Thursday 2 April 2015

Exploring Striped Florals


I had a couple of days off this week leading into the Easter week-end. My kids started school holidays on Wednesday and I decided to take a couple of days off and have a couple of my girls' friends over. We don't get many play dates because life is usually a bit too busy, so this was special. My littlest (7 years old) had her first friend sleeping over last night. They did pretty well, considering the excitement level. They remembered their manners, went to bed at 9pm (a late bedtime as a treat), and finally went to sleep at 11pm when I roused at them for too much activity and giggling. ;-)  My eldest had her friend over today and I didn't see them except when they emerged for food, and when I decided I wanted to make a card and they had taken over the rumpus room (where all my crafting gear is kept). It was a lovely couple of days and I think my girls really enjoyed themselves. A good start to the holidays.

When I did finally get allowed back near my craft desk, I made a couple of cards using Altenew Striped Florals. I'm still not finished experimenting with this set. I really love it!

The first card I made for The Card Concept. It is a clean and simple card that I stamped and coloured using Copics.
Stamps are from Altenew Striped Florals and the sentiment is from Altenew Label Love.
I'm also entering this card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the inspiration is "Happy Birthday".

I also made a card for The Challenge #28 which happens to be the one year anniversary challenge. I can't believe The Challenge has been going for a whole year and I haven't joined in yet! It's not that I haven't been inspired, I have, but I've never made the deadlines. :-(  Since it is a special occasion, I made a special effort and made a card to join in, in time. ;-)
Stamps are again Altenew Striped Florals and Label Love. I added a bit of gold twine for some extra texture and interest.
I'm also entering this card into Virginia's View Challenge #14. My card is a CAS version of layers and dimension. ;-)
Thank-you for visiting! I hope that I find some more time for stamping over this Easter long week-end. I'll definitely be back in a few hours with this week's CAS(E) This Sketch card. :-)



I Card Everyone said...

Michelle I love the way you've colored your Altenew florals... were the small dots your addition? So cute!! Gorgeous take on the C.C. sketch... fabulous addition to The Challenge gallery, too!
=] Michele

Joyce said...

Fantastic way to get me to put that Altenew flower set on my wish list. 2 amazing cards. Sorry about the rain--do you think you could send some here, because California is in a terrible drought.

maria f. said...

Lovely cards, Michelle. Glad you played along at The Card Concept with you CAS beaut. And good for you getting over to The Challenge. Happy Easter, enjoy your family time.

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card the soft neutral colors, so sweet. Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Challenge!

Jenni's Jems said...

Can see why you love this set and it is beautifully coloured ! x

wienerhoneymooners said...

STUNNING and uber Elegant Michelle!!!

Thanks for joining us at The Challenge on our Anniversary Linky Party Celebration! Sure hope that you join us again for a BRAND NEW exciting challenge tomorrow! -YAY!!!

Lesley said...

You made me want this stamp set! Argh! LOL! Love this gorgeous neutral on neutral creation, Michelle! Thank you for joining us at The Challenge!

Olga Direktorenko said...

Love how you used the color palette! The card looks amazing!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous cards Michelle! I love how you've coloured the Altenew flowers, they look so striking.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for our special 6th Birthday Challenge
Mandy xx

Dotty Jo said...

Stunning cards, Michelle! Jo x

Unknown said...

Lovely cards Michelle! I was wowed by your card using the Altenew Striped Florals set! STUNNING!!!!!!

Virginia L. said...

This is so rich and elegant, Michelle! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View “Layers and Dimensions” Challenge!