Friday, 10 February 2012

Quick Valentine's Day Card

Good morning,  peeps and I’m saying this from the edge of the Northumberland National Park where we are just coming to the end of a lovely week’s holiday!  Time to go home tomorrow and it looks like there’s snow in Yorkshire so it could be an interesting journey home!

This week the challenge over at Polka Doodles is to make a quick Valentine’s Day card.  As you know, quick cards are not part of my vocabulary since I can spend many hours just colouring an image so this was a challenging challenge for me.  However, Polka Doodles CDs came to the rescue and this is what we produced together:

The main image was taken from the Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD and I just love the misty hear images that blend in with the clouds in this.  The words are taken from the Love and Cherish CD, as is the background paper.  There are so many wonderful images and sentiments on both of these CDs that I was almost spoiled for choice and if you’re looking for inspiration for any romantic occasion, especially wedding, then I would heartily recommend the Love and Cherish CD.  The Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD has something for every occasion.
I do hope you’ll join us for this latest challenge and get making some of those Valentine cards.  You can even collect a free digi image to use in enetering the challenge so that's an even more powerful reason to join us!  I just have to come up with something for Valentine's Day for my lovely hubby not because he’s seen this one!
Thank you for looking today and keep warm!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Oh! Mr Postman what did you do...?

Good morning, peeps and a happy Thursday morning to you!

What did the postman do? - you may well ask!  This was in December now so the steam has stopped coming out of my ears but this is the tale.  As you can imagine, I'm always working up to the last minute with my samples for the Stamping with Clarity Show on C & C TV.  I then dash to the Post Office and despatch them via their guaranteed next day delivery service so that Barbara gets them in time to take to Peterborough.  What happened?  I had a phone call from the lovely Grace at 2.00 p.m. to say that no cards had arrived!  To cut a long story short, the Post Office had no idea where they were, their records showed that I had posted the package and that was the end of their story.  You can imagine how I felt after all that work and also feeling like I'd let Barbara down!  Anyhoo, the cards finally did show up on the following Monday - after the show had aired...:-((  Well, if Barbara ever offers those kits again you may see these cards on the TV screen but I thought I would show them here anyway, whilst I'm currently hoping that the cards I posted yesterday are safely now at their destination!

I had been wanting to have a go at a recessed card for ages and this kit with the little boy fishing and the leaves was the perfect opportunity.  The colours have come out badly in the photograph (those are always taken in a rush, as well!).  IRL the background was lovely, warm shades of yellow, rust and red.  You can find this stamp here.

This is another one of those words with a large 'O'!  The animal remountable stamps are lovely!

One of those endlessly useful tree and flying bird kits has been used here to create a snowy scene for  a New Year card.

Isn't it amazing what you can do with a Clarity Corner Stamp - this one is the Snowdrop Corner.  I stamped it with Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and cut out the blank areas of the design to show the Cherry Cobbler card underneath.  The frame is made with a Martha Stewart PATP punch.

The colours aren't all that good here again but I embossed the Large Snowdrops on white card with Moonglow EP and cut them out with a Spellbinders die.  I then mounted them on dark green card to emphasise the teardrop shaped cut-outs in the border.

Well, I think that's enough for one post and thank you if you've read this far.  I should be making my next post from Northumberland because we're up there for a holiday next week woohoo!!