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Monday, January 20, 2014

Midway Post for Unstampabelles Challenge #31 New Beginnings

Well, we are half-way through the time allowed for this Challenge #31 New Beginnings, and my worst nightmare of no entries has been proved to be no more than a daydream. We have some lovely entries but there is still time for you all to get your crafting hats on and make a CARD for this challenge - New Beginnings - at Unstampabelles.  Remember the lovely prize for this?

We are sponsored this month by the wonderful

I did so love the book The Secret Garden and these images and quotes from the book are very how I imagined the whole thing whilst reading it.  I found them on a 12 x 12 page from Graphic 45 in my stash, called appropriately  Secret Garden - Springtime. It had such lovely images and so I took to it with a pair of scissors. The piece yielded 11 images and two sentiments! I made 6 cards and 5 tags from it as a result. This image is my favourite. 

What has this to do with New Beginnings? This card is for a friend who is retiring and she loves both her garden and reading, the new miracles from the garden are all new beginnings of beautiful flowers!!

Once I had the images I had to find some papers to match, and so scrabbled around in my stash for these. Mostly I used a 12 x 12 set (name unknown to me) from SU but there are some various papers which were just sitting loose in the paper box (names unknown). I also had a packet of flowers and butterflies that I think were Kaiser - I used some of the remaining butterflies I had. Card used was all SU - with the base of each card and tag being Kraft  except for the diecut butterfly and music which are from a scrap of pearlised card from Kitty Lane. 

All the flowers were from my stash and were mostly Prima. This spray above I am not so sure of - it might be Manor House. I added some Kiddie Glitz. 

This birdie is diecut using a Memory Box die and scrap paper glued to card. The eye is bling (black)

The ribbon and trim are also from the stash and are from Webster's Pages. I have had them for quite a while too! The die cut fence is from using a Cheery Lyn die.

I will enter this in the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations:  Anything Goes/use ribbon - yep, done that
Card Mania: Anything Goes
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Simon Says:  A is for......A New Beginning (this card is a retirement card!)


Tracey Fehr said...

Susan, this is fantastic! I have "The Secret Garden" collection as well and just love it! Your friend will love this card!
Hugs, Tracey

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card. TFS.

Chrissy said...

So very beautiful Susan..gorgeous it.
Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..


Mona Pendleton said...

So very sweet! Love the pretty flowers and sweet image! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Pia S said...

Darling image and a card filled with lovely details! It looks beautiful! Spotted your card on MIM.

Connie Paxman said...

Susan love your card and so perfect for retirement...the serenity of the garden is have a very nice blog...found you on Simon Says..
connie paxman

Merry said...

I think I held my breath every month Susan until that first entry came along. :-) So love the papers you have used on this card and wonderful embellishments you have added.

MA-MI said...

I agree, the little girl on the image is lovely and you made a wonderful "frame" for it, your card. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations be sure to come back for the next challenge. Maja xx