Monday 3 February 2014

Love, love, love...

Hello, hello!

How are you all?  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and got a chance to get some crafting in :)

Well, all has returned to normal here.  We are both home, myself from visiting family and DOH from sunny Australia.  Bless him, at the wedding he got heat stroke and nearly passed out!  He was fine after a while though and by all accounts was well looked after by his nearest and dearest in my absence :)  He had a fantastic time and I know he wished he could've stayed longer, but that's life I suppose.  We're planning a trip over there, hopefully this year, to spend some quality time with his family :)

But now, it's that time of year again when I wish I'd bought a heart die!!  Every year I think, 'this would be easier if I had a heart die, I'll make sure I get one of those' and yet here we are, another year has passed still with no die!  Stars, that's another die set on my list...maybe one day I'll get round to it ;)

I have made two cards today (the withdrawal of being away from my desk has put me into overdrive!) both of which are for Valentines Day :)  This first one is for my DOH and is for THREE challenges!  It's rare that I make a card that is eligible for that many challenges!

This idea has been floating around my head for a little while now...I'm not entirely sure where it came from?!  I also wasn't sure how I was going to make it into a reality so I just went with it and here's how it ended up!  It really doesn't require an explanation so I'll not bore you!  The only thing I will say is that yes, the sentiment is handwritten :)  I haven't used the Gothic style font for ages...when I first started calligraphy it was absolute favourite so I thought it was time I had another go at it :)

I am entering this card into the following challenges;

Cas-ual Fridays - Over The Edge...the little heart is trying to make a bid for freedom!

Addicted To CAS - Love...that's pretty obvious I would've thought!

Paper Mill Direct - create a Valentine's card...and I used Paper Mill Direct card, as always!!

The second card I have to show you today is the same as one I made last year, in May I think?  The only difference is I swapped the lime green for red as requested by my brother as a Valentine's card for his partner and I thought I'd share it anyway :)  It has a completely different feel to it actually, I was surprised at what a difference changing one colour made!

Thank you very much for stopping by guys, I appreciate it :)  I will catch up on commenting I have missed and I shall certainly have a browse of blogland as soon as I can because I've missed y'all!!


Card One
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Grey, Black, Bright Red
Stamps: Hero Arts- Valentine Flourishes
Ink:        Ranger - Perfect Medium; Windsor & Newton - Black
Other:    Cosmic Shimmer - Berry Red Aurora e/p; rhinestones

Card Two
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Grey, Black, Ruby Red
Stamps: Hero Arts - Valentine Flourishes
Ink:        Ranger - Perfect Medium
Other:    WOW! - Ebony e/p; Spellbinders - Classic Edges One, Circles; pearls


  1. well hello there Sian, just stopping by to get all jealous looking at all your wonderful creations, love the layout of your first card Three challenges?!! get you!! Really like the second one, those zigzags are great! would be great for using as an egde to sponge off for funky backgrounds, or a spritzer tool would look fab too! oh if only I had some crafty supplies to play with :(
    Good thing I've got your lovely blog to check out!!
    Kelly xx

  2. Love the simplicity and perfect of ur cards, love the heart going over the edge :) thank you for sharing with ATCAS!!

  3. Two fabulous cards! Both clean and graphic and really cool! I was very impressed again by your calligraphy skills!

  4. Saw your card on the Papermill Valentine's challenge post and had to pop over and say how gorgeous it is! Right up my alley. Good luck xx

    Lisa xox

  5. Both cards are fabulous! The heart card is so well balanced - Thanks for joining in at ATCAS!

  6. Sian: apologies for arriving late, but here I am, in a complete swoon over your two stunning cards! I'm in awe that your first card is completely 'hand made'! Your ability to make a gorgeous heart, and elegant sentiment with neither dies nor stamps is knock-it-out-of-the-park impressive! Your DOH will love x love x love this! So glad to hear his trip - aside from the heat stroke - was joy-filled! Traveling together in the near future to visit sounds fabulous! Your second card: deeee-lightful! Your brother's partner will be thrilled with it, as am I! Thank you ever so much for your sweet, uplifting, FA-BU-LOUS comments on my blog. You sure know how to make this amateur crafter feel like a pro! You're such a gem!! Hugs~c

  7. Hello, Sian! I'm glad you're back and I'm sorry it took me a week to come see you coz of schtuff! Your Valentines are distinctly beautiful and distinctly YOU! Your calligraphy is better than any stamp out there, wow!! You impress and inspire me so much!!

    I'm sorry to hear your DOH had heat-stroke while he was away from you at the wedding. All the excitement and emotion combined with the heat ... it's understandable. I'm glad all went well, otherwise, and that he's now home safe. See you again soon, I hope! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Hullo Sian am loving this,... and wow am I ever so glad you found my blog lovely work (and have joined your encourager list too!!)

    - hope to link over on next post :D all being well:D and yes love the OE script too.. clever layout indeed esp with no heart die.. I use them all the time for weddings and anniversary so find they are a must...
    thanks again for popping over and joining my blog you made my day, Shaz in Oz.x

    PS just added the welcome to yesterdays post hat way wont forget as not really 100% at mo. Noticed you have connections with Oz too :D

  9. PPS where we live in in Oz we rarely get such temperatures you need to visit the north coast of NSW best spot on earth :D Goldilocks's temperatures ... not too hot or cold..

  10. so pretty and sweet. lovely cards! thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  11. These are both really cool cards! The colors and designs are so graphic. I love the inset heart on the first card--awesome! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  12. I'm THRILLED to be back to say congratulations to you for the WIN at ATCAS for your superb card!!! Yippee!! Hugs, Darnell


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