Wednesday, 14 March 2018

WWC161 - Helen's "All About Occasions" Challenge

This week's challenge is being hosted by Helen Finlay and it's all about the special Occasions in our lives.  You can see a few listed in the challenge icon, but you can probably think of a bunch more.  Let's face it, special occasions are one of the reasons we create our cards.

Here in Canada it's still quite a while before Mother's Day occurs in May but it was my mother's birthday last week and I've been thinking of her a lot lately.  Making a Mother's Day card just felt totally natural under the circumstances.

I kept this card very simple.  In fact it's a one layer card except that I matted the one layer and then adhered it to a base.  But you know what I mean. After stamping it, I masked the pretty stone wall image from the Hostess set, "Cosy Cottage".  Then I stamped the trees from the retired "In the Meadow" set so that they would appear to be behind the wall.  The sizing of the two sets is perfect.  They appear to be made for each other.

The scene I've created and watercoloured reminds me so much of a pretty garden to which we'd frequently go for a little picnic when I was growing up in Victoria.  After a snack, I'd weave together the little wild daisies so I could wear them like a crown in my hair.  Most of the time both my sister and I wound up wearing the daisy "crowns" which our Mum had made.  For some reason mine seldom held together properly.

While the outside of my card is rather simple, without embellishments or surprises, I had to do something special for the inside.  So I took the Sale-a-bration "Blossoming Basket" set and stamped the basket in the centre of a piece of 8" x 5" Whisper White and then watercoloured it before carefully cutting around much of it using my craft knife.  I left enough attached so that it would "pop out" when the card was opened.

I hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also entered this card into the CAS March Watercolour Challenge which is all about Gardens.

I've entered this card into the That's Crafty! Challenge - Spring Into Action

And, finally, I've entered this card into the The Crafty Addicts Challenge #46 - All About Mums


  1. Your watercolor garden is beautiful, Heidi! The sets do appear to be made to use together! Love the basket on the inside! Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

  2. Beautiful watercoloured garden scene, Heidi!! Lovely mix of stamps and I love the soft wash of colour in the background. Your pop up basket of flowers is such a surprise for the inside ... very special for a special mom! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  3. Now I wish I had bought In the Meadow! I love this card!

  4. Heidi you always inspire me, and this card is really over the top. The simple one layer interface on the front of the card was beautiful enough and I liked the way you married the two stamp sets to create your scene, but opening the card and seeing the pop-out, well that's over the top! Really well done. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so beautiful. I love the gorgeous, tranquil scene on the front, and then the lovely surprise of the basket of blooms inside.
    Very clever.

  6. Simply stunning Heidi. Love it! Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM this week.

  7. The center of your card is a wonderful surprise, fab.
    Thanks for sharing at ATSM. :)

  8. A lovely card, promising green leaves on the trees very soon, and with the beautiful flower basket inside - beautiful spring- Thank you for adding it to That`s Crafty Challenge -
    DT, Dorthe x


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