Sunday, 2 September 2012

Going round in circles

Now I'm a big fan of LotV - adore the stamps, and also lurve the new papers ... I don't think my bank manager likes LotV at all, but that's a different story lol!! So when I saw that Lili's Little Fairies are doing a DT call I got me really excited ... until I saw the theme, when my heart sank :-(  Anything but a square - oh no!! Now I don't mind a challenge, but there's no way I can showcase my best with this as I don't have any large die cutting machine, so the best I can manage is the largest size classic circle nestie - and let's face it, that's still pretty teeny!!  But hey I thought I'd best give it a go ... after all you've got to be in it to win it!!

Here's the result.

To tell the truth I'm not overly happy with this card for two reasons. Firstly,  I smudged my glamour dust on one of the snowflakes (I probably shouldn't point this out when I'm competing for a DT spot!) but my cardmaking time is too limited at the moment for me to start over, so let's call it a "feature" of the finished product!! Secondly, for some reason I had real trouble stamping with my grungy image sentiment - the centre of the image refused to co-operate even though I tried several different inks. I think I'll have to do a bit of testing over the the next couple of days as normally LotV stamps are fantastic - I'm not worried though as if there is a problem I'm sure it will get sorted easily.

On the bright side, I think this new release Christmas penguin is beyond adorable, the new Chrimbo papers are yummy and I'm quite pleased with my swirly snowflake border.

Stamps: LotV "Snow Cute" and "grungy sentiment";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers; lots of glamour dust!
Papers: LotV "Nitwits - Frosty Christmas";
Supplies: gems from Hobbycraft;
Tools: classic circle nestabilities; Memory Box "Frosty Border" die.

Lili's Little Fairies - Anything But A Square
Crafty Pad #186 - Anything But A Square
Allsorts #170 - Anything But A Square
CRAFT #170 - Shaped Card
PB and More At Allsorts - Early Christmas Makes
Secret Crafter #201 - Animal Antics
Sparkles Christmas #20 - Sparkle and Bling
Penny's #91 - Sparkle & Shine
Simon Says - Anything Goes (3rd entry)

That's all for today - enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  1. This is a gorgeous card and that image is too cute
    Thank you for joining in at Sparkles Christmas challenge this month

    Jackie x

  2. Hunny, this is adorable, and what's a smudged snowflake between friends! Gorgeous little penguin, and I love the frosty border around the circle, just yummy. I've not tried the sentiments yet but I usually stamp with a piece of thick, firm card under my paper. Don't worry about your shape hun, did you see what I turned out for a DT entry?? Good grief. Hugs, Sxx

  3. Pauline, this is absolutely adorable!! Good luck!

  4. fantastic card! love that layout and all the details look great!
    Kim x

  5. This is beautiful Pauline! I love that border, it's so dainty! I think this is a great card! That image is just darling too :)

    Tags xx

  6. Hi Pauline, what a cute little chap. He is so sweet. The die cut around your card makes the perfect finishing touch.
    Thanks for joining us at CRAFT this week for our shape card challenge.
    Please pop over and join us again next time.
    Sheryl xx

  7. I've just ordered this image too. It's adorable. I can't resist those pesky penguins. Your shaped card is lovely too, and the die cuts are gorgeous.

    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for Lili’s Little Fairies.

  8. This is gorgeous Pauline. Love the cute penguin and the colours and design look great.
    Lorraine x

  9. such a sweet image and gorgeous creation, thank you so much for joining in with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  10. Pauline, this is just adorable & who cares about a little smudged glamour dust! Your little penguin is just too cute & the snowflake border is wonderful!
    Thanks for playing at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Dawn x
    Don't forget to enter out month long BCA/Think Pink Challenge

  11. Love your wonderful card.

  12. A gorgeous card!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  13. Good morning Pauline,

    What a really sweet little image and how affective the way you use the delicate die around the circle.

    It's really good to see you at Penny Black and More challenge this month, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  14. What a gorgeous card.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  15. This is gorgeous Pauline. Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Card Crew and good luck.


  16. Well I love it! I love the shape and all the gorgeous snowflakes and the colours. It's beautiful and the image really is super cute. Anything but a square is my nightmare too but you've done a great job. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Lili's Little Fairies, hugs, Jayne xx

  17. oooh it is sooo pretty and I love the snowflake border. Good luck with your DT application.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  18. Wow! This is fabulous!! Such a sweet image and that border die is amazing!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  19. Such a cute card

    I had a problem with a LOTV stamp and they changed it, no problem, at Port Sunlight. If you're going take it with you, I'm sure it will be ok

    Thanks for joining us for our Christmas challenge at The Creative Card Crew

    Margaret xx

  20. Wow what a stunning little card...thank you for sharing with us at CRAFT Challenges this week

    Good luck in the challenge

    Sylvia x

  21. Super cute, super shape and super image - Thank you for playing along with my Anything But Square challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck.
    Debs xx

  22. Brilliant card, such a cute image. Thank you for joining us at Secret Crafter SC. Linda x

  23. what a cute card , love the die cut edging , such a happy make , thanks for joining us over at The Crafty Pad this week . Tina xx

  24. Awww...this is soooo cute Pauline! Love the die cuts around the edges!
    Thanks for playing at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

  25. Beautiful card Pauline so pretty! and I LOVE the die cut! LOVE your colouring too! hugs me xx

  26. Hi Pauline dear, You have been selected to become a Lilis Little Fairy design Team Member can you get in tough with me sweetie
    Hugs, my e-mail address is on Lilis Blog
    Jacqui xxx

  27. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  28. Hi Pauline, I'm glad to be one of Lili's new fairies with you and am now your newest follower too!!



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