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Monday, 9 May 2011

The Spotlight Challenge #45 Inchies

Over at The Spotlight Challenge this fortnight we are highlighting Inchies. Please pop on over to the blog for a more detailed explanation of what is required but essentially it involves using 1 inch squares, and our hostess for this challenge, Cazro, has requested that there be a minimum of 3 inchies on your project. There are some interesting DT samples so please pop on over and check them all out.

CCM InchiesWM

So down to business, lol. When I saw we had this challenge coming up I scouted around for something suitable to cut into 1 inch squares and my Stampendous Corset stamp seemed the perfect one as it is divisible nicely by 3 in one direction and 4 in the other.

Having stamped and embossed it I cut it out and layered it over some purple paper that I had. Then my mind began wandering off at a tangent as it so often does, and I started thinking about inches and corsets and before I knew it I had a theme for my card. I made my own background paper using another corset stamp in the same colours as the main image, and I designed my sentiment to be a play on the theme of inchies and the theme of my card, as the whole thing is meant to look like an advert for a corset making company. All sorts of dressmaking odds and ends have ended up here including a lace flower and you don't want to know where that came from *winks*

CCM Inchies Flower WM

The bits and bobs are meant to look like the components that might go into the making of a corset, and the inchie topper itself is meant to resemble what it’s like looking through one of those old fashioned lead windows  at a corset on display inside the store. Don’t know their architectural term but the ones that are made up of squares of glass.   CCM Inchies Angle WM

I had a great deal of fun with this one, but setting out those inchies so they were neat on the background paper was hard work so if anyone has any tips for lining up please yell out!

I am entering this into the following:-

Catch The Bug Challenge Blog – Anything Goes

CES Challenges – Your Favourite Colour Combo – Purple and Black

Crafty Catz – Give us a Quote/Sentiment

Crafty Purple Frog Challenge – Purple and Lace

Creative Cowgirls – Anything Goes

Creative Inspirations Paint – Inspired by Your Favourite Colour – Mine happens to be purple

Do You Stack Up – Purple

Secret Crafter – Dust off Your Stash – My old Stampendous Stamp and all the odds and sods from my sewing box

Scrappy Frogs Challenge – Anything Goes

Sentimental Sundays – Anything Goes


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  1. Wow!
    Oh honey I just love this! The image is fab and I love all your added details! Fantastic sweetie!!
    Hugs Melly xxx

  2. Fabulous, Lin. I love that lace flower and the corset theme is great!

  3. Great card. Love that lace flower. Thanks for playing in the Bugaboo Challenge.

  4. Lin, your card is awesome! Love all the detail and your inchies are wonderful. Thanks for playing with us at CI Paints. Hope you will join us again. Hugs, Sarah

  5. Wonderful card, Lin, love the theme and that lace flower is gorgeous. Beautiful colours too. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Catz!

    Hugs, Dawn

  6. Thank you for joining us at Catch the Bug with Bugaboo Stamps this week ! Your card is so beautiful and elegant ! Love your embellies ! Good luck !

  7. Super collage - cutting the image up really makes it stand out

    kitten DYSU team

  8. Lin I love it that was the look I origanally went for but when I cut my main pic up I just couldn't get it to go back together again so I gave up and went with the one I did instead but your's wow as alwaysI really love it I am now having horrid visions of you running round cutting up knickers to make embellishment for cards just remember if that is where you got the lace from to leave enough to wear lol
    Jacki xx

  9. Such great details. Beautiful image and the flower is so cool. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  10. Hi Lin
    A beautiful card,thankyou for joining us at CraftyCatz this week,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  11. Hi Lin, Just adore your card and sentiment, brilliant idea, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

  12. gorgeous creation thank you so much for sharing with us at the SCSC
    Hugs Kate xx

  13. This is beautiful Lin, I love the colours. Jo x

  14. This is very Ooh La La! And fabulous. I had to laugh at what Jacki said about you cutting up your knickers, lol!
    I use one of those clear grid rulers to line things up. And then, of course, when I step back to see my perfectly lined up images I realise I moved one end of the ruler and they are still wonky!.

  15. great card love that basque stamp and what you have done with it and tied it in with the lovely lace flower really lovely
    gill x

  16. Lovely

    Thanks for joining our "Dust off your stash" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

    Hugs Jane x

  17. What a beautiful layout and so much beautiful detail!!

    Thanks for joining us over at TFPFC this is so perfect!! Love Chanelle xx

  18. this is really gorjuss hun, my fav so far, i have that stamp and its perfect for this

    Judie xx

  19. Just stunning! I love it hun!!

    Thank you for sharing with us at CES Challenge this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  20. just loving that split image and the big rose in lace

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

  21. Fab card! Love how you've done the stamp and that lace flower is fab too! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  22. LOVE it!!! Thanks for joining Bugaboo at Catch the Bug Blog :) Amy - DT

  23. A great layout and fab colour choice. Thanks for joining us at CES this week, Sheena xx

  24. Gorgeous card!
    Thanks for dusting off you stash with us at the Secret Crafter this week!
    Helen x

  25. What a beautiful card!
    Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays ;) Don’t forget about our DT call and the 1st anniversary “sentimental blog hop” ;) Hugs, Joanna x

  26. Such a great card, I love all the corsetry references, stitching and lace. It looks amazing.



  27. Excellent project Lin! Super use of your underwear dear! LOL!

  28. wonderful, love those fabric lace embellies


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