is tough for me to do too. Glad you joined us at MPS this week.

Sue said...

Hello Mary
It is also very Shabby Chic as well as looking Vintage, can I suggest you place your text on a narrow long Tag 3D and place it exactly where you have it, or even on a slight angle, if you are not happy with how it looks at the moment,it is a lovely card.
Smiles:)

Lynne Armstrong said...

I'm hopeless at distressing and vintage Mary J...just can't bring myself to 'mess' things up lol This is gorgeous and you've done a fab job of the distressing :)
Hugs xx

Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous card!

coops said...

wow!! fantastic card mary,the image is gorgeous and i love your stunning colours and details.i love the vintage look ;D

xx coops xx

Fabiola said...

quel charme, elle est super féminine...et super jolie, biz

Julie said...

Wow - this is so gorgeous!! The colours and papers and just divine!! Thanks again for joining us at CES this week, Juliexx

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Beautiful cards...such cute images...thanks for joining us this week at TPS…..
Hugs Judith

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Worth all the time it took you to make...it's STUNNING!!

Crystal said...

STUNNING creation WOW your dress form looks amazing!!!!!!! You totally rocked this sketch sweetie!

Katina said...

STUNNING!!!!! xxxx

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