Mother’s Day

Added: Friday, 27th April. I am tickled pink to pick up the winner award for Nicole’s Festive Friday Challenge for this card! How exciting! 🙂 Thanks Nicole for passing on some encouragement at a time when I really needed a ‘lift’! xxx

Hi my friends!

Thanks for your patience! 2012 is certainly proving to be just as busy as 2011 was … however … I am so thankful that the traumas & crises of last year seem to have settled. I am gradually getting into a routine with my new ‘work’ responsibilities and my ‘Bree-sitting’. But … I am finding it much harder to find time to stamp & play along with challenges! I am learning to be content in this new situation … though! 😀

I was keen to make a card for Nicole’s latest Festive Friday challenge seeing I have missed the last couple … and the inspiration photo was so irresistible … that with a few spare moments on my hands this afternoon … I just HAD to play along! I had a fab idea rattling around in my head … and just needed a sketch to help out. This week’s Paper Players was a perfect one for my design! 😀 Please make sure you pop by and see all the wonderful work done by the DT girls from both challenges this week!

No! 😉 The picture isn’t blurry … the tulips are sponged … with a really soft edge!

I had seen a couple of punch art tulip cards around using the Bird punch for creating petals … and my tiny, tired brain wondered if I could use the same principle for a sponged image! I was tickled with the result! A really soft, feminine tulip … perfect for mother’s day! I punched a ‘reverse mask’ (hole shape) in some card for the petal … and I also used 3 punched paper masks to cover the tulips as I worked the extra petals and flowers around the original petal.

I added some shadows & depth to the tulips using a fine paintbrush and some ink picked up from the ink pad lid. The stems were also sponged using an acetate edge mask that I have created for hills etc. It almost looks like a watercolour painting … doesn’t it? And … without the image lines of a stamped image … it is so soft. Sorry about the photo quality … it is hard to get a good photo when you take the photo at night. Daylight is definitely preferable … but I was keen to post it once it was finished! I have added some extra details on the card recipe … hope they are a help. I did some lengthened dry embossing on this card … a little tricky when the paper is longer than the folder … but I hope my explanation is clear??? Sometimes it is tricky to put directions into words! A video would be much easier! 😉

I am a little behind (again) with comments & blog hopping … so I might sit in front of ‘The Voice’ and catch up a little! Are you all as addicted as me??? And … aren’t the coaches so funny and entertaining!? I love it! 😀 I will pop a post here soon showing you a few pics of our birthday girl  … and birthday boy … including an update on his nose! GRIN!!! Take care … and have a great week!

PS: Have linked this to the 52 Card Pickup site again this week! Thanks Patrice for the invite! 😀


  1. branicinoz says:

    that’s gorgeous! Thanks for playing along!
    Andrea adds: Hi Nicole! Was such a gorgeous inspiration picture! I couldn’t resist! Hugs xxx


  2. Donna Zammit says:

    Andrea this card is beautiful. I just love how soft it is and yes sooooo perfect for Mother’s Day. Cheers Donna Zammit 🙂
    Andrea adds: Hi Donna! So lovely to see you again! Thanks for the sweet comment! Hugs xxx


  3. Kim S says:

    So dreamy and soft. I love the shadow on each…it gives it some dimension without losing the softness! The edging with the silver pearls is a perfect accent!

    My family just discovered The Voice this year. The judges are so nice…the show just doesn’t feel as “cold-blooded” as American Idol.
    Andrea adds: I wish you could see the Aussie judges … they are such a giggle! Thanks for popping by! Hugs xxx


  4. Sandra says:

    Andrea, what a clever idea! I lvoe the softness that you have created with the sponging
    Andrea adds: Hi Sandra! I am so keen to do some blog hopping … but have spent tonight catching up on all my lovely comments … and taking the time to comment on some of the Cardabilities entries! All takes time! Will pop by asap! Thanks for all your wonderful blog love recently! Hugs xxx


  5. Lynda says:

    I am sitting writing all hot and sweaty after n’ball and I just have to type WOW. For a mo I thought my eyeballs were fogging up….but then u explained the softness….and bingo…no vasaline on the eyeballs. This is def a lovely Lowcock masterpiece. I so wld love to spend even a short amount of time in ur creative brain. Love this to bits!!!. ooxx
    Andrea adds: Hi friend! I am such a bad blogger! No hopping for about 4 days now! Lots of sub emails in my inbox! So … thanks for being so faithful … and even being here when you are hot and sweaty … cos you can’t wait to have a shower before commenting! That is truly an obsessed fan … but … NOT COMPLAINING! Big hugs xxx


  6. Annette says:

    Andrea, WOW
    What a beautiful card and great idea. Love your tulips – they are my favorite flower (along with daisys and every other flower!!)
    Thank you for sharing your artwork!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Annette! I am itching to try these sponged tulips again! Tulips come in all sorts of colours … so it will be fun! Hugs xxx


  7. jaydeestamping says:

    Andrea, what a beautiful, soft, feminine card. I love it. I also love the little pearls along the side. What a fabulous resource you have provided for everyone, too. Thank you for doing that. I really think you did a beautiful job with the sketch. So glad you joined the Paper Players this week
    Andrea adds: Hi Jaydee! It was such a FAB sketch … and suited my tall tulips so well! thanks for the inspiration! Hugs xxx


  8. Fiona Harrison says:

    Gorgeous and very clever thinking!
    Andrea adds: Hi Fi! Thanks for stopping by! It is soooooo wonderful to see you! It was such a nice result … I am kinda tickled with it! (The photos don’t do it justice!) Hugs xxx


  9. Denise M. says:

    Oh my word, soooooo soft and beautiful. Love it, Andrea!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Denise! I enjoyed popping by your blog earlier! Hugs xxx


  10. Jen Mitchell says:

    Oh Andrea this is just beautiful. I love the soft edges of the sponged tulips. That’s a wonderful technique. Hopefully I can try it out some day.


  11. Julie Andrews says:

    Another Fab card, Andrea. Cant wait to have a go at it. You are so clever. I am sure our little Bree has got a good dose of your genetic prowess. (She had better like stamping – more than our daughters!!!!) Lots of love.


  12. Sarah Cameron says:

    What a great idea Andrea! I have mad the punch art tulips, but sponging them is something I’m going to have to try! I also love the softness of this card. Thanks for playing along this week 🙂


  13. This is just so gorgeous Andrea. I love the effect with sponging the Bird punch wing. You are just so clever.

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. I see you are having some catch-up time.

    Love Jenny xx


  14. Donna says:

    oh you have to know I want to steal this idea Andrea…so pretty and perfect for the new color scheme on SC!!!! Have a great night! Hugs~Donna


  15. Melissa says:

    Andrea, this is just so soft and beautiful, lovely, lovely, lovely xx


  16. Selene says:

    Wow! This is totally stunning! wow!!!


  17. Sonia G says:

    This is gorgeous! You are still smashing it!


  18. Holy cow is this ever CLEVER?! Clever to use the punch out as a stencil and the results are stunning! What a lovely card for mother’s day and I am delighted you shared it with us at The Paper Players!


  19. Monika/buzsy says:

    What a lovely card Andrea. The sponged tulips are gorgeous! What a neat idea! Also love the soft colors. So feminine.


  20. sharna says:

    oh wow Andrea, what can i say but wow this card is beautiful, i love the tulips, they are sensational


  21. Sandy says:

    Lovely, Andrea. Yes, a very soft, pretty, flower and just perfect for a mother. Thanks for sharing your technique — I can’t wait to try it, but I’m afraid I won’t come close to your wonderful creation. Hugs.


  22. Love the stenciling – I hope you’ll link up again this week at 52 Card Pickup!


  23. Heidi Boos says:

    Such a beautiful technique…the tulips are so soft. A beautiful card to bless a wonderful mother. So glad you joined in the fun at The Paper Players!


  24. Helen H says:

    Ooh Andrea, this is absolutely divine! Your vision was fabulous & you have executed it beautifully. (Congrats on your well deserved win.) Hugs 🙂


  25. Anna says:

    This is so beautiful. What a lovely soft effect!


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