Monday, 26 September 2011

Wild Orchid Challenge

I blinked and lost the weekend lol.  I had such great plans to get so much done and did it?  Did I heck as like.  Oh well, I should know by now NOT to make plans for my free time!!

This week’s Wild Orchid Challenge is Make it Sparkle with Stars.  Please do take a peek at the DT’s fab creations, and be prepared to be dazzled by all the sparkly bling!!  For my card today the stars are on those little cuties’ dresses.  The stamp – All in a row – is from Lili of the Valley’s newest release, aren’t they just too stinkin’ cute!!


The paper is last year’s Memory Box Mistletoe, still one of my faves!!  I think the sentiment is from a set of Jayne Nestorenko stamps from last Christmas.  The satin ribbon, new lace, trellis rose, 20mm roses, 15mm roses, 10mm roses, cherry blossoms and tulips have all been given the German Glass Glitter treatment and all the products can be found at Wild Orchid Crafts.

I am loving this olive green colour combo right now, and so easy to achieve with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  Colours used are:
Skin: E11, E00, E000, R20
Hair:  E31, E51, E50
Reds: R29, R24, R22, R20
Greens: YG97, YG95, YG93, E81
Golds: YR24, UR21, Y11


This week’s Quick Flick video will be on the Ideas to Inspire blog this afternoon if you want to pop across to take a peek.

Oh and before I forget (again!!) I was sent a 3M Pink Advanced Tape Glider to review.  Now I have an ATG gun that I didn’t really get along with as it was such a faff to change the tapes and I don’t do faff.  So, with not a little trepidation, I opened the box and read the instructions and managed to get the tape in and working in under 30 seconds.  Believe me that’s F1 speed for me, I don’t do technical and have no patience, so I was well impressed. 

The tape is nice and narrow and is strong enough to hold ribbon and tape in place at the back of the card.  Up till now I have been using Scor Tape or red line tape but will be using the Tape Glider from now on.

Soooo, 5 stars thumbs up from me, I love it – especially as it’s PINK!!!



  1. You are right Bev they are so cute and love the backing paper youve used goes so well.Great star touches.Tape gunlooks interesting as I sometimes have a job to get the backing off double sided tape ....Enjoy your week.

  2. Hi Bev a stunning card and so cute. Thanks for the review on the tape glider, it's on my long list of things to get and nice to hear a review of another crafter hugs maxine x

  3. Your card is awesome as always Bev, I too love this colorcombination, so it was just my type too. It´s really awesome.
    Thanks soo much for the reviw of the glueglider. I have been wanting one for long, but been a little holding back as they´re so expensive, and was afraid the same, as you say here. especially as I have tryed some of the small onetime ones, we can get, and they never work very well and often the taperolls brake and thenn you can´t put it together again and it´s too much waste on them and they´re sooo expensive, so I´m also always usiing the rolls of red tape or the ones we cut ourself, but it would definately save a lot of time, if I could find one, that was really working well and not too expensive to get refills for either.

  4. What a gorgeous X-mas card. Love the colour combo. Thanks for the review. It looks good, at this moment I am just working with roles of double sided tape and cut them by hand in needed pieces. Hugs.

  5. You card is really charming. The colouring is stunning (I'm a little bit envious of you!)
    Great always!
    Have a wonderful week.
    xoxoxo Eulalia from Italy

  6. Чудесная открытка! мнеочень нравится штампик!

  7. Your card is stunning Bev, Love the image it is soooo cute!! and you have coloured the girls in so beautifully!!

  8. hiya sweetie
    amazing card hunni
    i just love pink to, so that machine would be perfect and easy
    hugs angelique

  9. I LOVE these colours and what a cute bunch of girlies, lovely card

  10. Hi Bev
    love love love your card.
    I TRIED to buy this stamp at the Ally Pally BUT and there is a BIG BUT as I was trying to get to the counter to purchase one, a foreign lady (either swedish or dutch), knocked into my arm/shoulder with her VERY large backpack, I was almost knocked to the ground with the force of it, and she didn't even apologise. It was hurting so much I had to leave the show, & go back to the car. The strange thing is I had been very aware of this person on the way round, because she had knocked into several people, BUT I just didn't see her coming, perhaps it would have been safer for me to have ordered off their website.
    Sandra (craftynan)

  11. I love, love, love your card!!!

  12. Goodness Miss Bev, this is soo Darned Adorable! Love the Sweet LOTV image and your coloring is just Fabulous! Your dp's and Pretty Pretty Roses are just perfect too! Thanks so much for the inspiration! 8-)


  13. Hi Bev. Really beautiful card. Love the traditional Christmas colours, sweet image and nice layout. Donna

  14. What a lovely card (again!). The stamp is supersweet, realy adorable!

  15. WOW Bev this card is so gorgeous. Colours fabulous.Puts me in the mood for Christmas. Big Hugs Sheila H.

  16. Beautiful card!
    Great colours!
    Greetings Mieke'S

  17. Awww, this is just gorgeous x

    hugs sally x

  18. Such a stunning card Bev. Love the papers and the way you have coloured the beautiful stamp in.


  19. Hi Bev

    Your card is beautiful

    Have a great week

  20. WOWZER! Bev, this card is gorgeous and that image is nothing short of stunning! Fantastic colouring and gorgeous colour choices! Lucky you getting to review the ATG .. it's still on my wish list!!
    Hugs, Danielle

  21. I love this stamp and the way you colored it. the card is pretty. Hope to purchase it very soon.

  22. Gorgeous card, loving the new LOTV Christmas release, well all of them really! Jane x

  23. Oh yes this is too cute lol love that image and those papers well those should never of been cut!!
    I have an ATG and love would never go back to the old way now although when the tape runs out I do hand to my hubby because if you pull it off the wrong way you get into all sorts of trouble.
    Kim xXx

  24. So beautiful card Bev,
    I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers and the details.
    Hugs Trudy

  25. Super card Bev so christmasie, love it.

  26. Bev this is a stunning card 3 girlies so well coloured and the finish is great love the backing coloured paper so good for a xmas card have fun take care Doris

  27. Schitterende kaart Bev,super stempel,mooi ingekleurd.
    Heel mooi papier en details.

    Liefs Riet.

  28. what a lovely card I want all the LOTV stamps but will have limit myself to 2-3 well maybe 5-6 at the NEC

  29. Cute card for Christmas and interesting tape gun. MEdna

  30. What a lovely card Bev, the image is so cute and your colouring is beautiful!
    Hugs Jacqueline

  31. What a lovely card. I just love the image you've used.
    I love my ATG and use it all the time.

  32. An amazing card - this image is on my wish list for the NEC

  33. Fab card Bev! The LOTV stand was easily accessible on Sunday at Ally Pally but I do sympathises with the commenter who was side swiped by a selfish backpacker. Despite saying trolleys were banned, some still managed to get theirs in, along with backpackers - and it did present hazards. I know you can't do anything about it so why am I whining on :(

    Anyhows, I've got the pink ATG gun and just love it! If you get stuck remembering how to change the tapes there are tutorials on the web - also, worth remembering that sometimes the glue will 'ball' a bit - especially on thinner papers and can cause humps and bumps if not checked and picked off before sticking down! Di xx

  34. Brilliant as always, love those little dancing girls, they are adorable.


  35. I love my ATG gun! It definitely has a learning curve but once you get it down it is awesome and I couldn't live without it. It took me half the time to put together a scrapbook last week and it's big enough not to get lost :)

  36. You'll love your ATG!!

    Gorgeous card, those 3 are so precious!

  37. Super card Bev - I love the shades you have used.

    Have fun with your new toy.

    Toni xx

  38. Awe.... Awesome work. Beautiful paper! The tape gun looks neat! I'll have to look for it.
    Have a fun week!

  39. Beautiful cards always, I can't wait to see what you come up with everytime. I wish I had your talent.

    You'll love your ATG gun, I have 3 - yes 3. I wouldn't be without one. I'll give it a 120 thumbs up.

  40. Fab card Bev
    I had a look at Michaels for the tape glider very expencive
    Hugs Harma

  41. Hi Wow these are so cute coloured !! Absolutely lovely !! Tape gun sounds fab too thanks for sharing your advice is so great for us crafty bloggers !! Kitty ;0)

  42. This card is so cute, just makes me want to go stamp a bunch of stamps and color them up. Great job! Tape gun is nice, but I can't imagine nicer than the ATG, I love mine. But something easier to load, well that might be an idea! Thanks for the review!

  43. Bev this is just beautiful! Your colours are so rich and that image is adorable! LOVE IT!
    ...hoping you'll be in Cardiff on Saturday ;)

    Carol x

  44. Wow - a great card for Christmas you have made! Love the color-combo and the image - so cute!
    Hugs Kjersti


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