Thursday, 2 August 2012

Serene Summer

I saw this stamp when buying a present for someone - that's the trouble when you go internet trawling round crafty sites - you go with the intention of buying one thing for someone else and end up buying six things for yourself as well!
But I really liked it so as ever it was a 'have to have it' moment.
The image just makes me feel peaceful - I am not a painter but one of my friends who is an accomplished artist says using watercolours are the best bit of therapy she can have........... 
I opted for a simple layout using only one DP and just distressed the edges a wee bit.
The image was coloured with watercolour pastels, cut out with a nestie and lightly distressed.
Putting it straight onto a large lacy doily I think kept the 'soft' overall feel.
I finally got round to using one of my new dies - called honeyblossom sprig and although I used some pale green card  hope you can see enough of it -  isn't it pretty?
Secured a rather large organza bow with a pearl buckle and the two pins were a pressie from Sassy - clever girl she is! They're lemon pearly tips with silver bits, creamy pearls and lovely shimmery glass beads.  
Flowers and pearls all from my stash and the inside decorated to match.
Challenges -
Creative Inspiration - In the garden
Cupcake Craft - The Great Outdoors
Order of the Opus Gluei - Seasons (Summer)
MAWTT - Summer
Divas by Design - Flowers
Creative Craft - Summertime
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Bling with Ribbon

Have a great day everyone! x


Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Viv. This is so pretty and very delicate. Stunning creation.
Love Sandra xxx

Ally said...

Great card and I can understand your friend...crafting is my best therapie too! Ans hers is painting...
It's a wonderful card, I love the bright colours that u've used!
Hugs, Alessandra

Unknown said...

love this very lady like...lovely all the colours are beautifull and yes very peaceful..i loose myself in water colouring at the moment so agree with your friend gorgeous me luvverly ...hugs sassxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is beautiful Viv, I like the image, the doily and the soft colours.
Kevin xx

Mrs A. said...

Can quite see why this was a must have stamp. Your choice of colours are perfect for it. A beautiful card. Hugs Mrs A.

Faye said...

This gorgeous card is perfect for our Great Outdors Challenge. Thanks so much for joining the fun at Cupcake this week. Good Luck. x

Sue B said...

Oh Wow! this is really gorgeous Viv! what a wonderful image and you've coloured it beautifully with the Pastels! I love the gorgeous paper and embellishments… the doily and organza ribbons give a lovely soft vintage feel to it - it's a stunning card!
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT for my 'Summer' theme and Good Luck in the Challenge!
Hugs Sue xx

Mau xx said...

what a gorgeous card for the challenge at MAWTT Viv, I love the image and the colouring is gorgeous. Such pretty detail on it.
thanks for joining in.
Huge hugs Mau xx

Maureen said...

Perfection as always!!

June Nelson said...

Hiya me darlink its a fantastic card I love the serentiy of this too, could do with a bit myself at the minute!! gorgeous, big huggies xxxxxxx

coops said...

so beautiful viv.really pretty details and image and i love your soft colours ;D

xx coops xx

Meggymay said...

Stunning card Viv, it looks a perfect summer scene.
Yvonne x

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautifully Viv, love the image and all the gorgeous details & colours.
Wendy xx

Jackie said...

What a stunning card, so beautiful in every way :o)
Jackie xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

This is just gorgeous, love the image & the colours are perfect!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT & Divas this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Jan said...

This is stunning Viv... it has such a calm, peaceful feel to it and very 'Old English'.... beautiful xx

Viv said...

Such a fabulous card Viv, I love that stamp and the pretty soft colours you used on the card. Yes I know only too well about buying loads of stuff when you go looking for only one thing. I was in ebay today and lots of things jumped in my glad it's not just me lol :) Viv xx

Margreet said...

Such a pretty your colouring...thanks for joining the Divas!
xxx Margreet

Gini said...

Absolutely beautiful card to complement that pretty stamp. It's light and frothy - just perfect !
Thank you for joining us at Opus Gluei this fortnight :-)

Rosemary said...

This is a gorgeous card - if someone cared enough for me to make and send such a lovely, it would have a place of honor with me! I love the soft colors, the way you've colored the central image and the beautiful, feminine embellishments you have added here. The bow is perfection, the lace, gentle patterned paper, it really is delightful!

Thank you for capturing a lovely summer afternoon on your card - it works beautifully for our Opus Gluei theme!

Kim. said...

Oh wow this is such a pretty card, I can see why you had to have this stamp. Beautifully embellished and designed. Thanks for joining us this week at Moving Along With The Times.
Kim xXx

Shelby said...

Wowzer this is so pretty, elegant and feminine. Love the doily and the die cuts look great.


Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful, love the soft colours and gorgeous flowers! Thanks for joining us at Divas!
Helen x

Jules said...

Hi Viv

Beautiful and delicate. Love all the lovely finishing touches too.

Definitely serene.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Love Jules xx

Delphine said...

Gorgeous card, very elegant! I love the fresh colours! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Teresa said...

Oh Wow! Viv thi is gorgeous, so summery I love it, wish our weather looked this good it's gone really miserable here today.
About the ironing, I'm a bit confused did you say I could bring it round to you today at 10am is that right? :o)
Hugs Teresa xx

Zippy said...

Beautiful card and lovely colours. Love the image xxx

suzanne2 said...

wow this is stunning, i love the beautlful image and fresh colours.

Kristen H said...

This is gorgeous! I love that stamp as well, so pretty! I love the soft colors and lace accents. Thank you so much for joining our seasons challenge at the Order of the Opus Gluei!
Have a wonderful week.

Bonnie Garby said...

Beautiful card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.