The challenge this week at Simon Says is 'Let's Get Distressing'. This card is very different from my normal style. I used a Create-a-Scene set called 'Countryside'. Firstly, I used a few different shades of distress inks for the background, then I stamped the images over the top where i thought they might look best, in walnut stain distress ink, adding little bits on a paintbrush for shadows. Matted onto chocolate brown pearl card and added some brown gems in the corners. The background for the sentiment was done in the same way, but then I added some ribbon and a topper which I cut up, distressed and coloured the buttons. This is the first time I've used these stamps, and I'm quite pleased with the result, especially as male birthday cards aren't the easiest to do.
I'm a 44 year old mum of 2, a daughter of 19 and a son of 8. I haven't worked since having my daughter as I became ill and was diagnosed with lupus 14 years ago. I wanted a hobby that would take my mind off everything, so crafting was suggested to me. I started in March/April 2008 and have been having fun learning lots of techniques ever since.