Tuesday, 12 July 2011

I broke my favourite punch!

Yesterday I wrote a couple of thank you cards then I realised - shock, horror - those were my last. Oh dear, I thought, I'll have to make some more (rubbing hands and grinning as if I'd escaped from some high security facility). And today, as it was still raining enough that doing laundry would be a bit stupid, that was excuse enough for me to crack open my play-things.

Within minutes, I managed to crumble my favourite beautiful lacy Florence Muret Macaron punch from Carla Crafts! The plastic holding the punch together just disintegrated and it tried to eat my card. DH has done a sterling job with the super-glue, but I'm not convinced it will hold for long as the spring is so powerful. I've put in an order for a replacement because I love it so much.

I had to cut the top off the card and make a much smaller one out of the remainder, and that led to a happy hour converting punched flowers into 6 more of my mini-notelets. They are pretty much duplicates of the previous bunch of notelets which I did, except flowers instead of leaves. I'm thrilled with how versatile these tinies are.

I was determined to catch the Less Is More challenge (things with legs) this week, having missed last week's (shades of blue) due to extra church work. This card also fits these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp: stitching (real or faux)
Truly Scrumptious / Stampin' for the Weekend: wings
Bizzy Bec's Store: borders and frames

The stitched border is a new Basic Grey stamp I got in a closing down sale last weekend. The frame is from Kaisercraft, and the butterflies have been embossed with holographic embossing powder (in the frame) and Diamond and Dark Blue Stickles (outside). It looks GORGEOUS close-up. I might take a better photo in the daylight tomorrow.

My second card is also for Less is More, and it is actually based on the same sketch by Sketch Saturday. In addition, I'm entering it into:
Colour Create: fuschia, green and white
Charisma Cardz: flowers

It's Monica mouse from House Mouse and Friends - actually not coloured this time because I thought she looked amazing in black and white - with a mini Cuttlebug embossing folder which I've always been rather fond of. The punched border is Fiskars threading water.


Chrissie said...

Two super cards... your one layer card is fab!
Thanks so much for joining us!
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Dolly Daydreams said...

Sorry to hear about the demise of your punch , hope the glue lasts. Both cards are lovely the first full of elegance and the second happy and cheerful.


Tam said...

Nice cards! The mouse one is so cute! Love what you did with the embossing border!

Mandi said...

Sweet card Squirrel
Sorry about your punch, we do rely on our precious things eh! Hope the replacement isn't too long arriving!
Thank you
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

GinaA said...

Just love the 'house mouse' mice, looks great jumping 'over' the embossed flowers.

Jan said...

Gorgeous cards second ones my favourite xx Jan

VICTORIA said...

I love both of your cards. But Monica is so cute. I love House Mouse. I have been doing their challenges lately I love working with the mice and the bunnies. Good luck with the challenge. :)

Marlies said...

What lovelu elegant cards you made, realy beautiful! thanks for joining us at Truly Scrumptious
hugs, Marlies

Rica said...

Hi Rosey, hope you're well huni!!
I love both these cards, brilliant LIM looks!! This first one is so classy and elegant - beautiful stamping and those butterflies are stunning!!
You're right that little mousie looks
looks fabulous in black & white and that embossed border is perfect.

Heather xx
Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Gunn (Merete) said...

I love the Butterfly card, really beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at SFTW.

Kathyk said...

Fabulous projects - I LOVE the way your gems have made the little mouse look like he's on a spring!


debby4000 said...

Oh they're both fabulous.

Jackie Thomas said...

These are both just gorgeous. I love the butterflies and frame especially. thank you for joining us at Bizzy Becs
Hugs Jackie