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Friday, 20 March 2015

Happy Humming! -Friday 20th March 2015

Hello Friends,

Thank you for your birthday wishes yesterday, we had a lovely meal last night, at The Gumstool Inn, which is part of a Manor hotel near Tetbury and we have just got back from a fabulous day at Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park...tomorrow I will fill you in on the day, plus the 2 hour walk we did across country during which we saved the life of a sheep..yes we did!

Our friend's daughter Natalie, who I made the horse card for, told me this morning that she was thrilled with pleased!

Now for today's craft:

I love all birds, but if I was really pressed for a favourite it would be the humming bird, these beautiful tiny creatures have held a special place for me, since being mesmerised by them in my auntie's garden in San Francisco when I was a young girl.

This week's Sunday Stamper challenge  from Hels Sheridan, is to include a bird in our project. I created this card for one of my friends, whose birthday is also this month  and thought I would share it for these week's challenge, as I haven't had the time to make anything for ages and I have missed it.

I used a base of black card and mat and layered with purple,around which I wrapped lilac web net and dark purple ribbon.

I then die cut two rectangles with black card and mat and layered one with paper from G45 French Country and again wrapped with net and also green twine.

 I die cut stamped the main House Mouse image on to a white die cut rectangle and coloured using distress inks as watercolours. I did paint in clear Wink of Stella pen and also added glitter to the bird's wings, but it doesn't show in the photo.

I then inked the edges with antique linen distress ink and using some left over watered down Dusty Concord ink, I took it up with an old toothbrush (one of those travel ones you get on a plane) and spritzed some spots of ink over the card using my finger against the brush.

To finish I added some gems.

 I've become very interested in envelope art recently and have found some amazing creations on Pinterest, but I thought I'd start small by using another House Mouse stamp in the corner.

Finally, here is a humming bird I managed to snap when we were in California in 2013, after all these years I finally managed to get one that wasn't blurred!

Thank you so much  for stopping by, I'm having my own proper birthday celebrations today, a day late as we are both off work and heading off to Adam's Farm/Cotswold Farm Park. One of my favourite places to spend my birthday amongst all the animals!

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole you have created a gorgeous card for your friend. I am pleased you had a fantastic birthday. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

  2. sorry I missed your birthday this week has kicked my behind! I am sending you a belated something..hope you had a fun celebration. Happy weekend. Cx

    1. Aah thank you...I haven't forgotten the die cuts, just been a bit full on at the moment, will do them this week, X

  3. Aww...that stamp is too cute! Love your card and the colours you have used are very pretty. Belated Birthday wishes for Australia...xo

  4. Such a sweet card Carole and an adorable image


  5. Fantastic love your card and the amazing photograph.
    Have a wonderful day
    Patricia x

  6. Morning Carole,
    A very pretty card love the image. Stunning photos too.

  7. The images on the card and envelope are so, so sweet!! I love the pictures of the hummer, you certainly did well to get the one sitting - it always amazes me just how small these gorgeous little birds are. Hope you have a wonderful day at Adam's farm and I look forward to hearing about the sheep. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. First of all your card is just delightful. Loving the super adorable image and the beautiful colours you chose combined with wonderful textures and layers. Wow you are sure a wonderful photographer. Adore the photos of the hummingbird.