Sunday 13 February 2011

Make It Monday (or should that be Sunday?!)


I'm popping in with a super quick post today: I'm starting to feel kinda groggy - hope it's not the start of something to make my last week at work before we break up for a week a toughie....eek!

I'm squeezing this in before the deadline for the Make It Monday series that has started on the Nichole Heady's Blog. I really missed the Guest Star Stamper monthly challenges they did, so I'm delighted that now they're doing a weekly challenge which features a new technique and a chance to win a sweet stamp set with it :D

I could never enter this challenge on a Monday though: it takes me the whole of Monday just to get my body to adjust to the working week LOL! But I did manage to get inky during this weekend to be able to enter today (Sunday!)

As you probably know from all of the wonderful entries around Blogland this week: this week's challenge was to use sentiments and as it's that super-slushy-lovey-dovey day tomorrow, I took all my lovey-dovey sentiments and got busy:

You are the beat of my heart

Where are all those sentiments? Well look closely and you may see that I embossed 'em in clear embossing powder on shimmer cardstock. IRL it looks totally cool: giving almost an engraved effect on the cardstock. Here's another shot from a different angle in the hope that my camera can pick up a few more of those sentiments:

Beat of my heart - close up

I also used a masking technique on that birdcage so the sentiments wouldn't disturb the focal point too much (just ♥ that birdcage!)

Y'know I didn't realise I had quite so many slushy sentiments in my stamp collection; this was a great way to use them all!

So is this card going to my gorgeous geek tomorrow? Nope! I was actually organised this year and made his card WEEKS ago! I'll share it with ya after he's seen it first (I'm not quite sure if he's sneaky enough to check my blog out for his future cards but I'm not gonna risk it *wink*)

OK I'm off to dose up on some honey and lemon: I only need my voice for 5 more days then it can have a week off! LOL!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{You are the beat of my heart}
Stamps: Sentiments from various Papertrey Ink Sets, Love Birds (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, White Shimmer (Papertrey Ink)

Accessories: Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Detail Clear EP (Stampendous)


Robin said...

How very clever of you! I couldn't see all the sentiments in the first pix and was wondering about them. Great idea and love how you executed it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lynn said...

Oh Aimes...that second picture shows this off! What a fabulous card! Hope the lemon and honey does the trick for you and that you're feeling better!

Agnieszka said...

Just love the embossed sentiments, Aimes! Such a great idea!

Caryn said...

Wow Aimes that is stunning - I bet the embossing looks amazing in real life. Fab use of that bird cage set too - NEEED that now!!

Caryn xxx

Rhonda said...

Love how you did the embossing. Absolutely classy way to use the sentiments.

Huguenot Girl said...

Simply stunning Aimes! I keep wondering whether I should get the Love Birds stamp set - but am a total convert now - thanks (?!) for enabling! Nx

Emma said...

Ooooh me like! I spy with my little eye little something beginning with new stash - hooray! Absolutely genius touch with the clear embossed background too - very cool x

Sending de-germing thoughts your way hun x

Debby said...

I saw the first picture and thought - she's not read the instructions! As if a teacher would do that! Then I saw your second picture and had the aha moment - veeery clever!

Ann said...

I adore your sweet, mushy card! I realized after this challenge that I have a serious addiction to PTI...could probably make a card for every occasion using all the sentiments I own!

Marisa said...

Love the embossed wording on the shimmery panel. Lovely CAS card :)

Melissa said...

Stunning, Aimes! I love it so much! Great take on the challenge!

Linda said...

Gorgeous card! And what a clever technique. I can see the sentiments on my screen. I hope they like it as much as I do. I could never pick from all the fabulous creations. Hope you escape any bug. Stay well!

Debbie Gaydos said...

Oh my.... that is SO cool! I couldn't see them at first and was confused, lol.. but what a FUN and ELEGANT approach to the challenge! Awesome!

Andrea M said...

Oh. My. Word. This is just FABULOUS!!! Embossing on the shimmer cardstock? Brilliant It looks great in the pic so I could only imagine it looks even better IRL!!! WOW! Fab job my friend!!!

Diane Jaquay said...

This is a really stunning CAS card Aimes; LOVE it!!!

Terri said...

Very cool! Love the embossing. and the birds too! How you manage to avoid the bug.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

GASP! What a beautiful card! I love how you have embossed the sentiments and left the focal point to stand out.

Unknown said...

I am so glad you mentioned the embossing and then gave a closer shot, here I was thinking, poor girl, she doesn't realize she was supposed to add multiple sentiments and then the light bulb went on! Aha! Very pretty and very clever.

Sharron said...

So awesome, Aimes! What an original take on the challenge. Embossing the sentiments creates the most elegant background for the sweet image. Really, really pretty!!

Angy said...

Wowza Aimes, great job! Love how you incorporated the sentiments in so subtly. and the shimmer cardstock is amazing.

Vanessa said...

Ok, this card is just perfect!!! LOVE your embossed sentiments! So so beautiful! It must be even more spectacular in real life! I hope your week is great! Hugs, Vanessa x

Ingrid Danvers said...

Simply gorgeous, Amy. I don't have this stamp set but I really like it. My mom does have it though, so I think I should borrow it. BTW, thanks for reminding me that again I forgot to order a pack of shimmer cardstock. ;-)


Nerina said...

**SWOOOOOOOOOOOON** It doesn't get any better than this. Be still my heart!

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