Sunday, 24 February 2013

With Love to You

It’s a long post this morning .I started this card last weekend, and did not imagine it would take until yesterday before I’d finish it and make the box for it, although I gave it to my friend yesterday and she was pleased with it so it has been worth it, I definitely won’t win any speed awards!
 Work is still very stressful and I still have to work late most nights and will be for at least another couple of months, although there is light an end of the tunnel!
The plan was to make the most of this weekend as I have to work late every evening next week and Saturday so there won’t be much time for anything else… I am thankful I discovered card making and Blogger as it’s definitely great for my stress levels as this has been the most some of the most difficult few months I think I’ve ever had due to work and has been my saviour.
On a much more positive note I still have some leave left to take and hubby has had a surprise long weekend planned for months he asked me to book the dates off months ago and has kept it a secret as long as possible but as we go in less than 2 weeks; I now know where it is and it’ definitely a trip of a lifetime. I am a very fortunate and excited as we are off to the Arctic Circle to stay at the Ice Hotel in Lapland for 4 nights. This includes a husky ride, a night sleeping in an ice room and an ice sculpture lesson! hopefully we will get to see the Northern Lights too as its on my ‘bucket  list ‘ so I’m really exited .Today I'm going shopping  for thermals and bit s and pieces to keep warm ! Looking at the brochure and itinerary they have sent it’s going to be very very cold but amazing!!
I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for visiting ... hugs ...Andrea X

Card and box lid

Close up Tilda

 Back to the card as I have digressed, Tilda did start off as a potential option for hubby's valentines card when I first coloured her; but I didn't use her so has become a very girly easel card instead to say hi to a friend who has been poorly recently. I went all out girly with flowers, butterflies and pearls and as you can see the grand calibur has been busy again!.I love the pink and aqua colour scheme and it’s nice, bright and cheerful .For the first time I also decorated the box using a free embossing folder from a card magazine and the same embellishments I used on the card
Close up box lid

 Close up base of easel card

I used the following
2 x 6x6 scalloped square cards to create easel base
Green /pink cardstock for layering, die cuts and punches
Tilda-coloured Promarkers/Copics and a little glitter
Layered Labels 28 frame for Tilda and embossed box panel–
Also a decorated Tilda label with a flower (cut from ribbon) and gem
Design papers -American crafts –floral and pattern papers- ‘Wedding’ I Do
Pink ribbon bow on card and box – added gem
Punched butterflies-pearls
Die cuts- corners, leaves, flower and butterflies –(card and box )some glittered
Various paper and silk flowers –some with Stickles added  
Metal butterfly charm
‘With love’ sentiments-on card and box (magazine freebies)
 Stickles and glitter on some flowers Tilda and butterflies 


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  1. Hi Andrea
    What a super gorgeous easel card ... so many beautiful elements to look at. Love the box you made as well.
    Michaela xx

  2. A gorgeous easel card, lovely colours. Thank you for joining us at My Heart Pieces challenge. Marlene DT

  3. Beautiful card!!! Love the sweet image and your have so many lovely details in the gorgeous creation!!!!
    Thanks you for joining us in challenge #10 at LUFP!

  4. Lovely card! Thanks for participating at CCCB this week!

  5. Fabulous card... love the layout and colours..

    Thanks for sharing at In The Pink - hope to see you here with another fab pink creation soon!

    Christine x

  6. Hello Pinterest buddy I thought it was about time I popped over to find you :)
    Oh wow Andrea your trip sounds amazing, what a lovely surprise.
    Your card is absolutely gorgeous hun, so pretty and feminine and I love how you've layered your butterflies
    hugs Mandy xx

  7. Very pretty card, wonderful layers and detail. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week. Pat K x

  8. This is a beautiful card Andrea, such pretty papers and fabulous attention to detail.
    What a wonderful husband you have, you certainly are going on the trip of a lifetime - it sounds like you deserve to be spoiled though!

  9. So adorable!!!! Thanks so much for playing this week at CCCB :-)

  10. Andrea this is positively stunning!! Many thanks for playing along at CCCB! Have a wonderful trip ... sounds amazing!

  11. WOW! I am loving this card. That image is adorable. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

  12. Beautiful stunning card Andrea, love all the bitsies to see...great deco's on the lid

  13. Gorgeous creation, love your colors and the image.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs.

  14. Andrea, your beautifully colored Tilda with heart-strings looks fabulous on this wonderfully layered and fully embellished easel card. Your butterfly charm adds an especially nice touch. Lovin' your coordinated box too! So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps' digi team's "Charmed, I'm Sure (add a charm)" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

  15. Gorgeous card Andrea, love the cute image and pretty design.

    Donna x

  16. Andrea, this is jaw dropping beautiful!!! I love the image and design, your coloring is fabby, and the embellishments are just perfect. Just really awesome!! Thanks so much for joining Link Up for Pink Challenge and hope to see more of your entries here.

    Have a great trip!!!!

    Joanie DT

  17. What a wonderfull creation. I love the punches and the colors you have used. Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

  18. Your card is absolutely beautiful! I love all the flowers too. Have a wonderful trip to the "Ice Hotel." That sounds like a blast! Thanks for joining us at Link Up For Pink.

  19. Adorable card, Fabulous colouring. Thanks for joining us at My Heart Pieces.


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