Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome Spring

It's already March and time for a new challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts, this month the theme is Welcome Spring. The brighter mornings and the longer days are really lovely even though the temperatures still are low here. We've had a very cold winter this year so we might have to wait for the Spring, it usually arrives here midway in March. I'm so wanting to get rid of the bulky winter clothes asap, but I'll gladly hide in my craft room with pastels and butterflies and dream of the warmth instead. Maybe you're doing the same?!

I used:

- A butterfly from the PB Butterfly Ball stamp, stamped with a mix of Distress Inks, added white parts with a white Sakura gel pen and dots with an Aqua Marker.

-PB Leopard's Bane stamped with embossing ink on white cardstock and heat embossed with Rangers extra fine clear powder. Cut out the circle with a scalloped Nestie and made good use of a hole punch. Coloured the background with several layers of Aqua Markers (called resist technique as the embossed area resists the water based colour), added Perfect Pearls (works really good with Aqua Markers too) and made dots with Liquid Pearls.

-A MS border punch and Papermania pearl brads.

-Nestabilities embossing folder for embossing and masking when colouring with Distress Inks, added spots with an Aqua Marker.

All the added dots were a labour of love and quite meditative, can really recommend it if you need a small break from gluing and ordinary colouring. So grab your Penny Black stamps or Stickeroos and your choice of Spring Colours and join the fun, we have fantastic prizes as usually from our lovely sponsors this month too, you'll find the links to them at my sidebar. I'll be slow on the commenting for a week or two as I have an operation planned for today (only removing an endometriosis cyst, nothing worse), but I'll come and visit you as soon as I can.

Sending big hugs your way,



  1. So beautiful and what a gorgeous shade of green!!!
    Hugs xx

  2. I love your spring creation, gorgeous colour. Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  3. Hi Maarit

    A really lovely Spring creation. Great and inventive use of that lovely butterfly image.

    Gorgeous background using your Aquamarkers .. .. love it!!

    Hope all is good with you.

    Love Jules xx

  4. A gorgeous creation Maarit.

    I'm on the slow game of catch up to say thanks so much for your support these last few weeks whilst I have been missing from blogland.

    Hope you are doing OK now.

    B x

  5. This is beautiful Maarit! Love the simple layout, it brings out the beautiful image even more! Gorgeous color combo and the embossing looks fabulous!

  6. Hi Maarit
    Love the techniques you have used for your card and the colours, fab card.
    Hugs Louise xx

  7. Gorgeous card, love the colours you have used.
    Avril x


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