The great thing about best friends is that they know what you need even when you yourself don't know it! Best matey Julie drove me to the NEC on Friday. I don't do fast roads and she is always so fabulous when it comes to getting me to craft fairs! Just one of her many special gifts! We met some fabulous blog buddies; all of whom are ubertalented and just plain lovely... Jacqui (she's the Cat's Whiskers!); Mina, Dena, Andie and Jane. It was great to meet you, ladies!
Anyway, as I was saying, the great thing about best friends... We were at the LOTV stand admiring Jacqui's colour work which is to die for when Julie pointed out that LOTV were selling some pre-coloured images and suggested we should get some. I thought it would be cheating to use them but Julie pointed out that probably half the people we send cards to don't know that we coloured the images ourselves and although I continued to be reticent, she convinced me to buy them. She clearly knew that I needed them even though I didn't know it myself and I have had such fun using them. There are five each of four designs and they are absolutely adorable. Here are my first five using one of the designs:
I cropped the originally-square image with a nestie and used some new DCWV papers for the backing, some plain card for matting and a bit of spotty ribbon from stash. I used my new Marianne Pontsettia die (also purchased at the NEC) although I had to use a separate punch for the flower centre because I can't get my paper out of the Marianne die's centre (any thoughts?). A couple of tiny sentiments stamped and then punched with my tag punch and some Diamond Stickles on the little girls ruff and cuff and voila!
Caardvarks who want us to use "holiday dies" and Lili of the Valley of course - their theme is "one for the girls".
The pictures were taken at dusk so I apologise for the quality!