Saturday, 14 January 2017

Cardmaking - Botanical Thank You

Afternoon Everyone,

I have a quick share today. I've been sorting through my stash of made cards and noted that it's low on quite a few categories - most notably birthday (male & female), sympathy and thank you cards. 'Thank you' cards being particularly needed at this time I sat down to make some. This is the first.

I was able to use lots of materials that I've been hanging on to for far too long and a beautiful new die too - the Tuscany Strip makes a very effective band.

Materials used:

  • white base card measuring 5¾"x 4" 
  • cardstock - coral pearlescent cardstock - used for base layer and die-cut circle and flowers; scraps of white and beige cardstock for die-cut strip and flowers, circle on topper and sentiment tag
  • patterned paper from Prima Botanical collection - from my stash and very old, 2011
  • dies - Spellbinders Renaissance Tuscany Strip; Nestabilities Splendid Circles; Marianne Collectables Flower Set
  • stamp - 'Thank you' from Summer In The Garden set that came free with a magazine
  • ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
  • other items - flower printed peach coloured ribbon; an oval diecut from Stix2 - used as base for flower topper; Marianne Designs pearl swirls; Nuvo Crystal Drops, Bubblegum Blush on flower centres.

For inspiration I used the photo on the Spellbinder packaging. It was a good starting point but I now have a few more ideas of how it could be used.

Apologies, yet again, for not having been around much this week. It's been another sad one for us. My sister-in-law died Thursday afternoon. It wasn't totally unexpected, she'd been ill with Alzheimer's for some time, but her health took a turn for the worse recently. What makes it doubly hard is that it is only five weeks since her youngest son died.

I see from the news that many of you are experiencing the worst of weathers. We only had a smattering of snow a couple of days ago but since then it has brightened up and today we have sunshine, blue skies and fluffy white clouds but it is FREEZING! I don't want to wish my life away but I so look forward to the time when we have warmer temperatures.

Keep warm and stay safe.


  1. Oh what sad news Elizabeth, very sorry to hear it and to loose your nephew as well. Altzimer is such a cruel disease for all concerned.
    Love card such beautiful spring colours and design. They way the weeks are speeding by, it won't be long till the warmer weather comes in,Kate x

  2. I really am very sorry to hear about the recent sad loses in your family Elizabeth. It's certainly not a to start to your year.

    Your card is lovely. Very pretty colours and a beautiful design. Barbxx

  3. Sorry to hear of the loss of your sister-in-law and her child.
    That is a lot for her family to cope with in such a short timeframe!

    Your card is so pretty. I like the border die and it looks so pretty with the wee bouquet of flowers!

  4. So pretty what a very lovely classy design Such sad news thinking of your family at this time Love and hugs Carole x

  5. your card is just lovely with all of those beautiful die cuts, flowers and colors! So sorry for the overwhelming losses in your family :(


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