Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Agapanthus by the sea

I love flowers and plants that have round heads - agapanthus, alliums, dandelion clocks and that thistley thing I can never remember the name of. So when Less is More asked us to make a one layer card showcasing our favourite flower this week, it was bound to be a round headed one, and I have a few stamps that fir the bill.

The one I decided to use is a Penny Black one I've had for about 5 years. It is called "Quite Dandy"  so I presume it is meant to be a cluster of dandelion clocks - but look at the leaves! Those aren't dandelion leaves! So for the purpose of this card, today it is being an agapanthus.

I've made a scene that reminds me of a recent holiday in Cornwall,  where so many of the shores and clifftops had swathes of agapanthus growing on them, and the beautiful blue heads looked stunning against the blues of the sea and sky. I chose a cream card blank rather than white, for a softer look, and made the background using watercolour pencils before stamping the grass, using a Linda Luckin stamp I got in 2008 (I know that as she only produced stamps for a few months, all that year) and finishing with my agapanthus/dandelion

I am sharing this with

Less is More - one layer, favourite flower
Retro Rubber - Anything Goes
Use your Stuff - colour challenge


  1. Well you've ROCKED these challenges with this fab card


  2. I agree less is more and your card is stunning! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff Challenge blog. Please come back next week!

  3. This is beautiful Jane, such a lovely scene.

  4. Fantastic scene. Love those flowers. Thanks for playing along at Use Your Stuff - Gail

  5. What a lovely tranquil scene Jane. It does look good on cream. Barbxx

  6. This is beautiful Jane. You've created such a lovely scene <3 You did make me giggle about making the dandelion become an agapanthus! You're right about the leaves though... definitely not dandelion! Gorgeous card, thanks so much for playing along at Less is More :)

  7. Simply fantastic jane! What gorgeous watercolour BG and stunning dandelion ... oops agapanthus!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week. Sarah

  8. Dandelion or not, your sweet scene is wonderful and makes me want to visit Cornwall! Beautifully done!! Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

  9. Wonderful beach scene! Love the watercoloring with the added agapanthus to bring dimension! Thanks so much for sharing your card with Retro Rubber. I always love seeing you in our gallery!

  10. What a beautiful design. Your composition is just perfect. Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

  11. Simple, Beautiful! love it! I love the watercolor with the stamping accent on the side.
    Thank you for joining us at Use Your Stuff! Hope to see you again next time

    Tammy Cochrane
    Use Your Stuff DT
    TLC PaperPassions

  12. What a lovely little scene, great one layer card. I love agapanthus too, and there seem to have been lots around this year.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  13. Hi Jane! This is simply breathtaking! You truly have set a scene that makes me feel like I am there! Stunning! Less truly is more! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber!!

  14. I love the saying "simply stunning!" and this certainly applies to your card! Thanks for playing along with us over at Use Your Stuff - Hugs DT Shirl

  15. what an AMAZING card--wow! i love the way you've composed the scene in such a painterly way, and how you've used the different sized stamps to add perspective! lovely contribution to the "retro rubber" gallery this week! <3 <3 <3

    ps: i was thinking dandelion too, but you're RIGHT about the leaves, dandelions have thistle-y triangle point ones, don't they? well-observed! i'm off to look up "agapanthus" b/c there are always those in agatha christie novels, and i don't think i've ever seen one, lol! :)

  16. This is a gorgeous card ~ totally frame-worthy!! Thank you for joining us at Use Your Stuff.


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