Monday, 1 October 2012

Cafe de Paris

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to stay warm. We actually had to put the heating on for a while which has to be the first time we've done that in September in quite a long while.
I'm excited to tell you today that we have the start of a new monthly theme over at Make My Monday and this time it's my turn to choose. I've picked France so the challenges for the month concern everything FRENCH with the theme for this week being PARIS. This is mostly because this wonderful city is on my wish list as we still haven't managed to get there - a big hint to my OH I think!

I decided to create a Parisian cafe scene for my card and started by making a background paper. I inked the square of paper with Crushed Olive, Victorian Velvet, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold and Mustard Seed Distress inks and then stamped on the fleur de lys and squares design from an All Night Media French clear stamp set (ref 91416) with Archival coffee ink and my trusty Hero Arts manuscript stamp with the Spiced Marmalade.
I then stamped the Eiffel Tower (B Line Designs), the cafe ladies (Art Impressions) and the cafe sign and text (All Night Media) with the coffee ink, coloured the ladies with Promarkers and cut them all out.
I then assembled the card as you see, adding a border punched with the Martha Stewart wrought iron punch which I inked with Vintage Photo DI and embossed with clear powder.

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge and if you'd like some more inspiration, do pop over to the challenge blog as my teamies have risen to this chosen beautifully.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
That Craft Place Challenge - Make Your Own Backgrounds
Card Crafters Circle - Vintage
Frilly and Funkie - Fall Into Fall (Autumn Colours)
Vintage Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes


Suzi B said...

Morning Fliss, I love the atmosphere your card portrays...fabulous

I'm one of the ladies having coffee on the Champs-Elysees...honest I'm the one in the hat, I love hats!
Suzi b xx

craftattack said...

Beautiful card, love the colours. Paris is one of my fave towns, Valerie

brenda said...

Another stunning creations Fliss, Oh to be sitting there sipping an espresso in the shadow Tour Eiffel.

Your card would fit absolutely perfectly into our new challenge which started today Vintage Stamping Challenge !!

B x

Netty said...

Loving your french scene....mmm I wonder what the two ladies are talking about... x

Trish and Treasure said...

Hi Fliss,
Thanks for playing in our Vintage Challenge this week at Card Crafters Circle. Love all your collage stamping and the card colour combination, wonderful card!!!
Hugs Trish

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Hi Fliss,,,,drop a massive hint as Paris is lovely as is your card. Love the ladies having cafe au lait at the cafe!

Anonymous said...

Oh La La! Sorry Fliss, I could not help myself.
Incredible stamping to form this Parisian scene. Oh what I'd give to be part of this scene (especially as I'm tucked up in bed at the moment).

Joan said...

Gorgeous card Fliss, love your Paris scene


Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Beautiful! Wouldn't it be great to be sitting in Paris at a cafe right now? It's beeen a long time since I've been to Europe and would love to go again. This makes me want to do it soon.

Buttons said...

Gosh Fliss, it's a wonder we can all keep up with posts when they are falling a bit like autumn leaves at the moment! Love your idea of a French Parisian theme and your beautiful card. Keep pestering OH as Paris is an amazing place to visit. Hugs, Buttons x

Marjie Kemper said...

How beautiful! I love the scene you've set as well as your gorgeous stamping/coloring. Thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie!

Kim Dellow said...

Fabulous Fliss! Love it! Kim

Val said...

Really inspired Fliss - love this.


Shirl said...

Wahoo Fliss this is gorgeous and I love it (very biased though because I love every thing about your creations).

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges and a huge thanks for your lovely comments hunny bunny.

Hugs Shirley x x

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful Parisian card Fliss and a great challenge.
hugs {brenda} xox

Julia S-W said...

Hi Fliss, thanks for your lovely, supportive words on my blog! I was very nervous about having my card posted with all you wonderfully creative Ladies and I suspect I'll feel the same each week until it's over!
Your card is gorgeous - full of lovely vintage images and truly fantastic stamping. Love the colours too - particularly that little pop of green on the dress, it works perfectly against the rich autumnal tones.

Mynnette said...

LOVE this!! The little cafe scene you've created is amazing and I adore you background! An awesome card! :)

Jacqueline said...

I've wanted to go to Paris for a long time too! Love your card Fliss with it's gorgeous cafe scene - Jacqueline xx

Terry said...

So lovely, Fliss! I love the ladies sitting so pretty while having a visit! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

Sue C said...

Great card Fliss, love the stamps you've used. Thanks for joining us in our first challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenge and at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Fliss, just catching up!
I love your ladies! very Parisian Chic! Beautiful background.
Avril xx

Jeannette said...

Whaaah,this is amazing vintage card,i love your paris scene,very beautiful.

Hugs Jeannette

Cathy said...

Gorgeous vintage card. I love the background you have created. Thank you so much for joining in the That Craft Place challenge this time.
Cathy xx

Claire said...

Hi Fliss, beautiful card with such gorgeous stamping and those warm vibrant colours. Love it:-)
Thanks for joining us at VSC
Hope you've had a great weekend
Claire xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fliss, that's a wonderful card, love the warm colors and the images. Thanks for joining us at VSC.