Sunday, 20 October 2013


This week has seen friends visiting (days out and lunches!), two other lunches (and travelling to Cumbria and Yorkshire) in the form of Northern Counties Presentations, my own Club presentation night (some polishing of silver and washing of crystal) and today is the Club AGM (lots of minute taking and typing later!) - so before I collapse in a heap I thought it about time that I at least posted SOMETHING!!!

I made this card after being inspired by the hugely talented Sylvia-Anne.
Her CAS cards are so beautiful and I tried this simple method with a Christmas card which I have already shared and thought it would be perfect for a quickie Sympathy card - I don't like making them but it's something we all need....

I used Versamagic 'Pixie Dust' Chalk Ink on the embossing folder.
The card used in the embossing folder was some high quality  bright white stamping card which has a subtle sheen.

Believe me I held my breath as I ran it through!
First attempt and it turned out just fine!

The ink is lighter in places (altho the pic isn't the best) and it gives a fab subtle effect which is just perfect for a 'soft and gentle' card.

I stamped the sentiment in grey ink and cut out with a nestie tag. Raised the middle slightly and popped on a couple of pearls before layering the finished piece onto linen card.
This is the first of several 'Belleek Style' cards  now in my stash -Thank you Sylvia!

Challenges -
Keep It Simple - Be Inspired
CAS(e) -  Challenge 50 (Sketch)
Paper Shelter - 2 Colours
Craft Your Passion - Add some Embossing 

Off to get all the paperwork ready - hopefully the meeting won't take long, then I can come back and catch up with everything that's gone on this week whilst I have been AWOL!!
Have a great day. x


Monica said...

Just so very stunning... loving every bit of it.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Very elegant and pretty Viv, perfect for a sympathy card. Susan x

Jackie said...

What a beautiful card, just perfect for the occasion. I am playing catchup once again :o)
Jackie xx

Sue said...

Stunning card Viv, I love the delicate colour on the embossing and such an elegant design.
Sue xx

Clare said...

Very elegant card and the muted colour wit sympathy is lovely.


Viv, this is so beautiful. The soft Belleek technique combined with the elegant embossing is perfection!
Thanks also for the mention, and the link to my blog - you're a star!
Have a happy week - Sylvia xx

Janie Printz said...

So pretty & thoughtful ... Love the wonderful embossing look. Thanks for entering the challenge this week at TPS ... hugs, Janie

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card, lovey subtle colours.

Kath x

Meggymay said...

Elegant and thoughtful card for a sad occasion.

alethea said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at CYP! HUgsxx

Betty said...

So lovely and I like the embossed background, that pops you sentiment up. Thanks for playing along with us in the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge and hope to see you again.

Unknown said...

Love this CAS card Vic, it's so pretty with the embossing and just that little tag...I would love to try doing CAS, not good at it funny enough...
Yes, the fires are really bad, it is predicted that Wednesday is going to be a bad day and the winds are turning around again causing more issues...maybe the state will not exist in the end...doom and gloom at the

brenda said...

As all you lovely blogging friends left such kind massages last week saying you were fine with copy and pastes while I am not up to a lot of typing, I am popping in to say hello and take a peek at your lovely work.

B x

coops said...

simply stunning viv.really gorgeous delicate design :D

xx coops xx

Lynn said...

Beautiful card Viv - very fitting for the occasion. I very much like your shabby chic project for Crafty Cardmakers too! By the time I have thought what to do the link will have closed, lol. Lynn x

Paper Junkie said...

Sympathy cards are always difficult, but this one is perfect. I've now got to the age where I need a couple in my stash on standby! X

Mau xx said...

This is Beautiful Viv, You do CAS very well. A perfect Sympathy card, elegant and stylish.
Thanks for calling and leaving love.
BTW the housefairy is rubbish, she doesn't turn up!!!...keep your hubby!
Hugs Mau xx

Viv said...

What a beautiful Sympathy card Viv, just love that subtle pink colour ( now I NEED that chalk ink lol). Such a pretty e/f too, and that die is fabulous..........infact it's all just fabulous Viv :) Viv xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Viv love the inking idea of you embossing folder...perfect card for such a sad occasion.