Monday 9 May 2011

Lily of the Valley - Return of Happiness

Daring Cardmakers current challenge is to feature a May flower, either Hawthorne or Lily of the Valley. I remember my Mum sometimes wearing Lily of the Valley 'scent' so I plumped for that. Her all time favourite perfume though was Chanel No. 5 and to this day that's all I wear (err, clothes too you understand!).

Anyhow, I didn't have a Lily of the Valley stamp so I scouted round the internet and found an image on a 'how to draw' website. I then coloured the image using Pro Markers and set about putting this card together:

It's a 6" x 6" cream square card, topped with paper from an old, and dogeared so I don't feel guilty about chopping it up, music book from a local charity shop. I used Tim Holtz 'Old Paper' distress ink to tone the paper down. The creamy Guipure lace is from my stash, as are the heart charms dangling from beige twine. The tag is from my stash and the gorgeous green pure silk ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl. It's so soft and delicate - you want to just stroke it! The little birdies are from a Woodware Clear Magic stamp set and after colouring them with Pro Markers too I also added layered wings for dimension. The Lily of the Valley image is layered onto a Nesties scalloped square with a Tim Holtz Hinge Clip at the top of the 'frame'.

One of the meanings of the flower Lily of the Valley is 'return of happiness'. That's why I chose the tag saying Joy and Happiness and the two little birds and the hearts. Sometimes, things happen to us in life and we wonder if we'll ever find happiness again - this card spells out hope and it's especially for anyone reading this who might be wondering if happiness will return.

So, enough mushy stuff! I'm entering this card into:

Daring Cardmakers Challenge - May Flowers

I Love Pro Markers - 'Song Title'. My chosen song title is 'Lily of the Valley', written by the fabulous Freddie Mercury of Queen. I've just listened to it again and it's beautiful.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has called by and left comments, 'if friends were flowers, I'd pick you'!!



  1. so pretty - I do love that shade of green, it's just so Springlike.
    Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers' May's Flowers of the Month challenge

  2. Welldone on your drawing, I wouldn't have known it wasn't a stamp.

  3. Beautiful card, love the papers you have used! Fab! Thankyou for my labels, they arrived yesterday!! xxx

  4. Gorgeous card Di. Lily of the valleys are some of my fav flowers :-)
    A x

  5. Hello Di.. thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog, and I love the card, it's just beautiful! I do hope you're right, and I'd like to believe that you are. A little lost at the moment but I'm sure I'll get there.
    My Mum wears Chanel No.5 too :-)
    Have a good day,
    Becky xxxx

  6. Very pretty card and lovely song choice too, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  7. A fab card and lovely song too! Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers.
    Julie W x

  8. Beautiful layout and interesting knowing the meaning. You could enter Allsorts Challenge they want 3 or more different stamps and this fits well.
    Teresa x

  9. Oh how Lovely! Your Lily of the Valley is amazing. They are coming up in my garden and can't wait for them to bloom. Love the little birds, they looks quite happy to sit on that page.

  10. It's beautiful - thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

    Lynda xxx

  11. Hi Di!
    lovely card this week. Great background and the cute birds. I too looked up the meaning of the flower and was surprised to find out what the Lily of the Valley represents. I'm a big softy so anything that has a truly great sentiment like this card gets my vote.

  12. Such a lovely card!
    Thanks for joining in with daring card makers.

  13. FAB card.

    (I'm catching up on your blog!)

    Hugs, Sandra


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