Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Stippled Blossoms and the Swan Family!

Hello and welcome to my blog, lovely to have you visit.  Thanks too for all the lovely comments that you leave about my cards, I appreciate the time it takes and all your encouraging words.

I hope all is well with you, but sending out well wishes for those of you who are not just so well for a speedy recovery.

I went along to meet with the ladies from the Multicultural group this morning and so enjoyed the couple of hours at their sewing group. It was quilting, and some of their work is quite amazing. Now I have never tried this before so I was all geared up to have a go, I was surprised that I enjoyed it, could even manage to use the sewing machine, years since I used one.  Everyone was so friendly, and helpful.  Next week, one of the ladies is to take a crochet class, I've been wanting to learn this for years now.  Tomorrow is the cooking group, but this week it's not possible for me, but I'll manage it at some point.

Here is my card for today;
Having seen the lovely cards made by Patrica of Summerhouse Crafts, using the SU Stippled Blossoms stamps, I managed to get the hold of a set thanks to Zoe, who is one of their Demonstrators.  I had to go on to You Tube mind you to see how to use them as it's a 2 step stamping technique.  Anyway, this is what I came up with, I used one of the small stamps to create the background and the colours are made with DI. Silver Centura and Papermania purple cards have been used for the matting and layering. Wink of Stella on the main flower and pearls.
I will have to practise the technique, although SU have a tool to help position the stamp to help with the second stamping.  It's not too bad though?????

I thought I would show you some photos of the gorgeous swan family we saw on our walk on Sunday, they have been taken from the blog of the chap who looks after them;
Dad is on the left, his name is Popeye, and Pen his partner
The cygnets are having a bit of a play.

There are seven cygnets in this family, and I think that makes for very careful parents to have reared them all successfully, apparently the cygnets are almost ready to be chased off to make their own way in the world.

Now I think it must be time for a cuppa, so I'll say cheerio for tonight and see you all soon, take care everyone, 


Flo Langley said...

Beautiful card Kate. I was waiting to hear how you got on with the ladies. Sounds like it will be fun learning lots of new things and meeting new people. Really pleased for you. Love the photos of the swans. They are so beautiful and elegant. I would never have known which one was the mummy or the daddy. It looks like, maybe, the male swans have larger beaks. They are very similar. tfs.
Take care,
Flo xx

Sue said...

Your card is gorgeous Kate. I love your beautiful design and the colours are so pretty.
Wonderful photos too, thank you for sharing.
hugs Sue xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Your ladies group sounds like fun and a great way to socialise and learn new things too.
Love your pretty card, the floral stamp is a beauty and the colours you have used are very feminine, love it.

cotnob said...

A fabulous card Kate, such a beautiful flower and pretty background.

rachel said...

such a pretty group kate - I love the sound of your group - so many different crafts - sounds brilliant fun! Loving the swan pictures too - beautiful! Hugs rachel x

pam said...

Beautiful card Kate, love your colours for stamping..
Glad you went to the group again and enjoyed yourself.
Thank you for showing these photos.
Hugs Pam x

meg said...

Wonderful card Kate love the background you made beautiful colours

Christine Harrop said...

Lovely card Kate and your swan family is super family. Reminds me of one year when we were on holiday on the Norfolk Broads. A pair of swans swam past but mum had the whole family on her back nestled under her wings - such a beautiful image. Hugs to you both Christine xx

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous design, really love this creation and all the fab details and your photos are just so beautiful.. x {The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

Unknown said...

Beautiful card Kate! Sounds like you had a fab crafty time! Love the swan pics too :-)
Lucy x

Jacee said...

That's a very pretty card Kate and your photos are gorgeous, what a cute family they are!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Sandy said...

Wonderful post Kate pretty card and great pictures!
I am sorry you have to miss the cooking group - that probably would have been one of my favorites!
I love to crochet although I have not done it for a while. So much to do and so little time!
Sandy xx

Erika said...

Your group sounds like lots of fun, quilting, cooking and crocheting, my idea of heaven. Wish I lived nearer!
You've done a super job with your double stamping card.
The wee cygnets look very cute too.

Have a super weekend, hugs Erika. x

downrightcrafty said...

love your photo's and wow what a gorgeous card so pleased you got hold of the stamps, looks great
Hugs Kate x

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a wonderful card.
Love that stamped theme.
You have done a very great job with that stamp set.
Wonderful colours, and great design as usual.
Have a lovely weekend.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

MaryH said...

Well done on the stippled blossoms. That's a great SU set to many colors work beautifully with these flowers. Enjoyed seeing the gorgeous swans. Your walks must be such an adventure, with all the wonderful sights you get to enjoy. TFS the card & the graceful swans! Hugs

Zoe Tant said...

Hi Kate thanks for the welcome as a follower and glad to see you got there with the stippled blossoms. It's a gorgeous creation and I love the swan pics too. Zx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
That stamp is gorgeous and your card is smashing.
Beautiful pictures of the swan family too . . . . . . . Seven young swans a swimming eh?
Have a great week.
Ang x

Sue said...

Pretty card, love how the background matches the beautiful flower.
Gorgeous pictures of the swans, they are such spectacular looking birds.
Thanks for sharing.


Peanut said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time with the ladies. Its great to be able to make friends and learn new skills at the same time. The stamped flowers is beautiful... gorgeous colours.
hugs Asha