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Friday, 5 May 2017

For A Dear Friend

 What a shock, I neglect my blog for 2 weeks, then post 2 cards in an evening.

I made this card for my oldest and dear friend, Diane, whose birthday was yesterday 
We met during our first week at High School, 53 years ago, and 'clicked' immediately. 
We have been firm friends ever since, despite our many years of geographical 
distance apart. When we phone each other, or actually meet up, there is not a
slightest moment of awkwardness...we just chatter away as if we had
been together the day before.

Diane loves blue so this gorgeous piece of paper was an obvious choice for her 
card. For about 12 years I have bought lots of craft items from Rebecca, the owner 
of Bizzy Becs, and her service has always been superb. She often slipped a gift of
a small bundle of 6x6" scrapbook papers into an order. This stunning piece of
paper is one of those. I have been unable to part with it for about 4 years!!

I stamped these flowers onto parchment paper, then embossed them with Silver 
Pearl E.P. I coloured the back of the flowers with blue and yellow Promarkers,
then shaped them, before adding some Flower Soft to the centres. The single
leaves with the serrated edges were cut by hand with deckle-edged scissors
from tiny scraps of white cardstock, hand coloured with Distress Ink.

I made the butterfly quite a few years ago at a retreat. It was such a long 
time ago, I have forgotten the name of the product, and the technique 
we were shown. We used a shimmery sheet of foil-like material and an 
iron, then used a butterfly punch and an embossing folder. I found a
little bag of the different coloured butterflies in a drawer recently.

Inside the card co-ordinates with the front. These leaves were also
cut out by hand

Challenges I would Like To Enter
Addicted To Stamps #147 - 'Flowers and Butterflies
Aud Sentiments #179 - 'Flowers Plus A Sentiment'
Country View - 'Flower Power'
Creative Sketchy Girls #11 - 'Butterflies and Flowers
Die Cut Divas - 'Use Flowers'
Dies R Us #72 - 'Flowers'
Paper Play Sketches and Colour - 'Colour Challenge'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'

Paper - Unknown brand
Flower Stamp - Fiddle Sticks E494
Dies - Cheery Lynn Olive Branches; Joy Crafts 6003/0026
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP set Pansies; Carl Butterfly
Sentiments - Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags Set 24
Embossing Powder - Stamp It Silver Pearl
Colouring - Promarkers Yellow, Royal Navy; Distress Inks Faded Jeans, various greens
Flower Soft - a mixture of Lemon and Yellow

Must go to bed and try to get some sleep, as we have to be up early tomorrow morning and drive at least an hour into town to buy a new printer. Ours 'died' today, and we need to replace it quickly as we have to have a pile of printing done in readiness for a meeting with our solicitor on Tuesday about our medical negligence case.

Until next time, happy crafting, and thank you for visiting.
Jennifer. x


  1. Absolutely beautiful creation Jennifer! Your flowers are so soft & pretty! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Flowers’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  2. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Paper Play Sketches.
    ~Owner/DT Janis

  3. Gorgeous card, I think your friend Diane was very happy with this card. Thank you so much for entering our challenge. Greetings, Veerle DT - ATSC

  4. A very pretty card. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  5. Wonderful card .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥
    Aud Sentiments
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  6. Stunning card. Thanks for joining us at Creative Sketchy Girls.


    DT Creative Sketchy Girls

  7. Very pretty! Thanks for joining our color challenge this week at Paper Play Sketches.

  8. A great looking card. Love the effect of the flowers. Looks amazing! Thanks for joining my "Make it bloom challenge" over at PFP this week.
    Love n hugs

  9. Gorgeous card with beautiful flowers. They look very delicate and elegant. I think your friend was very happy with this card.
    Thank you for joining the challenge at Addicted To Stamps Challengeblog.
    Greetings Miranda (dt-ATSC)

  10. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Paper Play Sketches, good luck!!! Amy DT

  11. So stunning, your design and colours are gorgeous and i love your beautiful flowers.
    Thanks for joining us at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

  12. Cute card!

    xx Kim
    DT Creative Sketchy Girls

  13. This is so delightful Jennifer, and your friend Diane is very fortunate to have such a talented friend. Thanks for joining in with us at Country View Crafts.


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