Thursday 25 April 2013

Perfect the way you are

I just thought this image and sentiment went so well together when I was playing the other day:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card stock

- SU 'Perfect Plum' backing card

- mauve spotty paper by Pink Petticoat, which came free with this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine

- image by LOTV, a pre-coloured one from their 'Fairies' Art Pad, these are brilliant for super fast images - all I did after die cutting then layering the image onto hand cute 'Perfect Plum' card was to 'tickle' her mahoosively long wings with 'Cherry Ice' Stickles

- the 'belly band', as Elizabeth calls it, was a couple of snippet strips of plum and white card, punched with Martha Stewart's 'Traditional Scallop' edge punch then run through the Cuttlebug using a 'Swiss Dots' folder, also by Cuttlebug

- bwahahaha, and then I promptly covered almost all the detail on the 'belly band' with the image and bright pink spotty ribbon! The bow is one of those folded ones I've been making a lot of lately, with a couple of 'tails' added underneath and a large mauve sparkly gem on top. Folded bows (does anyone know the proper name please?) are great for ribbon which is patterned on one side and plain on the other 'cos it takes away the rolling round the floor and wrestling trying to arrange it so only the patterned front shows

- the sentiment is by Hero Arts, from their 'Good Friends' set - stamped in SU 'Perfect Plum' and then die cut with a fancy flourish labels die

- final touch was a few bright pink gems. These days I do prefer pearls or Josy Rose nail heads but have an indecent amount of self-adhesive gems to use up here

I'm entering this card into the current 'Lili's Little Fairies' challenge, where the inspiration is this beautiful photo:
I think the mauve, white and pink qualifies :)

I bet most of us can remember trying out cosmetics and such as a child. When I was aged just turned 10 years old we moved to Singapore for three years.  For various reasons there were problems with British Forces flights on the day we were due to fly, and Mum, Dad and myself were 'bumped' onto a BOAC flight (that shows me age!). The flight took a total of FOUR days, with numerous stops and overnight stays in exotic places and extremely grand hotels - quite an experience. But, what tickled me most of all was when I went to the loo in the aeroplane for the first time - it was like walking into a cosmetics shop. Bottles and bottles of Elizabeth Arden smellies, loads of fancy soaps, talc - you name it! I was in absolute heaven.

I was away for AGES, apparently Dad was just about to raise the alarm, and then I reappeared and 'sashayed' down the aisle back to where were were sitting. As I passed you could almost see the clouds of perfume billowing round me - I'd tried out EVERY single one :) Phew!

Have a nice day!



  1. Morning Di

    This is gorgeous!!

    Love the colours and that cute image. You are right .. .. the sentiment goes alongside it perfectly.

    Hope you have a good day.

    Love Jules xx

  2. Hello Di, love the card - the image is soooo cute and the sentiment is a perfect match. And, of course, I adore all the polka dots :) My mother didn't have a great deal of make-up, but the little she did have tempted me to experiment too. And I vividly recall my daughter trying my lipstick - as eyeshadow! It was pink, so she was a trendsetter even at 3 years old :)) Hope the sun is shining where you are today. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  3. Gorgeous card Di, such a sweet image and your folded bow is brill. Must give them a go sometime.

    When l was little, my Mum had a friend who ran Avon. It was when Avon gave perfum samples and she used to give me boxes of them to splash everywhere! You can imagine how I used to smell, mixed perfumes all joining in with each other :)

    Have a great Thursdy xx

  4. Very pretty card Di. I do like LOTV images. I loved the story of your flight to Singapore. I could just imagine being there!
    I am going to try the folded bows. I don't use them often but i can see the advantage of these. Kate x

  5. Terrific challenge card, and I just adore that folded bow embellishment Di. Very clever of you - bet the tails were little titchy snippets!

    Ha ha . . .I am just picturing a 10-year-old You sashaying with clouds of perfume around you!

    Sarn xxx

  6. Awww! Pwetty card there Di.
    As for your perfume.....I think we have all been there at some time! And I think some still are! Just one word.....Poison! Phew!

  7. This is just precious with those soft and beautiful colors! Sniff Sniff! I think I can smell some of that sweet perfume :)

  8. Such a sweet card, great colours & definitely the right sentiment!
    And can imagine the faces as you wafted down that airplane aisle - bet the smell circulated all the way round that plane lol!
    Debs x

  9. I agree that the sentiment is perfect with your gorgeous fairy - what wings she has! Love your story about the being in heaven in the loo on the plane and it reminds me of my youngest son who discovered they had perfume testers on the ferry and returned to us smelling (as his older brother tersely told him) like 'a tart's boudoir'! Well really! Vicky x

  10. gorgeous!! Loving the polka dots!! Hugs Juls

  11. This is just super hun, such a pretty card. Thanks for playing at Lili's Little Fairies this week. Hugs Fairy Squirrel xx


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