Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Life seems to be getting in the way of crafting a little bit too much just lately! I've recently become a Governor at my son's school, and although I'm pleased to be able to repay his teachers' dedication & hard work, I can't help thinking that it's no wonder schools can't find people to take the job on!! To pile so much responsibility onto volunteers is unrealistic & I doubt Michael Gove would do the job himself . . . . but then, who would want him to, as he is clearly clueless about education?

Anyway, enough of the rant.

This card is for two challenges. The first is Week 177 at Less is More where the theme is Watercolour. The second is a new challenge called NBUS - "Never Before Used Schtuff"(!) where the inaugural theme is friendship.

The background was created by wiping Distress mini cubes in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Gathered Twigs across an acrylic block, spritzing with water then laying it onto watercolour cardstock, leaving it to sit for a while before removing the block.

The Memory Box Prim Poppies are made from the NBUS: mica tiles I bought years ago in a sale at a long-closed craft shop. They can apparently be die cut quite easily. Oh, yeah? Hmm, I don't think so! They were a nightmare which I will never, ever repeat. The problem is that the mica tiles are in layers, which separate as soon as you breathe on them. Anyway, despite all that the finished effect is quite pleasing.

The sentiment is one I've never used before (more NBUS!) by Personal Impressions, stamped in Yinks Chocolate ink.


  1. This is so lovely, Helen! I love the warmth that exudes from your serene sunset colors and that friendship sediment is perfection!! Thank you so much for joining my NBUS Challenge and posting my button again! I appreciate your enthusiasm!! Best of luck with your Governorship! I applaud your willingness to get involved!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Pretty card...great technique!

  3. You've made a gorgeous card Helen and I love your background wash,
    superb watercolouring, great sentiment and image too makes for a fabby card.
    Thanks for sharing
    Less is More

  4. Love that background... and that poppy die is just about my favourite I think, so it's no surprise that I love this card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  5. Love your card and use of such lovely warm colours

    GDTM Simply Less Is More

  6. What a beautiful BG!! great card :)

  7. Helen what a gorgeous background you created here!
    Thanks for joining us at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  8. A stunning creation, Helen! Gorgeous background wash - love the colours.
    I too am a governor, but at the school where I work. It does get a bit overwhelming at times, and the least said about Gove the better. What I would like is five minutes in a room alone with him and no consequences, lol!


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