Wednesday 4 April 2012

#111 Through The Garden Fence

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - Springtime
Sponsor & prize this week - Joanna Sheen

Well, I hope Spring has well & truly sprung wherever you are in the world and that the sun is shining - or at least trying!  Don't you just love the fresh greens & pin-pricks of flowers dotted about of this time of year?  Well, when I made this the weather was 'hopeful' & decidedly Spring-like, then of course we had the blazing sun of last week - & now I think I should have supplied this young girl with a snow-shovel!

Whatever weather you may be enjoying/enduring (please delete as appropriate! LOL), I hope too that you get the idea of Spring from my card today, using of course this fabby image from Mo Manning called 'Nelly'.  Of course, the trouble with making cards that are not square is that they never show up nicely on Blogger - even when made 'large' I find that I can't really see them properly so you might, like me, have to click on the image to see it better.

I had the idea of a kind of secret garden, peeking through a white-washed fence so first of all cut myself my card shape, (having created a wood grain print for my cardstock), layering a few of the timbers & added a gate latch.  Onto the front I then dotted a couple of my flowers, those escaping from one side of the fence to the other as they tend to do.

Half open gate.... or is it half shut? Anyway she is peeking through..... 
Once the gate is fully opened (as in the very first photo), you can see the image properly and as I always do, I coloured Nelly with Promarkers before layering her up.  Remembering that I would have to keep the inside pretty flat or the gate wouldn't close, I chose my flowers carefully.  At her feet lie a pastel yellow floral border and a spiky grass border cut from textured card, both from Bird's Cards.  As too were the tall climbing ivy (around the image) and the leaves which were also cut from green card.  However, I then coloured the ivy & the leaves to add a bit of depth & variation of colour.  For the ivy on the opening fence panels I created my own variations making one into an 'L' shape and a double ended design on the other.  The scattered flowers were all cut using two Woodware punches, again colouring with Promarkers to suit the kind of flowers I was after - daffodils & primroses.  The 2 purple crocus (or crocuses or croci - I am not going to argue whichever it is as when I went to check, even some dictionaries couldn't agree! LOL), were made by cutting into a petal from the same punched design as the other flowers & I coloured them too with Promarkers.  I was very good and managed to resist turning this from a Spring card to a very flower-abundant Summer card - but it was so tempting to add more & more flowers!

Tine :)

Mo's - photo inspiration
Crafty Catz - use a digi image
Fussy 'n' Fancy - anything but square/rectangle
Outlawz (Paper A La Mode) - shaped card
Stamping with the Dragon - Spring is here (yeah, right!)
Sweet Stampin' - Spring or Easter or sketch
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Spring
Come & Get It -  Spring
Creative Card - Spring
Catch the Bug - Easter/Spring
That Craft Place - it's all about Spring
Sparkles - Mother's Day or Spring
Jellypark - what's the weather - (sunny & Spring-like)
Passion for Promarkers - whatever the weather (warm & sunny - don't you just like optimism, LOL)
Wags 'n' Whiskers - say it with flowers
Partytime Tuesdays - flowers
Great Impressions - flowers
Pile It On - create a scene
Stamping for the Weekend - anything goes.


  1. Love the garden gate idea - so clever. And what better to find behind it than this cute Mo Manning image? Gorgeous! Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

  2. Fantastic card - gorgeous idea.
    The fence looks so great and the image as well.
    Many thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week

  3. Tine, this totally rocks!! :) I couldnt believe this when I saw it hun, its so clever!

    The garden gate is so effective, and it totally made me think of secret garden :) Beautiful flowerly details and grass, and if you did this on your digi-cutter, you are gonna be dangerous with that!! :D Brilliant stuff!

    Hope you have a great day,



  4. What a lovely card! I love the idea of opening like a gate... Thanks for joining our Spring challenge at CCC! Ani

  5. that is a stunning creation, love it!
    thanks for joining us over @ Passion for Promarkers for my "Whether the Weather" challenge this week

  6. How gorgeous, creative and totally adorable card! Love the idea and the sentiment is just perfectly chosen!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Mo's!
    Hugs, Iulia

  7. An adorable card and fab gate idea! :)
    Thanks for joining us at Mo's this week x

  8. Very pretty and creative. Love that garden gate, perfect opening to a secret garden. Thanks for playing at Come and Get It this week.

  9. Wow...this is AMAZING!!! Beautiful colored and what a fun concept...great use of dies too! Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!

  10. Oh wow! This is amazing TIne! I love your garden gate, brilliant idea, and all those itty bitty flowers..... brilliant, simply brilliant!
    Thanks for playing with us this week at Mo's!

  11. This is just wonderful! I love the idea and all those sweet flower clusters! Glad you shared this with us in Mo's Challenge.!

  12. That fence is the cutest idea Christine. It looks fabulous, especially the wood grain you created for it. Your image is colored perfectly for our challenge this week. :-) Thanks so much for playing at Mo's!

  13. Beautiful card!

    thank you for joining in the fun with us at SMC for our ” Mothers day/Spring ” challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon
    Good luck in the draw

    Hugs Shaz x

  14. Absolutely gorgeous, love the sweet image and the gate cover.

  15. Fabulous card. I love this wonderful design. Thank you for joining us at SMC.
    Debbie x

  16. lovely card, cute image.

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


  17. Your card is gorgeous! I love it!

    I would like to invite you to enter your card in the new challenge at Great Impressions. The theme for April is Flowers.

    Here's the link if you would like to check it out:

  18. What a beautiful card love the colours and thanks for joining Crafty Catz this week

  19. LOVE the gate!!!!! I must try that!! :)

  20. Wow! A Secret Garden are so creative - love it! Thanks for playing with us at Great Impressions Stamps!

  21. Oh my gosh, this is amazing! Thanks so much for joining us at Jellypark Friends! :)

  22. What a unique and very creative card! I love it!
    Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy!
    Warmest Hugs, Sheryl

  23. Fabulous job on your card!

    Thanks for sharing with Come and Get It! See ya soon!

  24. Thanks so much for taking the time to join our Easter/Spring Challenge this week at catch the bug! Your project is adorable! Hope you will join us again soon

  25. This is such a charming card with the little card and the darling image inside. Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Pile it On this week!

  26. OMG! I just loved your card.It is cute and very ingenious. Thanks so much for taking time to be part of the Come and Get It Challenge this week.

  27. Wow, what a wonderful card - the gate is wonderful! I love how you can just see a little bit of the girl peeking through! Thanks for making a scene at Pile It On this week!

  28. Wow!! This idea great and absolutely fantastic you made this card. Amazing colouring as well.
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Spring or Easter” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

  29. Tine

    What a fabulous card - love the image and colour combination you have used - so pretty.

    Take care

    Hazel x

  30. Really a cute card, christine!!! Love the colors you have used and the coloring is also fab!
    Thanks for joining our challenge at PFP:)

  31. Love the gate closure...super creative...thanks for joining us at PFP this week...

  32. Gorgeous and so detailed! This is a delightful card .... it brings a smile to my face.

    Thankyou so much for sharing it with us over at Stamping With The Dragon.

    xoxox Carly

  33. Congratulations Tine you've been hand picked as one of our top 5 over at Fussy and Fancy :-)

    Don't forget to pop over and pick up your blinkie!

    xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx


  34. Hi Tine! Congratulations on winning top 5 with this lovely card at Fussy and Fancy! I hope that you enjoy a wonderful weekend!
    Warmest Hugs, Sheryl

  35. Great idea with the fence to close the card! And the inside is so beautifully decorated.

  36. Gorgeous coloring! The secret garden idea is a sweet one...thanks for joining us in our monthly challenge at Great Impressions Stamps!

  37. Wow another stunning creation Tine! You have been busy and have created some amazing projects since I have been MIA! I have certainly missed a lot! I love this gate and the grass as well as the little flowers! Such detail! I have looked at all your projects that I have missed and they are all beautiful!