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Exciting news and a bit of a sneak preview!

Well, we had some really exciting news at the weekend - we found out that our friends are expecting a new baby! They've already got 2 lovely boys (of which Simon is godfather to one of them) so this will be baby number 3, and if my maths is serving me correctly I think it will be due around late September time! :)
We'll be calling round to visit some time in the next few weeks, so I thought i'd better crack on with a card this weekend while I had some free time!

I have to admit, i'm always drawn to the SWALK stamps when it comes to occasions like this (i.e. not your every-year occasions like birthdays or anniversaries!) and I had just the stamp in mind for new parents-to-be. Then as I was looking through my stamps, I found it in a different drawer to my others - and realised that's because the stamp I was thinking of actually hasn't been released yet! 

I guess that's one of the perks of the job - we get to work on new products so far in advance, and get to road-test the new new stuff long before it hits the shelves (so to speak!). So this is one of the new designs scheduled for release later this Summer, so i'd love to know what you all think of it!

I got my stash of Spectrum Noir alcohol Pens out - I just LOVE colouring the SWALK images - probably more so than any of our other stamp collections, just because there's so much large open space, so they are great for beginner-colourer-inners (like me!) and I love that you can colour the images to match the people (match the hair colours, favourite colours in the clothes for example!)

These are the Spectrum Noir colours I used:
Skin - FS1, FS4, FS8
Girl -
     Blonde Hair - CT1, CT3, CT4
     Purple Top - LV1, LV2
     Cream Trousers TN1, TN2
     Cream Shoes - EB1, EB2
Boy -
     Brown Hair EB4, EB5, EB8
     Brown Shirt - EB1, EB2
     Blue Jeans - TB3, TB4, TB5
     Brown Shoes - TN7, TN9

As always, (for the benefit of other colouring in learners!) if you're colouring with Spectrum Noir pens, then you'll get the best results if you use the Neenah Cardstock and stamp with a Memento Inkpad - (I used black)
The backing papers are from the SWALK CD ROM Volume 1, the ribbon is my favourite at the moment from our Beatrix Potter Ribbons Collection, and a few gems from the same collection just finished it nicely. I did the base card onto Centura Pearl Snow White, and matted with a bit of Core'dinations Cardstock.

So i've got the card - what else do you take as a gift for new parents to be? I didn't want to take a bottle of wine because poor Lisa won't be able to drink it! And it seems a bit early for baby-things - any ideas would be greatly appreciated people!
Hope everyone else had a great weekend too! Sara xxx

13 thoughts on “Exciting news and a bit of a sneak preview!”

  • CraftygasheadZo 30th April 2012 at 11:56 am

    Gorgeous stamp, love it! Fab colouring too. As to the pressie, not sure! No help from me there then! Take care Zo xx

  • Brilliant news and brilliant stamp too - need it now!! lolJulie x

  • I am looking forward for the new stamp being released. Why not give them a voucher and they can buy what they want

  • Lovely card. Can I really wait til Summer for this umm NO!!!!xx

  • Lovely card Sara, a lovely pamper pk or a beauty voucher i.e a facial x

  • Oh my.. this is such a beautiful image. And your card is just beautiful x

  • lovely stamp, could do with this right now!!!Kay xxx

  • can't wait for the new stamps to come out . This one looks great x

  • love the stamp and the card not seen anything like it its a great idea can't wait to get my hands on it

  • Oh what fabulous news! great card too and l like these stamps they are gorgeous:xx

  • Bettie Couson 1st May 2012 at 3:02 am

    Lovely card looking forward to the launch of this stamp. I like to give as a gift a bag containing things that would be nice to have during labour. Favourite CD, warm socks, massage oil for the feet, a pretty flannel for a cool forehead press, 1/2 a bottle of champagne & 2 plastic flutes to celebrate once it's all over.

  • Hi SaraTop marks as ever - an absolutely perfect stamp - I cannot wait for them to come out as there is a baby bug at the moment - lots of people here who are expecting and I always do them a card before the baby is born wishing them good luck etc. The amounts of times I will use this stamp - there will be no rubber left - hee heeLove Gillxxxxx

  • julie_woolston 1st May 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Sara this is a gorgeous stamp just perfect for Mums and Dads to be.Your card is lovely and as for the gift I think a gift voucher that Sam has mentioned flowers, chocolate or a nice pampering gift set.Hugs Julie x

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