Sunday 7 June 2015


Good morning and what a bright one it was early on when the dawn chorus woke me at 5!
We left the skylight in our bedroom open last night because it had been so warm and sunny yesterday so I can't really complain and I did drop off back to sleep soon after.
Anyway I'm sharing a card I made yesterday when I came in to have a rest from smashing up old  roof slates.

Now I'd been looking at the latest challenge over at CASology which is vintage but wasn't really inspired then the new challenge at ATCAS came up as well as the photo inspiration at Inkspirational. I had a root through my stamps and came up with a couple of Kaisercraft stamps I picked up on a trip to meet my team mate from STAMPlorations, Monika. I was also inspired by the sketch over at CAS(e) this Sketch, just flipped it across the diagonal. After playing around on a piece of scrap I ended up with this, which happens to look quite vintagey, I think!
I added some DIs in a w/c wash around the foliage and flowers and left the butterflies as stamped. The greeting is from a set I won from Uniko last week. After the panel was dry I cut a rectangle using my MFT die and inked around the edge of the central panel and frame before reassembling and gluing flat onto a base card.

Anyway that's it for card making. There is still a lot of old slate to be smashed. We are using it to finish off our long awaited patio. We have been converting our barn for nearly 10 years and have accumulated a lot of demolition rubble that we would like to reuse. The broken bricks are used in driveways and paths as hardcore, decent bricks are reused as were the good slates but there is a huge pile of broken and smashed slate so why not recycle and remove the tip at the same time!
Here are a couple of photos to explain.

  We are about halfway now, so the pile of waste is smaller but plenty to use up yet, in fact when moving some yesterday we found another pile at the back of some bricks!

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  1. Absolutely stunning! You've made the most beautiful card I've seen for a while, love it!

  2. Yeah this looks a really pretty vintage to me!! love it ,and what a clever way to use up your waste and it fits in perfectly with your style of house x

  3. I love how you flipped this sketch and the vintage look, Julie! Love these butterflies! So glad you shared this with us at ATCAS!

  4. wow~ This is just gorgeous! I sure speaks to my vintage loving heart!

  5. Your card is gorgeous Jules!! Love the soft green and pink watercolouring, and the collage of stamps. Great design with the die-cut panel being re-inserted after inking. So clever. Thanks for playing along at ATCAS.

    Your smashed slate pieces look awesome for filling in. Great job of recycling, but what a lot of work. You must have some big muscles now! Time to put your feet up. xx

  6. I adore the pinks and greens, Jules! This has a vintage flair for sure! Wow, that's a lot of work, but it looks amazing. Love that you are recycling and making the best of it!

  7. A gorgeous take on all the challenges, Jules! I love the way you coloured this and also how you inlaid the frame! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  8. Isn't fab when we are inspired by a number of challenges-you think you have no ideas and then wham a few just seem to slot together. This card is a beauty, so soft and elegant and I love that Inkspitational helped to inspire this. Thanks for joining us x

  9. Oh, this is beautiful! I love how you rotated the sketch!

  10. Well, Julie, guessing that's one way of staying fit ... smashing up tiles ...😕 Great card, fits the inspirational photo perfectly! Blogger has always been playing up, the ' join this site' button doesn't work, the way to get around this is to click the tiny squares to the right of it ... and magically one can join. Enjoy the sunshine!!! Hugs xxx

  11. That sounds like some back-breaking work you have going on out there! It looks beautiful, well worth it! I love your pretty vintage butterflies and the pretty colors and dry embossed frame. So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

  12. Such a pretty card! Thanks for sharing with us over at ATCAS!

  13. Ah this is so very beautiful, thank you for sharing with ATCAS!

  14. Julie: jaw-dropping, breath-taken-away stunning! The water-colour background is perfect for those beautiful butterflies which, as you know, have me swooning. WOW! Thank you for sharing your creativity in the Inkspirational gallery!

  15. I totally agree with C - the watercolour background is gorgeous. And it looks so good that you have inlaid the framed die-cut.
    Thank you for playing with us at INK for our Photoinkspiration Challenge. I would love to see you again for our next challenge :-)
    Pia xx


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