Monday, 28 December 2015

Merry Christmas, Mrs W!





You may recall that I have an elderly neighbour that I visit with a couple of times a week. This year, we were thrilled to have Mrs W come to our house for Christmas dinner. We don't formally exchange gifts, but she sent flowers to thank us for hosting her, and I made her a set of 12 cards so she would have some on hand during the year. I used (my previously un-inked) Altenew's Painted Flowers (so easy once you get the stamping guide (look at the photos on the linked page) which I printed and am now keeping in the clear envelope with the stamp set).

I thought I would use my MISTI, but instead opted to have different designs - once you get the hang of it, it is very quick to stamp the roses and leaves.

I made a mixture of birthday, thank you and thinking of you cards in a variety of colours (using both Altenew and Hero Arts Ombre inks - the lightest and darkest shades work really well for these layered flowers!), along with various sentiments from different companies. For that last card, I only stamped the 'darker' layer of the roses so that they look white.

These 4 were my favourites.

22 comments:

Neets B said...

Ooh these are just beautiful, Ardyth. I've had this set for ages but not yet used it. Thanks for detailing which inks you used, I want to get a set of inks and I think Altenew is looking like a winner here. I love the black borders on these, just finishes them off perfectly xx

JD/ Jill said...

These cards are really beautiful! I bet she was thrilled to get them!

!neke said...

Just beauty"s !!!!!!
GREAT JOB YOU DID FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR !
Ineke !
XX

Lynn said...

Absolutely gorgeous Ardyth. I'm sure Mrs. W loved them!

Rose said...

Very pretty cards! What a lovely gift for your neighbor!

Kim Heggins said...

Your card set is just so beautiful and what a wonderful gift for you sweet neighbor.

Darnell J Knauss said...

These are gorgeous, Ardy! I think the black matting really makes your pretty inked flowers pop. Cool idea to single ink your "white" roses, too! You've inspired me to make a set for Verna, so thank you!! Happy New Year Hugs, Darnell

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous set of cards - I am sure Mrs W was thrilled to receive them. Love the layered stamping and the strength of colour you have
achieved.
Blessings
Maxine

Jenni's Jems said...

How nice is that to have a neighbour foe Christmas dinner!& have fancied this set for ages but thought it would be too finickity to use but these beauties have convinced me otherwise!x

Jenni's Jems said...

How nice is that to have a neighbour foe Christmas dinner!& have fancied this set for ages but thought it would be too finickity to use but these beauties have convinced me otherwise!x

Gabby said...

Beautiful cards, Ardyth! Lovely flower stamp and coloring. Nice designs, too. Sweet of you to have Mrs. W for Christmas dinner and to make her a dz lovely cards, which no doubt she will appreciate. :)

Anita in France said...

These are simply lovely, Ardyth ... Mrs W must have been so delighted with them! Hugs & bisous, my friend! Anita :)

Aileen (mum) said...

Wonderful set of cards, bet she loves them.

Geri said...

Stunning display of PERFECTLY stamped and placed roses! I'm picking a favorite again....the purple color combo gets my vote!

So nice of you to invite Mrs. W to share Christmas dinner with your family. I'm sure she was over-the-moon excited when she saw these cards!

I Card Everyone said...

Just beautiful, Ardyth! Oh I'll bet Mrs. W. was thrilled!
Happy New Year!
=]

Lisa said...

How sweet you to make these for Mrs. W, I'll bet she was tickled pink!!

Happy Dance said...

You are the best neighbor! I'm sure Mrs. W. counts you as one of her favorite blessings. So glad you inked up these gorgeous Altenew stamps. Love what you've created for your sweet neighbor. Pretty colors and wonderful flower placement on these four beauties. I love these cards!! They are just fantastic. Happy New Year dear friend. Bev

Bobby said...

These cards are fabulous, Ardyth. I've been playing with Altenew's layered stamps and have yet to get inks that I like together for 3 layers in the pinks.

Joyce said...

Gorgeous set of cards, and you have inspired me to give my Altenew Painted flowers another try, as I had given up on figuring out how to get them lined up properly. Happy New Year!!

shirley-bee said...

I've been resisting these Altenew flowers, but after seeing your gorgeous creations (especially the white flowers), I don't think my resolve will hold any longer! Happy New Year!

TK said...

Beautiful! And what a blessed neighbor to have a dinner hosted by you and a perfect little gift!

Sherrie M. said...

Think I may finally break down and get this Altenew set....your cards have convinced me! So elegant yet simple.