Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sunflowers for Mothering Sunday


I've had a crafty afternoon today, whilst I was waiting for my youngest to return from her school residential trip and I got to play with my blog candy Paintbox Poppets CD that I won from Marianne on Friday. Speedy service from Crafter's Companion (as usual) as it arrived yesterday - Thank you all! Now it's notoriously difficult to buy a card for my Mother in Law at this time of year as (being a former vicar's wife) she likes to receive a card saying Mothering Sunday rather than Mother's Day. This is the result of my afternoon's work:

This is only the second easel card that I've made, and I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out. My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base Card - Centura Pearl 300gsm card in Ivory (Crafter's Companion) cut and folded to a 15cm square easel card.
  • Design Papers, Mat and Layer Card under my image and the Design Elements are all from the Paintbox Poppets CD by Crafter's Companion. The mat and layer card and the For You label all came from the section called Stamping Companions. You print off one sheet where everything is coordinated for you, and there is a white area to rubber stamp onto. However, this would have been too tricky to do with my digi image, which I printed separately. The ribbon slider and tag (which I've used as my stopper) all came from the Ribbon Slider section of the CD and, again, came off the same sheet. Using the Verse Writer function, I was able to tailor make the sentiment to suit.
  • This wonderful vase of Sunflowers is by Pattie's Creations, and it is available in her shop. I got it from the current Progressive Challenge at the Crafter's Digital Art Center where it is one of the freebies on offer for the current challenge. I brought the flowers to life with my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours (old numbering system):
    • Flowers - 92, 35, 33
    • Leaves and Stalks - 48, 43
    • Water in Vase - 178, 171

I'm sorry that some of the photos are a little blurry - I was photographing with failing natural light, and I hate photographing my cards with flash. I'll take some better photos tomorrow and upload them, but I wanted to get this post done this evening.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Hope you're having a great week so far.

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Hi Helen love your easel card, the sunflowers are lovely,the papers are beautiful.

    Hugs Julie x

  2. Lovely, lovely card, I love your design and color choices! I feel certain your mother in law will be thrilled with the love showing in your creation! Thank you so much for playing the CDAC PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGE

  3. OH SO PRETTY! Your coloring is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining the Progressive Challenge fun at CDAC. It's wonderful to see what you’ve created with these fun images. And how great is it to have all this inspiration shared!
    CDAC Board/Team Member

  4. This is such a pretty easel card. I love the sunflowers, the colouring is fab!
    Thanks for taking part in the Crafty Pad Mum's the Word Challenge.

  5. Hello Helen. This is such a pretty card. Love the image and the papers you have used are just perfect. Love the ribbon slider too, very effective and so delicate. Happy crafting.I have also made myself your latest follower, and look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations.
    With love, Sandra xxx

  6. WOW! This is amazing! I love the softness in colors and that ribbon slider well it is just adorable! Thank you for playing with us this week at The Crafty Pad :))

  7. Such a pretty card, love your flowers and spring colours, thanks for joining us at Little Miss Muffet, hugs, Sarah x

  8. Lovely use of the flowers and spring colours. Thank you for joining us at MMCS xx

  9. Lovely card love the spring feel x
    Thanks for playing along with us at My mums craft shop challenges this week & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  10. Beautiful flower image gives your whole card a spring feeling.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  11. Beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining us on this months Challange on the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog.
    Sandra x


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Helen x