Thursday, 8 July 2010

Sir Stampalot July Challenge

The theme for the Sir Stampalot July Challenge is Lazy Hazy Days of Summer. There's not much that says summer to me more than poppies, so when I found a pack of gorgeous poppy design napkins in S****burys I thought they'd be just right to make a card with.

As you can see, they are rather bold and bright, so a large size base card was called for, in this case an 8" x 8" one from Craftwork Cards. I wasn't quite sure what to do at first, as the large, bright flowers would overwhelm any image I tried to put with them. However, when I separated the layers of the napkin, I found that the middle layer had picked up some colour from the printed top layer, and was in effect printed with a ghost image of the poppies. Perfect! It became the background for my card, with a narrow border sponged around the edge with Barn Door Distress Ink.

Next I glued the top layer to a piece of thin card to strengthen it and cut out some of the flowers and leaves. These made a border down the side of the card along with a strip of paper coloured with the Barn Door DI and cut with a Martha Stewart punch.

The stamped image is the beautiful new "Poppy Field" by Crafty Individuals (currently free with orders over £30!) which I coloured with Distress Inks (Barn Door, Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters).
A computer generated text on a Nestabilities label and a few punched butterflies were the final embellishments.

And here's the finished card.

PS. My lovely butterfly blog background from Scrappin' Blogs disappeared this afternoon! On investigating, I found that Scrappin' Blogs are having problems with Photobucket (basically it seems they are too popular!) and need to find a new server. I'm not sure what the situation is with their backgrounds at the moment, so I've found another for my blog for the time being from The Cutest Blog on the Block. Maybe it's time I had a change anyway.


Clare *Littlebear* said...

Hello Lynne,
I love this card. How clever to use napkins, the result is gorgeous. I've had my eye on this stamp since it came out and you have convinced me even more that I need it!
Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
Clare x

brenda said...

Hiyya Lynne

What can I say, I'm lost for words - and you know that's rare.

Poppies remaind a real favoutire of mine, always have been and I absolutely adore it, the vibrancy of the poppies is stunning and how cleverly it is all worked.

So I guess i 'have ' to make another purchase from Crafty Individuals don't I ?

Blogs, don't mention them to me, this one (Stampalot) went heywire the other night, hence the new look. Don't much like ti but until I can get my head round it properly it will have to do.

Thanks so much for joining us at Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck.

B x

pinky said...

Its absolutely gorgeous, love the vibrancy of the colours and brilliant idea to use the napkins. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

chris said...

Aw Lynne, this is right up my street, I love the strong colours, and yes its summer to a T.
hope you are well, and enjoying your crafting.
lots of love chris xx
thanks for joining us in the Sir stampalot challenge.

Netty said...

Lynne this is gorgeous, love it. Annette x

Elaine said...

What an absolutely beautiful card - so gorgeous - the essence of summer - thanks for sharing.

Elaine zz

judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Lynne, this is a beautiful card. Poppies are my favourite flower, so it would be a hit with me anyway. I've been eyeing up that CI stamp for a little while now, it's lovely isn't it? I love how you've used your napkins, not too much to overpower the main image, but enough to show them off. Judith xx

craftimamma said...

What a brilliant card Lynne and I can see my friend Judith thinks so too. I would never have thought to use the napkin in that way and it's just perfect to show off that lovely stamp.

Lesley Xx

Jules said...

Hi Lynne

What a fantastic creation.

I love the stunning colours you have chosen and the poppy border you have created is wonderful.

Loving your new background by the way. I daren't have a background in case I mess up everything I have on it.

Wish I was braver (or should that be "move brave") LOL!!

Have a lovely weekend.

Love Jules xx

Sally H said...

Hi Lynne
Sorry it's taken me so long to get here, but I wasted a whole evening sorting out my blog background too! Yours looks fab. Mine is a bit pink, but I'll put up with it for the time being! I LOVE your card so much! Stunning! Beautiful! Looks very summery. Thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot this month and good luck!

Francesca said...

Great colours and wonderful details on this card,
thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot challenge and good luck!.

Tracy said...

Absolutely stunning, I love poppies. Thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Eileen said...

How stunning is this!!! I am off to S***burys .....NOW !!! xx

Crafty Lou said...

Hi!this is just gorgeous,just love the country look and a perfect summer scene.
hugs Lou.xx

Phree said...

Wow, this is fabulous. Don't know which bit I like most - the border and background you made with those fabulous poppy napkins or that wonderful stamped image, coloured so vibrantly!