Friday, 24 August 2012

Late Summer and there's food aplenty!

Do you remember me telling you about the thistles in the back garden and how I love them for the wildlife they sustain? Well, the flowers are nearly over now and looking out of the kitchen window yesterday there were two bullfinches perched on the seedheads pulling out fluffy seeds and having a great feast. I stood and watched them for ten minutes and it really made my day. I thought this card was a good one to share with you, that sentiment is wonderful.

"Late Summer Food Aplenty"

I just love getting loads of inks and stamps and having a play, don't you? There are so many different stamps on this card I don't think I can remember them all! I wanted to get that late summer meadow look with lots of different seedheads and the lovely birdie has so much food he's spoilt for choice. The background is inked with distress inks, then the same colour pads were used to stamp all the different meadow flowers and grasses, with a few swirls added. The bird is from a set that my very good friend Lee sent me a while ago (thanks Lee!)  I stamped in memento onto scrap card and coloured with promarkers for a complete contrast from the background before cutting and adhering with Pinflair for some extra dimension. The poppy is stamped and coloured with distress markers to match the background.The sentiment is stamped onto a distress inked background and diecut with a Spellbinders petite oval before edging in a darker colour. That corner flourish is trimmed down from an Elegant Post diecut.

It all puts me in mind of that poem:

"What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare..."

I think that's how it goes, well you could always google it :-) Have fun, Maddy xx

Spellbinders die sets: petite oval, elegant posts
stamp sets: Martha Stewart birds, Artemio nature, Tim Holtz papillon & sentiment, IndigoBlu poppy
Distress inks & markers
Memento black ink pad
Adhesives: PVA, Pinflair

Entered for the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer
Lawnscaping - make your own patterned paper with stamps
Simon Says Stamp and Show - No Rules
Creative Craft World - smaller than 12" x 12" using summery colours
Mishelflo - long hot summer
Sparkles - Nature
My Mojo Monthly - Your Style
Joanna Sheen - Sentimental
That Craft Place - Vintage
Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes


  1. This is gorgeous,love the

  2. Just beautiful. I, too, love the Auden poem. Thank you for joining in with us at Creative Craft World.
    Sue x

  3. Oh Maddy, this is a beautiful card in every way. I love the wonderful background you have created with the gorgeous bird ready for a feast. The sentiment is really lovely too.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  4. Beautiful card. Love the background and the colours.

  5. This is a beautiful card. Love the soft muted colors. Your oval die cut and sentiment look really nice in your design. Love the bird, flower and elegant corner embellishments. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  6. Isn't that the beautiful sentiment Maddy, along with your great inking and that bird makes for a lovely card.

    Hope you have a good bank holiday weekend.

    B x

  7. Hey there Maddy what a fabulous card you made for the challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show. Love your birdie and the background is just great, thank you for sharing. Hugs Terry xxxx

  8. Oh what a lovely lovely card. The muted colors are just perfect for coming into fall.

  9. Fabulous card!

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles monthly challenges for our * Nature * challenge.

    Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
    Hugs Shaz x

  10. Beautiful card, love that bird stamp.

  11. A beautiful creation, wonderful soft colors.

  12. Beautiful card, such a wonderful sentiment. So many gorgeous things to look at, stunning!
    Thank you for joining us at Joanna Sheen challenge this time. Good luck
    Kat xx

  13. This is just lovely! That bird is so nice!

    Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Days Away for our Final Challenge - Anything Goes!

    Hugs Julie x

  14. A stunningly beautiful card. I love it. Lucky you having Bullfinches in your garden. They are such beautiful birds, but no where near as common as they used to be

  15. So beautiful :) I love the colours and the delicate flowers. Thank you for joining in our mini challenge at Creative Craft World. Sarah M. x

  16. lovely card!
    Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping
    xx Tamara

  17. Yippee! The bird stamp looks absolutely stunning Maddy and youve coloured it so beautifully. This card is really gorgeous, I love the colours. Lee xx

  18. very pretty indeed...such a delicate blue which looks fabulous against that background wonderful details too. Thanks so much for sharing your work with My Mojo Monthly. Sarah.

  19. this card is very elegant! very pretty :) thanks for playing a long with us at lawnscaping :)

  20. Beautifully soft and elegant. Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place. Trudie xx

  21. Beautiful card! Thanks for taking part in Sparkles 'Nature' challenge xx

  22. Beautiful Card! And thank you for playing with us at Bunny Zoe's ♥

  23. Gorgeous card love the colours they make me think of one of those really hazy hot days :) Thank you for joining in with us at CCW x


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