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Thursday, 19 May 2011

A spoon full of Sugary Crafty Emma's Cupcake with Stampavie and more...

Some friends are moving to a substantial property in Italy with two studio apartments for holiday rentals and I wanted to welcome them to their new home with a card.    I found some photos of their property on their rental website and merged together several shots to watercolour with my Aqua Markers.   Whereas the first time I coloured with Aquamarkers I used the pens directly on the paper and then spread them out with the water brush.  This time I scribbled the ink on to a tile and then picked it up with a brush to apply to the paper.   Don't get too excited by the quality - there is a huge amount of Photoshop involved in the making of my "water colour" picture but I'm very pleased with the result.  The garden isn't quite as mature in reality as it is in my picture and the house aspect in relation to the pool is imagined rather than real but I'm sure my friends will appreciate receiving a card which is representative of their home.  My papers are K&Co including the "Dream" sentiment.  The "Sunshine" sentiment is an LOTV stamp.
The gates were a real wotsit to make.  They consist of two Cricut cut brackets (which are actually part of a sign), a Martha Stewart fleur de lis punch and a Stampin Up word window punch.  Try as I might, I just couldn't get the railings to be the same size.  This was my third attempt and then when I tried to cut them off at the bottom they ripped - hence the ribbon round two of the edges. 
As my picture shows a great deal of their pretty garden, I am entering my card into the challenge at Cupcake Crafts which is "in the garden" and as this gorgeous setting will incorporate two holiday rentals, I am also entering into Crafty Emma's Store where the challenge is "holidays". A Spoon Full of Sugar has an "Anything Goes" challenge and the challenge at Stampavie and More is "summer" which fits well with my picture and of course the LOTV sentiment.  I'm not sure if there is a requirement to use a certain kind of stamp for Stampavie - I feel there should be but I couldn't see it in the instructions so I apologise if I've made an error by entering there.

18 comments:

Danielle said...

Lesley, your friends will really appreciate your card. Very precious souvenir. Your gate is absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous colors! The image is very nice.
Hugs.

Dawn B. said...

OH my gosh Lesley this is so awesome. How clever are you. I love this and so will they. Great job.

Jules said...

Wow Lesley - very, very special.

Your friends are going to be so delighted with this.

Loving the gates very much .. .. you put some really good elements together for them.

A wonderful card for a wonderful new home!!

Love Jules xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great creation, just love the gates!!

Thank you for sharing with us at CES Challenge this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Vicky said...

WOWWWWWWWWWW.......sweetie this is amazing hun I'm sure your they will love it....I certainly love it its just FANTASTICLY AMAZINGGGG
hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

CraftyC said...

Wow Lesley, your card is gorgeous, and I love the garden gates. Thanks for taking part in this weeks CES Challenge!
Clairexx

Faye said...

Oh I really love this, I want to go outside now! Fab take on our In the Garden Challenge. Thanks for joining in with us at Cupcake this week. x

Liza said...

A fabulous water coloured image. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Julie said...

Hiya Matey - as inventive as ever, you are!! Your friends are gonna so love this and that gate is just awesome!!! Thanks for joining in my holiday challenge at CES this week! :) Juliexx

Janiel/ janny said...

Oh girlie, you are clever one!!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL CARD!!!

Now, just so you know... I am mad at you!!!! hahahahahahaha... go off to the beach and relax without me!!!!!!!!! LOL..... Really I hope you are enjoying yourself.. BIG HUGS
Janiel

Jacee said...

What a stunner, this is lovely Lesley, fabulous work!
Hugs Jacee

Linda C said...

What a thoughtful card. Your friends will certainly appreciate this it is stunning!

Sheena said...

Oh wish I was staying there right now! Thanks for joining us at CES this week, Sheena xx

Mina said...

oh wow Lesley your friends will love this and how lucky are they moving to Italy...whereabouts are their apartments?
Mina xxx

Delphine said...

Fantastic work, Lesley! Your image is stunning and I love the gates! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Lindsey said...

Oh wow Lesley this is so clever! I'm sure your friends will love the trouble you have gone to to make this stunning card. Don't feel bad about using photoshop, I believe this in itself is an art form (and one I just cannot grasp!) Fantastic work!
Linds x

*Vicki* said...

Oh Lesley, this is really brilliant and I think you're friends will love it hun!! Great idea!! Thanks for sharing! Smiles, *Vicki*

Val said...

Wow - this is fabulous. What a brilliant card. I love the watercolour effect )however you achieved it!).
Hugs
Valxx