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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Elegance and Fairy Sparkle

It's my mum's birthday today so we will be popping round later to deliver her cards and presents.  My Mum hates fuss and as such, gets increasingly difficult to buy for, as every year all she ever asks for is a nice card.  Hopefully I have achieved that for her at least.
I relied once again on a Kanban kit for the gorgeous metallic purple embossed card which is ohhhhhh soooooooo elegant but being highly reflective makes photographing it quite a challenge.  I used some pearlised lilac card, embossed on the Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots,  as a contrast for the central panel and all layers, including the greeting, were matted onto silver mirri card for an extra touch of luxury.  
Despite a thorough rummage through my stash, I couldn't find matching ribbon but solved the problem by colouring some white satin ribbon with an Amethyst Promarker.   A flourish of white feathers combined with a string of pretty holographic pearls add a nice embellishment behind the bow.   This close up shows the richness of the purple much better than the wider shots.  Isn't it lush?
The final strip of metallic embossed card from the A4 sheet was matted onto silver mirri and used to decorate inside the card.  
A floral border was embossed into the lilac pearlised message panel before matting onto more silver mirri and placing it centrally, overlapping the darker panel.   Believe me that nothing short of a hurricane will blow it over!
Crafty Ann's Challenge 17 is Embossing, so I will submit this card as there's plenty of embossing all over this one.

I have been trying to buy the LOTV Tiptoe Fairy stamp from their online shop for several weeks but it's always out of stock whenever I visit.  I was beginning to think there was some kind of conspiracy going on and resigned myself to not owning one.   But my friend and fellow Bah! Humbugger! Ann managed to snaffle one for me when she visited the Dome last weekend ... thanks Ann xx ... sending it by super fast pigeon express to arrive yesterday afternoon in a flurry of feathers.  Whoo Hoo!   I inked her up straight away and made this card for the children to give to their Nan for her birthday.  
She is coloured with Promarkers ... think I am finally getting the hang of them at long last ... and matted onto some lovely background papers from My Mind's Eye "Pretty Please" pad.  Aren't these colour combinations fabulous?  There was just enough of the floral paper left over to decorate inside with a strip down the edge. 
All fairies MUST have sparkle so this was added in the form of Stickles Diamond Glitter on her wings, her dress, her shoes and a wee flitter over the flowers.   A pretty bow and a few coordinating buttons add the finishing touch.
As I followed the sketch design by Dawny P at LOTV Challenge, this sweet little card is eligible for submission this week.   This will be a first entry for me at one of their challenges and if I'm lucky in the random draw, then I may increase my fledgling collection of LOTV stamps - which currently stands at a grand total of ... ONE!
It is also eligible for Magical Crafts 18 - Flower Power and A Pocket Full of Posies 1 - One For The Girls which is a brand new fortnightly challenge blog for lovers of flowers.  I think that most crafters can be included there then so it is going to be popular.

7 comments:

Ann said...

Wow Max you've done a stunning job with that fairy - that card is just gorgeous. The colours and papers are amazing. Good to hear you're using your Stickles too - I'm the same at the moment - I absolutely love them. Must get some more colours.
Your embossed card is supremely lush. Your Mum will be over the moon with it. Say Happy Birthday to her from me too. Only the best people have birthdays on the 30th June - tee hee - fancy her not liking a fuss just like me! NOt!!!
Ann xxx

Susan.... said...

Hi Max !
Two beautiful cards.l love the kanban one, its so elegant ! and the fairy stamp, is so delightful ! l hope Mum has a lovely birthday , sending best wishes from across the miles and hoping you all have a lovely day.
hugs
Susan x

Ayelet {Jenny} said...

Lovely, Girly and sparkly! all a girl ask for! Thank You for joining us over at PFOP and Good Luck! X

Ann Whitfield said...

Oh WOW! Max - two stunning cards. Your Mum will absolutely LOVE hers! Mine was just the same - only ever wanted a nice card. Sadly, she passed away long before I started making them but I know she'd have loved receiving what I would have made for her. I hope your Mum has a lovely day and thank you for sharing your lovely cards with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Doreen said...

Two fabulous cards your LOTV image is gorgeous.Thanks for sharing with us at Magical Crafts.xxx

Beryl said...

Two gorgeous cards Max. The one for your mum is fabulous.
Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's.
Beryl xx

Bev said...

Oh this is just delightful! Thanks so much for joining us at LOTV this week x