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Monday, May 18, 2015

Daisy Smiles - The Challenge #35

Happy Monday!
I'm back and it's time for ---

A fabulous inspirational photo challenge this week for you!  Check out the rest of my teamies' gorgeous projects!

The Team and Links: (alphabetical order)

Nance Salkeld (that's me!)

After I posted this photo for the team post, I noticed the lighting, while natural and outside, didn't look wonderful.  So, I took another photo:

It's been a long time since I blogged last, about six weeks!  Sadly, my father suddenly passed away the week after Easter and so it's been a roller coaster of a six weeks with me being with my mom for about a month.   I've missed my teams, my card making and my blogging.  It has been a little difficult getting back into the swing of just life, let alone crafting.  I had left my craft room just how I abruptly left it last, so it made for a fairly difficult first day back in that room.  Yet, I did it and creating again has been very therapeutic and soothing, particularly with this challenge.  Who can't help smile at daisies?

A little bit about what I did for my card ---

Those gorgeous yellow ball flowers inspired me to use the bokeh effect on my card.  I made the upper background bokeh and then also cut a piece for the background of my "smile" die also.  I backed the Smile die (from PTI) with a doily to help the bokeh show through more.  The daisies are an old die from Taylored Expressions. 

Now link up your own project inspired by our inspirational photo this week.  We can't wait to see what you create!

For Following Challenges:

Inspirational Challenge Blessings!
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Mynn xx said...

Firstly, Nance, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Now, this card is absolutely AMAZING! The texture is fabulous, the use of the technique is brilliant, and those blooms are wonderful! Thank for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

wienerhoneymooners said...

Nance, I ADORE this card.. My MIL loves daisies and this is the first card I have seen that I have totally fallen in love with..I will have to set the Taylored Die and I think I have the PI Die...I just LOVE it Nance, really a work of art. LOVE LOVE LOVE

sandie said...

Stunning layers and what an amazing design, so very creative, love it!

Monika Reeck said...

I am so sorry about your father but he will be happy at the heaven...and I want to say your card is totally adorable
I love your bokeh Effect and that daisy so cuteee
love love love your card Nance..
Beautifull and stunning bokeh you did..
thanks for joining with HOC this time
Monika (DT MEMBER)

Lee Ann Barrett said...

I am glad to see you back to stamping and blogging after such a rough time; art is truly therapeutic. So sorry for your dad's passing; I cannot imagine the pain and am grateful you have the Lord to lean on.
As far as your card goes, you ACED this! Love that flower die- perfect for this challenge. The textures are so yummy-I am seeing a doily- great minds think alike. :) Amazing how similar our cards are!

Lori said...

I'm so glad that you're finding crafting therapeutic--and that you're back with us! Those daisies look great with the bokeh style background.

Barbara Rankin said...

Nance, I am so sorry for your loss. So glad you have decided to give your crafting a try again. Your card is just beautiful and I am so glad you joined us at House of Cards. Hugs, Barbara

Rosmarie said...

Nance, I'm so sorry for your father's loss! I can imagine, that you hadn't the heart for crafting in these difficult times, but you're right, creating can be very soothing!
Your card is a real gem!! I love the daisies, the brightness, the doily -- to be honest, I love all on this gorgeous card! A stunning work!!
Thanks so much for joining us at House of Cards.
Rosi x