Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stamp-It Australia - Riverbank - Father's Day card

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Sorry I haven't been around.  My mother was rushed to hospital with severe chest pains and of course, the first thing I thought of when I received the phone call, was that she was having a heart attack, but thankfully, it wasn't and she is home again now and the pain is gone.  The doctors still don't know why she was having the chest pain so it's all a bit of a mystery.   She has had a ton of tests, CT scans - you name it, she's has had it - but nothing came up.  I am not sure whether I am more worried now or less worried - at least if we all knew why she had such severe pain, we could deal with it and of course, we don't want her to be sick - it's just, not knowing is stressful for Mum and for the rest of the family, and it robs Mum of her confidence for going out to do shopping or just hop in the car and drive down the street.   Needless to say, I have not had my mind on cardmaking or even had time to nosey around blogs.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments you left on my last card - they really made my day.   I shall hope to catch up on visiting you all very soon!

I suddenly realised 2 days ago that it was Father's Day this coming Sunday and I hadn't done a card for my husband.  I even thought about buying one (eeek - oh, the horror - not to mention the how expensive they are!) and then thought that maybe sitting down doing some colouring would be good therapy and take my mind off things now that Mum was home and seemingly OK.  So, I dug out a recent purchase of a stamp by Stamp-It Australia which is a typical Australian country scene with the river red gum tree and a creek/river and attacked it madly with my watercolour pencils.  I have never coloured a "scene" before so it was a quite a challenge and certainly was stretching my abilities with watercolour pencils that's for sure!!  Waaaay out of my comfort zone!  It nearly ended up in the bin numerous times!

I did actually add a few extra lines/squiggles with a fine .005 waterproof black pen to widen the scene at the horizon and a little bit around the river bank here and there because once I trimmed the scene down, it had little blank areas that looked unfinished which didn't reach the edges of the watercolour paper.  I was so tempted to draw in a few cows or a bird but thought better of it in case I made a mess of it.

I have to say that when I ordered this stamp on-line, I didn't realise how HUGE it was until it arrived!  Oh my gosh - it's massive!   I bought it unmounted and I struggled to find a stamp block large enough to fit all the design on - so my card is definitely NOT your average-sized card by the time I added the designer paper and cardstock borders.  Just as well I am not posting it in the mail - I would be paying extra-postage that's for sure LOL!

The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley (UK) and was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.  I masked out the 3 flowers underneath the word "Wonderful" when I inked it up and added 3 brown rhinestones to fill the gap.  I diecut the pale olive and brown cardstock with my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder Scalloped Circle Nestabilities and arranged the diecuts so that the scallops look like they are kind-of-intertwining (if that makes some sort of sense!).  It also adds a bit of extra colour to the sentiment but you are not making the sentiment any bigger in diameter.

I attached the ribbon in 2 separate pieces and the double-bow was made with my Bow Easy (LOVE this thing - so cool for making double-bows!).


I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Crazy for Challenges - C4C102 - Male themed cards
Cards for Men - G is for...... - and in my case, G is for gum tree.

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Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stamp-it Australia - Riverbank 662I, Sentiment from Lili of the Valley (UK) - Circular Sentiments - For You

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black, Versafine Vintage sepia

Designer paper:  Crate Paper - Static Collection - Gravity

Accessories:  140lb watercolour paper, Faber-Castell and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, small #2 round paintbrush, Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, .005 fine waterproof black pen, Kaiser Rhinestones SB776, Bow Easy, gingham ribbon, Cardstock:  pale olive, raw umber


MARY B said...

Gorgeous card the colouring is beautiful & there is something about that scene that is very restful, Mary x

Jackie said...

What a beautiful card, lovely scene :o)
I hope that your Mum is soon diagnosed so that she can be treated.
Jackie xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Jobear, will be praying for your dear mumma of curse and naturally it is a concern but we pray if it is meant for you to know what caused it is will be found out before it is is a real problem... and do love the dads day card and how you used you LOTV sentiment and well done you on colouring such a huge scene - have done the scene additions with a fine-liner myself when things aren't to size. Also been caught out with stamps wa-ay too big! have just put a post up with and urgent prayer request on it for a dear friend too so would covet your prayers for her dear Kaz...
love Shaz.x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Well I think you've done a fine job! It'll be a great Father's Day card.

Hugs, Sandra

Katina said...

Oh, how worrying for you all Jocelyn! It's a relief to know your mum's heart is okay but, as you say, you need to know what caused her so much pain. I do hope she finds out soon and is treated.

It's always a great stress buster for me to sit down and colour for a while and I'm glad you found it helpful too. What a wonderful scene you have created on your card; so calm and restful. A beautiful card.xx

Merry said...

This is such a beautiful scene Jocelyn...lovely card. I still have to make my Dad a card....nothing like very last minute. Hoping your Mum remains well.

snailzpace said...

good to hear your mom is ok. i bet your hubby loves this personalized card; great job on your colouring!

Susan said...

This is such a beautiful card. The coloring is beautiful and that background is perfect with it.

Violets Corner said...

This is stunning Jocelyn, love your beautiful water colouring and the fab stamp.

Good to hear that your mum's heart is ok, hope that they'll be able to explain the pains soon. It's always worrying to not know.

Big hugs

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Jocyeln :)

Glad to hear your mum is ok and I hope all is good.

Love your stunning card, its a real work of art :)




Patricia St Martin said...

So sorry to hear about you Mom but I'm glad she is fine. Wonderful card you did a stunning job on your scenery. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men. Great job on coming up with a card the matches the theme. Good luck on the challenge.
Hugz, Patricia

Anita said...

This is a gorgeous card. I love that scene and your coloring is beautiful. Glad to hear your mother is doing better.

Elizabeth Allan said...

So glad to hear that your mother is doing better. That is such a frightful experience to go through.

Your card is magnificent. I could walk right into your beautifully colored scene!

Denise Marzec said...

You are seriously talented. What an AWESOME looking card!!

Curt in Carmel said...

First, I'm so sorry to hear about the scare you had with your Mom. I'm glad it wasn't anything serious at the time, but I know what you mean about worrying. Hopefully it was just a fluke and nothing more will come of it. Now, on to the card. . .this is simply a work of art. It is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job. This needs to be framed! Stay well and best to you Mom. Best, Curt

silkeshimazu said...

This is beautiful! Your coloring is amazing. I'm sure your husband loved the card.

Good to hear your mother is doing better!

Mandy said...

Fabulous card, great image and colours,so perfect for a man's your take on our theme...Thanks for joining in with us at Cards for Men,hope to see you again...
Mandy x

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