Monday 29 April 2013

Gone with the wind

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't blogged for a few days, I've been struggling with vertigo and fatigue related to my fibromyalgia. I managed to spend some time in my craft room yesterday afternoon and this is what I came up with...
I borrowed the gorgeous House Mouse stamp from my best mate Sue, it's called 'Gone with the wind'. I've used it to make a card for my daughters to give to my Dad when he turns 75 at the end of May. When we were kids (I have 3 older brothers) apparently my Dad used to 'borrow' my brothers kites all the time...I don't think they got a look in. I've been having a go at a few different techniques lately and for this card decided to ink the card blank rather than use a backing paper. I've used distress inks (forest moss and faded jeans) which I then rubbed with a baby wipe to blend it in. When it had dried I embossed it using a mask and then inked the edges with tea dye distress ink. I coloured the image using copics and also drew round the inside of the die with pale blue while the image was still in it. I then inked the outer edge of the image plate with tea dye. I cut out a  Bonsai tree using a Spellbinder die d-lite. I then coloured this using distress ink and a water brush to give a water colour appearance. This then got dunked in the melt pot. I love the result. I used a cloud  and a tag to add the sentiments. The ribbon has also been coloured using tea dye. Here are some close ups...

I would like to enter this for the following:-
House Mouse and friends - weather (wind)
Love to create - punches or dies
Cards for men - animals
The squirrel and the fox - Furry Friends
Make it Monday

Thanks for visiting. I hope I'll be able to come back soon. Happy crafting
Helen xx


  1. Very cute card that I saw on MIM! NancyD

  2. Gorgeous card love your image and your colour choice. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

  3. hoping you feel better soon and love how you have used this super image, thank you for sharing it with us at the house mouse and friends Monday challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  4. This card is super nice and I'm sure your Dad will get a big kick out of it especially because of his history of "borrowing the boy's kites. LOL

  5. Ooh this is such a cute image and a great card, thanks for joining us at Love to Create. xxxx

  6. This card is really cute and the detail are fab! Great design!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    Love to Create Design Team Member

  7. What a great card Helen..and lots of memories too.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  8. Gorgeous card, love the image and fab layout.
    Caz x

  9. Love your card and what a great idea for your Dad's birthday, seeing that he loved your brother's kites when they were young. Love how you colored too. Thanks for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  10. Gorgeous card and colors Helen. Visited from MIM..Loz

  11. Great card and I love all your extra touches. Happy Birthday to your dad!! Thank you for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge.
    Zenita (aka Scrappinwith'Z)
    DT member of Love to Crete Challenge

  12. So sweet, love the image and the tree looks fabulous. Thank you for joining in with the House Mouse & Friends challenge
    Lindsay GDT xx

  13. Super cute Weather related HM creation fab take on the chall theme..great colours & layout.

    Thanks for sharing at HM & friends Weather chall this wk.

    smiles Christine x

  14. Cute! Saw you on M It Monday!

  15. So sweet!!! Thanks for participating in our Love To Create challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!

    A Little Bit O' Paper

  16. Darling card I saw you on MIM. Had to take a closer look. I love all the details. Great die and great coloring.
    Wonderful card.


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