Welcome Spring

The challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts for the month of February is " Welcome Spring" and this is the card that I made for the challenge. I thought the cute cat image with the basket of flowers was very apt for the theme and it is one of my favourite stamps. I used acetate for the front of my card but it is only visible in this photo along the top of the picture. A few flowers, ribbon and one of my favourite embellishments, Sparkly gems, finished it off nicely.
I photographed it several times but this is the best I could do. I did very little colouring on my image and using Aquamarkers made it so easy to do. I am really impressed with them and favour them slightly more that Promarkers just because of their versatillity. I like the fact that you can dilute the colours down to get lots of different shades. For this image I used 6 colours. Straw yellow, Rose carmine, Celery, Mauve, Storm Blue and Sepia.
The challenge runs for the whole month of March so you have plenty of time to make your card for the challenge if you have not already done so. Here are the gorgeous stamps that are up for grabs this month:-
Letraset are also offering one lucky winner a set of pens and PB stamps are offering one winner a lifetime 15% discount on Penny Black stamps bought from his store.

I have also entered my card into many challenges which are listed below.

http://bythecuteandgirly.blogspot.com/ Springtime
http://cutie-sunday.blogspot.com/ Use a favourite stamp
http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/ Favourite embellishments or technique
http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/ Simple elegance + photo inspiration (below)


Ann Whitfield said...

Stunning card Shirley, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Carla Bazhenow said...

OMG!!! This is gorgeous, absolutely stunning! What gorgeous colors. Thank you so much for playing at the PPA!!! Hugs,

Elaine Stark said...

I love your card. Lots of lovely techniques here. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

princesskitten said...

Love that side fold - must give it a go

kitten DYSU team

Delphine said...

Gorgeous card! I love the design and all those flowers, just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Miranda said...

such a sweetie Shirley, very very cute
love that image
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week

Jen said...

Gorgeous card, I love that stamp, the backing paper and side fold too. Thank you for joining in with Crafty Ann's challenge this week.
Jen x

Sandra P said...

This is eye candy! Wonderful card :)

Thanks for joining Paper Romance this week!

Sandra P

'The Crafting Owl' said...

Hi Shirley, your card is beautiful! I really like Penny Black stamps as they are so versatile! How are you getting on with the Aqua markers? I'm a purist watercolourist at heart and aren't too sure that I'd get on with them.Let me know what you think!!

WencheP said...

Fabulous card, absolutely love the colors. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Francesca said...

Stunning card

Thanks for joining us at One stop craft challenge this week and good luck!


Flutterby Trina said...

beautiful card, love the image! Thanks for joining us at pear Tree Designs this week for our ribbon challenge! Good luck


Janna said...

Aww Shirley, supersweet! Thanks so much for sharing your project with us at DYSU this week! Janna

Cards by Gina said...

Oh, wow! What an adorable card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at PPA this week.

Tracy said...

I love your spring creation, gorgeous colours. Really cute image.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Wow your card is fabulous!
Love your gorgeous colors and such pretty papers and detail!
So happy that you have joined us at Cutie Sunday


Jules said...

Hi Shirley

A really beautiful Spring card.

I hadn't realised that you had used acetate until I read your post .. .. gorgeous backing papers to go with your lovely image.

I also love the look of that kitchen in the photograph you have posted .. .. oh to have one like that!!!

Love Jules xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

A really gorgeous spring cutie card Shirley. Love it.


louise said...

I love the way you have put this card together and just love that stamp.
Louise xx

craftykitten said...

Beautiful card, fabulous image and love the way you used the acetate. Thanks for joining in our Spring Garden Scene at Die Cut Dreams this time.
Dawn x

Ria said...

Gorgeouss card :) thanks for joining the Paper Romance Challenge this week.
hugss Ria

lalkygirl said...

stunning card ,love the design colours and image....hey i love everything about it ,thanks for joining us at lexis and good luck
tracey x

Donna said...

A great entry for our 'Anything But Square' challenge at Cupcake this week...such great detail! Thanks for joining in the fun with us :) Donna x

Marushy said...

It's wonderful and so cute image. Your colouring is perfect.

Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday this week.


Maggie's Crafts said...

Great creation!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)



Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Aww, I love this! So beautiful and sweet! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Shabby Tea Room! :)

TSTR Designer

Ellie said...

Hi Shirley!
Your card is just amazing! Love the sketch you used, gorgeous papers too and what a cute image!

Susie said...

Gorgeous card, love the cute image and pretty backing paper. Thanks for joining us at Pear Tree Designs this week and good luck xx

cbuswell said...

I love this, so cheerful!! thanks for playing along this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

Love crafts forever said...

So beautiful!!! Thank you so much for playing with us at Whoopsi Daisy.
Hugs Nataliya.

Dragonlady said...

Hi there

Such a beautiful card and lovely image, thanks for sharing at DCD.

HUgs Ali x

Nicole said...

Adorable - love the scallops and flowers! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Very cute, love how you have added the raised flowers to the image, brilliant!! Thanks so much for sharing this with our challenge at WHOOPSI DAISY this week:)

Nadine said...


wow, wunderschön.
Da stimmt einfach alles.

Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Cutie Sunday.

Liebe Grüße Nadine

gerslittlesnippets said...

Beautiful card. Full of the joys of spring.
Thank you for entering the BTC&g challenge this month.

Mervi said...

Hi Shirley!
Wow this is so gorgeous.
I just bought this stamp too and tried to colour it, love...
Gosh how you find those challenges;-))m

darling Ho said...

Lovely card! I love your coloours.
Thanks for sharing it at CCH, hope to see you again. ~~hugs~darling Ho~~

Linda said...

You have created such a stunning card!!!
Thank you for joining us at Simply Create for our flowers challenge...hope to see you again for the next challenge.

Florerias Mexico said...

SOOOO beautiful and what a gorgeous image, LOVE your coloring!!!!!

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