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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Choo Choo ! - Simon Says Stamp DT & A Fond Farewell

 Good afternoon lovely peeps,
I've decided it's time to make a few changes in my life & as you know I have been struggling with my mojo for a little while, I don't know what I've done to upset it it but that darn mojo keeps on leaving me lol. That said it's with me at the moment I am thrilled to say & I'm keeping a tight hold on it lol, but I have made the difficult decision  to step down from my Totally Tilda & Addicted To Stamps DT's. I would rather do one DT well that scrape by doing 3 not very well, & it will allow me more time for my Simon Artist Group & to get cracking on the orders I have for Christmas cards & gifts & I do love Christmas crafting :) 
A huge thank you to all my lovely Totally Tilda & Addicted To Stamps teamies I have really enjoyed my time with you all & have been on both DT's right from the start so it really was a tough decision to make xxxx

On to today's card -
& this week our challenge is

My lovely teamies & I are featuring Clearly Besotted & or Nest & Tangled products on our creations this week. If you have any we'd love to see them but as always it's not compulsory to enter our challenge.

As you will see on our challenge blog this super cute train was a popular choice amongst our DT :)
I have stamped & die cut the little train & smoke and then adhered them with foam pads for a little added dimension, the clouds have been created by die cutting some of Simon's flat bottom clouds and using them as a template with distress ink (all linked at the end of my post).

As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a $50 voucher for the fabulous 
Simon Says Stamp
Don't forget to visit the new SIMON SAYS STAMP STORE BLOG  for lots of fabulous inspiration, candy, and lots of  lovely new or featured products.
 Simon Says Stamp Blog
I'm entering my card in the following challenges - 
Make It Monday - anything goes

I have been a busy girl playing with some of Simon's gorgeous new Holiday release products which I will be sharing over the next few days & would you believe I've even had my first play at using stencils!
Thanks for stopping by


  1. I'm sure it wasn't easy to make the decision Mandy but you are soo right. In Holland we say that everything with "TO" is not good so better 1 DT-job filled with joy than the pain of struggling with 3!!!! Your card is the cutest!!!!

    xx Irene

  2. Well, Mandy, I must say, I never saw a card that you made that had no Mojo in it!! Your cards are always drop dead gorgeous! And this one is no exception! Just amazing!! You rock, girlie!!


  3. Fun card, Mandy! I love the train and the colors you used! :) xo

  4. Gorgeous background sky, Mandy, and I love this sweet train - how fun to see how each of you used it!

  5. Such a wonderful masculine card. Love the dimension on the train smoke puffs.
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  6. Gorgeous card Mandy,, this set was popular this week haha :-) The colours really remind me of the old western movies and the stars and stripes are a perfect touch :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. Gorgeous card, Mandy - very different to your usual style, but I absolutely love it. Love the blue/kraft/white colour combination, the gorgeous inked cloud background and all that lovely zig-zag stitching.

  8. so cute card, love this little train!
    taks card

  9. Tis a lovely, sob sob, card Mandy. sob sob. Lovely colouring, sob sob, as usual. I shall be so so, sob sob, very sorry to see you sob sob, leave Totally Tilda, sob sob as we have both been there from day 1. The place, sob sob, just won't be the same without sob sob you.
    Missing you sob sniff sob, already lovely lady. sob sob sob
    hugest warmest hugs
    Dawn sob sob sob sob

  10. Mandy, this is adorable! Love the colors you used, and that sky is gorgeous. :) Best wishes with your new decision.. I know it can be hard. HUGS! :) xo

  11. So cute, love that little train x

  12. Love this card and SB products but so different to your usual creations. I can't believe you are stepping down from Totally Tilda, it must have been such a hard decision for you to make. HUGS and LOVE Berni x

  13. Oh wow absolutely gorgeous and really awesome image too x

  14. Such an adorable card! Love that it is a complete scene with ground and sky too. Great train! All the best as you make some changes in your creative life, I don't know how you could juggle so much! You are truly talented, and your mojo is still intact! Looking forward to seeing what you continue to create

  15. What an adorable card Mandy! Just so lovely!
    I hope the mojo sticks with you this time! I can imagine what a difficult decision this must have been for your! But I do hope we still get to see some Magnolia card, I really love them too!

  16. Love your gorgeous card Mandy, love these stamps and love the great papers you have used. X

  17. I will miss you terribly Mandy!!!! Like I already said, you cannot make a less than perfect card! You are so talented and I will keep coming and seeing what you're up to. Gorgeous card, awesome for a little boy, or a big one, lol!!! hugs, Brigitte

  18. Love your gorgeous card, never thought of making wheels.
    Do understand where you coming from.

  19. A gorgeous card sweetie!
    So perfect for those boy cards ♥
    Sad to read you are leaving your teams, but I totally understand your decision too. Crafting is about fun and just enjoying what you do and sometimes you just have to take a step back and breathe a bit :)
    Take care sweetie and have a wonderful end of the week
    Hugs, Jill

  20. Diese wunderschöne Karte kann ich mir gut zur Geburt einen kleinen Jungen vorstellen,
    lg Ulrike

  21. What a marvellous card Mandy! You will be missed by the DT's you have left I'm sure :) xxx

  22. Pardzo beautiful work.
    Wonderfully made ​​and lovely-presented
    I love it.

  23. Perfect card Mandy, love the clouds and awesome stitched layers! I'm sure your decision to leave those DT's was really tough but sometimes pressure is no good for Mr Mojo and at the end of the day is still has to be fun!
    Still love your work no matter what DT you're on :)
    Hugs Nicola xxx

  24. Is that stamp and dies.. How Cute!.. Lovely Design.. a Perfect card for a little boy! :o) Love the Colors and your Perfect sewing!!! - My sewing does not look like that! :o)

  25. this is such an awesome card-love all the layers, details and stitching!!

  26. Hi Mandy, super boys card, brill train and fab clouds, love it.
    Never seen a dip in your mojo hun, always wonderful creations. You will b missed for sure.
    Hugs Sue W.

  27. Hi Mandy what a gorgeous card for a little lad, I love the colour choice and the card design is just stunning. hugs Shirleyxxxx


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