Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Nicest Things

One of the nicest things I do is make cards, and this one is doubly nice because it is my first card for 2011, and I got to try out my new stamp set called "The Nicest Things".

I only recently purchased this set because I had a yearning to try something different with water-colouring, but instead I found myself reverting back to one of the first stamping techniques I learned after joining Stampin' Up!® as a demonstrator - Blender Pens and Classic Ink pads.

Such an easy technique and so controllable. I decided to work in tones of Pink and have used Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink and Bravo Burgundy with some touches of Soft Suede. You may be able to see a little glitter - for the first time in nearly 5 years my Dazzling Diamonds was affected by humidity and was quite hard to spread nicely. I'm not complaining tho' as I think of all the people in Queensland and Northern New South Wales who are suffering from unprecedented flooding - a little cloggy diamond dust is nothing!

 I used lots of accessories on this card including Punches: Heart to Heart; 3.5 cm Circle; 3.2 cm Circle; Scallop Trim Border and Scallop Trim Corner. I also made good use of my Big Shot and the "Beautiful Wings" Embosslits die.  A bit of Faux Stitching is a favourite of mine, this time done with the Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Write Marker.

The gorgeous Bitty Buttons can be found in the Summer Mini, and the card stock is punched with one of the tiny punches from the Punch Pack -"Itty Bitty Shapes".The ribbons, and patterned papers are old stock from my stash.

The finished card - something a little different for me,but I quite like it all the same.

I designed this card for the following challenges:
 Color Chef Challenge # 69 - Tone on tone
Shabby Tea Room  - Sketch
Scrap Creations - Love is in the Air new stamp & buttons - old papers
Stampin B's - Something Old Something New
Pile It One - It's All About Cute Children
CupCake Challenge #124 - Something New - stamp

I've had a great day today, because not only did I make my first card for the year, I actually completed a scrap page at my scrap class tonight.  Whoo Hoo - first one in ages.

If you'd like to know any details about the card or products I've used, please feel free to leave a comment.

Take Care and Stay Crafty!



  1. Hi Ann, what a stunning card. I really like the monotone colouring of your image and your papers and layout are gorgeous. Fab embellishments too. Thanks for joining in with my "something new" challenge over at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

  2. Fantastic card, Ann! I love your choice of pink, beautiful colouring and very elegant layout! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Craft Challenges and good luck! Delphine xx

  3. Such a sweet image and pretty in {pink} color palette! Thank you for joining us this week in the Tea Room :)

  4. So pretty, Ann..I love the tones you used on this aorable image. Your card is beautifully created. Oh, I feel so bad for the people involved in all that horrible flooding. Hope things get better quickly.
    So glad you joined the Stampin B's old/new challenge this week.

  5. Darling little image - thanks for joining us this week at TSTR! :)

  6. A gorgeous card Ann, I love all the pink hues. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

    Liza x

  7. oh my gosh! This is so cute and SOooo detailed!

  8. What a beautiful card! When I first glanced at it, I thought waaayyyy tooo much pink...but the more and closer I see it, the more I know my first impression was way off! I have this list high on my order list...will be fun for my sister and friends. TFS!

  9. GORGEOUS! thanks for playing with us at PIO! hugs!

  10. This is so cute. Great layout. Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

  11. Waw I really love the colors and design. Beautiful card.

  12. Soooo cute. Love it. Thanks for joining us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations this week,


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