Tuesday, 11 June 2013


Over a year ago, Craig bought me 3 boxes full of second-hand crafty goodies.  I'm still using new stamps from it & this one is one I can't believe I didn't use before now!

I've never heard of Art-Kure, but boy do they make lovely stamps! This one is called Bearded Iris, and I just love the image.  I think I delayed using it, as I knew it would be a tricky one to colour, but with my Promarkers & Flexmarkers at hand I think I did the image justice.

So this old stamp was used for the current challenge over at An Oldie But A Goodie.  Set by Helen, as

Please also use an item older than 6 months on your card and state what it is.

This is something I don't often do on cards, as the sewing machine spends most of its life in the bottom of the wardrobe boxed away and is a job to get out, but when it does make a rare appearance I have to admit, stitching does look rather nice!

So my card is a real special this time, made early for my Mum's birthday at the end of Aug.  Hope she likes it and that she's been good and stayed off my blog for a bit and doesn't glimpse it before then.

The prize this time around is the chance to  join our DT for a 3 month slot.!

I Love Promarkers - All stitched up
The Paper Shelter - Flower - both on image &  die cut
Crafting When We Can - Mad About Markers - Promarkers
Stamping Sensations - Summer Blooms
A Gem Of A Challenge - Emboss It
Allsorts - In The Garden
Charisma Cards - Tons of Layers

Now check out the rest of the DT makes as we haven't all gone for cards this time!

Finally I just want to say how sad I am that Laurie has left our DT - your cards are brilliant and your contributions to the team will be greatly missed, Jx

5th July 
I was honoured to see the above card placed in the Top 3 at Stamping Sensations, so pleased about this award, Jx


Squirrel x said...

Absolutely beautiful Janice, you really have done justice to that gorgeous stamp. What a wonderful card for your mum. Brilliant. Hugs Sxx

Kathyk said...

I HAD heard of Art Kure and even used some of their images - this is a fabulous image and beautifully coloured too - smashing card


brenda said...

Art-Kure do make lovely stamps Janice and think I have this one somewhere.

You have coloured it beautifully and made a super card which is perfect for our theme, thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts.

B x

Debs said...

Good morning Janice
Love this beautiful elegant card.
Your colouring is perfect. Your Mum is sure to treasure it.
Have a wonderful day
Debs xx

WeirdCat said...

A gorgeous card, lovely design, thank you for joining us at I♥ProMarkers this week,
Ruth x

Whisper said...

Oh what a stunning image and layout, i'm loving the stitching too - i must treat myself to a small sewing machine, Luv Sam x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fab image,love the design.xxx

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is stunning Janice. Such a beautiful image and I love the layout and gorgeous embossing. Your stitching looks fabulous too.
Sue xx

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card I love your image and your flowers. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

catherine said...

This is really beautiful Janice and thanks for joining my challenge over at Allsorts this week
x catherine

Wendy Fraser said...

So pretty and fresh looking, love the iris image. Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers and A gem of a Challenge xx

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow i love those irises and how they pop against the white .. so pretty
Lisa x

Claire said...

This is so pretty - love image. Hugs, Claire x

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous Janice! I love that image and it's colored beautifully! Fantastic stitching too!
Hugs, Tammy

Lynne K said...

I do love the look of stitching on cards, but I know what you mean, Janice, such a faff to get the machine out and have to put it away again, so I rarely do it. However, the effort was well worth it here, your card is absolutely gorgeous. The irises are so pretty, and beautifully coloured. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations this month.


DesignerDiva said...

Wow Janice this is a beauty!! I love the stitching and that stamp and your colouring is a bit special Mrs me thinks your Mum is gonna love this!!
I just need to say do not think for one minute that you will miss me cos you won't get the chance LOL I'm gonna plague you and stalk you and stuff like that forever!!!
Hugs Laurie xx

Robin said...

Truly elegant card! I love that iris stamp. You should have gotten it out before now it's just beautiful and you colored it so lovely! Thanks for joining us at Crafting When We Can. Hugs, Robin

coops said...

so beautiful Janice.really love your pretty iris and your stitching is fantastic :D

xx coops xx

Cara Caswell said...

This is beautiful and that stamp was such a find! Love the embossing folder you used - gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge, hope to see you again soon!
Hugs xx Cara xx

Sue B said...

Wow! Oh this is SO beautiful Janice… what a fab image and your colouring is awesome! I love the heart embossing and lace…. and the stitching looks really pretty… I know your mum will love this!!
Hope you are well hun
Big hugs
Sue xx

Cards by Alison said...

Stunning card love that stamp. Love Alison xx

Tracy said...

Hi Janice,
Gorgeous creation, beautiful. thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Leah the Orange said...

this is LOVELY! dainty and elegant, and i suspect you'll be busting out this stamp more often now that you've discovered it's fabulosity! :) thanks for sharing with the Charisma Galz!

Beverley said...

Beautiful card. Hugs Bev x