19 May 2021

Floral and scallops and something VERY different

 Hi Everyone, I hope you're all enjoying your new found freedom, BUT, carefully! 

This is a picture heavy post, just a warning. 😉

My card today was made as I needed something bright and this helped a lot. My blog friend Shirley, who is so generous with her files, gave this out as a freebie. and as it was so different and pretty, I decided to use it for the base of my card. 

I cut it out with my digital cutting machine and was going to just add the arrangement as a print and cut, which had been 3D'd layered, except I decided to add DI's to the card in the same colours, but went further and used a new stencil from my magazine with white ink through it.

 I went further and splashed some clear sparkle ink on to it all and even through the stencil again. I don't usually "play" like that, I thought maybe it would be a mess, but ended up quite liking it. I stamped the sentiment and added a gold circle to the back of the scalloped circle. I wanted more! the next step was to add a gold glitter pen to the flowers and leaves. 

For a playing around card it turned out OK. and I think suitable to send to someone I have in mind.

card cut file - Shirley's Cards
flower arrangement - CreativeFabrica
inks - Distress Inks
white ink - Brilliance Moonlight White
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir
leaf stencil - Magazine freebie SC&P#217
sentiment - Mag freebie
gold glitter pen - Uniball

This photo shows actual colours and some of the centre scallops

this photo shows the gold mirror card 

After something pretty? Piccies from our garden. 
We had the tree surgeon in to take my beloved tree down and -

getting ready to cut

after the cut!

some of the remains

grinding the roots out

- he said you had better see who was living in the tree! This was he - 

we decided to add him to the garden and put him amongst pretty things. I may even get hubby to drill out the trunk and put a pot in it for him to have some hair!

I know he looks scary on the first look and someone said he looks like the "Elephant Man", but after having him looking at me for a few days, he's become quite a friend. Bless him.

Isn't Nature incredible to form something like this?


cotnob said...

Your card is beautiful Faith, a lovely flower arrangement and pretty background.
Nature certainly is incredible, I bet he will look great amongst the pretty things.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Leslie said...

Wow, just wow! Your card is absolutely gorgeous with your 'playing' and your garden man is amazing! Yes, nature is awesome and he will look great with some hair! ;)

NanaConnie said...

Wonderful card, my friend, and such a fantastic 'new' friend rescued from the old friend you had to have cut down. I'd say serendipity that it wasn't a complete loss. :-D

Aimeslee Winans said...

Oh your card is fabulous, Faith! Love ALL you did to it! I missed WHY y'all had to cut down the tree, was it ailing? My brother-in-law's pecan tree was hit by lightning this week and split in two. I would keep that tree face, too, might be the tree's spirit "animal" and thinks your garden is home! xoxo

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card and love all the layering.Sorry you had to lose your tree but you gained a tree spirit
Carol x

cuilliesocks said...

Your card is beautifully designed Faith and I love your bright colours.
Gosh how spooky, it looks like an alien skull, Kate x

Pat K said...

Beautiful card Faith. Your playing around turned out gorgeous. So sorry you had to loose your tree but that's awesome mother supplied you with a spooky friend. Your lawn looks so lovely and green, bordered by beautiful plants. xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Thanks for changing your comments to a pop up box. Such a lovely bright floral card

Shirley Young said...

Card looks beautiful Faith, love the colours. As for your tree face it reminded me of the painting The Scream, you must certainly keep him xx

Janette said...

Beautiful card Faith, and I think your garden looks amazing, the tree 'face' is so incredible, only nature can create something so wonderful.xx

Carol L said...

What a wonderful card filled with beautiful flowers! as for your tree, so sorry you had to have it removed but what a spooky looking piece was left behind! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - I'm sure I'd have had the tree surgeon grind it up! It looks like it's in terrible pain?! LOL

Colette said...

Stunning card Faith, I love the colours and the layers. Sometimes when we just play we get our best creations. You should keep your spooky friend and dress him up at Halloween and maybe at Christmas too! x Colette x

Vicky Hayes said...

I'm all for a bit of 'less is more' usually Faith but you've proved that 'more is more' works too! Love your bright creation.
It must have been hard to watch the tree come down, especially when you saw the 'creature'. When the tree at the entrance to my road came down in a storm, it lay there for a few days before the men came to cut it up and take it away. I felt so sad. Sending hugs, Vicky x

Chana Malkah said...

Oh, Faith, I absolutely love this card. You know me and blended backgrounds and yours is fabulous! I love the scallops! I have been looking at all my old Martha Stewart punches and I plan to start using them again.

Beautiful card and a magnificent garden. You Go Girl!

Mac Mable said...

Yes nature is incredible Faith x. What a colourful and beautiful card. The flowers look fabulous and what wonderful stencilling too x.

Beebeebabs said...

Wow absolutely beautiful love the flowers and beautiful background thanks for sharing!!!

Linby said...

This is just so pretty - I love the effect you've achieved. Sad about the tree but if needs must. We had some trees taken down the other week in the neighbours garden and when the surgeon lowered the trunk to the ground the whole house shook!

Sue said...

Wow Faith card is fabulous and loving your new garden ornament lol hugs Sue x

R's Rue said...

Beautiful card. Blessings.

Marlena M. said...

I LOVE your playing around card; it's amazing Faith! The layers, the shine, the colors...all of it! Wow, no words for the man in your tree; ha! But as for your gorgeous garden~wow wow. Lovely upkeep~

Rosemary said...

Beautiful card, Faith! Love the bright colors! The photos of your garden are wonderful. You really should have your hubby drill out your new friend and give him some hair!

Diane said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous and wow love the incredible tree trunk.

Hugs Diane

Maria said...

Oh, my! I am playing catch up here and I do apologize for being remiss on commenting! So happy to visit your blog today to see the lovely creations and your lovely garden! Your card is so pretty with the gorgeous flowers and background! Love the scallop borders, too! And, how interesting to see the
"elephant man" shape from your tree, lol!

Helen F. said...

Wonderful card ~ such happy colors!
Your tree-man is a bit scary, but I'm sure he will be a great conversation piece, especially if you add a potted plant for hair ;-)

Greta said...

Lovely card & I'm sure your friend appreciated it, Faith! Glad you got something good out of loosing your tree! It IS amazing!

Kate said...

Your tree-man is incredible! Yes, a little bit scary but incredible still the same! How wonderful that you can keep a reminder of your much-loved tree!

And your card is stunning! From the wonderful base you were gifted from your blogging friend to the colours to the gorgeous flowers!! Just lovely!

We're still on lockdown here - with a (very) few lifts coming tomorrow. I'm really hoping that we'll have some opportunities to get out this summer. Stay safe!!