Thursday, 7 April 2011


Hello there hope you’re ok and getting warmer, we had 2 lovely days here. I got to have a bit of a play this last few days but boy I’m I rusty!! I think i have new stash Crafter’s block. I am surrounded by all this nice new stuff and I just cannot make anything worthy it seems.
I did however after some persistence managed to make a gift box and a card for Fiona one of my dear friends. She celebrated her birthday today and I had to break open THE most gorgeous stamp set from the mini catty… I LOVE THIS SET seriously love it. If I don’t buy another set from now till never I will be happy with this set.. ermm ok maybe not till never *smile*
Here they both are..
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I have used Nature Walk stamp set and the yummy coordinating Botanical Gazette papers, so gorgeous. In am loving the vintage inspired sets in this mini, I am ready to explore a bit further and maybe try something new, this style looks very grown up to me and while I personally refuse to grow I do not have any qualms about my  card making style growing up.
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I decided on an easel card and it uses the fabulous Top Note Die, I cannot believe that I have got this and I'm using it, I needed it like forever. I have used my Stampin markers to add colour to the flowers and layered the bee and a few other stamps from the set on vanilla card stock, then I used So Saffron and the brayer to add some colour to the panel. Everything was splattered with the spritzing tool (ok you cannot see the splatters in this photo as that happened later look at the previous photo, see? told you very rusty). Look at that glorious seam binding in Crumb Cake, I need to tell you that I didn’t immediately love this ribbon, if you are looking for neat bows that hold their shape on your projects this is not what you are looking for, if you want beautiful ruffles and pleats then this should be your first choice, wonderful to work with.
And another thing I really love is the glass glitter, is amazing especially good for those I don’t to glitter crafters. I have used here the Champagne.
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Colours used are Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke and So Saffron. Sentiment from the trusty Sincere Salutations set.
  The gift bag is one of Lauren Meader’s templates cut in choc chip and decorated as above.
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I have made a boo boo here as you can see. I have added some colour to the bird with my aquapainter and the choc chip which was the ink I initially stamped my bird in bled and made the whole thing appear a bit muddy, not sure why I did this I should have known better, I’ll blame it on the rusty again. More glass glitter and ruffles, pretty, pretty ruffles in crumb cake. The sentiment on here is from the Just believe set.
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Thank you for stopping by till next time big hugs xxx
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  1. Hi Monica
    how are you wonder you have crafters block ...with what you have been through...Love the card sooo different for you ...stunning ...going to Ally Pally for the weekend

  2. Yes, you're right....crafters block...these are hideous! Are you kidding me!?!?! These projects are amazing and I love what you have done!!!! Hope all is okay:) Still thinking of you my friend:)

  3. Beautiful Monica
    Hugs Louise xx

  4. Wow, these are stunning Monica, they have a lovely soft vintage feel to them, I think I may have to add these stamps to my ever growing wish list ! LOL. I don`t think you are rusty with your crafting at all and with your recent loss it`s understandable it would be hard to get back into the swing of things, keep your chin up, your projects are beautiful, hugs Sara xxx

  5. This is the first time I have seen cards made with this set - they are stunning. Hope you are starting to feel a little brighter - Jacqueline xx.

  6. 'Simply beautiful' as always ;) Hope you're ok.

    Vicki x

  7. These are just stunning Monica.

    Love Lynda xxx

  8. Welcome back and you did a fabulous job on your projects, I'm with you, I LOVE this stamp set.

  9. Hi Monica ... I've got this fantastic stamp set on my next order (and just can't wait now I'e seen your inspiring ideas! How clever are you ... WOW your cards are amazing! Lots of love and my thoughts are with you -x-Linda-x-

  10. I think this is the BEST card you have ever made, and you've made a lot of super-fabby ones. I love the style, the colouring, well everything really. If I needed any encouragement to buy this set, I'll need to look no further! Congratulations, it's a masterpiece!
    Still thinking of you Monica and hoping that each day brings gentle memories rather than painful sadness,
    Judy xx


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