Monday 21 November 2011

Congratulations to my Buddy and do you fancy a White Christmas?

 Hi Everyone,

I hope this morning finds everyone bright eyed and bushy tailed, lol!   I can't remember the last time I felt like that first thing in the morning.  I think I must have been about 12 years old ;0).  I'm at my best at night time not in the morning but I'm not grumpy in the morning, I just take a long time to get my head in gear.

Today is the 25th Wedding Anniversary of my lovely friend Judith and her Hubby Terry so I want to send them my congratulations and I hope they are spending a very special time together today.  I can now show you the card I made for them a couple  of weeks ago.

I started with a 21 cm square base card and covered it with a silver mirri slightly smaller square.  I then took another square of white card, slightly smaller still and blended a lovely blue Versamagic ink over one of the beautiful Prima masks I bought recently from Chocolate Baroque.   The main image is a My Sentiments Exactly stamp and one of the first stamps I ever bought.  I used it for the first card I handmade for my OH for our anniversary about 5 years ago so it has a kind of sentimental value to me, lol!  On this occasion I stamped it  onto vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed with detail silver EP.  I trimmed it and then attached it to the centre of my card placing the adhesive just under the solid square.

I suppose this was a relatively simple card but I wanted something fairly simple in design but elegant as it was for a couple and I was quite happy with the result.  I just hope Judith and Terry like it too when they open it today.  All the best for another 25 years you guys!

AND now I have to tell you about a challenge from Glenda Waterworth (Mrs Chocolate Baroque) or rather Glenda does because I've actually pasted Glenda's own explanation for you.

How would you like the chance to win a £10 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque rubber stamps? Or would you prefer a £20 voucher or how about £50? I’ve managed to talk the owners of Chocolate Baroque into sponsoring a little challenge that I’m hosting here on my blog (they’re a pretty nice couple, so they didn’t take much persuading!) and the more people that play, the bigger the prize.
Basically, I will add £1.00 to the value of the gift voucher for each person who submits an entry to the challenge via the link form below. So if we only get five entries, the prize will be £5.00, but if we get 35 entries, the prize will be £35.00. I am setting a maximum prize fund of £50.00, and the winner will be drawn at random, so you have nothing to lose by having a go and a lot to gain by encouraging all your challenge-holic buddies to join in.
The theme is WHITE CHRISTMAS and how you interpret the theme and what kind of artwork you produce is entirely up to you – cards are obviously welcome but feel free to do anything from ATCs to jewellery, canvas to crochet.  As a bonus, any pieces which showcase Chocolate Baroque stamps particularly well will be featured in full on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team blog over Christmas with a link back to your blog.
The closing date is DECEMBER 15TH 2011 and the winner will be chosen at random from the list of entries.

If you want to check it out and/or add your entry click on the logo in my sidebar.  

As always, thank you so much for your visit and especially for leaving any much appreciated comments.
Have a good day all!

Lesley  Xx


Suzanne C said...

What a beautiful and elegant anniversary card! Love the stencil around the edges with the lovely print in the middle!

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning card Lesley and it feels just right for such a special occasion. Love the stenciling and the colours are just gorgeous!

Christine B. said...

Hi Lesley thanks for the hugs and the lovely comments about my cards. I love your Anniversary card it's really beautiful and elegant.
The windblown tree is a Lavina stencil. I don't know wether she sells them. I got mine from a show. Give her a ring if not on the site. Hugs x ChrisB

Paula Whittaker said...

such a clasically elegant card Lesley...wonderful work as always.

veronica said...

beautiful card Lesley - as always! You are so good at using those masks, i tend to forget i have them....

Aquarius said...

Lovely elegant card

lisa said...

Morning, Lesley. I'm so sorry I've been such a poor visitor over the last week. I've been burning the candle at both ends to get my DT work done and there's been little time left for blogging. I'm trying to make amends now and have had a lovely catch up.
Firstly many Congrats on your Wedding Anniversary. I hope you had a lovely day. Sorting out Christmas lights sounds perfect in my book.
The card you made for your Hubby is stunning. No wonder he enthused about it. Steampunk is great for men isn't it. I love those cogs, another stamp I NEEEED!!!!
Similarly this Anniversary card is gorgeous. So different but beautiful. I love the soft stencilling.
There has been a hint of blue sky today. I hope it keeps improving. This greyness is depressing isn't it.
I hope all goes well with your expected delivery. How exciting.
Take care
Hugs Lisax

Lavender Rose said...

Elegant and just plain gorgeous!!! The pale blue ink over the mask is very effective. A lovely stamp too, I am sure the recipients loved that card. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog Lesley. I must find time to enter the White Christmas challenge.

Elaine said...

This is a gorgeous card Lesley, understated and sophisticated. You know I love embossing on vellum, and it's lovely you have used a stamp that means something special to you. I know Judith and Terry will appreciate your special card. Elaine xxx

Miranda said...

Hi Lesley, you made a very stylish and elegant card for Judithy and Terry! Nice to hear that you have the same starting problems at morning.....LOL(I can't even remember when I started up bright eyes and bushy tailed)
warm greetz, Mirandax

Shirley said...

A really gorgeous card, Lesley, and what a keepsake for them too! Love the colors and the images. I just looked at the Chocolate Baroque site and they need to be in the US too! :D

Michelle said...

Hi Lovely Lesley
Lovin your anniversary card - very chic but I adore your steampunk card you made for you Hubby. Huge congratulations too all those years - not to be taken lightly!!!! lol
Much Love
x Michelle

Paula (PEP) said...

This is just classy - I think the embossed vellum combines beautifully with the soft subtle inked mask.
Looking forward to getting my fingers inky with the challenge too.
Paula (PEP)

Suzi B said...

A very elegant card Lesley and I'm sure Judith and Terry will love it! I do :D
Suzi B xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Lesley, Judith and Terry did love your card, thank you so much! The masking is so elegant, and the colours are lovely. It is very special to know the meaning behind the stamp that you used too. Big hugs, and thank you again, Judith xx

snazzyoriginal said...

Beautifully elegant card, I'm sure Judith will be thrilled with it. I am lucky enough to own this stamp too, one of my all time favourites that never goes out of style. xx

Sally H said...

Hi Lesley
Sorry I haven't called by for a little while. Congratulations on your anniversary, if I haven't already wished you that. This card for Judith is stunningly elegant! I love it! I will do my best to find a little time to join in with your challenge. big hugs my friend x

Kathryn said...

Very pretty xx

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

I am very late catching up with your blog .. .. sorry about that!

Your card is beautiful and I love the embossed vellum very much.

My kind of card!!!

Love Jules xx

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Shirley said...

Wow! Totally beautiful! It looks so light and airy!