Sunday, August 24, 2014

Partridges, Turtle Doves, Pears and an Elegant Tree

Hello everyone,  I hope you are doing well.    This is a scheduled post as I'm on a 'blog break' while we move.

It was fun last month creating Christmas cards (they helped ease the stress) and I have two designs to show today that feature stamps from Chocolate Baroque's gorgeous new Turtle Doves set.

The background above was created with Raspberry & Persimmon Distress Inks using the acrylic block technique.   I stamped a flourish from Fancy Flourishes with Raspberry DI.

The pear tree branches & turtle doves from Turtle Doves and pear from Pears and Baubles were stamped with Imperial Purple Versafine ink.   I coloured the background branches with Prisma pencils.  The pear and birds were coloured with distress inks (using a mat, water & brush), decoupaged and popped up over the background.  I also added glitter paint to the larger birds and outlined with a white Gelly Roll pen.   Merry Christmas is from Warm Christmas Greetings.

And the card below is in a clean style:

I embossed a tree from the Turtle Doves set with gold and embellished with lots of little half pearls.  I added gold embossing to the edge of the background.  The die is from Spellbinder - Elegant Labels 4.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day!


Crafting Queen said...

Two great cards, love elegant second card and love the vibrant colours in the first. Hope all is going well with the move. Skipper said hi to Archie and Sheena.

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous cards, the first one is my fave because of those wonderful colours! Take care of yourself! Valerie

chrissie said...

Stunning cards Shirley.

Hope you are enjoying your blog break

Love Chrissie x

marg said...

Hello Shirley
I hope your blog break is being filled with lots of happy things!
I love the Pear Stamp and how you have used it!
Take care
Love Marg

Aileen said...

Shirley, they are both beautiful cards but absolutely fell in love with the first. Sensational colours, so eye catching.

Unknown said...

Hi Shirley I am sure you are going to need a well earned rest after the move.

Fabulous makes and the first is my fave as well.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning, both of them, love the bright colours on the top one specially, they look like fabulous stamps!

Elaine said...

Two super cards Shirley. I love the bright background on the first. Super colours and the contrast of the paler pear works so well. The second is very elegant, love the framing of the tree and the gold embossing with pearls is lovely. I do hope all is going well with the move. I keep thinking of you. Elaine xx

Anneke said...

Very special cards. Really love the red one. Beautiful design, really love the look of it. Happy crafting Anneke.

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous cards Shirley love them both but the first one jumps at me and is oh so hope you are okay..

The Journey is the Start

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Shirley, I love the first with all the wonderful colour going on and as love the second with all the lovely pearls.

Sue xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Fabulous creations, I love specially the colorful red vibrant card.
I wish you a nice sunday,
big hugs Anja

Gerrina said...

I'm not in the mood yet; hoping to have some more sunny days to work in the garden... But your cards are great! Original colours! Hugs, Gerrina

Pat said...

Two beautiful cards Shirley. The first is so vibrant with that pretty stamped background, and I love the decoupaged pear and turtle doves and you can see the pretty sheen of the paint you have used. The second has that gorgeous embossed tree with the lovely gems and ornate S/B frame around it with a pretty bow, and I adore the purple and gold together. Hope everything is progressing well. x

Margik said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Shirley. The first one has beautiful colours and design, the second one is very spectacular. I love your work!
Hugs, Mar

Sue said...

I've been catching up on your wonderful cards Shirley because I've kind of been MIA lol and life is just whizzing by lately..gorgeous as usual lots of huggles and hope the move is going smoothly ..Sue xxxxxxxxxx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great samples like always Shirley I really love your background of the first card, but I love the second on too, great colours , I hope you are well!!


Jeannette said...

wow shirley,your card are stunning,love the vibrant red and birds,awesome work.
have a nice new week,my dear :-)

Greetings Jeannette

Sophie said...

Traumhaft, wie du die Vögel mit der Birne kombiniert hast.
Einfach grandios!
Eine schöne neue Woche.

Alles Liebe von Sophie xx

Liberty said...

So cute!
J'aime beaucoup cette carte.

Karin said...

Stunning cards, love the red one!
Groetjes Karin x