Friday, 11 November 2011

A Little bit of sparkle!

As I type this I am sitting in the reception of a hotel in Madrid....The travel bug really seems to have bitten lately, only problem is that nothing is getting done at home and blog posts have been few and far between....I'm having to schedule this one so that I can add the photos later....They are on my laptop at with any luck this should appear some time on Friday afternoon with pictures! If not the pictures should come soon! I just spent an hour or so working on the toppers for our family Christmas card for this year and I have discovered that Ranger Stickes do not travel by plane well.......I had my own glitter fountain! I guess for some reason the pressure had built up inside the tube on the flight and then hadn't equalised itself since. A bit hairy when you are sitting in the reception of a posh hotel and crafting on antique inlaid table!

Well enough of that and onto my next card using Sam Poole's wonderful Stylish Christmas stamp set. I was really happy to receive these stamps from Creative Expressions, they are so versatile, as you will see if you visit any of the other design team blogs. I have a bit of catching up to do!

For my card I used the Robin, the flourish (how fab is this stamp....certainly not just for Christmas! ) and the Noel stamp. I also used a brand new product, Flitterglu from IndigoBlu. I'd had these guilding flakes for absolutely ages and ages, but I didn't really like any of the products that you used with them, consequently they tended to just sit in the drawer, as these things do. Until now that is!

You will be seeing quite a lot of gilding flakes from now on. What's even better is that the technique works really well with these Creative Expressions stamps.

For my card I used Fliterglu directly on the robin stamp and stamped this onto red card. The gilding flakes are then patted over the stamped image before being rubbed off and buffed. I used the Fliterglu on the flourish stamp but instead of flakes I used fine bronze glitter to make a background. Noel was stamped in Aged Mahogany Distress ink and distressed around the edges a bit. The robin and the layer under it was cut out using a Spellbinders die.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

"Chrimbo Crackers - Must be Christmas Make it Sparkle"

"Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Punches and dies"

"Forever Friends - Must include an animal, something old, something new"

"Inky Impressions - Glitter"

And last but no means least,

"Ruby's Rainbow - Something with wings"

I'm starting to panic's been several hours since I applied the Stickels and they are no where near dry...I'm supposed to be getting a taxi in an hour's time! EeeK!


Basslady said...

what a fantastic card! love the vivid background!

thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Zoechaos said...

Not sure where in the world you are now Sue but globe trotting is good if it means everything is OK at home. Lovely card great use of gilding flakes XOXO Zoe

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Love your gilded robin!!
It looks really stylish.

Gabrielle said...

A gilded robin! Gosh you've really made our stamped robins look like poor relations! Beautiful card x

Tip Top said...

Wonderful and love the sparkle! Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

Joey said...

Sue this is fabulous, I love the traditional colours, thanks for glittering it up with us at inky impressions. Joey x

Jacq said...

Hi there,
Fabulous Card!!! Love the little Robin, the colour scheme is just gorgeous. Love the layout and the gilding looks Fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
Hugs Jacqui xxx

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous card.

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous card

Thank you for joining us this time at Ruby's Rainbow, hope you will join us again soon xx

Amanda said...

This is a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow.


Rachel x said...

This is a gorgeous card, Sue- the robin stamp is beautiful with the gilding flakes... this FlitterGlu sounds intriguing, too!! :)
Thanks for sharing with us at the Forever Friends Monthly Challenge this time!! :)
hugs, Rachel x