Monday, June 7, 2010

CHF 12 Weeks of Summer Fling Blog Hop - Week 1


Hello everyone, and welcome to the Cornish Heritage Farms 12 Weeks of Summer Fling Blog Hop!!  If you've just hopped from Laura's blog, the next one is Lisa's If you've just blurfed into the hop, you may want to check out the CHF Be Creative Blog, so that you can have lots more chances to win.  But it really doesn't matter, you can start anywhere. 

What's the 12 Weeks of Summer Fling? Each week will feature one of the rubber stamp lines at CHF with a blog hop and special gallery showing new samples using stamps from that line. The featured line will also be on sale for the week so it's definitely the time to add to your collection. :)  Two Gift Certificates will be awarded to 2 lucky winners who successfully follow the blog hop and comment as they go in the time allotted. This is not a race. All Blog Hops will start from the CHF Be Creative Blog on a Monday, comments must be made before midnight EST on the Thursday of that week, and winners will be announced on that Friday.

First prize is a $20 CHF Gift Certificate and 2nd Prize is a $10 Gift Certificate, which will be emailed to the winning participants!!

If you upload a qualifying card (using the featured week’s stamp line) to the CHF special gallery for that week, you will be eligible for the Design Team’s Favorite prize which will be a rubber stamp/stamp set of your choice up to the value of $16.99. The deadline for uploading cards for the prize will also be Thursdays at midnight.

This week we are featuring Cornish Heritage Farms' Backgrounder Stamps.  That means that for this week only (offer ends Thursday June 10th, 2010 and is for online orders only) all Backgrounders are on sale at 25% off!

So.... when is a Backgrounder more than a background?  When it can be the star of the show, of course!!  For my card (above) I've used two backgrounders: the gorgeous "Toile" Backgrounder for the featured image, and the "French Script" Backgrounder as the.... well,.... background!  I've kept the color scheme monochromatic, to give the card a vintage tapestry feel.  The "Birthday Wishes" sentiment is from Kim Hughes' Silhouette Blooms II set.

If you'd like a little "how-to" for this card:  I inked up the main image of the mother and son from the Toile Backgrounder, stamped it in Memento's Blue Danube on Simply Smooth Vanilla cardstock, and cut it out with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four.  I had been careful not to ink up the leaves around the mother's head, but then thought the upper right looked a little bare.  So, I inked up some of the flora from the backgrounder in Memento's Summer Sky ink, and placed my image on the inked stamp (so that I knew what I would be getting) and pressed it down with scrap paper.  I used the same technique for the sentiment.... stamped it in Blue Danube, then inked up a portion of the Toile backgrounder with Summer Sky, and pressed the sentiment onto the stamp.  For the background, I first inked up only the top portion of the Toile Backgrounder and stamped it on the left-hand side of a panel made with Simply Linen ivory cardstock (I wanted to get a fabric texture).  Before cleaning the stamp, I stamped again on a piece of scrap paper and used it to make a mask.  I masked off the flowers on my card, and stamped the French Script Backgrounder in Summer Sky twice - once over the top of the flowers, and then moved it to the right to fill in the right-hand side of the card.  I just eyeballed this - I knew the image panel would cover up any misalignment.  I've added some crinkled seam binding from Blue Bird Lane's Etsy shop, some blue rhinestones from Michael's (a.k.a. generic bling!) and a few Prima flowers.

There are lots of great Backgrounder stamps at the store, and you can get them cling-mounted or wood mounted.  Need ideas?  Check out the new 12 Weeks of Summer Fling Gallery of backgrounders.  I hope you have a chance to play along with the Design Team.... have fun and good luck!!

51 comments:

Emilia said...

this is so elegant!!!

Cheryl said...

Love the card - it reminds me of some of my grandmother's dishes that I liked. (Blue Willow, I think) Thank you for sharing this!

stampdiva said...

Oh this is so elegant and olde worlde. Gorgeous. Lynne M x

Silvergirl said...

SO elegant and lovely! The monochromatic theme is just perfect for this project! Gorgeous!

Hugs,
lise

stampqueen said...

Beautiful card!!! Very serene and elegant!!

Jennifer Scull said...

truly beautiful! I absolutely love toile, so I am enjoying this card! :)

Susie said...

Very, very beautiful and elegant.

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh these are 'so you'!!! I mean, they match your blog background and are just gorgeous!

Love what you did!

A Vintage Chic said...

Absoloutely stunning, Jean! Love the vintage toile look of it all...and the seam binding is the perfect finishing touch!

Hope your day is wonderful!

Julie

A Vintage Chic said...

Absoloutely stunning, Jean! Love the vintage toile look of it all...and the seam binding is the perfect finishing touch!

Hope your day is wonderful!

Julie

Lillian Child said...

This card reminds me of my grandmother's china - so vintage and so elegant. Love it!

Anonymous said...

Oooo! Toile is one of my favorites! Love it! ~geri~

Ellen said...

oh thank you thank you Jean , this is one bg I got stuck with and I was even thinking of selling it again. But this opens up possibilities

gorgeous card thanks for the inspiration

leenda said...

WOW! Love the elegance in this beauty!

SherylH said...

So pretty -- love the colour and the vintage feel of the toile background.

TracyJ said...

Wow - very elegant!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the different options this stamp provides and for the great tutorial!

Mary (Happy Now) said...

Another on my wish list... Thanks!

Erika/Littlehippymom said...

Gorgeous. What else can I say!

annesatx said...

Beautiful card -- I love the tone-on-tone look and especially how you highlighted the focal image. As the others have said, it's such an elegant card.

Sheila D said...

One word comes to mind....stunning. I love what you did with this backgrounder. Beautiful card.

Joan said...

Oh so elegant.

Kathy W said...

Beautiful card! I love what you did with this backgrounder; so many ways to use it. Your crinkle ribbon is the perfect accent; thanks for sharing.

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous card and I love my backgrounders! What fantastic inspiration!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful card! Love the monochromatic idea---I never think of doing that. Maybe I will now.

Carole said...

This is so elegant - love the monochromatic choices!

sherry said...

Ooooh, I NEED the toile background.
Desperately.

Susan S. said...

I too love this backgrounder for its versatility. Lovely card. Backgrounders Rule!

RubyM said...

Your card is stunning. Loved the way the backgrounder was used. Thee colour scheme is one of my favourites.

sharon d said...

Love your card. Great background stamp.

JKB said...

How elegant using monochromatic color scheme.

Crantastic said...

GORGEOUS card! What a great use of technique too.
Thanks a bunch.

amdiluigi said...

Great idea to use monochromatic colors. Thanks for the directions.

Janice said...

Beautiful shabby chic.

mitz said...

... its just ** blog-tastic ** WTG
thanks for the opportunity..
( mitz_zee@yahoodotcom)

kathy/North Carolina said...

Oh, so beautiful! I love your website...and the way you used two backgrounders in one card. Tres magnifique!

Lin said...

This may be my favorite so far! LOVE the 2 backgrounds you chose to combine - makes me think of an old French plate- just lovely!

jpod Inc. said...

Uber vintage - love the toile! It works really well with the french script. TFS! Jo :)

Trudi said...

I have this backgrounder and absolutely LUV it! I created something awhile back with it...and find the image is so easy to work with! I too, used the blue color...just luv luv luv this stamp!!!

Trudi

Anonymous said...

This turned out stunningly beautiful! Great combination of backgrounders! - Mary R.

LauraB said...

Your card is stunning-thank you for sharing the details. I need to get back to masking!

Cynthia said...

Lovely card! Very elegant design, Jean.

Sandra said...

beautiful card!
Sandra

stephanie said...

Elegant, reminds me of the olden day toille look. Great job.

Janet Z said...

Gorgeous card!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Your card is gorgeous. I love the blues.

Tanja said...

wow all the CHF girls projects are different yet all so clever. This one is great!

Shar said...

Such a gorgeous card! I love the vintage toile look!

marcy said...

Very pretty. Love the blue color.

Melisa Waldorf said...

Wow!! This is gorgeous. I would have never thought an all blue card could look so vintage and beautiful!
melisa.waldorf@yahoo.com

Debby said...

Oh my this is beautiful. I love the different hues of blues ;) love it!