Friday 12 August 2011

Summer Colours

Do you believe in life-long learning? I do - but it is difficult to get children to understand what it means. So this card is dedicated to the whole philosophy that we continue to learn new things all our lives. I have used my favourite saying and there is a hidden message there. Can you see it?

This piece is for Lisa's 'Anything Goes - with Summer Colours' challenge over at the Stamp Man. Do pop over and take a look at the most fabulous inspiration from my very talented teamies.

My inspiration for this card came from Joanne Wardle's article in the August Craft Stamper magazine for using resist techniques, but I didn't keep mine to a one layer card - of course I went on to embellish it more. I used art masking fluid as the resist for the centre sentiment to be stamped onto.

The flowers were made very simply with pre-cut, bought white paper flowers, swooshed in distress inks, heat dried - being scrumpled and curled in all the right places, and then beadazzles added to the centres. I thought they looked very summery, just like a patch of marigolds.

The butterflies were stamped with embossing ink onto card I had distressed with DIs, cut out and then DSs swooshed all over them. The depth of colours really soaked into all those tiny cracks and crevices.

Supplies used -
Stamps - TH good thoughts, papillon and artful flight
DIs - peeled paint, mustard seed, spiced marmalade.
DSs - peeled paint, forest moss, wild honey, fired brick, walnut stain.
Paper flowers, beadazzles, adhesive ribbon, gems
Dies - marianne and crealies.
Promarkers (just the lettering on the sentiment).

I hope we will see you over at the Stamp Man for our summer colours challenge and don't forget that Jill generously provides a £10.00 voucher for every challenge to spend in her on-line shop - so that's gotta be worth entering for. I hope you are having a good summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere) and that you are having some good crafty time for yourself (especially if you have children who are off school for the summer holidays).

Take care.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxoxox



Gram's Treasures said...

Lovely card Brends...beautiful colours, nice and sunny!
Joyce xx

Margreet said...

Love your summery card, Brena...beautiful text and the hidden message is even more beautiful...lovely flowers and butterfly...hope you have a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovey summery piece Brenda, love the masking and the hidden message along with those gorgeous flowers. Lovely work. Tracy x

Junibears said...

Such a gorgeous card Brenda. Beautiful, bright, summery colours. Brilliant work. love the quote! (two quotes!!)

Terry said...

Love that sentiment and very clever how you highlighted the hidden message! This is a lovely card and the flowers, flourish and butterflies really pop! Just so beautiful! Have a lovely Friday!

Joan said...

A very beautiful card Brenda, it took a few minutes for this old brain to find the second message but its oh so true ! The flowers look amazing, who would have known they were plain white ones


Kathyk said...

Love your flutterbyes and flowers Brenda - as always!

Happy Friday


Lisa Jane said...

I agree Brenda life is definitely for living .. what gorgeous colours ... and fab butterfly and flowers
Lisa x

Vicky said...

Lust so gorgeous Brenda...and loving the colours too hun....

have a lovely weekend..hugs Vicky xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Oh wooow, beautiful card Brenda! Love the colours and flowers and that quote is so deep, isn't it? xx

Gem said...

so lovely and a beautiful quote too :) X

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Oh, that's a wonderful piece, great summerfeeling. Love what you've done with the quote.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Brenda. Yes, I believe very strongly in life long learning, and it's something I was very involved with when I worked in the NHS,

Lucy x

cheryl said...

oh this is fantastic hun the colors flowers ribbon work beautifully to make one,amazing card hugs cherylxx

DesignerDiva said...

Brenda this is stunning!! I absolutely love it!!

Hugs to you my friend
Laurie x

Val said...

Brenda - absolutely stunning. Love the colours and the fabby flowers.

I totally agree with your first paragraph - having worked in employee development for a long time it was something that was constantly at the forefront. It was something I also treid to pass on to my kids and certainly one got it - and even now he sets himself a major goal each year.


debby4000 said...

Absolutely gorgeous Brenda.

Zoechaos said...

This is a British Summer one of the good days with the flowers and butterfly's and perfect colours the rain quote sums it all up perfectly love it! XOXO Zoe

Shirl said...

Just had to drop in on this creation as well to say another stunner.

Hugs Shirley x x

Ellie Knol said...

This is such a beautiful tag!

Ellie Knol said...

I mean beautiful card of course LOL