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Monday, July 21, 2014

Holiday in Venice

For today's card I've used one of my favorite stamps - a cling stamp from Penny Black with the views of Venice. Never been there, but it's on my wishlist of places to see. What I love about this image, apart from the design, is that it's so easy to use with various designs and techniques. In the past, I've paper pieced her, I've colored her with Promarkers and Distress Inks, but today I chose to leave her uncolored, having stamped her onto a DP. Previously  I've cut her into a square shape, into a circle and today it was the oval shape's turn!
You can't see much of the lace, which I bought during a trip to Latvia. I often stock up on lace while abroad. The flowers and DP for the image are from Prima, the striped DP is Maja Designs and pearls are from Storyteller. I didn't want to ruin the elegant look with a sentiment, and in this way I can use this card for many kinds of occasions.

Those of you who visited my blog last week know I participated in Bugaboo's Christmas in July 7 day event. Guess what??? I was the lucky winner of the Grand Prize!!! I'm so happy, look at what I won:
Images 7 Free per month for 6 months ($126 value)
Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
4 month Guest Designer Term

This card is for these challenges:
1) Make My Monday - Vacation
2) Open-Minded Challenges - #15 Vacation Related
3) Sweet Stampin - Use your favorite Stamp
4) ABC Challenge - P is for Pearls
5) Tuesday Throwdown - #204 Take Us On Vacation
6) Eclectic Ellapu - Travel/Holiday

39 comments:

Lisa M said...

Firstly...WOO HOO!! Congratulations on the HUGE win and secondly...WOW! You should be a spokesperson for Penny Black as you promoted the versatility of this image. Your card is sensational and I love this version of her too. The imported lace is gorgeous and I can't stop oogling the scalloped edged roses from Prima.
Fantastic make Pia.
Hugs and have a great week!
Lisa x

Laine said...

So many Congratulations Pia. I am not at all surprised your cards have been an absolute delight. This creation is stunning and elegant. I have viewed her in all of the variations you mentioned and she alway makes a fabulous centerpiece.

Laine.
xx

Avril Ann said...

Congratulations Pia, so well deserved my friend, this card is amazing and I hanker after a Holiday in Venice, maybe someday, LOL.Hugs xx

Chrissy said...

Huge congratulations on your win Pia..WOW!! what a great prize have been eyeing up the new releases and they are really getting cuter and cuter..and I think your card is stunning..love the uncoloured image [which is beautiful]looks fantastic and elegant with it's simple but gorgeous design..love the papers and flowers and the lace peeking out..beautiful.

luv CHRISSYxx

Deepti Stephens said...

Congratulations Pia, So happy for you.. btw Your card is very gorgeous and I like the stamp.. :)

Kathy S said...

Now that's a prize! Congrats to you. I love your card. I don't often think about stamping on DP and leaving in uncolored. Perfect for this image and for our Open-Minded Crafting Challenge. Thanks so much for entering and giving this great idea and sample. Good luck on your entry for this one - who knows perhaps you'll be on a roll!

Sue said...

WOW! Congrats on being a winner, that's a fabulous prize, you must be thrilled.
Your card is gorgeous. I love the stylish image and the way you have left it uncoloured looks so effective. The papers and flowers are beautiful too.
Sue xx

Marina said...

It's great when you find a versatile stamp like this - they really work for the price you paid. I remember some of your previous creations with this stamp and this is equally lovely - very elegant- almost understated, but the flowers add glamour. I actually popped over after spotting this in my blog feed but I notice you have also entered this at MMM, so...thanks for joining us at Make My Monday!

3ickleangels said...

A huge well done on your win I'm so envious! Your card is gorgeous, that stamp is beautiful. Love the design and embellishments. Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Kerry, DT Member xx

Donna said...

Pia, Congrats on your huge well deserved win, your cards were beautiful, so exciting! This image is fabulous, I really like it in black and white and how you showcased it. Italy is my one big trip on my wish list!

Debbie said...

Well done you.
Thank you for calling in this week at Sweet Stampin' with your gorgeous card, good luck. Debbiex

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Pia, your image looks fabulous left uncoloured and your papers and flowers really add to the elegant look.
Congratulations on your win at Bugaboo - your cards were fabulous.
Pauline
x

Loz said...

Gorgeous card Pia..Loz

aussie aNNie said...

Well done on your win Pia well deserved too...love this gorgeous card and such a classy look with the black and white image untouched..xx
♥aNNie
The Journey is the Start

Jacqueline said...

A beautiful card, thanks so much for joining in our 'Vacations' challenge this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

sandie said...

Firstly congrats on your win, you deserve it. And this is one of my fav stamps you used but haven't seen it for a while. It really does look elegant kept simple like this, oh how I would love to go to Venice x

Susan Kennedy said...

Beautiful! Love that image. Great colors! Love it! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

- Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
{Scrap A Thousand Words}

Sue B said...

Ooh this is gorgeous Pia…. so classy and elegant! I love the image uncoloured… it looks so perfect with the lovely paper and embellies! :-)
Hope you have a good week!
Big hugs
Sue xx

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...what a wonderful prize, a big congrats to you! Your card is just gorgeous...what a wonderful stamped image too, so classy with a touch of romance, so beautiful. And your addition of the roses, just stunning. I love, love your lace too, a sweet finishing touch.

scrappymo! said...

Great news! I thought you should win as your cards were fabulous.

This one tiday is stunning. She is so elegant and you were right to leave her as is. She does not need any colour this time. I love your design and I can wee the pretty lace peeking through.

My eldest, (I call her Glamour Girl on my blog)...well, she has this look. Tall, slim, elegant and loves wearing outfits like this. She comes with her sister and the kiddies to visit us at the RV and arrives in high heels...has to borrow flip flops!

I should get this stamp too so I can make cards for her.

I googled Oslo's weather...it said you are getting 30 degrees in the afternoons. Does it get muggy and humid when it gets that hot?
Our RV resort is on Shuswap Lake. It is usually a dry heat here...but can get up to 42 degrees. I melt but DH and my girls love the heat!
In the city where we live (Vancouver BC it is usually around 28 up to 36 in the summer but it is a humid heat...that gets exhausting so I do know what you mean.
Congrats again Pia...you so deserved it!

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Congrats for your win!
Fabulous and so stylish card.
Let's enjoy the hot wheather here in the north;-))m

JANINE QUINN MIDDLESBROUGH, UK said...

Such an elegant and pretty card Pia - perfect for our challenge this week. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

JANINE QUINN MIDDLESBROUGH, UK said...

I forgot to say congratulations on winning such a fantastic prize Pia. Well done x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is a gorgeous creation sweetie, I have loved all the different ways you have used her. Every one of them has been a winner.
Big congrats on your awesome prize from Bugaboo, no wonder you won all seven were awesome.
Hugs.
Cathy
Xx

Desire Fourie said...

This is just gorgeous. Love how you left the image uncoloured. The flowers are beautiful.
{I would love you to take part in my 900 Follower Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck}. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

crafty-stamper said...

Avery elegant image and card,the B.paper fits perfectly and gorgeous flowers a very stylish card.Thanks for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun
Carol DT x

aussie aNNie said...

Pia with my digital cards I print them out on glossy photo paper then paste it onto a front of a journal or make a card up...looks great.xx

Tammy said...

This is gorgeous Pia, I LOVE how you've stamped the image on dp!! Beautiful design and flowers too!
Tammy x

Crafts-by-Alison.blogspot.com said...

What an elegant card love the image. Thank you for joining us over at Open Minded Crafting Fun, Good Luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison DT x

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Oh my gosh. I really like the limited colours on this stylish card x

Patty Sue 2 said...

Love the monochromatic look of this card, it is beautiful! Thank you for joining us at ABC CHALLENGE! Good luck and I hope we see more of your lovely work in our future challenges!

Lisa S. said...

Congratulations on your win and your GDT term with Bugaboo!!! I'm in love with this image and the way you let it take center stage Pia is fabulous. Terrific card!!!

Emz said...

Gorgeous card the image you have used is stunning, thank you for joining us at The ABC Challenge for our 'P is for Pearls' challenge xx

Emily Thubbron said...

What a fantastic card. Love the way you stamped the image on DP and left it uncolored. Thank you for sharing with us at Open Minded Crafting Fun for our Vacation Challenge.

Emily T.
DT Member

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

This is fab thankyou for sharing with us over at Eclectic Ellapu this time.
Eclectic Ellapu - Owner
Altered Eclectics - Owner
Handcrafted by Ellapu
DT Crafty Ribbons

Del said...

Beautiful card. Love how you've stamped the image onto the DP, it doesn't need anything else to bring her to life. thanks for joining us for our Vacation Challenge #15 over at Open Minded Crafting Fun and Good Luck! xx

Del said...

Beautiful card. Love how you've stamped the image onto the DP, it doesn't need anything else to bring her to life. thanks for joining us for our Vacation Challenge #15 over at Open Minded Crafting Fun and Good Luck! xx

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

What a gorgeous stamp! Love the vintage feel to this!

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

Asha said...

Wooohooo! Well done, Pia. I know I'm a little late but what's a few "days" among friends, eh?! LOL. I just love the elegant simplicity of this card. Stylish and perfect!
xxx Asha