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Friday, 26 March 2010

In my garden I can see....

Is Cynthia's challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog this week. My craft room looks out over our front garden and directly in front of the window is a lovely plum tree which is just starting to come in to blossom and inspired me to make this card

I've used distress inks for the background and the main image (shabby shutters and tattered rose). I have to confess I love inky backgrounds but I don't use distress inks much at all so I'm entering this card into this weeks challenge from Raise the Bar which is April Fool ( a style you don't usually do). I've used stamps from Tim Holtz and Elusive images in the same inks and dusted them with green cosmic shimmer powder. The leaves and flowers on the tree are embossed with palm green EP and  a pastel pink EP. The ribbon is coloured with DI and the button is from my stash, coloured with lettuce alcohol ink.
This card is for one of my closest friends who is having a difficult time at the minute so its just the thing for Crafty Ann's Challenge this week which is to make something for someone special.

There are lots of Spring challenges at the minute so I'm entering this card into the following challenges too:
Allsorts - Spring
Crafty Cardmakers - Spring into Spring
Magical Crafts - Spring/Easter

Thanks for looking
Claire xx


  1. Lovely card Claire, how nice that you have a beautiful blossom tree to look at
    Beryl x

  2. Love your card Claire and I'm sure your friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Ann's. Hugs x

  3. This is a lovely card Claire, wish I had such a tree in my garden.

    Jenny x

  4. Beautiful card Claire - a lot of loving work has gone into this and it will mean so much to your friend. Thank you for not only sharing your card with us at Crafty Ann's but also the story behind it.
    Ann x

  5. What a beautiful card Claire, I just love evrything about this and I'm sure your friend will too.
    The inked background looks stunning and so does that lovely stamp.
    Thanks for joining in at Crafty Ann's.

  6. Oh it is so soft and gentle,Claire.I am sure your friend will appreciate it a lot... thanks for your great comment on my blog today

  7. What a beautiful card... I adore the image and sentiment, I am sure your friend will see the effort in this...

    A really thoughtfull creation...

    Thank's for joining Crafty Cardmakers this week

  8. I love this, my daughter is sat next to me and finds card making very boring, (i know, not related to me) she thinks this is amazing as well, love the shading on this, thanks for playin with us at crafty cardmakers xx

  9. Gorgeous card Claire and love the design of the tree,the colours are beautiful.
    Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Ann’s this week.
    Hugs Guest Designer Linda

  10. This is gorgeous! Maybe you should consider doing this technique more often ... you did a wonderful job!! Thanks so much for joining us at Raise The Bar!!!

  11. Gorgeous card, love the spring colours, perfect for our challenge, thanks for playing at MCFC, love Steph

  12. Sorry Claire thought I'd already said how lovely this special card is how did you manage to emboss the tree two such different colours without mixing them? Really beautiful.

  13. Claire this is lovely and so different. I love the sentiment too.

  14. Just beautiful Claire - the tree image is stunning and the colouring is amazing. Tess x

  15. Oh my Claire this is very special and very beautiful what a creative and inspirational crafter you are I love how you have described the techniques you have used a stunning piece of work thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann's
    Lorraine x

  16. Oh, this is stunning and a beautiful sentiment for your friend.
    Your inky BG is fabulous and compliments that lovely stamp perfectly.

    Thank you for joining in Crafty Ann's challenge.


  17. Thank you for playing with MCFC with this beautiful projct
    Hope you join in next time Good luck in the draw
    Liz x

  18. Beautiful card. Love the embossed blossoms. Lovely colours and a pleasure to look at.

    Janet xx

  19. Beautiful tree Claire wish we had one like this in our garden. Thanks for sharing Love Cynthia x

  20. Claire, what a lovely card and the words have such meaning to them. I wish I had a tree like that in my garden. Thanks for joining in with Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog this fortnight. We hope to see you back again in the future. Best wishes, Kym xxx

  21. Such a gorgeous creation Claire. I'm sure your friend will appreciate it.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's challenge.
    Beryl xx

  22. Such a beautiful card. Thanks for playing at Magical Crafts.
    Carol Ann xx

  23. Gorgeous pretty card. Love the image and your shading is wonderful. Thanks for playing along at Magical Crafts this time.
    Hugs, Donna x

  24. Oh I LOVE very pretty!

  25. Claire your inked backgrounds are wonderful! I love this technique, you've done it so well. :D Wonderful job fooling me. haha!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Raise The Bar this week!

  26. Lovely design hun, the colours are perfect, very vintage feel to it :)
    Thanks for coming to play at Crafty Cardmakers x


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