Sunday, 10 April 2016

More Daisies and Beautiful Swans!

Good Evening to You, I hope you are all well and have had a lovely Sunday.

Our weather wasn't all that nice so decided not to go for a run in the car, we are certainly having April showers, and today I felt was a tad cold.  However, we had to go for a bit of food shopping so decided to have a walk at the same time thus killing two birds with one stone, and here are a couple of photos of the lovely birds we spotted on our walk;

Alistair had discovered these beauties the other week whilst he was having a walk around our University Campus, where there is a bit of a lake.  I'm not sure which swan is doing the sitting as I believe both take it in turns to sit on the eggs, but the partner was really keeping it's eye open for trouble.  It was just lovely to see them nesting with the hope of a new family.  I am rather fond of these graceful birds.

Anyway on to my card;
I have used John Lockwood's main Daisy stamp from the Dasiy set, they are so lovely to ink up, and I've just put little bits of colour with Sakura Gel pens and tipped the ends of the petals with a pink Promarker Pen.
The background is make with Creative Expressions Colour Cloud inks and the an Immagination Crafts floral stencil with Silver Starlights Paint.  Liquid Pearls and all matted on to black card.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last card, and a warm welcome to my new Followers, Regina and Sidelle, I hope you will return often and continue to like what I make.

It must be time for a cuppa now so I'm off to put the kettle on, have a lovely evening whatever your doing and see you soon,


cotnob said...

Such a pretty card Kate, a lovely image and great background.
Beautiful photographs, swans are so elegant.

Patricia said...

Beautiful, graceful photo and a stunning card.
Love your whole design.
Patricia X

Cara said...

A beautiful delicate card, love the background you've created. Cara x

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Kate, love the background and pretty flowers.
Gorgeous photos too
Lorraine x

Christine Harrop said...

This is such a lovely card Kate. Great photos too. Swans are such elegant creatures aren't they? Hugs Christine xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Oh you are making some lovely cards with this set. Love the background too.
Our blackbirds are "with egg" and Mr B has been coming into the kitchen again to speed up the feeding process lol!
Best wishes.
Ang x

Sally H said...

Beautiful photos and a very elegant card! I love the colours of your background and a lovely use of that stencil (It is in my collection but I have only used it for Christmas cards so far)
It was sunny here, probably because we had planned to go and train at Karate grading, which was inside ;)

pam said...

Beautiful card Kate, lovely stamp and background.
Lovely photos of these beautiful swans.
Pam x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What lovely photos, gorgeous day here yesterday and today is looking good too. Fab card love the daisy. I have a little giveaway

meg said...

Great card Kate, love the stamp. Beautiful pictures of the swans

Sue said...

Beautiful stenciled background, Kate. And the Daisy stamp is lovely.
I lOVE swans too. I would not want to mess with them while they are nesting, they can be very protective. Gorgeous birds, and your picture is awesome, thanks for sharing.


aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous card once again beautiful design here and pretty colours. The swans are just gorgeous Kate.xx

Diane said...

Such a lovely card design Kate and what a wonderful picture of the swans.

Hugs Diane

Erika said...

Kate I love your daisy card, the colour combo is beautiful. A perfect birthday card.
The swans photos are lovely too, they're fine till the signets arrive then they can get quite aggressive.

It's cold here too just now but got the washing dry. How does that work?

Hugs Erika. x

Linda Simpson said...

I do love swans and such beautiful card. Thank you for your comment about my tutorial on my video on sparkle medium, very much appreciated and glad to hear you enjoyed it too.
Linda xxx

Barb said...

An absolutely beautiful card Kate and the background is very special. Lovely photos of the swans. Barbxx

Jennifer Johnston said...

A really lovely card Kate. Loving the delicate coloured background and of course the fabulous flower stencil. Great photos of the swans by the way, so pleased you had a nice weekend.
Hugs Jennifer xx.

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie, this is just fabulous :0) hugs Pops x

MaryH said...

Always enjoy seeing the wonderful pictures you share, and what a treat to see the swan sitting on the nest (not likely to ever see that IRL, & the photographer captured the scene so well). Pretty card and I liked the way you've put the focal image in the corner, so that the background stands out equally well. Pretty card, great design. TFS & Hugs.

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
playing catch up with my comments yet again.
what a very wonderful card, and such a very lovely design also.
Love what you have crated with that fab stamp.
Lovely colouring with those inks.
They sure are a treat to work with.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

brenda said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my own and the CB blog, they are much appreciated. Also so happy to see you as my new follower and looks forward to seeing more of your work.

Kind regards,

B x

SARN said...

Thanks for visiting me Kate.

LOVE the look of the pretty daisy card.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your card is as graceful and pretty as those birds, Kate! I haven't seen that flower before and really like it! Thank you so much for posting the nesting birds! How blessed you are to get to see them on your walk! I'm currently watching a You Tube video every day of a bald eagle's nest in southern California. There are twins and it's been incredible seeing them hatch and grow so fast every day! I'll put the link here in case you want to find it. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

Eagle nest:

Darnell J Knauss said...

If the link doesn't work, Google "Sauces Bald Eagle Channel Islands National Park Cams."

Anet van Zyl said...

Hallo Kate, your card is just gorgeous. Love the pretty background your created with the pretty flower image. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs Anet x

Florence said...

Fabulous card Kate. Love daisies and that image is a smasher. The swans look so elegant and regal. Hopefully you might see some babies soon.
Have a lovely weekend. Take care, Flo xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Kate, wonderful pickies of your beautifully elegant white swans .... Such beautiful birds, they really do lift ones heat to see such lovley creations while out walking. Spring is coming!!! And downunder it is autumn!!
Wonderful card, Kate, love it very much, that's Daisy image is a newbie to me, but beautifully carded.
Thanks so much for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Asha said...

What a pretty card, Kate. So soft and delicate. Love it.
x Asha

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

The colours are so soft and subtle Kate, the background is so beautiful. It works so well with the sentiment.

Swans are really majestic when nesting, their nest has a resemblance to thrones. Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and hugs

Sandy said...

Quack, Quack - now what kind of noise do swans made. I know the males can be quite aggressive when threatened or their spouse is threatened. I would love to see a baby swan!
Lovely birthday card Kate!
Sandy xx

Asha said...

The photos are so pretty, Kate. I really love the background of your card. The perfect match for the lovely daisies.
hugs Asha