Sunday 25 November 2012

Glitz and Glam and sad news

The name of the game this week at LIM is Glitz and Glam  which was an interesting but usefully distracting challenge for me as it's not been the greatest of weeks around here.  Unfortunately, after a lengthy and very difficult battle with bladder cancer my FIL passed away in the early hours of Monday morning.  He suffered so much in these last few weeks that its been really distressing to watch him so there is some relief amongst the sadness but he will be missed dreadfully.  We're expecting a very full church on Thursday........

Anyhow, needed to make a card for Lynne's birthday today and it fits the theme so I'm sharing it here.  (hope you've got it already Lynne and I'm not spoiling the surprise)

I die cut some flowers from DP and mounted onto a kraft base card with a pen drawn border and some double layered ribbon with some gems.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The "glitz and glam" element is the glitter button over the ribbon and flowers.  I made it with melt it powder and glitter embossing powders from wow and a mold.  Here's a close up of it which shows the glitter more.

I had a little free time last night so I had another play to make some more Christmas cards using the glitz and glamour theme.  For the first pair I had a play with my new SU embossing folder and I did one "inny" with some inking and one "outy"just plain white and added some gorgeous snowflake gems I got at the NEC and some extra gems.  Finished with a sentiment from AmyR.

I think I prefer the outy but Rick likes the inny - I might try the inny again but not as a one layer.

I made one final card - well actually I made 7 but all using the same design!  I stamped a Hero Arts bauble stamp 7 times onto plain white cardstock and then I selected 7 tonal shades of green and blue-green card stock and stamped the same image again once onto each colour.  Then I cut out all the baubles and after about 15 attempts finally managed to get the puzzle right so there was one bauble of each shade on each stamped image.  I finished them all with teal gems and peacock and frosted stickles.  I mounted each onto another square of white that I had inked the edges with peacock distress inks. 

Apart from not working out the right way to get the different colours onto each, this was actually a pretty quick way of making a set of cards and they really are very glitzy in real life but the hazards of winter photography and lack of daylight means they really aren't showing up so well.

I'm going to enter these last ones in this months Hero Arts contest too as that's all about bling.

Time for a bath and bed.

Thanks for stopping by


  1. Oh my Tara, you really have been busy!
    These are all totally splendid!
    I love the baubles.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. Wow, you busy bee - all of them are gorgeous, Tara!!

  3. Not only is it traumatic but it`s time consuming too. I know exactly what you`re going through. Give Rick a hug from me.
    Your cards are all fabulous Tara.Love the baubles in all their different colours. I like the embossed ones too but I prefer the outy.
    My card arrived on saturday and it looks even more gorgeous in the flesh. Love the flower, absolutely fabulous. It`s still sitting on the mantle.
    Lynne xxx

  4. sorry to hear about the sad news tara

    great cards ... love them all

    thanks so much for joining us this week

    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

  5. Hi Tara
    Oh so sorry to here about your FIL.
    All fabulous cards.....
    Lots of love
    Sylvie xxxx

  6. It's such a difficult time for you I know Tara, and I'm glad you've had the comfort of your crafting. Your cards are beautiful. I particularly like the snowflakes and I think I prefer the outy ones too! Take care and I hope all goes well tomorrow. Vicky x

  7. Tara - these cards are absolutely wonderful! Love the set of seven - just inspired. I can't begin to imagine how you guys are feeling, but am glad that you can get some comfort from crafting (I did when Tracey died). Sending warm thoughts to you both! Hugs, Deborah xx

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