Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Circles galore and Valentine wishes ....

.... Good morning all - hope you're all fine and well today.  Life here is a bit hectic, but I got some time in my craft room last night to unwind a bit.  I've got quite a bit to share with you today and I'll start with this card which was made with two challenges in mind:



Last week I told you that my Aunt had asked me to make her a number of cards, including several birthday cards for her boys and husband.  This is birthday card number three - only one more to make.  As soon as I saw the PDCC colours I knew that they would be perfect for a guy card.  I really like Circle Circus, I think the set works really well for masculine cards.  The idea for this came really quickly, but it took a little while to make as there was a lot of masking involved.  I used post-it notes to mask off the sides of the card to leave a central panel, into which I stamped Circle Circus.  To create depth I stamped a few of the images, masked them off, stamped some more, did a bit more masking and some more stamping.  I finished off by adding birthday greetings above and below the stamped panel.


Stamps:  Stampin' Up! - Circle Circus; Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit - Sentiments
Inks:  Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Stampin' Up! - Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Card from stash

My second card is a Valentine card for my darling husband Jonathan.  The card has been made with two challenges in mind:


This card came together quickly and easily.  The hearts from Sewing Box Hugs just cry out to be paper pieced.  I simply found some coordinating papers (in Jonathan's favourite colour), stamped the hearts, cut out the layers and attached them to the card.  I stamped a simple frame and sentiment to complete the card.



Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Frame-It, Sweethearts, Sewing Box Hugs
Ink:  Memento - Cottage Ivy
Paper:  Papermania - Inspirations Cool Tones
Accessories:  Card from stash

The postman brought me a very special envelope yesterday - it was from Meredith and contained all these lovely goodies.



Meredith set up a 100 Follower Giveaway where we had to comment on her post - and I was the lucky winner.  Thank you so much - I can't wait to play with my new goodies.  Not only did I get all these super bits to play with, but Meredith included this beautiful card too - it's gorgeous!


I've another new follower - please join me in welcoming Evelyn - Hi, great to have you here!  Now I'm off to do a bit more sorting out - we've still got quite a lot of decluttering to do, so while the weather is reasonable, I'm going to fill the skip!!  See you soon.

31 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely cards Deborah....dont envy you the task of packing up....especially your craft room..

Anne

Paulina said...

Your cards are lovely :)
Well done.

Vicky Hayes said...

I love what you've done with Circle Circus Deborah - the colours are fabulous and the masking creates such depth and a beautifully clean finish. Your valentine for Jonathan is lovely too and the colour scheme a breath of fresh air! Congratulations on winning Merdith's give away too.

Chrissie said...

Great cards Deborah.. just love them all!
Chrissie

Sasha said...

Super cards, Deborah. I really like how you over lapped some of your circles by masking. Love the colours, too.
It must be hard work packing everything, just keep having a break to craft and unwind:)

Helen T said...

I do like the last card, the leaf image is lovely.

As a follower of your blog I would like to award you the Liebster Award. It is designed to encourage new followers and is passed on to blogs that inspire you. You can find the instructions for passing it on to others here (http://helensworld-helent.blogspot.com/2012/02/liebster-blog-award.html)

Happy Crafting.

Ardyth said...

Great cards! Love the blues and yellows on the circles (that's A LOT of masking!), the non-traditional colours of the valentine and I really like that maple leaf - as a Canadian, I feel it's my duty to track down a great maple leaf for my collection!

Kim S said...

What a great set of cards! I love all the masking you did with the circles!

Jenny said...

Wow, your circles look brilliant Deborah, the masking must have taken some working out and makes such a difference to the design.
Your valentines card is lovely too and a nice change from red or pink :0)
Jenny x

WencheP said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

-Wenche

Virginia L. said...

Love your one-layer card, Deborah!! And your paper-piecing card is delightful! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Paula (PEP) said...

Your patchwork paper pieced hearts work so well & they really demonstrate your brilliant positioning. As for the masked blue & yellow - some very intricate work there & thoroughly interesting. Love those colours but then I suppose a Swede would??
Enjoy your goodies.
Paula (PEP)

Julia Aston said...

Love your circle card Deborah - great colors and stampings! and the Valentine for Jonathan is lovely - nice color choices for a masculine card! love those faux stitched hearts!

kingstonmama said...

Your circles are amazing, Deborah! You did a wonderful job with the masking. What a lot of work that must have been. Well worth it, though. A wonderful card. Ann Y.

Stella said...

You had some happy mail and it's great to see what people sent you; enjoy! ( Isn't it lovely to be spoilt a bit once in awhile??)
I love your card with the hearts but the first one you made for PDCC is ny favorite. Yes a lot of blue but above that...the design. It laso made me think of that gorgeous Christmas card you sent me. Wow! You are só talented!
Hugs!
XX

Teresa said...

Wow superb work here, I'm so pleased you visited my blog and commented so I could find your blog. Your work is wonderful...off to become a follower. :o)
Teresa xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

LOVE, LOVE your paper piecing hearts card!!!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous colours in your OLW card Deborah, I think it sounds like a masking marathon but worth it for the great result. Your Velentine hearts card works beautifully they look like they've been blanket stitched. Enjoy your decluttering xx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Oops Valentine, sorry x

Belz said...

OMG I love this card and have been umming and ahhing over the circle circus set, you given me yet another reason for why I NEED it :) Thanks for sharing! Belz xx

Kate W. said...

Love the cards especially the blue and yellow one! Congrats on winning meredith's prize. I'll be anxious to see what you make!!

Jinny Newlin said...

These are pure, CAS perfection, Deb! Absolutely beautiful work! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Jackie said...

A beautiful selection of cards and goodies :o)
Jackie xx

Ruby said...

Lovely cards! Especially your one for the Play Date Cafe. I LOVE it!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us over at The Play Date Cafe!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Deborah, you did a FAB job masking those Circle Circus images! I love it!

THanks so much for playing with us at THe Play Date CAfe!

debby4000 said...

Oh what gorgeous cards, especially love the first one I think I need those stamps now.
luv
Debby

Michelle said...

Deborah, your Circle Circus card is outstanding! Congratulations on winning the Cup of the Week! :-)

Jen W. said...

Big congrats on your well-deserved win at the Play Date Cafe! Your circle card is fabulous and well worth the effort of all that masking! :) Jonathan's card is lovely too. :)

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

WOW - you are so productive and creative - love your cards Deborah!
Love it! Have a great day, hugs, Karin

maria f. said...

Congrats on your win - totally deserving. I love one-layer cards and yours is a beauty. Masking can be a pain but gives such wonderful depth to a project. And your choice of using the various bubbly circle images worked great. Thanks for some inspiration!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Wow!! These are two fabulous projects - the colors in your one layer card are amazing!! And those stitched hearts are too sweet for words! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! We're so glad you did!!

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