At last! I made this for the November Friendship Swap at Docrafts & used one of Loretta’s challenge layouts, with a slight alteration. The ‘friend’ stamped image should have been a square on the lower right hand corner under the blossom image, but it didn’t fit. The patterned paper underneath is from a sheet of giftwrap from Tesco! When I saw it I thought it matched the blossom image quite well. It doesn’t show, but I used Anita’s 3D glaze on the flowers after colouring them with a white Sakura gel pen. I thought they would be whiter than they appear; I stamped the image with a Versafine ink pad on to watercolour paper, so next time I will try white cardstock instead.
These cards were made using Loretta’s layouts also – I’m about six weeks behind! I tried to keep them very simple, with just a few colours. The backing paper is patterned vellum that Geraldine was kind enough to send me. She also sent me the candle & poinsettia stamps – they are Anita’s clear stamps & the pack includes a reindeer & snowmen, among others. The ribbon on the Tilda card is from the free gift that came with the current edition of the docrafts Creativity magazine.
While my mum was here in October we spent a lot of time browsing the online craft stores. She has been making large decoupage pictures for about 10 years now & has recently started making cards. I can’t remember now where we got these orchid decoupage sheets from, but we both loved them – she bought quite a few, I only bought one! I made these yesterday & again tried to keep them simple, as I wanted the emphasis to be the flowers. The pink card is for my mum, because she did a lot for me while she was here, including painting the kitchen & the bathroom! I don’t do a lot of decoupage, but I would like to do more of these, so I’ll have to find the invoice that came with them & buy more.
I made a few more cards this week, but I’ll upload them tomorrow. I also have to update my blog list; there are so many fantastic blogs out there & some of them have blog candy! 🙂 I have more Christmas cards to make & also two more thank you cards, but tomorrow is another day, as Scarlett O’Hara said. Tonight I’m going to watch ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ on DVD. It’s a film by the great British director Mike Leigh. My favourite of all the movies he’s made is ‘Secrets & Lies’ from 1996. If you haven’t seen it I can highly recommend it.
So, until tomorrow, love & light to all.