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Monday, 19 April 2010


Dear Reader
Here's a card I've made for this week's Friday Sketcher challenge. I followed the sketch given by Inga. Thank you Inga it was a great sketch to work with. I used Alva with her flower, coloured it in with watercolour pencils and kept the papers simple as the design was fairly detailed and I wanted to give a nice fresh spring feel to the card. Papers are, yes you guessed it, Martha Stewart. I think they replenish when I'm asleep as I still keep finding more! They've certainly been good value and I love the tonal plain colours. I used some Orchid House flowers and a pearl brad from my stash and a woodware sentiment. Of course I stickled. The pearls are the last pieces from a small Prima flourish I bought at Harrogate. I've cut into it three times and this is the last. Oh! no. I love using pearls - this time I wanted to give the look of a butterfly flying behind the flower and up into the sky ( experimenting with a 3D look to my cards). I'm also into oversized/undersized themes at the moment. I think the Alice in Wonderland film had too much of an effect on me! On this card I've used an oversized flower. As if I need to point that out.
I've always wondered why I seem to be the only person using Alva and her little elf friend whose name escapes me at the moment. Sorry I'm tired. I mentioned this at the crop on Saturday and apparently it's because they're Christmas elves! Christmas! - passed me by. And do I look bothered? I like them so it's another case of Christmas all year round as far as I'm concerned. I just can't elf myself . (groan and read on...) Just remembered the little boy elf's name is Alf. Elf Alf - not hard is it. I must be really tired. Anyway, hope you enjoy the card. I'm away for some much needed shut eye.....


  1. LOL your posts do make me chuckle Anne! Gorgeous card, I love the colours! the flowers and pearls are gorgeous! I didn't know she was a Christmas elf either!! hugs, Jane xxx

  2. Great card Ann, love the colours and as for the pearls, Ilove them too. Great idea to use parts of them! x

  3. Lol! Anne the card is lovely I hope you got a well earned rest.
    Good luck in the challenge.

    See you Sat.

  4. what a lovely card I love your pearls Anne, nice colour tones too. got loads of 3D's if you want some let me know what you want after the auditorium do as you'll have more time then. Love Janet

  5. lol at Alf Elf, or Elf Alf, or would it be felf or falf for short, quite like the sound of that lol, I think I am awake on silicone fumes and obviously as silly as yourself in the early hours of the morn, as I think Elves should be acceptable regardless of the season, BTW where do they go when all the xmas gifts are wrapped and delivered, do they hibernate or do they indeed walk amongst us in the safe knowledge that if seen no-one would believe and elf would be seen outsode the yuletide - shock horror !!! I would like to think they help out the fairies with the manly jobs.

    Anyway i digress......... beautiful card and I am not at all tiring of those papers, I love the colours and subtle look they have, the pealrs are stunning and definitely a beautiful finishing touch, good luck in the challenge Anne.