Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my little part of the world. Please feel free to have a look around and leave me a message. You'll be updated each week as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge and fortnightly over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 have created just for you. Thanks so much for looking at my creations which is a special time just for me.
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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

"Mystique & Mystery Behind the Mask"

Black Gold and Silver Mask

Deep Aqua, Teal and Silver Mask

Wow, I couldn't wait for this week, as soon as I saw this image from our sponsor The Stamping Boutique, I knew I had to have it.

Back in 1990, when I did my OE one of the countries and cities I went to was Venice in Italy.  It was a hot summers evening and on my TO DO LIST was of course be serenaded to in a Gondola by a wonderful Italian pushing this Gondola with a very large pole hoping he wasn't going to fall in the murky water below and not smelling the best.  The only thing missing at the time was Mr Right sitting next to me whispering sweet nothings in my ear.  Yes I had my Gondola trip which was wonderful but what caught my eye???
No is wasn't a sweet Italian man wanting to pinch my bottom, but that evening down on the water front there was a parade of the MASKS
not only were people wearing these wonderful masks but they were all dressed in traditional costume from 14th to the 18th Centuries, men, women and children.  It was wonderful and what a fantastic sight to see, which was very unexpected.  There was this amazing array of colours that totally blew me away.
But it was Mystery behind these masks and who were all these people???  Where did they all come from???
The following day I visited some wonderful shops to buy not only some Venetian Glass but also a Mask or two or three.  But I had to come to my senses and realised that I still had months of travelling to do and so little space in my luggage.  Hence the Mask I did buy was very small but pretty.  Now on my BUCKET LIST as I'm getting older I hope to travel back to Venice with my husband and he can whisper sweet nothings and I can buy some musks for a wall in our home.  Also he doesn't carry as much luggage as I do, so I'll have room in his bag to pack them.

The next thing on my Bucket List will be to organise or go to a Masquerade Ball..

That is why I couldn't wait to make these cards with this wonderful image.  I was so lucky that this weeks sketch worked perfectly with what I wanted to make.
Sketch #103

This week out Design Team have been lucky enough to work with the wonderful images by Tracey Malnofski,owner of

 'The Stamping Boutique' 

Tracey is offering our very lucky winner
5 Digital Images
of the winners choice.

Please check and see what wonderful images Tracey has they are totally amazing  and will blow you away!!!



Congratulations to all out winners this week we had 60 entries which were all totally amazing, I think everyone loved that oldie but a goodie sketch from the past because I know I did!!!

Now it's time to go and check out the rest of out Design Team Diva's and see what they have been up to this week especially just for you!!!   Don't forget to leave them a little love as they love to receive comments just like you do.  So pop over now to 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Card Recipes:

Black, Gold and Silver Mask
Base: White SU
Coloured Card Stock: Black Bazzill
Papers: Gold Paper, Gold & Black Glitter Card from Rosie's Studio Design Paper: Grant Archival Paper Chic Item# 1602 reversable

Image: Me by The Stamping Boutique

Colour Medium: Copics, Gold Gel Pen,Gold & Black atyou Spica pens from Copic

Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Square, Fancy Label #2, Flourish by Bosskut, glue dots, pop dots, flourishes from Cuttlebug

Embellishments: I made all of the embellishments on this card. Gold Ribbon and Gold net, gold twine all from my stash. The Gold twine which I twisted to make it look like rope on the label, and the little black mask with a feather and gems.

A view of the embellishments made.

Card Recipe:
Deep Aqua, Teal and Silver Mask
Base: White SU
Coloured Card Stock: Sea Green Bazzill
Papers:  Aqua, Teal and Silver Glitter Card from Rosie's Studio
 Design Paper: Magnolia Papers from a set
Colour Medium: Copics, Silver & Black Gel Pens, Silver & Black atyou Spica pens from Copic
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Square, Fancy Label #2, , glue dots, pop dots, flowers made from Cuttlebug set.
Embellishments: I made all of the embellishments on this card. Silver Mesh and Silver rope recycled from a gift I received.  Peacock gems, flower is from a Cuttlebug die which I layered 3 colours of glitter card together and a gem.   
A view of the embellishments at the bottom of the image.

Thank you everyone for all of your lovely comments they are just so much appreciated.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week of crafting and I look forward to next weeks cards.

Challenges I'm entering these cards:

Pollycraft: Embellishment Bingo mine is Tag, Sparkle, Flower
Creative Card Crew: Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday: Challenge #112 Add Some Texture


Deanne @ Three Trees said...

These are gorgeous Kathie! I love all the drama of the images. Your sparkles and feathers are beautiful!!

Deanne :)

mulberry station said...

Kathie, your cards are incredible this week. Judi and I are in awe over them. They are just beautiful!!!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. You will have to make that trip again with your husband. It is always nice to have that little extra space in their suitcase.
Hugs, Nancy

Sandy O said...

WOW, all these cards are fabulous!!! Love everything about them.

Thank you for entering them into this weeks Digital Tuesday Challenge.

Nicecrane Designs said...

Super creative,,,,,,so neat I adore it.

Genevieve said...

Wow Kathie! Your cards are stunning!!!! Great story also, thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week :)


Arlana said...

Oh I am loving your cards this week . Such beautiful detailed work. Love them. The colors and papers you used are just so perfect for your cards. Hope you have a sweet week. Thanks for all you do. Arlana

The Stamper's Touch said...

Outstandingly gorgeous Kathie! So unique but how appropriate with your story. What an experience traveling to Venice. The end of June my oldest will be traveling to Ireland, Wales and England. Wish I was tagging along!! Have a wonderful week.


paperfun said...

Your cards are gorgeous and I love your story behind it.

I was supposed to go to Italy with my husband on our first anniversary and our tour was cancelled. I had to wait another 25 years to go on our gondola ride and then it was in Las Vegas.

Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


paperfun said...

Gorgeous. I love the colors and all the pearls and flowers. Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


debby4000 said...

Stunning cards, love all the sparkle.

Jeannie said...

Wow! These are absolutely stunning and gorgeous! Fantastic job this week as always!

Peace & Luv,

sweetbloominscraps said...

Kathie, I cannot tell you how much I have ohhhed and ahhhed over your mask cards. They are so vibrant and sparkly. I love all your detail. Thanks for sharing your exciting story in Venice. Oh I would love to see that part of the world. What a fun memory for you. Your masks reminded me of Phantom of the Opera which is one of my most favorite musicals. I love to watch and rewatch the movie that came out a few years back with 16 year old girl who played Christine. One of my favorite scenes was the Masquerade Ball because of the costumes. What a stunning show of cards! Have a great weekend! Judi