Archive | March 2016

Easter Watercolouring

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Last minute as ever, I watercoloured the images for these cards on Good Friday morning, finishing them off on Easter Saturday! The stamps are by Creative Expressions, painted with Cotman watercolour paints. The yellow cardstock was in my stash & the “ribbon” was, in fact, palms from Palm Sunday Mass.

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I’m making this my third, and last, entry in the Flower Power challenge over at Stamping Sensations. I’m also entering into the Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

 

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Deepest Sympathy

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We received the shocking, sad news today that a man we have known for years has suddenly passed away. Our families’ lives have been loosely intertwined for over 50 years – his family was at school with mine, my son has been friends with his younger son from early childhood. So it was with heavy heart that I made this card for his family, particularly his widow who is a friend. The inspiration for this was challenge no 157 over at Muse, I really liked the way the sentiment filled the gap. I am also going to enter this in the Flower Power challenge at Stamping Sensations.

The flowers are by Altenew, coloured with Zig Clean Colour pens. The stamped greeting is by Hero Arts and the diecut “sympathy” is a new purchase from Clearly Besotted – I didn’t think I’d be using it quite this soon.

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day Card

If you live in the UK it won’t have escaped your notice that yesterday was Mother’s Day. This was my card for my Mum, inspired by the sketch at Paper Play Sketches. The main image is a Stampendous agapanthus stamp, coloured using the whitewash technique. I kept it simple as my Mum prefers CAS cards. The greeting was a mix of stamps by Clearly Besotted, stamped in Memento Grape Jelly and then cut out using a Spellbinders label die.

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I’m entering this into the following challenges:

 

Young Love!

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Card making has yet again been taking a back seat lately – along with all the usual pressures, the school at which I’m a Governor got “the call” on Tuesday and Ofsted descended for 2 days. So it’s taken me a week to finish this card, which I started last Saturday as soon as I heard that our nephew Adam had got down on one knee & proposed to his gorgeous girlfriend Kasanita.

The heart was inspired by Fran Seiford from Stampendous, who I had seen doing embossing techniques that morning on Hochanda. I realised I had almost everything I needed to try it for myself, the only difference being I had to melt the powders in the oven for 15 minutes! I used a combination of UTEE and various other embossing powders I’ve had in for several years, melted onto pre-cut chipboard to give a very 3 dimensional heart which proved to be VERY difficult to photograph!

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The creative process then stalled until today when I saw the sketch below at Freshly Made Sketches, where I’m entering this into their challenge. I’m also entering it into the embossing challenge at AAA Cards.

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