Valentines with Meljen at Card Making Mama's

Hi from a coldishy, wet and slightly miserable Sydney.  What a change from the delightful scenes at Whistler Canada where we were lucky enough to have over 1metre of fresh snow over the two weeks we were there... how spoiled were we!  Just two days of what I would call... testing!  One was -27d but -40 with wind chill and the other was about three days prior to us leaving, where it rained everywhere but high levels.. where it was foggy and windy... blah!   

My first creation on my return home was such fun to make!  I had read the brand new issue of Designed To Colour and was quite taken with the idea of monochromatic colouring, I attempted it with this project but ended up adding too much colour, so my original idea changed to a somewhat distressed card... taking my right back to my original style of cardmaking.  This card is very me, from the colour choices, and the distressed look.  I even coloured the lace using spritzers, and the colour match was a complete mistake.  I was aiming for a brown tea dyed look, but I found that I didnt have any suitable brown inks to use for spritzing... after a few combinations using brick and marmalade vivid reinkers I ended up with a near perfect match apricot/orange lace...  something that may be impossible to recreate!

Our theme this week at Card Makin Mama's is Valentines.   Now considering that my dear husband doesnt get into the idea of Valentines, I felt it was best to make a card for a friend instead of the love of my life.   The image is perfect, its called Cubbin Around and its from one of my favourite designers Meljen.

I used 7 Gypsies paper, Kaiser lace, and Kraft Cardstock for the base, coloured with copics and then went a little silly with Distress Inks (after watching the Tim Holtz Distress Markers video)
The shape of the image and mount and the hearts were cut on the Blackcat Cougar.
I am not sure why I loved making this so much, but it really was nice to sit down and just relax with papercraft... now I have to go and clean up that craft room and try and find some form of organisation in it!  Wish me luck.

Challenges this week
Paper Pretties - Ribbon or Twine
Digi Days - Hearts
Crafty Ann Challenge - Love is in the Air
Delicious Doodles - All loved up
Ditzy Crafty mess challenge - Anything goes
Fairy Tale Challenge - Love Love Love
Polka doodle - Love with hearts
Mami Doodles - For a loved one
Sweet and Sassy - Valentines Themed
Oh... here is where I was for the last two weeks.... just a perfect piece of earth!


Now its your turn, let us see your wonderful Valentine Creations!   Link up over on the challenge blog


  1. Lovely card - you used the image so well! Many thanks for taking part in the Mami Doodles challenge.

  2. That´s such a lovely card! Love your coloration and the fab colourcombo! Thank you fpor joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  3. Gorgeous card - I love you colour choices. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  4. Hello
    this is a very nice card and a sweet image.

    Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

  5. lovely card! and well done with the lace/spritzer he he , as you say you couldn't re create that again...thanks for joining us at polka doodles this week, Nelly X

  6. Gorgeous card and thanks for playing along at Polka Doodles xx

  7. what a lovely card,thanks for playing along at Cardmadfairy's digi days and good luck,
    hugs sandra dt

  8. Although your wonderful creation is stunning and we would love to put you forward for our prize this fortnite, unfortunatly our rules are 6 challenges only, but please do come back and try again, your work is beautiful - Thanks for playin with us at Ditzy-Craftymess Challenge Blog

  9. sweet card
    thanks for joining us at Delicious Doodles

  10. Super cute card!! Love the image you used, and the color scheme as well!! Thanks for playing along with us at Polka Doodles!!

  11. How cute, I love the LO of your card. Thanks for joining the Mami Doodles challenge. Good luck x

  12. a gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining in with our Hearts theme at the Digi Days challenge! Gemma :)

  13. Really pretty creation hun!
    Thanks for playing with the Delicious Doodles Challenge this time, and good luck with the draw.
    Teri x

  14. What a lovely image. Great work - i love it.
    Thanks for playing with us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
    xx Sandra

  15. Great card, love the image. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time. Carol DT x

  16. You have made a lovely card which fits our challenge well. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx


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