Saturday, 6 April 2013


After announcing my intentions to blog more regularly and join in with some challenges again, wouldn't you just know that the 'real world' would scupper those plans.
February flew past before I could even blink ..... March stomped in boldly and then charged out again taking Easter and Mother's Day with it ..... and as for April!   It's advanced at an alarming speed and is showing no inclination of slowing down any time soon!  
Sooooo ... I've decided to make some marks here before May makes it's presence felt or I get jumped by June.

Let's get things rolling with a card for
Crafter's Companion UK April Challenge - Flowers

I had printed off one of their free Valentine downloads, but never got around to actually making anything with it, so thought I'd just see if I could make it work for this challenge. 
Simple flower embellishments were made by cutting out some of the hearts and curling the edges. They make perfect petals when glued together to form a circle.  The large flower centre was made by snipping into one of the printed border strips and then gluing it onto a small punched circle ... both flowers were then decorated with a coordinating button to finish.   The fancy flourish doubles up as a very pretty leaf don't you think?  Hero Arts stamps provide the simple greetings and the little birdy gets a wing from half a leftover heart.
Inside is simply decorated with one of the downloaded backing papers matted onto black card and finished off top and bottom with pieces of the border strip. 
So there you are ... that's how you use a Valentine themed download for a flower challenge.
I'd also like to submit to the following challenges...
Ladybug Crafts - Leap Into Spring 

Brown Sugar Challenge - Spring 
Crafts and Me Challenge - Spring Flowers 
Crafting For All Seasons - Floral Delight 
Allsorts - Spring Has Sprung 
Here are a few of the other cards I was busy with in February ... it was a fairly heavy month for special landmark birthdays with numbers on.
My Nephew became a teen

My Brother celebrated being 21 ... with 29 years experience!
For Naomi's bowling pal

Fizzy Moon For My Niece
A bit of Decoupage
I cannot finish without telling you that after 4 cancelled bookings since September 2012 due to bad weather, my 17 year old daughter Naomi finally got to do her Skydive from 10,000 feet on 23rd February 2013, raising well over £1000 for Edinburgh Sick Kids Foundation. 

Proud doesn't even come close!

If you'd like to see the awesome footage click on the photo.  The music is muted so as not to breach copyright.


Alexander said...

Your cards look gorgeous!!!
Good luck to the challenge!

If you wish, come on my blog ... If you want, you can become a Member? Please! ... I'd be honored

Tracey Boley said...

Lovely card. Great colours and the flower is lovely.

Love the inside.

Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar.Good luck.

Tracey DTxxx

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for joining us at Brown Sugar challages.
It's really nice card that you have made @-->--
Have a nice day
DT Brown Sugar

coops said...

so gorgeous, i love the bird and really pretty design.
thanks for joining us this week at the Crafts and Me Challenge :D

xx coops xx

Carol said...

Great selection of cards Max. Thanks for joining us at CFAS this time. Carol DT x