Thursday, 4 October 2012

Normal service....

has been resumed! Well as normal as possible anyway - back to the NORMAL weather - rain, rain and more rain..... honestly, stepped onto a plane yesterday in gloriously blue clear skies and temperatures of a mere 31 degrees, stepped off several hours later to a torrential downpour, black as pitch and a temperature that was stuggling to make double figures!
Taking into account the amount of washing I've done today I am convinced that numerous fellow travellers put their clothes in my cases when I wasn't watching... did I REALLY wear all these clothes?????? And joy of joys, I now have the ironing to look forward to!!! 
Do I sound slightly irriated by the fact that I am now here and really want to be back there??? Well you're right!!!
Before I pop off to have a proper look at what you've all been up to whilst I have been acquiring this lovely golden brown sun tan, (and a few inches round the middle with all the fab food....), I thought I'd better share a make with you.

I found these last few scraps of 'Paris Nights' paper in a drawer and managed to squeeze enough out of it to decorate the front and inside of a card.This has got to be one of the most gorgeous papers I have ever used - it has the most amazing sheen and a beautiful texture.

The stamp is a Papermania one which once again I confess to never inking before. I used some cream textured card and then cut it out with a nestie, mounted it onto a scalloped piece of the Paris Nights paper before layering onto the card. I cut out a corner in black and a die cut frame in the same cream card and stamped the sentiment with Versamark Onyx Black.

The fabulous black crystal swirls were a present and I really didn't want to use them! The large floral piece at the top of the oval is from the same swirl pack and I used some tiny black pearls on the stamped image for some of the chandelier 'droplets'.

The cream lace is from my stash and I made two rolled paper roses from the remainder of the paper.

Challenges -
Simon says Stamp - Glimmer and Sparkle
Card Mania - Handmade Flowers
Lollipop Crafts - Something Old (paper and stamp), Something New (Black Crystals)
Cards Galore - Anything Goes
Paperplay- Shine On
Charisma Cards - Bling/Shiny
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting me - off for a coffee and a trawl through blogland! x


Mrs A. said...

Beautiful Viv. The colours blend perfectly together.
Hugs Mrs A.

debby4000 said...

Oh WOW this absolutely gorgeous Viv.

Jackie said...

That's always the problem with holiday, you have to come home to reality :o(
What a gorgeous card, I love every single thing about it :o)
Jackie xx

Jules said...

Hi Viv

Welcome home!

It sounds like you have had a brilliant time. I am so pleased for you.

Sorry about all the washing and ironing though :-(

Loving the card you have posted. Such a gorgeous colour combo and I love the chandelier stamp very much!

Great to have you back in blogland.

Love Jules xx

Crafty Lark said...

Welcome back, sorry we cannot fix the weather. Your card is totally gorgeous and I love the spots and stripes background. xx Flora

Rose Petal said...

Hello Viv. This is so beautiful and very classy. Love it. Happy crafting.
Love Sandra xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Viv and just love that gorgeous and cream go together so well


Chloe's Nan said...

Gorgeous card, very elegant x

Caz said...

Beautiful and elegant. Love this Viv.
Caz x

sassy said...

helloo stranger ...glad you had a super holiday thought about you often sprawled out on a sun bed..i have seen you with a tan and you looked gorgeous then!!!..huh!!!! not that im one bit miffed..jealous green with envy or fed up knowing you have just been to cyprus for two weeks and the weather being blooming gorgeous too im not one bit miffed..hacked off at all lol!!!!!,,,,,,anyways lovely to have you back with a stunning card love sassxxxxxxxxxxxx

coops said...

so good to see you back your card, the colours and design are really elegant :D

xx coops xx

June Nelson said...

Hiya me lovely great to see you back even if you dont want to be, lol, pleased you had a wonderful time, ooh and the card is fabby, big huggies June xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wendy said...

Stunning card Viv, glad you had a great time.
Wendy xx

Isobel said...

Fabulous card love the colours. Thanks for joining in at cards galore and best of luck x

Isobel said...

Fabulous card love the colours, thanks for joining in at cards galore and best of luck x

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

i love black :) & bling :) awesome!
thank you so much for joining us gals at charisma!!!

Dilyana said...

Wow, this is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Card Mania Challenge!

NGCARDS said...

Wonderful creation! Thanks for playing along at Charisma! xxx

HappyCrafter said...

This is a beautiful card, so many pretty embellishments combined so well.

Lee said...

LOL,now come on don't tell me you expected SUN or WARMTH when you arrived back hee hee.
Sounds like you did enjoy your holiday.

Love your card soooo elegant.xx

Alessandra said...

wowzer Viv!! this is a stunner, love the lace and the pearl-swirl and the flowers!
Huggles, Alessandra

Bubbles said...

Wow this is fab! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
Joanne x

Vee said...

Wonderful card, love the design and all the bling. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Jan Hennings said...

This is beautiful!

Mau xx said...

Sounds like you had a fab time Viv and I wouldn't want to be here either :0 I am only glad we have had 3 wonderful sunny days but nights are certainly chilly.
Love the card, the Swirls are just so right for the Chandelier.
Hugs Mau xx

tampatha said...

this is stunning! Wow. I love everything about it, especially your color scheme and just the subtle textures with the lace and pearls. Gorgeous card.
Thanks for joining our challenge at Lollipop Crafts this week. Hope to see you again!
Tammy DT

toscania-art-life said...

Beautiful and elegant card!

~Jeri~ said...

Awesome project!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Us Crazy!
Hope to see you joining us again soon!!

Teresa said...

This is gorgeous xx

Jan Ltc said...

Love these Viv especially the silver one. xx Jan

scrap joanny said...

wow mega elegant card - perfect for us challenge - thanks so much for playing with lollipopcrafts- hugs Joanna

Sue W said...

Viv this is one very elegant card!