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Mother’s Day

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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! 😀

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26 thoughts on “Mother’s Day

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

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  2. 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

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  3. 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

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  4. 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

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  5. 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

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  6. 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

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  7. 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
    Jaydee
    Andrea adds: Hi Jaydee! It was such a FAB sketch … and suited my tall tulips so well! thanks for the inspiration! Hugs xxx

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  8. 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

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

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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 🙂

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  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

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  14. 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

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

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  16. Wow! This is totally stunning! wow!!!

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  17. This is gorgeous! You are still smashing it!

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  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!

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

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

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  22. 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.

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

    http://www.oldbackporch.com/2012/04/52-card-pickup-week-17.html

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  24. 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!

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

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  26. This is so beautiful. What a lovely soft effect!

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