Saturday, 3 September 2016

The Colours of Autumn

Hi everyone

It's time for a new challenge over at Whoopsidaisy. The theme chosen for this month is 'THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN'. Your entry MUST include a Digital image or something off a CD. The brilliant, talented design team have created some fabulous cards to show how versatile Linnie's gorgeous designs are and you'll find them over here along with the challenge rules. 

Linnies digistamps and CDs are available to buy over on Etsy. The CDs include gorgeous backing papers, toppers and loads of lovely images (either ready coloured or black and white digistamps for you to colour yourself). 

There is also a WhoopsiDaisy fans Facebook page...we'd love it if you'd pop over either just to have a look around or to show off your WhoopsiDaisy creations. Feel free to comment and 'like' or 'share' the page. Anyway onto my card for this month. 

My image is from the 'So Cute' CD. I printed a ready coloured image and cut her out with an SB die. I then blended orange Momento ink round the edges while the image was still in the die. I mat and layered different LOTV papers onto white with the smaller layer prettied up using a punch. I finished with Autumnal coloured flowers, a bow and gems.

 I hope you'll join in the challenge. Until next time...Lea x

Monday, 1 August 2016

All Pink and Girly at Whoopsidaisy

OHi all

Well today it's my favourite day of the month. It's time for a new challenge over at Whoopsidaisy. The theme chosen for this month is 'PINK AND GIRLY' which suits me coz I love anything pink. Your entry MUST include a Digital image or something off a CD. The brilliant, talented design team have created some fabulous cards to show how versatile Linnie's gorgeous designs are and you'll find them over here along with the challenge rules. 

Linnies digistamps and CDs are available to buy over on Etsy. She has a brand new CD out now. The CDs include gorgeous backing papers, toppers and loads of lovely images (either ready coloured or black and white digistamps for you to colour yourself). 

There is also a WhoopsiDaisy fans Facebook page...we'd love it if you'd pop over either just to have a look around or to show off your WhoopsiDaisy creations. Feel free to comment and 'like' or 'share' the page. Anyway onto my card for this month. 

My card has used an image from the Cute Daisy May CD. I backed the image onto pink card and machine stitched round the edge. I also stitched a panel of pink paper and added a piece of white embossed paper onto pink card. I put some double sided adhesive onto pink card and die cut some hearts, butterflies and flowers out of this. When I released the sticky paper I then dipped these into gorgeous diamond sprinkles by Creative Expressions. I added some gems to all of these. The sentiments were all stamped. I finished with yet more gems in the corners, in her hair and a little stickles on the dress and bouquet. Well it is Pink and Girly after all......X 

Monday, 4 July 2016

Christmas in July!

Hello everyone

Yes I've been extremely quiet over the last few weeks. I have been having a peek around Blogland but very quietly. Fibromyalgia is a funny condition, sometimes it's the pain that knocks you for six, sometimes its the fatigue....and boy have I been shattered I've just hovered looking at your fab creations. I'm having a lot of problems with my hands too...unfortunately the tremor in my right hand has deteriorated and my left hand has decided to join the club!!! Not good for a crafter at all lol. I had an appointment with my neurologist last week...the next step believe it or not is Botox....fortunately he's got a sense of humour so did laugh when I asked him to do my wrinkles while he's at it.

Anyway, you don't think all that will keep me from my fave time of the month....Today sees the start of a new challenge  over on the WHOOPSIEDAISY blog. The theme chosen for this month is 'CHRISTMAS IN JULY'. Your entry MUST include a Digital image or something off a CD. If unsure the rules are posted over on the challenge page here. The brilliant talented design team have created some fabulous cards to show how versatile Linnie's gorgeous designs are. If you look very carefully at the DT creations you will see they have some gorgeous Whoopsiedaisy watermarks on them. Sue, a member of the design team very generously designed and made these for us....aren't they just lovely?

Linnies digistamps and CDs are available to buy over on Etsy. Keep your eyes peeled as she has a brand new CD coming out any day now. The CDs include gorgeous backing papers, toppers and loads of lovely images (either ready coloured or black and white digistamps for you to colour yourself). 

There is also a WhoopsiDaisy fans Facebook page...we'd love it if you'd pop over either just to have a look around or to show off your WhoopsiDaisy creations. Feel free to comment and 'like' or 'share' the page. Anyway onto my card for this month. 

There's a lot of different elements to my card. The card base is actually double fronted as it has a snowflake acetate on the front of a mirror card base. The panel was made using  green mirror card and a piece of embossed card and then a Sue Wilson die cut was added with some ribbon. The wording was also from Sue Wilson but I trimmed the snowflakes off and used them separately.The Christmas tree die cut is a Memory Box one. Hopefully my card shows that the Whoopsiedaisy images will work with lots of different companies products although I think you'll all agree the star of the show is this gorgeous image. She was a ready coloured image that I printed onto white card and cut out using my ScanNCut. I added toms of stickles to her hat and coat along with the pearl buttons. The card was finished with green and white pearls.
Well that's me done for today...I'll try not to leave it so long next time...take care all X

I'd like to enter the filling challenges: 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Exciting news.....and WhoopsiDaisy Challenge - Bring on Summer

Hi everyone

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the bit of sunshine we're having! This is quite a long post as I have something very exciting to share with you today. I've been itching to share it for a couple of weeks's the day I can finally blab my news, Today I officially become a member of the Design Team for WhoopsieDaisy Designs. Linnie's designs are some of the first I fell in love with when I started my crafting journey so as you can imagine I am very chuffed and honoured to be joining the other amazing ladies on the Design Team - some of them are new to me but some are already crafting buddies of mine. 

Today sees the start of a new challenge  over on WHOOPSIDAISY. The theme chosen for this month is 'BRING ON SUMMER'. Your entry MUST include a Digital image or something off a CD. If unsure the rules are posted over on the challenge page here  I hope you'll pop over to see what the very talented Design Team have created. I can't believe how different everyone's designs are - they really show off the versatility of Linnie's designs. The prize for the winner of the challenge is a Whoopsiedaisy CD (winner pays any shipping fees).

Linnies digistamps and brand new CDs are available to buy over on Etsy. The CDs include gorgeous backing papers, toppers and loads of lovely images (either ready coloured or black and white digistamps for you to colour yourself). 

There is also a WhoopsiDaisy fans Facebook page...we'd love it if you'd pop over either just to have a look around or to show off your WhoopsiDaisy creations. Feel free to comment and 'like' or 'share' the page.

My card has been made using an image and papers from the Cute Daisy May CD. It was very hard to choose an image as there was so much choice and they're all so gorgeous.  I printed off a ready coloured image and backed it onto black and white. The flowered backing paper is also off the CD - I used this for the bottom part of the card. This was backed onto black which really made it pop! I also die cut the bunting out with the paper - the die was a Sweet Dixie one.....definitely one of my favourite dies. Yellow bakers twine was threaded through this. The butterflies came from well loved dies too. The wording, which I stamped in black, is from a Clearly Besotted stamp set - this was backed onto black to tie in.  I then finished with some ribbon and little flowers from my stash...amazingly these were just perfect for this image. It's great that you can use the images with everything else you have in your stash.

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Dragon Dream Challenge - say it with flowers

Imagine That - Creative Playground challenge #5 - Tic Tac Toe. I chose the top row to play- Gems, sentiment and flowers

That's me done for today. Thanks for coming by...x

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Getting inky!

Good morning all...well it is after midnight!

Well I've had a lovely time with inks today. I was watching the ladies from Inkylicious on Hochanda the other week and they really fascinated me with what they were doing with inks. I've seen Barbara Grey do the same but it never seemed as well explained as the ladies the other day (I'm afraid I don't know their names...very rude of me). Now I know this work isn't up to their standard but I'm a learner! I just happen to have the large brushes these ladies use with the inks..they call them ink dusters. I bought the brushes about eighteen months ago, never been used.  I'd forgotten I'd got them. The thing is I'm so chuffed coz I can use them far better with my wonky arm than I can a blending pad. It is the fine motor movements I have the most problem with so the fact you sort of swish the ink (new technical term!) with the brushes is great for me. Anyway I had a play using a die cut circle for the sun and tore some paper to get the hill effect. I used momento inks for the background then stamped my sentiment and flower stamp in black versafine ink. This was a larger piece of work but I trimmed off the bits I was unhappy with and then backed it onto black card and  I finished with a few gems in the corner. 

My second card is what is known as a 'happy accident'. The ladies when on Hochanda dibbed the brushes into the ink pad then dabbed off onto a piece of paper before inking their card. I obviously did as I was told and followed suit. I'd also tried some second generation stamping which incidentally was the bit I didn't use on my first card - anyway the piece of stamping on this second card was my dabbing and my first generation stamp onto scrap card. Well blow me if I didn't love the way it looked. I showed Mr B who thought I was bonkers but after I'd trimmed it and backed it onto black, then added an embossed piece of white onto black and a Kraft card base even he had to eat humble pie and say it was 'OK' - Mr B doesn't waste words...why use three when one will do...ok! Just ok! Anyway I must confess I like this second accidental card better than the first! I'd love to hear yours thoughts on it please....that's me off to bed now...catch you next time x

Monday, 23 May 2016

Christmas card no19

Hi all

This really is a quickie today. I'm posting Christmas card no 19. Can you believe it's 19 weeks since I started this challenge? It is a very simple one with mats and layers of red and white dotty embossed card. The little elements are from a Clearly besotted stamp and die set. I finished with some bakers twine, a little charm and gems. 

That's me done guys...until next time x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Baby girl

Hi all

Just a quick post today. I am currently sat munching on choccie biccies (that autocorrected to bicycle so was almost munching on choccie bicycles....that would be a first!) which means I'm feeling a bit better today!  The cold has lifted and fortunately wasn't too long winded! Thanks for your good wishes.

My card is a little baby one...I like doing this type of card. The image is from an LOTV coloured art pad. I die cut it with a Spellbinders die called Fancy Ribbon Threader. I inked the image while it was still in the die. I also cut another of the images out with the ScanNCut and layered it on top. I then had fun hunting some ribbon for it as I hadn't any the right colour in the right width. In the end I weaved a thin ribbon through twice and actually the effect was quite pretty. I backed some pretty paper onto white then onto the card blank. The sentiment isn't very clear in the pic as I stamped it in a very pale pink. I finished with a double bow and a few gems.

Thanks for popping by...until next time...x

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Hi everyone

Hope this finds you well. I'm just getting over a stinking cold...I have not been amused. It's funny but since I've been off work for health reasons I've not had any bugs at all even when Mr B and Alf were full of them. Comes of not being round the kids I suppose. Anyway I have a very sore nose, the sniffles and I'm fed up....I know too much information lol. It makes a change from the fibro doing me in I suppose. 

My card today is a bit different. I bought some gorgeous masks from you know I'm racking my brains who they were from, I'm sure it will come back to me in a minute. I also bought some Sparkle paints at the same time. Now I had a lot of fun with went everywhere.  Those that know me well know I can't spread anything with my right arm...butter is more likely to end up on the ceiling than on a piece of toast. Well you can imagine what it's like giving me a paintbrush. I had to have help in the end I'm afraid so I can't lay claim to all of this card. I must admit it really got me thinking about what it would be like to craft if we didn't have all the gadgets available to us these days to make our lives easy. When you think about it we have dies for matting and layering - electronic machines if you want to make life easier...or for some of us a necessity. Scan n cut that I can use to cut my stamps out as I'm a bit dangerous with scissors. CD crafting or ready coloured art pads for toppers. 

Anyway I digress...back to the card. The sparkle paint was painted through the mask then for the silver edging good old fingers were used. I was just playing really...only thing I don't like...the cleaning up!!! When the flower had dried I trimmed it and backed it onto black and silver mirror card. Then I added it to some lovely freebie bright pink card and again onto black. The sentiment is from an Inkydoodles set of stamps. The finishing touches are some gem thingies that I don't particularly like...I find them a bit big and garish but they happened to be perfect for this card. 

Well that's me finished rambling...catch you again soon hopefully X 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

New love in my life!!

Hi everyone

Thank you all for your lovely comments. It is lovely to be back in the blogging world with you all. I'd like to welcome Granmargaret to my little corner of the universe...

As the title suggests I have a new love. Oh my world I saw this product Metallic Gilding Polish by Creative Expressions on Hochanda last week and you know when you wonder if something is as good as it looks....well this is as good as it looked! I didn't buy it when it was on the show but happened to see it at Colemans so thought I'd give it a try. The pink background paper on this card was originally a plain piece of white paper. Ive tried to get a photo where it shows the lovely sheen the polish gives. There's no horrible smell as it is apparently water based. It is applied very easily with a damp sponge which is stored in the lid (all part of the package). I did an A4 sheet but obviously you do a piece as small or large as you wish. Gosh I sound like a salesperson but I really am impressed with this product. I can't wait to add some more colours to my collection! 

The image is from a Woodware stamp and has been sitting in my pile of bits for a few weeks. This was backed onto a piece of the pink and then onto black card. The lacy band was made using a punch from my stash, I just added a thin band of the pink (waste not want not!) leaving a tiny bit of black peeping at the top so it stood out against the pink. The wording was from two different sets...'sister' is from a Docrafts relative set and the 'happy birthday' from a set I bought second hand - not sure of the make. I completed the card with just a few gems. 

I apologise for the pics today...I was trying to show the polish off at an angle...not sure it worked lol! Right I'm off....until next time xxx

Monday, 16 May 2016

Fairy dreams

Hello all

I hope this finds you all well. Those who know me well will have noticed I've had a few weeks out of circulation. It has been a full month since I blogged. I made a decision to take time out as I was finding it difficult to keep up with everything...., I hadn't felt very brilliant, I was absolutely shattered and that's without working! Unfortunately that's the nature of the fibro. Anyway I just love blog hopping and there are certain blogs I have followed since arriving in the crafting world three years ago and I've always loved to comment on the work. I have also always been grateful for the lovely comments people have left on my blog. Anyway what I did in the last month was still have a look at everyone's lovely creations but didn't comment on any and I didn't post here on my blog at all either. I made a couple of cards and I've actually even sat and read a book! Anyway I don't know if you've noticed but I've decided to sneak back into the blogging world - I just missed your virtual company so much!

Today's creation is made using a gorgeous image from Whoopsiedaisy designs. She is a pre coloured digistamp - the image printed great even though I accidentally printed her onto a textured card.  These are great as you can resize to your liking. I added some stickles to her dress and wings and the flower to her hair. I used white and lilac papers backed onto purple card. A piece of gorgeous lace, pearl string and pink ribbon were added to the band across the middle. I finished with lovely flowers and more pearls. All in all I'm pretty happy....X 

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Monochrome - something a bit different!

Hi everyone

Hope you are well. This is just a quick post today. Just recently I've started really looking at tons of new blogs I'd never visited before and honestly my head is buzzing with loads of things I want to try. I say it quite often - I am just amazed at the variety of craft stuff out there for sale not just in the UK but elsewhere and there's an awful lot of goodies I fancy lol. I am in awe at the cards and creations people continue to achieve, I had no idea until I started crafting this world even existed! 

Right enough of that now to my card...I am really quite pleased with this card. I wanted a simple card for my sons gf who has had her tonsils out in the last few days. I didn't want get well soon as that didn't seem like the right wording. While I've been doing my blog hopping I have seen loads of CAS cards. Now I think you all know I'm not really a CAS girl but I do however love this type of card. This stamp set was actually a freebie made by Clearly Besotted and came with a mag about a year ago and last time I used it to make a card for a friend - I'll post a pic of that card at the end. 

Now I think you'll agree that it just looks totally different in black and white. I stamped the leaves in black versafine ink. I also stamped the butterflies onto this piece of card along with the wording which is from Altenew. I stamped the fuchsia flowers and cut these and the larger butterfly out with a matching die set (a new addition to my stash since last year when the flowers were cut out by hand - unfortunately scissors and my tremor these days are just not good friends so I've had to think of an alternative lol). I added these at different heights on foam pads. This was backed onto black and a few gems added to the flowers and butterflies. I must admit this was a lovely simple card to make - I'll be making a few more like this...Lea X

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This is the first card I made with the stamp. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Wonky stamping!

LlHello all

Hope you've had a good week. It's absolutely flown and here we are at Friday again already (by a whole three minutes as I write). Thank you for the lovely comments on my posts...I've had a few new people comment which is lovely, thank you also to those that always take time out to visit...I'm always very grateful. 

My card today was a lot of fun to make. Those of you who know me know I have a dystonic tremor in my right arm which causes me lots of problems with fine motor skills. It therefore makes things like painting and stamping a challenge. Well don't say I'm never up for a challenge hey. Usually I use quite large stamps because obviously they fill the space quicker but today I used stamps from a set by John Lockwood. Off the top of my head I can't remember what they're called but if you need to know please ask! I started off by masking the middle section off. As you can see I have got a couple of places I've not quite stamped completely but hey ho I'm still learning lol. It took me a while to stamp the flowers as I have to get my arm into just the right position to try and get some control (you should see me try to eat hahaha) but I got there in the end. When I removed the tape I tore a tiny bit off which just happens to be where I planned to put the happy (if you believe that....). I scored some lines at the top and bottom of the stamped section with my scoring board. I stamped the birthday - this is a stamp that comes with the happy. This is a set by Clearly Besotted and I must admit I think it's one of my best buys. You get the large Happy and Birthday stamp along with other wording like the many happy returns and what I think is great is that there is a matching die for the large words. If I had to cut the happy out by hand I'd have separate letters hahaha. I finished the card with three pink pearls. 

This second card was meant to be 6 X 6 but in case you didn't notice unfortunately with this one things didn't quite go to plan. I masked off the centre section again and tried blending the colours but without much luck I'm afraid as my hand wouldn't play ball so I deliberately changed it so it looks like circles. I stamped down the side and along the bottom with a Woodware stamp which at this point looked quite good but no I had to go one step further and decided to attempt to paint the flowersusing ink and a water brush (which I've never attempted to use before) - well this is when the wonky hand really kicked in and I ended up with a mess (I hope you're not laughing you lot out there...😜). I had to do a rescue on the card and sort of chopped it at a point I thought I could get away with. I used my Clearly Besotted wording again and a few pearls...I will try this out again. One thing it's a good job I can laugh about it - my Dad has got the same tremor and we often joke and say we've got one good pair of arms between us. People often ask how I craft but the answer to that is you find ways round things and things like dies and electronic machines are a huge help.  It can get frustrating sometimes because one thing I do struggle with is writing (hence the problem trying to paint with a water brush) but I just count my blessings as there are people far worse off than I am.

Right it is time for bed now...I hope you've enjoyed my tale of my foray into stamping and painting lol....Lea x

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Girly card

Hello all out there in Blogland

Well can you believe it's almost Thursday already....never have I known the weeks to fly by so quick. I'm thinking its coz I'm knocking on now lol! My parents say the same, that the days go so quickly. I always thought when I wasn't in work any longer the days would drag (unfortunately the fibro stopped me working) - how wrong was i? 

My card today is back to a girly one. I used an image from a coloured art pad from LOTV. I have added stickles to her wings and the edge of the cream on the cake. I cut it out with a circle die and mounted it onto an SB loopy circle die cut. I embossed a piece of white card with a freebie folder from a mag. This had a natural circle in the centre which after I used the loopy circle die to cut an aperture in the centre of the embossing I then put pearls round. This was then mounted on layers of white and blue. The sentiment is from LOTV. When I stamped it I wanted it a lighter grey colour so in the absence of a grey ink pad I used the second generation stamp of my black ink pad. I finished the card with more pearls my flowers and bow. I think this is much more me than my Christmas card yesterday...don't you? Lea X 

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Christmas card no 15

Hi everyone

First I'd like to say thank you so much for your kind wishes on the loss of Mr Bs grandfather. It's always difficult to know whether to mention things that happen as you go along...things like family losses, not feeling very well (I notice an awful lot of people like me got into crafting through illness) but when I thought about it I decided it is part of our life so it's important to acknowledge life's ups and life's downs. Well that's me finished being philosophical (I hoped autocorrect would kick in then and it did lol) today now back to crafting. 

Now I have two cards for you is Christmas card no 15 and the other is an anniversary card made from the Camden Town kit. Now I must confess the Christmas card looks better in real life but guess what I dislike it intensely!!! I had a pot of gilding flakes that have sat there in my cupboards for eons so thought I'd get them out. My problem with the card isn't so much the design as the colour mix of the gilding flakes. The card is in three layers. The first has the edge gilded then backed onto black card. The second layer was stamped with one of the first stamps I ever is a Christmas swirl I think from Justrite. I then covered a small sheet with the flakes and used part to mat an embossed piece of black card and used the rest to cut baubles out of an SB die....I used the two smallest sizes and stacked them on foam pads. I 'hung' these from a string of gems and added bows made from bakers twine. I finished with a few gems. 

The anniversary card is made using elements from the Camden Town kit. I just dressed it with ribbon and lots of pearls. 

Well that's me done until tomorrow...until then..Lea x

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Camden Town

Hi everyone

I hope you've had a good weekend. Again it has zipped by. Yesterday we had some sad news - Mr Bs grandfather passed away at the grand old age of 104! He has been poorly for a few weeks now so it wasn't unexpected but it is just so sad. Until he was taken ill he still lived in his own home which I think is amazing. 

My card today is a male one made with elements of the Camden Town kit. I made a card base using a lovely red card from Creative Expression. I backed some patterned card from the kit onto gold mirror card. I wrapped red bakers twine round this three times. I put some sticky pads onto the back of a topper then added this on top of the twine. I tied a double bow with the twine and added that to the side. I stamped the word uncle with versa mark and put gold embossing powder on it and heated it with my heat gun. I finished with a few gems and a really cute little wooden car. Well that's two cards made from that kit...I've got another three cards set up to far so good....Lea x

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Pretty in pink

Hi everyone

I hope you are having a fabulous start to the weekend. It's just nice to be awake today....yesterday the fibro took me over and I slept all day! As you can imagine I got nothing done at all yesterday. I'm afraid I couldn't even manage to sit on my iPad and blog so I apologise for being awol especially after so many of you left me lovely comments about my first stencilled card. Thank you so much for taking the time to pop along.  I also acquired two new followers so a huge welcome to them. During the last week I have found some amazing new crafters in Blogland and have added their blog links to the sidebar on my blog - I hope you will check them out as I have seen some amazing work. 

 I'm pretty sure most people started out making cards like me. I used kits to make my first cards and progressed from there. I have been going through my crafty stash and have so many part kits (some hardly touched kits too!) so have decided to try and incorporate them with my crafting now as it seems such a waste. Of course there will also be those ghastly kits I will never, ever use and have no idea why on earth I bought them but they are for another day lol. So to my of my very favourite kits I did buy was the Camden Town one by Crafters Companion and I have very little of this left. But I will get a few more cards using bits from it. The lovely background card was backed onto a pink mirror card and this was then backed onto a card blank made with blush card from Creative Expressions. I ran some pearls down and across the card. I took a small topper which has a lovely sentiment on it and backed it onto matching layers. The butterflies are cut out from a die (the make evades me at the mo...sorry!) and then given dimension using my bone folder. I added pearls and flowers to finish. I've already got pieces ready for the next few cards from the kit so hopefully I'll have another to show tomorrow. Take care......Lea X

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Stencilling !

Hi everyone
Just a quick post tonight as its so late/early. My card is a little different yet again for me. I saw some really lovely stencils by Claritystamp last week and decided to treat myself...not that I've ever done this before. And anyone that knows me will know I'm a sucker for poppies. I started by taping my stencil down so it didn't move I then inked through the stencil with a worn lipstick distress ink. I then decided to go in with a green ink so it wasn't so flat. I used a clear versamark ink on the flower heads and covered this with clear embossing powder and heated it. I trimmed the image up and then lightly inked round the edge and mat and layered it onto pink and black card.  I finished with a few gems.  I left the sentiment off and will add this as needed. All in all a nice easy card to batch make.....Lea x

Monday, 4 April 2016

Christmas card no 14

Morning all

A quick post this morning as I need to get on! The colour of this card looks a bit looks far better in real life. I backed a green card onto silver mirror card and then onto black. I then used various spellbinder snowflake dies and layered them up. The ribbon was out of my stash. 

Hope you have a great day....Lea x