28 May 2013

Lavender's Blue

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, bright sunshine and warmth, today wet and miserable here in Staffordshire! There's a very bedraggled looking daddy blackbird running around in our garden trying to collect worms for his mate on the nest. He's not impressed with the weather either:)


Still, our gardens are getting a welcome drink as they try desperately to catch up with the seasons. Never before have the hellebores, magnolia, clematis, rhododendron and wisteria been in bloom at the same time - shame we can't get out there to enjoy it. My eldest's favourite flower is the lavender and it has to be said the fragrance takes some beating. It's where I drew inspiration for this card.


The background is one of my faux plaster ones (see HERE for recipe) - Alison (Butterfly) dared me to add frescos to it. Well I'm not sure if this counts but the wild planting in the background was done with DI's to give a faded look and clear embossed to add more texture.


As well as adding some complimentary CS I wanted the vintage/faded beauty feel to continue with added texture so some rusty tin metal sheet and delicate embroidered lace from The Funkie Junkie Boutique was just perfect. It also meant the sentiment wasn't lost against the background. Finally I played with the Melt Pot and created a stamped plaque using the same stamp utilised for the background. To give it more depth I added DP's to the stamp and applied these inside the plaque when it was cold. It never fails to amaze me how much detail can be picked up by the UTEE (in this case a Pearl CS one).


So in honour of the lavender in our garden I'm linking this to the Country View Crafts challenge - How does your garden grow. And as it has a definite vintage feel I'm entering the current Artful Times Challenge - Vintage, sponsored by Oyster Stamps.
That's all for today. Hope to catch up more tomorrow. In the meantime take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny x

29 comments:

  1. gorgeous...your makes always inspire and amaze me xx

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  2. Ooh Jenny, I love the way the lavender in the stunning UTEE piece echoes the lavender in the background and the lace is just stunning. This really is a beauty - you should enter it into Sunday Stampers too....

    I might be brave and take my melt pot out of its packaging after seeing this.... Hugs, Anne x

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  3. What a beautiful card Jenny. We have lots in the garden too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. Love the melt pot plaque and the delicate lavendar shades and background of the whole piece. Raining steadily all day here in the south west.

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  5. Absolutely fab card, love that wonderful background

    Sam xxx

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  6. Blooming gorgeous card love the background and that little plaque just lovely. My garden like yours has everything out at the same time just like Chelsea really lol. Hugs Sandra X

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  7. Fabulous card, love lavender, but too wet in Wales to grow it.

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  8. Hi Jenny. This is beautiful, I just love lavender.
    Rosie x

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  9. This is gorgeous - how in the world do you think of such things!!!! I am really honored that you visited my blog and left such sweet comments!
    Thanks so much!!!
    Sandy

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  10. Such a pretty card, Jenny. Very Love the lavender! Hugs, Sandra

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  11. Oh Jenny I LOVE this!! The faint shadow on the Fresco background looks amazing, so delicate and beautiful, and the Utee piece with the lavender inside is stunning! A really, really special card!! Very inspiring!!

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  12. Hi Jenny, Love this and love lavender, I have a front garden full of it just waiting for a little bit of sunshine to help it bloom. Hugs Mo x

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  13. Totally gorgeous Jenny, I love your faux plaster and your UTEE is just stunning xx

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  14. Jenny this is a very beautiful card and I'm so glad that Alison dared you as your frescoes are superb. The lace adds lovely prettiness too and your melt art tricks are just beyond me! Very very well done. Nicola x

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  15. A most gorgeous card, but that UTEE plaquette has me eye oogling! LOVE IT!!!! The coloration from the DP's is perfection! Well done...genius!

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  16. Love the post with the description of your garden Jenny.

    The ideas on this piece are so beautiful-I guess the garden was a real inspiration.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  17. Oh wow this is so beautifully creative and I love the kind of Victorian feel to it.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  18. This has such a wonderful feel to it Jenny, beautifully designed and laid out and your utee piece is gorgeous.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  19. Oooops should have also said thanks for linking this lovely piece to Country View Challenges.
    x0x

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  20. A gorgeous card, love the UTEE piece.

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  21. SO beautiful! Love that you used the stamp in the background as well as in the UTEE. Just lovely!

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  22. Yet another stunning pices of Art!!
    I love that piece done in the UTEE
    Happy crafting

    Patricia xx

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  23. Beautiful card Jenny, the lavender plaque is gorgeous. I agree there's no better scent than lavender ! Sue C x

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  24. Another stunning piece Jenny.
    Just love the background and so glad Alison gave you a dare as it is perfectly beautiful. Great plaque - everything.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx

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  25. Oh, it does, it does!! The subtle lavender on the "plaster wall" looks so beautiful - I completely love it!! It's a wonderful stamp too... the melt art embellishment shows it off brilliantly. Gorgeous, Jenny!
    Alison xx

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  26. What a beautiful card Jenny! I love the ethereal feel of this, the colour mix is beautiful and so effective. Fab. Thank you for joining in our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

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  27. Another great card Jenny :) love the plaque ! Thank you for playing along with us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

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  28. Hi buttons - what a lovely card and I do like what you have done using the meltpot. Lovely background as well. The garden is a joy at the moment isnt it - you know that Blackbird has it got a yellow beak and does it hop - cos if it has its the one that messed on my windows! Cx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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