Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Poppies and Pearls


I want to start by saying I had a health scare the other day, and I am making some changes, one of which will be to spend less time on my computer and taking life a bit more quietly in the sense that I will not be 'rushing around', rather pacing myself, and giving myself more time to get jobs done.
This may mean that I do not comment on as many blogs as I have done, or as often.  Thank you for your understanding.

I have just finished this card and am very pleased with it, although the camera has for some reason made the colours more intense, as in real life they are pastels.

The card is going to a farmer's wife, and I had in mind the view out of a window over a garden to the surrounding hills - although at the moment they would be brown, not green!

The poppies are a die cut from spellbinders, which I embossed and stencilled while still in the die.

The card opens to a shadow box - a technique I saw here on Paige's blog
She gives the link to the instructions, which I had to convert to metric, and bear in mind that card stock here is a slightly different size too, it was challenging, and I am not sure that I got it perfect (grin).


Elizabeth said...

Ohhhh - I like the poppy card!

Dawn T said...

take care of yourself Maxine. Hope you are okay. Your card is delightful. The recipient will love it, I have no doubts about that. Love the inside shadow box

Peet said...

Such beautiful cards!!
Thanks for joining us at the Pretty Little Ribbon February challenge.

Becky said...

Beautiful cards. Thank you for playing along with the cutie pies and good luck.
Becky x

mamapez5 said...

Sorry to hear you had a bit of a scare. I am glad to hear you are being sensible though, and taking it a bit easier. Your poppies are lovely. I can't resist anything with poppies on.
Look after yourself. Blessings. Kate x

jimlynn said...

Both are wonderful! Love the poppies on that first card and the gorgeous frame on the second.
Take care Maxine and sending hugs, Lynn

Lynne K said...

Sorry to hear about your health scare, Maxine. I think you're very wise to take things a bit easier. I hope it was just a little wake up call for you and that taking heed of it will prevent it developing into anything serious.

Your card is just beautiful! The shadow box part looks quite perfect to me! So pretty. And I love the poppies too.

Take good care of yourself.
Hugs, Lynne

Josephine said...

Beautiful! Love the die cut!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Bridget Larsen said...

Sorry to hear you had a health scare, we do take life for granted and think we will never grow old or broken until something happens and we have to take a reality check. Good for you to make changes

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful cards:)
Thanks for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
Sherrie K
DT Member

Cards By MI said...

A very lovely card. It's adorable. Thanks for playing with my Blooming challenge over at Crafty Card Makers this time.
Love n hugs

Elaine said...

Take care of yourself. The poppies are lovely thanks for joining us at crafty cardmakers.

Jennie said...

Pretty cards Maxine! LOVE the shadow box design...lovely job my friend!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love the poppy card- and the scene you created. LOVE he shadow box card so much- I have to check out the tutorial you mentioned at Paige's.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card with the poppies, isn't it a fabulous die.

Take good care of yourself.
Thank you for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network this month.
Claire x

Becky said...

OH Maxine, these are just gorgeous.. I love both of these :)

Kate said...

What wonderful cards! I love the clean, elegant look of the first and the frame on the second is gorgeous!

Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

Small Bits of Paper

Grace said...

Oh my goodness Maxine this is gorgeous!!! I have been drooling over these poppies but it's the shadow box inside that amazes me even more!!! Wow!!! Gorgeous!!!!

MiamiKel said...

Oh dear friend, these are so very lovely!! What a joyous cache of cards, each one so unique and beautiful! Love them! x0x0

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Lovely cards!!

Unknown said...

Love the technique you used on the flowers - will have to give that one a try! Thanks so much for playing along with Pink by Design!

Cathy A said...

Both gorgeous cards, I am sure the colours look spectacular in real life.

217 Creations said...

Thank you so much for playing along with our challenge at Pink By Design! Your card is beautiful!!!

Melisa Waldorf said...

VERY pretty Maxine! That frame is lovely and finishes off your card wonderfully. You are so sweet to always leave so many comments Maxine. We all have busy and hectic lives and totally understand that you can not always comment. I hope all is well sweet lady! hugs!

Unknown said...

Hi Maxine, such a pretty card and love the shadow box.

Thanks for joining in with The Cutie Pies this time.


Maria Therese said...

Sweet cards! Thank you for joining us at Bunny Zoe's this month ♥

Helen said...

Beautiful - a really elegant design.

Hope you're feeling OK now and are taking it easy.

Thanks for joining us at The Cutie Pie Challenge.

Helen x

Amy said...

The poppies are beautiful - they make me think a little of modern art? I love the colour and how you've made them stand out.