Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Dreaming of Spring...

Happy New Year!
31st December would have been Mum's birthday, so now she is no longer with us we always now just spend it quietly although the weather was  cold, it was dry enough for us to go outside for a birds eye view of all the amazing fireworks down the valley at midnight - glass in hand of course!

Dry weather has not lasted now though - it is cold, wet and very windy here today so I am sharing a card I have made using ANOTHER new birdcage die which I treated myself to a couple of months ago but have only just used. This takes my total birdcages to 5!
Hope it reminds us all that however bad the weather is at the mo there WILL be better weather in the coming months -(at least I hope so - but I do STILL want some snow before then!!LOL)
Consequently grey skies meant pic was difficult to take.

I used bright white texture linen card and a trellis punch for the edges.
All the dies were cut from the rest of the sheet of card.

I sponged the Memory Box birdcage with Tumbled Glass DI.
I also cut a couple more of the flower branches attached to the top of the cage from the leftovers.
The little birdie is from another die set and I just gave him a colour wash with Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey.

The flowers and stems were also coloured with DI's - (Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar  and Shabby Shutters) - I think the leafy flourish is a Marianne die?.

The roses were made using a Spellbinders Blossom die and this is one of my fave ways to make flowers. They were also coloured with Spun Sugar before cutting out and gluing together.

The sentiment was stamped in Shabby Shutters DI and simply cut out with a small oval nestie, layered onto a scalloped edge one and tucked in between the flower petals.
Challenges -
Papertake Weekly - Pick of 2013 (July -Dies/Punches)
Our Creative Corner - Shopping Sin (Birdcage Die)
Nat & Amy's - Girly
1 Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Live & Love Crafts - Perfume (Sin Garden by Vivienne Westwood - lovely smell- awful name!)
Cards Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Heck of a Challenge - New
Scribble & Scrap - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to look in  - you are appreciated more than you know! x


Sarn said...

Hi Viv .. . HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours.

VERY pretty birdcage card. Such lovely diecutting and sponging.

Sarn xxx

Kathyk said...

Lovely card.

Totally understand why you spend your NYE quietly too

Here's hoping 2014 will be kind to you and your family


Jackie said...

A wonderful card, so pretty :o)
Jackie xx

Netty said...

Loving all the beautiful die cuts Viv. Happy New Year, hugs Annette x

Claudia N. said...

A gorgeous card with a lot of die cut goodness!
Thank you for joining us at OurCreativeCorner and Happy New Year!

Claudia x

DeBe said...

This is absolutely beautiful , I love the subtlety of the colouring.Stunning design Jose and the embellishments are fabulous! Thank-you for joining us at the Cards Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge #1 Denyse x

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful Viv, love it!
Wishing you a Happy New Year.
Wendy xx

Darnell said...

Your sweet yellow canary cannot bring herself to fly away from the delightful surroundings you have created for her pretty blue bird cage, Viv!! It's like a garden every bird dreams about!! Happy New Year Hugs, Darnell

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a retry card Viv and really love the spring colours


sallysbitz2 said...

Your card is beautiful & elegant x

It's funny how we buy things and only have a play with them a few months down the line, lol.
It's not that we need things .... we just want them, lol.

hugs sally x

Di said...

Oh Viv, what a perfectly lovey card! LOVE all the detail, and as I know, your cards are always so perfectly executed. The trellis punch is such a perfect foil for the vines and flowers - you really are a clever little sausage!

Happy New Year!

Hugs, Di xx

Mrs A. said...

I love the delicate colours you have chosen for this card. Very pretty. Hugs Mrs A.

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card Viv, looks so fresh and springlike. Hope you have a good 2014.
Yvonne x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the fab

Dawn G Designs said...

Your card is beautiful! It is so elegant. It reminds me of spring, my favorite time of the year! Thank you for playing along at Cards Galore Encore Challenge, Anything Goes!

Mau xx said...

So Pretty Viv, and love the birdcage and flowers.
Health and Happiness for 2014.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

DesignerDiva said...

WOW this is lovely! I really like the trellis die it looks stunning!
Thanks for playing along at Heck Of A Challenge this month and good luck
Hugs Laurie x
PS would you mind going back and relinking now the linky is there? I don't want to risk forgetting to add you to the draw!

debby4000 said...

Absolutely gorgeous and adorable.

Unknown said...

Happy new Year my friend and a fantastic card using your dies and come up with the most lovely creations...keeping in touch in 2014.xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Diane said...

Happy New Year to you Viv. Wow I love the pastel colors and card design. So very pretty.

Hugs Diane

NGCARDS said...

Such a sweet image and a wonderful card! Thanks for playing at PTW and I hope you had a lovely Christmas & New Year! xxx

jane stillman said...

An absolutely fabulous card,love the colours and design. Thank you for joining in the Scribble and Scrap Challenge, good luck

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Happy New Year Viv! A fabulous card to kick 2014 off with! I too love birdcage dies, think I have 4! Susan x

Paper Junkie said...

Happy New Year too Viv. Your card is just like a breath of Spring - love that the bird has escaped the cage (never been comfortable with any creature in a cage - and that includes me!) X

Leanne said...

Oh wow this is so pretty! Love it all, the flowers nice touch, and the border punch way to go. Very pretty! Thanks for playing our Anything Goes Challenge at One Crazy Stamper!
Leanne DT@One Crazy Stamper

♥Gemma♥ said...

This is ever pretty hun and beautiful detail too...

I hope you have a fantastic and very creative 2014!!
hugs and xxx

Alyx said...

This is gorgeous. Great use of dies and I love the soft colours.

Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Love this creation, great colours & use of your dies

Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
Happy New Year
Hugs Shell xx

Unknown said...

Hi Viv,
Well a girl can never have too many dies, can she? :-) What a beautiful elegant card, reminds me of Spring which is just around the corner or? -wishful thinking- This is not a perfume I was familiar with, but I googled for it and your interpretation is spot on. Thanks for sharing with us at LLC.

Hugz, Sandy
Owner & Operator @ Live & Love Crafts

Pat said...

A really pretty card Viv, I love the trellis border, and the birdcage, branches and flowers are lovely, and have that vintage feel. Beautiful. x

Shari said...

Wow, fabulous use of a variety of dies on this stunning card!! Thanks for playing with us at One Crazy Stamper and good luck in the challenge.