Sunday 5 February 2023

More Arteza colouring

Sarn's post starting off Challenge #447 is up and running and can be found HERE in the Playground.

Whilst I had the pencils, waterbrushes, label die etc. out over a week ago, I stamped a second image using the same sweet little Altenew flower stamp onto a further snippet of Mixed Media card, added a snippet of green spotty ribbon - and, shock horror, used the best part of an entire sheet of background paper. This is the result:

My snippets!

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" 'Strathmore Mixed Media' card blank, tent fold, used the same card as for the water colouring to be sure of a matching shade of white

- stamped the flower image and the word Hello from the same set onto a snippet of 'Strathmore Mixed Media' card using black Archival ink and a stamp set by Altenew called 'Bold Floral'

- coloured the image using the Arteza pencils and a fine waterbrush - this time trying for the look of a poppy

- die cut the image with sentiment using a label die from an un-named set of dies

- trimmed a piece of paper from the Altenew 'Essential Black & White' paper pack to just smaller than the card front and glued it onto the card front

- threaded a snippet of spotted green satin ribbon through the top of the tag and fixed it to the card front using sticky pads

- finished!

The poppy reminds me that Spring and then Summer will surely be on the way. Let's hope so! The odd thing is, I read recently that this coming Summer might be even more of a scorcher here in the UK than last Summer. Can't we stop the clock at late Spring/early Summer and then skip the intense heat in the UK then begin ticking during Autumn?

Dudley Pupdate: it's been a fairly adventurous week with Dudley. We trimmed his claws, no mean feet feat which usually takes the two of us - me hugging a wriggling bath towel wrapped 'burrito' to my front - with just one paw at a time poking out - plus a rather cross little face glaring and rolling its eyes. Len then sits in front of me to do the 'deed'. The little monkey (Dudley) managed to get his other front paw out and clocked me right in the mouth at one point. Then, desperation set in and he buried his head under one of my arms in sheer surrender - for a few minutes until the fight kicked off again. It's such a shame he doesn't realise it's for his own well being, but the towel trick is a big help. Then later in the week it was tsunami time when we all he had his bath - followed on Friday by his annual trip to the vet. 

It's the first time Dudley has been fazed by going to the vet - even when he went back after his mole removal he was fine. He was really uneasy in the waiting room for some reason. But, he passed his checkup fine - although on the way home, reading his record card I realised that he'd been given his three yearly DHP jab in addition to the annual Lepto jab. He was unwell after the one three years ago so I just kept quiet and crossed my fingers

However, within just a few hours a reaction set in - nothing too serious but Dudley not eating his evening meal is a sure sign he's off colour! He lay around pretty listlessly for the whole evening - but perked up by midnight and allowed Len to hand feed him his favourite meal of steamed chicken breast. Then he slept beside the bed rather than in between us - I think hopping onto the footstool and thence onto the bed was just too much effort for him. Thankfully, by the morning he more or less was back to his usual self. So all in all he's been through the mill this past week - poor little sausage!


  1. WOW that’s a really striking card with the fab background paper and the red and green of the flower on the tag. Looks great.

    Poor old Dudley going through it this week. Glad he’s perked up now though. Xxx

  2. That’s a lovely card Di, I do like black and white, and here it makes your poppy pop!
    I’m with you on the weather, and I’m glad Dudley recovered ok xxx

  3. A really dramatic card Di - love the red flower and the black background really makes it 'pop'.
    Oh Dear - poor Dudley - I am sure he will be running rings around you again soon!!

  4. How very striking Di, the CAS style tag just pops against the black and white DP.

    B x

  5. Wow Di this is gorgeous lovely colour is your flower and what a great black background truly another of your great makes enjoy your day xx

  6. A fabulous card Di. I hope Dudley has now got over his trip to the vet too.
    Kath x

    1. Yes thanks Kath. He's still a bit quiet but is eating fine and drinking his water regularly! x

  7. I just love the color combo on this card with that great little tag and all those dots and lines! It's pure eye candy!

  8. I love the contrast of that prettily coloured poppy against the background black and white paper Di, and finished beautifully with the green and white spotted ribbon. Glad Dudley didn't have too big a reaction to his jabs and the other necessary claw trimming and bathing is completed successfully too. I'm sure both you and he are glad it doesn't happen every x

    1. As you say Pat - so glad it isn't every week! xx

  9. The black and white paper really makes the poppy stand out. Love it! Poor Dudley, what a trying week he’s had! xx

  10. Wonderful card Di, the black and white background really makes the poppy tag 'pop'.
    Glad to hear that Dudley is back to his usual self, no doubt planning his next mischievous adventure. xx

  11. Beautiful new card with that lovely stamp, so modern with the black background!
    Surely has been a busy week for all the family! :D I imagined the scene of the nail cut, poor Dudley and poor you when he threw a punch in your mouth!
    Hope that now Dudley is again full of energy as always after his jab. Make him some cuddles by me!

  12. WOWZER! Love this card Di, lovely paper background. Hope Dudley is back to his normal self.

  13. Beautiful! That DP is absolutely perfect for the pop of colour from your poppy!


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