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Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Little Card With Love

Hi All,
Have you bought your Lili of the Valley new stamps. They were released yesterday and are so gorgeous.
This is a card from the stamps released a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited to get them, that I stamped them and left it a couple of days before I coloured them. I could not decide whether to use Distress Inks or Copics.
In the end I used Spectrum Noir and Copics.
The background is a piece of Vintage Collection Core'dinations card, run through my Joy machine in an embossing folder. I then used my sanding block on the embossed bits.The floral border is Memory Box Die, Fairytale Flower Border cut from Vintage Core'dinations.
The sentiment is a stamp that I have had for a while and cannot remember where it came from. I know it was with other stamps on a sheet! Gosh I hate getting old!!
The flower is also a Memory Box Die, Fabulous Phlox, which I cut from the same card as the floral border. I used a piece of Dry Foam to apply some white acrylic paint around the edges of the petals. The leaves come with the flower dies.
If you use my link at the top and go to LOTV, you must look at their Design Team's card samples. They are stunning.
Thanks for visiting my blog and have a good weekend.
Carol S.xx

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Clean and Simple!

Morning all,
Just a quick post this beautiful sunny Sunday morning! It is so great to see the sun, it really lifts the spirit.
We are off to look after out Grandson this morning. Our Granddaughter is finally having her birthday party today, a week late because of the snow. She is going to a place called 'Laser Hub'. Obviously something to do with lasers but that is all I know and it's not suitable for a 2 year old!
Apologies for the poor quality of my pictures today. As you can see I still am trying to master my new photo programme. They looked much brighter when I did them a few days ago.
This is my first go at 'Clean and Simple'. Gosh it's so hard!! I couldn't not put the butterflies on, as there was so much bare space! I know, that's the idea!!!
The image is a Whimsy stamp, from a free set that were on the Papercraft Essentials magazine.
I coloured her with a mixture of Copics and Promarkers. Just added a sprinkle of Stardust Stickles on her wings, flowers and dress.
I have done another CAS card that is even plainer. Have a go and you will see how hard it is!! Your hand shakes as you reach out for the flowers, leaves and embellishments that you can't put on it!Lol!!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments.
I hope the sun is shining where you are.
Carol S.xx


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Mia's 7th Birthday.

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are keeping warm in this freezing weather. I think the snow has thawed a little bit today but the pavements are still awful.
I had my pre-operation assessment yesterday. It took 2 1/2 hours of tests and blood removing! It's like having a human MOT! So hopefully my knee replacement will be done on 20th February. Not looking forward to it though.
My Granddaughter was 7 last Sunday. Very sadly, her party was cancelled at the venue they had booked, due to the snow. As my daughter has a 4 x 4 Jeep, they were at least able to get over to us and her mother-in-law. The party is now this Sunday, so we are having our Grandson for a few hours, as he is too little to go.
This is the card I made for her. A LOTV stamp of course. I coloured it with Copics and Flexmarkers.

The 2 large circles I cut with a Nestie look-a like Die from Ebay. The Lilac one is pearlescent card and the butterflies are from the same card, using a Cheery Lynns Designs Die.
For the image I used the Nestie Fleur De Lis Square die and the Butterflies Circle die for the sentiment.
The ribbons and button are from my stash and the silver Princess charm, I bought 8 on a card from our 99p Shop!!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and for leaving your lovely comments.
Keep warm and safe from the icy weather.
Carol S.xx

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Two Of a Kind.

Hi All,
Hope you are all tucked up in the warm. It's freezing and very wet here in West Sussex.
Thank you for your well wishes re my hand. The injection wasn't too bad, just left a small bruise. I won't know for a couple of weeks if it has worked. Today I received confirmation for my knee replacement operation, Wednesday 20th February. Now that I am not looking forward to!
This LOTV stamp has to be one of my favourites. That is why there are two cards using the same stamp today. Both are coloured with Distress Inks but using different colours.
For the first one I have used Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick for her top, the flowers in her hair and the top section of  her wings. For her skirt I used Shaded Lilac, also on the bottom part of her wings and her shoes.
I used Nesties Decorative Labels Twenty Seven to cut out the image and whilst still in the Die, I used Tattered Rose around the inside edge of the Die. The background papers were from a free paper pack of Prima Botanicals and the rest from my stash.

The next card was much simpler. The base background was a piece of beige card that I went around the edges with Gathered Twigs. I cut 2 panels and one square, from Prima Botanicals papers and used Gathered Twigs around the edges.
The stamped image was cut out with a Nestie and before I removed it from the die, I went around the internal edge with Antique Linen. For her dress top I used Dried Marigold and for the skirt I used Pumice Stone. I used the same colours on her wings.
The sparkly bits are of course, Stickles Stardust.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and find some time for a bit of crafting. I am going with a friend to Sandown Park Craft Fair on Thursday. First one of 2013!
I wish Lili of the Valley went to this one, as due to my operation, I don't think I will be able to make Alexandra Palace this April. Since the changes at St. Pancras Station, it is so far to walk to the platforms.
Well off to bed for an early night tonight. I went at 01.30 last night, (my usual time!) I just settled down and my husband cramped his leg. He wandered around for a bit, got back in bed and then started to cough and cough!! He has the winter cough that is going around at the moment.
I got a bit fed up, so got out of bed and went and read the local paper for half an hour, until he had stopped! Then we had to get up early this morning, as the builder was coming to concrete our new pipework in. Guess what?!! As it was raining hard, he couldn't do the concrete, so I need not have got up early!
My eyes are now sore, so I will say goodnight and thanks for stopping by. I love reading your comments as they always make me smile.
Carol S.xx

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

A Cute Double Act!

Hi Everyone,
What a game I have been having with Blogger! I would first like to thank Sharon,  The Little Stamper blog, for putting the information as to how to upload pics from our computers onto our posts. Without Sharon, I would have given up by now!! And been bald!!Lol!!
I would then like to thank Anne, at Lili Of The Valley  for her determination to find out why I could not get my comments to stay on their blog. It turned out, that for some reason I had been blocked!! All sorted out now. So a big thanks to her.
Guess what? This card is using Lili of The Valley stamps. I love these two cute girlies. Although 2 separate stamps, they just go so well together.
The backing paper is just white card, put through my Joy machine in a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder and then coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

The next layer is a Doillie from my stash I have had for over 20, yes 20 years!!! Just added some Broken China Distress Ink around the edge.

The flower is an old set of Woodware punches and the flourishes are a Marianne Designs Die.
Now I have mastered the hiccup with Blogger I have another card ready to post.
I have been making loads of what I call my 'Stock' cards, which I don't bother posting.
I am having an injection into my right hand tomorrow, as I have a condition called Trigger finger. If I make a fist with my fingers and then open my fingers, my little finger stays curled up. I have to concentrate to open it, or open it with my other hand. Very annoying.
I hope that this will work. If it doesn't, then it means an operation. So I am keeping my fingers crossed, (not my little one!!Lol!) that it will work.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments.
Carol S.xx