Sunday, 8 August 2010

Wine And Glitter

Well as another weekend draws to a close I've had another lovely few hours at my crafting desk. Continuing from yesterday with my mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Aged Mahogany distress inks I made a card for my Dads birthday who is a wine lover.  The inspiration came from this great picture at The Play Date Cafe and conjured up images of sitting on one of those balconies in the Italian Sun, sipping Merlot listening to Vivaldi (oohh....don't I sound cultured - more likely to be sitting in the English rain, with a strongbow listening to Bon Jovi!).
Anyway here is the card - the stamp is by Stamps Happen inc. and I stamped it twice, cut a bottle from one and the glass from the second out, painted with distress inks and decoupaged. The background is trusty distress inks stamped with one of my favourite background stamps by Stampabilities in Walnut Stain . As it's for my dad I've kept it simple. 
As well as The Play Date Cafe I'm sending this to the Gingersnaps Creations Colour Challenge which is Yellow, Orange and red, and the ABC Challenge 'A' is for August challenge as I wish I was sitting in the Italian sun drinking red wine for my hols!

I then changed style completely and made a card for my 'cards to sell' box which I have been neglecting recently.  This card was inspired by, and will be entered into, the challenges at Craftalicious 'Make your own flower' , Penny Black @ Allsorts 'Glitter and Glitz' and Stamptacular 'snips and snails and puppy dogs tails' and Creative Inspirations 'recycled element'. 

Once I got thinking about the things I had that I could use as my recycled elements I realised I had quite a few. The card I have stamped the image on is a cut off from my friends wedding invitations we made last weekend , the flower I made from scraps of material, I 'gutted' the glitter card before matting and used the leftovers to punch the flowers, the green wire is cut from flowers used on other cards that were too long and the ribbon is from a clothing tag (May my OH never tell me off again for never throwing anything way!).  Both the green and pink card are very glittery but it doesn't show up well on the photo. The stamps are Penny Black and I've used distress inks to create a background to stamp them on and then paint them with. Not sure about this card - every time I try this style rather than grungy/inky I'm never really happy with the result.

Well I'm off for a glass of wine (not in the Italian sun unfortunately) and an exploration in the fridge to see if I can create some dinner!  Thanks for stopping by..Esther x


  1. Oh your dad is going to love this card Esther, its great. Italy in the sun drinking Merlot now that sounds fab......thats my kind of holiday plus a good book. Annette x

  2. oh 2 brilliant cards,hun,your dad,will just love it,such a wonderful idea,too thanks for joining us over at creative inspiration,s hugs cheryl xxxxx good luck with the DT call too hun xxx

  3. Wonderful cards! I'm sure your dad will love the one you created for him. Thanks for playiing at the PDCC.

  4. Fabby cards... erm.. I am with you on the Strongbow and Bon Jovi ROFL Thanks for linking into the Sunday sTamper x

  5. Fantastic cards
    Thanks for joining Penny Black @ ALLSORTS this month, good luck
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  6. Beautiful cards! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week.

  7. Lovely card great use of recycle elements on it!Thanks for joining in with us this week over at Creative Inspirations.Good Luck
    hugs judex

  8. Stunnin cards, love the home made flower and th puppy si really sweet! Thanks for joiningus at SSC! Hugs Gemma

  9. Your card is lovely! But I'd go for the Strongbow over Merlot any day...wish I could find it here in the States../sigh

  10. Lovely card. Superb colours on the bottle and wine. Love the vintage paper background effect. Px

  11. I'm really crazy about that lovely card you made for your dad. Stunning. I bet he'll love it, too. I really like the corner detail. Bet that's a punch!

    Your "to sell" card is really glittery. It really does show up well in the photo. And I'm proud of you for using all those recycled materials. I bet that feels good.

    I wanted to let you know, I have chosen you as my blog pick of the day for Wednesday (Aug 11). Thanks for having an inspiring blog and showing all kinds of art I could never make. Hope to see you for WOYWW.

  12. Wonderful cards! Love the one for your Dad, it's perfect!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamptacular Sunday ♥ Good luck on our For The Boys challenge!
    Dee (Spryte)
    Sprytebyrds Spot

  13. Wonderful card. Love the background. Thanks for entering my challenge this week on creative inspirations.

  14. Hi Esther

    Two great cards, the win one is fax for a man, your dad will love it.

    Thank you for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts this month.

    B x

  15. WOW--both cards are fun! But I LOOOOOOOOVE that wine bottle:) Great stuff! Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC:)

  16. What a gorgeous card. I just love this little puppy. How cute is he??? Great design and so glittery. Thanks for sharing it with us at SSC.
    Hugs xx

  17. Great cards! Love your one for the Play Date Cafe! Thanks for playing along with us this week at the PDCC! :o)

  18. 2 fab cards, the Penny Black one is soo cute and girlie

    thanks so much for joining in the Penny Black @ Allsorts challenge this month....good luck!

    Amanda xx

  19. Lovely card. The wine looks delicious. WOnderful use of the PDCC colors. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC.

  20. Two fabulous cards love the images...x

    Thanks for joining in Penny black at allsorts this month Hugs Kirsten...x

  21. such an adorable card. Thank you so much for entering your work in the Penny Black at Allsorts challenge this month.

  22. Great card that cute snail image is so sweet....

    Thanks for playing at Penny Black at Allsorts

    Emma xxx

  23. Gorgeous cards.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftalicious for our handmade flowers challenge
    hugs Mandy xx


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