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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Sweet Stamping with Sketch and Stash using a Magnolia-licious Spoon Full of Sugar

 This will be the first year in the last 10 that hubby is not going to be away on Valentine's Day.  A Spoon Full of Sugar want a Valentine and whereas I have in past years always made hubby 7 of them (one for each day of the week he is away), this year I only need to make one so it had better be a good one!  Magnolia-licious have a photo inspiration - a room decor in soft beiges and browns with three flower arrangements.  The challenge set by my old mateys at Sweet Stampin is Clear as Mud and they also want to see browns plus one other colour and Sketch and Stash have a super sketch.

So using a cute little Tilda (courtesy of Julie), coloured with Copics and Promarkers, and combining her with some lovely brown/beige tones of my K&Co paper, I have made this easel card.    I have incorporated some roses (hubby's favourite flower) to tie in better with the flowers in the photo inspiration and Tilda is holding some heart bunting by Karen-Marie Klip.  The bunting and the toppers for my sentiments are old stash.  The sentiments are stamped but I didn't have the phrases I wanted so I actually cut some individual letters off of other words and made the ones I needed.
I went to a craft fair with best matey Julie on Saturday - it was my birthday - (Hubby kindly drove me there to meet her).  When Julie and I got home, he had been shopping for our lunch and had laid up the table in the kitchen with lovely sandwiches, smoked salmon, shrimp and dip, individual little bottles of pink fizz, desserts, linens, glass ware, flowers and candles - just for Julie and me to have a spot of lunch before playing.  My Craft Room had a single rose in a bud-vase and two bowls of chocolate covered peanuts and raisins and he had clearly hoovered in there too!  What a sweetie!!!  I got lots of lovely craft goodies, amongst other things, for my birthday from him too.  And some form Julie of course!    In the evening Tom took me out to dinner at my favourite restaurant.  What a lovely day I had!


Anonymous said...

Hi Lesley!! WOW!! What a cutie pie!! I love the string of hearts she's holding and the colors are brilliant!! What a sweet creation!! Thanks for sharing!!HUGS

Unknown said...

Wauw great card, you used very nice paper. Hugs Ageeth x

Sue said...

Hi lesley,wow wow wow your card is amazing i absolutely love everything about this one:)

Lucky you having a hubby that did all that,the table looks so beautiful,my hubby wouldn't even know where the plates are

Thank you for joining us at sketch n stash


Lorraine said...

oh wow this is gorgeous hunni and i am pleased you had a good time at the restaurant xx

Tara Cardwell said...

Wow - what a fab way to spend a birthday - I'm going to make sure my hubby reads this post ;-)

Love the valentine card - those heart buttons are really cute embellishments too.

Mina said...

wow I defo think your Husband and mine are keepers Lesley, what a darling he is, Im so sorry I missed your Birthday but Im so glad you had a wonderful day...your card is stunning your Husband will love it
Mina xxx

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous card Leslie! I love the heart bunting. Genius!
I hope you had a lovely birthday (sounds like you did!) Please send your Hubby over to train mine!!
Linds x
Ps I have just noticed the frog photo - hilarious!
pps thanks for joinig us at Sweet Stampin! (That feels weird!)

Vicky said...

Gorgeous card Lesley! Such a sweet tilda and loving the flowers and fab dp's too :o)

Thank you for joining us at Sketch n Stash and good luck!!

Hugs Vicky xx

Lizzy said...

WOW this is absolutely stunning, luv all the little details you added.

Thank you for joining us at sketch N Stash ...good luck!

xx Lizzy xx :)

What a sweetie your hubby is ...bless

dolcreations said...

Oh my...this is such a wonderful Valentines Card. Absolutely beautifully done Lesley. I love the image with those string of hearts, I love the paper! He sure is deserving after putting on that Wonderful Birthday Lunch! Happy Belated Birthday.....sounds like it was a wonderful day!

Fiona said...

fabby card and what gorgeous DP. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


Norma said...

Ooohh, Leslie, this is BEAUTIFUL! I love this huggable Tilda image--she's become one of my favorites. Fabulous colouring. Gorgeous DP's and wonderful string of hearts. I love this sentiment to go with this image--might just do the same too.
Happy Belated Birthday! What a sweetheart of a hubby you have.


Oh, thanks for joining the fun at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.

Candy said...

Beautiful card, Leslie!!
Love what you have done with Tilda to make her for Valentines Day!! Great hearts between her arms and perfect sentiment :o)
You colouring is awesome and so is all of your decorating!
Thank you for joining us at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.
Hugs, Candy

debby4000 said...

Wonderful gorgeous card Lesley and Happy Belated Birthday. Sounds like you had a fabulous day.

Alex said...

Hi Lesley,

gorgeous card, love the heart bunting!
And I am so glad your birthday was so lovely! Your hubby really is a sweetie!
Love, Alex

Lexxie said...

Happy birthday to you too Lesley, looks like you had a fab time!
Your card is stunning, I love the colour scheme.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog recently. I have just posted a step by step guide to embossing with Nesties-hope it helps!
Love Sarita xx

An Occasional Genius said...

What a wonderful hubby you have (but you already know that, 7 valentines cards, wow!). A belated Happy Birthday to you.

Your card is beautiful, I really love what you've created with my theme. Thanks for playing along at Sweet Stampin x

Vicky said...

WOW...Lesley sweetie this card is fantastic I love what you have done with Tilda I have this same stamp but not yet used her....I think she is fab to use all year round. I love the hearts she is holding & the sentiment at the bottom its just all awesome.
Happy belated birthday shug you are a lucky woman hun he must love you very much.
Glad you like the award but plz dont worry about posting it I just wanted to say thankyou sweetie it really meant a lot to me. I sure hope your hubby gets better soon mmwah

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

cebelica said...

Wonderful card!

Dawn B. said...

Lesley this is beautiful.. I love any Tilda. What a sweet husband you have. I love that he put all the little details into your birthday. Happy belated birthday.

Julie said...

Snap!! Fabulous card, Lesley - it's perfect!! Love how she is holding the heart bunting and the colours you've used are gorgeous - as is your colouring!! Didn't we have a great day!! Juliexx

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow Lesley this is utterly beautiful!
kim x

Annie said...

belated birthday wishes! and what a gorgeous card you have made with little miss tilda - love the papers and the soft colours.
hugs, annie x

Unknown said...

This is a gorgeous card! I have that stamp and I love how you made it a valentine one! Your hubby sounds awesome! How thoughtful of glad you get to spend valentines day together this year!
Alicia xx

Draft said...

This is so lovely!!!

the hitchings family usa blog said...

wow a beautiful card and the table looks amazing hugs teresa xxx

Faye said...

Your hubby is indeed a sweetie and well deserving of this beautiful card. I love the hearts that Tilda is holding and how you've tied this in with the cute buttons. I also love the soft colours.
Happy Belated birthday wishes also. I hope you had a fabby day. I have not been around this week as I had a tummy bug then down to devon with no internet - gulp. Back with internet now, thankfully.
Thanks for playing at Sweet Stampin and Sketch n Stash.
How far is Derby from you?! ;)

pickle said...

A lovely Card lesley and what a thoughtful hubby you have there, Mine is pretty good but he could do with a few tips if your hubby Is free for advice lol

Glad you had a lovely day xx

Kerry x

Anneke said...

such a gorgeous card again with so many lovely details.
i like the colors you use and tilda looks great

Pat said...

Hi Lesley...what a sweet hubby you have! Happy belated birthday, darlin'!! Sounds like you had a perfect b-day!! Crafting and hanging out and eating! Such fun!! Your card is just adorable! I love how you have Tilda holding a heart garland. I just got this little stamp...maybe I'll borrow your idea and make one w/hearts too! Have a great day, luv! Hugs...Pat Frank

cabio's craft corner said...

It's a darling card Lesley. Beautiful details and great textures. Thank you so much for joining us over at Magnolia-licious Challenge and can't wait to see your creation for the next challenges :o)