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Friday, 30 March 2012

Have A Treat

I have been enjoying this lovely weather we have had, just hoping it will last a bit longer because I think we all feel better when we get the sunshine.
This week has been very hectic at work as it is end of financial year and probably like a lot of you it is a nightmare with stocktakes, invoices etc. Thank goodness it will soon be over.

Couple of bits of news I would like to share with you all.  I was lucky yet again to win a lovely card from Jo Channon using Joanna Sheen products and then I got Top 5 in the Allsorts Challenge with last weeks card 'Dance, Dance, Dance.

Now for this weeks little creation.  I made a birthday card last year for Lets Create and subsequently Jo Channon asked if I would like to do a workshop on it.  I will be posting pics later with the results from the ladies that came to the workshop.

Distressed Inks - a combination of Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold,& Spiced Marmalade - were used throughout the card.
Main Card - I cut an 8x8 card blank from Craftwork Cards in half and used one side to distress (the other half has been kept for another card) to form the base.  This was distressed and then spritzed (gently) with Cosmic Shimmer Mist Golden Fish. The mirri layer was cut using the faux technique (draw round the outside of the largest label and cut freehand). Two layers were cut using Grand Labels One, the largest & next size down in white stamping card and distressed.  The 4th layer I used coloured card, a mask was placed on this and distressed ink used.  The topper was pearl card, cut from labels 8 and distressed around the edges. The stamped image was from Little Claires (cupcake tree) and coloured with distress inks,  Another layer of mirri card was used then supported with foam pads. I then stuck layers 2,3,4 together. I cut 2 small pieces of lace and stuck a piece on each side and then on the left (as you look at the card) I placed a small piece of ribbon (from a 1metre length) on the lace and stuck that down on the back.
I then used another 8x8 card blank and glued 2 pieces of folded card to form runners along the top and botton as near to the edges as possible inside the card on one side, then place glue on the runners and shut the card flat to dry.
I made bunting, distressed and stamped letters onto them, bakers twine was used to string them together.  A cupcake was stamped onto pearl card twice and then coloured with promarkers.  I cut the icing part of the 2nd image and decoupaged it onto the cupcake.  Placed a little bit of twinkles on to the icing.
Inside Card - This was made from 3 layers from Lables 1 (2 white card and 1 coloured card) same technique was used as main card.  I used a cupcake recipe and which was cut using labels 8 and put onto a mirri layer.  The little pull handle can be done with small punches or 2 coins (2p & 5p) cut 2 and glue to and attached to either side of 1st layer.  I inserted the inner card into the main card making sure that it ran smoothly on the runners.
Putting It All Together - I stuck all the layers (main card) onto the base card (apart from the topper). Lace and ribbon was then stuck on the front of the card and also the lace piece.  I made sure that the gap would be covered by the stamped topper.  I then punched a hole through all the card (near to the centre) using crop-a-dile.  I then used the remaining ribbon (from the metre length) and fed it through the hole making sure that the ribbon was equal. The inner card was then placed into the main card gently pushing the ribbon, once fully in, the ribbon was threaded from the back through the pull handle and tied in a bow.  Finally the topper was placed on the card to hide the mechanics.  I made a stand and glued that to the back making sure the punched hole wasn't covered.  I placed the bunting around the card and secured the stamped cupcake using pinflair.

Phew - sorry it was a long explanation, got there in the end.

I have entered this into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Use a Cooking Recipe
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Stamp Something
Sweetstampinchallenge - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Anything but Square/Rectangle
My Mums Craft Shop Challenges - Stamp It
Partytimetuesday - Anything Goes
Lollipopcrafts - Anything Goes
Especiallymade - Distress

As always thanks for stopping by. I hope you like my little creation.
Take care and have a great weekend.
Hugs xx


  1. Mrs this is lovely. Loving the spring like colours, makes me smile. Xx

  2. This is a great creation Maria, and thanks for the instructions.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

  3. This is simply F A B U L O U S !! and what fun we had making it too!! Thank you for entering this into the Allsorts Challenge this week and good luck! Jo xx

  4. Maria, this is stunning. Love the colours and the simple image which you have framed so beautifully. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

  5. Wow project, very pretty. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  6. Hi Maria, what a stunning card! Such a clever technique. Love the bunting and the image is lovely as well.

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at Sweet Stampin.


  7. hi, hope you well , i love this card the colours xx

  8. O wow this is stunning, love the style and colours. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week and good luck xx

  9. Aww this is beautiful and so fitting for out challenge!! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Made Especially for You!!!

  10. WOW! this is such an awsome card. Love all the banners. Thanks for joining us over at ME4Y.

  11. Beautiful card! I'm a new follower. :) Thanks for playing along with us at Made Especially For You!


  12. Maria,

    This is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the banners!!! Great job on this!!!

    Thanks for joining us at ME4U!

    Crafty Hugs,

  13. So much to enjoy with this creation , very interesting .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  14. Fabulous card Maria, a lot of work and really gorgeous,

    Thanks for joining in with us at ‘Fussy and Fancy’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  15. absolutely gorgeous card thank you for the detailed info x
    thank you for your lovely comment on my blog my fellow top fiver :) x

  16. This is beautiful...love the style of card and gorgeous colours. Thanks for joining us at MMCS challenge this week.
    Diane xx

  17. What a gorgeous card,lots of lovely details.xxx

  18. Your card is beautiful Maria. I just love the banner you created. I'm so glad I saw this on MIM. Enjoy the upcoming week.

  19. Beautiful card
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's this week
    Lisa x

  20. Super card must try the sliding tag it looks great x x
    Thanks for playing along with us at my mums craft shop this week & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  21. Wow things seem to be going well for you in the crafting dept at the moment Maria. fab news and great for the workshop. Card is fantastic maybe I can join the class on Webcam(lol)
    Thanks for the lovely comment you left me and hopefully I'll be back shortly. Life is taking it's toll but each day at a time hey
    x catherine

  22. Fabulous Maria what a lovely card I love it . Colours are beautiful Hugs Elaine

  23. Love the colours of this card it lovely, thank you for the comment on my blog and becomming a follower, of now to have a browse at your blog. Aud x

  24. This is gorgeous Maria - I love the rich warm colours and your bunting looks fantastic! :)




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