Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Thanks a Bunch

I did plan to post this on Sunday,I think I was being a tad over ambitious as its now Tuesday! No more Christmas cards for this week anyway,I've had my little Christmas flurry and it was time for something else, although I do have the Christmas digi's that I won that I must try out as they are fab.I also have a plan to make a few cards for some birthdays this month including my sister and a baby card so I need more practice as I've no idea what I'm going to do yet. Especially the baby card as dont have the materials to do this and have been searching for a cute 'baby card' digi... as yet I've not found 'the one'...I'm not sure what it looks like but I will  know it when I find it. 

I went for a bright sunny theme for this card, given the rain and thunderstorms we have had I  thought it would bring some sunshine...it's a thank you card for my husband. I used to frequently buy him cards, (not always for any specific reason other than to say hello or I love you) but since I started card making he has missed out,they have been too girly or not quite right, so this was to say thank you and remind him that he is not forgotten in my new crafty world... it's still a bit feminine but I think I get away with it as its not pink...just!...he seemed to like it.

I've also learned that gel pens and shiny paper is not a good mix..the card had initial only three flowers and was quite a simple design; but I hadn't noticed the ink wasn't dry when I was gluing the bow on and I smudged the ink used for the faux stitching on both the top and side panels... arghhh,some punched flowers to the rescue,add a few more pearls...and all hidden out of site (but I know its there!)

My stamping technique needs some more practice its the biggest stamp I've used so far and I struggled to stamp it properly. I must have had a dozen attempts before I finally stamped one that didn't have bits missing...I should have a day of just stamping to practice, it was getting very frustrating with it going wrong,thankfully I got there in the end. Anyway I'm already planning my next card, its a sketch, I often struggle with what to do,so I love sketches, I've chosen the papers etc and the stamp, so just need to put it all together...hopefully I will get it finished later tonight,this week I'm only working late 2 nights so aim to make the most of it while it lasts, as next week its back to feeling like I never leave work!

'A whole bunch of love' 

I made this card using the following 
from stash
  • yellow/orange paper -layering 
  • punched flowers -with added pearls
  • satin gold/yellow ribbon bow
  • gold heart pin
  • faux stitching -black gel pen

Challenges I would like to enter this 


  1. This is gorgeous Andrea, I love your gingham papers - they go so well with that sweet image and your pretty flowers.

  2. Wundervoll! Toll coloriert! Gefällt mir sehr gut.

    Danke für deine Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Dreja

  3. Gorgeous card Andrea, love the image and bright colours. Thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this time. Carol DT x

  4. Thanks for playing in our 'Animals or Insects' Challenge #49, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  5. Very cute card! Thank you for joining the Animals challenge at Great Impressions Stamps!

  6. This is so cute! I love your coloring and all of your added touches. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Pattie ♥
    at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge!

  7. Oh Wow! this is gorgeous Andrea! what a wonderful sweet image and you've coloured it to perfection… love the scrummy papers and embellishments… the flowers and ribbon are really pretty!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT for my 'Summer' theme and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  8. Awwww.. . this is so sweet. Your coloring is excellent. I'd love to see what you can do with an Avadares image. Thanks for joining in the challenge.
    Blessing hugs,

  9. So adorable, love the yellow! Glad you could join us at Whoopsi Daisy this week.

  10. What a cute little bear bringing flowers to Mama Bear. Thanks for joining us at Avadares for this challenge. Be sure to come back and see our free digi bear.

  11. cute little bear! love the colors. Thank you for playing with us @ 2 Sisters this week.

  12. So pretty. Love the colors. Thanks so much for joining us at 2 Sisters this week.

  13. Gorgeous card Andrea. Lovely colours and layout. Great bow. Thanks for joining in with this weeks Challenge at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges. Jenny x

  14. This is so cute sweetie. Thank you so much for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this time and good luck.


  15. Oh my gosh, this is so CUTE! Love it! 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!
    Rene :D

  16. This is a lovely card, I love the bright colours and you've coloured Popcorn beautifully.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge and good luck.

    Jo :)

  17. This is absolutely beautiful. Love the summery design with all those flowers and that gorgeous bow and image. Thanks for playing at Digi Doodle Shop Challenge and Whoopsi Daisy and good luck. Hope to see you back thursday and monday for new challenges. Bettina xx

  18. I love all the finishing touches...the pearls, flowers and bow. Your image is colored beautifully! So glad you joined us at Great Impressions Stamps!

  19. what a sweet card, Andrea! thanks for playing along at the TPE:)

  20. Gorgeous card Andrea, I love the summery colours. Thanks for joining us at NMW Challenges and good luck
    Claire xx

  21. Hi Andrea, this made me smile, love the image and all the yellow too, saw you over on mim. Joey #201 x

  22. Cute card! Saw this on MIM! Rae #5 & #74

  23. Such a pretty card. Thanks for playing at Whoopsi Daisy.
    Hugs Nataliya

  24. He is cute and precious, beautiful coloring. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Avadares
    Berni, DT

  25. This is gorgeous that image is so cute and adorable the colours, design and flowers are wonderful, thank you for joining our challenge at Whoopsie Daisy this week.
    Lorraine x

  26. Aww, this is darling!! Thank you for playing along with The Pink Elephant Challenge!

  27. Gorgeous card Hun I love popcorn he is adorable :)

    Thanks for joining us at 2Sisters Challenge

    Hugs Mandy xxx

  28. This is so pretty. Thanks for joining us at the Ribbon Girl card challenge this month

  29. Cute! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Simply Create Too Challenge#19 DT AJ~

  30. Beautiful card and colouring work. Like the bright pattern paper. Thank you for sharing and joining in at NMWC. Hugs, Velma

  31. What a happy card with the sweetest image! I love all the patterns and movement with this design. :) Thank you for joining us at The Pink Elephant in our ribbon challenge this week.
    ~*Joni TPE DT

  32. Such a cute stamp, love the stamp and colors.

  33. oh wow so pretty .. love the zingy yellow
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this fortnight for our Summer themed challenge
    Lisa x

  34. precious color combo <3 love it!!

    thanks so much for joining us over at Challenge Up Your Life!!

    xo Martina

  35. Such a pretty card. Love that flower punch! Thanks for sharing in No Matter Which’s *Anything Goes* challenge and good luck !


    Tammy, NMWC DT at Créations LaDiva :) xx


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