Friday, 2 March 2012

Postcard challenge catch up - Wales, Cuba and Switzerland


This is a long post so be warned!!
Here are my postcards that I have finally caught up With for Darcy's Postcard challenge, well I did this in the right week I just needed to write the story.
I used my Neo colours for the Daffodil and followed a drawing tutorial on you tube, I'm not very good at drawing but I am quite impressed with it, I also wrote out the Welsh National anthem for the background Although it isn't very neat! a bit of a scrawl really.



 And the Back, Hopefully you can read the writing so I won't re write it and bore you all
(although somehow it does have a lot of ink smudges on lol).



Here is my card for Cuba, I used one of my honeymoon snaps (we went to Crete and the hotel had a Cuban night, which was very impressive) to do a photo transfer I followed a tutorial from a blog I found on Pinterest you can find the tutorial here. I was very impressed with the results as it was my first attempt, I also added stitching and used my acrylic paints to add the effect of a beach in the background.



And the back of the card, again covered in ink smudges!!




Finally Switzerland!!!
I really struggled with this until I read that it was famous for making clocks, Well that was my mind made up as I got to use my Weathered clock die :0), I also used my whimsy pocket watch stamp and added crackle for the glass, I embossed the image with clear embossing powder and inked with TH Vintage photo, Then I thought I had finished only to find I brilliant clock charm so this had to be added too.




And the back.



Phew!! it feels good to have finally caught up, I have started my book to keep them in too. although it looks like it may take me forever to complete, especially as I start back at work next week after 4 months sick:0/.
It will be glad to get back to normal.
and other good news, I joined weight watchers last week as the pounds have crept on while I have been inactive, I have managed to loose 4.5lbs Yay!!! I was well impressed as I ate out 4 times last week too although I did eat stuff that I would never have chosen before I really enjoyed it and would definitely eat those things again.

Thank you so much again for your lovely comment's,

Until next time.

Nicki.XXX


24 comments:

Lulabelle said...

Lovely postcards! Well done for catching up!

Anita said...

Love 'em. Although I'm sure you live inside my head - my Swiss postcard will be clocks too. Great minds as they say. (no chipping in, Margaret)
xxx

Nicki said...

Lol, thank you. I think we all as in Tracey, Margaret and you Anita live in each others head all the time lol.xxx

StefiJ said...

great catch up, i love all your cards but i esp love the swiss one fab idea

abby j said...

Great cards, Lulabelle. I KNOW how you feel about catching up...well done!!

Hugs,
Abby

Jamie Lynn said...

they are all nice...love your clock work'age O'Swiss

Margaret said...

Great catchup, I love Wales, the colours are really effective, Neo crayons are brill! And Switzerland is fab with the old timepiece, love the cracle effect! M

Sandra Hoogland said...

Yay, so glad you had time to catch up. You did an amazing job and I love all the cards! ♥
Big applause on the weight loss. That's truely amazing! And it must be so motivating to go on now!!! :)

mags21 said...

glad you are catching up Nicki, they are all brilliant but love cuba...Well done on the weight lost..and take it easy next week, when you start back at work.hope to see you soon.xxx

(Me chip in about great minds)dont know any fools..lolxxxx

Janet said...

Ever so well done, catching up! Love your cards and will try out the image transfer with acrylic paint. Congrats also for the weight loss!

Janet xx

miniroses said...

thanks for sharing the technique you used so effecitively. glad you caught up!

Darcy said...

well done on catching up love the daffodil, and fab that you could use one of your own photos for Cuba. Gorgeous Swiss cards I am always drawn to clocks.

Alison xx said...

3 fabulous cards, well done on catching up. Great story !! A xx

Cazro said...

Well done Nicki, Lovely cards from the 3 countries, hope you manage to keep up, I'm late this week but will be up tomorrow sometime. I hope you'v e recovered well and congrats on your weight loss. Me thinks Spencer fancies Penny - a romance ahead maybe? Caz

gottahavemoxie said...

Awesome cards. You tried so many different techniques and they turned out fabulous. The back of my cards usually end up with so many smudges I have to cut another paper to cover over it.

Leialoha said...

I'm impressed with your Daffodil as well...so happy and fresh...the Cuba stitching, FABulous and the crackling technique on the watch, superb...great catch-up it was definitely worth the wait. aloha.

Gina said...

Wonderful clock card Nicki :D The crackle effect is very inspiring :D XXX

Tracey said...

HE HE just read your comment Nicki, we spend so much time together we definitely have insider info into all what we think about, but trust me you dont want to be in my head - very scary place - full of cotton wool lol. Well done on catching up with the postcards and also on your weight loss, keep it up hon, you will be back to normal in no time xxx

Kathleen said...

Wow, a fabulous effort. Love it!

NatashaMay said...

All three are wonderful! Love the crackle effect on the watch. :)

Jen said...

Well done catching up with three super cards. Love the image transfer.
Jen x

Gina said...

I like your cards and catching up with so much story at once! (ducks from flying shoes,lol!)

Doone said...

oh, a trilogy of beautiful travels - each postcard is a treat of techniques, well done catching up, I'm sure most of us will miss a few weeks through the year...

Dx

Cynthia said...

love the crackle and clocks/gears on Switzerland card. I know I posted on your other cards somewhere. But all are wonderful. Great job catching up.