Good Morning Ladies,
OOhh Thank Goodness it's Friday!!! This week has been long, I haven't felt great either which hasn't helped, I was feeling too rough to see Pat on Tuesday so that made the start of the week seem so much longer, Sue did come over Wednesday and took me out for lunch, which was a lovely treat and we then went over to our newly discovered Craft Shop to pick up my new stamp, mind you we were stood in there and the lady is like us and loves a chat, which meant that we were both stood for up for over an hour chatting, she (Val) is a really lovely lady, she has 'Open Mornings' on Thursdays when you can go and spend the day at the shop and play with anything that she stocks in the shop, which is the most amazing collection of stamps, inks etc, so I think that would be a fantastic thing to do.
When Sue and I got back in her car though we were both wincing in pain, my knee was hugely swollen the rest of the night.
I had to be up and showered super early yesterday morning too as Sophie wanted me to go with her to her Physiotherapy appointment for her wrist, I was sat for almost an hour in a very warm waiting room at 8.30'ish and could have quite easily nodded off as I had only about 1 1/2 hr to 2hrs sleep.
Sophie and Lucy then wanted to go shopping for Birthday gifts for each other, so they loaded up my wheels and off we went, fortunately I think I have the only teenage girls that HATE shopping so we weren't out for too long. They both got a few things for each other and I got them a few bits too.
When we got home I could have quite easily gone to bed, but I went into my craft room instead, I think we will have an early night tonight.
Your Next Challenge
Now I don't want any of you to panic about the 'Name' of this week's challenge, as I think that the title can be daunting but actually it's something that you have all done in the past.
So I would like you all to have a go a making a Pretty Vintage/Grunge style card, I have shown you a few examples of cards that I have made above, while I was looking back through my cards I saw at least one card from most of you that would fit that category perfectly.
You could use background dies to create the look like this sort of thing......
Background stamps, text stamps, florals, using your Distress Inks (both original and Oxide) are great for creating this kind of background.
You could do a blended background and stamp a Silhouette stamp, or different textured stamps, there have been so good ones on magazines this past year.
Adding flowers and lace is another way to get he Vintage look, you could even colour them with Distress inks to make them look vintage (but you don't have to).
I have also included a card that I made with toppers etc that also fits the bill for those of you that may prefer to use those, we all have some vintage one's of those stashed somewhere.
I know that most of you probably don't need me to go through these lists of ideas but I like to in case any of you are daunted by the title.
I will add some more Inspiration in tomorrow's Blog Post too, just to give you some different ideas.
I don't want to get into a 'rut' of doing the same challenges every month, so I am trying to think of different ideas each week, I also want to get us all to step a little bit outside of our comfort zone, maybe to try new things or like the last challenge I think it's good to look at our stamps and dies and see what else we can do with them.
I for one am guilty of seeing a card or project on the internet and ordering the stamp, I will make my version of that project and put the stamp away and not use it again.
I hope that you enjoy the challenge my lovelies, if you have any questions just add them below.
Margaret if you are looking in I hope that you are ok, we miss seeing you in everyday my lovely , Sending you lots of love and hugs XXX
Lynda I hope that you are home from Hospital and fingers crossed on the mend, we all miss you so much my lovely XXX
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,
Love and hugs to all of you,