Thursday 5 February 2015

Echos across the heart

Tonight I have made two cards. It was going to be just one, but then my male birthday card ended up a little too feminine, so I had to make another.

Here is the initial card:
I used a free stamp from a magazine and my oldest ink pad, which is a cheap black ink pad with no name on it, but it is still pretty good condition considering it must be over 10 years old! I coloured the image with promarkers (after heat setting it to stop the ink from smudging) and blended the colours with the promarker blender pen. Peel-offs were used around the image. To the side I used a gold sheer ribbon and stamped another free stamp onto card and then die-cut out and adding to the bottom of the ribbon.
This is for the following challenges:
OLS13 You Blend!
Quirky Crafts Love is in the air
abc-challenge C is for Cupid
Sweet Stampin' Love
MIM Hearts and Flowers
Stella Says Sketch 302

Art Impressions 152 Have a heart
Live and Love Crafts #32 Hearts
SOS #187 Getting Inky
ilovepromarkers#255 Lots of love

And here is the quick and easy replacement card:

For this card I simply layered two ribbons on top of each other to make the candles. Then a sheer gold ribbon was cut diagonally to make the flames and a 'Happy Birthday' topper finishes the card off.
This card follows the theme at:
Crazy4Challenges C4C271 Male Birthday
crafting by designs Anything Goes
craft your passion 247 Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday H is for - Happy Birthday
open-minded crafting #29 No Red and No Pink
CASology 132 Hot
papertake weekly Anything Goes

I also have an update on my fish tank cross stitch:

This is now at 75 hours.

Audio Book Review
Echoes across the Mersey
This story is based in Liverpool during the first world war. Sarah is one of the working class who falls in love with the bosses son. Luckily for her the son reciprocates her feelings. However, he is having trouble with his father and in the heat of the moment volunteers for the army. When this brings on his fathers’ early death he realises how silly he has been and has to find a way to ensure the family business continues to thrive whilst he is at war. This gives Sarah a great opportunity and the story shares the trials and tribulations from each of the main characters points of view, through to the end of the war, with deaths and births a major aspect of the story.

The way the book is written works very well as you really get to know the characters. It also has a few twists to the story and some areas where you are almost certain you know what is going to happen, even though you wish it wouldn’t. A very good period drama that is well written and read, making it an excellent choice for listening to on long journeys.

Thank you for looking
Hugz Tinz


  1. Love your CASology card this week. Very clever and creative to make candles out of ribbons, and the colors are perfect for a masculine card. Thanks for playing along at CASology this week.

  2. Lovely stamped card. Sweet layout too. Thanks for joining in the fun at the Sweet Stampin' challenge this week for our 'Love' challenge. Glad you joined us. Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

  3. How clever to use ribbon as your candles and flame! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

  4. Great cards, and wow! on your cross stitching. Love the double layers of ribbon. Thanks for playing I Craft Your Passion challenge this week!

  5. Cute cards...great idea to use ribbon to make candles!
    Thanks for joining the Shopping Our Stash crew this week for our "Gettin' Inky" challenge!!

  6. Great cards!Thank you for joining our 'Love' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week and good luck in the prize draw, Jacky x

  7. Fun cards!

    Thank you for participating in the Sweet Stampin’ Challenge!

  8. Cute creation! Thanks for accepting the challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash!
    Chana, DT

  9. Pretty card with lovely god touches. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Marina DT

  10. Two really nice clean designs!
    Thanks for entering Stella Says Sketch and good luck!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your first card with the One-Layer Simplicity challenge! Great use of shading on the birdhouse and application of the sketch as well! The second card is also very creative and clever...especially the use of sheer gold ribbon for the flames!

  12. Those candles are fun! Thank you so much for sharing with us at CASology!

  13. Such a great take on the "H" challenge! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  14. Beautiful !!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

  15. A lovely card and I also like your replacement,thank you for joining us at I♥ProMarkers this week
    Ruth x

  16. Waw this is so pretty. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge. hugs! Mojca

  17. A simple and clean card, something new to me. Thanks for sharing in Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge, good luck to you!
    Rebecca, DT

  18. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Quirky Crafts. Good Luck in the voting, come back and see us soon! Lori - on behalf of the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog DT

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  20. Great cards; very clever to use the ribbon as candles. Thanks for joining LLC for our hearts challenge.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  21. What cute cards!!!! Your counted cross-stitch is stunning. Thanks for joining us at Open Minded Crafting Fun and good luck!
    Lynne, Open Minded Crafting Fun DT

  22. What a great idea to use ribbons to make those candles! I need to try that sometimes too. Thanks for joining Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge, Good Luck! Hope to see you back again soon.

    Hanne, DT


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