Here I am!

Hi there!

It has been a while hasn’t it!!! I thought I should quickly do a post this morning before I get too engrossed in the school newsletter! I wanted to thank you all for your patience and also show you a gorgeous card that I received in the mail last week!

Do you know why I love blogging so much? It’s not just an “outlet” for my creative writing & a chance to show off about my latest creations … it’s not just an opportunity to share my love of stamping with my close stamping friends … and it’s not just a new hobby! The best thing about blogging is the FRIENDS I meet! I have truly been so blessed with some special friends in my life since I have been blogging! And … I am always so touched by the kindness of total strangers!!! It seems that if you share a common interest … this becomes a bond … and creates friendships that are always so unexpected! I have met some wonderful people who have visited my blog & stopped by to say hi! I have also found that blog visitors have wonderful blogs of their own … and when I visit they are always so welcoming! It is like a “sisterhood”!

One of my very favourite blogs (I shared her blog with you recently in my “Featured Blogs” posts) is “My Life” … and is owned by Silke Ledlow. I had visited Silke’s blog several times and was really taken with the silver rhinestone stickers that she often used on her cards. So I decided to leave a comment on Silke’s blog asking where she purchase them. She wrote back suggesting I try “Michaels” – a big US craft store … which we don’t have here in Australia. I tried getting online … but unfortunately, they didn’t have an online store. After a couple of follow up emails … Silke offered to buy me some next time she went to the store! How kind is that!!! She asked for my address & I asked for her bank account details so I could electronically deposit the amount (+postage) into her account. Silke's GiftAfter a couple of reminders from me about her bank account details … she sent back that this was my “birthday present” from her to me!!!  Isn’t that just the loveliest & kindest thing. Silke & I have never met! We really are total strangers … and here she was offering to send me some silver pearls without expecting anything in return! I was so touched! What a really lovely person Silke is!  And … here is what arrived in the mail last Thursday!!! Wow! 5 packets – 4 silver + 1 gold!!! Plus a pretty card! I felt sooooo spoilt! And … I can’t wait to get back to my stamps & use them!!!

Silke's Card - A Kind Word
Silke Ledlow - A Kind Word

So … this is Silke’s VERY PRETTY card! (You can see the original on her blog —> here ) I love how she creates – always simple but elegant! Never overstated! And … she does use a lot of white! Something that has really appealed to me! All my Convention Swaps were based around a white background because I had loved so many of Silke’s creations! And … isn’t this stamp set just the cutest! It is one of SU!’s new sets in this year’s catty – called: “A Kind Word”. Check the blog link (above) for her card recipe!

This card from Silke was a perfect sketch for a card I was working on for my workshop last weekend. I decided to demo a brand new technique that I found on a US blog … and was itching to show some of my regular stampers who were attending the workshop! So I have actually CASE-D (copied & selectively edited) Silke’s design for my “Watercolour Rose” card.


Card Recipe: Card: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette. Re-inkers: Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette, Apricot Appeal. Pink Pirouette ribbon, Silver Hodgepodge buckle, Filigree Brad, Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral & Warm Words. Silver Encore Ink, Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter.

The white background is perfect to highlight the watercoloured rose. I am thrilled with how this technique turned out and this was a real WOW demo at the workshop on Saturday! It’s always exciting to find a new way to do things with your stamps! I am hoping to share this technique at my Stamp Club that will be starting again soon! I am also working on some new ideas for those who can’t make it to classes … but this will take a little time … so keep watching!

Before I get back to that dog-gone newsletter I wanted to share this pic! I took this on Saturday night … just after arriving home from my workshop. The house was empty and quiet (all the family was out) … and this was the view from the back door! It was breath-taking … but, of course, the photo doesn’t really do it justice! No-one was home to share this delight … so I thought I would share it with you!

signature-picHave a great day! Will be back soon!

Images copyright © Stampin’ Up! ® 1997—2009.  Artwork by Silke Ledlow, Andrea Lowcock.


  1. Lynda says:

    I totally hear you Andrea on the whole blogging and friendship thing. I have no blog myself , but frequent a lot of blogs and leave comments as needed. Through this process….I have connected with sooooo many wonderful ladies, of whom I share much more with than just stamping. Thank you for sharing your inspirations and thoughts and know that those of us out there DO appreciate all that you do.(I now HAVE to visit Silke’s blog…hee hee hee)xox
    Andrea adds: It is so nice to know you share my thoughts, Lynda! It is a shame I can’t visit you like you visit me … but I love that you often leave comments here to encourage me. You will enjoy visiting Silke’s blog! 🙂


  2. Tanya Kitto says:

    Hey Andrea, this technique is fabulous isn’t it & your card is gorgeous, well done 🙂
    The pic you have taken out your back door is splendid too, just what I needed to see to brighten my day
    Thanks for sharing Andrea
    Tan xox
    Andrea adds: Hi Tan! So glad I brightenend your day … did it need brightening? I will pop by your blog asa I can!!! Still catching up from a week of laziness last week! Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to say hi! Hugs, Andrea xxx


  3. Christine says:

    We saw that beautiful sunset on Saturday night too, from our back door and were commenting on it too! It was glorious! How can people not think there is a wonderful Creator!
    Andrea adds: Yes! It was amazing … just wish the photo showed it better!


  4. You are one LUCKY girl to receive a card from Silke and the pearl goodies… SO FUN and SO SWEET! I have a few packets and the silver is my FAV! The white pearls are nice also. Fabulous card with such elegant colors you made… very soft and fresh looking! You did a super job girly!!

    Now I can sure feel that sun set… in Southern, Minnesota we had some AMAZING sun sets over the open fields… brings back memories!! TFS Andrea and enjoy those yummy pearls!! 🙂
    Andrea adds: Yes … I am such a fan of Silke! So … it is lovely to have a card made by her! I will treasure it! Am dying to use the pearls! Just need some time!!! 😉


  5. Now I can sure feel that sun set… in Southern, Minnesota we had some AMAZING sun sets over the open fields… brings back memories!! TFS Andrea and enjoy those yummy pearls!! 🙂
    I forgot to add, “yes” I believe in the “SISTER HOOD” too!!! So fun meeting new friends in blog land and having bonds that are so far across the world is refreshing!! LOVE SHARING, CHATS, AND STAMPING IS MORE THAN PUTTING A CARD TOGETHER… it’s the friendships!! Hugs to you!! 🙂
    Andrea adds: Absolutely … stamping is the friendships!!! So true! That’s how I met you … my special friend! 😀


Comments are closed.