Friday 21 July 2023


Hi there.  Hubby and I have just returned from two weeks in Pembrokeshire.  After all the settled warm weather in June it was rather changeable, and unfortunately due to the cool breeze which was evident most of the time, no sitting on the beach and a jacket was needed most of the time, but we did enjoy the break and the scenery especially the coastal scenery is absolutely beautiful.  I always find after a break that the mojo is not anxious to return but I needed a birthday card so got out this stamp from a recent Indigoblu magazine - Mixed Media No. 7, and luckily once I started it went OK.  The set also has dies and a stencil with three different designs and papers and sentiments, and I used the bubbles and the distressed cross hatching stencils in the background, and also some Distress Inks to colour.

Using a piece of mixed media card cut to fit  6" square card I used Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac ink spritzed with water and smooshed these over it, doing this several times to build up some soft colour.  I then stamped the flowers, used for the first time, and sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and then added the stencilling around the edges using the two inks mentioned above applied with a blending brush.  I then coloured the flowers using a waterbrush and used slightly darker colours ...Dusty Concord and Broken China on the flowers and Mustard Seed for the centres, and for the leaves Peeled Paint and Forest Moss, and for the slender foliage just a little of the Mustard Seed.  I finished by adding a bit of the Dusty Concord around the edges before adding it to the card.  

Whilst away I did manage to do some commenting and the two posts I put up were scheduled.  Although I did manage some commenting obviously I didn't have so much time and I apologise to those that I haven't yet caught up on.  Thank you for visiting me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 52 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
We Love Stamping July Challenge - Fabulous Florals/Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - Summer Flowers/Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes/Christmas.
Happy Little Stampers July Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers July Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - Anything Goes with Flowers/Mood Board No. 7.
Triple B Challenge - July - Anything Goes with Birds, Butterflies and Blooms. 
Stencil Fun Challenge - July -Anything Goes/Birthdays.


Aquarius said...

You've made a beautiful backdrop for this floral bouquet, beautifully coloured. You have inspired me to get out my magazine giveaway and have a play. Pleased you had a good holiday even if the weather wasn't brilliant - a change is as good as a rest they say.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

A gorgeous card Pat, I'm here with both hats on today, I love your stencilled background and colouring of the lovely stamp. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at We Love Stamping. Good Luck and I hope you will join us in our next challenge.
Faith A DT
PS. Isn't Pembrokeshire stunning? We were there in April.

Viv said...

Such a pretty card Pat. The colours are lovely and the fab stamp really pops out from your stencilled background. x

cuilliesocks said...

What a pretty floral card Pat, and I love the stencilled background, such lovely colours too. I'm sure the recipient will love it.
We were in York during that really hot spell in June, and it was exhausting walking around, glad you enjoyed your break though even if the weather was changeable, Kate x

Marjan said...

Happy to hear that despite the weather not being what you hoped for, your vacation was nice! I recognize the mojo not flowing after a vacation, but you could never tell by looking at your lovely card! The flowers are coloured beautifully and I adore the soft stenciling too!

stampinwithanita said...

I really love how your background came out, soft, yet there is an interest there. Beautiful card! It looks like your mojo is back! Thanks so much for joining us at The Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge.

Darnell said...

I'm sorry it was jacket weather on the coast, Pat, but it sounds like you two enjoyed it anyway - hard not to enjoy the ocean! And I know what you mean about Mr. Mojo taking off while we're away from home. You'd think he would be happy to see us! In spite of that, you really went to town and created a pretty birthday design! I love how you layered the smooched inks and the stencils and the flowers! The depth and color are terrific! Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

brenda said...

This is very pretty Pay, the muted background so delicate and then the pretty blooms focally, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations and We Love Stamping challenges.

B x

Joan said...

Lovely card and I love the stencilled background.

Donna Walls said...

Your holiday away sounds lovely, even though it was Jacket weather. It's hard to get back in the swing of anything after a nice time away. Your card is lovely, and the image is perfect. Thanks for joining us at the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge. We look forward to more from you soon.
Donna xx
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Kath said...

A beautiful card Pat and I'm glad you enjoyed Pembrokeshire too.
Kath x

Darlene said...

Oh Pat, this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Don't forget we also have an Anything Goes Stencil Fun challenge this beauty would qualify for (you can find the link below my name). Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Triple B challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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Diane said...

Beautifully created card, gorgeous floral and the background is fabulous!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Stencil Fun, triple B and Beautiful Blossoms!
Diane SF and TB Co-Owner and BB DT
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Vicki Dutcher said...

What a lovely card! So many technique uses and the end result is just fabulous. Thanks for joining in at HLS Water Color

brenda said...

Pleased I got a second opportunity to visit Pat as I can see my typo in the previous comment, eye much better but still the odd faux pas.

Many thanks for linking up to Stamping Sensations with this pretty creation (I hadn't noticed the link wasn't active).

B x

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely gorgeous card love the beautiful stamps and delicate stencilled background.Thank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations
Carol DT x

Mrs.B said...

A lovely card, the floral image is sop pretty.
Thanks for sharing with us at at Stamping Sensations.
Avril x

Aimeslee Winans said...

Beautiful card, Pat! Thanks for linking this up at Beautiful Blossoms Challenge!
XOX, Aimeslee