Monday 2 March 2020

Garden Picks

Evening folks. 
Hopefully as March has started here like a lion weather wise, it will finish like a lamb, as the saying goes. I do hope so as the land cannot take much more water, I have never seen so many 'lakes' and we have already had two of our smaller trees blow down in the hedgerows. The lambs will be appearing soon and although they can survive the cold, the wet and cold is not good.

As it's the start of the month we have a brand new challenge for you at HLS CAS.
Here is my card for your inspiration based on this month's theme.

I couldn't decide what my favourite technique would be but in the end I went with die cutting and added watercolouring into the mix as well!

This is the first outing of Altenew's Garden Pick set, I have been wanting to try them for sometime as the other set I have is fabulous. My only bug bear with this set is the size of the flowers, the really tiny layers get mixed up with the waste and they are a pig to glue down when you finally find them!

I made this whilst crafting at a friend's last week, it was really good to craft in company for a change. She also cut out some of the flowers and found the same problem, still I think the effect was probably worth it! The smaller blooms should work with my other set.

I decided to use a black base card and contrast it with some Shabby White embossing powder in the background. It gives a good splatter effect, more solid than white paint I think. All I did was add some spots of Versamark with a pen and then added the chunky embossing powder. The Versamark captures some of the granules rather than them all blowing away! Once heated with the gun on slow to stop the powder blowing off, I added the watercoloured flowers and leaves.
A stamped and embossed sentiment banner complete.

For more of the teams favourite techniques, check out the HLS CAS blog here, then why not join in?

Joining in over at:-

As You Like It Challenge
Favourite Flower and why
I love roses but the OH hates them with a passion, the first thing he did when we moved to our last house was dig all the roses up! So the only way to enjoy them is on my cards!



  1. AMAZING card Jules! LOVE your layered die-cuts with the splattering of white. The contrast on the black card really makes the colours and white brighter. Gorgeous birthday card! xx

  2. The most stunning card Julie! Just love your beautiful colouring and the black background is a fantastic way to showcase those blooms. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

  3. I am so pleased that you have brought this fabulous card to AYLI Julie. It is fantastic and well worth the faff!! Our lakes are shrinking at last, the lane on Saturday was like a rapid, the dogs were suspicious!! xx

  4. Oh, this is gorgeous over the black -and I love the thick splatter - great technique - something I just found is double sided adhesive sheets - you pull the covering off one side - adhere the sheet to the cardstock you want to die cut, cut your dies laying them on the card stock side, and then remove the backing and reveal the adhesive on the back of your die cut! extra steps for sure , but helpful with smaller bits like this.

  5. Oh my...what a stunning card. I love those Altenew die cut flowers. Thanks for joining in with this months challenge at AAA Birthday.

  6. Your card really pops with that gorgeous bouquet layered on the black card base! It's really quite a dramatic effect and the white embossed splatter looks terrific! The recipient is going to cherish receiving it for sure. Thanks so much for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

  7. What a gorgeous image and it is even more impressive with the black background! Just stunning! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Players this week!

  8. Oh. My. Goodness! This is simply stunning! Those gorgeous, perfectly colored flowers are so elegant and lovely against the black background. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Paper Players this week! :)

  9. So beautiful! That floral image really pops on the black background. Thanks so much for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  10. Wow, Jules, this is such a dramatic and fabulous card! I love those layered die cuts and the soft watercolouring is perfect.
    Hope we get together for crafting in the spring.
    Carol x

  11. This is just gorgeous! Love how the soft colors pop off the black background. Thank you for joining us at AAA Birthday challenge. Hope to see you again. Tina DT

  12. These flowers are gorgeous! They work so well on the splattered black background.

  13. Such an amazing card, Julie. Gorgeous colours and flowers. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

  14. WOW! This card is stunning. I love how you used a black background with white speckling for these beautiful flowers. I love this card


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