Tuesday 31 January 2012

Spring Bluebells

Good Morning from the dull, misty, cold and basically pretty miserable Fens, but I am keeping positive and hoping for a glimmer of sunshine if for no other reason so I can take some photos of my latest makes. And I keep reminding myself Spring is not so far away, judging by the garden the bulbs certainly think so.

So just a quick couple of shares before I head off for my routine bloods, I'm still pretty immobile and the pain is as fierce as ever at times, in fact I reckon I could move backwards quicker then forwards, so needless to say I can't even contemplate driving and hubby is taking me.

But all is positive on the crafty front.......a girl has to do something to pass the time and I do find like so many of you that it helps absorb the mind and the pain seem less evident. Both my cards are made with Ruth's wonderful artwork which you can grab for yourself at A Passion for Stamps. Ruth has drawn some lovely new Spring crocuses which I will be sharing with you shortly and also some very sweet love birds which I need to put to use this week.

My card up top uses the beautiful bluebells, printed onto Fabriano watercolour card, heat embossed with detail clear.....you know my method of throwing the powder on as it comes through the printer and coloured with Aquamarkers. The DP is Nitwits, the roses cut with a Marianne die and the swirl is a Memory Box die, aren't they just so delicate.

My second card is Ruth's columbine printed onto acetate, then placed on one side of a piece of double sided sticky sheet. The reverse is a piece of white tissue paper scrunched up and inked with TH broken china, old paper and stormy sky, then stuck to the reverse side of the sticky sheet. The flower is then coloured with Copics from the reverse through the tissue, this technique never fails to fascinate me. The sentiment is a really old PB wood mounted stamp. I picked a couple of laurel leaves to place in front of my card when I did the photo, but they do look like they have measles in the picture don't they ?

Have a good Tuesday everyone, thanks for popping in and I hope you see a bit of sunshine today.

Saturday 28 January 2012

Love is in the air

Helene is our host at Allsorts this week and preparing us for Valentines day as she would like us to use one or more hears on our work. I do hope you will be able to join in, just pop over the the challenge blog to find out more and see what's on offer for this weeks prize.

My first DT make is using one of the new stamps from Hero Arts S5601 Newspaper Background, it's quite a biggie but stamps out beautifully.......I used Versafine black to pick up all the fine detail. I stamped it twice, once for the background piece which I tore down one side and mounted onto a piece of heat embossed red satin cardstock and from the second piece and more of the red, I cut out four hearts with Nestabilites and matted them up. I tied some red cord and bakers twice down the side and added a heart button.

My second make is an engagement card I made for some friends earlier this month using the prospective brides favourite colours. Unusually for me there is no stamping involved and the card was quite a quick and easy one to make. I cut the hears from bazzil and Kasier DP, tied some ribbon across the centre and added three rosebuds. I embossed the background cardstock with a Sizzix harlequin folder and added tiny pearls. The sentiment is computer generated. 

Have a good weekend everyone and thanks for popping by.

Thursday 26 January 2012

A walk in the Country

So how's everyone doing today ?

I'm a happy camper this morning, last night my boys in red made it through to the Wembley final and now I can't want for February 26th when Stevie lead the lads out onto the pitch. They all did a great job and played with real belief and conviction and Craig Bellamy, the best 'free' ever, got a well deserved Man of the Match award. Well done boys.

I know, how sad am I that I love footie almost as much as crafting, but I think the brayer's still got the edge. Although I sponged all the colour onto this one which I made recently for Sir Stampalot using a mixture of Art Impression stamps, Stampscapes plus a few others thrown in for good measure, a masked sun and Adirondack dye inks. The fences are part stamped and part hard drawn.

Thought I would enter another one into Create a Scene challenge as it's so my kind of thing.

Have a god Thursday and thank for visiting.

Wednesday 25 January 2012

A pretty little box and tutorial

Good Morning one and all, I thought I would share a little box I made following the inspirational idea of Maria Simms demonstration on C&C a few days ago when as well as lots of lovely card, she made a very pretty box which I just has to try.

Maria was using Spellbinders and took one of them as her template to create a five sided box, but as I don't have any that shape I used my scoreboard...................just a cheap and cheerful one, not one of these fancy ones that have instructions for all sorts................to create a eight sided box as I thought this shape would be easier to work with. As well as Spellbinders to decorate I cut some little panels with Ruth's new Lily of the Valley Image at A Passion for Stamps.

And I thought I would get a step ahead of you before I get the inevitable questions about sizes etc., and do a little tutorial on how I made my version of Maria's box.

Here's what I used:

1 sheet A3 cardstock  (but you could use all A4 and join the lengths for the sides)
1 sheets A4 cardstock
Black cardstock to decorate
Dries clear glue

I cut two lengths  from the A3 sheet to 9cm x 34cm. I scored one at 4cm intervals to create 8 panels plus a 2" one at the end to fix into a octagon shape. I did exactly the same for the bottom of the box, but scored the sections a fraction smaller to allow the lid to fit over.

I used the assembled shapes as a template to cut two pieces slightly smaller than the assembled boxes to use as inner bases to give the box more rigidity and two further pieces 1cm larger to act as the top and base of my box.

I snipped a 1cm cut into each scored edge on one end of both pieces, then folded the little flaps inwards and glued the smaller pieces inside both pieces onto the flaps.

Next the top and bottom larger pieces can be glued into place.

You are now ready to decorate you box as you like.

I used Spellbinder Parisien and Fleur de Lis accents and the flowers mentioned above. And you can of course adjust the box to other sizes, I have done a second one cutting the two main section to 11cm high.

You now have an assembled box to 

I hope all of this makes sense and do let me know how you get on as I would love to see your boxes. Also thanks to Maria for the inspiration.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Artwork theft and Royal Mail updates

Were' watching................

Well it pouring with rain so all I am going to say is Morning to you all and miss out the good.

A few things to say and share, first of all I am so grateful to everyone for their message of support over the 'incident' in my last post, so many of you left comments and I received lots of many mails as well. I think we are all pretty united in our views over this one. 

I did mail the culprit on Monday to offer her the opportunity to explain herself but am not too surprised that she has not bothered to reply to me, although I do detect a slight 'tidy up' of her blog and a few posts have gone missing. 

I know the majority of you have asked me to name and shame so you can protect your own work and of course I also believe this is the best policy, but checking on all the implications I'm afraid this is not really an option due to...........and I am really sad to say this..............I design for one of the same companies as her and the fallout could be unpleasant. For avoidance of doubt, I don't mean any of the challenges I am on, all my teamies on those are lovely peeps.

I am awaiting further developments to decide on any action required going forward, but I will of course keep you all posted in due course.

Now on to my other burning issue, one wonders if I will get time to craft this week, the Royal Mail and postal service.

Needless to say because I am unable to send them the packets in question.............all explained here rather that go over it all again..............they can't help me any further. But and this speaks multitudes, they have assured me they have requested the scales at our local PO are checked for accuracy as it does appear there is a problem. They said it, I knew it.

And.......................my lost October package of Stamp Addict samples for TV has now been found. No coincidence there, but I bet it would have been lost forever if I'd not kicked up a fuss. Mind you they could not even get that bit right, despite having Stamps Addicts address clearly on the  front in large bold type, they returned it to me.......my addy being in small print at the bottom of the label. 

I'll bring them along to Stamperama Sarah, better late than never as they say.

Monday 23 January 2012

What sort of person steals the work of others ?

Good Morning Peeps, I hope you all had a good weekend.

Mine was soured somewhat by a Blogger who seems unable to conduct herself in a fair and honest way and is part of a teeny tiny minority faction that makes us all sad. I refer to a person who not only copies but also uses the work of others.

An incident happened with this person in September and I really hoped it had been sorted then and she would refrain from doing it ever again. Apparently not, as it's happened again at least twice in the last ten days and when it's the girls on one of my Design Teams being directly targeted I take great offence.

Having spent some time reading this persons blog I have little doubt the incidents I know about are not isolated ones as she has several posts where she claims to be posting very old work and for this reason is unable to give any details of the products used. Yeh, right....could it be because she never made the piece ?

And to add insult to injury she consistently sings her own praises on her blog about her quality of work and high profile in the crafting industry. I guess if you are small minded and devious enough to post other peoples work on your own blog you eventually believe all you write.

I thought long and hard about doing this post and initially was all for naming and shaming, but I know this person will see this post and I truly hope that she does have a concience and will see the error of her ways and quit blogland, as there is no place for her in a genuine and friendly environment.

I know the issue of watermarks on work will be raised, well some of the work did have them and has been cleverly concealed.........it's apparently possible if you know how. And other recognisable publicly displayed pieces have I believe, been photographed  and then used. I will add at this point, this is NOT the person who did something identical to a friends work a couple of years ago. 

Not a nice way to kick start the week and for that I apologise, but it has to be said.

Saturday 21 January 2012

Needles and Pins

This week at Allsorts the lovely Jo is hosting her very first challenge with the theme "Needles and Pins".

I thought this card which I made for Ruth a while ago but never blogged was ideal for this theme, using her mannequin image which you will find here at A Passion for Stamps. I printed the image onto Fabriano card and coloured lightly with Copics, used some Cosmo Cricket DP and added some lace ribbons and pins to embellish.

A bit of a quick post I'm afraid as struggling with the dysfunctional body a bit, but will hopefully be back with some more work again in the next few days.

Have a lovely weekend and my appreciation for your visits, they always mean so much.

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Country paths

Morning Peeps...........take note I missed out the good because the weather here today is atrocious, it started raining in the night and it's been throwing it down ever since.

So lots of muddy paw marks this morning and no airing in the paddock for the horses whilst they are mucked out, something they love if it's frosty. Ben is a good boy and stands so quietly outside their stables watching and munching hay, but Heskey is a real fidget and dances constantly and can't want to get back in his stable as he knows there will be some carrots hidden amongst the fresh straw...............just like children really. 

It been a long time since I could muck out, so thank heavens for hubby and Anysia. My day holds another acupuncture session which I have been trying as an alternative to osteopathy to try and get my legs a bit more mobile and pain free after their latest hissy fit. I am open to giving anything a try which might work.................within reason that is !!

A share of a card and also the winner of the little offering on my Monday post who is................

Congratulations Marjo, please mail me with your full postal addy.

Now onto my shares for today, for the one at the top I stamped the Inkylicious trees using Archival sepia ink, then brayered the sky with Adirondack dye ink watermelon masking a sun where I wanted the horizon. To create the paths across the fields I removed the roller from the brayer and twisted a rubber band round the roller, just twice, pushed the roller back into the brayer handle and  ran it across the area where I wanted the fields using Adirondack lettuce and meadow. Finally I used a piece of town copier paper to act as a mask and added the hedges using the edge of the tree stamp.

Have a good day everyone and as always, thank you so much for popping in, I really do appreciate your visits.

Edited: I have been encouraged by a good friend in Oz to enter this for a brand new challenge Create a Scene and as I love doing just that it seems to make scene, even if I don't really do challenges due to the eyes, much as I enjoy taking part.

Monday 16 January 2012

My Lion King and some goodies to win

Good Afternoon peeps, are you getting a bit of this sunshine ? It's been really lovely here today after a -8 frost last night, but that's fine if it means we get some nice daytime weather.

Thanks to everyone for their feedback on the Royal Mail saga, my letter is underway and will let you all know what they have to say, although I am not expecting any quick response judging by their usual activity.

I thought I would share one of the samples I did for Stamp Addicits with their new lion image which went on sale today, I like to call him the Lion King, although I know that's not his official name he really does remind me of that character. He's quite a large fellow and I simply stamped him and coloured with Aquamarkers, added some sky and background grasses and some palm trees cut on the Cricut. I know you don't really associate palm trees with a lions habitat, but this lion is a bit of a dandy and on his holidays............you all know I live in fantasy land.

And here's a little giveaway of some Nitwits DP's and embellishments from Sir Stampalot who's sale is still on and bargains to be had here.

Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner before my next post later this week.


Saturday 14 January 2012

Gotta get this one off my chest..............................

I am absolutely seething with the latest reply received from Royal Mail.................a good number of you saw my post last weekend here and kindly left me your thoughts which were very helpful.

On Monday I wrote a concise letter to Royal Mail outlining my areas of complaint, provided copies of the receipts from the PO and also gave them the link to my post so they could read the various comments. They replied on Wednesday stating their system could not gain access to my blog so could I mail them the comments and also provide them with full details of the packages and recipients addresses which had been subjected to surcharges.

This I did the same day and yesterday received this answer.......................

I'm sorry to hear that you feel you've been incorrectly surcharged for a number of items - and for the further distress this caused you. I would therefore like to inspect the items to determine whether or not they have been correctly surcharged, and to identify why you may be experiencing repeat problems. Please could you send the surcharged items, together with a copy of this email, to the FreepostT address below, and I'll be in touch again once my enquiries are concluded.

Clearly the conduct their business on a Parallel Universe....................how on earth do they think I can obtain and return the packages some of which were sent several weeks ago to various recipients in the UK. I'm absolutely sure they realise that and their crazy suggestion gives them the perfect cop out.

They also suggest that a certain degree of "customer education is necessary"..................the steam just turned to thick smoke at this point. Not a mention of the Post Office making any mistakes in their weighing at either end of the postal process, or of course the package of cards they lost in October.

I'm not bothering with any more minions, my next letter goes to the top and by luck a good friend just happens to be the Consumer Editor for on the the National newspapers. So you can guess what activity my weekend holds.

OK, got that out of my system a bit so onto some craft and a Celebration of Nations which is the theme Nicola has chosen for us at Allsorts this week and what a perfect one with the Olympics on the horizon.

My card is pretty simple, but I had visualised it in my head weeks ago and I wanted to make the Olympic symbol the focal point along with the Tennyson verse which has been selected as the London motto for the event.

I cut the five circles in the appropriate colours on the Cricut and interlinked them, mounting them onto a piece of white card embossed with a cuttlebug folder. I printed the verse on the computer and cut with a Nestie. As I said a very simple card but which I hope makes a statement. 

Enjoy the weekend.

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Be my Valentine

Hello peeps, two post on consecutive days is a bit of a rarity for me nowadays, but the sun was shining and I got some decent photos of a batch of cards I've been waiting to take photos of for days, so thought I would share one.

I have used Ruth's A Passion for Stamps Stargazer Lily..............when I first went on her DT she asked if there were any flowers I particularly like, well I love all  flowers as you know, but lilies have to be one of my favourites and a few days later Ruth had drawn this lovely image. 

I had lilies for my wedding bouquet much to the horror of my elderly aunts......... in those days you most definitely did not have them for weddings. As we married in October they had to be sourced from France as they were out of season, now they are available year round as standard and our daughter had  them for her bouquet when she married on the same Saturday in October as us.......not 'the' same Saturday of course, twenty odd years later.

I used a sheet of Bo Bunny DP to create the pleated rosette, which I mounted onto a doily, then used another smaller one to mat the flower onto.......these pretty little ones are available from Sarah at Pretty Little Ribbons, as are the pins and seam binding. I printed the lily out a second time onto the same DP, cut out and decoupaged. Two hearts using an MS punch and corners using Spellbinder Fleur de Lis.

Now this bit really is more than a rarity, I am going to enter my card into a challenge, it's almost a year since I did so as these dodgy eyes of mine have great difficulty dealing with all the links, but as I seem to have used several of Sarah's products I am going to give it a try and enter it for:

Be My Valentine theme at Pretty Little Ribbons challenge

Have a good day everyone and as always, thank you so much for popping in, I really do appreciate your visits and kind words.

Tuesday 10 January 2012

A little brayering and a lucky win

Good Afternoon peeps, it's gone all quite in the office the last half hour so though I would do a quick post, but I bet as soon as I start to type the phones will warm up and e.mails will start pinging in, so it might be dinner time this evening before this posts.

Just the one share of a card I came up with for Stampalot. I masked the edges of a piece of gloss cardstock then stamped with black archival ink using Art Impression stamps masked the images and brayered and sponged with Adirondack due inks eggplant, black and butterscotch. After removing the masks I added the little robin and coloured his breast with Aquamarkers.

And a little bit of exciting news, I was one of the three winners of Stix 2's........the glue and essential craft accessories people.......... Christmas competition and this morning received a fabulous package of goodies from them as my prize. But afraid I can't share a picture of my work as I don't have a picture of it, I tend to take these things rather in my stride and didn't think for a mo I would be a winner and in any event my entry was more of a sample for one of their demo days than an intended competition entry.

No more news on the Royal Mail front apart from an automated response to my complain yesterday morning, I guess they work at pedestrian pace and it might be a while yet, but I will be sure to let you know the outcome.

Thanks for popping in and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.

Monday 9 January 2012

More samples, CHA & TV on the horizon

Good Morning peeps, I hope you had a good weekend. Nothing too exciting to report from this end, it was mainly crafting and cooking and all the usual mundane things we have to deal with. Hubby spent hours outside trying to mend the tractor that we use to pull the mucking out trailer, but so far not a single spark of life, so looks like a new one might be on the cards and they don't some cheap.

I know some of you have been asking and itching to know what I decided about the big CHA trade show. Well, much as I would love to go and it would be a real honour to demo there and I was of course thrilled to be invited, I figure a ten hour flight for someone who is terrified of flying and is supposed to be taking life calmly means it's not really an option. 

But there are still my local demos and workshops to keep my hand in, plus I have been asked if I would do some TV work, I'm still thinking on that one but will be sure to get back to you when I have made up my mind and let you know when and where !! I guess I sound a bit of a fussy mare, but none of these things come without some degree of stress and if I overdo things, it's my family who are left picking up the pieces......and me !

Well, enough gabble, time to share a few more samples I made for Stamp Addicts using their lovely new floral stamps, along with the new sentiments. Click on the link and then follow the button to the New section.

The top card has been made very simply with nesties, dies DP and one of the Birthday sentiments as the main image.

The second card has a background created by blobbing...............I did say the other day this was a very special technical term............Pearl Acrylic Dabber onto a piece of cardstock and when dry rubbing TH distress ink over, in this case I used tea dye and vintage photo. I then stamped the main flower image with archival black ink. The little disk is the same flower stamped onto a circle of shrink plastic.

Before I go, thank you to everyone who left their thoughts on my post yesterday, I will be contacting Royal Mail again this week and share any feedback I receive.

Sunday 8 January 2012

Is it a postal scam ?

Morning Peeps. Nothing to share today, just scouting for a bit of feedback to see if others are experiencing   problems with Royal Mail extorting extra fees to deliver items which they claim have been sent "underpaid"?

I have read one or two comments about a scam and am now beginning to think there is some substance to it after experiencing the same problem on a number of occasions in recent weeks/months.

Running a few challenges means I need to post off a good few prizes and packages and as our Post Office is a drive away up in the village, I try and wait to hear from all winners with their addresses each month and then make one trip to the PO to dispatch everything in one go. 

The lady in our PO is a bit of a 'jobsworth' and insists on weighing everything and double checking before passing across the stamps or labels for each item.................there are always more than a few tuts in the queue when I am there as it takes ages, but at least I know everything I send has been properly weighed and stamped. They provide a combined receipt, but when I asked about individual ones but they say it takes too long for multiple postings and you need to use a signed for delivery option to get that........more money. I have no doubt their scales are accurate as I usually have a quick weight at the office to get an idea of how much it will all cost and the two always seem to correlate closely, something the PO lady commented on recently.

So how is it that in the past few months I have been made aware by several recipients of packages I have sent, being charged an 'underpayment' fee and of course each time they add "£1 handling fee', a nice little earner if you ask me. And those are just the ones I know about which leaves me wondering if there are more.

One such example which I find impossible to comprehend are the packets I sent early December, all identical contents and packaging to seven of my DT's (all in the UK). Five were delivered fine and two had cards left by the postie claiming extra fees. And to add insult to injury, two of the recipients were in the same town, one delivered OK and one charged a fee.

Back in October, I sent six identical packages, two overseas (USA and New Zealand) and four to the UK (second class). The USA one arrived in three days (unbelievable) before the UK ones and of those four, one was charged an additional fee for delivery.

And the final straw for me is I heard yesterday that one of the packages I posted on Tuesday to a UK address (as always weighed and stamped at the PO) was charged a fee to collect her package.

Back in December I wrote to Royal Mail about this and got a wishy washy reply that unless a letter/package is sent by Special Delivery there is no way of checking anything.................how very convenient. And of course that takes me to my other hobby horse...........how did they manage to lose my package of 20 odd cards for Stamp Addicts Create and Craft TV programme back in October ? Oh sorry Royal Mail, you did say I could "pop along at your convenience to our lost property centre"................where is it I asked, Northern Ireland. No problem then, just a quick two day trip from Cambridge !!!!!!!!!!!

And judging by our incoming post at work this is on the increase, whereas one of the underpayment cards used to be an infrequent event, now we get several every week. So I am really beginning to think there is something dodgy going on with our postal service.

I am going to take this up with them yet again, but I have little evidence other than my combined receipt and  copy of one of the underpayment cards because when you collect your item they retain the card, again covering their own backs. 

In conclusion, I can only apologise again to anyone who has received something from me and been charged to get their package. And to anyone reading this who may in the future get an underpayment card for anything they receive via Royal Mail from any source, make sure you copy it before you collect your item and give your delivery office grief.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this as I am sure I am not alone here.

Saturday 7 January 2012

Floral delight to kick start the New Year

Happy New Year everyone.

And what better start than our first Allsorts challenge of 2011 and it's my turn to host the theme which  is "Paper Piecing".

Lots of you will know it's a technique I rather like and lends itself so well to Ruth's flower images over at A Passion for Stamps........................you MUST pop over to the blog as Ruth has a giveaway at the moment of some images and Promarkers.

The image I have used here is the Acidanthera printed onto Nitwits DP which is a fabulous weight for running through the printer, plus it's A4 in size so perfect. I created the square effect by placing a post it note on the centre of the main piece and inking the edges with TH Victorian Velvet. The background is a piece of Coredinations embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and sanded down a little. The sentiment is Penny Black 3419D.

Ooooops, nearly forgot, here is the lucky winner of the Nitwits DP giveaway I posted the other day..............


Unfortunately the link to your blog seems to be blocked Kissy, so I can't add the link or mail you, so I hope you see this and mail me brenda@ibas.co.uk with your full postal so I can post them off it you. If I don't hear from you by 10th January I will re-draw the candy.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Tuesday 3 January 2012

Little giveaway and new wild flower stamps

Sarah and Vicky at Stamp Addicts have just released two of their new stamp sets, the Wildflowers and Special Wishes, you can find them both here in the 'new' section.

Above is one of the samples I created for them using both sets. The base background was created by distressing a piece of cardstock with Tim Holtz broken china and stormy sky, then stamping with bleach using Judikins 3345F to list the colour and reveal the swirls.The main piece has a background onto which I 'blobbed'................a very technical term.................Adirondack pearl dabber, dried and then rubbed over the same two TH inks. 

Next I used Adirondack gold dabber and inked through a piece of mesh just here and there and also round the edges (although I did that bit after stamping) and randomly stamped the wild flowers with TH stormy sky and Versamak and embossed with detail gold. The fence is TH which has been inked with versamark and embossed with Stampendous aged gold enamel. To finish a tag and a TH chain/bolt.....no idea the proper name for it, I just thought they looked fun when I bought them.

And a little giveaway of a collection of Nitwits DP's and some ribbons. To be in with a chance of winning them just leave a comment on this post and I will ask Random Org., to select a winner before my next post goes live later in the week.

If anyone is reading this who won my last candy or prizes at Penny Black at Allsorts, the packages all went off in the post today. Sorry it was all a bit delayed, I thought our PO was open between Christmas and New Year, but apparently not !!

Have a good day everyone and thanks for popping in.

Sunday 1 January 2012

Happy New Year to you all !!

And what better way to kick start 2012 than with two new challenge themes and perhaps an opportunity to use some of your new crafty stash that Santa delivered ?

At Stampalot Challenge our theme in Monochromatic which gives you plenty of scope to create whatever you fancy and at Penny Black at Allsorts it's 'Love and Hearts' so you can make a head start n all those Valentine cards.

My card at the top is my DT piece for Stampalot and uses the lovely Penny Black 4035K Letter and Flowers which I inked up with a combination of TH Vintage Photo distress ink and Aquamarker sepia, before spritzing with water and stamping onto a piece of Fabriano watercolour card which I pre-stamped and distressed with Hero Arts G3316 Harlequin and F5042 Leaf Flourish. The DP is Cosmo Cricket and I inked a piece of cheesecloth with the same TH ink and made a little pendant from Shrink Plastic.

My second piece for Penny Black and More was more of a challenge as I struggle a bit with the whole love theme....................I freak every time I am asked to do a wedding as I'm not a fan of the repetitiveness of multiple cards....................having just finished the stationery for one rather large and high profile wedding this Spring with close to 400 guests, up pops another.........I don't actually seek out wedding work, it sort of finds me via friends, then I hate to say no.

So I opted for the same technique of inking the stamp and spritzing with water, this time with Penny Black 3796K Words Sweet and just Aquamarkers. I mounted it onto a mat created with MS round the page three dot scallop, added some ribbons and gems and a sentiment Penny Black 3322D I Love You.

Enjoy the rest of the New Year break and I hope you can join in our challenges.