Saturday 9 January 2010

BasicGrey Challenges

We wish you all a very warm welcome back to BasicGrey Challenges after the Christmas and New Year break.

Before I tell you all about our new fabby challenge and fantastic prize, I have some very sad news to share with you. Our fabulous DT Member Kristen has sadly decided to step down from the team due to family commitments. We are all so sorry to see you leave us and wish you all best wishes for the future and don't forget to keep popping in for a chat !

For this fortnight's challenge we have a photo for inspiration for you

Here is how I was inspired !!!

I have no idea what the stamp is I used for the background - sorry. The pattern has been stamped in Versacolor Polar Blue ink.

The DP's are BasicGrey Granola and I tried very hard to recreate the pleating from the roman blind in the window. At the time of making my card I had no idea how to go about this and tried to copy some pleating which had been done on a card my gorgeous friend Kim sent me a while ago. I think I will get away with it but its not as professional as Kim's !!! hehehehe Well, blow me just as I photograph my card and send it to the forum for uploading, Mina of Just Magnolia has a tutorial published on the Just Magnolia Blog telling you exactly how to do paper pleating ! What a coinsidence ! Now that I have the proper instructions, I will try and give it another go !!!

The lace is from Quixotic Paperie.

The image is by Stamp 'n' Stor Art Stamps and she has been stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have put a wash of blue distress ink on the larger rose and sprayed all the roses with marshmallow glimmer mist.

There is a fantastic prize on offer courtesy of Simon Says Stamp - all Nook and Pantry themed goodies - go check it out along with the rest of the DT's amazing cards !

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave. They mean so much to me.

Take care and have a great weekend. Looks like we are in for a rough ride on Sunday with more snow and icy winds forecast. Can't say I'm too keen on the icy winds but I'm like a kid at Christmas about the snow and no doubt won't have any sleep on Sunday night 'cause I'll have my nose pressed to the window seeing what is happening !!! It's such a rare event in this part of the Country that on the whole, most of us enjoy it and can't wait for more !!

Wrap up warm and see you soon,


  1. Happy New Year! What a super stylish card Jo, I love everything about it, the colours are gorgeous x

  2. Beautiful Jo, love your use of the colour combo - gorgeous and the lovely lace - yum! Kim

  3. Beautiful card Jo and I love the papers and the colours you have used. That lace is stunning.
    Hugs Linda

  4. OOh what a beautiful card Jo,i love your image.
    So gorgeous papers and colours.

    Hugs Riet.x

  5. What a gorgeous vintagey card Jo, I love the inspiration for this week's challenge, off to have a rummage in my papers now....
    big hugs
    En xx

  6. Hiya Jo, Gorgeous card you have created. The colours are just swell.

  7. Oh wonderful, elegant card.

  8. Love the colors in the photo. Gorgeous.

  9. Wow! This is simply stunning matey..... beautiful paper choice and a gorgeous image too..... love it! It has a real feeling of elegance about it and you've interpreted the picture sooooo well!!
    Catch you very soon and keep your eyes peeled for a little parcel this week birthday girl ;o)
    Big hugs Tara xx

  10. Hi Jo, gorgeous - fabulous choice of papers and great background stamping.
    Your flowers and that lace are beautiful, as for the image she so lovely and so elegant.
    hugs Heather xx

  11. Jo this is so elegant! I was admiring your stripes on the BG site before I read how you did them - I've GOT to try that!
    Rosey x

  12. This is lovely Jo! I love your image and the flowers and lace are the perfect complement.
    Have a safe and happy new year,
    Anthea :)

  13. stunning card Jo :-) The image is lovely and the papers and pleating are fab ! :-) Lovely interpretation of the photo ! :-)

    keep warm :-)

    Lols x x x

  14. That is a gorgeous front room, and I love your take on it Jo! The image is lovely and I love the papers and beautiful flowers! :)
    Love, Georgia xx


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