Sweet Stampin' ~ Gingham/Tartan/Plaid

Hey crafty friends, I'm back with our latest challenge at Sweet Stampin' which is a Gingham/Tartan/Plaid challenge. If you know me well, you'll know I'm a little nutty for Ginghams Tartans and Plaids. There's Scottish heritage in both mine and my hubby's family lines. My family line takes us back to Robert the Bruce apparently. So is there little wonder that I love Tartans and Plaids?! Nope there's not. But the Gingham, well that's also easy to explain. I grew up in a small town just south of Versailles called Ville d'Avray and have wonderful memories of visiting Paris when I was small. I had a 'thing' for the red and white gingham tablecloths in the French cafés and it has remained a favourite textile of mine. My kitchen is full of red and white and my favourite tea-towels, of which I have a large number, are my red and white gingham tea-towels. I also have the cutest red and white gingham pinny. So there you have it, an explanation as to why I am pretty keen on this theme and therefore crashed the party for Team Susan's challenge. 

I love plaids and tartans and would happily have a whole page of it on a card, but I also think that a little touch of tartan or plaid can go a long way to lift a design. Which is exactly what I was going for here on this card. I used a green woodgrain paper as the base of the design, from an older Kaisercraft paper pad. I then added some texture with a fun cable sweater design, embossed panel. This was a magazine cover gift, I'm not sure which issue it's from, will have to hunt that down. I added my stamped element which is a beautiful buck, I don't recall which set this is from, it's a cling stamp, but I cannot recall the stamp right now. I must get a better system, if it's a few days since I created the design I don't always recall the details! I simply stamped the buck in brown ink and kept the stamping very plain for striking effect. But I wanted something to anchor the design and this is where my plaid comes in. I had a fabulous wide plaid Washi Tape in my stash which I think was a perfect anchor to this design, which I then topped it off with a wrap of gold twine and a Christmas jingle bell. I added a simple printed sentiment to finish et voilà.

Thank you for popping in to visit today friends. I hope you'll come and join us for our Gingham/Tartan/Plaid Challenge, it would be fun to see what you're inspired to do. Do pop over and check out the fabulous creations by my talented teamies too. So inspiring! I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure, until then, have a fabulous weekend and wonderful week ahead. Hugs, Wends xoxo

I'll pop back and link elements as I uncover which ones I used, apologies not to have them ready, life is a little full right now, but I will endeavour to find them. The cable knit embossing folder I'm sure is from a magazine cover gift, but I cannot find my reference for this currently. That beautiful buck is possibly also from a magazine cover gift, feel free to tell me if you recognise either of those items and thanks for your patience! 

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Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #654 ~ Anything Goes


Chris said…
This is a fabulous masculine card Wends, the embossed background and tartan strip are perfect with the beautiful stag.
Sarah said…
That's a fab card Wends. Love the majestic stag and the tartan certainly adds a little something with a big impact. I have a habit of forgetting what products I have used on cards so write it down on a little piece of paper and slip it inside the card so it's ready for when I write the blog post. Hope that's a helpful hint xx
Lorraine said…
A brilliant mans card Wendy, a fab stamp and the embossing and papers show him off perfectly
Lorraine x
What a great card Wends - love the way you have used the tartan washi to accent and anchor that stunning stag head image. The textured background is subtle and effective
tilly said…
loving the touch of tartan on the beautiful card, your Buck looks majestic, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge, Tilly

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