Saturday, 29 October 2011

Stars in my eyes!

I can't tell you how excited I am today! I have been asked to join Chrissie and Mandi at Less Is More as guest designer this week and I feel so utterly honoured! Regular readers of my blog will know that I've been a staunch LiMette pretty much from the word go. Clean and simple is my favourite style of stamping and the wonderful challenges the ladies set each week kickstart my mojo every time - I've definitely lost the urge to lie in on Saturday mornings!

This week the challenge is to create a card using the theme 'stars' and I've come up with a couple of ideas. The first is a Christmas card using the dashing Dasher:

The night sky is made by scribbling with markers on an acrylic block, spritzing with water and stamping onto Whisper White card stock. (You have to be careful not to use too much water or the card stock will warp - you could try putting it under some heavy books overnight if it does!) When it had completely dried, I stamped Dasher in Basic Black ink and, after cleaning the stamp thoroughly, I used my stamp-a-majig and a marker to add extra stars from his antlers to the sky. The centres of the stars were dotted carefully with the fine end of a versamark pen, then heat embossed in silver. Come and have a closer look:


I got very excited heat-embossing the stars - it was like watching real stars coming out! When I'd finished, I added three Basic Rhinestones for a bit of extra sparkle. The Dasher panel is mounted on vellum then attached to a card base made out of Stampin' Up's gorgeous new Brushed Silver card stock. I love this stuff - it's not overly shiny and has a rather classy finish.

The second card was great fun! I've been thinking for a while now about teaming a magic wand with a 'birthday wishes' sentiment and the stars theme seemed the perfect opportunity. The result was this bright, easy-to-post, one-layer card:


I started with the sentiment from Petite Pairs, drew a wand using a ruler and marker, then added bright stars using a stamp-a-majig for position. That's it - so quick and simple but (I hope!) effective. 

Supplies needed for these cards:
DASHER CARD
Stamps: Dasher, Contempo Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Card stock: Brushed Silver, Vellum, Whisper White
Other: Acrylic block, markers, versamark pen, silver embossing powder, heat tool
BIRTHDAY WISHES CARD
Stamps: Season of Joy (for the star), Petite Pairs (sentiment)
Ink: Melon Mambo
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Markers, stamp-a-majig
I'd love to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

We've been away in Tynemouth for a few days, romping about in unexpected sunshine, but I'm back today and will be coming round soon to see all the fabulous starry creations you've come up with! See you later!

Hugs,

65 comments:

  1. Wow Vicky congratulations on your GDT post and well done on your cards. Love them. xx Jan

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  2. Morning Vicky

    Wow what can I say but CONGRATULATIONS on your GDT spot, well deserved. Your cards are fabulous and stunning.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  3. Congratulations Vicky and a very well deserved GDT spot. Fabulous cards as always, love the magic wand one, inspired!
    Lynne xxx

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You definitely deserve it, they should make you a full time DT member if you ask me!!
    Kelly xx

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  5. I absoloutely love your Dasher card - I have that stamp on order.... and now I know exactly how I'm going to use it! And well done on your GDT spot!
    Hugs
    Christine x

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  6. Well done Vicky, you're the perfect choice for guest designer :)
    Fabulous cards as always, dasher looks stunning in his starry scene and I love those colourful stars popping of the white space on your magic card :)
    Jenny x

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  7. Congratulations Vicky!... your cards are just beautiful! I love the "Dasher"
    Suzi B :o)

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  8. Fabulous news and very well deserved Vicky you're a very talented crafter, I'm so pleased for you. Love the cards too:0) Gay xxx

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  9. Many congrats on your well deserved guest designer spot Vicky. Brilliant cards as ever.

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  10. Well done Mrs Guest Designer!!! Lovely news and lovely cards as usual

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  11. We are SO delighted to have you join us as Guest Designer this week Vicky. Your work is a constant source of inspiration to us all! These two beauties being cases in point!
    I must admit to having a penchant for Dasher... I've just bought him and your card is simply fab!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  12. I'm not surprised you were asked to be a GDT - your cards are always so fabby! I love both of thise, but the wand is my favourite - that is such a cool idea :-)
    Tara x

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  13. Such an inspired choice as guest designer, just adore your fab work Vicky as you know.Great cards too, amazing what you come up with all the time, keep it up ! :O) Viv xx

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  14. Congrats on your GD spot well deserved!!! Two stunning cards I think my favorite is Dasher & he will definately be on my next order!!
    hugs
    Sharon x

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  15. Hi Vicky
    Wow!!!! i am so pleased for you ....your cards are always stunning...a great inspiration to us all....
    These Two cards are Fabulous....Well Done ....you do really deserve it...
    Hugs sylvie
    xxxx

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  16. Fab cards Vicky and am I surprised at your news? NO!!! Well deserved and so pleased for you:)
    Val x

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  17. Congrats!!! You are certainly deserving of the honor. Fab cards. I especially love the first one. I just bought some silhouette dies from PTI of the Holy Family and I'm going to use your technique for the background. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Congratulations Vicky, a well deserved GD spot. Two gorgeous cards too, love the colours you've used for the stars on the wand card but I think Dasher is my favourite. Carol x

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  19. A well deserved honour!! Congratulations! Exciting news on my blog too........

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  20. This could not have happened to a more deserving person. Congratulations Vicky on being a guest designer for Less is More. Your CAS cards are always a source of inspiration for me. I will see if I can meet this challenge of the stars theme.

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  21. Wowwy , both your cards are stunning love the one with Dasher on.
    Nicky

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  22. Congrats Vicky!!. You deserve to be on a DT as your work is superb, and GDT is a great start.

    Glad you had a nice break, but being completely selfish, I'm glad you're back at the blogging helm!

    Bev.x

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  23. Afternoon Vicky . . . congrats on your GDT spot with Less is More. LOVE both cards, particularly the Christmas one.

    xxx

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  24. Well done you! How fab to be asked as a guest designer. Love these two card, just gorgeous!

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  25. Congratulations on being guest designer on LIM thoroughly deserved and a great honour ! both cards are fabulous, your elegant style and perfect craftwomanship are always a joy to see wel done Vicky !

    Marie

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  26. gorgeous , I love your card!

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  27. Whoo hoo! Congratulations Vicky! Love all the stars with Dasher. What a wonderful idea and your magic wand is right up there too! Any princess would be delightedd to receive this!

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  28. Conratulations! on being guest designer at LIM, Vicky...so well deserved! Your cards are just perfect, as always:)

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  29. Hey Vicky! Congrats on the DT spot! :) I do love both your cards...so simple but very effective! :)

    Lizy x

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  30. Well deserved Vicky - you are fab and so inspirational!!! Oh and I love the cards :0)
    M x

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  31. Huge congratulations Vicky, you always produce such fabulous work. Love the dasher card and the wand one is inspired! xx

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  32. Hi Vicky, Congratulations on the DT spot on 'Less is More. Love your Dasher card - he's one of my favourites x

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  33. Well done Vicky - hearty congratulations ! I love the placement of the stars around Dasher's curly antlers and such a lovely colour combination !
    Jane x

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  34. hi vicky!!
    congrats! you are the PERFECT choice for designer team. i visit your blog every day, and am always soo inspired by your cards. i am needing to order dasher now, thanks to you! his card is breathtaking.
    and the magic wand birthday card is fabulous.
    you are such a clever girl!
    thanks for sharing!
    marty ferraro

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  35. lovely cards for a great theme. I love how ou didn't just stay with Christmas but also had a fun wand idea. Terrific!

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  36. Georgous, fabulous cards, especially the Dasher one. Congrats on the DT post, you deserve it.

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  37. Two fabulous cards Vicky! The Dasher card is amazing!!! Love hopw you've created the starry night scene!A huge congrats on your GDT spot too, so very well deserved!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  38. Great cards, thanks for showing !
    Carol W

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  39. Congrats on being GD over at LIM! Your samples are fabulous -- I love doing the water spritzing technique~ love the effect

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  40. congrats on being the guest designer at LIM! your cards are absolutely fantastic!!

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  41. What a star you are!!! They couldn't have picked a better guest. I am very happy for you and I love both cards you designed for the star challenge. I hope to get to play along, but sadly, I am not finding any time for my stamps at present.

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  42. Congratulations on your guest DT spot Vicky, so well deserved! What a wonderful theme for this week too, gorgeous cards, I love the dasher image and the multi coloured starry scene on your second card! Gorgeous!

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  43. Woohoo Vicky!!!!! Well done on being a guest designer. Love your starry Dasher. Helen (from downunder - Sydney)

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  44. Two more georgeous card, but I adore the colourful little stars xxx ps the star on my card is suspended from the stitching!

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  45. Hi Vicky congrats on a well-deserved GDT and love both your cards, that wand is genius!
    Hugs
    Anne
    x

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  46. Congratulations on being GDT this week and those cards are fantastic love the birthday one and thanks for the idea for dasher too- forgot I had him! x

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  47. Fantastic cards Vicky and congrats on being guest designer, love coming to look at your cards. Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  48. Congratulations, Vicky. Two fabulous cards. I especially love the reindeer. Gorgeous inky blue background and the sparkle is perfect. :) Ann

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  49. Enjoy being Guest Designer !! Love the scribbling technique and the stars lokk fab-u-lous !!
    Julie x

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  50. Congrats Vicky on your GDT, it is well deserved. Your cards are always an inspiration. I love your Dasher card and the extra stars from the antlers is perfect. x

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  51. That Dasher card is absolutely stunning!

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  52. Hola vicky, i'm happy for you, you know i think you are a great cardmaker, congratulations!!!both cards are fabulous but the second i think is a great idea remember me the magic wand of the fairy godmother, i love the concept, beautiful, good job, as always.
    A warm hug for you and your family from Palma

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  53. I love the effects of your cards! That is such a cool background for your deer. Congratulations. ;)

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  54. Big, huge congrats on being a guest designer at LIM this week! How fantastic! both of your cards are gorgeous. I must try that acrylic block technique - such a great effect - and the embossed stars and red sentiment are so perfect!

    Love the magical starry wand too!

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  55. Congratulations on being LIM GD this week. Your beautiful cards are gorgeous samples love them both XOXO Zoe

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  56. Wow Vicky many many congratulations and very well deserved too as your cards are all brilliant !!! and just love the Dasher Christmas card Luv Sue x

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  57. Vicky - congratulations!!! And thanks for the wonderful cards - both are such creative and clever ways to use stars. You always inspire me.
    cheers, Karen
    alteredscrapbooking.blogspot.com

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  58. Congratulations on being asked to be Chrissie and Mandi's guest designer. Very well deserved, your cards are always a pleasure to see. Sue.x

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  59. Well done Vicky on your GDT spot - hope you enjoy yourself. I can see why they've chosen stars as the theme this week!! Love your cards.

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  60. Congratulations. I love both of your cards x

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  61. Both cards are stunning. Congratulations on being a GDT, well deserved,

    Michelle xx

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  62. Congrats on the GDT post, and two fabulous 'star' cards for the challenge.
    Avril

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  63. Vicky...your cards are amazing!! Congrats on the guest designer...you make beautiful cards and it's wonderful seeing your artistry showcased!! I just got Dasher after last Christmas...you have inspired me to take him out of his box...just beautiful!!! Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comments...you made my day!!! I answered your question there...will visit you again, soon:)!!

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  64. CONGRATULATIONS on your GDT spot, well deserved. I love the 2 cards you have done this week too.

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x