Friday 17 August 2012

Birthday Blog Waltz

As it's the 17th of the month (just still here in the UK) then it's time for the monthly Blog Party over at Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I'm a little late to the party this month as tonight there was a civic reception for Jessica Ennis to show off  her gold medal from the Heptathlon at this summer's Olympic Games.  We went along but by the time we got there, this was the closest we could get (if you look closely you can see a tiny dot on the stage about a mile away lol!)

We did better than some though as this was the view behind us :-D   Sheffield certainly came out in force to welcome our champion home!  According to the news, there were around 18,000 of us :-)

Anyhow, you came for cards, not crowds, so I'll get back to the blog party now.  The theme this month was simply "birthdays" and I decided to do something a little different for me and go a bit girly with pearls, lace and decorative papers.

I patchworked some strips of paper from the Miss Caroline Dilly Dally stack from My Minds Eye onto a scrap of thin card and then I ran it through my floral vine embossing folder (shows up best on the wooden scraps).  I added some teal lace and then finally we get to the Waltzingmouse elements.  I die cut a fancy frame from more white card and stamped a sentiment using words from the Say it Loud set which is still one of my all time favourites.  I used one of the nestabling shapes that Claire now stocks in the store to decorate the frame, colouring each of the white pearls with peacock liquid pearls (not as difficult as it might sound - the pearls are the right size for the nib of the bottle so just squeeze, dot and move on)

Hope you like it :-)   I'm off to link up and browse around the other party goers.

Thanks for visiting


  1. What a pretty card. Those colored pearls are really magnificant.

  2. Love me some pearls!!
    And these look fabulous with the papers, lace and that fabby label sentiment!! :)
    And did you say Sheffield?
    I've had a 30 year fascination with Sheffield...
    and people may now recognize it as the home of Jessica Ennis but I have always known it as the home of...
    My most favoritest band in the whole entire world...
    and even after all this time they still ROCK!! :)

  3. Wow I really had to look at this for a while - that background is so neat - it reminds me of fabric - you've got all that pretty color and the texture from the embossing - really different and stunning! Love this!

  4. So pretty! Love the look of the embossed patterned paper background and how you framed the sentiment with the Nestabling.

  5. i like it! That thing you did to the background... stunning. Really makes the card sing. And all that Nestabling... makes me want to sing! Great card!

  6. Very pretty card! Love the idea of coloring the bling!

  7. Love the colors, really makes for a fabulous card.

  8. Love how you embossed the background of patterned papers! So creative! I just tried coloring some bling the other day - it is a great thing to remember when you don't have the color you need!
    I love little tricks like that! :)

  9. Wow, that's a lorra lorra people!! Gorgeous card - so vibrant and elegant!

  10. Good for you to brave those crowds for this momentous event. Lucky you to have an Olympic winner in your midst.

    Your card is fabulous. Love all the dimension and your frame of beautiful bling!

  11. Love the patchworking and the Bling, great colour combo

  12. Beautiful paper, and a gorgeous texture with the embossing too, such a pretty girly card!

  13. Wow, love the pearls! So pretty!

  14. What a colorful b'day card! love all the liquid pearls and floral paper! thanks for sharing your pics as well!!

  15. YES, Jessica Ennis - i saw the recaps in the US and she was just amazing! and so sweet & humble. I mean - she was just plain amazing...just like your card. you know i never had the guts to emboss like that on pattern paper... but you're inspiring me to new things! love the pearls and all the other embellies...

  16. This is a beautiful patchwork of printed papers. Your pearl work is beyond gorgeous! How fun to be a part of the crowd and get so close.

  17. Such a pretty card! I love the embossing effect!

    Chris L.


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