Friday, 3 May 2013

Buds, Blooms and Blossoms

Hello, and welcome!

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.  Anything nice planned?  We've got a nationwide Bank Holiday on Monday, which means a long weekend for all the hard-working peeps to look forward to.  The Hubster is working away from home again, so I'll be doing some much needed work  in the gardens......if the lovely weather holds up, lol.  I've bought a big sack of wildflower seeds, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them come up, over the next few months.  
I've got some new lavender, too......anybody who visits my house is greeted by wafts of lavender as they walk up to the front or back doors.....but some of my bushes are getting a bit "woody" and need my spring and summer gardens!

Talkin' of flowers, there's a lovely new challenge for you take part in at Card Crafter's Circle.......

This week is a our challenge for you is:

Buds, Blooms and Blossoms .... show us flowers!

Our sponsor for this challenge is 
and our lucky randomly drawn winner will be able to choose one of the images that our very talented Design Team is showcasing, this week!  Michelle creates some truly beautiful images, and our team has done a fabulous job with their choices.

I chose to use this really lovely Sisters of Spring image for my Floral card......
I started with a white card base and used a piece of plain green paper as the background.....this was also used to matt the other pieces of DP, which came with a magazine.......

I enjoyed colouring up this so-pretty image (Promarkers) and added some sparkly Mod Podge to the ribbon and a bit of sparkle, I do.........

The pink flowers were cut with my very old Woodware punch and I rolled them into these little cuties, then stuck them onto the Doo Hickey flowers that I'd cut from kraft and dark brown card..........I think the leaves are Joy Craft (?)......I'm terrible about keeping packaging, and am trying to remember to put the maker's names on the back of my dies.....we'll see how long that lasts, ha!

Now, I am sure that this kraft corner was cut with a Joy Crafts die.....there are three little pretties in the set.....

This die cut was actually another freebie from Dies to Die's actually a floral Christmas Tree which I chopped up to pretty up my card.....I do actually have this die, but have not yet used it......see if you can spot it in future offerings.....or, remind me I need to use it, lol.........

Did I mention I did a bit of hand stitching on the layers?  Yep, I sewed........but don't ask me why I decided to stick on this bit of seemed a good idea at the time......havin' second thoughts now.......ha!

Okay,I'm off to see what Carl is plotting next in Coronation Street......but, I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what you've come up with for this Floral challenge.......go know you want to...hahaaa!

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Anything goes (with a diecut)  Flowers (must use 3 or more)
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  1. What a gorgeous card,love the image and fab

  2. Such a joyful card Anne-Marie. I love that image and sentiment. The colours and details are gorgeous and your stitching is so neat!!
    I hope you have a good weekend
    hugs Sue xx

  3. What a fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  4. Beautiful creation and I like the bit of lace too! Thank you for playing at Jellypark Friends for our girly girl challenge!

  5. It's a lovely card! The bit of lace seems like a great something for that space.

  6. Lovely card with so many cute elements!

    Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For the Weekend for our dies and punches challenge!



  7. Truly beautiful my friend! I just adore your colouring- the dresses are wonderful! Great added lace!

  8. This is so pretty!! I really love all the die cuts!!
    Your garden is sure to be lovely!! While visiting England, I loved seeing all the beautiful gardens!!

  9. Gorgeous card, Love the image & wonderful design.... I can smell the lavender from here!! Have fun in the Garden....Hugs May x x x

  10. is that what your "garden dress" will look like? green or blue????
    i have NO plants - at least no blooming ones - in my garden. wait! i don't have a garden! we're not allowed to have a garden because of septic tanks. we CAN have one if it's built above the ground but our dirt SUCKS. way too much clay. plus, i kill my silk plants. so it wouldn't be worth it. but i absolutely LOVE a colorful garden and i'll bet yours will be as colorful as this stunning card.

    like how i led into that, huh????

    have a great weekend.

    hugs :)

  11. Your card is beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing it with us in BearlyMineChallenge this week.
    Hugs, Andreja

  12. That's so beautiful, honey! Gorgeous image and love how you did the flowers!

  13. great card with lovely details

    thanks for taking part at CREATIVE CORNER CHALLENGES this week

    LOve Mel

  14. Love the image and how you did your flowers on this card! Thanks for joining in on my Flowers and More Flowers challenge at Sandy's Crafty Creations!
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

  15. You did an amazing job coloring the beautiful image and the whole card is so pretty!
    I hope you had a very productive day in your gardens! I can smell the wonderful lavender now...

  16. Another truly beautiful card from you. I've said it before, but it is worth repeating, you blow me away with the details and embellishments you think to put on each of your cards. You definitely have a wonderful style.

  17. very pretty friendship card! thanks for joining us this fortnight at lia stampz!