Friday 24 September 2010

For a Very Special Friend

Good Morning Everyone,

I'm determined to be positive about today even though the weather is downright horrible!!!  I'm hoping it dries up just a little bit as I have to go down the road to let my friend's two dogs out at lunchtime.  Lucky lady, she's off to Bermuda to spend a week with her daughter who works out there and leaving her OH and the dogs to fend for themselves, Lol!

Anyway, I have a card I want to share with you (actually my other makes are all DT stuff so I can't share them much as I'd like to) which I made a couple of weeks ago for one of my Very Special Friends from the Craft Stamping Quartet.  It was a joy to make a card for Elaine, as it always is with these ladies because they and their friendship mean such a lot to me.

Unfortunately, I didn't make a note of the colours I used but for a change, I used Adirondacks mainly because I know they are Elaine's favourites and suffice to say, I used as many autumnal colours as I had in my collection (it turned out I had quite a few, Lol).  I started off by blending the colours over my cardstock starting with the lightest colour first and then before adding the darker shades I  placed a Tattered Angles Glimmer Screen onto my work.  There are a couple of different tree ones and I moved them around the card as I gradually built up the colour.  I then stamped the lovely delicate script stamp from the Elusive Images Antiquities (the same stamp is on a different DL sized plate too) plate all over, stamping off first onto scrap paper.  Next came the tree stamps from Tattered Angels and I'm pretty sure I used Adirondack Espresso for those.  I used the same colour background inks on a tag and then stamped a Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz quote from the Urban Chic set.  I think I used a branch stamp from the same set round the edge of the tag. 

I used a leaf stamp I've had for ages to stamp out lots of leaves inking the stamp with a couple of different colours and then watercoloured them using the Adirondacks.  When they were dry I cut them all out and gave them a thin layer of decoupage varnish (Wow, definitely needed a well ventilated are for that!), shaped them gently with my fingers and used dimensional glue to position them on the card.  The birthday sentiment is also from an Elusive Images set of birthday words.

Thoroughly enjoyed playing with this one especially as I knew it would be appreciated.

Before I shoot off to get some of those pesky chores out of the way,  I must apologise again for being so far behind with blog visits.  For some reason, life seems to be getting in the way of crafting and it's associated pleasures at the moment but I'm hoping things settle down soon.

Hope the weather isn't too miserable where you are and that you all have a lovely weekend.

Lesley  Xx


Suzanne C said...

Love the tattered angels trees and you made them shine here! Beautiful card for your friend! Love the layering of the stamps and masking.

Elaine said...

Well Lesley, you did know which buttons to press for me. You know I am a nature girl and I love my Adirondacks too!!

I am lucky enough to have the card in my mucky little paws and I just had to have another look at it now I know how it was all made.

I love this warm card - both in colour and the love put into it. I really love that main sentiment, it will definitely be going on my wish list!!

Thanks for all your hard work - it really was very much appreciated.

Elaine xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

What a beauty Lesley! The colours are gorgeous, so in keeping with this time of year. I can see how much fun, and love you have put into this card, and it is definitely intended for Elaine. Hmmmm, now it's my birthday next, the anticipation is starting to build, and I have ages! Judith xx

veronica said...

absolutely gorgeous card Lesley, really love the colours you used, and the leaves just add the finishing touch

Aquarius said...

This really is a beautiful card and I'm sure Elaine will absolutely love it. You've obviously worked hard on this and it shows in the finished result. Hope life lets you off soon so that you can do more crafting.

brenda said...

Hi Lesley

Just stunning. I so love the rich Autumnal colours and this card depicts the season perfectly.

Weathers much the same here, heavy rain most of the day so far and not very promising for the weekend.

B x

Anonymous said...

Lucky Elaine!
Beautifully blended colours on this stunning card....maybe I should send you my DOB and addy...hint hint lol

Miranda said...

Hi Lesley, you did a great job with this beautiful fall card. Brill colouring and I can imagine Elaine will be very happy with it.
Greetz, Miranda

Lavender Rose said...

Gorgeous card, the colours are stunning and such a lovely sentiment.

themessycraftroom said...

Wow Lesley another stunning card a real autumn beauty. Those leaves and the sentiment look great. Really like how you have given the card depth with the layering up. No wonder Elaine loved it. Have a good weekend. Hugs x ChrisB

Isabelle Norris said...

Lesley, this is STUNNING !!! such vibrant colours!

Suzi B said...

What a beautiful card Lesley... so rich and vibrant no wonder Elaine loved it!

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

How long has it taken me to get here? Far too long!!! Sorry!!

Your card is gorgeous.

Such beautiful colours and all those leaves are just amazing. Wonderful work as always.

Love Jules xx

Rachel said...

Lesley, this is sooo stunning! The colours, the images, the leaves... so pretty :)
There's something for you on my blog :)
Hugs, Rachel xx

Michelle said...

Ohhhh Lesley
Popped over to say hi and found your amazing work just kept me spellbound. Lovin all you have made lately, the card for the blog hop is amasing, need to know how you did the curtains, will pop back and have a look at that in a minute, Your autumn card is beautiful too, did you mask the trees, thats a great effect! If no it's given me a great idea!!! Sorry it's been a while since I stopped by. Hope all is well and a big thankyou for your friendship
Much Love
x Michelle

PS I applied for the Elusive images DT and I must say they have chosen well in choosing you, You have created some wonderful work with their stamps!x

Phree said...

Gorgeous card Lesley, love the rich autumn colours.