Sunday, 7 October 2012

Flowers for you

Good morning all in Blogland and hope that your weekend has been going well. It's a frosty but sunny morning here in north west UK - much nicer than grey & wet! I don't mind the cold as the trade off is we get the sunshine too! I'm sure my husband is grimacing somewhere as he probably knows that if it's a sunny Sunday morning that means there are more jobs somewhere in the garden to tackle. We haven't got a big garden but there always seems to be some things that need doing. It's not really his favourite occupation - unless he's chopping something down or starting a bonfire! - but I feel the need to get it tidied up before winter. As I do point out to him, one of his working departments at home is 'Parks & Gardens' (along with 'Taxi Driver', 'DIY Call Out', 'Computer/Internet Specialist', etc....). As I'm kind (!) I'll don my wellies first and make a start - then remove him from his Sunday papers and he can come out and help with the heavy duty bits! After housing the usual band of teenagers yesterday afternoon and for tea, it's quite nice to spend some time pottering outside - teenagers don't 'do' gardens (well, mine don't) so I'm usually permitted some peace out there.

Anyway, enough waffling from me! On to today's card. I've used a stamp I bought a while ago from Joanna Sheen - 'Basket of Flowers'

I coloured the image with promarkers and then added some Glossy Accents to the flowers - but with my photo skills this doesn't really show up!

I decided to make this into a 6" square gatefold card for a change. The backing papers are from First Edition 'Birdsong' with some coredinations card for matting and accents. 

I've edged the opening sides with lace, and added a sheen ribbon tied bow to the side. The corners are from a Spellbinders die using 'Persian Accents' and the leaves are using a Marianne die. The flowers are from WOC and CardCraftUK.  At the back of the card I've added a Marianne die cut heart (to hold the ribbon in place!)

I thought I'd share this one with you today as it features stargazer lilies on the stamp which were one of my mum's favourite flowers. Today marks 10 years since she passed away, and we made sure there were stargazer lilies at her funeral. She loved all flowers and this sort of card would have been perfect for her. 
I can't believe 10 years has passed so quickly - and I still want to ring her up or pop round, particularly when the kids have done something clever/funny/annoying! Well, that's what mums are for isn't it? 
So, I'm not ending on a mournful note. She hated people to be miserable! So we're all smiling today as we remember her! Make sure you smile for someone today.
And can I just say a big thank you for all the lovely comments you've been leaving - they mean so much! 
Sorry for the long and waffling post (although nothing new there!). 
Back soon, Kim x 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Down in the garden
StampinfortheWeekend - feeling floral
PaperPretties - flowers
JellyparkChallenges - pink it up


  1. Hello Kim and happy Sunday to you. Your card is beautiful and delicate, with such pretty colours.
    Fabulous. Enjoy the rest of your day.
    Love Sandra xx

  2. Hi KIm gorgeous card you have coloured the image beautifully and the layout is beautiful. Funnily enough it was 26 years yesterday that my dad passed away I still miss him loads. Hugs Caroline xxx

  3. Beautiful card Kim. Gorgeous colouring and love your layout. I'm sure your mum knows it was really made for her and is smiling back at you.
    Eileen x

  4. Wow Tilly! This card is stunning! I adore that stamp and your colouring is well I just can't say it in words- "fantastic, stunning, beautiful, perfect" all of those words lol. It's a lovely card! Hugs sharon xxx

  5. Lovely card Kim, wonderful colour and detail. A wonderful remembrance for your Mum.

  6. Stunning card Kim. I love the image and your colouring is so beautiful.
    Thinking of you as you remember your dear mum and sending you hugs.

  7. This is so beautifully designed. Loving your creativity.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  8. Hello Kim, This card is so pretty and I love your colouring. xx Flora

  9. This is a stunner Kim, your colouring and layout is awesome. Lovely to remember your Mum by. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. We are off out to a rock 'n' roll concert locally tonight. Hubby will be bopping in the aisle but I alas will be fixed in my seat.


  10. OOh so beautiful, gorgeous image and colours, Karenx

  11. Very pretty - thanks for joining us at Jellypark. :)

  12. Wow. A stunning card. Your colouring is perfect. Sending you a smile :) Hugs Nina

  13. This is gorgeous Kim and you have coloured the flowers so beautifully. love the gatefold also. Pop over to my blog when you have a minute cos I am giving away some followers candy.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  14. Totally awesome colouring of your vase of flowers, lovely soft colours a truly beautiful card. Lovely.

    Thanks for joining our Flower Challenge.

    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Delicious Doodles DT

  15. Such a pretty card Kim, lovely and fresh! Your colouring is superb as well!

    Tags xx

  16. What an elegant and beautiful card, thanks so much for joining the challenge at Joanna Sheen!

  17. Truly lovely image GF. Love the soft colors and pretty card design. Hugs!

  18. This is very pretty... love the basket of flowers and you've done a great job colouring it.

  19. Just popped over from Flora`s Blog.
    Oh Wow! I love this, beautifully coloured, the colours are soft, gentle and so pretty.
    The whole card is just perfect.


  20. Fab card - beautiful colouring x
    Thanks for playing along with the feeling floral challenge over at stampin' for the weekend & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  21. Wow this is beautiful, your coloring of the flowers is excellent and I like the fold. thanks for playing with us at Jellypark Friends and Stampin' for the Weekend.

  22. Oh Kim this is such a beautiful tribute to you Mum. 10 years will always feel like yesterday hun. Losing your Mum is one of the hardest losses you can have. I know she is looking down on you and she gets to see everyone of those achievements, happy news, major events....she would also love this card. Your colouring is beautiful and what a gorgeous stamp. Big hugs Clare xxx

  23. Great card hun! Thanks for playing at Joanna Sheen! xxx


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Kim x