Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Love. . . . . . . .For My Valentine Duck

Good morning one and all. Hope that life is treating you well.
Well, I have made attempts at the pilates and boy do you know you have done it. I decided to do arm, shoulder and neck exercises as I thought that would be less effort. . . . . . . hahaha, how wrong was I ? Felt great afterwards, after doing what seemed like basic stretches but by bed time, I felt like I had been in the ring with Mike Tyson. Heaven knows what you feel like when you've done a full program of it. Perhaps I ought to stick with my old theory that exercise is bad for your health lol !!! I'm sure that I will get used to it in time.

Now for today's card, I have kind permission from Mr Duck to show his Valentine card that I made for him.
Its an 8x8 card base cut from an A3 sheet of white card from Lime Tree Crafts. I cut the largest of the Sissix Heart dies from the front of the card to give an aperture.
Then I cut slightly smaller layers in red PMD card and one of the papers from the Home For Christmas pack (One of our John's favourite packs. . . . . . .in fact, I think he now owns the entire European stock of these paper packs hahaha!!!) as it had all these lovely hearts on it. I stuck this to the red layer, measured it against the base card to line up the heart die to cut through this too.
I cut two smaller hearts from more red card and then cut the SB Medallions One from the centre of them. I then ran them through a Crafts Too Hearts embossing folder. I then stuck them back to back with invisible thread, top and bottom.
The top layers were then foam padded to the base card, lining up the apertures and attaching the invisible thread between the layers so that the red heart dangles and swivels in the aperture.
The flower is made from several hearts cut from the smallest die in the heart set and then all glued together, overlapping and a Creative Expressions pearl in the centre. The flourishes are from the SB Jewel Flowers and Flourishes set.

The final piece de resistance is the wonderful Hobbycutz  "Love" cut out, sent to me by my mui buen amigo John. I had been saving it for Mr Duck's card and I love it (pardon the pun) It started life a sort of burnt brown colour (I'm sure that there's a more technical, if not more flattering term for it) so I daubed it with a Dovecrafts red pigment ink pad and heat embossed it with Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder. I then glued it to the card.

I like the effect the embossing has achieved.

Mr Duck was very pleased with his card but I think he was more pleased with his huge box of Thornton's chocolates and assorted bags of nuts (don't ask but I do mean the edible ones).

Some cards you make just make you grin from ear to ear don't they chaps? This made me grin and I hope it makes you smile too.

Thhaaaaaaats all folks, have a great day.

Ang x


  1. Good morning Ang,
    Brilliant absolutely stunning not surprised Mr Duck was delighted with his "lovely"
    Now Ang please go easy on the exercises Hazel and I are chatting about Birmingham in November and it would not be so good if you were not make everyone smile and laugh. We "need" you friend.
    Have a fantastic day

    Patricia xxx

  2. Hi sweetie...hope some day I can join you exercising :) Love your {{heart}} card, splendid color. Hugs xx

  3. Gorgeous card Ang. Hope you feel OK this morning. xxx

  4. Made me smile as well Ang. Thorntons chocs -yum.
    Take care with exercises.
    Love Val x

  5. Hi Ang,

    Love the card. Would make a bril anniversary card too.

    Much love,

    Shirley T. xxx

  6. Hi Ang, wow! this is gorgeous, well done you. I am sure Mr Duck was as pleased with his card as much as his chocolates and nuts, its just not edible!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  7. Really nice card Ang, take it easy with the Pilates - best stick to sharing chocolates and nuts!! best wishes Jackie

  8. Hi Ang,
    Lovely card, I should think Mr Duck was pleased with it. Now don't over do the Pilates.

  9. Luvly card Mrs Duck and not surprised the OH was pleased with it xx luv the heart suspended in the aperture - fab technique xx take care with the exercises it will get easier!! xx GailT xx

  10. Pilates! You gotta e kidding me!! That stuff will kill you! It is supposed to be really good but I know it is hard to do.
    Your Valentine is so pretty and I know your husband really loved (as he does you!)
    Sandy xx

  11. Ang we are all telling you the same these Pilates are not good for your health. As Patricia has told you we need you fit and well for November. Mr Duck had all right to love his card it's gorgeous and clever you for doing your heart that way. Just about to put one dog up for sale here the young collie is barking his head off for some reason. Roll on going home time, ours doesn't bark thank goodness. Hazel xx

  12. Hi Ang, gorgeous card, no wonder hubby loved it. Like you and John I love that backing paper so useful and not just for Christmas.

    Pilates oh how I hurt just saying that word, tried it once and never again.

    Wilma x x

  13. Truly a gorgeous card, wonderful design Ang, no wonder Mr. Duck loved it.

    Just be careful Ang, especially if your doing these excersies without an instructor.
    Hugs Kate x

  14. Scrumptious card Ang! Oh I used to do Pilates you notice I said 'used' lmaoo huggles Sue xxx

  15. Gorgeous card Ang. I love the cross stitched hearts on the DP. That Love diecut is gorgeous the way you finished it off. Hope your exercise helps you feel better eventually.

  16. Another beautiful creation!!! Very creative!!!

  17. What a gorgeous card absolutely love it!!! Love that heart paper too. Kept up with the gentle exercises they will get easier(or so I'm told lol! Haven't actually done it myself)
    Hugs Sue x

  18. Hi Ang,
    loving your hubsters Valentines card. It's so lovely. Super designing as always.
    To answer you question on my word book, I cut out the letters by hand. I have a set of big letters and number templates so I used them for it. Now some people used a complete book template for these, but I make my own up form the letters.
    I made 7 similar ones 4 years ago for my children for Christmas 4 years ago, but in my excitement I forgot to photograph them silly me.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  19. lOVE it if you will pardon the pun! I know you were saving this for mr d but I didn't realise what a beautiful card you would make with it! I do not own the entire stock just a couple or three packs! John xxx

  20. I won't go down the route of I "love" your card - oops, I just did! Lol! But it really is love-ly and I can understand why Lee love-d it. Enough, no more!!! Suffice to say it is a really great card. Don't over do the exercising!

    By the way to answer your question about Barry Finlay - he is the author of "Kilimanjaro and Beyond" , hence the mountain quote, which is from his book.

    Hugs Christine xx



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