Sunday, 7 August 2011

Taking the train…

..a nice trip on the orient express..that would be lovely! But alas, I’m here in very rainy Suffolk still – but at least the poor weather gives me an excuse to craft (not that I ever need one !) I bought this train stamp (Stamp Addicts) for my mum for her birthday and then cheekily spent some time stamping some images out ready for my use which have been lurking on the desk for a few months now. So when I saw that the Gingersnaps Random Redhead challenge was trains and planes I had the perfect chance to use one…
I masked the train, stamped over with script (Artistic Stamper) added some Distress ink and layered on metallic card - the charm is a little train which is tricky to see in the pic.  I’ve used a crackle background stamp (Artistic Stamper) round the edges of the card over Walnut stain Distress ink and just added a simple sentiment.  My Father –in-law is mad on trains so that’s his birthday card sorted (though it’s not till December….scarily organised!).
As well as Gingersnaps I’m sharing this card here too -
Papertake Weekly – Anything goes/optional extra –use metal

I also wanted to share this card with you -

This was made using a new Christmas stamp from Stamp Addicts and the Technique from Tim Holtz demonstrated here. This is the theme for Linda's Grungy Monday this week - it's been ages since I've had the time to enter GM over at Studio L3 and I've missed it ! After creating the 'parchment scroll' I stamped the sentiment in Gold Metal Magic (fab UTEE from Debbi Moore which doesn't crack when you cut it !) and just added a ribbon.

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend too – Thanks for visiting…Esther x


  1. Fantastic that train image is terrific. XOXO Zoe

  2. Very nice use of layers and techniques! Are those little leather straps on the card?!? In my collages I like to use twine, I'm not sure why it appeals to me so much, I like the straps/decorations on your card. Great job!

  3. Two lovely pieces Esther - the train image in the first one is fabulous.
    xxx Hazel.

  4. That is a great train stamp Esther and perfect for the Gingersnap theme. Annette x

  5. such a great crad Esther- my dad's mad on trains- this is a perfect train image :-) Debi x

  6. These are both gorgeous but I NEED that Christmas stamp!! I think I will just pop over to Stamp Attic now!!

  7. oh hun this is one,brilliant train just love this to bits,hugs cherylxxx

  8. Two fantastic cards Esther! Love that train image! Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge!
    Alison x

  9. Gorgeous card love the image and the colours are fab. Thanks for joining us at papertake weekly this time
    Angie x

  10. Two fabulous cards! I love the masculine b-day card with the train - great layers, and perfect for the Gingersnap Creations challenge. Thanks so much for joining the fun!

  11. Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month :)
    Great theme for a man who loves trains ;) two lovely cards
    xoxo Sioux

  12. Great macho card! You don't see train stamps much! Awesome design and technique! Love your Christmas card too! Fabulous!


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