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Thursday, 5 January 2012

New Beginnings

First of all Happy New Year to you all and hope you all had a good time over the festive period. 
Its seems a long time since I got in my craft room to create anything and do my blog.  Must admit I have enjoyed a nice break from work, hopefully now feel ready and refreshed to start again with my crafting which was also put on hold for a little while.

My first offering of the year I thought would be a Wedding Card.  Its a lovely way to start the year with someone you love and it is a new beginning for the happy couple.

This also gave me an opportunity to have a play with some new & old goodies as well.

I decided to do an 8" x 8" square and turned it into an easel card.  I used an Indigo Blu stamp called 'Love Is' and tried a new technique (for me) using Flitter Glu and Silver Gilding Flakes.  I used several layers of silver mirri, snow white pearl card and bazzil coordinations cardstock.  I then edged some of the layers with Spellbinders Edgeabilities and layered the bigger squares flat, with the smaller squares placed on foam pads to lift them slightly . 

My trusty flower punch and Marianne dies came out again to make the roses which were edged with cosmic twinkles.  Made a bow from organza ribbon and placed this beneath the larger of the roses. To finish the front of the card I used a Bazzill Jewel template and gems to create a flourish in one corner.

I included an insert which I edged again with one of the co-ordinating edgeabilities.  The stopper was made using labels 8 and the stamped image was a verse from Inkylicious Wedding Stamp Plate.

Along with the card I made a co-ordinating box out of snow white pearl card, decorated with the same ribbon and roses and labels 8 for a name plate.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertakeweekly - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us Challenges - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin Challenge - New Beginnings
Allsorts Challenge - New Beginnings
Crafts and Me Challenges - Anything Goes
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny Black at Allsorts - Love & Hearts

Thank you for stopping by, any comments are appreciated and welcomed.

Take care and have a good weekend.

Hugs xx


  1. Just beautiful! LOVE all the hearts all over this pretty easel card. Perfect for a wedding.
    Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us challenges.

  2. What an elegant creation Maria and great use of your Spellbinders.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week, good luck and wishing you a Happy New Year.

    Your card would also fit the theme at our sister challenge Penny Black and More

    B x

  3. This is a beautiful easel card and so stylish with the colours.
    x catherine

  4. This card is just stunning Maria. I love all those wee details.

    Take care, Heike xx

  5. What a beautiful card...!!
    Sandra x

  6. This is a beautiful card Maria!! Cxx

  7. This is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday! Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning! Good luck!
    Rene :D

  8. Such a beautiful card. Thank you for joining in the Sweet Stampin' challenge.
    Cathy xx

  9. lovely, elegant card!!

    Thanks for joining us us at Sweet Stampin this week.


  10. A beautiful card. Thanks for joining us this month at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  11. Beautiful card thank you for taking part in this weeks 'Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge'
    Hugs Sonia xx

  12. Such a beautiful way to start the crafting year for you! Gorgeous colours & I love all the edging. Thanks so much for playing along with Sweet Stampin x

  13. Maria

    Great start to your New Year designs

    Excellent as always.

    Good luck in the challenges


  14. Beautiful card. Full of hearts )) Love it!!
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “New Beginning” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.
    Happy New Year!!


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