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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Challenge #32 @ Lexi's Creations - Valentines Card

Morning. :) My first day back at uni today in weeks and weeks after being off for Christmas and New Year. I was pleased about the break - but I have been off for soooo long I'm beginning to forget pretty important things! LOL. Anyway..

Thanks to everyone who entered Challenge #31, congratulations to the winner and GD. Me and the rest of the DT apologise for not being able to make it round to everyones entries to leave comments - but inlinkz decided to not work!! Techno..

I hope you are ready for a splash of pink today, prepare yourself - its totally not me, so you won't be used to seeing colours like this on my blog. I hope its something that I will become more used to.

This fornights challenge over at Lexi's Creation's is 'Valentines Card', you can be as creative as you like. The sponsor is our very own Lexi - take a look at the Fairy Dust Craft website.

Here is my DT take on the challenge:

A lot of pink, a bit of distressing, a bit of stitching. Yikes - what was up with me? LOL. Well, the stitching is not so strange, is it? I have used Lexi's 'Hugs and Kisses - Sentiment' digi. The paper is from Bearly Mine Designs - Pink Polka Dot Swirls and is a digi too.

I have made my own shaker box using a chipboard heart from Cosmo Cricket. I covered it in SU! Pretty in Pink cardstock and sanded the edges smooth. I attached some acetate, punched out some mini hearts from vellum and placed them in the centre. I attached foam mount adhesive around the edges and placed another piece of patterned paper on the back, then placed it on the card with regular adhesive. *TIP* rub some talc onto the edges of your foam mount adhesive to prevent whatever it is in your shaker card from sticking to it - and allowing it to shake free. :)

I added some Martha Stewart Micro beads to the lips on the sentiment to make them stand out a little. I attached them using Tombow Mono Multi Glue - its great stuff. This was a messy job, the beads get everywhere!! They truely are micro but they give great results.

Here is a close up of the sentiment - it would be great for a male or female card, for valentines day or an anniversary. :) The Prima flower is from my stash and I highlighted it with my stickles. I added a fuzzy brad to the centre and attatched it to the sentiment.

Cardstock: AC - White, SU! Pretty in Pink, Vellum
Patterned paper: Bearly Mine Designs - Pink Polka Dot Swirls
Digi: Hugs and Kisses - Sentiment
Details on digi: Martha Stewart - Garnet Microbeads, PaperMania brad - Monochrome capsule collection
Stamp: SU! Tiny Tags
Ink: Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet
Chipboard Heart: Cosmo Cricket - Buck naked buttons and more
Tools: Fiskars - little heart punch, SU! Mat pack and paper piercer, BG - Precision File set
Miscellaneous: Stickles - Diamond, pink embroidery floss, SU! - Linen thread, brown fineliner, Prima flower from stash

I would like to enter this card into these challenge:
× Tellen's Place - Dot, Dot, Dot It! Polka Dots -  my patterned paper has just the slightest hint of polka dots
× TotallyPapercrafts Challenges - #50 - Add a Heart - my shaker box.. YEY.
× Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - #45 - Anything Goes

× For Fun Challenges - Glitter - glitter on the Prima flower and microbeads on the lips
× Freshly Brewed Challenges - #31 - Valentine's Day card
× My Time To Craft Challenge - #124 - Spots and Dots
× Tuesday Throwdown #32 - Valentine
× Crazy 4 Cocoa - C4CC8 - Pink & Red
× Paper Sundaes #53 - Distressing

Thanks for stopping by, why not pop on over to Lexi's Creations and join in.

*EDIT* I now don't start back at uni until Wednesday, due to another emergency change of timetable.


  1. Wow this is stunning Lou, I love the shaker, it looks fab and for someone who doesn't 'do' pink I think you've done it really well...enjoy your bonus days off
    ! Hugs Shelly x

  2. absolutely beautiful Lou!! Love the lips with the micro beads! love the colours! I think I just love it!!

  3. Stunning card! I love the hart in the upper right corner. I also like those glitters on the flower and the black swirl image on the left side of the card.

  4. Hello Lou, this is gorgeous. Such fab paper, love the Heart, the flower, and those lips, wow. Happy crafting. Thank you for joining us at Tellens Place and good luck.
    Love Sandra xx

  5. This is just soooo lush x
    Great sentiment.

    Thanks for joining us @ For Fun Challenges.

    hugs sally x

  6. Whooo-hooo! Love this card, especially the shaker and the beaded lips.....soooo full of textures, and the perfect sentiment too!

    Really glad you joined us at 'For Fun Challenges' this week.

    Hugs, from Ali x

  7. GREAT card! Love the heart shaker box.!! Thanks for the how to explanation!

  8. You do such great cards Lou, love this one with the shaker, a super valentines card!

  9. Great card! Great shaker box. Really sweet! Thanks for playing with us over at For Fun this week.
    love n hugs,

  10. Stunning card Lou :D...the shaker is fab and i love the paper!

    hugs Lexi xxx

  11. Wowza, this is one stunning card!! So many wonderful elements went into it, and they all work so beautifully!!! Thanks for sharing the love and joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges.


  12. Absolutely great card - love the micro beads on the kiss. Thanks for joining us at For Fun Challenges.

  13. I love the shaker element of this stunning card!
    Thanks so much for joining in our Spots and Dots Challenge at MTTC this week!

  14. This is a magnificent card! I love all the details you added to make this platform so fantastic; the sewing, the beads on the lips, the glitter on the flower, the velum hearts within the heart, and the paper is so cute - love the subtle look of dots - very elegant. Thanks for playing along with us at Tellen's Place. :~)

  15. Hi Lou. This is a fab dotty pink creation. Love the microbeads. So many elements and textures.
    Thankyou for sharing this at Tellen's Place and hope to see you back next time

  16. Those beaded lips are the best! Very pretty card! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

  17. Lou this is gorgeous. Love all of the pink and the flowers. thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place.

  18. Beautiful creation. Love the romantic theme of your project and it looks so pretty!!

  19. A beautiful card thanks for playing at Tellens Place
    Luv Jane xxx

  20. Lovely card.
    Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty this time, and hope to see you again.
    Sharon x


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