Hibernation and some historical stampin'...

These past few days, I have watched more daytime TV than could usually be considered healthy, thanks to a dose of shingles that started out in my right eyebrow and has made its was onto my eyelid as well as spreading its painful feelers across my forehead, temple and cheek.

Not to mention that its allowing me to do a very passable impression of the Elephant Man thanks to the swelling around my eye.

Yep, I'm smokin' HOT right about now, let me tell you...

So I have been spending quite a bit of time inside, partly because I have been feeling so wretched and partly so as not to give nightmares to any small children that I might cross paths with on the street.

I thought it might be an ideal time to get on  here with some stamped creations that I made some time ago and have photographed, edited and all, just not managed to share.


This card was one that I made for a very special wedding back in January - one of the five weddings we went to between September last year and February this year (never have I been so very aware of a "wedding season" in my life..)

The gal getting married was someone I have known since she was about four years old and her dad used to coach my brother's junior cricket team.  Her parents and mine are still the best of friends all these years later - wonderful people, all of them :-)

With so many weddings to go to, I found myself with a go-to card design that I made for a couple of them, but for this one, I wanted to do something a bit different and special.

I started out (as I very often do) at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog and used this sketch as my starting point...

FTL76 After changing the orientation, I set about deciding what to decorate my four squares with and hunted through  my stamp and embellishment collection for anything '"wedding-y".

Here's a closer look at the combination of elements I ended up with...


It was one of those times that I was happy to have a variety of embellishments on hand, as it was the little touches that finished if off I think.  Things like the Dazzling Diamonds glitter in the champagne glasses and the tiny heart-shaped clear button with a punched out Cherry Cobbler heart stuck on the top.

If you'd like more details on any of the products or techniques I've employed on this card, please don't hestitate to get in touch.

And who knows, depending on what Brooke is up to these days on the Bold and the Beautiful, I may even be back later with more...  (Assuming that Brooke is still around that is - surely she's not finished marrying every bloke on the show yet...?)

"Congrats Nat & Dave - Wedding card Stamps: Cheers to You, Always, Simply Said, Occasional Greetings, Playful Pieces (L3 hostess), Basic Phrases Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, In-Color Patterns DSP (Blushing Bride) Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler Accessories: 1-1/4 and 1-3/8 Square Punches, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Two Step Owl Punch (heart), Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Early Espresso Marker, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals

Just add {hearts}!

Aaarghhhh!  I'm late!

And I'm exhausted due to my big girl having started back at school today and all the fun and frivolity and fresh new stationery (mmmmmmm!) that comes with the last week of the summer holidays.

But mostly I'm late.  To show you my card for the current Just Add Ink challenge (that kicked off .......last Thursday!)

Chances are you have already seen my card on the JAI blog itself, and I suspect that a good many of you have judging by the many, many challenge entries that are flooding in!

The challenge this week....?  Just add HEARTS!


This theme suited me perfectly as we had an engagement party to go to last weekend, so this card was created, photographed, emailed to the Just Add Ink girls and given away, all in the blink of an eye!

'Tis a pity that it wasn't blogged with such speed and frightening efficiency...

I'm not sure if you can quite make out the detail of the heart image, so here's a bit of a closer look...


The heart image from Simply Said was stamped onto Vellum Cardstock in Whisper White Craft Ink and embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Then I coloured onto the back of the vellum using markers to create the stained glass window type effect.


Then with the two different sized square punches and a goodly amount of stuffing about to get the layers to line up, I created the little see through window-ish type thingamy that you can see in the above photo.

Then some background stamping, ribbon and a rub-on completed the job!

If you're keen to join the challenge for this week and you have a window of stampin' opportunity to do so between now and midnight on Wednesday, I'd encourage you to jump on in!

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"Just Add Hearts Engagement Card" Stamps: Simply Said, Sanded background Paper: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Vellum cardstock Ink: Whisper White craft, Close to Cocoa Accessories: Rose Red Wide Double Stitched Ribbon, White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Write Markers, Chit Chat Rub-ons, 1-3/8" and 1-1/4" Square Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges