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Saturday, 31 March 2012

My Les Mis Stamp

This is where I purchased mine

Got mine in 2010, am so chuffed I have found out for all the people that enquired with me

mandi x

"Less is More" Week 61

Good morning
Not such a lovely one, weatherwise, we have been too spoilt!
Over on "Less is More" this week, beng the 5th of th emonth it is ;Lucky Dip' We have chosen a colour picture inspiration from Design Seeds, I LOVE this site!

The wonderful Jenny is jopining us this week.
 Her card is superb!

My first card came together instantly! I stamped the Butterflies sentiment from a fabulous set my lovely Chrissie bought me last year for my birthday. Ashamed to say this is the first time I'd inked it! It is Katzelkraft Isabelle Norris English Quotes KT250.
I stamped using Stazon Stone Grey, then stamped with Versamark, the harlequin from a Tim Holtz set French Market. I heat embossed with WOW Neutral Ultra Shimmer Glitter embossing powder. So hard to photograph, but it is so lovely and glittery. I then took a Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink ink pad and using a dauber I sponged the ink in the right hand corner, out to the bottom edge and right hand side. Along the left hand edge, I drew a glue line with my Zig glue marker and sprinked with Glamour Dust. To finish I added the Martha Stewart punched butterflies. Colours are Stampin Up card Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery, lastly I added a few pearls.

For my second card I stamped the green spotted strip with Stampin Up Borderlines in Certainly Celery. Then I Stamped the square Solid Stripes, also Stampin' Up and heat embossed as above.
I hand drew the stalks. I wanted a modern funky look, so thought the freehand would have worked, specially in a dark grey [know it looks black!!]. However I didn't like it. So I redid it using strips of certanly celery card for the stalks..then didn't like that much either...have also glittered the green stems now!

Can see these ending up in the bin!
The Hero Arts flowers are from a set, the flower heads are in squares, therea re 4 designs. ~Again stamped in Stazon Stone Grey, watercoloured with pencils. The sentiment is a retuired SU one. 

If I could have a last shout out for anyone wishing to join my
Stampers 6 Club
Starting April 3rd
Only ONE place left

Please email me for further details
UK residents only please

Thank you as always for stopping by and for your wonderful comments
Have a great Saturday, I'm off to work for the morning

mandi xx

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Birthday Card

Hello from a sunny Shanklin
Aren't we lucky in the UK at the moment, wrm sunshine isn March!

I have a quick card to share with you, using Pink Petticoat papers and a digi. It was called "Dad's Taxi" Unfortuantely I don't think it is available now, but, ti was a super kit. Maybe Liz will re-release it one day.

Dee, whom I made the card for is about to start driving lessons and loves anything 'leopard'

Now, this is a car I'd LOVE too!

Entering into Paper Pretties "Bling"

Thanks for stopping by
mandi xx

Saturday, 24 March 2012

"Less is More" Week 60

Another beautiful day here in Shanklin.We really are being spoilt with this lovely sunshine.
I haven't had a particularly rushed week, but, it's one of those where I can't seem to make know how it is!

Lot of running around today, Chrissie too, however, is running around in a different way, she is off to the NEC with Anne. She is hoping to meet some of our lovely LIMettes.
SO wish I was there....sob sob

Anyways, onto "Less is More"
We have Recipe week and
This is SUCH a fun week, you have SO much scope!
Have fun!
For my first card I used a Marian Emberson stamp, stamped in VersafineOnyx, Gems added to the flower heads. Then sentiment is Pink Petticoat
Extremely simple
The challenges for this one are:
Week 12 Off Centre - Week 24 Circles [under the gems!] - Week 42 Bit of Bling

I made this for a couple I know, marrying for the second time. New beginnings. I think the butterfly is quite appropriate for ths occcasion.

The butterfly die is Stampin Up Beautiful Butterflies and the little flowers are the Itty Bitty punches. Sentiment, again is Pink Petticoat;

The challenges for this one are are:

Week 14 White on White - Week 16 Butterfly - Week 55 Die cut - Week 56 Don't Scrap It
I will try to add some more cards over the course of the weekend
Here is one I have made today

I took a scrap piece of card and trimmed to 4.5cm x 13.5cm, then using the emboss resist technique with Stampin Up Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Bashful Blue. The stamp set, apart from the sentiment is Stampin Up Creative Elements, I love this versatile set.

Take 3 are:
Week 16 - Butterfly
Week 28 - Use Ink
Week 6 - Off the Edge
Week 29 - Things That Move
Week 56 - Don't Scrap It

I had a 'little' present this week. Hubby is going on holiday again this year with our friends. I'm not a flyer and don;t enjoy the sun, so he felt guilty and made this purchase!!
You probably know what a shoe obsession I have and has always been my dream to own a pair. However, it's always receommended to go up a size with these shoes, but, being a stupid 8, there's nowhere to go up to!! 
Luckily, they fit like a glove. Mum suggested as I went to squeeze my foot in..."Couldn't you have your toes cut off?.....thanks Mum!!" 

If you aren't a shoe lover, then these will mean nothing........ if you are...SORRY! lol

Feeling extremely spoilt
Have a great week
Thanks for stopping by
mandi xx

Monday, 19 March 2012

When "More is More"

Well it is with this card lol

I was asked to make a card for my cousin to replicate this cake from 

Isn't it a Bobby Dazzler!

The reason was a girfriend of my cousin had seen this cake that she'd have loved for her 30th, but, as it was so expensive, didn't expect it. I was asked to make a card, they coudl present to her before her party, pretending, ths was the 'next best thing'
At the party the spledid cake was going to be centre of the buffet table
What FAB friends!

As my title says DEF not "Less is More" but, on this occasion, it had to be "Overload City!

Thanks for visitng, feeling a little rubbish today, head a bit sickly/muzzy,
 hey ho the sun is shining, so will get on with it!
mandi xx

Saturday, 17 March 2012

"Less is More" Week 59

Good morning 

It's Saturday again, don't they come round quickly!
It's Theme week over on "Less is More" and this week we have chosen

Boy, I had SUCH a hard time for this week! Despite being a SU demo I don't do that many stamping techniques, I do what I do, if you know what I mean! I rarely mask, hence... struggling!
However, here's what I did.
Les Miserables is my FAV musical, as it is for my friend Chrissie and many of you I guess. I love this stamp set and decided to replicate the Les Mis scene that represents the show. [The make escapes me, I will amend the post once I sort out whose it is]
I firstly stamped the girl, Cosette, onto my 6x6 card blank. I then made a 'stencil' mask for the torn flag behind. To achieve this effect I had to mask the girl using paper. Paper works best as card is thicker and likely to make a line in your design. I hand drew and cut the idea of the torn flag. Very crudely done, but I think you get the overall effect.
So I had 2 forms of masking, one with the girl and the other with the stencil. 

I am refraining being over picky with my card, little bit's aren't quite right, but, looking at it, I'm pretty pleased with the overall look.....kinda!

We've had a good week  with a 'new edition' to our family!

A shiny sparkly new car!

Well, not brand new, but, new to us. Only had one owner for a while, 2600 miles on the clock...what a steal! So we chopped in our 2 cars for one! Hubby and I will now share. Living on the island we hardly do many miles, so 2 cars were such a waste 90% of the time!
The buzz of a new car soon wears off, but, we are enjoying it at the moment!

Look at this stick thing

I am off to 'work' today in the wedding shop I design for. I will then be in there most Saturdays until further notice.

Have a super week all and 
thanks for stopping by and leaving such wonderful comments
mandi xx

Saturday, 10 March 2012

"Less is More" 58

Good morning
Feeling very tired this morning, was up til about 3. 
It was one of those impromptu listening of music!, Steve had been out and our friend was staying over. Music really does hold lots of special memories of our life doesn't it.
Off to have my nails done for 9am......SO not a good idea lol

Over on "Less is More" today our One Layer challenge is

and bling is back.....breathe!
Easy peasy for me. The fabulous stamp is by Butterfly Kisses Chic Background Stamped in Versarmark and embossed with WOW Princess Pink....scrummy! It is, as I said last week, THE best embossing powder, it stays just as sparkly once embossed and doesn't fall off or overheat, as I found with older powders from years back. The rhinestone embellishment is from Hobby House yawn, I know I use them all the time!! and a feather from my stash.
Here is a close up... I was trying to show you how crisp and sparkly it is, but I'm not sure if you can see it in this shot.

To my great surprise and delight I have been given an award by one of our lovely LIMettes Lainey

Thank you very much

I am also supposed to nominate 15 other people to receive this award, well this is the bit I'm afraid I don't have time t do, so if you forgive me, I won't

I do have to pass on 7 facts about myself..all very boring, never know what to say for this kinda, thing, sorry

1 - I have been card making since 2004, but, have always been arty farty!
2 - I have a passion for shoes and have about 80 pairs [have recently thrown some!!]
3 - I passed my driving test first time after the 13th lesson
4 - I'm an animal lover 
5 - I'm tall 5'8" with size 8 feet, which I hate cos if the 8 doesn't fit the next place is the box they come in!
6 - We  love cruising and spent our honeymoon on the QE2, visiting New york, Bermuda and the Caribbean
7 - I have an obsession for a few things, even numbers, my mugs colour co-ordinated in the cupboard, tins front facing...I won't go on lol

Thank you for stopping by I really do appreciate your wonderful comments
Have a lovely day
mandi xx

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Wedding Card

Another beautiful day here on the Isle of Wight, nippy, but, lovely sunshine.

I had to make a card for a couple getting married on Saturday. The bride Leslie is a beautiful girl and will make the most stunning bride. Her bridesmaids are to be in  pastels. I was also asked to include their photo. To protect the surface of the photo, I also cut the heart in acetate, then stuck with a piece of double sided tape under the flowers

Awful picture agan, but, not complaiing about the sun!


I want to show you how en-trend my Mum was back in 1954!
It would have been their 58th anniversary this Tuesday 6th March. Dad passed away in 2005, but he'd have made some joke about them being together so long....Love ya Dad!

Back in 1954, they photographs were only black and white, but, these '2 young lads' that took their photos hand painted the photo to match the dresses, how cool!

Thank you for stopping by
mandi xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Another version

Hello everyone, what a gloriously sunny day it is here today.Albeit on the chilly side!

I had to make a wuick card and as nothing is ever sutbale in my mountain of pre amde card I quickly did this. Have to say I rather enjkoyed making my 'block design for "Less is More" so quickly did a similar thing today.

Pants photo, it is too sunny in here!
The green, printed on ivory is the Pistachio and the pink is Blossom. Lvoely soft shades....despite teh picture!

Papers are Pink Petticoat Liz has some terific sentiments on sale tomorrow. She is giving us a sneak peak of them. they looks fabulous. I will be buying them for sure.

Thanks for stopping by and for such amazing comments
I appreciate every one

mandi xx

Saturday, 3 March 2012

"Less is More" Colour Week 57

Good morning, from a chilly Shanklin! We had a bit of fog that hung around all day yesterday, it wasn;t nice, dont like fog. One of the pitfalls of living by the sea I guess.

So it's Saturday and a new challenge on 
"LEss is More" This week, ebing the first of the month is Colour and we have chosen

We are also sponsored by 
WOW! Embossing Powder offer over 160 different colours of embossing powders: Embossing Glitter, Metallic, Puff and Ultra High to name a few collections. WOW! also sell Fab Foils, embossing inks, embossing pens, bonding powder, flock, stamps and stamping accessories.

Neutrals to me means NO sparkle, glitter or bling...SOB SOB!
I decided to use kraft for my first card. I stamped the Agapanthus, from the Kanban set I used on ym personal blog. It;s a super little sheet, available from Create & Craft only at the moment, I think. I stamped in Versamark then embossed in WOW Pepper embossing powder. For any of you that dont know, WOW embossing powders, are fantastic! I never used to be a big fn of heat embossing, but, WOw have changed my mind competely. Whatever they are made of give a superb finish, they seem finer somehow and are available in The most gorgeous colours!
Holding a dark brown pece os paper the same size as my kraft panel, I tore the bottom, then placed with the brown just down slightly. I prefer the ripped edge to be roughly the same shape. I roughly coloured the Agapanthus using my Chocolate Chip marker pen.
The brad [cou;dn;t resist snucking a little bit of bling on]is Stampin up, poked through, then Linen thread, also Stampin up wound round the brad, then secured behind before sticking. The sentiment is from You are Loved, again Stampin up.

For my second card I took my layout inspiration from our Neutrals colour block.
It is nothing like I planned in my head! How often does that happen!!
Looking at the photo, I planned my squares, roughly first on paper, then cut to size. In Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crumb Cke and Sahara Sand.I then used Stampin Up French Foliage and embossing folders [Swiss Dots and Square Lattice]to create different textures. This again is heat embossed in Pepper.
[As you can imagine, all my other powders are all sparkly and shiny, SO not Neutrals week!]

For any Stampin Up products or if you would like to join my Stampers 6 club starting April 1st, please contact me
Only 3 places left!

Thansk for stopping by and for leaving such FAB comments, I truly appreciate them
Have a great week
mandi xx

Thursday, 1 March 2012

OLW 81

Beautiful day here in Shankin, the su is shining and it;s quite mild again. Who;d have thought it for March 1st!
On that note Happy St David's Day to those celebrating

i have joined in with One Layer Wednesday today. I really should do more as it is something I thoroughly enjoy doing!

This week is OLW81 
and Cream, Black and a touch of bling.

The flowers are from a newly acquired Kanban set, I bought from Create and Craft
 There are 4 A6 sheets in the set, 3 of them I wasn't fussed on, but I love the sheet this is on!

I have had a little play with my setting today. Usually just get up, put the card on my chair and take the pic!
Since I've been more involved designing with the wedding shop display of my stationery I think it adds a bit of je ne sais quois! Plus I've always been in awe of Sarita. Aswell as THE most stunning cards, her display of them is fabulous.

Thanks for stopping by
Enjoy the sunshine, if you have it

mandi xx

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