Monday, 1 December 2014



Good Morning and welcome to December - it's nearly here - are you ready? Me ? no I haven't started the Christmas shopping but I am feeling smug in that I have made and written all my cards (over 70) some of the local ones have already been posted in our local scouts posts (they raise money for their funds every year by running a local postal service ---its only 25p per card so thats much cheaper but the last posting date is 5th December to give them time to sort it all out and deliver it.)  The sad thing is I wrote them all and sealed the envelopes then remembered I hadn't taken a piccy of any - how stupid is that.  I have the cards for my girls and their partners that are not sealed so at least I can take a pic of those and I suppose I had better make a card for Grumpy - though why I don't know as he doesn't like Christmas!

Anyhoo enough waffle from me.  We had some lovely entries for travel last month, the most popular stamps seemed to be the boy and birds, balloons and of course last month's ndc stamp the car with the tree in the back.  I wonder who will win and get and early Christmas pressie to spend at Clarity?

The final challenge for this year is Trees so here is my inspirational piece - well I hope its inspirational.

I started with some brusho's I used sandstone and rose red and on a piece of card and sprayed liberally with water.  I laid a piece of acrylic paint card on top with a linen finish and then lifted it off this is a cool way of doing it as you get two pieces so you can save one for matting and layering if you need it.

If you look at the picture below you can see how it just picks up the linen in places - its a really cool finish that I learnt from Pauline Wheeler

I used the remountable butterflies clear stamp set  for this card and I used versamark and black embossing powder so that the image would really pop.I added the top of the tree along the bottom together with some other tree stamps to create a "forest" I stamped the butterflies randomly in the "sky"

On the the other piece of plain card I stamped the some more butterifles and embossed in the same way then I cat them out

 This way I was able to stick them onto my previously stamped images and give them some depth

So there you have it  and here it is .  I hope it inspires you to have a go at this month's challenge 


Jo Rice said...

Morning Linda, ..great card and yes very inspirational, especially the tip on how to create the background...I love the butterfly stamps and find I am using them over and over again...I am not as organised as you....only made one card so far!!!!! Better get a move on and catch

Emma Burns said...

Fabulous Linda. Love the effect in the background. Hugs xx

Laurence said...

What an inspiration for the new challenge ! Really love the 3D butterflies. Love, Laurence xx said...

Hi Linda. I love your Tag. It looks even nicer close up too. xx I like to just rub my Ink Pad over the Linen card sometimes and it looks good. I like what you have done with the Brushos on the card and I think your colouring is spot on. xx Sam Crowe

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,lovely design and

Yvonne said...

Dow Linda loving the BOGOF you get with your Brusho technique!!! I'm quite jealous that you're so far ahead with your xmas cards but well done you.
Love your project those butterflies are really yummy.
Lots of love Linda xxx

Naomi said...

Beautiful card and I love the background and the dimension it all has, very subtle and lovely. xxx

Janet Pring said...

Fab card, Linda - loving the technique for the background, will definitely be giving that a go xxx

Theresa said...

Fan Dabby Dozey Linda. Not that I would expect anything else from you
Love the background and the butterflies. Tx

Jennifer Johnston said...

Oh, I do like this Linda, such a fabulous background, love it. Fabby colours.
Hugs Jennifer xx.

Jane said...

Linda this looks brilliant! I love the background and the colours you have used. Thank you for sharing how it was done!
Love and hugs xx

Linda Simpson said...

Very inspirational Linda I love the background and design.
Linda xxx

Lynne said...

Great card Linda. The linen card sets off the design so well. It definitely is inspirational.

Wish I'd finished my cards. I've not made a single one yet, let alone written them out...................x