Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring Bouquet

Hi everyone.  I haven't posted here for quite a while as I have been unwell due to trouble with gallstones which have rather laid me low and consequently my mojo has taken a holiday, but today has returned hopefully not to disappear again.  I have been on a very low fat diet which means food has been very plain and uninteresting, but the only good thing is that I have lost a fair bit of weight and presumably will continue to lose a bit more until I have the operation, which I hope will mean I will be able to eat more or less normally afterwards.

Anyway, enough of my woes.   Here is the card I have made for a friend's birthday which is tomorrow.  I just hope that she doesn't decide to look at my blog in the meantime.

I used a freebie embossing folder and stamp set which came with a recent magazine, and as you will have probably realised I do get tempted quite a bit by this sort of offer.  There is also a pretty embossing folder border which I didn't use on this occasion.

I started with a snippet of white card and embossed using the embossing folder and using a brayer I lightly rolled over it wth Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to bring out the pattern.

Looking at the shape in the middle of the lacy frame I decided to cut a mat from another snippet of white card, using a Spellbinders Rounded Square die which was the right size to fit the space.  I then stamped the flowers on to this using Versafine Smokey Grey ink, and coloured using my Lyra Aqua Brush Markers which I scribbled on to my glass mat, using a waterbrush to apply them, as I didn't want the colours to be too strong.  I added a piece of thin white foam to the back before mounting this and the embossed background on to a 6" square white base card.

To finish I used another snippet of white card back with Stick It adhesive, and sponged some Peacock Feather DI which didn't look quite the right colour, so I then added the blue Lyra brush marker in the same blue used to colour the flowers over the top, and then die cut the sentiment.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to be back again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 273/274 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Layer It Up.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use More Than One Die or Punch.
CAS Watercolour Card Challenge - Spring.
Uniko Challenge  - Spring (no twist).


  1. Such a pretty watercoloured bouquet and dry embossed background. TFS Pat and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs..

  2. A lovely card, such a pretty bouquet. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather and hope you make a good recovery soon.
    Kath x

  3. Sorry to hear of your medical problems Pat. I hear gallstones can be very painful indeed. What a beautiful card this is. Now there's some lovely freebies I missed. Barbxx

  4. This is so beautiful Pat. Your friend is going to love this card. The flowers are so pretty and I love how you've added just a bit of colour to the embossed background. Very clever! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

    Sorry you've not been well. I had the same thing 20 years ago. It is very painful. Thankfully, the surgery is must less intrusive that it used to be many years ago. Hopefully you'll be able to have your surgery soon and will be pain free. Take care. xx

  5. Very pretty floral card Pat love the embossing folder


  6. So sorry to hear that you have been unwell Pat, I hope that you are well recovered by now, I believe gallstones can be very painful.
    Anyway, your card is beautiful, the embossing folder design is so pretty and the flowers and your colouring are gorgeous. It's a lovely design and I'm sure your friend witll love it, take care of yourself, Kate x

  7. Hi Pat, I'm sorry you have been unwell and commiserations on having to stick to a bland diet, but glad you feel like crafting again. This card is beautiful, such a lovely bouquet of spring flowers, and very pretty embossing as well.
    I was looking at this magazine in the supermarket this morning but I maaged to resist the temptation so far!!
    Jean x

  8. This is a beautiful bouquet and so perfect with the lacy embossed background, Pat! I can sympathize with your diet as I had to do the same thing at one time. I was healthier, but it's much more fun now to be able to eat whatever I want! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Watercolour!

  9. Your card is lovely. The painted flower plaque is really pretty and I love your water colouring. Hope you can have the op soon and get back to normal eating. hugs Mrs A.

  10. Sorry to hear about your health Pat! Nice to hear there is a bit of an 'upside' if it can be called that! Your mojo seems to have returned big style here with this beauty ! Love the colouring, and the highlighting of the raised embossing with the light brayering1 Great job! Have a great weekend my friend! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
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  11. Sorry to hear you have been unwell Pat but pleased your mojo has returned. Such a beautiful card. Lovely soft colours on the embossing to high light the texture. It is a perfect frame for those very pretty flowers.
    Take care, Flo xx

  12. Lovely card Pat - your colouring is fabulous! The embossed 'frame' is perfect as well - clever to add some soft colours as well.

    Hope you're feeling better than you have been - a friend had that same op. about three years ago and it made such a difference! She's back to usual as far as eating goes :)


    Di xx

  13. Thanks for my beautiful card. Absolutely love the colours...bright and cheerful. Xx

  14. What a beautiful spring bouquet - lovely colours! Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour! Get well soon!

  15. A beautiful card Pat, I too love the free gifts from some magazines. The e/f is really pretty as is your colouring.
    I hope you are feeling much better now.
    Janice x

  16. Sorry to hear that you've been unwell, Pat. Hopefully you won't have to wait too long for your op. Glad your mojo has returned and fingers crossed that it remains.

    Fabulous card. Super embossing folder and the embossing really shows with the light covering of ink. Lovely image too, beautifully coloured. xx

  17. A really pretty card and those beautiful colours are just perfect for's gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  18. So glad to hear you are feeling a bit better, (losing weight if you want to, is always a great side effect too!). Your card is just lovely...coloring is gorgeous. Love the onpoint design, and the embossing looks beautiful in this shape. Your friend will just love this spring fresh card. TFS & Hgus

  19. Your friend is going to love this pretty card. That stamp is so lovely!

  20. what a pretty the eb frame, works so well with your image.
    so sorry to hear about your health issues...I feel for you as having gone through that, turning toxic from it and had to have surgery. Feel better soon.
    xx Karen

  21. Beautiful texture and elegantly coloured blooms. A perfect Spring feel to your card Pat and thanks for playing along at Uniko this month.

  22. A really pretty spring card and a gorgous embossing folder.

  23. So sorry to hear about your health issue. Hope you feel better soon after the operation! Your card is stunningly beautiful, Pat! Love the delicate embossing and the rounded square is a perfect fit! And your coloring on that bouquet is amazing!!!

  24. Beautiful Spring bouquet and wonderfully coloured. Love how you have framed the raised stamped image with the pretty embossing. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. Hugs Bev x

  25. Beautiful card Pat, love the bouquet, and the dry embossing is awesome. Thanks for joining us at Uniko.


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