Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sparkle and Shine

 Good morning! Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far! When I saw the challenge at Allsorts this week I knew I had a card that fit the bill! I made this for my lovely colleague Sarah, who keeps me sane every day! I used Visible image and Inkylicious stamps, along with Distress inks in mermaid lagoon, picked raspberries and seedless preserves. I dusted the inks onto silk art card and used a stencil and a baby wipe to remove some colour in places. When it was dry I stamped the rain drops (Inkylicious) in memento black, adding a bit of sparkle with a gelly roll clear stardust pen. When it was dry I stamped the girl and the sentiment (visible Image) in Versamark and embossed with Be creative black sparkle embossing powder. It really was very sparkly, but unfortunately the camera hasn't really picked it up. It didn't help that there wasn't enough natural light either. Here is a close up where you can see a little bit of twinkle, but not half as much as there was in real life!
 I stamped the base card with Visible image stamps in the same inks and dusted with the same inks. The matting and layering was done with snippets so I am nipping off to Miss Di's snippet playground with this too.
We have just returned from a few days away in mid Wales. The rain certainly didn't dull Nature's sparkle. Here is the view from our cottage... Sheep rather than gold at the end of that rainbow!
 We spent a day at Lake Vyrnwy and saw more rainbows...
 There is some beautiful scenery around the lake and there are several waymarked RSPB walks giving stunning views of the lake.
 Here is a close-up of the tower on the lake. It may house various instruments to do with the reservoir's water, but whoever designed it make it look like something from a fairytale!
 The waterfall looked so beautiful surrounded by the Autumn colours and the sun provided beautiful spotlights as we walked.

Thanks for looking!


  1. Such a clever play with words on our theme title Sally and great photos as well, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge........maybe they are rather wealthy sheep ?

    B x

  2. The card is gorgeous, love those raindrops; but the star of the show is the rainbow over the lake... what a beautiful setting. great photos; glad you had a good time and thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautiful card and wonderful pictures! Awesome.

  4. A fantastic card Sally and wonderful photos of your trip to Wales, the views look stunning.

    Sue xx

  5. Your card is beautiful Sally. I liked reading how you created the background. Your photos are lovely. It sounds like a wonderful trip. What lovely scenery. Barbxx

  6. It's a beautiful card Sally, and your photos are brilliant, hope your feeling rechared for going back to the classroom, Kate x

  7. Lovely card Sally and fabulous photos too


  8. Fabulous card Sally - and I can just imagine how much more sparkly it is in real lief too. Great photos!


    Di xx

  9. Love the colours here on your card and super photos of the rainbows. we have had a couple appear over our house in the past week. I managed to catch one on camera but nothing as spectacular as yours. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Oh Sally, rats! I need some new Visible Image stamps now lol! This is stunning and I also need Mermaid Lagoon and Seedless Preserves Distress inks too, stunning card hun xx

  11. Beautiful creation.
    Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts Sparkle and Shine week;-))m

  12. Wonderful card, your rain drops are amazing. It looks like you had a great time in Wales, that tower on the lake does look magical!


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