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Friday 22 February 2019

Creative Card Making with Annie

Hi everyone x It's Annie here again and its so nice to have you hop on board with us today for our monthly Creative Card Making post. 
This card was made with a wedding anniversary in mind but could equally be used for a birthday/thank you card etc.
Below you can see the photograph of the finished  8" by 8" card, followed by details and photos of the lets start our journey !!
 First of all I chose my papers then cut them in various sizes for matting and layering
 The edges were then distressed using Tim Holtz Distress Tool, however, you could also use scissors
 I wanted to knock back the colour on the floral paper so applied a couple of layers of Paperartsy Snowflake paint
 Tim Holtz Thinlits dies were put through my  Big Shot
 And you can see how the die cut paper looks in the photo below....I love it !!!
 Another two of Tim Holtz thinlits dies were cut  out and the pocket die is really handy for adding a message, placing a gift inside. Doesn't the word "Love" stand out so well when placed on top of the silhouette ?
 Once my little pocket is put together I start to think about the rest of the card
I thought I would use my Lynne Perella stamps set from Paperartsy, applying Sepia Archival Ink.
The stamps were then fussy cut and one of them was trimmed and used as a tag, on which I placed a personal message
 Some third generation stamping, again using Sepia Archival Ink, was applied to the paper
 Now to think of my layout !
One thing I did know was that I wanted to apply Distress Ink around the fussy cut stamps and the pocket as it really adds depth.
 You can see a distressed doilly from my stash, which was halved, then placed behind the pocket. 
A mini clothes pin was placed on the tag, which is inside the pocket. A paper clay butterfly, which I had made some time ago was placed on top of a Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits medallion
 Thank You for sticking with me and I would like to remind you that this month's challenge, 
remains open  until the 28th February at 18:00 hours. It would be lovely to see your entries and if you are looking for inspiration the  amazing projects  posted by the Creative Guides can be viewed by clicking HERE
Our next challenge commences on Friday the 1st March !!! Crikey !!!...that's next week !!! It's also a hugely exciting time for everyone at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog as we
Celebrate our 5th Birthday................!!!! 
Can you believe it !!! Where has the time gone !!! so do hop on board for more beautiful and inspiring projects as we all travel together on our creative journey xx

Best Wishes & Crafty Hugs
Annie & The Creative Guides xxxx


  1. Such a lovely use of the LP stamps, and the little pocket is so sweet. Great to see the flower paper peeking through the flowery media die-cuts - a clever touch to add detail and texture. Great creative card making, Annie!
    Alison x

  2. Wow, what a fabulous card Annie, such a clever design!! Love the Sepia colour against the cleverly knocked back flowery layer and what you did with the thinlet dies looks fantastic!! Brilliant use of the LP stamp too, - altogether a super card and a great, inspiring tutorial, - thank you!!

  3. A wonderful card , Annie. The MM die cuts look terrific and love the pop of the silhouetted word. Love your used the pocket within your design and great choice of stamp to decorate. Brill tutorial too . Tfs .

    Hugs x

  4. Annie, I always love to see a LP image brought to life and you've certainly created a beautiful collage with this image and your surrounding ephemera. What a great cardmaking post my friend! Hugs, Autumn

  5. A lovely layering of papers and die cuts Annie - what a wonderful vintage woman image stamped on the pocket with the surprise tag inside! A beautiful card shared here today! Julia xx

  6. The die cut element in the background is beautiful and sets off the rest of the collage so beautifully. I love the LP stamp on the little pocket and the little peg holding the tag, such a lovely touch and your little butterfly is gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Love love love how you have built this card with wonderful layers - and the little pocket is a wonderful touch. Great job Annie xxx

  8. Absolutely AMAZING Annie! Gorgeous!

  9. Your card is filled with lovely vintage-looking details! I love the mixed media die cut panel to show off your stamped images and ephemera. Adding the pin and butterfly add some great dimension to this beautiful collage. Great post to take us through your process! It's always fun to see how others create. Hugs!

  10. So pretty and a great tutorial. Love how you toned down the bright cardstock floral background with the stenciling and wash. Great touch! Love the pocket as well.

  11. Beautiful card Anne. Love the step by step details too, so helpful for newcomers to crafting. Hugs Mum xxx