What a shock, I neglect my blog for 2 weeks, then post 2 cards in an evening.
I made this card for my oldest and dear friend, Diane, whose birthday was yesterday
We met during our first week at High School, 53 years ago, and 'clicked' immediately.
We have been firm friends ever since, despite our many years of geographical
distance apart. When we phone each other, or actually meet up, there is not a
slightest moment of awkwardness...we just chatter away as if we had
been together the day before.
Diane loves blue so this gorgeous piece of paper was an obvious choice for her
card. For about 12 years I have bought lots of craft items from Rebecca, the owner
of Bizzy Becs, and her service has always been superb. She often slipped a gift of
a small bundle of 6x6" scrapbook papers into an order. This stunning piece of
paper is one of those. I have been unable to part with it for about 4 years!!
I stamped these flowers onto parchment paper, then embossed them with Silver
Pearl E.P. I coloured the back of the flowers with blue and yellow Promarkers,
then shaped them, before adding some Flower Soft to the centres. The single
leaves with the serrated edges were cut by hand with deckle-edged scissors
from tiny scraps of white cardstock, hand coloured with Distress Ink.
I made the butterfly quite a few years ago at a retreat. It was such a long
time ago, I have forgotten the name of the product, and the technique
we were shown. We used a shimmery sheet of foil-like material and an
iron, then used a butterfly punch and an embossing folder. I found a
little bag of the different coloured butterflies in a drawer recently.
Inside the card co-ordinates with the front. These leaves were also
cut out by hand
Challenges I would Like To Enter
Addicted To Stamps #147 - 'Flowers and Butterflies
Aud Sentiments #179 - 'Flowers Plus A Sentiment'
Country View - 'Flower Power'
Creative Sketchy Girls #11 - 'Butterflies and Flowers
Die Cut Divas - 'Use Flowers'
Dies R Us #72 - 'Flowers'
Paper Play Sketches and Colour - 'Colour Challenge'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'
Paper - Unknown brand
Flower Stamp - Fiddle Sticks E494
Dies - Cheery Lynn Olive Branches; Joy Crafts 6003/0026
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP set Pansies; Carl Butterfly
Sentiments - Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags Set 24
Embossing Powder - Stamp It Silver Pearl
Colouring - Promarkers Yellow, Royal Navy; Distress Inks Faded Jeans, various greens
Flower Soft - a mixture of Lemon and Yellow
Must go to bed and try to get some sleep, as we have to be up early tomorrow morning and drive at least an hour into town to buy a new printer. Ours 'died' today, and we need to replace it quickly as we have to have a pile of printing done in readiness for a meeting with our solicitor on Tuesday about our medical negligence case.
Until next time, happy crafting, and thank you for visiting.