Friday, 4 February 2011

I've had both a 'frothy' and 'clean and simple' day today! Frothiness will be posted a wee bit later!
This card is for the challenge over at 'Daring Cardmakers' which this week asked us to take inspiration from 'February flowers', namely primroses and violets.
This stamp is one of the very first I ever bought and is by Hampton Arts.
I remember the reason I bought it was because it reminded me of my grandmother - and no it's wasn't because she smelt of violets (LOL) but it was because when I bought my very first home she arrived on her first visit armed with an 'African Violet' house plant.I had never had to look after a houseplant before and I was terrified that it would curl up and die!
Happy to say, it sat cheerfully on my window sill in the kitchen for over 5 years - and gave me so much pleasure in feeling it's velvety texture and watching the lovely deep purple blooms flower. After almost six years I moved house and plant came too - it didn't like it's new home as much as I did unfortunately and went off to meet it's maker. I have never bought another one as it didn't seem right! 
Anyway back to the card. Textured Linen cardstock, cuttlebug flower folder, matted onto pale lilac card. Stamp coloured with a mixture of promarkers and watercolours and finished with a lilac organza bow.
I resisted any temptation to add a sentiment to this card or any further embellishment to try and maintain the 'clean and simple'!


Anne said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see the frothy card lol!

Jan said...

This is so beautifully simple and delicate Viv. Love the story of the African violet too! xx

MaggieC said...

That is beautiful, so soft and perfectly put together. I love it.

PetraB said...

An absolutely lovely card and I like the clean and simple look and feel of it a lot.

Annie said...

I love the pretty embossed background on your card and the soft colours of the flowers - beautiful creation!
hugs, annie x

coops said...

stunning card viv.i love the embossing and a beautiful image :D

xx coops xx

fatmonica said...

It's a lovely card and has given me ideas for my mother's day card.

Lee said...

Really Beautiful.xx

Chrissie said...

This is just fabulous Viv! I love it!
Thanks for joining in this dare!
Chrissie GDT

Monica said...

Shines with elegance!

xxx Monica