Wednesday 8 February 2012

There's something fabulous... valentine

I've recently started playing along with the ColourQ and I am addicted! Every week there's a wonderful inspiration photo along with a colour challenge and this is the current one.

How gorgeous is this?! Aren't you immediately inspired?! Well I was - come and see what I made:

This gorgeous little balloon is from a hostess set called Ain't Love Grand. It contains six stunning outline images with sentiments and I bought it because I wanted to experiment more with colouring. You can see I have a long way to go (!) but I think I'm getting away with it and I can just imagine these wonderful images in the hands of one of you amazing ladies that colour beautifully - you know who you are! I finished my card by cutting some ruffles with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch and layering them up on one side of the card. To keep the balloon panel flat I attached the ruffle side with glue and the other side with dimensionals.

I made a card for last week's ColourQ too but being a complete looby I didn't get it entered in time! The inspiration was wonderful again:

And here's what I came up with:

I know you're not supposed to take these things literally but I really did have to make one of those amazing hearts! The 'thread' for my heart is the curl from Perfect Punches - I love putting my stamps to all sorts of use!

See how dimensional the heart is? It was great fun to make - I just punched out the red heart and die cut the white one then hand-cut a mat for each out of black card stock with my sharp paper snips. The white one was stamped with the little flower from Create a Cupcake and embellished by dotting with Real Red and Basic Black markers. The white dots on the black mats were added with my white gel pen before assembling the heart with dimensionals.

I found the perfect sentiment in the Create a Cupcake set too. The sentiment in full reads: There's something fabulous about your birthday {must be you!} but by picking out just the first bit with a marker, I've got a great valentine sentiment - isn't that fun?!

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Ain't Love Grand (hostess set)
Ink: Basic Grey
Card stock: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Regal Rose
Other: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Regal Rose markers,  Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, dimensionals, stamp-a-majig
Stamps: Create a Cupcake, Perfect Punches
Ink: Regal Rose, Baja Breeze
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Crumb Cake smooth and textured
Other: Real Red, Basic Black markers, white gel pen, Large Heart punch, heart die from Timeless Type alphabet, paper snips, dimensionals, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and 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.
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My youngest son is involved in an inter-school dance group competition and has thrown himself into it with his usual enthusiasm! After explaining some of the moves to me he added: "Of course we have to warm up properly first!" I asked what that entailed and he told me that they used ballet moves. "First we do a plié," he said, "And then a demi-plié. And then we have to do..." he wrinkled his brow a little, "...You know, those things where you come up - I know! Levitate!" I'm thinking that my son's group would win the competition for sure if they've mastered levitation but I expect he means relevé!

Thank you for popping in to visit today. I'll be back tomorrow with Three Minute Thursday so do call again if you have a minute.



  1. Two gorgeous cards! Love the coloring and the raffles on the first and your literal interpretation of the second is fantastic!
    Your son gave me a good giggle too. :)

  2. Lovely, as ever. The pop of colour on an otherwise mostly white card looks great especially with the border. Great work too on the heart, crumb cake is so versatile, any colour goes well. Helen (Sydney)

  3. SHOOT Vicky - I wish you'd been able to link the card for last week up! Both of these are just stellar! I always love seeing your entries - thank you so much for playing with us at the colourQ!!! It makes us happy!

  4. Two fabulous cards Vicky! Love the layered hearts, and I love the hot air balloon dropping love hearts through the air!
    And I'd love to see some levitation lol!

  5. Love both your cards Vicky! Bet your son brings a smile to your face, he does to mine!

    Love Ann

  6. Two lovely cards but my favourite is the heart,
    you really know how to make your stamp sets work don't you.
    I would love to have seen your son doing his warm up routine, did you join in?
    L x

  7. I love both your cards Vicky & I think masking off the sentiment for something more appropriate for a Valentine's card is genius! My Jasmine does ballet but she's yet to master levitating ;) lol xxx

  8. love the hearts falling from the balloon!! thanks for playing with the CQC!!

  9. Absolutely brilliant cards. Perfect for the challenges. x

  10. Both cards are fabulous, Vicky, I too am sorry you missed this one last week, it is perfect! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the ColourQ. Your son sounds just precious!

  11. Both of your cards are so pretty, Vicky! So happy that you're joining us this week! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations at the colourQ!

  12. Morning Vicky

    Wow your cards are FAB U LOUS, I love the balloon card, the colouring is brilliant.
    And, a perfect Valentine card.

  13. Hi Vicky
    Two fabulous cards .... Love the heart....
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

  14. Your cards are gorgeous. I love the colours you have used.

  15. Oh gosh these are both FABULOUS! Love your balloon with the sprinkling of hearts. And your unentered card is SPECTACULAR spot on!!!

  16. Both of these are gorgeous, Vicky! I love the hearts. I thought they were so pretty when I saw the challenge. I love the colorful balloon too.

  17. Both cards are just fabulous Vicky - but I really love the baloon hearts :)

  18. I had a dog called looby now that explains a lot about her character . Beautiful makes both are fabulous especially love the heart am feeling very inspired will have to pop over and visit that challenge. Thanks for sharing your anecdotes , does your son know how famous he is !!!


  19. Gorgeous cards! Fabulous work!

  20. Love your colourQ balloon and the heart overflowing, fantastic!

  21. Beautiful! Your balloon is gorgeous and I LOVE the layered border punched borders. :)
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at ColourQ

  22. I adore your hot air balloon card, Vicky. Your coloring looks great and the scalloped edges along the side are a wonderful touch. Gorgeous! Ann Y.

  23. For some reason, this post JUST came up in my reader---how did I miss these beauties before? Fabulous!


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