Monday, 21 February 2011

Spring Crocus

Here's my weekend's work for the Less is More challenge. This week the theme is SPRING.
What comes to mind when you think of Spring?   For me, it's the beautiful swathes of crocuses that appear on the fields where I walk Suzie. Catch them on a good year and they are stunning.

I cannot draw to save my life, so my daughter, Annabel, sketched me this crocus image and I paid her with a cooked dinner!!! I wanted to make it look like a postage stamp, so I played around with it in on my comp.
I'm not happy with the 'Spring' sentiment, I thought a  small text would look ok, but I couldn't get the card to go through the printer.


I used yellow chalk around the image, coloured it (not very well!) with Copics and added Sakura clear star pen to the 'crocus' text - IRL this glitters. The wavy lines were in a stamp set from Royal Brush ( It's a Boy).
Then I mounted it, with sticky pads, onto the stamp shape, which was cut on my slice machine (basics card).
The pearls are coloured deep purple with a Copic pen.

I would also like to enter my card for the Allsorts Challenge - Inspired by Nature

Here's some pics of the crocuses I took last year. 



31 comments:

Chrissie said...

To be honest Caroline I don't think you need that SPRING sentiment on your card.
That CROCUS 'postage stamp' is fabulous, I think you should do a few more cooked dinners if this is what you get in return!
This is fabulous job. Try it without the Spring sentiment, I think you'll like it!
We'll look forward to seeing you next week!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Victoria said...

lovely card and fantastic photos x

Jose said...

Wonderful idea making the picture into a postage stamp, and lucky you having a daughter that can draw so well, Im sure she enjoyed her dinner :) Love your pictures of the crocus too
Jose

Sue said...

Hi hun
a gorgeous card, beautiful image & colouring, you have a very talented daughter,sue,x

Wishcraft said...

Lovely card Caroline. Fab image and such a great idea to make it look like a postage stamp :o) Lisa x

Sue said...

How lucky are you.... to have a daughter who can draw as well as that. You have so done it justice. I love this card.
Regards Sue

Faith A said...

What a FAB idea to make you image into a stamp, it makes a beautiful card.

Juls said...

love the C&S look for your card!! Hugs Juls

Mandi said...

Just stunning Caroline!
What a clever Daughter...must take after her Mum!

Thanks for joining us again, see you next week
mandi
"Less is More"

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab 'postage stamp' - and you've used my favourite textured card too!

Debgem said...

Absolutely love the crocus image - beautifully coloured, and I like that you've made it into a stamp.

I have to agree with Chrissie - I don't think you need the sentiment on the bottom.

Finally, love the photos of those beautiful crocus - such pretty flowers ;)

Jo said...

I love crocus, they are beautiful. I think your card is stunning, I wish I could draw like your daughter.

Suze Bain said...

What a really lovely card, your colouring is beautiful.

Susan said...

What a beautiful place to walk your dog! I LOVE the pretty flowers! Your daughter did a fabulous job drawing that bloom....and I love the postage stamp look. Stunning card!

Mandy's Crafts said...

Love this card, and agree that no peel off needed. LOVE IT.......

Katina said...

WOW! What a talented daughter you have! Fabulous card, truly 'less is more'! I agree with Chrissie, the crocus stamp is beautiful and enough on its own without the sentiment. Your doggie is adorable xxx

Mandy's Crafts said...

Love this card. Yes,agree no peel off needed.

Fleur said...

A stunning card & the image is beautiful. I love your pics also.
Thanks for joining my nature challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
Hugz Fleur xXx

Stamps and Paper said...

You have certainly captured spring on your card, love crocus and they make a really beautiful classy card.

Anne

Craftyanny said...

oh wow Caroline, she should be doing digi stamps!!!
Smashing card but yes, I agree about the sentiment.
I'm still loving that doggy of yours too, she's adorable
Anne x

Vicky said...

I love it Caroline and your daugter is a fantastic artist! great image and gorgeous laoyut too hun ~ a perfect CAS card :o)

Oh and the piccies are beautiful too with your wee doggie!

hugs Vicky xx

Stressed Stamper said...

Suzies stole the show...fab pic - first I thought it was a pic from Harrogate...but you do not live round here - maybe a long way to walk...perfect card - love it
Sarah x

Aileen said...

What fantastic drawing and love the idea of turning into a stamp. I think it looks fab on it's own without any sentiment. Great photos too. x

Valerie said...

Caroline, beautiful image and colouring! Love the stamp effect. Please check out my blog for a little something for you :)

Pauline said...

What a wonderful image your daughter has drawn! A stunning card that is beautifully coloured and placed, and as regards the sentiment, I would place it to the bottom right but it's fine where it is xx

ding said...

Clever daughter and wonderful card...truly unique!
Diane x

Viv said...

I love it, clever daughter too:O) Viv xx

butlersabroad said...

This is absolutely beautiful, your daughter is very talented,and I love your colouring too. But I think I agree with some of the others, the sentiment can come off completely, that image is so beautiful it can stand up on it's own! Love the crocus pics too, very beautiful.

Hugs
Brenda

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

a stunning card Caroline, loooove it!! I have a little something on my blog for you xx

Sandra said...

Gorgeous card Caroline....i love the crocus image and the way you've made it into a postage stamp...your daughter did a fabby job with the drawing!

Take care
San x

Lynne said...

Wow! What a stunning image. You must be so proud of your daughter. With this talent she should have her own stamp collection ( rubber stamps that is)
Lynne xxx