Hello & Winner

Good afternoon. This card has been received, so will share it with you. A friend has been having a rather rough patch lately, and just wanted her to know she was in our thoughts. A fairly simple card.

Background was created with Gansai Kuretaki watercolors...just wet the watercolor c/stock, and splodged around some turquoise, pale green around on the wet paper, spread it with the brush. Liked the look of the gold pan, so wet that one, added a little gold around. I look at videos where one just touches the tip of the brush into the wet, and magically, the watercolor spreads around & creates beautiful magic. Well, mine doesn't seem to do that! Guess I just don't have the knack yet. Used an outline stamp with Memento Nautical Teal ink, and die cut this piece with the MBox rectangle postage die.

Had some circle cutouts from another MB rings die (yeah, the old Crapalanche again) placed them around the piece. Hmmm..still seemed to need 'something'. Got some sequins, applied some....looked at it for a while. Adhered this to a previously created background, which had been from a spray or mica play session. I don't always remember what I used for some of these. But liked the background color with the die cut piece.

Decided to add to a gold-tan color textured card base, added a fiber bow, stamped Hello, did an insert, and that's it! Into the mail it did go. It got better looking each time I went back to look at it.

NOW....Drum roll....Random Generator was run a couple of times. When I'd check the name by the number, for either being a current blog follower or having the candy picture on the blog, I had to keep going for a number. After a couple iterations, the number #143 yielded a valid winner. The name Jenny L corresponds to that number and Jenny's Blog is Cardsarus.  Soooo...Jenny has until April 19 (Tuesday) to contact me with her mailing info. Congratulations Jenny! I hope you will enjoy the items I'll be sending.

Thanks for looking in today. Thanks to all my new followers, my wonderful followers who frequently stop to chat...I appreciate ALL of you so very much. As I've said before, the best part of this hobby of cardmaking & blogging, has been the generous & kind folks I've met in the journey. Hugs & Blessings to ALL of you.


My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a great CAS design this is Mary my friend! Your 'crapalanche' must be getting to the size of a molehill by now ;) Congratulations to Jenny! Have a very lovely weekend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Pat said...

What a pretty card and I'm sure it will cheer up the recipient with it's beautiful colours Mary. The background layer has lovely bright complementary colours too and the added stamping and embellishments finish it perfectly. I myself totally forgot to put the candy picture on my sidebar which was an oversight so well done to Jenny for winning this wonderful prize so generously donated! x

scrAPpamondo said...

Very pretty colours on this sweet card! Your watercoloured background has a lovely look with the touch of gold and it's perfect with the flower and the little circles! Love the detail of the twine!
Big congrats to Jenny, I'm sure that she will enjoy her prizes! :)

Christine Harrop said...

A really lovely card Mary. I'm sure your friend was extremely appreciative. I haven't tried water colour backgrounds yet but it's on my list to try. One day ..... Christine xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
I popped over to comment on your previous card which I will do later.
This card is bound to cheer up you friend as it is very lovely.
The colours are wonderful, and the design is super as always.
You always make such super backgrounds with items I have never heard of.
Great idea the sequins in the circles also.
Love the wonderful patterned edge as well.

I can't believe my luck at winning your candy, as I have been extremely lucky already this week.
So thank you very much and I will be emailing you shortly with my address.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pippa said...

Lovely card Mary. Hope things improve for your friend. x

Sue said...

Hi Mary, What a pretty card that your friend will have loved.

Hope you are having a good weekend. Sue

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful, Mary!! I love the background!! It looks amazing!! The bow around the flowers is a fabulous touch!! Congrats to the winner!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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jimlynn said...

You already know how much I love it, but will tell you once again....I LOVE! Thank you so much for this beautiful and thoughtful card.

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations Jenny, and thanks Mary for offering such a fab prize and giving us a chance of winning.
Ypir card is lovely and I think your watercolour background is brilliant, aren't those paints fabulous, I love mine, anyway, I'm sure your friend will love it and I hope things get better for her.
Take care, Kate x

Pia S said...

I think this card looks beautiful and the design is very right for the intended occasion, uplifting but not too cheerful, classy and not too fussy. It's perfectly balanced and detailed.
Big congrats to Jenny!

Valerija said...

Lovely card and congratulations to Jenny!

pam said...

Pretty card Mary, love the colours on your background and delicate flower spray, nice finishing touch that bow..
Cograts to Jenny on her win.
Pam x

Redanne said...

A truly beautiful card Mary, I am sure your friend appreciated it. Congratulations to Jenny L too! Hugs, Anne xx

Sarah said...

This card is sure to have cheered your friend, knowing that you are thinking of them. The design is so pretty. Well done to Jenny too xx

Kathleen said...

Simple but stunning Mary, fabulous backgrounds and sweet image.

Kath x

Barb said...

A lovely card Mary and what a beautiful background you've made. I hope things get better for your friend soon. I'm sure your card will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Jenny on winning your super candy. Barbxx

ellyscard creatief said...

Very lovely card Mary.
Congratulations to Jenny.
Have a blessed weekend.
Gr, Elly

Carol L said...

I love those pinked edges on your pretty card, and it's so delicate and feminine, I'm sure whoever received it loved it! Congrats to Jenny L on her win too! Woot woot!

Bonnie said...

What a dreamy look on this card, Mary! I think your watercoloring looks wonderful!

Sandy said...

How sweet of you - I know she will love your card!
Sandy xx

Birgit said...

This is such a pretty card and I love the main nicely done and very thoughtful.

Greta said...

Lovely card, Mary--beautiful colors & sweet images! Congrats to Jenny!

aussie aNNie said...

congrats Jenny, and Mary what a lovely card, gorgeous colours too.

Margaret said...

Such a lovely CAS card and you where right the background really matches so well.
Margaret M

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

A very pretty card Mary, the watercolour background is so beautiful.

Congratulations to Jenny!

Love and hugs

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Mary how lovely of you to make this for your friend it is a beautifully designed card with such lovely soft colours a wonderful creation
lorraine x

Marilyn said...

Pretty card!! Congrats to the winner!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very pretty card it should cheer up your friend xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Mary,
Wonderful card indeed, love it even if it isn't what you were hoping for in the first place. A lot of cards are like that, a learning curve. It's lovely anyway. Re the blending with the Watercolours. It could be 1. Not wet enough, has to be damp sufficiently for colour to spread. 2. Could be the type of watercolour paper, some blend better than others, will depend if it's cold or hot pressed too, whether you've used the smooth or rough side as usually one side is more water absorbent,
That's probably just enough to confuse you totally!!:)
I'd look at what the videos say what sort of watercolour paper they've used in their supply list. Let that be your guide or trial and error with what you have... :)
Hope that helps a little.

Big congrats to Jenny too.
Thanks so much for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

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Stampsnob. said...

This card is soft and peaceful Had a fair yesterday sold really well worked with only about a dozen kids usually near the 100 mark ....Lis

Daffodil Cards said...

A lovely card and so pretty with the bow "tied" around the flower stem.

Kath said...

A beautiful card and congratulations to Jenny too.
Kath x

Gail said...

This is a great card!
I've been playing catch up, so I'm sorry I missed your blog candy!
Haha, read the part about Mr not getting the Penny Black garden card!
Although it's lovely too!

Gerrina said...

What a beaitiful subtile coloured card! Love the edges!
Jenny congrats! For you I hope you have a good week!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, what a beautiful CAS card you have made for your friend, Mary!!!! Lovely little flower with a sweet bow and the little circle embellies and the frame are lovely!!

Olga Fink said...

Very beautiful Mary! I love the colors!
xoxo Olga

Donna said...

Fabulous peaceful card for a friend that needs a boost. Great background.

Team Clark said...

Beautiful card in my favorite colors and fabulous layering! Congrats to Jenny!

Brenda said...

This is a beautiful card Momma Mary! I so love your watercolored background, so soft and peaceful feeling. I think I might know who this card is for and I hope it brings her good feelings as it is intended!! A BIG congrats to Jenny as well for winning your blog candy! She is in for a treat for sure!!! Hugs, Brenda

crafty-stamper said...

Really pretty just because card and I am with you on the watercolours -my son paints brilliant ones and tried to show me-we both used the same stamp and he made it look so easy-yer right
Carol x

Brenda in IN said...

This card is really pretty and I love the watercolor. I had to laugh though as I could have written this post. No matter how I try to do a technique I've seen online mine doesn't do that! So I know what you're saying! Regardless, the card is just beautiful and your friend will love it.

Anita in France said...

Delicate and so pretty, Mary ... what a lovely way to show you care ... it's sure to lift your friend's spirits! Hugs, Anita :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Pretty card. I like those circles from the crapalanche (love that word) pile. Its nice to have something with defined edges like the circles in all that watercolored movement.