Sunday, 10 April 2011

Magical pearls and swirls

Well I had a brilliant day out yesterday. For quite a while I have been getting friendly online with the lovely Katina, and we had been meaning to meet up since last autumn at Port Sunlight craft fair. However Katina wasn't well that day, and since then time has flown by and we have never managed to meet up ... until now :-) We both live in different parts of Liverpool, and I had the idea of us going on a little jaunt to a large craft shop with coffee shop I know in St Helens called Crafts4u2do, so we could chat over coffee and cake and get to know each other.

Woke up yesterday morning with the sun cracking the flags, so it was a perfect day for a litle drive. We met late morning and before we knew it we were chatting for England over tea and chocolate cake (which Katina INSISTED on buying despite my protests .. thanks hun :-) We have both had a few trials and tribulations recently but it didn't feel at all awkward talking about what's happening in our lives, and time flew by.

Eventually we thought we ought to have a look around the craft shop and we certainly weren't disappointed. I hadn't been over there for about six months and was very impressed with their new stock - especially their own new range of flowers which could give well known online flower retailers a run for their money!! Katina was very good as she is trying to save at the moment and only had a very moderate spend ... I didn't get too carried away, but quite a few of the flower packs did fall into my basket along with some lace, card, a couple of distress inks and just the one rubber stamp.

By the time I got home mid-afternoon I was in cheerful mood, having made not only a few new craft purchases but also hopefully a new friend :-) The whole thing put me right in the mood for crafting, so I made a couple of cards in the late afternoon and evening - here's one of them which I made for a few challenges.

Main image: LotV "Freedom" coloured with Promarkers and decorated with Glamour Dust;
Sentiment: free with craft magazine;
Papers: BasicGrey "two scoops";
Supplies: yellow roses by Sweet Lilac (from Crafts4U2Do); other flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; pearls from The Hobby House; lace and ribbon from my stash;
Tools: small, large and lacy circles nestabilties; Marianne D Creatable swirly leaf die; Magnolia doohickey "vintage tag" die; Cuttlebug "swirls" embossing folder.

BasicGrey #41 - More Than One Fold
Magical Mondays #19 - Magical Pearls and Swirls
Anything Goes #38 - Pearls
Passion for Promarkers #94 - Yellow and Pink
Simon Says - Spring Colours (2nd entry)
Crafty Pad #116 - Spring Is in the Air
Flutterby Wednesday's #149 - Open Theme with Butterfly, Fairy or Angel
Dream Valley #4 - Things With Wings (2nd entry)
Freshly Brewed (April) - Flowers
Stamptacular #106 - Girls and Swirls

Back tomorrow with another very different card I made with a couple more of my new purchases :-)


  1. That's so nice to hear that online crafty friends are meeting up and your day sound fab.

    Gorgeous card,

    Liz x

  2. Hi Pauline, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is perfect. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x
    p.s. your day out with Katina sounds wonderful, glad you to managed to finally meet up :)

  3. Hi Pauline, Gorgeous card and a beautifully coloured image. Great take on the pearls an swirls and lovely piece of lace. Thanks for playing along at Magical Mondays.

  4. WOW Pauline!!! This is extremely feminine and beautiful. I love all the little details. I haven't blogged about our little jaunt yet as I wrote quite a long post to say thank you to everyone. I think if I'd written any more today I'd have put everyone to sleep! It was so lovely to meet you! xxxx

  5. wow, this is beautiful pauline.i love the stunning image and your colours and details are gorgeous.
    thanks for joining us this week at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

  6. Beautiful card! So many lovely design features and full of texture!! Great BG papers too! Thanks for joining us at Basic Grey challenges this time around, Juliex

  7. Such a beautiful cards Pauline! Sounds like you had a lovely day too.
    Kaz xx

  8. Gorgeous card! Love your take on the pearls and swirls challenge. Thank you for playing along with the Magical Monday Challenges.
    Magical Monday Challenge DT

  9. Ohhh this is utterly gorgeous!
    Love the fab details, and the image is sooo adorable!
    And you have colored her to perfection!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at PfP,
    hugs from Maya

  10. Isn't it lovely when you make a new friend. I have a new puppy and I am making a few new friends through walking her! Watch the chocolate cake though!!!

    This is absolutely gorgeous, soft, feminine and just perfect for our 'Things With Wings' challenge at Dream Valley.

    Lin xx

  11. Oh fabulous card Pauline, love the beautiful fairy.

  12. What a gorgeous card Pauline.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  13. Wonderful soft colours, such a girlie card. Thank you for joining us at Anything goes

  14. This is just adorable. Love the image. Thanks for joining us at PfP :o)

  15. A deliciously feminine card with lush embellishments and a beautifully coloured image - this is total eye-candy.
    Hugs, Sylvia x
    PS: Thank you for leaving a kind comment on my blog.

  16. I just love all the shimmer on this gorgeous creation! The flowers are just lovely! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Brewed!

  17. Gorgeous and so delicate. Thanks for taking part at The Crafty Pad this week.

  18. Stunning card! I love the pearls and swirls, Thanks for joining MM.

  19. The embossing, lace and flowers are wonderful details! Love all the glitter too! Thanks for playing at Dream Valley!

  20. Beautiful card Pauline :-) The image is stunning and the colours and pretty details are just gorgeous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  21. Stunning!

    Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad :)


  22. Beautiful! I love how you framed her with flowers and pearls ~

  23. Gorgeous card! I love the lace and pearls, so pretty! Thanks for joining in on Dream Valley Challenges!

    luv, Mags x

  24. Hi Pauline I just wanted to pop by and congratulating you on being one of our Top 3 over Anything goes challenge blog! please pop by and grab your blinkie..
    Anything goes Team


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