Sunday, 6 May 2012

Poppies For You - another Country Diary card

Hi Everyone,

Up early, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, so thought I'd get cracking and straight in with another card in what is turning out to be the Country Diary series. Love this paper collection :)

My all time favourite flower is the poppy - especially the simple common corn poppy, which doesn't seem to be as common now as it was in my younger days.  The sight of them always stirs up a bunch of happy memories, the most recent from a holiday, a few years ago now, in North Yorkshire. We were driving from our base in the hills towards Theakston's Legendary Brewery at Masham ... the EM loves that sort of thing ... when we hit roadworks and were diverted from our route. And what a diversion it was too, round hills and dales, but suddenly we found ourselves passing a cornfield which was ablaze with poppies ... absolutely stunning. Serendipity at work again!

No photograph on the computer for Theakston's, I do have some prints somewhere though, just can't lay my hands on them now :(  But here's one of the poppies - there were masses of them - and that's what gave me the idea for the topper on this card. The base is a die-cut circle of red card to which I've glued as many poppies as I could, together with a few punched out leaves. It's hard to see but I've added some Liquid Pearls around the inner rim of the the topper base - these are more visible in reality than in the pic. More lace, more ribbon, a couple of dew drops, a tiny label and a cute little button finish the card off.

Materials used:

  • White square base card
  • Leftover snippets of green and red card 
  • Paper and tag, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
  • Spellbinders Labels Splendid Circles
  • Punches: X-cut edge punch and Woodware leaf punch
  • Poppies from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Liquid Pearls - White Opal
  • Cream lace trim and Red ribbon from Ribbon Carousel
  • Other embellishments - green button, gold cord, red dewdrops  - from stash

And as before, it's almost becoming a habit, I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
Paper Crafting Journey #8 - Vintage

Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Flower Power

It's the start of a new week and new challenge over at Di's playground, so I'll be skipping over there to see the roll call and enter this card too.

Granny Square update: the tot is now 40 so almost half way to the finish :) I have Barbara Gray, The Voice and Al Pacino ... we watched Glengarry Glen Ross yesterday evening - a brilliant and thought-provoking film ... to thank for that :) 

The sun is shining and the birds are tweeting away - it looks as though it is going to be another lovely day for us today. I hope that it is for you too, and that you are all enjoying the holiday weekend. 

I'm off now to catch more of Barbara Gray's demos ... will sit on my hands because I can't afford any more of her stamps right now ... need to conserve my spending money for our summer holiday ...  but just love the demos. 

Happy Crafting,


  1. beautiful cards and photographs since my last visit Elizabeth. This poppy card is so gorgeous :o)
    Jackie xx

  2. Wow and double wow Elizabeth - what a stunning card. I totally love it, fabulous poppies and so rich and vibrant. Wild poppies are one of my favourite flowers too and this card really does tick all the boxes. Have a lovely day - Barbara Grey huh? Hmm, runs off to put TV on!! Di xx

  3. Elizabeth this is absolutely beautiful.

  4. A really gorgeous card, I especially love the cluster of beautiful red poppies :)

    Elizabeth please send some sunshine down here, we have not seen the sun for so long, I am beginning to forget what it looks like LOL!! We have yet another day of wind and rain :(

    Hugs, Karen xx

  5. You have made my day with this card Elizabeth. I love poppies. :-)
    There is a strange thing in our sky this morning....I've googled it and it is apparantly called 'the sun' :-)
    A x

  6. Hi Elizabeth

    You are bright and early with your snippet make this week .. .. and how gorgeous it is too.

    Love all of those poppies. A great finished look.

    Hope you are having a good Bank Holiday weekend. I have managed to catch some of Barbara .. .. thankfully everything is recorded this time to catch up when life isn't quite so manic!

    Love Jules xx

  7. I too love poppies Elizabeth and can't wait for them to start popping up on the verges.

    Another really beautiful card.

    Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.

    B x

  8. Beautiful card Elizabeth, lovely bunch of poppies on your card, Just perfect... Hugs May x x x

  9. Gorgeous poppy card - lovely details. Thank you so much for joining us at the Joanna Sheen challenge.

    Edna x :)

  10. I also adore poppies! This card is superb. I love the poppy embellishments . . . very tactile.

    Sarn xxx

  11. wow this is fantastic edna.gorgeous design and i love the stunning poppies ;D

    xx coops xx

  12. Gorgeous card! love all those poppies!! Thanks for joining us at PCJ! Hugsxx

  13. I love poppies too Elizabeth and this is such a beautiful card. Great use of those papers, sometimes I struggle to use the heavily patterned ones as I don't want to cover them up!


  14. This is absoloutely fabulous, love poppies and a great use of snippets.

    Kath x

  15. One of my favourite flowers too. This card is gorgeous. Did you make the poppies yourself? We have several fields near to us that have swathes of poppies in them each year. It really looks stunning on a sunny day. Hugs Mrs A.

  16. Absolutely fabulous Elizabeth. Those poppies are beautiful.
    Lynne xxx

  17. This is STUNNING Elizabeth! Seems everyone loves poppies, I can't wait for mine to bloom. I love detours or just plain getting lost. Seems I always encounter something lovely along the way.

  18. Wow Elizabeth - this is stunning. One of my favourite flowers too along with Primroses and Snowdrops.

  19. Beautiful card there Elizabeth and I too love poppies as well as Snowdrops and Primroses.


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