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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Valentine's Day

Hello Everyone

Thank you for visiting and a big thank you to my latest followers, I am so glad that you have joined me and I hope I will not disappoint.

Is it just me or has Valentine's Day come around very quickly?  I made my lovely DH a card this year, instead of a piece of altered art (he is running out of room).  He loves hares and I love Alice in Wonderland so I have combined the two.

I went with my lovely crafty friend Mo to a craft fair at Event City in Manchester this last week, with the intention of buying a set of gorgeous rabbit stamps by Crafty Individuals, but alas, no-one there was selling it so I resorted to buying a sheet of decoupage instead.  I have since ordered the stamps on-line but don't want to risk them not turning up before Valentine's Day.   This is the card I made with the decoupage (click on the card for a clearer view):


For the background I used a faux airbrushing technique that is illustrated in Craft Stamper magazine this month (page 62 & 63) and a Crafter's Workshop Template (it is meant to look rather distressed, that is how the template is designed).  On the left hand side I used Fired Brick Distress Ink and on the right hand side I used Pumice Stone DI.  It is a great technique and well worth trying, it gives a lovely muted background and it really does look like airbrushing.

The hare was cut out and mounted in layers with tiny black foam squares.  I added two black distressed hearts cut from Tim Holtz core-dinations card and two red/black hearts that I made myself.


The red/black hearts were created using Cosmic Shimmer ultra Thick Embossing Powder in Lava Black mixed with Tropic Red.  I don't have a Melt Pot so I placed a liberal amount of the powders in a small foil tart dish and heated with my heat gun.  Once melted I poured the liquid into a small heart shaped metal cutter.

I really enjoyed making these hearts and was very pleased with the way they turned out.





I then took a piece of dictionary page - with the definition of  Valentine, outlined the words in red and then cut this to size and made a small scroll which I glued in place on the card. with a small piece of black ribbon.  I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal heart which I coloured with Alcohol Ink.







To finish off, I stamped a small Happy Valentine's Day onto the card and placed thin black ribbon along the spine of the card.  The three small red dots are made in the same way the red hearts - they were happy accidents - if you just dribble a little of the molten embossing powder onto a craft mat, it makes lovely little domed dots.

I am entering this into Craft Stamper's first challenge - Faux Airbrushing.  There is a fantastic prize of an Indigo Blu stamp. This challenge is open for two months so plenty of time if you want to enter, but you must use Faux Airbrushing.

I am also entering this into Sunday Stampers challenge Week 244 where the challenge is 'Endless Love - Love and Hearts'  (I have added some teeny tiny stamping Hels, hope it is OK!).

Lastly but by no means least, I am entering Pan Pastel's Love and Romance Challenge 6.

Thank you for your visit, I really appreciate it and I hope you will leave me a comment.  Have a great week! Hugs, Anne xx




56 comments:

  1. That is superb Anne, most unusual and I love your eye for exquisite detail.
    Great to see you on Weds but sorry we didn't get back at 2... Dave's hips were walked out!
    Jo x

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  2. This is beautiful! I love all things Alice and you've got that faux airbrushing down to a fine art! Wonderful card, ~I know your other half will love it. xxx Keren

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  3. Anne, what a fabulous card. The faux airbrushing creates a lovely soft background. The image is so cool...huge Alice in Wonderfland fan. What I love most are those hearts and tiny domes you made. Awesome idea...never would have thought of that. The mix of the UTEEs makes for such rich depth. Very cool!

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  4. This is a gorgeous card Anne, what a great Valentines idea. Didn't get to Manchester, am saving myself for Port Sunny lol. Hope the snow misses you, Elizabeth xxx

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  5. What a fabulous Valentines card! I adore the hearts you have made and the little scroll is an awesome idea! You have such a good imagination! xx

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  6. Gorgeous detail and romantic, love the definition embellishment. xxFlora

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  7. This is fabulous Anne...the rabbit is stunning and I love the background.

    Brilliant hearts too. I am sure hubby will love this card that you have made with lots of love.

    Hugs

    Annie xx

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  8. Beautiful card Anne. I love your chosen colours too. Clever you to make such lovely hearts as well. Hugs Rita xx

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  9. gorgeous card Anne, those hearts are beautiful! I've got my eye on the CI rabbits too but I'm having a phase of trying not to buy anything new until I use some of the older stuff! I'm looking forward to a big spend at the Harrogate show in March!

    Joan

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  10. This is gorgeous,love the image and fab colours.xxx

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  11. What a great card you second best (not getting your stamps) was a good one. I love those hearts they could be used for a lot of projects.
    Ria

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  12. Ooh. You used the same template I did when I tried out this technique. I love your take on the Valentines' theme.

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  13. Anne this is so so impressive - your hearts and happy dots are wonderful and such a fabulous deep shade. I love the soft background you have created and the rabbit is brill. That scroll is a wonderful idea and your attention to detail is amazing. A stunning card that I am sure your hubby will love. Have a lovely week. Nicola x

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  14. Did you hear that thud? That was my jaw hitting the keyboard. This is freakin' my freak, Annie, blowing my mind. I'm sure DH will feel the same way about it! Your skill is awe-inspiring and your work is flawless. If this doesn't win all those challenges, then something is wrong in the verse of Uni!!

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  15. Hi Anne, Your card is stunning, the hearts have turned out brilliant with your new little metal cutters. The air brush technique through the mask looks really effective. Love how you have done the scroll, I am sure DH will love this. Hugs Mo x

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  16. Bravo Anne - I am so impressed with your creativity and ingenuity. When you don't have what you need - you invent something. I love this card and personally I am glad you did not find your rabbit stamps because this is splendid. I absolutely adore the valentine scroll. I really need to know who does your cooking and cleaning -- You have to be doing this full time to be soooo very good!
    Love - Sandy

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  17. WOW!! This is so beautiful Anne. I love the decoupaged image, the wonderful background and those gorgeous hearts. The little scroll with the Valentine definition is such a special touch.
    Hugs Sue

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  18. Gorgeous work Anne, I thought this was a stamp.. fantastic decoupage Love the image.. Love what you have done with the dictionary page & heart... Fabulous background..Love it all...Hugs May x x x

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  19. Oh my word Anne, this is extremely well done and very clever, just LOVING the rolled dictionary page in Mr. Hare's hand...err...paw. You are soooooooo smart my crafty friend! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  20. Adore this card Anne. The heart is so cute.

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  21. Your card is delightful Anne with such lovely individual touches like the rolled page and gorgeous hearts!
    Have a wonderful Valentines.
    Must have been all the HINTING I am being taken out for dinner!

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  22. A wonderful card Anne And such a great entry for the air brushing challenge. I think the stencil you used for your background is perfect for this technique, it looks great and the decoupage image is gorgeous too. Hope your stamp turns up soon, I think we have the same taste as I just got it too. Can't wait to see what you do with it :D!

    Hugs Chris x

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  23. Oops forgot to mention that I think your heart and scroll are superb! X

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  24. Gorgeous! Love the rabbit & the scroll.

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  25. I love the rabbit image, looks fabulous on the card and I love the scroll you created our of the the dictionary page. That is awesome.
    Have a great week.

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  26. A beautiful card Anne, your hubby will love it. The air brushing looks awesome and I really love the hearts you made.

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  27. Hi Anne, great card! I really like those hearts you made and that scroll idea is really clever! I'm sure you're husband will love it. I really love that CI rabbit stamp too, and those new ducks also - waiting til the Harrogate show next month to get mine I think, love Claire x

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  28. Wowow! Those hearts look amazing, Anne - and how heartening (!) to hear one needn't have the whole Melt Pot shebang... The faux airbrushing technique also looks great - and I love the White Rabbit image. That must have been some fun fussy cutting (sorry have given in to that term for it, just because I think it's funny!)...
    Great card altogether.
    Alison xx

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  29. LOVE!!! Pinning! Love the hearts, the rolled pages, the rabbit, the harlequin, the whole thing! LOVE!!!

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  30. Fabulous project Anne, hope he loves it.
    I never make my bloke anything!
    Elaine

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  31. Adorable card with the Alice theme. Love the hearts and rabbits... Perfect for the big day! xo Pam

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  32. This is my favourite card - I love everything about it. I have just bought a melt pot but not had a chance to play with it yet. Good luck with you challenges - you deserve to win! Jacky xx

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  33. What a beautiful card, I love how you made the hearts and that little love letter is a wonderful addition! I am sure your card will betreasured! Trace. X hugs x

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  34. Hi Anne, your card is beautiful..I love the rabbit and your hearts are really lovely, I must admit having the melt pot for Christmas was one of my best presses, I love it and have been using it so much I keep running out of embossing powder! Good luck with the challenge, Carole Z X

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  35. Oooh, love this Anne, and I'm sure hubby will too.
    Your faux air-brushing is fab, love that stencil and the decoupage looks great. I know which stamp you were looking for ...... it's on my shopping list from next month (and I said I wasn't buying anything new for a while - oops, there's the postie again!) Have a great week. xx

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  36. Gorgeous, I love the rabbit and your colouing and those hearts are just gorgeous, so textural and tactile. Tracy x x

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  37. LOVE this.. you know how much I loves hares :O)) Hope you get the stamps soon... have you tried direct on the CI website? Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  38. Anne...this card is Ahhh-Dorable! I love it! Love the little hearts you've made for the corners! I can't believe all you went through to get them...but it was worth it! Your Alice rabbit is an adorable stamp and I love how you colorized him and then popped him onto that beautiful "airbrushed" harlequin background. Thanks so much for your very sweet comments you left on my blog!!! So glad you liked the canvas. I LOVE this card! <3 Candy

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  39. What is not to love here! Love that rabbit stamp and those hearts are so yummy! The design and all the elements are put together so perfectly! Hugs!

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  40. Beautiful - love the overall colour scheme and the faux airbrushed background. Your hearts are great!!

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  41. Hi Anne
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award today, look at my blog today for more information
    Ria

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  42. This looks great, love your heart embellies and scroll and your faux airbrushing turned out great - thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge!

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  43. Really fantastic card thanks for joining this week at PanPastel Uk.

    Kerry DT Leader

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  44. This is so lovely...he is going to love it...The detail work on your hare is superb!
    The wee scroll was a brilliant idea.

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  45. This is a beautiful card Anne, he will love it, that rabbit is a great image! X

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  46. How fabulous does this fellow look?! I love your colouring and wonderful details. A gorgeous creation and great design. Thanks for joining in at Craft Stamper. Sarah.

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  47. Another awesome piece of art. Your DH is going to love this card...The colors are so vintage, perfect with the Rabbit. Thanks for explaining how you did the heart. Might have to try this with the UTEE. Never thought to use a shape as a mold. Great idea! Worked beautifully here. And using the dictionary for your scroll definition...priceless. Love this entire piece. TFS & explaining the how-to's. Good luck in your challenges.

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  48. Gorgeous card Anne, love the little details everywhere!! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge! xxxxx

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  49. How amazing is this Anne! Love so much about it including your hearts (what a triumph!) and the tiny scroll. I'm sure hubby will adore it. Hugs, Jenny x

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  50. I love your gorgeous card, Anne, with the fabulous hearts. The little one colored with AI is especially fetching with the scroll and the carefully placed text. Wonderful!

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  51. Looks a perfect card ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  52. Really gorgeous, I love the decoupaged image and the layout is fab. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

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  53. A perfect card;love the sentiment and what a great way to place it on a card like this: so stylish! Hugs, Gerrina

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  54. Being a massive Alice Fan I absolutely love this, great use of the technique in the background. Thank you for entering it into the Craft Stamper challenge. Carol x

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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