Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sweet Romance and how I store my nesties

Oooh get me, getting all patriotic already and it’s still months to go to the Olympics lol.  I’ve booked 2 weeks holiday off work so I don’t miss a minute of it on the telly.  We would have loved to have gone down to London to see some of the events but with Tony’s surgery looming we didn’t want to chance it.  But the banners will be flying and creamed teas will be the order of the day lol.

So on to my card for today, I have used another of the newest Stampavie stamps, this one is called Sweet Romance and I let the stunning Maja Design papers lead the design of the card. 


I especially love this stamp as I could go to town on the folds on her dress.  I must have spent a good couple of hours colouring this, so relaxing only to be undone by that oval die!!!  OMG I must have cut it half a dozen times and ripped it each time I tried to take it out of the die.  I tried cutting with baking parchment, greaseproof paper, tried rubbing a tumble drier sheet over the card and the die and ended up having to rub a bar of soap over the die just so I could get the wretched thing out.  My paddy really got the better of me on this one!!  BP was through the roof and the air was blue lol.  I had a hissy fit to beat all hissy fits hahaha and doubt I will be using this die set again in a hurry!


Colours used on the image are:

Hat: E53, 51, 50
Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000,  E93 (new colour for cheeks and I love it, so much more natural)
Reds: E29, 27, 24, 22 and Tuscan Red Pencil
Blues: B39, 37, 34, 32 Navy and Cool Grey 90% pencil
Beige: E43, 42, 41, 40 and warm grey 70% pencil
Hair and shoes: E25, 23

Check out those dinky toadstools – LOOOVE them!!  They are from Flourish with a Bling and are just perfect for popping in-between flowers, too cute!  The flowers are all from Wild Orchid CraftsTrellis rose, 25mm rose, 20mm rose, 15mm roses, crochet flowers, stamens.  The metal corner and satin ribbon is also from WOC. 


And the inside is finished off to compliment the front (complete with another of those wretched ovals lol)


And now for some nesties storage.  I store mine on A4 self adhesive magnetic sheets from First4Magnets.  The larger dies I store on A4 sheets which are popped into A4 poly folders and make life so easy as they are all kept in one place and so simple to flick through to find what I am looking for.  And pardon the bits still stuck in the dies, I am a mucky pup lol. Embarrassed smile


And just caught at the bottom of the picture is how I store my smaller dies.  I use the Stamp Pouches from Lili of the Valley and chop the card to fit the pouches then cut down the magnet sheets to fit.  Some sets of nesties I put the magnet back to back so I can still store the complete set including scallops in one pouch, some like the ovals and rectangles I can get them both on the one side. But the other day I discovered the sheets flexible rectangles and dots that I think will work so much better for smaller dies so have ordered some to give them a try.


Back off to work I go, must dash and get ready




  1. Stunning colouring Bev.. love the colours and embellishments are just perfect!!! Beautiful work.. Hugs May x x x x

  2. OMG Bev this card is beyond beautiful! gorgeous colours and colouring and those papers are so yummy, tfs all your amazing creations.
    Hugs Cheryl

  3. What a gorgeous card, I love the folds in her dress.
    hugs Linda

  4. Gorgeous card, love the colours....

  5. Another stunner inside and out. Enjoy the Games.

  6. What a gorgeous card. And thanks for sharing the way you store your dies. It is very helpful.

  7. The appears really are sumptuous and the colouring perfect!

  8. Bev you've made a fab job colouring in the dress it is really gorgeous(and it's good to know I's not just me who has problems with some nesties!)

  9. oh, and for folk whose hands are not so good, I've found it quite easy to select nestie if they are on a piece of magnet backed foam kept inside a heavy gauge plastic CD wallet (with name on top flap) filed in categories in a long 6 inch wide 'really useful storage box' - easy to flick through as these dies get fairly heavy when the collection keeps growing lol Mary G x

  10. This is lovely Bev I just love that backing paper and great idea to store your dies.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous coloring Bev and the image is soooo gorgeous. Really stunning job, even it gave you a few problems or the die did LOL.

  12. Amazing card Bev. Hugs. Lily Anuska

  13. What a lovly card! your coloring is amazing, Bev.

  14. This is a lovely card, beautiful colouring.

    I've just bought those dies!!!

    Jo x

  15. Mega stunning card Bev Im loving those colours. The image is so beautiful too. Another fab creation. hugs xK

  16. Gorgeous card Bev, image is just adorable and beautifully coloured - love the deep red and vivid blue - work so well together. Hugs, Claire x

  17. Gorgeous Bev...amazing colouring, so beautiful.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  18. Hi Bev, FAB card, love everything about it, simply stunning.
    love jan x

  19. Hi Bev,
    Wow your card is so beautiful, the image is wonderful, and the colouring is outstanding.

  20. Beautiful colouring Bev - a lovely card. I store my nesties on magnetic sheets which are attached to a magnetic memo board on the wall. Like the sound of your cream teas and it's not that far from Cramlington to Wallsend..... Pat x

  21. Gorgeous card! So sorry that die gave you so much trouble! Are we going to get cards during the Olympics? ;D

  22. I love everything about this card, the colours, the embellies, the colouring......I got some Zest-it to use with my prismacolour pencils and it seems to work. Have you tried waxed paper in your dies? In this country you need to go to a specialist cake making accessory shop but it really does work. It is quite different to greaseproof and others things we get here in the UK.

  23. love all the rich color and that mushroom is precious. hugs

  24. Great card. Love the bold colors. Like the idea for storing dies. I store mine on 8 1/2 x 11 magnetic sheets, then slip it into a heavy plastic folder and put them in a 3 ring binder. The small ones I do in boxes like you've done. Edna

  25. Sounds like you had a nightmare Lol
    Your card is stunning, love the british colours, brilliant.

    Great way to store your dies.
    I need to get mine in order, i forget what i've got coz there just in my cuttlebug box!!!

    hugs sally x

  26. Absolutely adorable!!! Your colour layout is wonderful and this image is so cute. As always you've colouring of the image is outstanding.
    hugs, Ruth Ann

  27. Stunning card, inside and out, Bev! I love the papers and the darling image! Fantastic coloring!

  28. Stunning card Bev - the image and colours are perfect.

    Working right next door to the Olympic Stadium (Stratford East London is classified as 'the Olympic park') I can assure folk that travel during the Olympics will not be fun - the station can't cope now so watching on the TV will be much less stressful.

    Toni xx

  29. Bev this is just stunning! I love the layout and those beautiful papers. Your colouring is just stunning too! Love the pleats :)

  30. stunning card Bev I love how you've coloured her dress and the oval is so pretty x

  31. This is gorgeous Bev, really love the rich colour combo ~x~

  32. Hi Bev
    A really gorgeous creation, beautiful design and love the colours
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  33. What a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing how you store your nesties.

  34. Wat een schitterende kaart Bev,lief die stempel,zo mooi ingekleurd.
    Heel mooi papier en details.

    Liefs Riet.

  35. Another beauty, Bev!! Love the image and all the embellies!!! Just darling. So sorry you had problems with the
    I can NOT wait for the Olympics!!! I'll have some tea over here right along with you!!!! LOL!!!! It's going to be fun to see all the sights!!!

  36. Another stunning card. I love your colouring pure perfection.
    I get a bit hot under the collar when the bits don't come out of the die as well. But the finished cut is so pretty :)

  37. A gorgeous card in lovely colours and the colouring of the dress is amazing!! hugs, Marlies

  38. Your card is super cute. Looove the folds in her dress. Your colouring is superb!
    Thanks for sharing how you store your dies... I'm looking for a way to store mine.

  39. LOVE love love the card--the colors are awesome, and the dress looks 3D! thanks for the warning on the die--I have that one, too, and was wondering if it was going to be a pain in the behind to pull out the paper. I have gone through a bunch of methods to store my 'Spells' and my latest was something I found on the i-net: Using magnetic cut sheets to hold the dies, I slid them into the mini hanging folders of a Memorex File-n-Store CD/DVD storage box. I've got 80 sets in one box and need to buy one or 2 more boxes yet plus more magnetic sheets. For me, this has been the best solution (so far). They are very compact, and not bulging out of the large magnetic album they were in before this method. Staples Office supplies has the boxes for $14.99--great price for a nice, compact storage solution. They are hanging folders and have spaces to type the die name. 80 dies in a 6.5" x 6.5" x 6" cube...I love it!

  40. OMG Bev, I can't believe those folds in the dress, I wish I could do that. I'm lost for words. Simple stunning xx

  41. This is lovely. Gorgeous card and great storage solution!x

  42. Another gorgeous card as always Bev.
    Wax paper is the way to go with intricate dies Bev, I bought a roll of wax paper from Lakeland, about £7.95 for 82', the die cuts just fall out of the dies, even the very intricate ones.
    Hugs Helen (aka Shepherdess)

  43. Just awesome, Bev- the colouring and shading is just awesome and those papers are delicious- very striking, the red and blue.
    I've just bought those ovals but haven't tried them yet :(


  44. Beautiful card Bev -- the Olympics again already -- time sure does fly. What a fun way to spend a couple of weeks off, you lucky ducky :)

  45. Hi Bev,
    Well I think the sentiment on the card you created says exactly what I think of it 'Perfect'. Layout, colouring, embellishments... all are just perfect.
    A No1 card for me!!
    Linda x

  46. Gorgeous card, hon! Love your coloring. Outstanding job on it.
    I can soooo relate to your problems with taking the cs out of those dies sometimes. It can drive you nutso! LOL

    Thanks for showing how you store your Nesties.

    Huggies ~

  47. People who have never coloured with Copics have NO IDEA how much time and patience it takes to complete an image and using red's is THE most difficult colour. You have once again taken it over the top, Bev ... magnificent.

  48. an amazing card Bev, love the colours. great storage too x

  49. Wow, Bev! You can tell this is your true favorite image to color. Her dress, and his hat, are just colored in a spectacular way! I love the way her skirt looks like rich, thick, velvet. The colors are wonderful. The flowers look so beautiful! This is stunning!

    He IS Able!
    Traci Starkweather

  50. How I love this vintage style!!!


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