Saturday, 20 July 2013

Spread Your Wings

I wanted to make some cards that are sort of multi purpose. Cards that are a bit uplifting to mail to a friend going through a tough time...or pressed into service as an inspirational Birthday card by stamping a Bday sentiment inside. I am making a dozen of this style of card...some have whitewashed butterflies, others have birds, others just a framed sentiment.

The DP I used here is a new look for me.  I have never been a huge fan of peach...but it is growing on me! I bought a few new outfits for my upcoming vacation and they have a definite peach trend. When I saw these Prima 6 x 6 paperpads with a splash of peach scattered here and there...I took the plunge.

I've also managed to fulfill a couple of crafty goals with this one.  Remember that one of my New Years goals was to make some cards that used up some flowers...well, some of the flowers I used on this card are years old!
Remember those little glass jars of Prima know...we all had them! I managed to use a few of them here. I layered them with some kraft smaller flowers that came from the dollar store about 10 years ago. Wish I had bought 10 packages as they are my fave, teensy flower.

I also managed to slide in another NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)...the pretty chipboard butterfly was from a chipboard package from the Michaels $1.00 bins. I am a bit of a sucker for those bins...and I have buckets of "schtuff" to prove it...time to use some of it up!
I also cracked open a bottle of ivory acrylic paint...left over from those days when I painted wooden Christmas crafts. Another NBUS as the lid was still sealed! I distressed the die cut label and the butterfly with this cream paint. I like the vintage, shabby chic look it created.

Card base and Envelope - from my stash Michaels, Recollections brand 5 1/2 square, white  textured
DP - Prima Lyric collection
Card stock - snippets of kraft cardstock from my stash
Dies - Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2, Impression Obsession flag dies
Chipboard - NBUS from my stash,  Michaels dollar bins
Bling - teensy diamonds from my stash
Flowers - Very old Prima, and dollar store kraft teensy ones
Paint - NBUS acrylic cream paint
Word letters - Bo Bunny cardstock stickers

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Sister Act - Always Anything Goes
3. Word Art Wednesday - use an encouraging word

Thought  I would close with some photos of what is blooming right now in my garden. I snapped these photo just before we left. I did not want to chance that any would  be finished when we returned, and then I would have no memory of them!
In spite of digging them all up and dividing them this spring, the daylilies are still blooming great guns...

While I do have a few more colours, some are not blooming yet as they were chosen to bloom later so as to stagger the blooms in the garden.
One  clematis is in bloom, soon to be followed by the one on the other side of the garden!
And finally, if anyone recognizes this plant, could you let me know the name...It is about 4 or 5 feet high and grows from tuberous roots. Bees just love is usually covered in 30 or more bees. They keep so busy here on this plant that they leave the patio alone. We can eat supper al fresco  and they do not come over to bug us! The pink is a true fushcia pink colour...the colour here is a bit off as that fence is actually sort of an orangey, redwood shade.


downrightcrafty said...

great card and love your photo's
hugs Kate xx

Hettie said...

Wowza Mo. This card is gorgeous. Love all the flowers you have used and that butterfly is wonderful. And to top it all off with photos of your blooms. Don't ask me what that flower knowledge is fuschia, hydrangea, daisy and lily and maybe one or two more! I go by pretty!
Not long now!

Pia S said...

This card looks stunning! I love the paper you've used - it makes such a great background for this shabby chic card. The butterfly looks wonderful with a touch of white paint, and you've arranged those flowers so beautifully!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi M . . . what a delightful shabby chic card you made. Love it.

Great flower photo's too. Can't help with the mystery flower though. Soz


Di said...

Wow, what a fabulous card Maureen! Love all the peach shades - and the fact that you raided a lot of 'schtuff' that needed to be used. Really gorgeous result - the butterfly is a lovely addition too. It must have taken a while to make and if you're like me I bet your desk looked as if a bomb had hit it!

So, we look out for a lady in peach do we - that's a start :)

Beautiful flowers there too although I can't help with the name of your fuschsia pink 'bee control' one.

Hugs, Di xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Your garden must look beautiful Mo, with all these gorgeous colours blooming, gorgeous card I like the butterfly on the frame and the clock in the corner.
Kevin xx

Mrs A. said...

Love the butterfly set on the die cut and then painted and background paper is very me. Your last flower piccy looks familiar will see if I can come up I with a name for it. Hugs Mrs a.

Vicky said...

Gorgeous hun...:o)

have a lovely weekend...biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Karen Letchworth said...

Just SO pretty and what a joy to have you share with us. May God bless your week, and I hope to have you join us again very soon.
Blessings to you,
Word Art Wednesday

Sue said...

Fabby card Maureen its really lovely love the idea what the flower is though huggles Sue xxx

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...gorgeous shabby chic cards, I love this style and your white washed butterfly looks so pretty as for the garden wow! you certainly have green fingers Maureen, a delightful sunny posting...Mel:)xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mo this is absolutely gorgeous the colours and that central image look FAB
lorraine x

Sassy Raggedy said...

My goodness this is beautiful...I mean just beautiful...More, more Hugz, joann

Rebecca said...

Hi ScrappyMo i love the vintage look it just looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing yet another of your many fabulous cards! I hope you have a nice weekend!

Love From Rebecca xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wonderful card Maureen great use of the primas too yes must get to them :D sometime :D an meant to tell you sent half dozen or so of toppers to you wasn't sure how many put in as many as post weight would allow.. had someone else to give them too, they were posted on Friday in Oz, love Shaz.x

linda said...

a beautiful card and such lovely floral photos!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

The flowers are so very beautiful. Gardens are so lifegiving.
Your card has great appeal tp me. I love tags and rulers. I also like how you distressed with the paint.
Thank you so much for taking time out your day to post all your beautiful project with us this week, at “Word Art Wednesday".
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday

MaryH said...

Loved your card. I need to try that acrylic painting you did on this, it's really very stunning on this one. Don't we love those Mike's $1 bins?! Great card with your NBUS items. Good for you! And I loved your lilies. You have some colors I don't see around SC. We do have the yellow ones in abundance. Your plants & garden are just lovely. Reflects all that hard work ya'll put in you can eat & enjoy the lovely atmosphere. Your trip is getting clo-ser! You lucky girl. TFS

Corysnana1 said...

Love all of the die cuts. Thanks for playing along with us at the Sister Act Challenge Blog this week.
Cathy xx