Friday, 1 April 2016

It's coming up Daisies!

Ooooo, good morning folks and happy April Fool's Day. We're in the middle of our Easter holidays here at Casa Mia, so I'm hoping that there will be no pranks from the Bambinos! Have you been fooled today at all? I'd like to warmly welcome Kevin, my newest follower, to my blog - hope you enjoy the ramblings from Casa Mia and my crafty journey!

It's new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and this week we are not having a sponsor ... however, we do have a $10 Gift Certificate to your favourite online scrapbooking store up for grabs!!!!!!! We've also said "Farewell" to a few of the girls who have stepped down from the team at the end of their term - sorry to see these ladies go, and I'll miss their awesome inspiration.

Here's the sketch that we're working with this week:

With no sponsor images this time, I had a great trawl through my, ahem, accumulated collection of images (I cringe every time Papa Mia says that we're running out of space on the hard disc, because some most of it's my stuff ... although I tell myself that his music doesn't help ;o)! ) and I found one that would suit this sketch perfectly, as long as I flipped the layout! So, here's my card created using the sketch:

Regular readers will know that I always struggle on Mother's Day for a suitable card for my M-i-L (a retired clergy wife) as the day is known as Mothering Sunday in the church calendar - the day when servant girls were released from their duties in the big houses to return to worship at their "mother" churches and to see their own families. These girls would often pick flowers from the hedgerows on their way home, hence why little posies of spring flowers are often given to mothers in church on this day!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base card - is a pre-made card base in white, about 14.8cm square
  • Design Paper - is from the Mixed Media Collection by Donna at Bearly Mine Designs, now sadly closed :o( I inked around the edge of the papers using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.
  • Image - is Daisies and Butterfly Frame by Teri at ArtiDoodles (Delicious Doodles). I've brought this lovely spring scene to life using my Spectrum Noir Pencils (Original) in the listed colours, before fussy cutting the image, both inside and outside the frame. A light dusting of Vintage Photo Distress Ink softened the edges of the frame and behind the butterfly's antennae.
    • Daisies - 010, 013, 017, 046, 049, 054, 103
    • Butterfly - 041, 030, 105
    • Frame - 086, 092, 103
  • Sentiment - is computer generated using my word processing package and a free font I found on-line called Shorelines Script Bold. I cut the strips using my Tonic Studios Sculptured decorative scissors - I think these were a magazine freebie as I can't seem to find them on the internet at all. I inked around the edge of each strip using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.
  • Twine - from my stash, which is tied around the frame and finished with a bow
I hope I've encouraged you to come over to Feeling Sketchy and play along with this sketch, but if you're in need of further inspiration please do head over to the blog and check out the other wonderful creations by my teamies! Then come back and share your project using our sketch. We'll be back with our new challenge on 15/4/2016.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Have a great weekend!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Hello Helen. Wow gorgeous work. Thanks for joining in our first challenge with your fabulous creation. We hope you will continue to join in each month...thanks for sharing your talent. xx
    [aNNie DT for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  2. Really pretty helen. Love it to pieces. Happy holidays xx

  3. Such a pretty card, Helen! Beautiful coloring and I love how you placed the frame on an angle! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

  4. Beautiful card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  5. Lovely card. Thank you very much for sharing your creation with us at Come And Get It challenges.
    Hugs, Iwona

  6. Absolutely beautiful. I love it. Great work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Annette DT Leader

  7. Beautifully colored and layed out card!! Thanks for the lesson on the origins of Mother's Day as well :) Thanks for playing along with us at ATSM this week!
    Susan DT

  8. Gorgeous card thanku for joking us at
    DT Kristyn

  9. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Di's Digi Designs.
    Deborah A

  10. Such a pretty card!

    Thank you for joining us at Di's Digi Challenge!



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Helen x