Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Papertrey Ink Birthday Card

Hello everyone,

I've been a lax blogger of late but I have a longer post than usual to try and make up. First an update on the lovely ducks who have been visiting us. When I last reported, Mother Duck had hatched 10 ducklings who were swimming around our little pond. The following day, they managed to scrabble out of the pond and follow Mum around the garden to have a stroll and explore.

The day after that, one of the ducklings disappeared and even with 10 ducklings to care for, Mum knew that one was missing and it was so sad to hear her calling for it for more than an hour.  The next day four more disappeared whilst we were out but the family remained with 5 ducklings until she took them away, we know not where! I hope it was to somewhere safe with a large pond so the remaining ducklings can survive to maturity and maybe visit us again next year. Nature can be very sad.

I mentioned that I had been away for a week and when I returned, I had a package waiting for me from a very kind fellow blogger called Margaret

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who sent me a mound of stamped images using PTI's Wreath for all Seasons after I admired the cards she made with them. She also sent a beautiful card (the background is shimmery and my photo hasn't picked that up),

and a set of stamps that will be very useful come Halloween this year. Thank you so much Margaret, it was a wonderful surprise to come home to, and I will make good use of these images.

And finally I have a card that I made for this weeks Make it Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. Erin Lincoln has a video showing the reverse masking technique on the blog which is very useful. I wanted to try a colour combination of Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist and Enchanted Evening :-

I used Vintage Labels stamps and made a mask by cutting out the centre before over stamping and clear embossing with Background Basics Text Style. This was then cut out with Nestabilites Labels 1 die and matted onto another mat. I punched 2 circles for the sides and added buttons and bows. For the centre I used the Beautiful Blooms die and a daisy punch, finishing off with a gem. The border was made with the Victorian Lace die, and the sentiment was from Enjoy the Ride.

Sorry this has been such a long post, but thanks for sticking with it.

Carol x


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous and lovely to look at. And isn't it wonderful to get happy mail? Enjoy!

    Your card looks gorgeous; so fresh and elegant. Love it!

  2. Oh poor little ducklings! Nature is cruel but the predator has to feed its offspring too - its the way of the world sadly. But how lovely to have had the pleasure of that little family for a few days.

    Oh and great MIM card too Carol!

  3. A lovely card again! I love your use of buttons!x

  4. Hi Carol, hope you had a lovely break and what a lovely surprise to come home to. My wedding card is joined using the Cricut DS on the computer. If you don't have it you can just cut out the '&' sign and stick it to the front of a card, it would still look good ;)

    Hope this helps,

    Vicki x

  5. Wow, what a wonderful application of the reverse masking technique! Love how you have done the partial stamping, and I love those colors too! Cute ducks as well!


Hello, and thank you for taking time to visit my blog. I would really appreciate it if you could find time to leave a comment before you leave.

Carol x


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