Sunday, 14 October 2012

Old and Distressed!

No, not me ... although I have had a rather busy week at work and a stinking cold to boot!!!!

Morning friends!

It's time for a new challenge at The Crafty Pad  and I've been asked to pick the challenge this week. I have chosen Distress It! for our topic. So, Ink it, Rip it, Sand it, Scrunch it ... whatever it takes to get your project looking distressed.

Our wonderful Sponsor for this challenge are the kind folks at Crafty Individuals who are offering this week's lucky winner this fabby prize of 1 set of rubber Christmas themed stamps and 1 A4 sheet of Angel Toppers ... perfect for Christmas crafting!

As usual, the Design Team are showcasing the delightful images that have come from the pen of Debbie at Crafty Pad Designs, and here is my card for your inspiration:

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base Card - Black card from my stash, cut, scored and folded to make a 15cm square card
  • Design Papers - are both by Debbie at Crafty Pad Designs and are quite new to the store. They are , Vintage Postcard Papers and Vintage Baroque Papers. I've distressed both of these using a seam ripper tool, before adding faux stitching in a gold gel pen around the edges.
  • Images and Sentiment - from the Butterflies with Verse set at Crafty Pad Designs, these are just some of the elements available and perfect for distressing. I printed the sentiment onto white card and then ink distressed the edge using gold Versamark ink. I brought the butterflies to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Wings - DR1, DR3, DR5, DR7, GB4, GB5, EB7 and Gold Gel Pen
    • Outline - CG1

Do head over to The Crafty Pad and see the gorgeous creations by the rest of Team A. Then come back and show us your Distressed creations! You've got until 8pm (BST) on Saturday 20th October 2012 to link your cards up.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. I adore this image Helen and what you've done with it is just beautiful! Hope you're feeling better hun! Hugs rachel x

  2. Just stunning Helen! The butterflies are coloured beautifully x

  3. Helen, I love what you did here! Great to see those butterflies flitting around again!
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Dawn xx

  4. Beautiful card Helen :) Thanks for sharing

    Hope to be back at IWD with you soon

    Hugs Hev xxx

  5. Oh so beautiful, fab attention to detail and love the papers!

  6. Lovely papers and distressed look, great butterflies. Thank you so much for entering our 'Inspired by Autumn' challenge over at Visible Image ....
    Lots of fabulous clear stamps up for grabs! Helen x

  7. Beautiful vintage card. Love the butterflies and great sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky. hugs,xx

  8. Such a pretty autum card thanks so much for joining us at
    Why not take a peek at

  9. What a beautiful card, I see you have joined our challenge on don en daisy blog. But the terms on this blog are, that you have to use a don en daisy stamp.
    Maybe we will see you next time?

    1. Hi Neline and thank you for your kind comment. I'm sorry, I didn't see on your blog that I should have used one of your stamps. Ooops! Helen x

  10. I love you project! It fits our theme perfectly! Thanks so much for joining our photo inspirational challenge over at CTB! I hope you will join us again very soon!

  11. This is awesome! Thank you for playing along at Visible Image

  12. I'm so sorry to those of you have left me some lovely comments in the last couple of hours. I've had a mouse malfunction and accidentally hit the delete button instead of publish, and I've wiped all your comments .... :o(
    I'm so sorry ..... Helen x

  13. This is so very pretty, I love the scaling of the butterflies on the left hand side of this card, it looks so nice. Thank you for joining us this week at the Catch the Bug Challenge Blog at Bugaboo Stamps!

    Jackie, Bugaboo DT

  14. Helen this is lush! I love the butterflies, they are such a gorgeous color! Thank you so much for taking the time to link up and play with us at Visible Image.


Thank you for leaving me a comment - I read and appreciate every one!
Helen x