Tuesday, 1 June 2010

A Quiet Life

Let's face it . . . I need another stamp like I need a hole in the head! However, being addicted to stamps, this set of four English cottages by Crafty Individuals was more than I could resist.

After an idyllic visit to Shere in Surrey, just a stone's throw away from our home, I came away with lots of inspiration on making these cards. Shere, which has been used for a handful of film sets (including The Holiday), feels like a village stuck in time with charming cottages, traditional pubs and tea rooms, and majestic old church.

I cobbled together a few elements to make these cards, including the Crafty Individuals stamp set and a gorgeous Stampin' Up stamp called Very Vintage, which is sold as a stamp wheel. I also remembered in my vast stamp collection a Stampin' Up set called A Quiet Life, which has the perfect sentiment: 'What sweet delights a quiet life affords.' - William Drummond

I began by stamping the cottage stamps onto Whisper White card stock and then coloring with alcohol markers. The look was still too stark for this nostalgic design, so I put the cottages onto thin cardboard, gluing them down and then glazing them with an antique decoupage finish.

The cards were enhanced with shimmery brown ribbon. But the crowning glory were some vintage buttons, which I procured from a fellow artisan (Creative Crucible) selling her wares in Shere at a village fair. I love buttons, and I find each one a treasure that has its own story and can complete a craft project that is otherwise lacking.