'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Good morning, bloggers 😊 and Happy Sunday to you! 

Lately, it's been a real joy to see so many poppies and wildflowers springing up on all the spare land around this area ...I think the local council must have decided to sprinkle some seeds on them, just  to see what happened. Whatever the reason, it's a delight to see small patches of glorious colour as you pass by. It's certainly brought a smile to my face.

I played around with Inktense pencils the other day, to create a background around these delicate poppies... just painting random areas of turquoise, teal, blue and green, then stamping bits of words and texture over it in similar shades. I liked it, but it lacked definition, so I toyed with the idea of doing a little stencilling in black or dark colours, then remembered these die cuts. My original aim was to get an idea of where to stencil, but I actually liked the effect of the die cuts, so I cut them to look more as if they'd been torn and glued them in place, splattered some inks over it and voilà. 
(I have NO idea why this paragraph isn't in the same font as the rest of my post...it is in my edit version...sorry!)

This stamp was out to remind me to make a card for Stamping Sensations'  The Earth Laughs in Flowers challenge.

This was a stamp I won in an SSS Challenge, coloured in paler summer colours and CAS style to reflect the feel of summer. I'm playing along with Penny Black & More's Summer Colours challenge with this one and with Addicted to Stamps & More's ATG.

Playing around with various Lavinia stamps and an Inkylicious splatter stamp background, I stamped the 'lanterns' in the bottom right hand corner and wasn't at all happy with it... so, I added more ink, a bit more stamping and this is the end result. I know it's way too busy, but I can live with the idea of an overgrown wild woods space and the things that happen there in secret. You may have guessed that I love turquoise and lime together.
I'm playing along with the Sweet Stampin' ATG/Optional Magical challenge, in honour of J K Rowling's birthday and with Lavinia World Challenge's ATG theme. 

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17 very kind comments from lovely people:

Viv said...

Lovely cards. Your Inktense poppies are wonderful against those fab die cuts and a perfectly inked background! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Lovely cards. It's always nice seeing flowers.

froebelsternchen said...

Your designs are breathtaking! I am in love with the first card...simply in LOVE!

Happy star of the new week ahead der Cath!
Big hugs


My name is Erika. said...

Gorgeous cards Cath. The fairy one has a definite magical feel! And the flowers are pretty too. I can tell you have been inspired by the wildflowers you mention. All the flowers are one of the best part of summer! Happy Sunday. Hugs-Erika

María said...

Beautiful cards, I love the backgrounds you've made in the first and the last one they're wonderful, and the second one is very elegant with those pastel tones.

And about the change of font don't worry it's been Blogger, sometimes when you create several empty lines or erase one of them it changes the setting of the font.

Hugs, María.

Mrs.B said...

Lovely cards Cath, I do like the poppies, it's a popular stamp at the moment and I love the sentiment on the pastel card. Great combination of stamps to create the scene for your fairy.
Have a great week.
Avril xx

Kathleen said...

Beautiful image and really lovely subtle colours. Thank you for joining our Summer Colours challenge at Penny Black and More.

Kath x

Meggymay said...

Beautiful cards Cath, the silhuoette fairy one looks magical. I have enjoyed my catch up looking at your posts I have missed recently. Fabulous art pieces.
Yvonne xx

Kim Heggins said...

What a beautiful collection of gorgeous cards! Love the way you colored those sweet flowers. Thank you so much for playing along with us at ATSM!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I have to agree about the wildflowers, they are a real joy to see. If my garden was bigger i'd have them everywhere.. sadly it is not. Always heartwarming to see the Poppy & I adore the composition of that stamp. Beautiful words on the second card & a stunning image.. May have to look out for that one although I've said i'm not buying anymore stamps until Autumn :/ All magnificent Cath.. it's lovely to see them all. Thanks for sharing Hugs Tracey xx
P.S Congrats on your win btw x

Linda Kunsman said...

Beautiful cards Cath. Of course, I adore the poppy one especially! And I have admired that SSS stamp set on the second card for quite awhile now- lovely.

butterfly said...

Delightful cards - especially those wonderful poppies.
Alison x

Neet said...

Three delightful cards. I love poppies so the first card was an immediate hit for me, and I love them against that background. The black corners really stand out and give that final pop to the card.
The second card is so pretty with beautiful colouring in pastel shades and such lovely words.
The third card has to be my favourite. I love the turquoise and lime background and I love all the stamping on it. I do not think it is too busy at all, each element build up to a lovely fairytale scene.
Hugs, Neet xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These three cards are wonderful, Cath. Each is beautiful in its own way. I have to admit, the poppy is my favorite, because they are flowers I can't grow. You are lucky to see them in the fields around your place.

Those Lavinia stamps are everywhere. Seems everywhere I visit, someone is using one. Yours is equally lovely, and I adore the colors you chose, too.

Ellibelle said...

Such amazing creations Cath. Love them all and so glad I don't have to choose a favorite!
Thank you so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge this month!

brenda said...

Wasn't commenting on hols as difficult on tablet but couldn'd miss Poppies could I! A great post and many thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black and Stamping Sensations. B x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I agree with you about the wild flowers and poppies. We've just had about half a dozen wild poppies appear in our back garden and they're a lovely shade of dusky pink. I will try to collect the seeds so that we can have more of them next year. Beautiful cards and I really like the Lavinia scene x