Monday, 4 February 2019

Love is everywhere..... except in my kitchen!

As currently the house is in a state of disarray🙈🙈 (no kitchen - just a bare concrete floor and re-plastered walls, no electrics, no water, nothing, zilch), I have had to spend the weekend sat in what little uncluttered space was left on the top floor.
There was me thinking that I would be able to come back from our little break (more on that at the bottom of the post) and be able to not find white cement dust everywhere..... WRONG!!!  The lounge has the old kitchen table and chairs in it, the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms turned into store rooms and the top floor the same, so surrounded by glasses, pans and the like (did ALL that stuff actually come out of the old units???) I made some room on my craft desk.

CAS Mix Up's challenge this month is 'Dimensional Dies' and although I hate mess anywhere else except the craft table, I managed to find enough spark of imagination to come up with this card. 

Coveted this stitched die for a while and was very happy when I returned home at the weekend to find it waiting for me!
I stamped the back panel in Versafine Smokey Grey Ink as I thought black may be too stark. The stamp I used is a very old one and as I removed it from it's wood backing a long time ago have no idea whose make!

The heart die cut was triple embossed with 'Red Tinsel'.  It glittered quite well but had a slightly rough finish to it, so gave it the Glossy Accents treatment!
Very pleased with the way it turned out when dry. Here's a close up.

Added it to the little stamped panel with some foam pads and then die cut the 'string'.
I hooked the little curl of the string around the word die and simply stamped to finish.
(Dimensional Dies/Stamping/Embossing)
Quite happy with the way it turned out all things considered!
Sharing  at
Allsorts - Love
CUYL - Love
JUGS - Love
JOS#2 - Glimmer/Red/Heart
Country View- Black/White + One
MTTC - All you need is Love
Time Out - Inspired by the hearts on the pic (to see it please go to their BLOG
And finally - a great week away with some really good friends, lots of food/drink and a bit of bowling thrown in!
4 years on from first winning this trophy we managed to do it again last week!  A lovely end to a lovely week.
Can only hope that in another 10 days time the kitchen also has a lovely ending!

Sorry this has been a picture heavy post! Hope all is well with you all - and thanks for visiting me today! x

37 comments:

Carole said...

LOVE, LOVE,LOVE this card Viv! It's fabulous and LOVEly!! LOVE everything about it (can you tell?). Kitchen?...hmm...considering at this end this year but it sounds like a nightmare! Like you I hate mess, I loath having workmen in the house...th eonly saving grace it is an excuse not to clean!..lol Have a good week and Congrats on winning your trophy again. xx

Susan Joyce said...

Loving your glittery red heart Viv and your soft subtle background. Thanks for playing along this month at CAS Mix Up.

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card Viv

Anne

Loll said...

This is AMAZING, Viv! LOVE the soft stamped background behind your sweet stitched window frame. The glossy heart really shines and pops against all the white space. Fantastic design. Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Krafty Kaylin said...

very lovely card. thanks for joining us at JOSTTT!

Jane Allmark Amethystarcrafting said...

Beautiful heart detail with the glossy accents. Lovely card. Thanks for joining in the challenge at JOSTTT002 x

Pia S said...

What a brilliant design and concept. The glittery glossy heart adds just the right amount of color.

Sarah Keerie said...

A lovely card Viv :) Thanks for joining in the challenge at JOSTTT002

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous CAS card love the sparkly heart and smokey grey background--I feel for you with the kitchen-been there done that and the memory is still real!!!
Congrat on winning the trophy again
Carol x

Meggymay said...

It is a beautiful, stylish and romantic card Viv.
I hope your kitchen will be completed for you soon. These jobs do take over all the house, but you will soon have your lovely new room.
Yvonne xx

Mac Mable said...

Sorry to hear about your continued kitchen dilemma Viv....Hang on in there, it will be worth it. I would hate the mess and dust too.
Congratulations with the bowls x
Your card is CAS perfection. The stamping in the grey looks soft and so pretty and the die cut frame, frames your card beautifully. The pop of red and the glitter looks all sparkly and pretty and love how you've hung the sentiment from the twirl of the 'string' x. Wonderful addition to The CAS Mix Up Gallery....Thank you x.

Kathleen said...

A super CAS card, like the cut out die and the sparkly heart.
Sounds like you are living a bit of a nightmare at the moment but at least you had a good result on you week away.
Thank you for joining our 'Love' challenge this week at Allsorts.

Kath x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the pop of red heart against the neutral. Thanks for joining in at JUGS.

Ina G said...

Simply stunning! Love the stitched die cut which showcases that beautiful background and blingy glossy heart.Love the die cut sentiment angle and the simple you stamping. A beautiful card Viv. Thanks so much for sharing at Just Us Girls this week.

Mrs A. said...

Love the little sparkly heart. Very elegant. Hugs Mrs A.

aussie aNNie said...

Romantic and beautiful card Viv, lovely photo as well.x

Evelyn S. said...

Your card is elegant and beautiful!

Susan Simpson said...

Love all the little details on this card and I'm a bug fan of white too! Thanks for joining us on #JOSTTT002

papierelle said...

So beautiful and perfectly CAS. Love it!!

brenda said...

What a really lovely creation Viv, thanks so much for joining in with our 'Love' them at Allsorts challenge.

B x

Lynne said...

Fabulous card Viv, love that stitched die ( another one for the wish list)We had our kitchen done a couple of years ago so I can feel your pain. Believe me it will all be worth it when it's finished X

Mervi said...

Fabulous card, great design and glitters!
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

Angie McKenzie said...

Such a beautiful card, Viv! Love the touch of string that you twirled between the heart and word diecut to compliment the stamped swirled background.

Laura's Craft Closet said...

This is a lovely card, and I like the detail on the heart! Good luck on finishing your kitchen. Glad you were able to make room on your craft table! Thank you for playing along at Crafting By Designs! --DT Laura

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful heart, Viv! I love how it takes the stage with the subtle stamping and white die cut love hanging from the string! Hope your kitchen is finished soon and worth the wait! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Aquarius said...

A really super card and I'm sure making it has helped you keep sane while all the disruption is going on around you. Well done for finding yourself a crafty space amongst the general turmoil.

Andrea said...

What a beautiful card. Thank you so much for joining in the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge for February. I love your interpretation of the line you chose and as the designer of the challenge this month I'm so happy to see the way all of the projects turned out. It's great to see people joining in with us too. Andrea from craftylittleblog.com

Linby said...

Well despite the chaos you have created a beautiful CAS card. Love the heart.
Congrats to you and your team for wining the trophy.

thanks for sharing at Allsorts too.
L x

Karen Dunbrook said...

cute card...
Sure you will be happy to have your kitchen done!!
x Karen

Lisa Kind said...

Lovely card! Great choice using the gray ink...it looks beautiful! Thanks for playing our Just Us Girls and Time Out challenges!

Fiona said...

This is absolutely gorgeous - and a great use of the grid for Joy of Sets. I love that little bit of string added to the word - making the heart look like a balloon - thanks for joining us at JOSTTT and hope to see you again next month.

Sue said...

This is really lovely Viv, so elegant, and that stitched die is beautiful! Thank you so much for joining in with my challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

Anita in France said...

What a luscious, shimmery heart, Viv ... so fabulous against that almost lacy, dreamy grey background stamping! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous project ! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at Country View Challenges !
Corrie x

Jane said...

I'm glad you found a gap to craft! This is such a gorgeous card and perfect for our black and white or black, white and red challenge over at County View xx

Nicky Leighton said...

So simple and beautiful. I love the glossy accents on the heart! Thanks for joining the challenge

Sandra Mastello said...

Just gorgeous! I think that heart is my favourite! Thanks for joining us at JOSTTT!!