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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Happy Anniversary


Hello my blogging friends. This card is for my Mum and Dad's Wedding Anniversary.

A few health issues have meant I don't have much energy to spend crafting at the moment so, I wanted maximum impact in minimum time. Looking around I found some beautiful glittered rubons which I've had for ages.

The base card is 7 inches square, which just allows a piece of 6x6 paper to be used without any trimming. \the base paper is from a 6x6 stack of Prima Analee. This was then embossed with large swiss dots and the edges inked with Bundled sage distress ink. The edges were enhanced by a peel off border, which just added a little bling.

The focal panel was cut with a Go Create die and again, the edges inked with the Bundled Sage, whilst still in the die to keep the edges white.

A tag stamped with the sentiment, 3 gorgeous rhinestones and some organza ribbon finish to off.

Back soon.

Iolanthe x


Friday, 4 February 2011

Bit Box Cards 2


I have two 'bit boxes'. In one I keep all the die cut label shapes and mats that I've cut, but for one reason or another haven't used. In the other I keep all the bits that I've created when I've been playing.

Some months ago I was playing with memory glass and alcohol inks and created the centrpiece of this card. I stamped the bird in the heart, which if I remember rightly was a free stamp with Craft Stamper early last year, on the glass with Black Stazon. When that was dry I inked the back of the stamp with 2 different alcohol inks. I thought the resulting tile was really cute, so it was popped into the 'bit box' where it remained until today.

The base card is 5x5, smaller than I usually do, but the Marths Stewart corner and border punches fit exactly, if you are very careful! The backing paper is from the gorgeous Analee Prima 6x6 pad, which is lovely for femenine pretty cards. Little birdie was popped onto a Nestie mat from the other bit box with Diamond Glaze.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time.

Iolanthe x

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Nestabilities 2011 Winter Releases

Those of you who are obsessed with these little beauties might like to know that they can be pre-ordered now from The Stamp Pad now!

I just want to say, I don't work for the Stamp Pad, just wanted to promote my lovely friend Gwen and her amazing shop, I think this is a great offer.

I have set up a page on my blog where you can see order the details. Look here:.

If you want to see all of the new releases look on the Spellbinders site here

Here are some pics of the little beauties......




Aren't they fabulous? That's just a few to whet your appetite! I think I'm going to have to go into therapy, (but not before I've got my order in.)

I'm off to make my list.....

Iolanthe x

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Simply Sanded



This card was the result of a little experiment. I picked up this cutlee little embossing folder at The Stamp Pad last week and thought I'd have a play. I dug out a pad of Prima papers and thought, "I wonder what it would be like embossed and sanded?" and this was the result. I sanded the edges of the paper to finish it off before mounting on a 6x6 card base.

I had the (badly) stamped Nestie label in my bit box (can't bring myself to throw things like that away!). When I put it next to the sanded card I really liked liked the fact that it wasn't perfectly stamped, it added to the slightly shabby look of the card.

Then I went slightly bling crazy and popped some tiny gems into the middle of each of the little flowers. It's a pity the piccy doesn't do its sparkliness much justice.

Hmmmmm, what next?........

Off to play,

Iolanthe x