Spring is on its way – Cards

Thinking Spring is in the air I made a couple of spring cards last night.  Actually they are going to be sent to a couple of people who didn’t receive Christmas cards this year  …Oooops!

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I didn’t want to use glossy or coated card stock for these so I painted some bulk standard card (only type I can get hold of) with gesso and then coloured the stamped images using some basic felt tips.

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I’ve been crafting quite a bit this week.  We have had no rain since before Christmas so I decided to get the Beast and Hector out.  Would you believe it.   There is rain forecast for the weekend!  I  did manage to get a few projects started but nothing to show for my efforts at the moment.  Oooo!  Ethel’s cousin Matilda may be making an appearance over the next couple of weeks.  I managed to find some lamp shades at the second hand store.  Just got to sort out the body!  The puppets AND mine me thinks! lol!

 

Happy Crafting,

Florence.

69 Comments

  1. niasunset

    You inspired me… How exciting what you make in this craft world… Sorry I have just found time to visit all your posts… Fascinated me again… Angels, muses and the sun be with you always dear Florence, Thank you, Happy creative spring days, with my love, nia

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  2. contadinak

    had a chance to poke around on your blog – love your creations! what a unique sensibility you have. i’m curious – how did you end up in spain?

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    1. Florence

      Hi there, Great to hear from you. We used to live on a sailing boat and one year we wintered in Spain and never left. It was never planned. It just happened. So, that is how we ended up here. Thank you for your visit and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence x

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  3. Southern Cricut Lady

    I have really enjoyed exploring your blog! You are quite a talented lady! I love the puppet, your woodworking tools, and your gorgeous cards! The coloring on these Spring cards is beautiful and seeing the stitching made me smile! I have a sewing machine, but my husband knows more about how to use it than I do! But I’m making an effort to get it out of the closet and start experimenting sewing my card mats together. I love this handmade detail. It adds so much to the card! Lovely creations! ~Vanessa

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    1. Florence

      Hi Vanessa. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment! I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. You have made my day.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Neet! Hi! Great to hear from you. Hope all is well and that you had a fabulous day!!!! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comment.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Jan. Hope all is well. I think you have already visited me on this one! he he! Always lovely to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words.
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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  4. Von

    Love your cards Florence and you have achieved some amazing colouring with ordinary pens 🙂
    Hope your keeping well
    Hugs Von x♥x

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  5. craftymonster81

    These are both so pretty, the floral images are gorgeous and beautifully coloured, especially love the colours and textures on the first one. Hope you are well
    Lindsay xx

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  6. Zoe Sanderson

    I’m just having a little bit of a catch up, so worth it to visit here. Another puppet looking forward to that am completely in awe of your skills. Beautiful cards, made me wonder if you have ever tried stamping in Gesso? can produce amazing results just make sure you clean your stamp right away! XOXO Zoe

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    1. Florence

      HellO!!! Hope all is well!!!! I have tried stamping into modeling paste but not tried stamping into Gesso. Sounds interesting. Will give it a go. TFS. Really lovely to hear from you Zoe. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Keep in touch.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  7. craftingcottage

    Hi Florence! As usual I am late visiting you! I love those flower stamps and I really need to take the time to work on my shading. Your cards are very beautiful as always!! It has been a long winter, my body needs sorting out as well!! LOL!!

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    1. Florence

      Hi Sweetie. Hope all is well. We have started diets and healthy eating. It is all this comforting eating in the winter that is the problem! lol! I was thinking about you yesterday. Have you still got snow? From last year I think your spring comes a bit later than here. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.. Always great to hear from you when ever you get a moment. Even if it is just “hello”.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  8. Lisa

    Florence,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am very slow to get it rolling and still amazed when someone actually looks at it! Your work is very nice and looks so effortless – beautiful. If you would ever like to do an exchange or swap let me know. I am curious as to how all these challenges get started and how you find out about them.
    happy spring,
    Lisa

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    1. Florence

      Hi Lisa. Lovely to hear from you. I was absolutely amazed yesterday, after 12 months, I finally worked out how to find wordpress craft blogs. It was a real treat to find your blog. As for the challenges. I used to join in Just For Fun but that has now finished. If you click on to any of the blogs on my sidebar a lot of my (paper crafting) blogging friends take part in various challenges. They will have links to challenge blogs on either their sidebar or a link contained in a post. I will send you an e.mail with a bit more info.
      Lisa, there seems to be something wrong with the link (above) to your blog.
      Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. Looking forwards to following your blog.
      Happy Crafting,
      Florence x

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  9. filingawaycupcakes

    Do you have a craft room? I wonder sometimes when I see your wonderful projects about what your organizational patterns are. Silly, but you have so many cool crafts, makes me wonder!

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    1. Florence

      Hi there. Lovely to hear from you. I am quite lucky that I have a good sized craft room. It’s about 20 sq M in size. I have wall to wall racking for storage. Nothing gets thrown away!! lol! One half of the room is for paper, paint and altered art projects and the other half is set up for quilting and sewing projects. I have three good sized tables in the room so I can change and work on different projects at any time. We have good weather for the majority of the time so the turning machine, scroll saw and power tools are used outside on the patio. Maybe one day I will be brave and show a photo!
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Siobhan. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. It is great to hear from you. If you could send us some rain I could send you some sun shine in a jiffy bag! lol! Have a wonderful week.
      Regards Florence x

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  10. Marie

    Hi Florence, such beautiful spring cards and the colouring is divine on these beautiful images. Cant wait to meet Mathilda my breath will be bated until then !! Hope you got some rain !

    Marie

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    1. Florence

      Hi Marie. Hope all is well. We have had drizzle! It is forecast sleet and rain over the next couple of days. We definately need the rain. Thank you for popping over and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  11. Castlepark Designs

    I am sorry that I am so late viewing your latest cards. They are beautiful! I hope that someday I will be able to shade my stamps half as good as you. Bring on Spring. Miles would love to have a Beast in his work shop. Looking forward to your next creation. 🙂

    Joann

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    1. Florence

      Hi Joann. Hope you both are well. Listen, it is always so lovely to hear from you when ever you get a chance to pop in. Absolutely no need to apologise. I wish I had Miles’ workshop!! LOL! I have a wall! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards to you both.
      Florence xx

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  12. Suze Bain

    Your cards are just beautiful Florence, the daffodil one is so fresh and the colours of the fuschia one remind me of tartan! Can’t wait to meet Matilda! xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Suze. Hope all is well. I can see what you mean about tartan! Thank you for calling in, always great to hear from you, and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  13. joy

    Beautiful spring flowers to cheer us up on a foggy day. Lovely colours and pretty backgrounds. Looking forward to seeing your puppets xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Emma. Hope all is well. The fuchsia stamp is one of my favourites. I have had it for years. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence x.

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  14. fati's recipes

    O Florence, today I bought 4 printed flower cards, but they compare nothing to your beautiful ones….

    ….and a hint: something yellow enveloped arrived in the mail on Monday.. Will be posting about it with my next recipe post! 😀 I’m sorry I forgot to do that when I put up the curry puffs post…

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    1. Florence

      Hi Fatimah. Hope all is well. Please don’t apologise. I never thought you would add it to a post. I am just so pleased it arrived. Hope it was all in one piece!!! Now my question is why are you buying cards?! We will have to get you stamping! lol! Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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      1. fati's recipes

        Oh I know, right? We should get stamping instead! I used to make lots of really pretty cards with my mum and sister, but that sort of died out after we finished our collage draw.. after that happened, we sort of left it up to mum to make cards with whatever we bought from time to time 🙂 they’re still really pretty, but nothing like yours….

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        1. Florence

          Hi Fatimah, What do you mean “Oh I know, right!” LOL! I remember one of the first comments you ever made on my blog was that you had been making cards.
          Lovely to hear from you.
          Regards Florence xx

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  15. Strangely Creative

    OMG! Ethel blew my mind – that is one serious bit of artwork, it really is FABULOUS!!!!
    Loved the names for the woodturning and cutting machines – you really are multi talented xxxx

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    1. Florence

      Hi. It will be here soon! I bet your garden looks amazing in the Spring. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  16. Janet

    Hi Florence,
    Sounds like you have been very busy,love both your cards,spring is on the way.Looking forward to seeing your new puppets.
    Janet x

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    1. Florence

      Hi T, Great to hear from you. I love daffs. Ours have a way to go yet. Those extra meters make all the difference. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  17. Ephemera

    Hi Florence, gorgeous cards, I love all the stitching and beautiful colouring. I can’t wait to see Matilda as Ethel is superb. I did look like a Beatle by the way, my Mum always liked George Harrison so my cut was probably modeled on him. I feel quite tempted to upload one of my old school photos then you can see my hair was truly dreadful, mind you it didn’t look much better in the 80s, my sister used to call me Brian May!! xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Paula. You are a star. I haven’t laughed so much for ages! When I saw your comment come in earlier, Freddie asked me what I was laughing at. Real fits of giggles and tears! You must post a photo. I know the Brian May look…. I still have it! LOL!!!
      Great to hear from you. Thank you for popping in and for such a lovely comment.
      Still giggling.
      Florence xx

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  18. Ann B

    Wow, how cute is Ethel, and how come I missed her debut last August? Have always loved puppets, had a Pelham one as a child but couldn’t get him to work properly. Went to a puppet show year before last while on holiday in Somerset with the Gsons and I think I enjoyed it more than they did.
    Beautiful cards as well Florence.

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    1. Florence

      Hi Ann. How funny is that. My love of puppets come from the Pelham puppets I had when I was small. I only had two of them which I still have in their boxes. They fascinate me. Great to hear from you Ann. Thank you for calling in and for sharing.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Lynne. Hope all is well. Thank you so much for popping in and for your lovely comments. I am having a bit of a blogging wobble at the moment so it really does mean a lot.
      Regards Florence xx

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