Sunday, 10 June 2012

In which there are ramblings about flourishes and a lovely surprise

Hi Folks,
Welcome here and thanks for stopping by, I hope you're having a good day.
LIM 71 this week is all about One Layer and using flourishes. I have amassed quite a few in fact I'm amazed at how many I have, note to self, don't need any more flourish stamps. The trouble is that there is always a slightly better shape or one with more detail and that becomes the next must have:{ Another note to self, too many stamps must sort them out:{
Anyhoo on to my efforts









This card is a Basic Grey flourish stamped twice with two colours and perfect pearls added for a little added extra :0)













This card is actually intended for Dotty Jo. I was very fortunate and won her blog candy for her Race for Life. This race that she took part in was in honour of a very good friend of hers who  unfortunately was a victim of cancer. Thanks very much Jo and congrats on running the race you are a star!!!





And this is what I won, a voucher to spend at Bunny Zoes,  I really enjoyed choosing these lovely goodies

I am such a lucky bunny, I've used the EZ mount already, so good for unmounted stamps :0) The copic pen is a new one that I 'needed' so much it's a very light warm grey :0 The dies are just scrumptilitious and I can't wait to use them.







When I was up looking after the grandchildren we went with the youngest to a place called Eagle hieghts at Eynsford near Dartford in Kent. They have a collection of birds of prey and owls and many other animals, a camel, cheeta and a giant tortoise to name a few. Whilst there we watched a display of the birds flying over our heads and getting their exercise, it was facinating. The barn owl was my favourite, fabulous birds

If you've lasted this long I thank you for your patience and I hope to be around to visit you very soon:0) Gay xxx

46 comments:

Claire said...

Hi Gay, thank you for stopping by my little blog. Your basic grey card looks stunning! So sophisticated and classy looking! Congrats on your win too! Claire x

Gez said...

Beautiful cards Gay :O)

Fabulous shot of the owl, glad you had a nice time.

Valerie said...

Hi Gay love the two colours you chose for the flourish and the pearls are perfect:)) How lovely to win the blog candy and then be able to choose what you want!
Great photos of the owl, beautiful creatures. I love penguins as well and was watching a programme today about Philip Island and the penguin colony and they were so amusing:) It's raining again I think I'm growing webbed feet!
Val x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous LIM card Gay ! Your inking with two colours is so beautiful. Awesome photo of the Owl ! Have fun with your new goodies. Shirleyx ps.. I have a flourish stamp out (note don't have enough yet:).. never enough is it? I hope to create a LIM card tomorrow...

Julie said...

Great dimension with your colours and the perfect pearls. Lovely card.
I like the second card a lot as well. Congrats on the win!

Chrissie said...

Great cards Gay, the first is a super flourish with a great treatment and the second is SO elegant... great juxtaposition of flourish and stripes!
Superb job!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

craftattack said...

Lovely cards, I like the striped one! Thanks for sharing the photos! Hugs, Valerie

Kathyk said...

Lovely pix - that "in flight" photo is stunning.

Love your LIM card

Kathyk

Suze Bain said...

Gorgeous cards Gay, that's a fabulous flourish on the first one and the second one is very elegant. Congrats on your win too. xx

Willy said...

Wonderful flourish cards!

Viv's Visuals said...

Great cards gay - haven't done my LIM one yet - need to get my thinking head on! What a fabulous pic of the Barnie in flight - we have one living in the fields opposite-he sits on the top of the telegraph pole outside the house at night and stares at you! OH says fortunately I am too big for him to eat.... am not sure whether that's a compliment or not!!!! LOL

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Pretty flourish cards! Lovely owl too! xxx

Dotty Jo said...

Wooohooo - I've got a lovely card on it's way! Glad to see you bought some lovely goodies with your voucher. I love owls, I've also been lucky enough to 'fly' them... it's delight isn't it. Have a happy day chick, Jo x

Michelle said...

Wonderful as always Gay but GRANDCHILDREN? No! You just can't be old enough!!
X Michelle

Craftilicious said...

Gorgeous cards Gay. I have that basic grey flourish but bits of mine have started to perish :( So sad when that happens...... I think I ruined it cleaning before I really understood how to look after my clear stamps. I love the two tone blinged up with pearls affect you've given it - it;s stunning!
Tara
x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Flourish stamps are so versatile, and I love how you used "some" of your flourishy stash! Both are elegant and classy, but my fave. is the blingtastic one - I do love a bit of bling!
Congrats. on your superb win Gay - new Nesties - whoo-hoo!
Gorgeous photos too - Owls are magnificent aren't they.
Have a happy week - Sylvia x

Elaine said...

Great cards - love the colours in the first one and the way you've used the flourish in the second!!

Linda R said...

Your cards look great my friend.. Love what you did with your flourish stamps..

Your Owl shot looks so cool how fun to get to see that.. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Hugs~

Karin said...

great cards!

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Gay!

Paula Whittaker said...

like the colours youve used on the flourish stamp - nice design.

Mrs.B said...

Thats a beautiful flourish, and I agree, all flourishes are different, you can't just have one!
Fabulous photos.
Avril xx

Inkyfingers said...

I agree with you about amassing swirly stamps, I can't seem to resist them either. I really like the ones you used on your lovely CAS card and the perfect pearls are a great touch. Fantastic pictures of the barn owl!

Jenni's Jems said...

These are really lovely and elegant ,love the way you have used the small flourish in the second one x

Faith A said...

Another WOWeeeee for these Gay, they are all gorgeous

Jenni's Jems said...

Hopefully you will get this post for some reason Blogger playing up AGAIN!! Love the big and bold flourishes and love what you have done with the smaller flourish in the second so elegant both of them!x

Christine said...

Hello Gay,
What a gorgeous cards! I like the first one, what a beautiful stamp and also the colours are great!
Hug
Christine

Mandi said...

Terrific cards Gay, the one for jo is fabulous
Love it
Thanks so much
mandi
"Less is More"

Chris said...

beautiful cards, Gay. Love the flourish one, so classy!
Chris
x

Susan said...

Beautiful cards, Gay! I really love that second card you made for your friend! The photos of the owl are unbelievable!

Viv said...

Gorgeous cards and lovely photo's too Gay :) Viv xx

Vicky Hayes said...

Hi Gay - your flourish card is just beautiful - as all your makes are! I like the way you used two colours on the image and the addition of the pearls. A girl can never have too many flourishes can she? or too many stamps?! I love your photos of Eagle Heights - that sky is amazing as well as the owl. Vicky x

hazel said...

Two beautiful cards Gay, I love the flourish that you've used on the first one.
A great photo of the owl, I'm not too far away from Eagle Heights and we took the kids a few years ago when they were smaller.
xxx Hazel.

lisa said...

You've been so busy with some stunning creations while I've been away, Gay.
These flourishes are beautiful. I know exactly what you mean about having to have all of them and then I can never find just what I want even then!!!
Your day out sounds great and that blue sky is beautiful.
hugs Lisax

Katina said...

Fabulous cards as always Gay; your Basic Grey on is a stunner. I love how you've positioned the greeting.

Fab photos of the birds - another talent of yours!

Congrats on your win too!
xx

Rosemary said...

fab cards, gay... the one for your friend is really neat. thanks for sharing the pics of the barn owl.. very cool!

baileyrosy.com said...

What beautiful stamps and amazing cards. Love the double stamping on the first and those rich dynamic colours so scrummy and bold and gorgeous. The second reminds me of a Victorian home for some reason and love how you have left it blank above . A beautiful and elegant piece If ever I saw one. Fab pictures of the birds of prey I went to some place very similar many moons ago in the UK and was amazed at how large these birds actually are but also how graceful. Oh and never get bored reading your posts !

Marie

Sasha said...

Hi Gay,
Sorry I'm only just catching up with you.
I love your flourish designs on both cards, but your first one with the beautiful "bling" is my favourite...very elegant!
Congrat's on such a wonderful win, too.
Fantastic photo's! My dear dad would have loved those, and to see all those wonderful birds of prey x

Aileen said...

Lovely cards and super flourishes. Congrats on your win. x

Zippy said...

Gorgeous cards and congratulations on your win!
Fantastic photos too, I love birds of pray, they are so beautiful xxx

Jose said...

Love your cards Gay, very stylish
Jose

Deanna said...

Stunning card and love both cards really love the colors of the first one!

Netty said...

Am catching up Gay with my friends blogs and am loving your LIM cards, beautiful flourishes.
Great win, congratulations and loving the photos. Take care, Annette x

lainey said...

flourishes look FAB Gay, can't go wrong with a flourish!!! lainey x

kingstonmama said...

Hi Gay,

These are fabulous cards. Love the flourish on the first one and the stripes on the second.

I love barn owls. I used to work at a park that was an old homestead and there were several barn owls on the property, in the barns of course! :)

Ann Y.

Lisa Arana said...

Your cards are stunning as usual!

I love barn owls too! They are just gorgeous birds.