Monday, 29 August 2011

Bank Holiday Offerings

Hope everyone is enjoying the Bank Holiday in the UK despite the miserable weather ... I'm just pottering about wondering whether to brave going out this afternoon, but in the meantime I thought I would post a couple of cards I made on Saturday.

My first card was primarily inspired by Dawny's wonderful sketch for this week's Simon Says Challenge. I actually couldn't wait to get started as I have several deep border punches which would be ideal for this sketch. Here's what I came up with.

In the event I was feeling very flowery, so I used my Martha Stewart "wildflowers" PATP and made a card in restful tones of lilac ... I also managed to play with my gorgeous new Magnolia swirly butterfly; and I took the opportunity to incorporate one of my Marianne D Creatable dies as they really are my favourites, and it meant I could also enter the new Marianne's Design Divas challenge :-). I decided to slightly cut down diecuts from my swirly leaf die to make them suitable as a leafy frame for my large flower - I rather like the result and think I will use it this way again.

Main image: LotV fairy coloured with Promarkers and liberally dusted with glamour dust;
Sentiments: Penny Black transparent set "Party Critters";
Papers: Papermania Forever Friends "Springtime";
Supplies: large gardenia from Wild Orchid Crafts; Papermania gems;
Tools: Martha Stewart "wildflowers" PATP; Marianne D Creatables leaf flourish die; Magnolia doohickey "swirly butterfly" die.

Simon Says - Sketch by Dawny P
(rotated by 90 degrees to the right)

Sparkles #19 - Punch It
Papertake Weekly - Dies To Die For (2nd entry)
Fab 'n' Funky #87 - Mono Madness
Marianne's Design Divas #1 - Anything Marianne D Goes!
Spoon Full of Sugar #162 - Happy Birthday (2nd entry)

For my second card ...this week Chrissie and Mandi over at Less is More are challenging us to combine any three of the previous challenges. I had a little time left over after making my previous card so decided to make a quick one ... and here it is.

I simply embossed the flowers onto pearlised white card and mounted onto pink and black pearlised matting, then added a die cute sentiment with a single gem heart on the "i" in "friend" plus two punched butterflies. This to fulfil the following three previous challenges:

Week 1- Pink, White & Black
Week 2 - Flowers &/or Trees
Week 15 - Embossing
Week 16 - Butterflies

Supplies: pink and black gems + heart gem from stash;
Tools: Cuttlebug Cut 'n' emboss folder; Martha Stewart small monarch butterfly punch.

Less Is More #30 - Take Three Challenges

I think that will be all for today .. enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday.


  1. Wow Pauline - these are fabulous. Love all the beautiful detail on the first one, and the clean simplicity of the LIM card. Great work!
    Hugs, Sylvia x

  2. Gorgeous cards Pauline ,, both of them are fantastic !! I love the border punch you used on the first one, fabulous ! :-)

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

  3. Stunning cards Pauline! Love those Marianne die flourishes on the first, gorgeous. Enjoy a fab bank holiday Monday Pauline! Ruby x

  4. Two beautiful cards Pauline, the first one is full of sparkle and such a lovely colour and I love the embossing on the second one. Hope you are having a fab day. Hugs, Claire x

  5. Both beautiful cards - I love the color and embellishment of the first and the simplicity of the second


  6. Lovely card for LIM Pauline
    FAB combo
    Thank you very much
    Diva LIM "Less is More"

  7. Two super cards. Great colouring in the first and love the embossing in the second. xx

  8. both cards are great but my fav has to be the second one thinks it's the colours that draw the eye x

  9. Two beautiful cards Pauline!! So different to each other but equally as stunning! xx

  10. I love your LIM card... simple and stylish!
    Great combo of challenges too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  11. Gorgeous embossing folder. love the bright pink. x

  12. Hi Pauline

    What a fabulous card - I love everything and I mean everything about it. I'm so glad I found your blog and I am now following you and I look forward to seeing your next creation.

    Hazel x

  13. So sweet! Love the image, and the soft colors! Thanks for joining us at Flutter By Wed.

  14. What gorgeous cards! I love your use of the glamour dust and your fairy is coloured so beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Forum, I hope to see you there again soon.

  15. Gorgeous cards, Pauline! The first one is stuning with the gorgeous colors and wonderful embellishments! The second one is fabulous with the embossing! The pink and black look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon!
    hugs, Sharon

  16. Beautiful cards, love the LIM one, it is beautifully elegant
    Beryl x

  17. Hi Pauline, Two fabulous cards today, Love the super detailed first, so cute too:0) The second is simplicity itself and gorgeous, Gay xxx

  18. Pauline, this is a really sweet card, I love all the different elements you have used. Thank you for entering the Marianne Design Diva challenge.

  19. Both your cards are gorgeous xx


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Pauline x