Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Busy Weekend and Birthday Card

Sorry this a bit of a long post as I had a busy weekend which was a bit different form my usual routine of housework,shopping and card making.I didn't get any card making done at the weekend as I had a busy time, as usually I would have completed a new post by Monday latest, its now Wednesday...where has the week gone?
The craft show at Donnington on Saturday and in the evening I was at the national firework contest at Belvior Castle; which was a lovely evening and the fireworks where outstanding; definitely the best I have ever seen, I was exhausted but very happy by the end of the night.Sunday was back down to earth and more of a 'normal' day catching up with housework, shopping and ironing!
I really enjoyed Donnington and was very excited at going,the plan was to go with my daughter unfortunately that wasn't possible and I went on my own.I went by train making good use of the courtesy bus on offer which was fun in itself being on a bus full of eager like minded ladies as excited as me; chattering away and sharing their crafting history and stories... which I thoroughly enjoyed. We arrived early and got in straight away with no queues, I was amazed at how busy it already was could hardly move in places and I found it really hard to get to all the stands as it was so busy. The heat was overwhelming and unbearable at times although I still had a great time and spent my entire budget in less than half the time I thought it would take me (I only took cash as I knew I would go a bit OTT if  I took a card...which was right as there was so much I wanted) I was like a kid in a candy shop...heaven.
There where great demonstrations from some of my favourite Crafters, which I thoroughly enjoyed and could have watched all day, it was excellent and I now have some great ideas and techniques that I want to try and have the products to do watch this space.When leaving I was surprised at the queue's and did feel for the huge number of people queuing when I left to get it at 1:30, I would have been so dissapointed if it was me; hopefully they had as much fun as I did.

'dress up girl  '
Its my sisters birthday at the end of the month and I want to make her card..I think this is the one although I do have one more card idea to try before I finally decide,as long as I dont run out of time. I used a sketch again and forgot what challenge but liked the layout. She does like to look good so I though this LOTV stamp was perfect. She was coloured with promarkers (of course) and I tried to keep it soft which I'm reasonably happy with.The floral paper is from a 12x12 scrap album set that I have never got round to starting yet (I will one day) it also worked with the colour scheme I had in mind and the Art Impressions challenge and Crafty Sentiments Design  challenges that are both flowers... one of my favourite its perfect.I've gone for an easel again and this time its sitting perfect and not toppling over...maybe I've finally cracked it (time will tell), I love the AB pearls which I bought recently from an E Bay shop, I bought a range of sizes and colours and I'm really pleased with all of them...I will definitely be using the same site again very soon as there were lots of other pearl colours and gems that I loved.
I used the following to make my card

  • white square base card
  • textured card stock - layering
  • lilac pearlised paper - layering
  • American crafts - 'I do' floral paper (from scrapbook making kit)
  • LOTV stamp -'new hat coloured with Promarkers
From Stash
  • punched flowers using card and pearlised paper-decorated with lilac pearls
  • white lace
  • green satin ribbon
  • aurora Borealis (AB) pearls-green/ lilac(Ebay shop  - Hazels Crafts)
  • Papermania glittered sentiment - 'On Your Special Day' 
  • white gel pen -faux stitching 

Challenges I would like to enter this week are - 


  1. Such lovely looking card. Lovely image and great design. Popped on over via MIM
    Love n hugs

  2. This is gorgeous Andrea, beautifully coloured image and fab papers.
    Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.

  3. This is beautiful! Love the colourful paper! Laura x

    Check out my new challenge blog at - Current challenge is Over The Rainbow!

  4. Beautiful card Andrea. Love the image, pretty papers and layout. Just Gorgeous.
    Caz x

  5. Andrea this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look. Hope you are having a fab Thursday. Hop on over to Doing Life - for a chance to win some lovely digi stamps from DS4J to the value of 20$.
    Doing Life
    Digistamps4Joy DT Member
    Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

  6. What a super darling image. THis is an amazingly beautiful card. Super, super gorgeous.
    Thanks for playing in the Birthday challenge this week at Sassy Cheryl's.

  7. This is beautiful! I am in love with your coloring, just stunning! Thank you for joining us this week over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge.

  8. This is super adorable, thanks for playing along this week.

  9. What a gorgeous card! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck!
    Rene :D

  10. Lovely card, thanks for joining us at Craft Punked this week!

  11. Lovely card.... but unfortunately our rules can only enter into 10 challenges,icluding ours at Craft Punked.
    Such a shame.
    Hope you will join us again soon.
    daisylou xxx

    1. oops I need to learn to read properly sorry

  12. Fabulous image and colouring, love the design and the beautiful lace, gorgeous card.

    Thanks for joining in with us at Crafty Sentiments .

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  13. A beautiful project, thank you for joining in with Fat pages and cards with attitude
    Lindsay xx

    1. WOW I won at fat pages with attitude and I'm over the moon.check out my new badge thank you so much DT. x

  14. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #165, #189, #217, #227 and #228.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  15. Andrea, this card is darling and so cleverly created with lots of great details!
    Thank you for joining us for the Sassy Cheryl's birthday challenge this week!

  16. Lovely project! Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenge this time! Good luck!

    Hugs, Natascha

  17. Wonderful colors and I love your coloring. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. Hope you will join us again next week. joann sassy raggedy

  18. This is a great week.
    I love this entry and your talent is fantastic.
    Good luck this week.
    Tammy Ortiz
    Founder of
    Tammy Scrapin Corner

  19. Adorable image and delightful card, Andrea! Thank you so much for joining us in our "Lots of Layers" challenge at Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Good luck in the draw and I hope we see you again next week.
    NanaConnie DT


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