Sunday, January 4, 2015

Spring Flowers

Hi Peeps, how is your day going :) :) 

Today I am helping out at the Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe for their challenge Anything Goes With Chalk. Sweet Pea Stamps are sponsoring Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe for this challenge and as I am on the Sweet Pea DT thought I would give this a go.  Now chalks and I are new to each other.  My chalks are inherited and live in a drawer that hardly sees daylight.  I did try to use them when I was first given them but had very little joy, from there I seemed to move in different directions and totally forgot about them - until this challenge.  Now you see why I had to take part hahahaha.  The image I have used for this card is Spring Flowers by Conie Fong, one of the many artist whose images are available from Sweet Pea Stamps.  

First stage - check out some tutorials on ways to use chalks successfully :)  The tutorial which really appealed to me was using a clear stamp pad with rubber stamps and then chalking over.  This made so much sense, just if you are interested, here is the URL of the tutorial I followed

I decided to try and make my own backing paper

WOW - I am pretty pleased with the outcome and love the soft organic sort of look, chalks will now not be in a drawer never seeing light, think we have just become buddies hahaha.
 Next I die cut my digi and then chalked the frame in the same way as I did the background, well almost the same way, I just dabbed my clear embossing pad on the edges of the frame and then applied the chalk,
 The next bit of chalking was the tag, again I used the clear embossing bad to apply the sticky surface to my vellum then applied the chalk.  On top of that I used a peel off sticker and then cut this out carefully.
 Finally I made a charm dangly bit using a very special bead - they turquoise one.  I have just come back from my hols and while away I found these wonderful beads hand made from recycled glass - just had to have them hahahaha.
 I mounted my chalk stamped paper on card, added a lace bow with some of the same beads I used for the charm hanger.  Next I attached the digi and frame and finished off with my tag sentiment, some flowers and a couple of butterflies.  Now the completed front panel was complete I attached it to the card base with foam tape.

  • Spring Flowers by Conie Fong available from Sweet Pea Stamps in both rubber and digi
  • Colouring medium - image/Faber Castle Polychromous, background/chalks
  • Die - cArt Decorative Oval Frames
  • Tag - peel off sticker
  • Charm, lace, vellum, flowers, butterflies etc. from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-
Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful crafting day ahead of you :) :)


  1. Thats so sweet love it ,Thank you for joining in Seemacrafts Challenge ,Pauline DT

  2. very pretty love the detailing . thank you for joining in over at seemacrafts

  3. Oh my. I do love that soft look of the chalks! Gorgeous creation. Thank you so much for linking it up at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

  4. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining in at Seemacrafts. Chris DT xx

  5. Wow beautiful, your background is so pretty and perfect for your beautifully coloured image, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  6. What a beautiful job using chalks! I would never guess you were not an old pro with them as beautifully as this turned out! Thanks so much for joining us this week at QKR Stampede for the weekly challenge!

  7. Word that came in my head while looking at this was SWEET ! Such a nice card.
    Barbara Bird / DT My Artistic Adventures

  8. Wonderful, gorgeous, love it...great colors and the embossing, nicely done. Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

    Leanne DT
    4 Crafty Chicks

  9. Love your card, it's so pretty. I am so glad you provided this tutorial about chalks. I think I learned this technique like over 7 yrs ago and forgot about it. I really love the way the background of your card turned out and how everything coordinates beautifully. :D

  10. Very pretty card! Thank you for sharing over at My Artistic Adventures!

  11. That's so beautiful card..
    Thanks for joining us at Sisters of Craft, and good luck.


  12. wow very pretty! your coloring is so lovely too x Lia Stampz Challenge Blog DT

  13. Beautiful card and coloring. Thanks for joining us this week for Anything Goes at QKR Stampede.
    Karal DT

  14. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #12, Anything Goes, Dawn DT Member x

  15. Lovely card, thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) x

  16. Very lovely!!!!! Thanks for joining this moths challenge on Seemacrafts. Hugs, Donalda DTM

  17. Such a beautiful card. I love the image and the fine details you put into it. Thank you for joining us at Dreamweaver Stencils this month for our birthday challenge.

  18. What a pretty Spring time card. Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison x


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