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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

"I'll Be There For You..."

This weeks challenge over at 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown is a colour challenge (#1), Black, White and Red. Now even I can see a few other colours in there but I think it stays true to the heart of the challenge (well I would say that wouldn't I?). I really want to get ahead with my Christmas cards this year, especially as Christmas rolled around (again) and I was in a mad frenzy trying to make cards for 'special' people. I have bought loads of new dies and can't wait until september to start using them, plus I would really like to send a 'special' card to EVERYONE, not just a select few. The dies used on this card are a selection of Memory Box (the corners), Marianne (the Poinsettia), Sizzix (the leaves) and of course Spellbinders (for the main image). The main image is a brand new Tilda stamp from the latest collection which arrived last week (along with 5 or 6 other ones too - I just can't resist them!!).
Talking about dies, I have just splashed out on the Create and Craft Pick of the Day and got myself another 11 new Spellbinder dies (at an absolutely incredible price). I couldn't believe that out of their whole selection I didn't have one die! That hardly ever happens.
So, hope you like the card. I feel particularly proud of this one as I love the colouring and I think it's a really well balanced card. Hope you agree,
take care,
Also entered into: Basic Gray Challenges #60 - Something New
Crafts and Me Challenges #67 - Use Pins
Creative Belli Blog Challenge #136 - Frames (make 'em fancy!)
Freshly Brewed Designs #77 - Something New
Whimsical Wednesdays Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge #20 - Love Is In The Air
Just Tracys Crafts - Love Is In The Air
My Grafico Challenge #119 - Love and Valentines
Craft Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
The Poodles Parlour - Valentines/Love
Simply Create Too Challenge #5 - Love Is In The Air
Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts Challenge - Make Your Own Flowers
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #71 Valentines/Love
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges #20 - Valentines or Red and Black
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge #67 - My Sweet Valentine


  1. This is stunning! And what a darling image! Fabulously colored, I might add. Thank you for joining us this week at 52CCT! :)

  2. wow awesome card andy i love the colors and your coloring is remarkable. thanks for sharing with us at whimwednesdays dont forget were having a design team call out :)

  3. what a lovely card and that image is so cute.good luck in your challenges

  4. Oh so pretty!!! I love the cute image and that beautiful flower. Thanks for playing at WHimsical Wednesdays!

  5. This is exquisite! I can see why you love it.. I do, too. :o) Your coloring is fantastic, especially with such saturated colors! Amazing. I love the papers, the design, the circle of sparkles, and am crazy about those corners! The stamp and sentiment are so perfect together. Well great, you've increased my wish list by a million things. ;) Beautiful card! Thank you for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesday! :o)

    Hugs and blessings!

  6. Gorgeous card, some many beautiufl elements to it and wonderful colouring. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week

  7. I think it's a fab card Andy! I went very simple with the 52cct this week (must get it posted tomorrow!)as couldn't think what to do! Love those corner die cuts & I was watching the C&C show, some fab ideas for the new dies. Enjoy them x

  8. This is adorable. Those two look so happy together. Great papers, very rich looking. Thanks for joining us over at Whimsical Wednesdays.

  9. Stunning card,I love all the detail and your image and colours are gorgeous...Thanks for sharing with us at Just Tracy's,hope to see you next time..
    Mandy x

  10. i find this card very moving...this title and this image...pfffooo very touching...
    you did a great job with the colours and the dies...a very successful card!

  11. Stunning card! Love the deep, rich colors and those intricate corners! And now I've got Bon Jovi's song playing in my head! "I'll be there for you, these five words I swear are true..." LOL! Thanks for joining us at Whimsical Wednesdays!

  12. Love your creation. The swirls around your frame is awesome. Thanks for sharing on the Bell Challenge of Frames.

  13. A gorgeous card, I love the image you have used and the frames around your card.

    Thank you for joining us at BasicGrey Challenges this week.

    Jo x

  14. Darling card, thanks for playing with us at Simply Create Too.

    xoxo Marjo

  15. What a beautiful card- I love the fabulous frame and the swirls- so pretty to show off your cute image! Thanks for joining us at the Belli challenge!

  16. Fabulous card!

    Thank you for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow for our * Valentines/Red & Black * challenge

    hope you will join us again soon xx

  17. this is such a cute work of art! i love the swirls in the corners!

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

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  18. Hi Andy... fabulous card, I really love the detail you get from all the lovely dies you've used! Cute image too! Shelly x

  19. How absolutely precious! It's beautiful!

    Thank you for joining us
    Ruth DT for SDD

  20. Gorgeous card Andy, super colouring of this fab image(so cute) and i so love those conrners.
    Enjoy using your new spellbinders i,m soooo jealous.
    Thanx for joining us at Crafts and Me this week.
    Trish X

  21. Great card. I love your coloring and all the beautiful flourishes. Thanks for joining us at Stamping with the Dragon challenge blog.

  22. What a lovely card
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week
    Love Jan

  23. What a stunning card! Absolutely adorable image, and colored so beautifully! Love all your embellishments too. Thanks for joining us for our monthly "Something New" challenge over at Fresh Brewed Blog.


  24. Smashing Andrew. Fabulous colouring.

  25. Stunning card! The image and layout is fabulous and I love your colours and embellies. Gorgeous! I'm your newest follower! Best wishes, Jill :)

  26. This is absolutely gorgeous, so sorry I am so late with my comments, thank you for joining us on totally papercrafts this week x

  27. Awesome card. Awesome coloring on Edwin and Tilda. First time visiting your blog and I will be back.

  28. Fab work Andy I love her red dress thanks for playing at Just traceys hugs Rebekah xx

  29. Hi Andy,
    This is just Gorgeous!!! Love that adorable image you've used, the dp, the colour scheme is gorgeous. Love the layout and the embellishments. Coloured beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Poodles Parlour and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
    Hugs Jacqui xxx

  30. This is adorable card. Those two look so happy together. Great papers, very rich looking.I like your work.

    Plastic Card
    Plastic Card Printing

  31. Love the image and you have coloured it in beautifully.
    Sue W.

  32. Cute! and love the layout!

    Thankyou so much for sharing it with us at Stamping With The Dragon - Anything Goes. xoxoxo Carly


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