Thursday, March 10, 2011

Grab a cuppa and a biccie...

Cos this is gonna be a long post!! Where has the past week gone??? In all that time i have one card too show! i really need to spend less time looking at blogs and more time creating!! I really am missing it!! So I have an hour to get this post done before I get my oldest son from school! I would have had two hours but I just spent the last hour at my youngest son's kinder getting my hair coloured for Krazy for Kye day. Kye is a friend of the family and last year he was diagnosed with Leukemia so over the next week there are various fundraisers going on in our group of friends to raise money for the World's Greatest Shave, in support of Kye and the treatments he is going through!! Life can be so cruel but Kye and his family deal with it the best that they can. So while I'm sitting here typing away, you can picture me with rainbow coloured hair!! LOL!!!
     You never really do know what life will throw at you and my life has been affected a lot with family members losing the battle with cancer so i think the sentiment on this card really resonates that you really do need to cherish your life and go after your dreams and live your life in the now!!!

I really love the way this card turned out!! I blended the colours using a technique that Jennifer Mcguire has on You tube . I used chipped sapphire, walnut stain and dusty concord distress inks, and once I'd applied them to the cardstock I then spritzed the card with a lot of water so that the colours would all blend in together!! Once it was dry I then sprayed it with vanilla shimmer smooch spritz. I've embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, I made the flowers myself and the butterfly's are made using shrinky dinks!! It's just a beautiful card!! Don't think the pic does it much justice though!! You can't see the shimmer on it!!

I have decided to enter this card into the following challenges:
Let's Ink it up: Embossing
Fussy and Fancy: Embossing and/or paper piecing
Simply Create: Power of flowers
Tellen's Place: Embellishments
Crafty Purple Frog: Things with wings
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Before I go for the day I have a couple of blog candies I'd like to promote and have a few thank you's.
As you can see on my sidebar there is a lot of blog candy around at the moment but there are a couple that I thought were worth giving an extra mention!! First of all Lisa over at The cat's Meow is opening her own store on the 21st of March and to celebrate she is giving away a set of 72 copics!! I for one don't have that many copics so I'm in this one for sure. So head on over HERE for your chance to win!!

Another fantastic Blog candy up for offer is over at Corry's blog Free-4-ever. There is way too many goodies to mention but if you want to win a bit of everything that you need to create then head on over there now!!
One final Blog Candy that i will mention is over at Gill's blog Creations by Gill M. She is giving away some great blog candy when she reaches 300 Followers!! Gill is very generous with her giveaways.. I should know I won her blog candy when she reached 200 Followers!!
So this brings  me to my Thank you's!! I ended up having a weekend that was very SWEET!! I won two lots of blog candy and a prize (Stampin up stamp set and flowers) at The Picture to page Craft show.. I won 10 Sweet Pea Stamps from Renee over at All Things Considered and won a great package of goodies from Gill over at Creations by Gill M. Gill also gave me an award yesterday (see below post) I can't wait to see and play with all my goodies!! SO A VERY BIG THANKYOU to both Gill and Renee for their generosity. They are both very talented ladies so check out their blogs!!! Lots of inspiration from both of them!!
Well that is it from me... Sorry the post was so long but I had lots to say today, I guess that's what happens when you don't post for a week!! Hoping to get a few cards made tonight so I may be back tomorrow with some more cards!! Fingers crossed!!

Until Next Time... Enjoy xx


  1. Hello Alethea. Such a pretty design of this card. Delicate colours and your flowers and butterflies are just adorable. Thank you for joining us at Tellens Place and good luck.
    Love Sandra xx

  2. You were right girl. It was a long post. =) Beautiful card! I loved the background! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Tellen's Place embellishment challenge. Good luck and I hope to see you again!
    Hugs, Sarah

  3. Great card, love the technique used for the background. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, Suzanne x

  4. Hi Alethea, A great technique to make a very touching card. That sentiment should be used more often. Love the flowers and butterflies. Thankyou for sharing this with us at Tellen's Place this week and hope to see you back next time

  5. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing along with our Embellish chalenge at Tellen's Place, and good luck! :D

  6. A lovely card thanks for playing at tellens Place
    Luv Jane xxx

  7. Oh what a lovely card Alethea. I just love the handmade flowers - so beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place for our "Embellishments" challenge this week. :-)

  8. Lovely card! Very pretty flowers! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.

  9. Beautiful card, the colours and embossing are lovely. Thanks for joining us at LIIU. Patsi x

  10. Fabulous card, your background is absolutely stunning and your flowers beautiful. Such a wonderful and 'wise' sentiment!!

    So glad you could join us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge,
    Heather xx

  11. ooooooooooooo that's my candy, that's my candy! Woops almost forgot! A beauty of a card. I admire those of you who can get 'inky wit it'. Was a pleasure to see your embossed creation at LIIU! Thanks for playing! Good luck!

  12. Such a beautiful card, Thanks heaps for joining us at Southern Girls Challenge

    Hugz, Deb

  13. this is so lovley i really like the colours you have used on the backing paper

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Creative Card Crew ,Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

  14. This is so pretty! I love all your flowers.
    Thanks for sharing your talent at Southern Girls.
    Alicia xx

  15. Very pretty love the flowers, thanks so much for joining us in our Flower Challenge at Southern Girls. I hope to see you again.

  16. Your welcome - has the package reached you yet?
    Thanks for wanting to take part in my RAK club - i know i had your postal info but can you email me with it again please so i can compile a club listing then we can get started on this for april. cheers.


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