Monday 24 February 2014

One for Down Under

This card was sent off to Margaret, a sister-in-law who lives in Australia, who celebrated her 65th birthday back in October.  It was another of those squares cards which I'm getting as addicted to as the box of roses cards I made through 2013.  This one was in shades of blue and although it was a card for a female the blue and white with the gingham backing paper made it a very fresh and clean colour scheme.  More information on how this card was put together can be found in this post.

The patterned papers for this card were from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Blue and the ink colours for the stamping were Encore Metallic Blue and Stampin' up's Bashful Blue.  Embellishments added were blue grosgrain ribbon, silver butterfly peel offs and blue self adhesive pearls from Hobbycraft.

Just before Margaret's birthday we were lucky enough to have a visit from her daughter Michelle.  Michelle had just finished her thesis and had planned a European trip before graduating and heading off to work in a University in Baltimore for two years.

With Michelle's visit being during October we almost had four seasons of Scottish weather in one weekend.  We did however have a lovely day out at Linn of Dee.  It was a chilly day but the sky was crystal clear and there was snow on the mountains.  Here are a few photos taken on the day.

Elaine and Ian.

Ian by the river.  He was our model for the day as he was the only one without a camera and could frequently be caught posing although he wouldn't admit it. 

Ian, Michelle and Elaine.

Michelle strolling along one of the paths.

The next photos were taken by Elaine and show the beautiful colours that were around that autumn day.

A group selfie

A lovely day to remember and thanks for reading today.


  1. How fun!!! Those are beautiful photos!!! And I love your card.. its stunning!!! Love the silver butterflies that you used on it too!! I'm definitely go and see how you made it.. I love it!!! I can see why you would get addicted LOL Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
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  2. what a gorgeous and lovely card!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi (GD on lexi's creations challenge)

  3. Beautiful layout, color palliate and incredible butterflies! I love the elegance of your card. Thanks for sharing your incredible design with us at 4 Crafty Chicks for our Things with Wings Challenge.

    Tamie DT

  4. so beautiful liz.really pretty design and i love your butterflies ;D

    x coops xx

  5. Very pretty card. Love the colours and papers you have used. Great layout and embellishments too. Thanks for playing along at Inkspirational Challenges.


  6. Pretty card, loved seeing the two different colours you have used to make these cards, think I like the blure better, but then blue is my favourite colour. Thanks for joining us at Open Minded Challenges this fortnight

  7. This is stunning!! Simply superb sweetie!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Open Minded Crafting Fun for our Monochrome Challenge and good luck!

    Karen. DT.xx

  8. Absolutely GORGEOUS. I love everything about your card. Thanks for sharing with us at Card Makin Mamas, good luck. Suzanne DT

  9. Hi Liz - gorgeous card, and lovely and fresh colour scheme! The silver butterflies finish the card off nicely too. A perfect card for our Monochrome challenge at Lexi's Creations this time - thanks for playing along :o)
    Helen x (DT)
    PS: love your autumnal photos - great scenery!

  10. What a beautiful card, Liz - I love all those little squares and the blue looks fab. Thanx for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  11. beautiful, thank you for joining us at whoopsie daisy, hope to see you again and good luck ... Julie xxx

  12. This is beautiful. Your stitching is fab. Love your use of twine on each of the squares. Thanks for joining the Stamps & Stitches challenge at STAMPlorations. Good Luck! Monika (DT)

  13. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Whoopsi Daisy. Thank you also for sharing your lovely photos.

  14. What a beautiful project! I like the blue shades and the silver butterflies are great. Beautiful pictures as well =). Thank you so much for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  15. what a beautiful card!
    love the blue stamping!
    thank you for joining us at Fantasy Stampeers this week
    Debbi x

  16. This is sooo pretty looks like a quilt! Love the added butterflies and the great layers you have done.

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I’m doing a little giveaway to celebrate 500 followers come and join in

  17. I love your card that seems a patchwork, what a clever idea!
    Thanks for joining us at TSM challenge.