Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Summer finally???

Well this is the third day we have had some nice weather! Do you think our Summer has finally arrived?
Forecast says not - nice tomorrow again but then rain, rain and more rain!!! So here is a Summer card - made for Maureen for her birthday and as her birthday has come and gone (and don't tell anyone but it was a 'special' birthday - LOL) I can now safely share it with you. (Please note I resisted any references to AGE on the card.....I thought putting a pensioners book on the front might be a bit naughty.... after all she wanted her age to be kept a secret......rofl)
Oh how brave am I??? She's floating on the seas somewhere so she won't see this.....I hope....

Anyway back to the card -
This is one of my fave digis and as I was feeling adventurous I coloured it with Chalks and Distress Inks....... not usual for me to use chalks but  I quite enjoyed it. The Topiary tree has a serene quality I think and I wanted to reflect that with the colouring, hence the use of chalks.
A wee bit of stickles on the butterfly wings for some sparkly accents and a couple of pearls and some flowers from my stash added to papers from a variety of paper pads plus a small butterfly charm! Suitably distressed around the edges and as it was for the 'sewing queen Maureen', I stitched it together!
Challenges -
Crazy 4 Challenges - Summer Themed
Crafty Catz - Vintage Look
Dream Valley - Summer Themed
One Stop Craft - Summer Time
Paper Playtime - Summer
Stamp Something - Bugs or Butterflies


fatmonica said...

Love it!It's a great image and the flowers are gorgeous!

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

A beautiful card for summer. The layout is charming. Your shading/coloring is impressive. You are an artist!!
Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime
Krista, guest designer

Lin said...

Viv, this is beautiful. Soft and delicate and very summery.

Thanks for joining in the fun at Dream Valley this time.

Lin xx

Jan said...

Love this Viv... and I'm sure Maureen did too.The image is so 'soft' and pretty and the whole design with the stitching and distressing is perfect.

Janette said...

Fab card and I also love that sweet image, it's so versatile.Thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Kendra said...

Great paper for a garden theme! Love the butterfly! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley!

georgina said...

Oh this is so gorgeous Viv, luv Georginax

Jules said...

Hi Viv

A really beautiful make for your friend .. and so kind of you not to add an age LOL !!! Great layout, image and colour choices and I love the flowers very much!!!

I too was hoping summer was finally here but can you believe that on the radio they used the word "Autumnal" when referring to the weekend!!!! What is all that about!!

Love Jules xx

June Nelson said...

OOOh Vivvy babe do like this, really like this lots!!!!! xxx

Lee said...

Really Beautiful card.xx

Maureen said...

missed this yesterday - you are wicked but it was a lovely card!!