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Friday 2 August 2013

Sweet Sparkle

Good morning :)

I have a card to share that I actually made a few weeks ago, but I was waiting for it to make it's journey across many miles to reach it's final destination.

*sigh* I love this image and these papers ♥
Sweet Sparkle is of course designed by the amazingly talented Sylvia Zet and she's available as a rubber stamp HERE or as a digital image HERE.
She's coloured, as always, with a mix of DI re-inkers and markers.
Purples and pinks are colours I use often but on their own, not together, but this was in homage to my friend, (and my hero) as it's a favourite colour combo of hers.

I used lots of birthday goodies on this new Lil' Inkers stitched circles dies, Maja Design Sofiera papers, Simon Says tilted banner die and sentiment, and those little enamel dots.
Thank you to all my friends, for all my lovely're the best ♥

I have a lovely weekend planned! The hubby is working away in Wales and won't be home until Sunday evening or even Monday. The boy just sleeps away his days, as does the cat, so it's like being home alone. 
And I plan to spend some time in my craft room (sort of praying that no visitors turn up!)
After all, I deserve it! Especially after this morning's trauma!
We were broken in to a couple of years ago, on a Saturday morning between 7 and 8am. Phil had bobbed into work and left home at 7 and discovered the burglary on his return an hour later. I was traumatised because I'd slept through it, blissfully unawares upstairs in my bed.
Since then, I've become slightly obsessed with security, but especially when Phil's working away.

Phil left early this morning while I was still asleep, but I woke up to the sounds of the bin men crashing and banging around outside, and I did wonder what on earth they were doing to make so much noise, they don't usually wake me up. So I might as well get out of bed, and make myself a cuppa. Halfway down the stairs I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of the front door...wide open.
Jeez but I thought my heart was going to explode, it was banging so hard!
We'd been broken into again? Is there someone still in my house??
Nope, someone had left the door wide open on his way out this morning!! No wonder I thought it was so noisy outside.
I deserve a crafty weekend just to recover from the shock of it all!
(and I deserve some online shopping to ease the pain of my distress)

Thanks for looking


  1. oh need to kick Phil up the bum for leaving that door open...somebody could have stolen you!! You totally deserve a weekend of crafting and you might even need to treat yourself too...hope no visors turn up as you say.

    Fab card as always too.

    Have a good one.


  2. Wow Elaine, what a cutie! Lovely papers and the sweetest image!

  3. Beautiful card Elaine, gorgeous image so beautifully coloured. I think you deserve your weekend too and I think your husband should leave you his credit card for the online shopping spree too!!
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    caz x

  4. What a sweetie. So nice colouring.
    Nice weekend.

    Hugs, Astrid.

  5. This is just gorgeous,love the

  6. Oh yes you do need a crafty weekend to recover!!!!! How very scary!!!! I bet he felt so bad when you told him what he did though. Yikes!
    Oh sweet Elaine, this card is so super beautiful! Perfect color combination that would make anyone swoon!!!!!!!!!!!!! That coloring of your though is soooooo utterly perfect! Gorgeous in every way!!! I LOVE IT TO BITS!!!!! Thanks for being such a great friend!
    Hugs from Texas, Dena

  7. A beautiful card with your new goodies, love that banner.....I think you need a LOT of shopping with someone else's card LOL........must admit, I get very nervy as well because of past experiences
    Have a good weekend in your craft room
    Tilly x

  8. I'm glad it wasn't a break in but I'm not surprised your heart was beating away - I could feel the adrenaline just reading about your experience. I do hope you have a lovely crafty time over the weekend. Love the way you really echoed those papers with your colouring.
    Paula (PEP)

  9. beautiful card Elaine love these Wee images
    jacqui x

  10. so stunning elaine.gorgeous sweet image and i love your colouring and beautiful design :D
    must of been very scary for you this morning, i bet your hubby will be in bad books now.

    xx coops xx

  11. Absolutely stunning card Elaine - I love it! Well, no wonder you were traumatized at the mornings events - I think I probably would have had a heart attack and fallen down the steps! I hope you have a wonderful, crafty, quiet weekend :)

  12. OMG Elaine, I think I would've died on the spot....he will have to pay for have all week-end to plan how much it will cost
    Your card is beautiful and I am sure whoever it went to was delighted with it.....
    Have a fun week-end.xx

  13. Elaine, she's beautiful. Stunning colouring and gorgeous papers.
    Have a lovely weekend

  14. Hallo Elaine,
    eine ganz bezaubernde Karte hast du da gebastelt Papiere und Motiv sind ein Traum,
    liebe grüße Ulrike

  15. This is such a gorgous card Elaine. Love the pink / purple colour combo and fab papers and of course the super sweet Sylvia Zet image.
    Hope you have a good and 'quiet' weekend xx

  16. enjoy your crafty weekend and online shopping missy, the least you deserve!! This is such a beautiful card x

  17. So gorgeous hun....and have a lovely weekend too...:o)

    biggest of hugs Vicky xx

  18. You make me smile in the end Elaine. Just do it - craft and shop. .o)) Your card is outstanding. Love your color combination, so adorable and paper is gorgeous!!!

  19. Oh dear - what a terrible shock!

  20. Just love your colouring Elaine. Really pretty :-)

  21. For a shock like that Elaine, I think you need to get online first and purchase a few crafty items. Greatest medicine! Love your ard and your colouring is stunning. Gorgeous design too. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  22. Gosh what a morning, I think that deserves a mega shopping trip myself!!!! Enjoy your peaceful weekend. Take care, Ann-Marie xxx

  23. Sorry, meant to also say your card is adorable such beautiful colours and I love the butterflies. Take care, Ann-Marie xxx

  24. Oh no Elaine...this is horrible. I am so sorry for you. I just don't understand people like that? Your card is awesome! Hope you have a better rest of the weekend.
    Hugs and prayers

  25. Hi Elaine, oh my! your gorgeous cards make me sigh too, thank goodness I would never have to judge which one I like the best. This one's a stunner mind you, so cute and all these lovely butterflies and papers. You must have been really scared to think someone was in your home again, brave you going downstairs! It must be awful knowing that some one has been in your home while you are still sleeping in bed, how awful that they leave people feeling that way. Yes you do deserve some me time and some online shopping therapy. Enjoy your weekend, I hope the sun shines and you win something on that lottery... Trish

  26. Hi Elaine, Love your image and accessories, those butterflies are gorgeous.
    I agree that you need some retail therapy due to the shock of your ordeal.
    Hugs SarahSx

  27. OMG i think I'd have had a heart attack there and then Elaine... and Phil..... GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

    Gorgeous card as always....loving your beautiful DI colouring... and oooh the Li'l Inkers circle mat!! I haven't used mine much yet... what's the matter with me? Lol!

    Big Hugs
    Christine x

  28. I was drooling 3 days ago when I first caught a glimpse and I'm still drooling. So pleased to see the papers in use and Sweet Sparkle is one of my favourites and coloured to perfection as always. Love, love, love, love love it Elaine.
    Hugs Tracy x

  29. Oh dear Elaine!! You poor thing , you must have got a terrible fright!! I remember reading your blog post when you were broken into before and it sounded awful. My hubby is really bad for leaving doors unlocked on the house and car....but I am little bit OCD and check everything several times over, luckily for him!! But then again if it was left open when I was asleep , as you were, then there would be nothing I could do about it :(
    Hope you enjoy your Crafty Weekend :)
    Fiona L x
    Oh almost forgot to say how GORGEOUS your card is!! Your colouring is amazing and those papers are to die for :)

  30. This is a lovely card... I love that image... gorgeous. Yes, you definitely deserve some crafting time after your experience... I am one of these people who checks all the doors and windows three times, then still goes back and checks them again... just in case I missed one!!!
    Kim M

  31. Oh my, Elaine, I am so sorry to hear about your break in! That must have been terrible, I got a knot in my stomach just reading about it. :S You totally deserve a weekend of r&r, sweetie. And oooh, I forgot your birthday! We have been painting and then moving the entire summer, so I guess I have a valid excuse, but I still feel bad. Congratulations, I hope your day was swell! Am I totally off track thinking is was in June? 24th?

    Your cars is so stunning! Love the image, her wings just look amazing! Love those big butterfly dies, and the papers are lovely. :)

    Lots of hugs,

  32. Wow, how pretty this little girl is! You've made her look so beautiful on your gorgeous card.
    hugs Yvonne

  33. Elaine! Scared the pants off me just reading about your break in, then your hubby leaving the door wide open! I'd get some mileage out of that if I were you?! ;) Love your card hun, the pink and purple is gorgeous and I love, love, love the new stitched circle die. I was drooling over those dies after seeing some of your previous makes and have managed to pick up the square one and a cute pinwheel! In fact I mentioned you on my blog today in relation to this! Love the gorgeous butterflies too. Big hugs, Wends xxx

  34. Gorgeous card Elaine. The Maja papers are gorgeous (all of them).

  35. Simply gorgeous !!! Your work is always so stunning Elaine & these Wee images couldn't get any sweeter the way you do them ...
    Can't wait to see pictures of your shopping spree after being scared out of your wits you DESERVE it !!!
    Hugs, Janie

  36. Gorgeous card, Elaine. Beautiful colours (my faves too!) Can't believe Phil left the door wide open, he owes you a massive treat to make up for the harm that you could've come to!!!! Hugs, Marie xxx

  37. I missed this the first time but I'm glad I just saw it on Sylvia's blog. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew it was your work. Gorgeous card, Elaine, lovelovelove!!!


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