From Paris With Love

Hi there blog friends.  Popping in with a theme card today.  I love themes, but I can’t say I can whip them up quickly – the card kind of evolves over time.  What an opportunity to use a unique trinket or some special charm you have laying around.  Oh and it’s definitely a chance to get a little techniquey!  Today I’m showing a brand new background stamp from JustRite Stampers called Vintage Map Collage Background Stamp.  I’ve have been chomping at the bit to use this one, it just arrived this week.  I think it’s the perfect stamp for a travel journal – that’s next on my list (wink)!

I found an antiquey looking paper in my stash and stamped my image with Stazon Ink.  I dry brushed on distressed inks and in some places touched with a less than damp brush to blend.  I distressed the edges of the map and smudged them with distress ink.  Rolled up two corners and underneath I nested Spellbinders™ S5-090 Romantic Rectangles for a petticoat look.  For a little bit of dimension, I cut out the compass with Spellbinders™ Standard Circles SM and popped it up on foam tape after rimming with a gold pen.  My ribbon was distress with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then I stamped my sentiment inside a label holder which I backed with one of the filigree elements from Spellbinders™ S4-362 Ribbon Buckles.  The main panel is mounted on a textured paper that reminds me of the texture of a suitcase.  That layer is then mounted on gold foil.  Lol, I got my hands a little bit dirty on this one :-)

This is a little bit different from my normal day to day card, but it was great to dig in and get my hands inky.   Have you fallen in love with those Romantic Rectangles yet?  I have a feeling I’ll be using them a lot!

Stamps: JustRite Stampers –  Vintage Map Collage Background Stamp, Greetings from Paris
Paper: Paper Studio, Colorbok Foil, Creative Imaginations, Bazzill
Ink: Assorted Ranger Distress Inks, Stazon Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders™ S5-090 Romantic Rectangles, Spellbinders™ S4-362 Ribbon Buckles, Spellbinder™ Standard Circles SM,  Recollections Gems, Bead Landing Filigree,

Whew, TGIF!!!  I’m ready for the weekend, how about you?  I’ll be back with something new soon.

  • MarisaJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    Lvoe the distressing and colour combo! Fabulously done!ReplyCancel

  • Judy I, St. Louis MOJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Great card, as always. Yes, I love the new Romantic Rectangles too. They’re on my wish list, but I’ve got so many other Nesties that need some love, I’ve put my buying on hold – at least until the new stuff is available at my LSS.ReplyCancel

  • Joan FrickerJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Becca, I love this! I love the old world feeling it gives. It is beautiful as usual. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina RJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Oh, Becca, This is gorgeous!! I love things that have an old world look to them. This is amazing, and a lot of work. I made a project using the same colours and old world look a while back. I just love those new Spellbinders that are being demonstrated at the Spellbinders blog frenzy. I see you are using one of them in this project. Just love the card!ReplyCancel

  • Amy A. MontrealJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    Oh my goodness Becca, you’ve topped my list again! Its so amazing that you come up with these beautiful cards. Love your work so much!ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Sooo gorgeous work here again Becca, it´s absolutely stunning. And yes I´m totally in love with these rectangels too SIGH, like sooo many more he he he. Almost don´t know, where to begin anymore.
    Have a wonderful week-end.ReplyCancel

  • AmyJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Your card is gorgeous. The way you distressed and rolled the edges of the map stamp is fabulous. I love your use of the romantic rectangles die and you always tie the most amazing bows. Your cards are a constant source of inspiration. I hope you get to travel soon so you’ll have photos to put in your travel journal!
    Many blessings to you,
    Amy in SCReplyCancel

  • TammyJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    BECCA!!! This is beyond WOW!!! I mean—WHOA!!!! I mean ooooooh—ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! This is superfluous!!! Thank you so very very much for sharing your gifts and talents that the Lord has given you—you certainly don’t bury them:) You are blessed Beyond Measure because of it:) Cyber {{{{HUGS}}}}

  • AstridJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    Oh wow, love that vintage look and the bow is spectacular!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angie CrockettJanuary 20, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    Ooooh, I love it!!! Super cool and super gorgeous! Oh yeah, I was instantly drawn to the background “suitcase” look!!! Another fabulous work of art, my dear! Love and hugs! AngieReplyCancel

  • Nadine IllingworthJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    Hi Becca
    Well orange looks great . What were u worried about? Well done. I also have this die and doesn’t get much time in it case lol. I have just bought a travel scrap book but haven’t got started yet. This would be a wonderful way to start it. Wonder if you would mind if i pinched the idea. Hope not.
    Thanks for the inspiration
    A born again spell binderReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Oh Becca!!!! I love this…..I just gotta pop over there and see the stamp myself…..this one is headed to my stash…..thank you for sharing…ReplyCancel

  • FrancineJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    This one have history and a lot of “panache”.
    Good week end.ReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Wowza, so, so beautiful. Lovely colours. The ribbon is a perfect touch.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    You’d better not give that one to anybody. It should be hanging on your wall as art! That is just gorgeousReplyCancel

  • Johanne L.January 20, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    It’s a very beautiful card. I love it very much. Love that stamp. Thanks for sharing,ReplyCancel

  • Susan HJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    It’s awesome Becca!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    This evolved into a Old Word beauty. Your card is beautiful Becca. Love the colors and the layout. Love it when you use a stick-pin. You have embellished just so nicely. It’s very eye catching how you have layered the paper under the main focal off to the side for a nice added touch. Beautiful work. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Cheryl StaufferJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    Glad you got a little outside of your comfort zone to create this masterpiece! I love all your work but I really like this creation as I teach
    alot of vintage pieces for my altered books classes. In face, my local consignment shop sells some of my vintage style cards. Anyway, I love how you used the rectangle die peaking out in a “petticoat style” – very

  • chaunJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Love the old world look! This would work very well for masculine cards, which are mostly what I have to do!ReplyCancel

  • Anne McIntoshJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    A little different for you, but still beautiful. More my style with all the distressing and darker colors. I’ll probably be CASEing this one in the future. Love that new background stamp!ReplyCancel

  • Karen WallaceJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    I love this, it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara BruderJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    WOW this is gorgeous!! I love the old world feel. So pretty as all your work is!!ReplyCancel

  • karen irvineJanuary 20, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    i just love it! love how everything works together so well, and the colors are so rich! and yes i love the new spellbinders! hopefully soon i will own one. blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 20, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    OH BECCA!!!!!!!!!!! This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE the ANTIQUEY look!!!!!! Gold pen ALWAYS adds a touch of elegance!!!!!! It makes me think of a mans’ den! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this one!!!!!!!!!!!! Sigh! THIS ONE, SOOOO INSPIRES me!!!!!!!!!! (A little ink on the fingers is WELL WORTH IT on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ) :)ReplyCancel

  • Charlene DahlbergJanuary 20, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    Oh, Becca this card is just spectacular. I love the new map background stamp – it is a definate gotta have. I so love seeing your entries every day !ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn NimmoJanuary 20, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    so very BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the vintage-ness of this card.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy OJanuary 20, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    Love this “old world” look, Becca! Everything works wonderfully together!ReplyCancel

  • Beth PJanuary 20, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Absolutely fabulous. I am totally in love with Romantic rectangles and I don’t even own them yet! LOL! Beautiful card Becca, I love the vintage feel and I have always thought adding touches of black is highly under rated – black makes verything else POP!
    Beth PReplyCancel

  • Charlene LeBelJanuary 20, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Oh, this card is breathtaking. What beautiful colors and what a vintage look and feel. Your cards are just beautiful. Words can’t express how lovely.
    Thanks for a talent such as you.

  • Kathy EJanuary 20, 2012 - 5:10 pm

    This is so beautiful…these are often my colors!!! I just love this, each detail is so perfect! You have truly done a special piece of ART!!ReplyCancel

  • Dee in N.H.January 20, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    WHACK!! That was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor! I don’t even know what to say except WOW! That’s fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • JackyJanuary 20, 2012 - 5:41 pm

    That is soooooo pretty! You have amazing talent!ReplyCancel

  • MarianJanuary 20, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    WOW WOW WOW just LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)January 20, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    Sensational! I love the look of anything old, historic, ancient. You’ve captured the feel to a “T”. This is truly impressive. But then again, is there anything you do that is not truly impressive? I think not. I bless the day, I tumbled on to your blog. Thank you, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisJanuary 20, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    This is my favorite kind of cards. Vintagey, with the aged colors that Distress Inks are known for. As the others have said the new rectangles are going to be a hit with me too, I can just tell! LOL. We would love for you to do a tutorial on how you make the different kinds of bows. You got it all down and they are lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisJanuary 20, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    I just linked to Spellbinders but there is no S5090 romantic rectangles on their site that I could find. That will be a favorite for sure as it adds so much to a composition.ReplyCancel

  • Leone GiffordJanuary 20, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    Wow…your work truly inspires me…I love this travel one.ReplyCancel

  • Pam PJanuary 20, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    Another spectacular creation! Love the vintage look, your color combination is a favorite of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Laura with Layers of ColorJanuary 20, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    I love what you’ve done with the travel theme, Becca! It’s rich with interesting details and layers of texture…full of wonderful discoveries…just like traveling! C’est magnifique!ReplyCancel

  • Nan GJanuary 20, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Love the travel theme! Fun to get inky once in awhile, isn’t it?! Love those Romantic Rectangles! Firt on my list of must haves! Enjoy your weekend.ReplyCancel

  • ShirleyJanuary 20, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Unbelievable. (I’ve obviously been on facebook too much as I was looking for the ‘like’ button on everyone’s comments!) That is so stunning! This for sure is one of my all time favourites of yours! And yes, I like them all.ReplyCancel

  • Kay G.January 20, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    Becca, this card is perfect! I love it. The color combo is just right. I love the vintage and distressed look. When I first opened your blog and saw this card, I said WOW! You are so talented. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Evie B.January 20, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    Your card is beautiful. God bless your amazing talent. Thank you for sharing your ideas and inspiration! Now I’m in the mood to create some art! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Sylvia JohnsonJanuary 20, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    Becca this is beautiful. I love all those warm tones in this card. I am in awe of your imagination. You come up with fantabulous cards all the time!ReplyCancel

  • RufusJanuary 20, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    You’re right, it’s not a “normal” (is there such a thing?) Becca card, yet I think if I saw it someplace else I’d know you made it. It has that Becca touch! Really like it , the old world, vintage-y world traveler feel. There something about getting your fingers inky and messy isn’t there?
    Hugs to you,

  • Sharon OrlandoJanuary 20, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Becca!!! I’m YELLING your name!!! This is INCREDIBLE! I know you know you have a gift. When it comes to cardmaking, you got ALL of the gifts!ReplyCancel

  • sherry gardnerJanuary 20, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    My dear precious Becca…you are amazing and fill my days with wonder and delight…it does my heart good to look upon your beautiful blog…keep going you have a wonderful gift…and we are honored that you share it with us….:)ReplyCancel

  • Lindyloo, South Wales, UKJanuary 20, 2012 - 11:10 pm

    Hi Becca,
    sorry I am so late (early for me at 4.45am) commenting; I haven’t been sleeping very well and seem to be up at night alot again and sleeping thoughout the day.
    Anyway, I truly love todays card. I like you, love to get a bit grungy and grubby now and again to be able to produce something alittle different from the norm. Your inclusion of the metal luggage tag is lovely, it adds a real sense of authenticity to the overal appearance.
    This is a real winner in my eyes (not that all your cards are not beautiful).
    All the best LindaReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkJanuary 20, 2012 - 11:11 pm

    WOW! Amazing Paper Grace! TFS.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithJanuary 21, 2012 - 12:36 am

    Love this distressed look you have choosen for this card. JR stamp is wonderful, and to answer your question, YES I have fallen in love with those Romantic Rectangles. I am also loving that red faux leather background paper that you used. Awesome card Becca.

  • YvonneJanuary 21, 2012 - 12:45 am

    Becca…..jaw dropping gorgeous!!! I LOVE this style of card and you pulled it off beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia WilliamsonJanuary 21, 2012 - 5:09 am

    Hi Becca,

    Ooh La La! C’est magnifique! I say , this is a bit exotic and flirty . Having the black romantic triangle underneath the furled map plus the whole French thing makes it a bit Moulin Rouge. I love it -it’s georgeous!

    Love ,

  • Karen WallaceJanuary 21, 2012 - 5:39 am

    This is fabulous, I love that BG stamp, I think I need that one!!ReplyCancel

  • facsmomJanuary 21, 2012 - 5:59 am

    Your creations take my breath away. I noticed when looking at this totally awesome card that you do such a wonderful job of showing off your work with the things you put in the background when you photograph your cards. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with us!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BJanuary 21, 2012 - 6:51 am

    I do love the new look. I am definitely in love with the rectangles. Enjoy your weekend! Hope it is a happy one.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJanuary 21, 2012 - 7:49 am

    Well worth the inky fingers I’d say! Just gorgeous, you do shabby really well. Or is it Vintage…I never really know. Thanks for sharing this lovely creation.ReplyCancel

  • Amy JohnsonJanuary 21, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Wow! This is amazing! Love the beautiful color and all the layers of detail!ReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterJanuary 21, 2012 - 9:27 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is AWESOME!!! I love all world maps and I just love the coloring, distressing, sponging, curling you did. The book plate and textured papers are great touches. I will have to say the romantic rectangle dies are my favorite from the release.. a must have :)ReplyCancel

  • BernieJanuary 21, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Wow! This is amazing! Love everything about it!
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • EileenJanuary 21, 2012 - 10:11 am

    I LOVE it! That card actually feels so French and chic with the map and compass and the finishing touch for me was the pearls, I always think of pearls when I think of Paris. I love the new stamps and what you have done with them.
    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • BrendaJanuary 21, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Everyday brings a new ahhhhhhhhh… moment for me. Your creativity astounds me. Thank you for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • DWDJanuary 21, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Oh My Becca!!! This is a “So Not You” card, but it is “So You Gorgeous”. LOL I have to get the Vintage Map Collage Background stamp!!! I can’t wait to see your journal. I keep saying I will make one for the trips we take, but never find the time before we leave. I have bags and bags of brochures, ticket stubs, booklets and such from our trips. Some things get put in scrapbooks, but others, I hold onto. I think a journal is a good place to keep them along with the photos I haven’t scrapped.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa JensenJanuary 21, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    Just got back from Archivers where my daughter showed me paper similar to what you used in your card and I said noooooo, not what I am looking for, now I looked at your card and thought Oh Rats!ReplyCancel

  • Val WJanuary 21, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    I love this, the colors, the old world map, the layering….everything! No, it’s not your normal look, but it’s gorgeous none the less. For some reason, I was really excited to see this card–really love the colors on it.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy FabianJanuary 21, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    Actually, I’ve always wanted to learn how you end up working for companies creating projects for CHA and other events or publications! That’s not really a craft I want to work, so here’s my other answer: like you, I’ve always wanted to learn stained glass. Especially how to repair older stained glass. We have an old stained glass panel over the main window in our dining room (one of the main things that attracted me to the house!) and it got broken several years ago. I recently watch a program on fixing stained glass and it didn’t seem difficult, but this is too important for me to take on as a newbie!ReplyCancel

  • BetsyJanuary 21, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    LOVE those Romantic Rectangles ~ those will definitely be on my list of “must haves”!!! Becca, you’re such an enabler!
    I have always wanted to learn how to do tatting. I remember my grandma doing it when I was a little girl. In fact, I think I have her tatting tool around here somewhere. I don’t know anyone that does tatting, so I don’t know who could teach me. Maybe I’ll try looking it up online to see if I can find directions and figure them out.
    Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous paper!ReplyCancel

  • SusanJanuary 21, 2012 - 8:57 pm

    You never cease to amaze me with your talent Becca. This card is no exception — wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Chris @ My Arty AttemptsJanuary 21, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Hugs, ChrisReplyCancel

  • Jean HempelJanuary 21, 2012 - 11:10 pm

    Simply gorgeous Becca, I love theme’s also and I adore your antique look and really love the Paris look about the whole card.. You did a fabulous job on this one… as alway…
    Hugs, JeanReplyCancel

  • Sally J.January 22, 2012 - 7:41 am

    I have always admired artists who can paint and draw. The kind of God-given talent I believe people are born with! I love making cards and doing some scrapbooking. Thanks for your wonderful website with all your fabulous inspiring designs!ReplyCancel

  • Pet73January 22, 2012 - 9:13 am

    What a fantastic card!ReplyCancel

  • Jill NorwoodJanuary 22, 2012 - 10:44 am

    Love this Becca! You always put just the right details on your cards…I learn so much from your blog! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jan GarberJanuary 22, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    I love this card and all the golds and browns!ReplyCancel

  • Donna PikeJanuary 22, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    I would love to learn to knit. I have seen many beautiful things to make. Also, Becca, thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with all us. I would love to learn to make my cards as beautiful and professional as yours. I still lack the look of a professional card like you make. Such an inspiration my dear. I know who is in your heart and mind and guiding your hand in all your God given talents. Thank you.

  • Nichol RoskampJanuary 23, 2012 - 9:48 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bold colors, black and red are so beautiful together! Thanks for sharing it is beautiful and you are such a blessing to those around you!ReplyCancel

  • Elsie BeaverJanuary 23, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Love everything you create ,would love to try some of your pretty paper ,
    there are so many things I would love to try ,learning how to make your beautiful bows was a God send I never could get them until I watched your video and got my hubby to make the peg board ,now its easier ,I enjoy all your videos they are so easy to understand ,wow the ideas you have are amazing ,keep them coming .

  • Rhett's GirlJanuary 23, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    WOW! One of my all-time favorite cards!ReplyCancel