Saturday, 29 June 2013

LIM - Sand

Today at LIM. The challenge is sand. By coincidence I've been playing with one layer cards and sahara sand (such a lovely neutral colour), trying to replicate the effect of distressed ribbons!

I've been away for a while, been having trips between Hampshire and Scotland, whilst my father was ill.  My father was a retired clergyman, but before then he was a biologist, and had an interest in natural history.  My parents had 9 free range hens, plus one cockerel who was on loan (and my father was hoping to have some chicks this summer to add to the menagerie).  I was lucky to be with him a lot over his last couple of weeks and with support of Marie Curie nurses and family he was able to die at home looking at over his garden (and watching his hens).

This was the Father's day card I made and took on my last trip.  He was special - love you Dad xx

The lace was from chocolate baroque, the sentiment was from Stamping all day, the hen was from Craft Stamper as a free stamp and I also used the ink drops and text from SU french foilage.  The lace was in sahara sand, and lightly sponged in the same colour. The ribbon effect was straw and sage distress ink which I sponged over and used my spritzer to add splashes of colour. The inks are an assortment of SU sahara sand, espresso, suede, crumb cake and coral.  

Whilst I was away in Scotland, I had the use of a cottage loaned by a friend of my mum's and this is the card I made for her.  This photo is not great (but I was in a rush to get it into today's post).  The stamps are the Chocolate Baroque lace, Thank you from SU Curly Cute, and the dragon flies are from Papermania, and were a group, which I cut up and separated as they are more useful this way. This background was a more minimalist version of the above (I'd just sponged the inks, and spritzed with water and coral ink). I like the way misting with water, makes some of the colour pop and leaves interesting water marks on the background.


  1. What a poignant Father's Day card Anna... your second one is lovely too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. What a super card for your dad; a lot of what he liked... The second also is a beautiful card!

  3. A beautiful card and I'm sure your dad was thrilled to receive it, along with your visit. I'm sorry for your loss


  4. Beautiful card for your Dad, I'm sorry for your loss but glad he and your family got the support for him to be at home, many happy memories I'm sure

  5. Two beautiful cards and a lovely blog.

  6. Fabulous cards Anna and sorry to hear about your Dad
    Margaret x

  7. Fabulous card for your Dad Anna, so personal and how wonderful that he was surrounded by the things he loved.
    Love the 2nd card too, both are such a great layout.
    Val x

  8. So sorry about your Dad, but what a brilliant card you made for him, I'm sure he loved it.

  9. love the inking anna

    Thanks for joining us this week x
    "Less Is More"

  10. Dear Anna sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your father. How wonderful you were able to spend time with him and your card was touching.