Thursday, 10 May 2012

Tying the Knot

There are some stamp sets that you see and you just *have* to have.... well, quite a lot of stamp sets in my case, but you know what I mean.  I don't usually buy stamp sets that are for a particular occasion - I like to get more bang for my buck (or, indeed, for my pound) but Love & Laughter in the new Summer Mini was calling out to me.  It is contemporary, stylish, so so elegant and... well... just plain beautiful!  I had to have it.

Here is a card made featuring the beautiful bridal gown:

I started by stamping the dress is Soft Suede ink onto paper vellum and adhering to a piece of gorgeous metallic paper from the Mocha Morning collection.  I spent a long time with different papers on my desk trying to decide which ones worked best together, but once I'd made my mind up, the card was very quick to put together.  I initially tied a bow with the ribbon (now retired - sorry!) but it looked too clunky so, as this is a wedding card, I just had to tie a knot!

Here's a close-up of that magnificent dress:

Stamps: Love & Laughter
Ink: Soft Suede
Card: textured Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Paper: Mocha Morning Speciality Designer Series Paper
Other: pearls, Very Vanilla Velvet Designer Ribbon

I made the card following the rather lovely sketch at Retrosketches and I'd also like to enter this into Top Tip Tuesday's Clean & Simple challenge.  My tip is to consider careful placement of pearls and rhinestones to hide any adhesive when securing paper vellum or acetate... or, even better, use brads!

I mentioned yesterday that we had a busy weekend.  On Sunday afternoon I went down to the village tennis club's open day with an open mind... I have never played tennis before but my husband and I are looking for a summer sport given that the badminton club doesn't restart until October.  After an initial 30 minutes of trying to hold the racket like a badminton racket, I started to get into it.  The courts are lovely, right in the heart of the Lune Valley, and are at the end of a country lane so it was just us, tennis balls, afternoon tea and a spectator pheasant.  Life doesn't get any more British than that really.

Thanks for visiting,


  1. Beautiful card Victoria what a stunning stamped image well done Hugs Elaine

  2. I can totally understand why you had to have's gorgeous, and so is the card you wrapped around it!

  3. Abolutely fabulous ! Very smart ! Evrything in simplicity as I like ! Bravo !

    Hugs from France.

  4. That's gorgeous Victoria! So elegant

  5. Gorgeous and elegant, Victoria! I can also imagine it stamped and heat embossed with gold EP. Love the ribbon and knot.

  6. Beautiful and classy love it! x

  7. Hi, Victoria! This turned out so pretty! LOVE the stamp you used--and the ribbon looks amazing!!! :)

  8. This is a lovely wedding card! I really love the stamp you used & I can see why you had to have it. Good luck with your tennis! I wish I had your energy!!!

  9. So beautiful—love the wedding dress image! So glad you played RetroSketches this week!

  10. Beautiful card Victoria and great stamping on the vellum. xx

  11. Hi Victoria,

    The card is beautiful - the wedding dress with the text is amazing. I usually don't buy event specific stamps either. But sometimes I wish I had just a small collection.....

    Have fun with the tennis. I used to play when I was in high school - loved it.


  12. This card is so young and fresh! Who would've thought that a dress in Soft Suede would be so elegant! You've taught me something, Victoria!

  13. Hi Victoria, hi Socks!!!. Glad to hear you guys are well. Wow what a beautiful card hun. That stamp is indeed lovely. Really love what you have done with it too and your card looks so elegant. Sounds like you had a great time on Sunday!!!. Glad that you are doing better with your health too. Big hugs Clare, Bert & Simone xxx

  14. Hi Victoria , have a lovely weekend Hugs Elaine

  15. stunning, I have to get that stamp set now! Thank for playing along with us at TTT with our Clean and Simple Challenge, good Luck and hope to see you again soon!

  16. Ah yes, I have my eye on this stamp set too, will get it in my next order I think :o) Love your card, it's so elegant and just gorgeous! Hugs, Lisa x

  17. HI Victoria

    This is a beautiful stamp and your card is just awesome - love it.

    Thanks for popping by to see me.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Toodley Pip

    Hazel xx

  18. This is so pretty. The sketch and the papers you've chosen are perfect for the feel of the card. I fancy this stamp set too! x

  19. Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday this CAS challenge and I hope you will join us again this coming Tuesday for our Dig out the Old Challenge!
    Tammy Louise
    I'm sharing some candy if you like to play!

  20. Great C&S card, I love the stamp you used. Thanks for joining the Clean & Simple Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

  21. I love that stamp set Victoria and your card is gorgeous :) Love the vellum too. Sarah x


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