Sunday, 22 March 2015

This one's a first.......

Good Morning All!

Wow, what a gorgeous sunny Spring morning we have here. The nasty cold wind has gone and although it's still cool out of the sun for me it is perfect and just how I would love every day to be (sorry heat lovers). It makes me want to do stuff ..... any stuff either outdoors or in!

After being without our laptop for several days so I couldn't blog, we now have it back with a new hardrive but some of our old programs (which I understand and therefore love ;D) are missing so I still need to get our techie lady back to tweak things a bit.  The main one for me is the program I used purely for resizing my pics for blogging so I don't have much I can share till it's sorted hopefully next week ......unless I want to wait hours for photos to upload, lol!  I do have a birthday card I can finally show though and it was made using a technique I had been wanting to try for a while.....

This card was made for one of my crafting friends, Kirsten and you can find her fab blog here, and I used the currently popular bokeh technique.

 I was a bit nervous after I first applied the colours to the card as, for me, they were very bright, lol, but a few weak washes of Snowflake Fresco Finish toned them down perfectly but still allowed the lighter circles to show.  I made my own stencil with various circle dies & long reach punches and was really pleased with the final effect.

 
I stamped and coloured the JoFY flowers onto separate card as well as the base card so that I could cut them out and give some dimension and I also added some Dew Drops here and there.  The sentiments was stamped onto some twill ribbon and the circle stamp is from a Dylusions set.

I was really pleased with how this turned out and will definitely be using this technique again.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone.

Hugs
Lesley  Xx

20 comments:

Helen said...

What a gorgeous card, Lesley! Even muted down those new Frescos are gorgeous colours, aren't they?!! I need to try this technique, I keep seeing it places!

Sally H said...

It is absolutely gorgeous, Lesley! Love the colours! I have been seeing quite a few examples of bokeh around. Something I must also try soon!

Lin said...

gorgeous Lesley have not heard of that tecnique so some instructions please lol xxx

Moira said...

Never heard of this technique will have to look it up, great result. If you need a good picture resizing programme try PIXresizer which you can download for free from tinterweb use it to reshape, resize and compress pics one at a time or a whole folder at a time.

snazzyoriginal said...

What pretty colours, love the background too x

Margaret Iddon said...

What a fabulous card Lesley, so precise. Love these colours, I am doing a canvas with them, not quite finished yet. Have not tried this technique yet, it's on my list of 'to do's'. I'm off to Glenda's in April for a weekend of craftiness , wish you could go. Maybe see you somewhere soon.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous design, LOVE the colours and the background technique. The whimsical stamps are awesome as well :) xxx

massofhair said...

Beautiful card Lesley, the bokeh technique has been around for quite a while and i love it a lot. Not too many crafters are playing but i think they will after seeing your gorgeous card:-) xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous, Lesley, I must try that technique!

Lucy x

Buttons said...

That's one of the most lovely bokeh backgrounds I've seen Lesley. The sketchy flowers work perfectly with it. Jenny x

veronica said...

this is gorgeous Lesley - love that technique, and the wash tones everything down beautifully

Claire said...

This is so pretty! Love the colours and the bokeh technique looks great - I've never tried it myself yet but it really does make a lovely background xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Thank you again for this gorgeous card Lesley, I absolutely love it.

Julie Ann Lee said...

I have no idea what Bokeh technique is so I guess I will have to get on to Mr Google to find out more. This looks wonderful, Lesley so I'm really inspired to find out more! xxx

sam21ski said...

Oooh fabulous card Lesley, loving that background technique although I have to admit that I've never heard of it before so shall have to look it up.

Sam xx

Aquarius said...

This is gorgeous and lovely colours used. I really must have a go with this technique - so many things to do and no spare time!!

Hazel Agnew said...

It's really beautiful Lesley! Behind the door as usual and not heard about this technique! Xx

Suzi B said...

Fabulous colours Leslie love it
I'm off to research the techniqu.
Suzi B xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a beautiful card lovely colours Lesley. I love the bokeh technique you've used too, this is on my to try list. Enjoy the sunshine.

Sue xx

Ruth said...

A new technique on me too....but I love your results. Fabulous card Lesley! Hugs Ruth x