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Thursday, 9 January 2014

New Year's Resolution

I try every year to make New Year Resolutions, but they don't tend to last very long so this year I am trying to be totally realistic, in making just one and then sticking to it.  My idea was inspired by Claudia who asked us to use up one of our shopping sins for Our Creative Corner - well that got me started, so my one and only resolution for this year is to 'USE IT' - use all that stash that I bought and intended to use but never did....

This project, which is my Design Team piece for Nicecrane,  uses some of my really beautiful and rather expensive Maja Design Vintage Autumn papers (up to now I could only stroke and then had to put them away again), flowers that I have had for several years, lace that I seem to have had forever and a die that my lovely friend Mo bought me about a year ago and has never been used until now.



The beautiful image is from Nicecrane Designs which you can purchase from HERE - Children in the Victorian Age IV CS.  Ignacio sells so many wonderful images, you will be spoiled for choice!



She is just so very beautiful!  I printed the image out in black and white and then coloured her bow, dress, flowers and cheeks in pale pink with Distress Markers.  They give a beautiful subtle colour on the glossy photo paper. I will add a sentiment if and when I send the card.

The papers were cut to size and distressed around the edges and lightly coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  A smaller piece frames the picture and the edges have been dipped into Embossing Ink and coated with White Frantage.


The leaves were die cut from scraps of the backing paper and the flowers are a selection from my stash.  The lace was edged with another piece of backing paper to create a little dimension.

Since I have made this card based on my New Year's Resolution I would like to join the challenge over at Frilly and Funky which is New Year's Resolutions and you need to create a vintage style project.  There is a £25 voucher for the winner to spend at The Funkie Junkie Boutique (where Linda's prices and delivery times are excellent) and an opportunity to be a Guest Designer.

I hope you are all having a good start to your New Year, thanks so much for having a look.  Hugs, Anne xx

50 comments:

  1. An absolutely beautiful card Anne! You've coloured the gorgeous image perfectly to match the surround. I love the clean layout design that allows fab display of those Maja papers. The floral arrangement gives such pretty balance too. Totally gorgeous! Nicola x

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  2. Hello Anne these are so beautifully done. I love vintage and you certainly do it justice x

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  3. Sooo pretty, Anne! What a good resolution and what a lovely result to your labours... she really is lovely, and the flowers and lace and papers all work perfectly to frame her beautifully!
    Alison x

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  4. I utterly ADORE this Anne. So feminine, so beautiful, so perfectly composed. You have picked a resolution so many of us need to follow and I'm so glad we all get to see you put those Maja Design papers and lovely Nicecrane image to such good use. Thank you so much for joining the Frilly and Funkie challenge with this. Jenny xxx

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  5. This is stunning Anne. Such a beautiful image, I love the delicate touches of pink you have added. Those papers certainly are gorgeous so I can see why you had been saving them and the flowers and lace look really pretty too.
    hugs Sue xx

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  6. Such a fabulous vintage card Anne - I love your colouring of the image, so delicate. And well done for using those lovely papers, flowers and lace - it is difficult, I know!

    Thank you too for your lovely comments today and your very helpful tip about the white Fresco Paint - much appreciated x

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  7. Fabulous Ann! I just love the way you have coloured her and oh! those papers and flowers- well done for actually using them! Chrisx

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  8. A truly beautiful card, love the image and the gorgeous papers. Great resolution too and one I'll be trying to follow as well, just wish I could find the pack of lovely printed tissue paper I bought the week before Christmas!

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  9. What a stunning card Anne. Great resolution and one I should make too, but I am not very disciplined, so I never make resolutions. Hope your now on the way to renewed health too after your accident. Hugs Rita xxx

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  10. Gorgeous card Anne I think lots of us have paper we bring out and stroke then put back LOL I have been trying for months to use bits of paper up but I still end up with more. Hope your feeling much much better after your accident hun lots of huggles Sue xx

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  11. Wow Anne,

    I love this card! I think it would look great as a canvas also!!!

    I didn't make any resolutions this year as I typically don't keep them. I am going to try to live more consciously though, if that makes any sense.

    Peace,
    Kay

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  12. Anne, I am with you with the "Shopping Sins" of "USE IT." I can't believe all the items I have and even stamps that have never seen ink and some I wonder why did I purchase? Well your card is gorgeous in every detail! I love that subtle tint of pink coloring you gave that sweet image! The little floral arrangement finishes this perfectly! Enjoy the fast approaching weekend! Hugs!

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  13. This is such a gorgeous make andyou have made beautiful use of those Gorgus papers! A great resolution too , as I am sure most of us have stash that is too nice touse! Love all the delicate details and those papers are gorgeously soft! a beautiful make hugs trace x

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  14. I have also decided to try to use up some of my stash and not to buy too much more! That was until the sizzix sale started... Love the card - so pretty and the paper edges such a good effect. Thanks for all the support. Hugs, Jackyxx

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  15. Hi Anne, this is stunning, the layout is beautiful and suits the image so well - and I love the soft muted colours. Having just cleared out my craft room I found some unused items too..but they were all pieces for altered art..at the moment as you know, they are packed up, ready to make the journey to my little studio in the garden. I'm hoping by separating art from paper craft, I will get more of the art work done! Let's hope! Hugs Carole Z X

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  16. Oh, you'll win for sure, Annie! I can't believe you colored that image! It's perfect for the time; I just assumed you purchased it that way! Your framing and exquisite details make this another work of art!

    Congratulations on your resolution and the great start using up some NBUS and some lovely hoarded goodies! I'm so proud of you! Life is too short, right! Heaven help you if you still have any of that big box of stuff I sent ages ago! I know how hard it is ~ looking around the Playhouse I know that if I never buy another thing I'll be hard pressed to use what I own before I die, and that's assuming a very long life!! It's hard to resist new things, especially when we see them on blogs like you've done here! Very enabling you are!!

    Let me know how you doing with your healing and mobility when you get a chance. You're in my thoughts always! I'm off to bed for now ... Lots of love and hugs, Darnell

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  17. what a beautiful dreamy vintage card Anne...good luck with the New Year Resolutions but I fear it's a lost cause after you've seen all the new Timmie stuff coming our way shortly...hope all is well with you...big hugs kath xxx

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  18. Oh Anne, this is really lovely, the image is so pretty and I love the touch of Spun Sugar on it, a really perfect vintage card. You have given me a New Years resolution.... What's the point of keeping things for a rainy day it's pouring outside! I shall sort out all my untouched stuff this weekend, perhaps I may need longer though!
    I hope you are healing well, I'd love to know how you are fairing, hope all is going well.
    Love barb xx

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  19. Well done on such a beautiful card and for using up some of your stash. I'm sure we all get to the point of asking ourselves - what are we keeping it for, its no use in a drawer!!
    Elaine x

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  20. I hope you win the challenge Anne, you should do your card is very very pretty. Well done and fingers crossed xx

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  21. Hi Anne - I'm so glad you made that resolution and made this piece - it really is stunningly beautiful - just gorgeous! That image is stunning too! I just caved in and booked the extra night for the Hels up North tour - I don't fancy the early morning trek up there so although its broken the bank I think it will make for a happier me! Can't wait to see you up there! Big Hugs rachel x

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  22. Gorgeous pretty card Anne, I want to get some prettiness into my work this year, but like you I am determined to use my stash of papers. It really is quite liberating when you make those first few cuts and you realise the world hasn't ended ! Ha ha xx

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  23. Gorgeous!!!
    You know I have been looking at the scrapbook product that is coming out from CHA right now and there is not a whole lot I want.
    So I think I will be making a push to use mostly what I have on hand.

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  24. I'm joining you Anne on this years Resolution.. to use what I have.. buy no more until I run out like you I have stuff I have never used (we are naughty) Your card is stunning... Love everything about it ... The papers (swoon) the image & flowers...Gorgeous....ps (the boot sale stash don't count) lol...Hugs May x x x

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  25. Absolutely a play of art Anne,,, waht a beautiful face,,,,OMG I really adore these victrian girls in my collection,,,and the papers & flowers you used are so gorgeus,,,, Anne . You are Rock, so direct to my fav.

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  26. Happy New Year - what a beautiful card Anne. The PP and lace work so well with the image that you have used.

    Toni xx

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  27. Your flowers on that card are adorable, Anne,

    and I can understand why it wasn't easy for you to use some of your Maya Design Papers....I really hoard papers and hardly ever use them because they are all sooo beautiful! *giggle

    Thank you for your wonderful comment on my books of ruination. The workshop is worth every British Pound. I really enjoyed messing around with the acrylic paints...and even better: there's an additional workshop included with this one! Will have to make that as well soon! Yay!

    Big hug,
    Claudia x

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  28. Anne, this looks as though it would be found in a very old museum album. So very delicate & beautiful. I smiled at your 'paper stroking'. I bet we all understand that. Applause to you for the courage to cut into it. (your heart kinda squeeks when you do that I think. Very difficult to do on a favored DP). Loved your idea of tinting the cheeks - it added so much softness & appearance of an old photo. Your beautiful flowers & the embossed frontage created such sparkle & beauty. This is just wonderful and good for you on making such a worthwhile resolution. I need to borrow that one myself! Love these Nicecrane images too. TFS & Hugs.

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  29. This really is girly Anne but gorgeous. It's crazy really how we buy lovely papers and stuff and then find it so difficult to use them. I think we need to be brave this year and use things up, at least it will make space for all the lovely new things!
    Good luck with the challenge, sending hugs, Angela x

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  30. So very pretty! Love the beautiful Vintage image!

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  31. This is just gorgeous,love the fab image and details.xxx

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  32. Hey Anne - your card is gorgeous. The little girl is very pretty. What I really love and I don't see of you very often - your soft feminine side. I do love the way you did the lace border with the flowers - really beautiful! My New Year's resolution is to do the 12 Tim Holtz tags for 2014. It is going to be a great year Anne - I just know it!!
    Sandy xx

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  33. This is such a beautiful card Anne and I can totally empathise with your New Year Resolution to use stuff instead of hoarding it! I wasn't going to buy anything else but I've already broken that one - my craft room is bursting at the seams. Must try harder! Love, Margie xx

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  34. Oh Anne this is absolutley beautiful, so feminine and pretty. The image is adorable and you have really done it justice with such delicate papers and flowers and that lovely frantage on the edges. Look forward to seeing you next week. Hugs Mo xx

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  35. Wow, Anne, that is a VERY beautiful card! Best of luck in the challenges. I think you should win them all :o)) xx

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  36. Anne, this is such a charming card with that beautiful child taking centre stage and the sweet cluster of flowers are the perfect touch.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  37. What a beautiful card Anne, it has a lovely ethereal look about it. All the elements you have chosen go so well together and make it a delightful creation.
    Hugs Lottie x

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  38. A totally stunning layered card Anne that portrays the gorgeous vintage image beautifully. I think you and I have the same goal for this year, I have to make so much to dent the supplies I have, now all I need is more time lol.
    Take care.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  39. Oh! Wow! Anne, this is so beautiful, I love everything you have done.
    The image is gorgeous as are the papers
    Using up what I have is a must for me as well. Trying very hard to stop buying BUT there is always something there to tempt.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xx

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  40. Absolutely lovely! I think that is an excellent resolution. I don't usually do them but I may borrow yours this year and go for that as well. Happy 2014!

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  41. This is exquisite, Anne
    Rosie x

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  42. Hello Miss Anne, and look what you have created with those gorgeous paper, a beautiful stunning piece of art work, love all the rough edges, beautiful photo, you have show cased them beautifully. That's the best New years resolution . I never understood the love affair with beautiful paper, I like to create with them, call me crazy :O). I can't wait to see all the creation you'll come up with your stash, now that's exciting. thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week. ((( BIG HUGS )))

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  43. What a gorgeous card with that sweet vintage image, the gorgeous papers and the soft colours. I love the lace and flower spray - they just add to all the loveliness. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and good luck with your resolution.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  44. So pretty Ann. I love the delicate colours and the vintage style. Great job of tinting the photo. I love tinted photos. x

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  45. SO glad you broke those jailed treasures out and joined us at the Frilly and Funkie challenge Redanne!!! I love the sweet, vintage feel and those gorgeous papers!! ((hugs)) Rebecca

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  46. Haha I cherish my papers too and I sometimes feel a bit ill if I use them on a card! lol I love the beautiful card you made. So elegant and the photo is sweet! You cannot go wrong with the Maja papers. Now you can admire this gorgeous card with your favorite papers and lovely embellishments on it.
    Hugs Kelly

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  47. That is so beautiful Anne. I love all that you have used on it and am going to investigate those images.
    I want to make one as a hostess gift for my friend but not felt up to going out since CHA. You take care and I wish the hip a full recovery.
    Hugs
    Neet xx

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  48. This is so gorgeous! The papers and the colours are beautiful and I love the design!

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  49. Hi Anne, sorry I've not commented fir a long while, things all went a bit mad over Xmas & it's taken me a while to get back into things! Anyway, like you I too have a big stash of crafty bits I've had to have but never used so I'm going to take inspiration from you & use them for some birthdays I have coming up
    Take care
    Amy x

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  50. How have I missed such a very pretty piece Anne. My type of card, shabby chic, lacy, pink oh my the list is endless. Adore it.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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