Monday 30 July 2012

Here Comes Summer

Good morning all, it's Monday again and this will be my last post for a bit as I'm off on my long awaited holiday very early on Wednesday morning. It will be a case (or so my hubby thinks!) of climb every mountain (I don't think!) as we're going to Switzerland on one of our favourite lakes and mountains holidays - I'm not a sit on the beach person, I much prefer scenery.
Talking of holidays, we're all taking a break for the month of August over at Make My Monday so this is the last challenge until September. This is mostly because Jacqueline has family commitments and I'd like to wish her well with everything she has to cope with.
The challenge is the last of Mynnette's Colour Wheel Themes and this week it's Split Complimentary Colours and in particular - Yellow, Bright Green and Fuchsia.
I've again used one of the lovely images by our sponsor for July, Priyanka of My Heart Pieces and here's my card:

You might recognise the yellow polka dot paper here as it's actually the piece leftover from making the frame on my beach themed card from last Friday and was the perfect fit for this card - how lucky is that!
I printed the image out 3 times and coloured with Aquamarkers, then cut out and decoupaged various sections for a 3D look. I die cut the main image with a similar shape to the dotty paper.
I next did some DIY washi tape using Stazon inks and the technique from a recent Craft Stamper. I stamped on the tape with a grid stamp and dark brown ink.
I added some fuchsia pink polka dot paper with rounded corners to the card blank and assembled it as you see, adding a stamped butterfly (Hobby Art) and a die cut Polka Doodles sentiment from the Sugarplum Daisy CD, both coloured with Promarkers.

Hoping that you can enter the challenge as you have a whole month to do this and we will be picking the winners at the end of the month.
Have a great week and will see you when I get back, refreshed and hopefully raring to go!
Hugs, Fliss xx  

Sunday 29 July 2012

A Little Bit More Fashion

Hello again folks, I'm back with my second post today and this one also features sewing. Don't know about you but my crafting, whether it be stitching, paper crafting, altering etc, always acts as a stress buster as some days it's the only thing that keeps me sane lol
I have a vintage style card to share with you which is part of our monthly share at Studio 12 Creative Team and there's candy in the offing - yes indeed, I did say CANDY and here's what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning some:

"At the end of each month, Nikky has kindly agreed that there will be a competition/giveaway for one lucky person and this month is no exception. So what do you have to do to win some gorgeous Polka Doodles/Studio 12 goodies .... not at all hard we promise ......

1] become a follower of the Studio 12 blog
2] put a note somewhere on your blog about the Studio 12 giveaway. Could be in your sidebar or in a post .... the choice is yours.
3] leave a comment on the end of the candy post.
4] if you are already a follower (mwaaahhhh to you), just do points 2 & 3

This giveaway will last until the end of the month, when a winner from amongst those leaving comments will be chosen by random."
How easy is that!

Here's my creation and you'll have to let me know what you think.

The card has my first foray into the world of digital crafting as I'm currently trying to get to grips with Photoshop Elements with the help of my younger daughter, who does layering all the time because she likes designing prints for her fashion degree projects.
I layered the gorgeous frame from the Welcome Home kit on the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD on to the lovely grungy striped paper from the All Sewn Up kit on the CD. I printed this out and added it to an 8x8 kraft card blank.
I then printed out the mannequin and some of the gorgeous sewing elements from the kit by dropping them into a Word document (I resized the mannequin first as the original is quite large), printing on to smooth white card. I then cut these out and inked the edges with brown ink (tip - you can colour those bits you can't reach with a brown Promarker in a similar shade).
I added some more colour to the mannequin and then added a lace frock made with leftover pieces of some of the gorgeous lace from the kit. I added pearly floral buttons as embellishments.
I resized the sentiment to fit in the frame, printed it out on buff card, die cut it and inked the edges. All the embellishments were added with foam tape for dimension.

Nikky is currently working on the next collection and we can't wait to see it! I'm sure you can't either!

Thanks for looking and hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Stitched With Love

Hello folks, I'm here at this early hour (scheduled tee hee as not up!) to wish Fashionable Stamping Challenges a very Happy First Birthday. I can't believe it's now a year since the challenges begun so it's true that time flies when you're having fun!
To celebrate our challenge theme for the fortnight is Anything Goes and I actually found this more difficult than having a set theme. However, I was looking for something the other day and came across a background I made a few months ago and inspiration struck.
Here's the result which is an altered shadow box.

The background I made uses a technique I learnt several years ago from the lovely ladies of Magenta and it gives a look similar to Florentine Bargello embroidery. I made strips of decorated paper using Distress inks (too many to list here!) and then stamped on them with more Distress inks and various floral, leaf and dot design stamps. I then assembled the strips into the pattern you see and added stamped splatters for an aged effect. The design was inspired by a patchwork quilt I saw.
I then painted a grungeboard flourish with orange acrylic paint and stamped on a grid design with Stazon Pumpkin ink. I die cut a Tim Holtz dress form from kraft card and stamped a Kanban lace design on the body section with Archival Coffee ink. I dry embossed some ridges for definition and inked with umber ink.
I die cut a shaped mat for the dress form with the Tim Holtz baroque die and Sissix Tim Holtz Kraft Core card. I embossed the shape with a Sissix rose folder and then sanded some of the raised areas to expose the kraft core.
I stamped 3 lace corners (Personal Impressions) on white card with the coffee ink and then inked these with Antique Linen Distress ink and cut them out. I stamped the text (Creative Expressions) on kraft card and die cut this with a Papermania label die.
I painted the box frame with avocado acrylic paint and then stamped with a button border and green ink.
I assembled it as you see embellishing with various buttons, pearls and a ribbon flower. I was aiming at a rather retro/vintage look so hope you think I've achieved it here.

The entries for the messy and inky challenge were amazing and we can't wait to see what you come up with for this one. Don't forget to stamp though, as this is what our challenges are all about. You also should check out the Design Team inspiration as my DT sisters have made some stunning creations.
Have a great Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Challenges for my altered shadow box:
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Hey Girl (inspired by my fashion designing daughter)
It's All About Vintage - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Sarah Hurley Challenge - Alter Something
Crafty Creations - Buttons

Friday 27 July 2012

Summer At The Beach

Morning folks, it's still rather hot here today but is muggy as it's cloudy at the moment so I hope the sun will come back soon. You may need sunglasses for my card here as it's rather bright! This is because the theme for the new challenge over at Polka Doodles today is Summer something we haven't seen much of this year but we can live in hope!
Here's my card and you'll now see what I mean about the sunglasses!

I made the card blank by using a large Go Kreate die offset slightly at the fold to make a pretty shape and then made a frame for the front using yellow polka dot paper from the Sugarplum Daisy CD with the same paper in blue underneath.
I used the beach hut and ice cream images from the Sundae of Seasons CD (rather appropriate don't you think lol) with the bunting from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD. The cute image is Taylor - Camping Day by Emma Canning but I decided to imagine her heading for the beach with a parasol and wellies for wading in some rock pools. Everything was coloured with a mix of Aquamarkers and Prismacolor pencils which I love to add detail with - do you like the stripes and dots on the bunting?
I finished off with a sentiment from Sugarplum Daisy, die cut with a Nestabilities scalloped circle die and coloured up to resemble the sun.

You'll have to let me know what you think and hope you like my bright and sunny creation.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Crafts and Me Challenges - Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration - Summer Fun
Creative Craft Challenges - Summertime
Die Cuttin' Divas - Summer Fun

Monday 23 July 2012

Analogous Colours at MMM

Good morning folks on a glorious and warm sunny day which I hope you have too as it feels like Summer at long last. We probably need to make the most of it too as the weather is so changeable at the moment.
We have a new challenge for you today at Make My Monday where we are continuing with Mynnette's colour wheel theme for July and this week the theme is Analogous Colours with the chosen hues being Light Blue, Turquoise and Dark Blue.
This immediately brought the seaside to mind for me and I broke out another of my Michael Powell stamps for my card.

The background paper for this was made using the same mottled paper technique as my last card and Distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky. I then stamped on the Hampton Art distressed stripes with Chipped Sapphire and Memories Mermaid Teal.
I stamped the beach hut scene with VersaFine Majestic Blue on thick smooth cartridge paper and coloured the image with Aquamarkers in shades of blue.
I added a dark blue mat to the cut out image and a Papermania sentiment stamped with the same dark blue ink. Simples!

The Design Team have made a huge variety of samples for your inspiration so do hop over to see how many ways to interpret the challenge.
Have a great day.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Crafting When We Can - Monochrome
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Monochromatic

Sunday 22 July 2012

Very Inky And Messy

Hello folks, hoping you're having a lovely day of sunshine as we have here with a brief appearance of summer and hoping it lasts a bit.
I'm here today with my rather late DT piece for Fashionable Stamping Challenges current theme - Let's Get Messy & Inky which I couldn't do last weekend due to my sinus troubles (which have decided to come back too!) but this time I decided to just get on with what I have to do.

I made the background paper for my card using a Julia Andrus mottled paper technique from her lovely book Paper Transformed and although I couldn't make it do exactly what Julia's sample did (hers was a lot more mottled) I'm quite pleased with the effect I did achieve. I used Shabby Shutters, Victorian Velvet and Wild Honey for the technique and added Crushed Olive round the edges afterwards.
I stamped on the flourish style flowers (Kanban Birds of Paradise clear stamp set) with Memories Delicate Rose.
I then die cut the cage and bird by Tim Holtz from thick white card. I inked the cage with Frayed Burlap Distress ink then with embossing ink and embossed with Stampendous Frantage Aged Silver Embossing Powder (I think this is just gorgeous!).
I coloured the bird and wings with a mix of Promarkers and Distress inks ad added him to the card with the cage.
I die cut a flourish with a Marianne die from white card and inked this with the rose ink to finish off my card.

If you haven't yet entered the FSC challenge you still have a few days left so why not give it a try - I can't think of anything more fun craft wise than getting inky!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Samuel Taylor's - Die Cuts
Crazy Amigo's Challenge - Free Theme
Simon Says Stamp and Show - No Rules!
Stamptacular Sunday - To Die For (2 or more dies)

Saturday 21 July 2012

Christmas In July

Hello folks, hope you're all having a lovely weekend with some sunshine as we've had here today. I'm here to share a card I made with the brand new Polka Doodles CD, Here Comes Christmas, which has had me well and truly glittered up lately as I've been making samples for Nikky.
This CD is just fabulous and I think the best of all the Christmas ones as it has a vintage feel to it and if you caught the show this morning, you might have caught sight of this card on the table at the front - it's my favourite of the creations I made and I hope you'll like it too (I actually didn't want to part with this one!)

I made a centre step card for this one, adjusting a template I found on the internet as I wanted to make it from an entire piece of A4 size card (if anyone would like the one I did please let me know and I'll send it to you as it's quite easy to make up)
I printed out the gorgeous snowman using the coloured image (largely because I coloured up the black and white digi and then had an accident with some double sided adhesive film which I thought was clear but turned out to be white - as I wanted to glitter the snowman I'm sure you can see why I was a bit annoyed here!!!) and added extra colour and some glitter. I die cut the image with a Papermania die and inked with Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive Distress inks then added him to a mat of red glitter card cut to the size of the central panel.
I covered the rest of the card with one of the very pretty bright plaid papers and added some stitched ribbon to the bottom step.
I made some snowflake embellishments using white card - the large one is the Cuttlebug snowflake cut and emboss die and the small ones a punch. I inked them with Peeled Paint and Fired Brick Distress inks and embossed them with crystal glittery powder. I added jewels to the centre and finished off with 2 sentiment tickets which I coloured with a Promarker and distressed a little.

I'll have more to show you over the next week but for now, bye and see you later!
Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Christmas in July
Delightful Challenges -  Christmas in July
Paper Play -  Christmas in July
Die Cuttin' Divas -  Christmas in July
Hooked On Crafts -  Christmas in July
Lollipop Crafts -  Christmas in July
There She Goes -  Christmas in July

Friday 20 July 2012

Go Green and Recycle

Good morning folks, hoping this post appears as scheduled as I'm at the hairdressers at the moment having my trim up as my hair always seems to grow like it had fertiliser put on it lol
A new challenge starts today at Polka Doodles which is actually a Team A one but I had to hijack it because the theme is Go Green & Recycle which is a favourite of mine.
Here's my creation which is a vintage style card this time.

I've once again used the Paige "Wedding Day" image which I think is my favourite of Emma's cute girls and this time I've turned her dress into an evening gown. I printed again on thick cartridge paper and coloured with (you've guessed it!) Aquamarkers to give her a blue dress and dark red hair.
Here's a pic of some of the recycled items I used on the card:

I die cut an oval of the grey board and painted this with a couple of coats of dusky pink acrylic paint then stamped on the flourish flower from the Daisy Doodles stamp set with Stazon brown ink.
I made a mat for the cut out image by die cutting a smaller oval from the yogurt carton wrap which I then embossed with the c-Art-Us roses folder.
I stamped the flourish flower in the corners of a square of kraft dotty paper from the A Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD and made 2 central borders, one a scrap stamped with the same flourish flower and the other a piece of the lovely patterned tea box card.
I added a layered flower with a metal button centre and a sentiment from the Sugarplum Daisy CD to finish.

Nikky will be on Create and Craft tomorrow at 11am and 4pm with the brand new CD called Here Comes Christmas so I'm sure you can guess what I've been doing lately - it really has been Christmas in July and I'm all glittered up to prove it! The CD has the most gorgeous images yet and a HUGE amount of papers and I'll be back tomorrow to show you my favourite of the samples I made. Do watch the shows if you can as you'll love the CD!

Bye for now,
Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Pretty Packaging
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Stampin' Royalty - Anything Goes

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Shabby Chic Floral Brooch

Morning folks, I'm still coughing and spluttering here and have to say the current weather doesn't help. I think I need some sunshine to shift my cold but probably not much chance of that at the moment.
I just popped here to let you know that I have another project today over at Studio 12 Creative Team and this one is a bit different. Have a look at this.

Bet you didn't know you could make something like this from what's on a CD! If you'd like to find out how I made it, hop on over to Studio 12 and all will be revealed.
Hope you like my idea and please do let me know what you think.

Hope the sun is shining where you are.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Monday 16 July 2012

Complimentary Colours at MMM

Hello folks, my Make My Monday post is here a bit later than usual as I woke up on Saturday to find that my dear hubby had generously given me his recent cold which went straight to my sinuses and I've felt so yuck that crafting went out of the window!
I managed to finish off my card for the third of Mynnette's July colour challenges which this week is Complimentary Colours - Yellow and Purple.
My card features another of the cute images drawn by Priyanka of My Heart Pieces who is our sponsor for the month and the winner will receive 5 digital images of their choice.

My patchwork design uses some scraps from my leftovers box - the deeper yellow paper was inked and stamped with a floral design, the lemon and lilac card I embossed with a c-Art-Us rose embossing folder and the lilac polka dot paper is Polka Doodles from the Sugarplum Daisy CD.
I printed the image on to thick cartridge paper and coloured her with Aquamarkers. I die cut her into an oval and stamped flowers round the edge with yellow and purple inks.
I assembled the card as you see, adding a computer generated sentiment.

The Design Team have made a variety of cards for your inspiration and do pop over for a look as the different styles are amazing.

I'm off now to catch up on some more of my DT commitments which have got rather behind now!
Back soon, Fliss xx

Friday 13 July 2012

We're Hopping At Polka Doodles!

Good morning folks, hoping you're all having a good week and sorry for the lack of visiting - I'm up to my eyes in various stuff at the moment and there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything! I have matchsticks propping up my eyelids!
Over at Polka Doodles this week, we have a Blog Hop combined with the challenge as we're celebrating the Olympics being held in Britain at the moment (the torch is coming here very soon too) so we would like to see your creations in Red, White and Blue with a British theme to them.
Here's what I made:

I've used another of the cute Emma Canning Downloads and this one is called Paige - I Love You, perfect for all those love themed cards so mine is a special celebration one. I coloured her with Promarkers using Prismacolor pencils to add some detail then die cut her into an oval and inked the edges.
I used red dotty backing paper from Nikky's Britannia kit and hearts (I glittered the red one) from the Welcome Home Kit of the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD. The union jack heart is also from the Britannia kit and was coloured with Promarkers.
I added a piece of pearly blue card embossed with a Cuttlebug hearts folder, then embellished with a flower, bow and some red heart flourishes die cut with a Sissix die. A sentiment from Sugarplum Daisy finished off my card.

Now for the hop details as you need to do both this and the challenge to have a chance at the fabulous prizes - we have a Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD for the winner and 2 runners up will receive an Emma Canning Download.
You should have arrived here from the lovely shell's blog and you need to head on next to the lovely

but don't forget to leave me a comment so that we know you've been to visit.  If you get lost along the way, just hop back to the challenge blog to be set on the right track. Good luck!

Fliss xx

Monday 9 July 2012

Secondary Colours at MMM

Hello there everyone, hoping that you all had a good weekend despite the very wet weather and my commiserations to anyone involved in flooding. All we had here was a small one nearby as the rain water drains couldn't cope and flooded the road round the corner from me resulting in me having to drive through it to pick up my daughter from work. My wheel arches got a good wash!
Monday is here again and we have another of Mynnette's Colour Wheel challenges for you over at Make My Monday and this week the theme is Secondary Colours - Orange, Green and Purple so you may need sunglasses for my card as it's rather bright!

I've used one of the sweet images from our sponsor for July, Priyanka of My Heart Pieces and printed her out on to thick cartridge paper then coloured her with various Aquamarkers and cut her out. I set her on an oval mat embossed with the Cuttlebug dots folder.
I then dug out some paper scraps in the challenge colours and layered these up on my card blank, adding some stitched ribbon for texture.
I assembled the card as you see, embellishing with a layered flower and a wooden butterfly coloured with a Promarker to add colour (I was really pleased to see that the wood grain still shows through from underneath). I finished off with a computer generated sentiment, die cut with a Papermania label die, coloured with a Promarker and embellished with pearls.

We had some gorgeous interpretations of last weeks' Primary Colours challenge and can't wait to see what you come up with for this one. If you're stuck for inspiration, the Design Team have some very varied creations to get the creative juices flowing so do pop over for a look.

Have a great day,
Hugs, Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Sentimental Sundays - Bingo (Pearls, Flowers,  Stamp)
That Craft Place - Anything Goes

Friday 6 July 2012


Hello folks on yet another wet and dismal day and at this rate I think I'll soon have webbed feet as I'm sure it's only the ducks who would like this much rain!
I have a card to share with you made with one of the gorgeous and cute Emma Canning digital images that Nikky now has available for downloading at Polka Doodles.
Two of my younger daughter's friends are getting married very soon so I have some wedding cards to make and decided to get a head start.

The image is called Paige Wedding Day and I printed her out then coloured her with Promarkers adding detail to her hair with Prismacolor pencils to give some texture (largely because I'm not that great at doing this with the markers lol). I then cut her out.
I covered my card blank with some of the elegant rose paper from the Love & Cherish CD and added crochet lace and some subtle glittery Laura Ashley ribbon.
I embossed the gorgeous frame from the Sissix Roses & Frame set on to some pearly silver card and then cut it out. I added a central white panel cut to size and embossed with a Cuttlebug hearts folder. I added the image with foam tape and embellished her frock with a silver dotty bow.
I die cut a sentiment with a round Nestabilities die to finish off my card.

I also have a bit of great news to share as my Strawberries card from a week or so back won the Craft Punked Strawberries & Cream challenge - I was thrilled to bits with this and would like to thank Steph and the team for picking my creation. Here's the fab badge I just received.

Thanks for looking and hope you all have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Paper Pretties - Any Occasion Card
Ruby's Rainbow - Emboss It!
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Rose Cottage at Studio 12

Morning folks on a rather dismal day yet again and with no let up on the horizon at the moment apparently.
Just a quickie from me to let you know that I have another project today over at Studio 12 as my inspiration from the Picknix Collection 1 CD.

All the instructions on how I made the card are over at Studio 12 and you can see how easy it is by clicking HERE.
It's definitely worth your while to pop over as we have CANDY up for grabs at the moment and it's as easy as leaving a comment and giving us a shout to spread the word. There will also be more candy when we reach 200 followers so if you're not yet following, now would be a good time to join!

I'd also like to wish our American cousins a very Happy 4th July and hope you have a great day of celebrations.
Thanks for looking,
Fliss xx

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Papercraft Inspirations

Evening everyone, hoping you're all having a good week so far despite the rather wet weather at the moment.
Before I tell you my news, I'd like to say a very warm welcome to my lovely new followers - it's great to have you all on board and I look forward to getting to know you.
Now I have some rather exciting news to share (for me at least that is lol) as I have a card featured in the August issue of Papercraft Inspirations magazine which came out today. This is because of Enfys of Going Buggy who is a regular contributor to the mag and I'd like to say a huge thanks to her for thinking of me.
Here's the card for you to see and if you'd like to see how I made it, if you click HERE you'll be transported over.

That's all for now folks but I'll be back tomorrow with another project for the Studio 12 creative team to share with you all.

Thanks for looking.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Monday 2 July 2012

Primary Colours

Good morning folks, hope you all had a good weekend. I had a fabulous day yesterday dodging showers to watch all the wonderful demonstrators at The Craft Barn Extravaganza and particularly enjoyed watching Jean Hardy (and having a chat with the lovely Malcolm about Brighton), Lindsay Mason, Leandra Franich and Andy Skinner. I also met up with Claire (Happy Days) from the Polka Doodles DT and Alison (craftytrog) which was really lovely. Apologies to Helen Chilton too as I was going back to watch her demo when she was less busy but ran out of time!
As it's Monday and also July, we have a new monthly theme for the challenges over at Make My Monday and chosen by Mynnette the overall theme is the Colour Wheel. This week the challenge is to use Primary Colours, Red, Yellow and Blue. Here's what I made:

The flower is from a Hero Arts set and I stamped it repeatedly on white card to build up a floral scene - I was thinking meadow here in case you're wondering. I then coloured them with various yellow Promarkers and sponged on Stormy Sky Distress ink.
I stamped the B Line Designs butterfly with black and coloured this with red Promarkers then cut it out.
I assembled the simple card as you see adding a sentiment on a red card mat.

Here's Mynnette's first colour wheel interpretation above.

We are lucky enough to be sponsored this month by Priyanka of My Heart Pieces who is offering a prize of 3 digis of choice to the monthly winner. She has generously given the Design Team some gorgeous images to work with and my creation for next week will feature one of these.

Challenges for my card:
Dream Valley Challenges - Things With Wings
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - Flutterby Butterfly

Have a great day.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Sunday 1 July 2012

Oriental Delights

Hello folks, the last fortnight over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges seems to have grown wings and flown away as today we have a new challenge for you. The entries for the Nature challenge are awesome so the Design team will be having a very hard time choosing the winners.
Our new theme for the next fortnight is Oriental and I had a bit of trouble with my offering for this one as I started my project 3 times before I was able to make something I'm reasonably happy with. You'll be a bit surprised as I've gone for a very bold colour scheme partly because of the image I used and partly because of the scrap of Japanese paper I found when looking for something else.
Here's the result:

The main image is a stamp I've owned for many years and I can remember buying it the year before 9/11 as there were lots of American companies at the London stamp show and after the attack many of them were too afraid to fly. I think I bought the stamp from Stamp Francisco as they always had masses of unmounted stamps - quite unusual in those days. I stamped the rather psychedelic image with black ink, coloured her with Promarkers, die cut her into a circle and sponged Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks round the outside.
I made the red background paper by inking card first with Mustard Seed and then Barn Door Distress ink and stamped on a flower from the Papermania oriental set with the red ink. I then stamped the Japanese serenity prayer by Oakhouse Studios in black in opposite corners.
I made the deep blue background paper by sponging first Stormy Sky then Chipped Sapphire Distress inks around just the edges of a piece of white card cut to size then stamped on another flower from the oriental set with the darker blue ink.
I stamped the large fan from the set with black ink and coloured with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and Promarkers then cut it out.
I assembled the card as you see, adding the square of found Japanese paper and a gold card mat to contrast with the deep blue paper.

The Design Team have made some absolutely stunning projects for this challenge so do pop over and prepare to be inspired.

Challenges for my card:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Design - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and have a great day. I'm off to The Craft Barn Extravaganza so will see you later!
Hugs, Fliss xx