Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I'm Back - With a Dreamy Birthday

Welcome

I would especially like to welcome Mia and Joanne who are new followers.  I would love to follow you back, but I cannot find a link to any blog - please let me know in the comments if you have one.

Edit : Mia has contacted me, and this is the link to her blog - please pop over and welcome her.

A big thank you to all who commented on my last post - I simply needed time out to sort out the myriad of tasks that arrive when you are on your own - like removing hedges, painting fences, organising maintenance and repairs on the house etc.  Life is vaguely under more control now.

 I have also come to the decision that I may not be able to visit everyone as much as I did, (at least not until after the end of summer when the gardens etc do not need so much attention).  I was starting to stress over not keeping up the visits to you all, but I am sure you will understand if  I am not so frequent in my comments.

I have been crafting some while 'away' - not as much as I may like, and I have yet to make my Christmas cards, although I do have a 'plan' in mind....

Today's card was made for a young man on the cusp of adulthood.


I stamped and embossed the balloon image (from Krumspring Stamps, now in recess) and then filled in the design with watercolour paints. I then masked the image and applied some silver spray, which can just be seen in the above picture.


I the background was loosely watercoloured, and then I randomly stamped the word Dream over it.



The base of the card was covered with two strips of washi tape, and the sentiment added on top of that. The words all came from a set of Hampton Arts Colour Me  series of stamps.

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Thank you for visiting, and for all your support!!



28 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous card Maxine, oh gosh do not stress if you don't visit me, please, life has many adventures and chores for us to bear so you look after YOU....come bye when you feel up to it...not a big deal....hugs to you.xx[aNNie]🎄

brenda said...

Nice to see you back Maxine an d with a beautiful Birthday creation. Never worry about visiting, there are times when I can't either so totally understand.

B x

Gerrina said...

I love balloons and this one looks so fresh and sunny! Have a good week!

Megan J said...

Hi Maxine, a great card for a bloke, love the generation stamping of the sentiment makes it look like the sky and clouds. Never worry if you can't visit all the time, I have times when I am unable to visit everyone too. Have a wonderful week.. Megan

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Great to see you back my friend!
What a lovely balloon card! So beautiful !

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Gorgeous work Maxine, love your card, balloons are so appealing aren’t they?
..., glad the garden is under control, I find life too hectic to comment all the time too, and a friend of mine, (and yours Anne or “Mustapha Coffee”) emphasised we need to have guilt free blogging, we like to do it right but can’t all of the time.
Thanks so much for your great share!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Mia said...

What a beautiful birthday card, Maxine! I love the bright colours you used! Kisses, my friend.
PS: My blog is craftartista@blogspot.com I would love to see you there.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wonderful card Maxine. I love the stained glass style of the air balloon, such fun colours and a cheery theme! Your cloudy sky background is brilliant, such a lovely card for a youngster! hugs :)

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Maxine! Welcome back... I hope your time in time out was good for your soul and not just for the many tasks that you faced. And yes... I definitely understand you not coming to visit me as often as you have in the past. No worries. If you don't have time (or the desire) to do so, it is completely okay with me. You, my friend, are very important to me! I want you to do what is best for you!!!

Now about this card... the young man you made it for will delight over that awesome hot air balloon... and the dream-filled card!

Angela Bode said...

Maxine!!! I am so glad to see you back!! I missed you but I also completely understand and I know all of us will understand if your visits are a little less often. Life is so busy!!! I am glad you are doing ok, though. I can't even imagine all you are going through with the daily tasks of life. I love your bright and happy balloon!!!! It's beautiful!!!

mamapez5 said...

Good to see you back Maxine. I really understand about the commenting. The reason I don't enter more challenges is because I don't have time to visit and comment on other entries. We all have busy lives and different calls on our time so we do what we can. As long as you are enjoying making your cards, that is all that matters. Blessings. Kate xx

JD/ Jill said...

First of all, So great to see you back again.
This card is wonderfully made. I'm sure he'll love it.

Terri Winske said...

Love your hot air balloon card.....the stained glass effect and the clouds are dreamy!! Thanks so much for sharing this at PIP Challenges.....great to see you!

Team Clark said...

I'm glad you were able to sort things out Maxine. Your roses are spectacular! I can understand the desire to spend more time outdoors. Love this card and the fabulous hot air balloon, always one of my fav icons. Big hugs, Autumn

Darnell said...

It's so great to see you in Blogland, Maxine! You needn't worry about commenting at my place, as long as you stop in here once in a while to let us know via your blog how you are doing! Summertime is always busier outside! Your card of dreams for your young friend is so awesome and thoughtful!! Hugs, Darnell

Loll said...

Love this fun and very colourful birthday card, Maxine!! So happy to see you back posting. Good to hear that you got a lot of things sorted. Post when you can, visit when you can. No pressure ... this hobby is all about fun. xx

Mac Mable said...

Glad you are back and have managed to get things sorted x Lovely masculine card and as Loll says don't worry about commenting x And also what Darnell said works for me too x

Katrina Brown said...

Wow, beautiful effects with all the different stamping, paints, sprays, etc! Sounds like you are staying very busy with summer there. Seems so strange to read since we are expecting snow next week! ;) Thanks for sharing at Digi Coosday! ~Katrina

Neet said...

I am sure your young man will just love his card. The balloon had me singing "up, up and away, in my beautiful balloon". Made me feel rather jolly and I am sure it will have the same effect on the recipient.
No worries about returning comments, just get on with your chores. Must be hard having to do everything yourself
Will be thinking about you lots more than normal.
Hugs, Neet xx

Sue said...

Love your colourful balloon and dreamy background! Have a lovely weekend, Maxine x

Lovely Linda said...

Hoi Maxine - how wonderful to see you posting again - I did miss your posts - but I hear you my friend!! Such a 'dreamy card - wll done my friend! {{{hugs}}}

Margaret said...

Glad to have you back again Maxine - no pressure. Love your card and the beautiful bold colors and silver sparkles.

Ellibelle said...

A beautiful creation Maxine, love all the pretty colors!
It is understandable that you can't visit everyone, I know I have a hard time with it as well, and just do what is possible. Glad you've still had some time to make cards!

beatriz blazquez arrabal said...

Great card! Thanks for join us at Crafty Sentiments Designs, good luck and hope to see you next time. Hugs Beatriz DT

Monika Reeck said...

Happy you are back Maxine
hope you are not sick and stay healthy
that Balloon is cool and love the color combo
sweet bday card my friend
the one who get this a lucky person..
hugs
Monika

Shelly Schmidt said...

Ao glad to see you back Maxine! Glad you were able to step back and get some of the tasks on hand completed! Keeping you in prayers, and glad you are back to creating. Look at this fun technique- the balloon is great, the colors are wonderful too.

Monica said...

Hi Maxine,

This dreamy card is very cute. I love it.

Love,

Monica

Marilyn said...

Glad to see you back Maxine.
This is such a pretty card... pretty in a macho kind of way. Love how you did the balloon, that is so cool!