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Saturday, 30 June 2012

"Less is More" Week 74

Here we are again, another month almost over and it;s still raining!
I'm not here, I'm at a couple of wedding set ups. 

Over on "Less is More" being week 5 of the month we have our Lucky Dip and very excitingly a guest designer. Kim agreed to join us and has made THE most fabulous card, do go check out "Less is More" and Kim's blog.

Our Lucky Dip challenge is

to create a card inspired by our header

Isn't that FAB.
We cannot wait to see what you create, there is SO much scope!

I had trouble with the light when taking this picture.,..the panel looks all bumpy! It is flat.....

As I have said on "Less is More" I had ideas buzzin in my head, but, they just would not materialise from my fingers...ggrrr

Full details are on our challenge post.

Thanks for stopping by and for such FAB comments

Have a great week
mandi xx

Friday, 29 June 2012

Another Annniversary Card

I snuck away for an overnight visit, so playing catch up today. Particularly with my "Less is More" comments.

Here is the third anniversary card, same layout, different colours
same old same old...but I like it in gold.

Same spec as before. 
Cheery Lynn Flourish, sued with then but it in gold to come off the edge, for a bit of interest. Punches and gems to finish.
The computer sentiment is Tangerine

Sorry it's boring, thanks for stopping by
See you over on "Less is More" tomorrow morning...oh and here too!

It's a real goody tomorrow.......!!!

mandi xx

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Ruby Anniversary

Hi everyone

Another of the heap of cards I got through yesterday.
What I do is, if I like a layout I then flog it to death and adapt to use for eveyr other card I need to make....forever ha ha!!

I never like Ruby anniversary cards. The red on white just doesn't sit right for me. I find it too...well I don't know
Maybe it's the whole red thing!

Anyways here it is...

Another Cheery Lynn Flourish, I think this one is Tropical..will check!
I added the same flourish off the lower edge to give a bit more interest.
Computer generated setntiment 'Tangerine'

Will post another versaion, one I like be warned ignore me tomorrow if you are bored...!!

Thanks for stopping by
Have a good day
mandi xx

Monday, 25 June 2012

Wedding Card

Been sunny all day on the IOW, which does make you feel so much brighter huh!
The last festival goers will at least leave the island easier than they arrived!

I have a bunch fof cards to make over the next 2 days. So thoguht I'd blog one today.

Wedding card spec, Ivory, pale pink and light green

Computer generated sentiment - Font is Tangerine
Stampin Up Scallop Edge Punch
Cheery Lynn flourish
Crealies Leaves
Punched flowers and gems
Liquid Pearls in the centres of the tiny flowers

This is a layout my partner in crime Chrissie works SO well

Thanks for stopping by
mandi xx

Saturday, 23 June 2012

"Less is More" Week 73

Today I am on my way to the mainland as our precious little Joe was one on Thursday, 21st. A BBQ is planned with Danny, Jess and a few family members, although I doubt we will be outside! 

Good old British weather..
Cannot believe how much Joe has changed since he was here beginning May!

It has been horrendous these last couple of days, which is such a shame as the Isle of Wight hold a huge music festival here this weekend. Our island was gridlocked, poor festival goers were stranded, some all night sure to the camp site and car park fields being flooded. This had a knock on effect, ferries could not dock as there was nowhere for the cars to go. It was a complete and utter disaster!
From pictures it seems any that made it there are making the most of being covered in mud!

Onto "Less is More"
It's Recipe week and we have chosen 

Nothing exciting, but here are my efforts...

                               Not being a colourer I enjoy paper piecing, when I have the time to fiddle and cut!
This is an old Pink Petticoat digi image, Lola Rose. I copied the image into a Word Document, where I resized and printed onto white card stock. I then copied and pasted another 2 images onto the page giving me 3 in a row. I then lightly stuck the 2 paper panels to another A4 sheet where I knew the images would print. Gving me the perfect size to paper pierce the different elements. Once trimmed I stamped the Penny Black Happy Birthday and attached the panel with 3d foam to my 6" square card. Added the gems to finish.

This is a retired  Stampin Up stamp set. I paper pierced using scraps of pink, lilac, coral and olive. The 'flames' are glittered as is the edge of the panel using a zig marker. The Happy Birthday is Penny Black.

This last card is Hobby Art, I love the sketchy drawn flower
. Literally stamped on kraft, then paper pieced on white and some green, then added the gems to finish. 
The Happy Birthday is the same as above Penny Black.

Thanks for stopping by and for those of you who leave me such wonderful comments,
 I do SO appreciate them

Have a great week
mandi xx

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Father's Day

My Dad was a giggler, I inherited that trait!

Love and miss him everyday but on special days like today, Father's day 
I look at this picture and remember him

Just like this....

This was on the QE2 1998

Sorry i have posted this picture before, but, I never tire of it
Love you Dad xxxxx

Ribbon Girl June Challenge

I was chuffed to be invited to be Guest Designer for June from Mary & Andrea 

Ribbon Girl have a superb team of Designers, I am honoured to join them for a month

Do pop across to their BLOG and take part in the challenge there's a FAB prize up for grabs
 and also

This was our inspiration

and these are what I made

*amended this pic form the challenge blog as it looked so dark. Really difficult to get a gootpicture with this lweather at the moment
As we are a little bit shiny ove ron "Less is More" this week I have also added glossy accents to my flower to give it an enamel look

Obviously all embellies are from Ribbon Girl.
Despite their title they stock an array of other goodies too.
buttons, pearls, diamantes, roses, flowers, ribbon sliders
and so much more!
They offer a perfect service and 
everything is competitively proced and each parcel comes wrapped in 
gorgeous pink tissue which is such a treat!
If you havent been across, do pop along and have a looksie, you won't be disapointed.
There is also a sale on so grab yourself a bargain
There are new products being added all the time.

Not sure why the pom pom ribbon looks wonky, it isn't IRL.....honest!

Thanks for stopping by

Have a great day
mandi xx

Saturday, 16 June 2012

"Less is More" Week 72

Good morning I'm not here again, I'm at a wedding set up. I do so enjoy it! Delivering some invitations later today too, to a lovely couple from London, marrying on the island. 
Have another packed wedding stationery week, which again is enjoyable and rewarding, but, do wish there were more hours in the day. Oh and those darned fairies must have gone on holiday cos their ironing pile is sky high!

OK, so onto "Less is More" and Theme week where we would like to see

Well being a magpie in my former life, I expected to enjoy this one!!!
 But, the pressure to please our LIMettes does prove somewhat taxing!
I am an over thinker, it does my head in. If I could 'just do it' life would be SO much easier.....

For my first card, I stamped the branch and birds in Versafine Onyx Black, then the Thank you and added the teal flowers. They are punched from Stampin Up Itty Bitty punch, diamante gem in the centre. The strip at the side is silver mirrir card, embossed with a bark EF. Horrendous to photo!

This little set is all Penny Black Salutations. Its a fabulous set. I embossed the vase in WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Copper, it is far shiner than the photo shows...honest! The flower head is in black, which i stamped, cut out then shaped with my fingers to give dimension. Sentiment and then gems to finish. 
Two lots of shiny in fact!

Hopefully you can see it better here

  This is just a 4.5cm square with strips of double sided tape to cover the whole area.

I then peeled off 3 and sprinkled with WOW Gold Embossing Powder and heat embossed. I then removed 2 more and covered with Stampin Up Silver Glass Glitter. Finally removing the final 2 strips and covering with Glamour Dust. I added the shiny metal heart charm from Ribbon Girl with a diamante brad.

It's a shame the picture doesn't really do the
 'shiny-ness' justice!

Thanks as always for visiting and leaving such FAB comments
Have a good day and week
mandi xx

Thursday, 14 June 2012


Does anyone recognise this stamp, please
Friend of mine would like it, don't know the proper title or make

Sorry bit fuzzy

Thanks in advance
mandi xx

Saturday, 9 June 2012

"Less is More" Week 71

Wow, it;s so windy here on the Isle of Wight. Had gales all yesterday and again this morning.
I always wonder if we closer to France now lol

Mum and I had a shorter break than expected in Bath, ruined by the weather!
Bath is beautiful, lots of shops, stunning architecture and history but we got totally drenched twice in 2 days and spent most of the time in our hotel room. Mum suffered with her feet on the cobbled streets, so as the forecast was to get worse, rather than better we took the decision to drive back down south to Southampton! 
We then had a few hours shop before catching the ferry back home.
Felt slightly deflated, but, there you go couldn't be helped

So onto "Less is More" and

We have chosen

Was SO looking forward to this week, when Chrissie and I chose it. I use a flourish loads...well so I thought!! It seems they are mainly die cuts - NOT one layer!!!
Hey ho, so here we go with this one.
A Stampin' Up set I love, it's called Creative Elements. It has this flourish and other bits and bobs, so handy!
I literally stamped twice as you can see in Versafine Black Onyx and coloured the various little segments with my Stampin Up markers. Promarkers or Copics they ain't but they are double ended and FAB for this kind of pin point colouring. I added these colours...
Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango and Perfect Plum.  Aren't they the coolest names!! I punched the oval, which is also SU. Their punches are THE best quality and go through card [this is 270gsm] like butter! I used the computer to generate the sentiment, the font is Yorkshire. I printed it onto some perfectly matching Melon Mambo card stock and attached it to the inside.

One of my discarded attempts yesterday didn't make it to the bin and I kinda don;t mind it as much you ever get that
I whacked the rose on it and decided to show you!

You can't tell but there is purple on here as well as the black. One thing I noticed in the shops is all the colour in the clothes! Bright oranges with purples, pinks and greens.....wonderful!
Certainly cheers up our dismal British weather!
The stamps are Tim Holtz and the sentiment a Marion Emberson, Personal Impressions
The card base is Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie, then stamped in PP, Concord Crush and Basic Black stamping . he harlequin is versamrk and clear embossed. The rose is a splash of and pink is my FAV combination!
If you would like further info on Stampin Up products or would like a catalogue, hear about the special offers DO email me

I managed to catch up on my commenting once I got home, should be good again this week as I;m not too overloaded......famous last words lol

Thanks for stopping by and for such FAB comments
Have a great week
mandi xx

Saturday, 2 June 2012

"Less is More" Week 70

Good morning. it;s June!
Gosh the time flies!
It's rather exciting times in the UK at the moment with our queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. 60 years as our Queen, what an achievement! Our village is adorned with bunting galore, it looks so lovely!

Apparently The Queen and Prince Philip have a great sense of humour and make each other laugh.I love this picture, such radiance.

Our colour week on "Less is More" HAD to be 
Red White and Blue

I'm off to Bath Monday wiht my Mum for a few days. A girlie 4 days of shoping and chilaxiing.....heaven
Of course this has meant a week from hell of work  that hasn't ended yet lol

I am very patriotic and love anything royal! Our heritage is something I feel so proud of!
For my card I wanted to reflect our Jubilee weekend.
All stamps are Stampin Up. The flourishes and crown are Artistic Etchings, the blue is Versamark Imperial Blue although it looks slightly purple in the picture. I mounted the crown on 3d foam pads and added a few of gems to finish. The sentiment is from Wedding Sweet

Have a super week everyone
Thanks for stopping by
mandi xx

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