Sweet Stampin' ~ Distressing

Hi there lovely blog buddies. I'm in our Hometown right now, visiting the 'outlaws', hehe, no, just kidding, my inlaws are the loveliest people you'd ever hope to meet. We are home, celebrating my father-in-laws birthday. I posted his birthday card earlier this week, but was reminded I've yet to post my hubbies birthday card from earlier this year. (Do you do that too, forget to post cards - for ages!) It's perfect for our challenge this weekend at Sweet Stampin' though, and as I'll be away for the weekend, I'm hoping Mr Blogger, will post this for me as scheduled. It's another easy peasy fun theme this challenge. We just want to see you a little distressed, okay, no, not you, your card! Ink, paint, scissored edges, whatever you interpret the theme to be, we want to see your distressed creations. Just remember that at Sweet Stampin', we are all about the 'stamping', so make sure you've some stamping or a digital image you've hand coloured, to be eligible for our Top 3 honours.

I had so much fun with these ridiculously cute, grumpy characters from Taylored Expressions. This set is called Party Grumplings. They were perfect to tease my hubby with this year. He's not liking the whole 'aging' thing, so I made him this card as a gentle ribbing. He actually LOVED it and totally took the humour well. (It was totally a heart in mouth moment when I gave it to him!)

I tried something different with this card, mixing some messy watercolour with direct stamping. I don't know what I was trying to achieve with the 'sun-circle' background, I was just playing. I masked a circle then added some generous splatters. I really like how it came out and wanted to stamp the grumplings over it. So I stamped the first two, then masked them off to add the 'reluctant party grumpling' who was trailing behind in the middle. 

They looked great just in the black ink, but I decided to add some details, sparsely, for a little more definition. So I coloured their tummies with my Promarkers, in different shades of warm greys, added colour and then some sparkle with Wink of Stella to the present, cupcake, balloon and their noses. I added some white pen over the white of the eyes for the two that had defined eyes, as the orange looked wrong there. In hindsight, I should have then used a black pen to added the pupil back in the centre, of the middle grumpling.

My finishing touch was to tie in the fun colours from the bright paper I'd used by adding three enamel dots in coordinating colours. All the paper edges were distressed with scissors which of course made this card perfect for this challenge.

I hope you'll come and join us this week for our fun 'Distressing' challenge at Sweet Stampin', I'd love to see where that theme would take you. Do pop into the blog and check out my talented teamies awesome creations. I'll be back from my hometown in a few days, in the meantime, have an awesome weekend and enjoy your own crafty adventures. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #387 ~ CAS
The Ribbon Girl: October Card Challenge
Cute Card Thursday: #498 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #40 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: October ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #281 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #202 ~ Anything Goes + Masculine Card
Creatalicious: #124 ~ Anything Goes + Create Your Own Background
Paper Play Sketches: Colour Challenge (See Colour Challenge Image Below)


Chris said…
Brilliant...love this Wends, still grinning to myself! The stamps are fabulous...can think of loads of uses for these grumpy little guys, great sentiments too. The inky distressed background sets them off perfectly!
Hope you enjoy the time with your family.
Pat said…
Fabulous card Wends, love that super fun image and the great sentiment.

Pat xx
Sarah said…
Such a fun card Wendy, I love these grumplings, they are perfect for the chaps in our life xx
Christine L said…
This is fabulous Wendy... I'm loving these little characters and your perfect use of the Distress Inks.. then that sentiment made me laugh out loud!

Christine x
Fiki said…
So very sweet card!
Maxine D said…
What a fun card, and I am so glad the humour was appreciated Wends.
Rene said…
Love it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck,
Janis Lewis said…
Cute! Thanks for sharing at Paper Play Sketches.
Janis, Owner/DT
crafty-stamper said…
Brilliant card love the grumpy characters and great sentiment --Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
Carol DT x
Jane Savage said…
Thank you for joining us at The Colour Crazy Challenge! Jane S (DT) xxx
Wonderful card Wendy thank you for joining us over on
Crafty Catz Challenge
Dianne xx CC DT
Cara said…
I love this x
Wends, not only is that fab, it's hilarious! So pleased hubs saw the funny side for you! xx
Loose Stitches said…
Fabulous card, love the image and design! Thank you for sharing with us over at Creatalicious Challenges! We hope to see you again!
Sherry x - DT for Creatalicious Challenges
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog
Jackie C said…
Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious, Jackie CT member.
Brilliant card Wends....the grumpy image made me smile...Joolsx

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