Sunday, 14 May 2017

Shabby chic roses

There seem to be lots and lots of "Flower" and "Rose" challenges around at the moment, and I hope you'll forgive me if I link a couple of cards to lots of them in an attempt to catch up after my travels (and get ahead before the next ones - who said retirement was a chance to relax?).

For this card I've used a set of stamps from an old Kanban kit, it was one of the last things I bought from QVC so it would have been about the time that Dawn Bibby moved to Create and Craft - which Google tells me was in May 2011 making the stamps 6 years old. I stamped them onto cream card and coloured with Promarkers.

I have teamed it with papers that were a magazine freebie some years ago and lots of embellishments from my stash.

Have you ever had any trouble with clear stamps "melting" - not when subjected to heat, but when they are safely stored away in a cool dark place? It's happened to several of mine, including the large rose stamp here. The affected area was in the bottom right hand corner of the image and by careful colouring and fussy cutting of the leaves I think I've managed to hide the damage.

Before I go, I'd like to share a totally irrelevant photo with you as I'm so thrilled about it. The day we got home from France, a gorgeous competition prize was delivered to me, a really beautiful canteen of cutlery.

Isn't it amazing? I think I'm going to bring the cutlery into use right away, because that box would make wonderful storage for wood mounted stamps!

Right,  on with the challenges I'm playing along with.

Make my Monday - May Flowers  - although our roses are still in bud, I'm beginning to see the first flowers in some sunnier gardens
Sweet Stampin - Shabby Chic
Country View Crafts - Flower Power
Creative With Stamps - Flowers

Retro Rubber - Hello Spring
Allsorts - Ring a Ring O'Roses


  1. A beautiful card Jane, lovely colours and lots of pretty details.
    Wow! A wonderful prize, I will look forward to seeing the box loaded up with your wood mounted stamps.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  2. What a wonderful prize Jane. Congratulations. Your card is lovely. I love the colours and the lace looks really pretty. Barbxx

  3. Stunning card. Not had problems with them melting, but have a a couple that have torn when removing then from the sheet when they're only about a year old. Brilliant competition prize, congratulations, but trust you to think of crafty storage from it! Cara c

  4. a wonderfully arranged card!

    thank you so much for playing along with us at make my Monday!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  5. A super card, loving all the lace work, your rose stamp is beautiful, you have disguised any damage very well, can't see where at all. Thanks for joining us at MMM. Hugs Caz

  6. Another beautiful Rose creation Jane, many thanks for joining our 'Ring a ring 'O Roses theme a second time (yes I'm working backwards) at Allsorts challenge. And well done on such a super win.

    B x

  7. First, congrats on your prize! How cool is that!! Your card is so lovely! The fussy cutting was totally worth it because it just popped your flowers beautifully. I didn't know that stamps could melt in a cool spot, yikes! No one would have known it though. Very pretty papers to complement it as well. Thank you for playing along with our flower challenge at Retro Rubber and hope you'll join us again soon.

  8. Beautiful, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxx

  9. Nice card... Thank u again for joining us at Make my Monday challenge
    GDT Anila

  10. Beautiful card with those roses and doilies. Very nice. Thanks for joining the May flower challenge at Creative With Stamps. Dorlene CWS DT

  11. Beautiful card. I too have had clear stamps get messed up.. It's sad. I love the layout of your card.
    Great on your cutlery. Nice. So glad you shared over at Creative with Stamps.

    Billie A
    Creative with Stamps
    Inspiration Destination
    Catch the bug
    Aud Sentiments
    Stampavie and More

  12. Beautiful shabby chic floral card!!! Thank you for joining the May challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

  13. Ohh!! Shabby Chic and beautiful!!! love the colors of your distressed pattern papers and all the lovely details, like that fabulous lace.
    But your roses are amazing, soft and beautifully fussy cut.
    Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you join us next time.
    Maria Rodriguez.DT

  14. Beautiful card, love the colouring and all the gorgeous details. I have had a couple of really old stamps disintegrate on me. Thanks for playing at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  15. Beautiful, I love the vintage look of your card. Great coloring. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber.

  16. Well done with your win Jane. Your comment made me smile re another use for the box. That sounds like me. My OH always says he's just going to get me empty boxes for presents as I drool over the box more than what's inside lol!
    Super card by the way xx

  17. Wow! So many lovely details in this very vintage card! You did manage to hide any blemishes but hate that you had to... never would have thought a stamp could be damaged that way! And what a lovely box for your rubber stamps... congrats on your prize! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber this week. Always enjoy seeing you in our gallery!

  18. Back with my DT hat on, still love this card, I particularly love how you included the lace. Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Stampin'. Cara DT x

  19. Very pretty card. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

  20. Marvellous design for this Shabby chic card! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!


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