Monday, 11 February 2013

Inspired by Nature

For today's card I have combined two challenges.

The first is a new challenge blog I've discovered, over at Fab Fridays with this sketch,

and The Paper Players with these colours

Here is my card

I love the daisies in this set, and I haven't used it for ages, so thought I'd give it an airing. I used my favourite technique of colouring the stamp with my new Write Markers before stamping it onto white card. Both the yellow and pink ( strangely the photo makes it look orange but it is pink, honest! ) cards, were put through the Big Shot in embossing folders before layering them on the base card. The blue flower border was made by colouring some white card blue with the marker, and cut with a border punch and stuck under the central panel. I cut the banner with with two SB Labels Nestabilities that were bigger than the pieces of card so that just the ends were embossed and shaped, and stuck it down on 3D pads.

Recipe :
Card = Whisper White, Summer Star Fruit, Primrose Petals, and white base FMS
Stamps = Inspired by Nature and Verve sentiment
Inks = Summer Star fruit, Primrose Petals, and Midnight Muse
Tools = Big Shot, SB Nestabilities, Spots and Constellations embossing folders, and Martha Stewart border punch

This morning I helped my friend Rita, sort through boxes of china and kitchenware that belonged to her Mum, Angela, who recently passed away from the dreaded C word. She gave me a beautiful heavy crystal vase that I lovingly wrapped in tissue paper and placed in the boot of my car with boxes of bric-a-brac for the charity shop. After dropping the boxes off, I thought my vase would be ok on its own, and it was, till I reversed onto my slopping driveway. When I opened the boot, the world turned into slow motion time, and I helplessly watched as the vase rolled towards the lip of the tailgate. I bent to grab it, but ended up juggling with it from one Arthritic hand to the other, finally with it smashing in thousands of crystal splinters on my drive. Somehow, during this commotion I sliced my little finger on my left hand, and middle finger on my right, and even now, 4 hours later, the bleeding still hasn't stopped.

It's the craft club tomorrow, and then I'm in hospital for another IV treatment on Wednesday, and will be in bed till the weekend, so I hope to be back then.

Please bear with me, so until then, keep warm and Happy Crafting


  1. Inspired by Nature is such a great set and it looks beautiful in these colors. Great pairing of the sketch and color challenges! Thanks for playing at Fab Friday!

  2. Beautiful way to use these colors! So sorry about your vase, too! :(

  3. Great colors to use with this set! You did a wonderful job inking the stamps with your markers! I like the delicate punch you used as well. I hope your fingers are feeling better! Thanks for sharing with us at Fab Friday!

  4. You did a great job of using the colors with the sketch. I love all of the texture with the embossing, too. I'm so sorry to hear about the vase and your fingers. Thanks for playing with us at Fab Friday and the Paper Players!

  5. I love that stamp set Bev - you should use it more......only when your finger is better though! - Jacqueline xx

  6. That's fabulous Bev! Great combination of elements. Paula xxx

  7. Very pretty and unexpected stamp set! Thank you for playing with us at the Paper Players this week!


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