Monday, 7 March 2016

Mother of Pearl meets Citrus

Good morning and what a morning it is. 
The sun is out and the sky is blue even if there is still a chill in the air. 
We have just taken delivery of another load of ewes and lambs from the sheds. We are into the 70's now so about halfway with the ones we had here before. The lambs love the sun on their backs and find any hollowthat keeps them in it and out of the wind. Others start playing king of the castle on the earth mounded up from clearing out the old cowshed ready for my veg plot!
Anyway that means spring is definitely on it's way!

So to celebrate I made this bright springlike card.


Over at Less is More the colour challenge is Citrus and HLS CAS want to see faux mother of pearl and Time Out are celebrating Spring, so this was designed to fit in their requirements. After a few false starts with the faux mother of pearl technique I managed to make a couple of panels. My first attempt used frosted paint but I don't think it was dry enough as the resist didn't work, but I persevered this time using DecoArt Paper Effects white pearl paint which I had in my stash unused. Think I bought it when I was making some canvases for the living room but didn't use. It dries much quicker so I was able to ink it up with a mix of Squeezed Lemonade and Mown Lawn DI. Buoyed up with this success, I found the other uninked piece from the earlier attempt and added Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade to either end and that worked too! 
The green panel I used for the back of the panel and the other I used to punch some yellow flowers and die cut some tiny centers from the orange. I made the frame by cutting out an extended rectangle then trimmed to make a border, adding SU die cut leaves from the same card as the base. The overall effect is very springlike I think.

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Just to finish off the spring theme here is a photo of a lamb playing king of the castle early yesterday morning!



25 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful card, love how your faux mother of pearl turned out. Karen x

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  2. So beautiful that fresh-lookin background and not too much on top of that! Thank you for taking some TIME OUT and join us!

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  3. Beautiful card - love the design and bright colours. The lamb looks lovely too!!

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  4. Lovely vibrant colours, love your card. We're waiting for the lambs to arrive in our back field, then I can sit in the conservatory and watch them playing follow my leader, never tire of watching them

    Joan

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    1. Neither do I Joan, they always remind me of kids in the playground. Careering around then falling out and running off to mum!

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  5. Jules, this is fantastic! Absolutely superb card - great technique and SO lovely to look at. Well done!

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  6. I'd probably be the lamb on the hill... crazily frolicking around and bleating at other lambs. :)
    Anywho - your card! The real reason I'm here! This is a gorgeously crafted panel with such a burst of brightness against that pristine white. Truly lovely!

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  7. Loving this, a great combination of textures too

    Kathyk

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  8. Yes, this card is a great way to ring in spring...so pretty! Thanks for sharing at LIM.

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  9. Full of spring time fun in your card Julie and a picture perfect photo too.
    Great use of the mother of pearl technique - I'm addicted to that this week and perfect citrus combo. thanks for sharing at Less is More this week.
    Sarah

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  10. That is most definitely spring on a card Julie. Like it very much!! What a great picture of the king of the castle!! xx

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  11. This is tremendous Julie, those beautiful flowers backed by that fab backdrop together make for a superb design!Thanks so much
    Chrissie
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  12. Fabulous card, love the colour - Spring on a card.
    Elaine

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  13. Cute lamb pic! Nice card too.

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  14. What gorgeous zesty, zingy colours, Jules ... such sweet blooms against the MOP panel ... and so much glorious white space ... simply fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out and at Happy Little Stampers! Anita :)

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  15. This is so pretty and bright. Love this combination of colours Jules ... definitely screams SPRING to me. :) xx

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  16. That panel you made it amazing! I really have to try this technique! Love how you draped the leaves across your panel and those cute little flowers on them! Great photo of that little lamb!

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  17. This is gorgeous, Julie. Love the faux MoP in these zingy shades, and a fabulous layout too.
    Thanks so much for linking up at Less is More and Happy Little Stampers x

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  18. Fabulous card, so springlike!

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  19. LOVE this Julie! You have used the faux mother of pearl beautifully and your spring card is wonderful. I LOVE the photo of the lamb. TFS! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

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  20. Such a beautiful card. Love the mother of pearl technique, and your design is just lovely. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

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  21. Stunning card, love your colour combo. Perfect

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  22. Beautiful card ... love your faux MOP. Thank you for playing along with the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge xx

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