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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Merry & Bright - Simon Says Stamp DT

 Hello lovely peeps,
If like me you have been eagerly awaiting your Magnolia Fall stamp club I hope it's arrived :)
I was one happy girlie yesterday when mine landed on the porch floor, I haven't got around to stamping any of them or even cutting them out yet but I'm just happy it's here lol.
Today is my baby boy's 25th Birthday, I'm not quite sure how he got to be that age when I am so young lol, Happy Birthday baby boy xxx

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

 Today's card has been created using some of Simon's gorgeous new Holiday Release goodies, the snowflakes, sentiment, snowflake stamps, and the falling snow stencil (linked at the end of my post).
I confess this is the first time I have used a mask to create a background (shocking I know lol), I did have a few attempts with inks but wasn't happy with the results so my eyes started to wander around my craft room while having a think about how I was going to play with the stencil and I spotted a tub of Glitter Snow so thought I'd give that a try and I love the result :) Unfortunately the dimension of the falling snow isn't showing very well in my piccy's but trust me it looks lovely :)
 The copic colours I've used are -
Tilda - skin - E11, E00, E000,R12, hair E44, E43, E41, dress - RV95, RV93, RV91, shoes, W4, W2, W0, present - C3, C1, C00 / R85, R83, R81
Piglet - E15, E13, E11, E00, E000, E95

Here is a couple of close up shots of Simon's beautiful new Kate & Eliza snowflake dies & "Falling Snow"  stencil used with Glitter Snow.

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

Some of you may have seen these photo's on facebook & I love them so much I want to share them on my blog too :)
Saturday would have been Jamie's 19th birthday so we were with his family & friends having a drink in Jay's memory & wishing he was still here with us & Jodie suddenly stood up & ran to stand opposite the pub doors & then froze! Jode said after she thought she saw someone in camouflage clothing walk past the window and .....
 she was right she did, a truly wonderful thing happened, Zak walked in the pub, he had returned home from Afghanistan safe and well.
His regiment flew home that day & as soon as he was allowed to leave camp he jumped straight in a taxi for a two hour trip home & straight into Jodie's arms :)
 Jodie was literally shaking & crying with relief that her boy was back home safe with her & when she eventually let her grip go on Zak & he got chance to put his bags down we all moved in for a hug lol. Those happy tears Jodie shed had us all in tears too, & we are all so very thankful that Jodie's little hero is home safe & that a day tinged with sadness turned out to be an amazingly happy one :)
Thanks for stopping by


  1. Mandy, this is very pretty!

  2. Hey Mandy! Wonderful card! I love the pretty image! I also love the photo's you shared with us! So sweet! xo

  3. Gorgeous card Mandy :-) Tilda is very cute and all the details are fabulous ! I have a tub of that glitter snow and will have to use it now !! :-)
    Lovely photo's too :-) I am sure it was a very emotional day for everyone ,,, so glad it ended with such happy news :-)

    and glad your Tilda's arrived too :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. fab card Mandy, love the colors and gorgeous snow effect!

  5. Happy birthday to your boy! Kids do grow fast, don't they?
    What a lovely surprise for Jodie! I can see in the pictures she was overwhelmed to see Zak. It's really wonderful!
    And your card is wonderful too. You did an amazing job with it!
    Hugs! xx

  6. What a GORGEOUS card, Mandy - must have those snowflakes!!!!! But the rest of your post today really warmed my heart - thanks so much for sharing these pictures !!

  7. Oh Mandy!!! What a happy day for your family, you all deserve it! Your card is just amazing!!! Love all the snowflakes and gorgeous colouring. Hugs, Brigitte

  8. A fabulous card Mandy - I love the design and colour scheme. Tilda is just adorable and I love the gorgeous details!!!

    Heather xx

  9. Tilda and the little piggy are so cute and I love the gorgeous colour scheme and papers. Stunning embellies also.
    What a lovely story your shared with us Mandy and love the pictures.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  10. Wonderful day for you then! Loved the card and snowy embellishes :)

  11. Stunning card! Love the neutral background with the pop of pink, gorgeous!

    And how lovely for Jodie to have her boy surprise her like that. We also have family members in the forces so I know how stressful it can be for everyone! Glad he made it home ok. x

  12. I did see these photos on FB and I was nearly in tears myself what an emotional time so glad for you all he is back safe and sound. I love your card too so pretty as always Mandy Wonderful work sweetie hugs Rebekah xx

  13. Gorgeous creation, as ever, Mandy! Love that sweet Tilda, great background technique and stunning embellishments!

    And what a lovely ending to a very emotional day! Hugs, Lisa x

  14. Stunning card - I absolutely love your snowy background.
    What fabulous photos - I bet there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
    Caroline xxx

  15. Gorgeous card, really love the background and what a lovely story to go along with your post! I always love to hear stories about soldiers coming home safely. It makes my heart happy :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  16. Pretty card, wonderful story.

  17. Love the decorative elemrnts on this card.
    Wonderfully made ​​and lovely-presented
    I love it.

  18. Gorgeous card Mandy!! Wow!

    What a lovely moment and pics!! Made my eyes tear up!!

    And how do you have a 25 year old?? You look 25 yourself!! :)


  19. Ahhh what a lovely happy story ! My hubby used to be in the Royal Navy and was out in the Gulf many years ago - I remember this feeling well when he came home safe and sound.

    Love your beautiful card Mandy x

  20. What a wonderful moment captured on camera, you must make scrapbook pages :o)
    Jackie xx


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