Thursday, 28 March 2013

Spring time pinks .....

.... Good morning! I'm back!  I've not been in my craft room much this week, I've been catching up on some reading; I've a series of 20 books about Anita Blake (vampire hunter) and I restarted the series just over a week ago and not put it down since then - I'm up to volume 14!  But I made sure to get into my craft room this morning to make a birthday card for a special lady.  I used the following challenges to make the card:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Asian Gardens, Compact Sentiments; My Favourite Things - Birthday Sentiments
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Early Espresso
Dies: Spellbinders - Petit Ovals Sm (S4-140) #2, Petit Ovals Scalloped Lg (S4-139) #2
Accessories: SU design paper - Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose; SU Card - Regal Rose; White lustre card; Gems; Sakura Blossom punches - tiny, small, medium and large


I really like these soft pinks, so fresh and spring like.  As you can see I turned the sketch on its side.  I started by stamping the trellis background in the paler pink and then stamped the branch in brown.  I stamped some sakura blossoms in both shades of pink on white and pink card and then used the punches to cut them out (so much quicker then cutting them!!).  For some variation in colour I also cut a few blossoms from the matching design papers.  I attached the flowers to the cad - some flat and some with a bit of dimension.  For the sentiment I cut a scalloped mat in the dark pink and an oval in white card.  I stamped the sentiment in brown, positioning it slightly to the left to allow room for the big punched flowers above.  Before adhering the white panel to the mat layer, I ran a brown marker around it to give a little definition to the panel.  To finish off the front of the card I added some bling - it is, after all, a birthday card!  For the inside  I stamped the whole cherry tree and added some blossom to the top corner too.  I finished the inside with a bold greeting.



This card is for Margene, the owner of my local craft shop, Stampeddler.  Not only is she celebrating her 60th birthday today - we're having cake at the shop, but she is also celebrating 30 years in business.  That's no mean achievement these days.  No only is Margene a really lovely lady, she has the most wonderful shop - I can spend ages pottering around building a wish list that she is only to happy to enable :)

That's all for now - I'm off to celebrate a birthday - see you soon.

22 comments:

Craftilicious said...

That's so beautiful Deborah - love the soft overall feel with the pinks and delicate background stamping.
Have fun at the shop.
I have all the Anita Blake books too - love em! Wish they'd make a film series of them. I have a soft spot for Asher ;-)
Tara
x

Stamps and Paper said...

Very pretty card Deborah lovely colours and love your design

Anne

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

So fresh and pretty! Love the pinks!

Kristie Goulet said...

Very pretty in pink! Love this!

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Deborah. Nothing says spring like cherry blossoms. Love your soft colors and pretty blooms. Great use of the background stamp as a trellis. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS. Loll :)

Sue Lelli said...

PRETTY! PRETTY! Love the branch and the flowers and the inside is gorgeous, too!

Kim Heggins said...

Deborah, this is just so sweet! I love all the pink.

Maja said...

Pretty in pink! Love pink ;)

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Deborah! That's so lovely all the flowers and in Pink!! I love that you decorated the inside beautifully too, Gay x

Darnell J Knauss said...

A lovely creation in pinks, Deborah! You didn't lose any of your creative Moe Joe on your reading break!!

Bobbie said...

Such lovely cards! That top one is so pretty with all the flowers. Thanks for playing with the Dynamic Duos.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Deborah, your card is so beautiful! I'm not a pink kind of girl, bur your delicate flowers are just perfect! TFS

Jenny Engelke said...

Love all the fresh little flowers! Thanks for playing along at Dynamic Duos this week! ♥

Amy White said...

Beautiful card! Love the background with the pretty flowers over the top, and the sentiment is perfect! Thanks for playing along with Dynamic Duos this week!

Mistys Mum said...

Love those pastel pinks Deborah - so clean & spring like. x

Marybeth said...

This is stunning Deborah! I love the way you used the pinks. The two toned flowers are gorgeous!
Happy Easter to you and your family!

Jenny said...

That's a really pretty springtime branch Deborah, beautiful composition too :0)
Jenny x

Jackie said...

What a beautiful card inside and out :o)
Jackie xx

Karen B said...

Gorgeous cards Deborah. Love the cherry blossom and the amazing background. Hope you enjoyed your cake! Thanks so much for joining the fun at A2CAS.

Karen x

Kate W. said...

Love how those punches work so well with the WMS set - it's like they were made for each other. Love the card-so serene. And congrats to your friend! There are really no lss in my area anymore so the 30 year mark really does say something about how wonderful the store must be. I'm a bit envious!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Hello there-This is such a pretty card-i love your layout,and the punched flowers look really pretty.Best wishes,Nessa :) xx

Harriet Skelly said...

What gorgeous cherry blossoms! And what a lovely layout! Thanks for playing with us at ATCAS!

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