Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Birthday Coffee,and Pounded Pansies!!


I can finally enter a card in the Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop 

I made this as a birthday card for a friend, starting with the background, which was made by pounding pansies between water colour paper through the cuttlebug!

My focal point is a freebie from STAMPlorations last year, which I coloured with my Prismacolor pencils.

Before adhering the coloured image, I carefully placed it on the background, lightly marked where it sat, and stamped the little sprays of flowers using markers on the stamp, positioning them around the image.

The finishing details were the pearl dots in the centres of the flowers, which promptly took the colour from the ink.

I embossed the sentiment vertically as that was really the only place it fitted...
...and  added some bee images and embossed them and added some Kindy Glitz for a touch of sparkle and whimsy.

The piece of purple ribbon was the final touch, to ground the image. 
I really enjoyed making this card and was pleased with the result.

Today has been another tough day in paradise, so forgive me for not visiting/commenting on your blogs - I will be back when I can.

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  1. Lovely design!
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments! Jane (GDT) xxx

  2. Maxine your card is GORGEOUS. So glad that you had a chance to escape. I took care of my husband before he passed away at home from cancer so my prayers are with you since I know how tough that is. I am a RN; however, taking care of a loved one is still a challenge to have a loss of control. Sending hugs because you deserve them!!!!

  3. hi Maxine, my dear creative friend:
    What a fabulous card; I love the stack of books and coffee cup. This is such a sweet design. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I'm SO grateful. Have a blessed week.
    Karen Letchworth
    Word Art Wednesday

  4. That is all you need; books tea and flowers and you can spent hours with them! Gerrina x

  5. This is so pretty Maxine - I love the technique you have used - you are so adventurous!! Great image too! {{{hugs}}} xox

  6. A really lovely card, and a great use of pansies there, Maxine .. have to grow them first though!! :) thanks for sharing and praying for you too, Shaz.x

  7. Maxine, your card is just fantastic! Bravo!
    Thank you very much for coming
    to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES.
    Good luck!

  8. This is just lovely, loving the pansies pressed it is always an effective result as shown here...beautiful ♥[aNNie]

  9. Such pretty details, like the gold embossing.

  10. Maxine, you always come up with the coolest techniques! A lovely, lovely card and great background. The gold embossing just tops it off. Beautiful!

  11. This is beautiful! Love those purple pansies.

  12. My goodness, this is a work of love, Maxine! From the pounding of pansies to the beautiful coloring, this has tons of amazing details! I know your friend will cherish it! I hope tomorrow is a better day! Sending hugs, Darnell

  13. Hi Maxine, I hope life settles down to a better place, love how the background turned out with the pounded pansies, we had some feral ones take root in our rock wall this year, so pretty. you have done a wonderful job on the colouring and I'm sure your bookworm friend loved it! Have a wonderful week... Megan

  14. Stunning Maxine. The pansy background is really pretty. Hope you hubby is feeling better.

  15. Lovely card for our challenge! Thanks for playing along at CCCB!

  16. Wow, pounding pansies on water colour paper in cuttlebug - how cool, Maxine. Looks so natural and lovely. The embossed bees are beautiful and the image has been coloured in so well. You are a star, Maxine.

    Lots of love,


  17. Wonderful card Maxine! The background technique is fabulous and I love the colours you used. Your little flower spray coming out from the mug is so beautiful, love the touch of bling! All the gold accents are so elegant, this is such a wonderful design! hugs :)

  18. Very pretty card! I tried this technique a while back. (When we still had pansies in our garden. We gave up on trying to get them in our yard. They were food for the
    Still saying prayers for you and your husband. Hope today is a better day.

  19. Your card is a beauty and I love your background. I hope things improve for you both soon Maxine. Hugs, Barbxx

  20. Love the background paper, Maxine! I've never had much luck with this technique. I think my flowers were too juicy. Love that stack of books and how you've stamped the flowers! Such a pretty card!

  21. Such a lovely card!!! Beautiful gold embossed details!!!

  22. So much going on and love all those little details of shimmer and shine you added.

  23. Fab card- your background is amazing!!!

  24. Lovely coloring the book and the Mug
    bright and happy color
    and the background is woooww
    Lovely Coffee and book card Maxine

  25. Beautiful Maxine! Birthdays and coffee - a perfect combo! Lovely little touches. As always a stunning card!

  26. What a lovely card, nothing better than a cuppa and a book or two. Unless it is a garden full of pretty flowers like you have shown. The recipient gets all three!
    I like vertical sentiments so it is "just my cup of tea".
    Hugs, Neet xx

  27. Maxine, I love that background. Love how your pounded flowers look. Still saying prayers for you and dh. Hugs.

  28. tea and books are one of my fave combos--love your pounded flowers!

  29. Such a lovely card! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  30. Super card - love your technique for making the background but I feel a bit sorry for the poor pounded pansies :-D
    Thank you for coming over to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES :-)

    IKE x

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