Monday, 5 March 2012

Glorious Green

This time of year, you really start to notice the green everywhere, and I'm sure that's truer here in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. Today's card is for a man in his 80s who has spent his life as a farmer. I've used my current favourite Crafty Individuals stamps (yes, again!), which gives me the excuse to tell you that one of my cards was picked as a winner on the Crafty Individuals blog this month - woohoo and thank you!

"Happy Birthday Bobby"

As you can see from the shadows in the photograph, we have sunshine again today :-). The background & main panel were created by applying distress inks to white card with cut 'n' dry foam. After drying, both panels were stamped and brushed with Perfect Pearls, before matting and layering.

"Bottom border"

Lots of texture & dimension was added with layers of dark green angel hair, inked lace, and diecut & stamped images (these are from the Hero Arts set).

"Birdcage Charm"

This charm is covered in melted UTEE. When cooled and set, the back is inked to match the project using alcohol inks, and the charm is glued using Pinflair.


The diecut dragonfly is inked with distress inks and dried. A versamark pen is run around the edge and Perfect Pearls brushed on to give some shimmer. The sentiment is stamped and heat-embossed in clear, and gems are added along the body for a bit of added sparkle.

Crafty Individuals unmounted stamp set: CI-234
Hero Arts Stamp & diecut set 657774
Dovecraft Sentiment stamps
Spellbinders dies Fanciful Flight
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Pine Needles
Perfect Pearls: Green Patina, Blue Patina
Versamark Ink: Charcoal
Stampendous Embossing Powder: clear
self-adhesive gems
Cardstock: white for stamping & diecutting, dark green for matting & layering
bird charm
UTEE, clear
Adirondack alcohol ink: Stream
Lace, various & dark green angel hair
Adhesives: PVA, Pinflair dimensional glue

Entered for the following challenge:
Joanna Sheen - Spring / Easter
Paper Sundaes - Green or Good Luck
Penny Black and More - Springtime
Crafty Calendar - Spring Clean
Secret Crafter - Green for Go
The Pink Elephant - Let's See Those Layers


  1. Wow, stunning - I love what you did with the charm and UTEE.

  2. What a beautiful creation Izz, I am sure the gentleman would love it, my Dad was a framer and I know he would have appreciated it.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us at Penny Black and More this month, good luck and hope you wish join us again.

    B x

  3. A really Pretty creation. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  4. A wonderful card, love the color scheme.

  5. a lovely creation and love the take on the colour scheme, thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx
    ps I have candy if you are interested :)

  6. What a gorgeous card
    Thanks for joining us at Secret crafter Saturday challenge and good luck!


  7. This is stunning creation, congrats on your win, no doubt.
    Love all the beautiful elements.

    Thank you for sharing this with us
    at Penny Black and More Springtime Challenge.
    Good luck and hope to see you again;-))m

  8. This is a fantastic card Maddy. I love those stamps, thats another set on my list!! You arent helping my cause to try and be good and not spend until the Fair in April! lol I love this card. Lee x

  9. Fabulous card Maddy, gorgeous colour, love the dimension and how you have stamped the sentiment on the dragonfly! Love Jayne. x x

  10. Absolutely beautiful. Such a wonderful colour.

  11. This is stunning, your blending is perfect and love how you have built up the scene with the layers.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge for our "Spring clean" challenge!!
    Lynne x

  12. Beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us on this months Challange on the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog.
    Sandra x

  13. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for joining us on this months Challange on the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog.
    Sandra x


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