Thursday, 7 April 2011

April Showers

Hello everyone, no showers here on an absolutely beautiful day that really does feel like Spring at last.

First of all, many apologies for not visiting you all and leaving comments over the past week or so. This will unfortunately continue for a little while as we have mega problems with our internet at the moment. Our service provider recently upgraded their system to what should be a much faster broadband speed but it's had the opposite effect on ours and we've been told we have to buy a new router to correct the problem.
As it takes around 10 minutes for a blog to load up and nearly the same to get to the comments, I haven't been able to do very much (without wanting to throw the computer out of the window anyway!!!). Hopefully this will be resolved soon.
Strangely enough, it hasn't affected the ability to post on here or upload photos so with that in mind, I have a couple of cards to share for various challenges.

The above card uses the photo inspiration from the current challenge over at The Paper Variety and happily fits another couple as well.
The stamp is by Papermania and was stamped with VersaFine Sepia ink and coloured with pencils. I cut the image out with a Go Kreate die and added a couple of toning mats.
The background paper and the border were stamped with a flourish from the Viva Decor My Paper World Floral clear stamp set using Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress inks.
I added a border punched with a Martha Stewart punch and a layered flower to finish with a computer generated sentiment.
Challenges for this card:
Crafty Creations - Rain Showers
Creative Card Crew - April Showers
The Paper Variety - Photo inspiration

The next card features Toby Tumble by Cuddly Buddly which I succumbed to at the Brighton Stitches show as the whole family loves bunnies. It uses the colour inspiration from Stampin' Royalty.

I stamped the image with VersaFine Smokey Gray ink and coloured with a mix of pencils, Promarkers and Zig pens. I cut it out with a Nestabilities die.
The background papers and border were made as for the showers card using Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters and Victorian Velvet Distress inks on toning card. The border was punched with a Martha Stewart punch.  Paper roses add the finishing touch.
Challenges for this card:
For Fun Challenges - Bunny
Simon Says Stamp - Spring Colours/Easter
Stampin' Royalty - Colour Challenge

Thanks for looking,
Fliss xx


craftattack said...

Very pretty cards! Sorry about your internet problems, hope you get fixed soon! Hugs, Valerie

Netty said...

Both really cute cards Fliss. Annette

Cheryl said...

oh hun these are such cute images and love the colurs tones,hugs cheyrl xxxxxxx

Fiona said...

Great cards Fliss but my fave has to be the first one. The image is very Milly Molly Mandy (which I read when I was a girl,) I love it. Great background papers, recognise that stamp again!
Hope you get your computer sorted out soon.

Saskia said...

Beautiful card for Crafty Creations Challenge! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

Greetings, Saskia
(guest designer)

~jan said...

What a wonderful stamp! I love how you colored it-just a lovely card! Thaks for sharing it with us at The Paper Variety!

Meera said...

Very cute cards, especially the bunny one-love the DPs. Thanks for sharing with us at For Fun.

Hugs Meera x

Helen Dooley said...

great cards! I love the bunny he is adorable! Thanks for playing along on For Fun!

Hands On said...

Love the background papers. Thanks for playing along with SR!.

Georgeann Manning said...

sooooo cute! great job on the coloring, and i love the background paper! Thanks for playing this weeks Stampin' Royalty Challenge!