Friday 5 February 2021

Floral Heart Birthday


I recently took part in a Win It Wednesday giveaway over on the Uniko blog and the prize was 3 sets of Love themed stamps. One of my absolute crafting heroes Hannelie Bester from Desert Diva is a brand ambassador for them and had made some really lovely cards with them. I very rarely take part in those kind of giveaways but I am really glad I did as I only went and won! Just look at the beautiful Happy Mail I received yesterday and a lovely little note from Bev ☺

The set I have used today is Always and Forever. I really liked the heart with the flower in as I knew I had the perfect paper to go with it. Now I am not the best of stampers so was a little nervous of the solid background not stamping but my Tim Holtz stamping platform came through once again. I have to say that it has improved my stamping abilities no end and I get much better results than ever before so may crack open my stamps more now instead of using so many digistamps. Now I can use both!

Uniko is celebrating their 9th Birthday which is no mean feat especially with how the pandemic has affected businesses over the last year. 

Imagine That Digistamp is also celebrating a birthday and has been going for 8 years now. I used to be on her design team back in the early days and she has always created some of the nicest images and papers. Over the years many digistamp artists have come and gone but I am very happy that Kris is still creating and it is a testament to her great designs and talent. 

In honour of the special birthday challenges both are running I have created a birthday card combining the prompt of ribbon or bows and a birthday card.

The card blank has been covered using a speciality paper from a really old DCWV pad Bella Boutique. The cream background is flocked and then the floral design is added on top and that is also flocked. I love the texture of it but it's one of those papers that is really too nice to actually use.... I am sure you all have something like that in your stash.

The ribbon is velvet with the pattern printed on top. It has very fine glitter in the pattern and adds a little bit of sparkle.

I stamped the heart onto cream card using a Versafine ink pad. This was cut into a circle and I used a small ink pad to soften the edge. I then used a scallop edge circle die to create a mat from black pearlescent card.

The sentiment has been recycled from an old birthday card and then matted onto a scrap of the black. Finally I added a bit more twinkle with a couple of self adhesive gems.

Card Details -

Size – 6” Square
Rubber Stamp Image Always & Forever (Uniko)
Dies – Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 69 Circle Open Scallop (CREAlies)
Paper – Bella Boutique Stack (DCWV)
Stamp Ink – Versafine Onyx Black 
Embellishments – Ribbon, gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. So very elegant and graceful. Thanks for joining us at the Crafters Cafe, CarolG

  2. This is so classy and elegant. Really beautiful!
    Thanks so much for joining in at my Crafty Wednesday challenge this month for my "hearts or flowers" theme! Hope you'll stop by again soon!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  3. Oh this is very dramatic and eye-catching, love the elegance! Hey, THANK YOU, girlfriend, for your super quick attention to that widget. I am now officially an email subscriber of yours YAYAYAY!!! I'll be able to stalk you much easier this way hahaha! XOXO

  4. WOW, this is incredibly ELEGANT and classy Mandy! And Woohoo! Congrats on your WIN! That's amazing how that heart stamp goes so perfectly with these papers. And ... VELVET ribbon that's printed?! How cool is that?!! Someone very special will get this card I'm sure. Heck, I feel special that you created it for my Birthday challenge, so... ♥ I'm (kinda) the recipient right? Or one of them! LOL!!

    Thanks for taking time to celebrate ITD's 8th Birthday with us this week! Hope to see you next week.

  5. This is an incredibly beautiful card! I live the colors, and the focal point heart is gorgeous. What a beautiful image! We are so happy here at PIP Challenges that y shared this with us! Thanks for joining our challenge this week!

  6. Beautiful, Mandy! Thank you for all of your beautiful entries last week. I hope you'll play along with this week in our new SWEET challenge that started today.
    :) Janis
    Crafting Happiness Challenges, DT & Owner

  7. What a gorgeous card Mandy! Love the classy design!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Knockouts! Good luck!

  8. Congratulations for your win over at Uniko ! This is definitely a gorgeous trio of sets and I'm glad you use one of them as your focal point. So elegant and feminine. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Uniko and ATSM.

  9. What an elegant design, Mandy! The background paper is so pretty and really showcases that beautiful stamp. Congratulations on winning such a great prize!
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  10. This is just fabulous. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

    Annette DT

  11. Pure elegance. Thank you for joining in on Uniko's Birthday fun. Crafty Hugs Bev x


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