Monday, 14 March 2011

Spring is in The Air

Sir Stampalot have a 'Spring is in The Air' Challenge this month and it really does feel like Spring now. It's lovely to hear the blackbird singing its beautiful dawn chorus once again. Spring is also a time for Lambs and I just had to buy this Stampavie stamp called 'My Little Lamb' by Penny Johnson for another Mother's Day card. It is so cute! I know I've made two Mother's Day cards but my daughter will be giving one of them to her gran! 

I have been brave and made my first twisted easel card! I thought maybe my origami skills from years ago might help, but I was well confused LOL! I watched a You Tube video and the lady demonstrating did it all wrong! Kudos to her for leaving that online!! Anyway, I got there in the end!

The Happy Mother's Day Sentiment was made on computer and you can untie the ribbon ....

Untie the ribbon ....

Inside I have put a poem called 'Spring Quiet' by Christina Rossetti as my mother loves her poetry. 

'Spring Quiet' - Christina Rossetti

I used some fun flock on the lamb. This is the first time I have used fun flock and it isn't as easy as I thought! Hopefully you can see his fluffy fleece on the close-up! The sky background was done using a technique from a Whiff of Joy Tutorial - Sponged Sky by Jeanette. I made a mask of the image and also a mask of cloud shapes and then used 'Faded Jeans' Distress ink sponged lightly over the top. I think I should have stopped a little further up, poor girl looks as if she's floating on the clouds !!! Maybe she is on top of a steep hill? 

'My Little Lamb' Close-up

Hat and Dress: Meadow Green & Apple
Leaves: Apple
Skin: Vanilla & Pastel Pink
Hair: Tan, Cinnamon and Sakura Glitter Pen 'Clear Star' streaks
Flowers: Primrose & Lemon
Ribbons: Lemon
Lamb: Fun Flock


The papers are from Wild Rose Studio 'Floral' Paper Stack. Card is from the Papermania Capsule Collection 'Fresh Verde'.  The circle mount is Nestabilities. Doiley Edge Border and Trellis Border are both Martha Stewart Punches. The little flowers on the trellis are from Handy Hippo. Other flowers, gems, ribbons and charm are from stash.

I am entering the card into the following Challenges:
Sir Stampalot - March Challenge - 'Spring is in The Air' (ends midnight Sunday 27th March 2011
Stampin' For The Weekend - Challenge No. 5 - 'Springtime' (ends 8pm Thursday 17th March 2011
The Pink Elephant - Challenge No. 95 - 'Spring Time' (ends Sunday 20th March 2011)
Charisma Cardz - Challenge No. 10 - 'Easel Cards' (ends 7.30pm Wednesday 16th March 2011
Creative Inspirations - Challenge No. 55 - 'Easel Cards' (ends 10am Friday 25th March 2011
Die Cut Dreams - Challenge No. 85 - 'Mother's Day or Special Friend' (ends noon Sunday 27th March 2011


DesignerDiva said...

Sue! Another cracking card and I'm well impressed with this one too! WOW fab colouring really nicely done and the flock on the lamb is a really clever idea. I haven't tried flock yet so will take your word on that LOL Love the punched trellis fence and loads of little details that just make this perfect!
Allorts have a challenge that you could put this in cos its green and secret crafter have a flowers for mum theme, crafty catz have a green & yellow theme and stamp something have a green and cream theme there is another that is just green but can't remember it off hand.
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

Debbie said...

Beautiful card, so much detail went into this, thanks so much for joining us at Creative inspiration Challenge Blog.


Anonymous said...

Wow your card is stunning!! You've done a perfect job. I really love this one with so many lovely details and bravo for making a twisted easel card!Oh and great idea with the poem.
Hugs xx

brenda said...

Hello Sue

What a delightful card.

The image is perfect for Spring and all your attention to detail has created a lovely piece of work.

Thank you for sharing with us at Stampalot Challenge this month, good luck and hope to see you again.

B x

Debs said...

Gorgeous colors, fabulous twisted easel and super adorable image, wonderful all around, thanks so much for joining us at Die Cut Dreams, and Creative Inspirations. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon

Sue said...

Aww thanks Laurie!

Don't do what I did with flock. I used too much pva glue and the stamped lines got covered up. So I went over them with a liner pen and the ink blended into the flock. Ended up with one very dirty sheep!!! LOL we learn by our mistakes!

Thanks for the heads up on other challenges, but think there is a limit of six challenges in total with Sir Stampalot and I really wanted to enter their challenge this month.

Love n Hugs
Sue xxx

Sue said...

Aww thanks Pat!

I do like the easel cards, you can put so much detail on them!

Love n Hugs
Sue xx

Tracy said...

Totally gorgeous, I love it. So pretty and sweet. Thank you for joining Sir Stampalot and Die Cut Dreams. Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

pinky said...

Sue this is just gorgeous, love layout, love the hidden poem and the beautiful colours you have used. Thanks for playing along at Sir Stampalot.

Francesca said...

Beautiful card

Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month
And Good luck!


Crafty Chris said...

A beautiful card, thanks for joining us at DCD.
Chris x

Sally H said...

A wonderful spring creation! Thanks for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot and good luck!

jude said...

Absolutely adorable gorgeous easel card.Love the colours youve used and the image.What a fb idea to include a poem.Your layout and design is stunning.Thankyou for joining us over at Creative Inspirations this week.Good luck and hope to see you soon
hugs judex

chris said...

this is an amazing piece of work so stunning.
Thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge, hugs Chris

S Mathis said...

Happy St Patty's Day! Green is one of my favourite colors, and this is a great card. Very impressed with your sponged cloud background; need to try that myself one of these days!

Take care,

Janie Printz said...

BEE-U-tiful card Sue !!! LOVE the look of the twisted easel but haven't tried one yet... You've colored this little bauty so wonderfully & that lamb is adorable in his "flocking" ...
Terrific flowers & just love how you've added all the other embellies to make this one cute card !!!
Hugs, Janie