Sunday 15 May 2016

Lemony shades of BirthdayWishes

Sorry to have been such a bad blogger lately. Family commitments and health issues are still keeping me a wee bit swamped.

Here is a card I made a couple of months ago at The Langley Stampers Club.

The base of the card is a dark grey textured  cardstock. We embossed a snippet of that grey card with a dotted Swiss EF and used it for an accent mat.The image is some branches that we double stamped onto white card. We matted the image with lemony yellow card and then die cut a scalloped circle mat and 3 sizes of hydrangea petals from the inside of that yellow mat. When we were finished we basically had only a frame left to slide behind the image! Hopefully this gutting of the mat to create a snippet, and the creative use of punching up said snippet to create the flowers,  gets me extra points at Pixies Crafty Workshop...hmmmm...

We then curved the petals with an embossing round tool and assembled the flowers. I was careful to randomly scatter the blossoms. Some are 2 layers deep and others just a single inner petal.

We then stamped the Happy Birthday greeting on a snippet of the white card, and then die that with a smaller scalloped circle. Once the yellow matted image was adhesived to the embossed grey accent mat, then we mounted the sentiment.  All that was placed on the background DP and 4 pearls were placed in the corners.

Some lemony yellow organza was wrapped around the DP and toppers. We then made a bow from some ribbon snippets and glued it to the wrapped ribbon with a Glue Dot. I liked this method of placing the bow as the wrapped ribbon remains flat against the card giving it a nice look.

This was a very fun card to make and I am happy to share it today. I think it has the look of Spring!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Catch the Bug - Flowers galore

Here are a couple of photos of Spring in my new, teensy garden.  Many of you may remember that we moved last year and the back garden had never been put in. It was just a mass of dirt and some stray ugly gravel...

Here is a view of the other side of that bed. I will place some stepping stones up through the center path and end it with a bird bath at the start of the top bed

We will add some black garden mulch to hide the auto drip watering system. I just want to plant a few more things before I do that final mulching step.  I also need to sketch the garden out onto graph paper so that I do not plant anything perennials over the bulbs! For now, I have shoved a chopstick into the ground close to where the bulbs are...close, but not quite on top of them to damage the underground growth!

Here is a view of the patio DH just finished...we are finally able to use the back garden now. The flower bed I showed you is just to the left of the patio. There are even a couple of more really teensy ones too! Our guest parking driveway and our garage, are just to the right of the patio...just beyond the fence.


Kath said...

A beautiful card - I love the yellow and grey. Lovely design too. I'm sure you'll get extra points for your clever punched snippets!
Hope you're soon feeling a lot better.
Take care, Kath x

chrissie said...

Beautiful card with everything fitting together so well

Love Chrissie xx

cotnob said...

Such a pretty card Mo, lovely sunny yellows and pretty flowers.
Your garden is coming along nicely, I know it's hard work but it must be quite nice to have a blank canvas to start with - I don't know if it's just me but I can only see the first two photographs!

Sarn said...

That's a very pretty card full of sunshine you have there Mo. Hope things improve for you soon.

Love your garden pic's too.

Cara said...

A lovely spring card. Looks like your garden is taking shape nicely. I hope you have good weather to enable you to enjoy it. Cara x

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Great card, I love the yellow flowers and the cute embossed panel.

Donna said...

Such a bright and sunny card! Just what I need with all this rain. Have a wonderful week!

Barb said...

Hi Mo, I absolutely love your card. The design is lovely and the colours are so pretty and summery and I love the idea of putting the little flowers on the stamped branches. A really beautiful card.

Your garden seems to be taking shape. Thanks for sharing the photos. I look forward to seeing it later in the year. Barbxx

Carol L said...

I love those bright, cheerful and sunny yellow colors on your card! It's uplifting just to see it! I love your garden/patio spot too - how beautiful and serene! I hope your medical issues soon disappear after you sit in that lovely setting and just enjoy mother nature :) take care!

Pia S said...

This is so pretty, I love yellow, I'll remember to try it with grey next, it's such a beautiful color combo. And you did great making all those tiny flowers. So glad to see you shared it over at Catch the Bug too, good luck in the challenge!

Carol said...

This is so pretty Maureen, gorgeous spring colours. Your garden is looking good too. Hope life gets easier soon. Carol x

Di said...

Beautiful card and such lovely photos of your garden Mo. I do hope your Mum makes progress, it's always such a worry - and also your own daughter is on a recovery path as well. Lots going on for you so just be sure to also have some 'Mo' time!


Di xx

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card!! Your garden is beautiful!!

chrissie said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I do live in Bridlington and the lady at the craft shop was Australian. The shop is no longer yhere sadly.

Love Chrissie xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This is such a pretty card, I love the yellow and grey combination. I haven't been commenting on blogs since I've been looking after mum as the Internet is not good but I wanted to thank you for yours and to send best wishes to your mum. I'm fortunate in that my mum lives quite close. Hope life gets better for you soon x

Whisper said...

Simply gorgeous hun and good on you for using grey, i have so much of it and always avoid it !! and it goes so perfect with the yellow.

Sending you hugs for your mum and daugher.

Loving your garden, Luv Sam x

KandA said...

Wonderful card and such lovely cheery colours Mo. Fabulous photos of your garden too xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Maureen, sorry to hear that life is a bit difficult for you at the moment, I hope things get better soon.
Beautiful card, lovely flowers and fabulous summer colours.
Your garden is coming along nicely, super photos, Kate x

Sue - said...

Lovely Spring like card. Love the yellow and grey colour combo.

Greta said...

Your new place looks beautiful & ready to enjoy summer, Maureen! Hope you're feeling better soon! Super creative to use the inside of the mat to punch the flowers! I used to cut a square out of all my mats as it seemed like such a waste of paper. I've gotten lazy & don't do that now unless it's a special paper, so this is a good reminder. Your card is absolutely gorgeous & yellow isn't even one of "my colors"--haha!

LesleyG said...

A labor of love all round, your pretty sunny spring like card, and your garden, both will give lots of pleasure xxx

Craftychris said...

Ooh such a gorgeous sunny card! Love the grey and yellow colour scheme and the design is fabulous! I hope everything improves for you real soon! Take care of yourself! xxx

Danielle Vincent said...

Ohhhh I love, love love the yellow and grey combo!! Such a beautiful card! Your little garden and yard are beautiful too. Thanks so much for joining us at Catch the bug Challenges.

MaryH said...

Such a fresh look with the gray & yellow combo and all the pretty elements on this card. Also like this design layout very much.. The yellow organza ribbon sets all off so nicely. Enjoyed seeing pictures of your garden project's already inviting, and with the other things planned, you'll have a most relaxing retreat. Sure hope the health problems will get better, and family always comes first! Take care, Mo....big hugs too. TFS

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Lovely card indeed Mo, brilliant work I rarely lift yellow out of my pack but wow I love what you've done here, brilliant work!!!
Thanks for popping over with update, too, much appreciated...
I hope to be back for 25th but my time at mo is taken up with helping someone so time will tell. You know all about that :)
Thanks for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Darnell said...

I've been a bad bloggie friend, too, Maureen, so I understand! I do hope you feel better soon! Your lemony snippets card is so beautiful! And so is your sweet garden and patio! You have done a fantastic job!! Hugs, Darnell

Billie A said...

Your card is beautiful. I love the yellow with the gray. Great look and the die flowers to the stamped stems is a great look. Love this card..
I love the views of your garden and the patio. Hubby did an awesome job on it. Will be nice to spend time drinking coffee/eating.. gee just to go out and relax and read a book.. Thanks for sharing and joining our Catch the bug challenge. Hugs
Billie A (DT)

Marieke said...

Totally love youre flower card! Thanks for playing with us at catch the bug.


April said...

Your card is so cheery! I love how you popped up the flowers. Your garden and patio are wonderful!

Linby said...

What a beautiful bright and cheery card.
The garden is coming along nicely from when we saw it.
Lynn x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Fab colours combo, yellow and grey looks so elegant toghether! Love the little flowers, you have had a great idea using the hydrangea's little shapes! The shining bow has a fab look on the branch of blossoms, love it!
Congrats for your new outdoor place, the garden promises to be wonderful and such a beautiful patio!!

Liz said...

A beautiful card, love the yellow and grey combination. TFS the photos of your garden, it looks lovely. xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
what a super and glorious card.
The colour is so lovely and cheerful.
Wonderful little flowers too.
Thank you for your lovely comment the other week.
I think I am sorted now with my meds, and don't feel like a zombie any more.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sandy said...

Such a bright and sunny card Maureen! Love those flowers.
speaking of flowers, you are quite the Gardner -- great think about sketching out the floor plan .. I love the way you have laid out your garden.
We moved about the same time and I don't know about you but I still and trying to get situated. I think I am trying to cram as much crafting stuff into this wee house as I can. Well I had better get busy and make my card for Rudolph Day!!
Sandy xx

Bo┼╝enA said...

Gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I really like a way arrangement of flowers and multidimensionality of the composition.