Sunday, October 19, 2014

UnstampaBelles October Challenge - Time + Shabby Chic without Stamping

I'm very proud to announce that I'm the newest member of the UnstampaBelles Team! Their monthly challenges are unique: Aside from a theme, you cannot use any stamps! Quite a challenge for me, but I'm really looking forward to it.

The UnstampaBelles October challenge is Time + Shabby Chic. We're sponsored by the wonderful company Flourish with a Bling, and you can link up your projects until the end of the month.

I decided to make a card slightly inspired by "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, which seemed like a fun way to incorporate both themes.

I used papers from Graphic 45, and a lovely script-printed adhesive cork. I added some black lace behind the cork strip, and distressed all the edges with a distressing tool and Antique Linen ink.

The raven die is from Tim Holtz, and I cut it with black paper & painted it with a black glimmer paint. The "Nevermore" piece & clock are painted with clear crackle paint and ink-distressed with more Antique Linen. I couldn't resist adding this cute wooden ink well, which I painted with black crackle paint.

I've been familiar with "The Raven" for most of my life, but when I moved Baltimore — the home of Poe's gravesite, the football team named for the poem, and even an apartment complex named The Lenore — it gained more significance for me. I ended up studying Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, and one of my favorite memories is going to a poetry reading where we started by reading the poem. One of my professors looked over & saw that my husband (not a UB student) was reciting it from memory. Man, I got a lot of "cool" points for that! I also take pop-culture pride in introducing my favorite poetry professor to the version of the poem as presented on The Simpsons, and I think she still uses it in her classes.

Many thanks to the UnstampBelles for inspiring this card!

Creaine #41
Craft and Smash: Gothic
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper October Challenge: Patterned Paper (3rd entry)
Creaine Challenges: Sketch #41

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us at UnstampaBelles,


  1. Congratulations on your new design team assignment! I had not heard of that one before, so I'm anxious to check it out. Your card is very inspiring. Being a huge fan of glitter, the Raven immediately caught my eye. I enjoyed reading your post regarding the Raven's local lore. An apartment complex called the "Lenore"? How wonderfully macabre.
    Thanks for sharing. And again, Congratulations!

  2. wow nice card. Thanks for joining our challenge at Creaine.

  3. This is so unique. . Love your raven

  4. Love the color scheme on this and the artsy feel!

  5. This is a beatiful card, I love your raven, the paper that you used is also very nice.
    Thanks for join Creaine challenges.
    Kind regards, Corrie

  6. What a beautiful card. Thanks for joining our challenge at Creaine.

    hugs, Astrid.

  7. oh, i love your shabby chic halloween!!! thanks for sharing on Craft and Smash!

  8. very nice,
    Thank you for joining us at Creaines Challenge.
    Greetings Geesje

  9. Congratulations on your DT place at UnstampaBelles team.

    Your card is very cool, like the papers you've used

    Thank you for joining the challenge at Creaine Challenges, and good luck!

    Hugs karin xx

  10. very nice, thanks for sharing with craft and smash


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