Sunday, 20 March 2016

Easter Lilies

Good afternoon friends! Hope you are well.

I apologise for the lack of posts from me over the last couple of weeks. I've been completely whacked sideways by another ear infection and this one was/is a whopper! I've just completed my second course of antibiotics in 2 weeks, on steroid ear drops and have conjunctivitis to boot! At least the facial swelling has gone down - last week I seriously resembled a chipmunk :o) !!!!!!!! 

As a result of this, my DT commitments have slid, so I'm now trying to play "catch up".

The first challenge I'd like to show you my project for is the Shades of Green challenge over at Incy Wincy Designs.

We've got 2 amazing sponsors for you this week:

Our first sponsor is Laurie and her team from Doodle Pantry who are offering this week's first lucky prize winner a $10 Gift Certificate if you live outside the European Union OR if you are an EU resident, then the prize is 3 single priced products from the store (anything that isn't labelled as a "bundle").

 Doodle Pantry takes pride in creating a diverse selection of doodling styles, like realistic or whimsical, and all of which are family and kid friendly illustrations.  We hope you enjoy our wide variety of styles for every family occasion!

Our second sponsors are Elena and Kenny Kiernan from KennyK Stamps who are offering this
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I've chosen to work with a gorgeous set called Lily Collection Color Plus from Doodle Pantry (thank you Laurie for allowing me to work with this beautiful set), and here are my Easter cards:

My card recipes are as follows:

Easter Lily Card

  • Card base - premade A6 base in white card
  • Paper - is called Paper 1 and it comes from the Lily Collection Color Plus set
  • Image - is the precoloured Easter Lily in white (it also comes in orange and as an outline if you prefer to do your own colouring) and I have merged the Easter Lily wording with the image before printing it out. The doily die is the now retired Die'sire Ornamental Flower Frame. After I had die cut the frame, I ran it back through my Big Short and embossed it, before swiping some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink over the embossed areas to highlight them
  • Sentiment - is a magazine freebie cling stamp, which I stamped in Mowed Lawn Distress Ink before die cutting with a Die'sire Essentials Oval die. I popped 3 clear gems under the sentiment just to add a bit of sparkle.

Calla Lily Card

  • Card base - premade A6 base in white card
  • Paper - is called Paper 2 and it comes from the Lily Collection Color Plus set. I've distressed the edges of the paper using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.
  • Image - is the precoloured, double bloomed Calla Lily in white (it also comes in single blooms and in pink and orange colourways, as well as an outline image for those who would like to colour it themselves)  and I have merged the Calla Lily wording with the image before printing it out. The frame die is the Die'sire Nouveau Frame Die and I swiped some Shabby Shutters Distress Ink around the edges
  • Sentiment - is the same magazine freebie cling stamp, which I stamped in black ink before die cutting with a Die'sire Essentials Rectangles Die die and gave this a hint of Shabby Shutters Distress Ink around the edges.
  • Ribbon - is from my stash and is a satin edged organza ribbon in white
  • Pearls - are from my stash and I coloured these using my DG3 Spectrum Noir Pen to tie them in with my project

Unfortunately, our Shades of Green Challenge has finished, but if you're at a loose end this afternoon perhaps I can tempt you to come over to Incy Wincy Designs have a peek at the stunning creations by my teamies ... hopefully you won't turn green with envy though! In the meantime, we'll be back tomorrow with our new challenge - luckily this project was completed a number of weeks ago in time for my niece's birthday so my next post is all good to go ;o)!

I would like to enter this collection into the following challenges:
... and I would like to enter my Calla Lily card only into the following challenge:
  • March Bingo Challenge at Catch the Bug Challenge - I am claiming the middle column of  Green, Bling (hoping that pearls count as bling?) and Ribbon

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Hiya Helen - so very sorry to hear about your health - hope you get better very soon Helen!! Love your card -its wonderful. Hugs rachel x

  2. Glad you are feeling better, because these cards are beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Kitty Bee Designs Easter Challenge!

  3. Beautiful Easter Lily card and such pretty soft colouring, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  4. Super shades of green on your first card. Glad you're on the mend and thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  5. Lovely traditional Easter cards. Hope you'll soon feel better. Thank you for joining in our challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. Wynn DT

  6. Two beautiful and elegant Easter cards. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  7. Lovely cards Helen and I hope you're feeling better soon. xx

  8. This is really gorgeous, Thank you for playing along with us at Allsorts this week, good luck
    Kevin xx

  9. So hope you are feeling better - nothing worse than an ear infection. Your cards are super - love the colouring and the design as well. Thanks for sharing them with us at Crafting with Dragonflies.

  10. Beautiful cards - so elegant.

    Hope you're feeling better now.

    Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish.

    Helen x

  11. Thanks for playing Bugaboo BINGO with us this week. We're so glad you joined us and hope to see you again soon! Good luck in thE draw.
    Jen Leeflang

  12. Such a lovely Easter card!

    Thank you for participating in the Sweet Stampin’ "Easter" Challenge!


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Helen x