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are one of my favourite plants. The colours, the perfection of the flower shape, the scent. I just love them. It's coming up to bare root rose season again and I have been scouring the online catalogues to see what I must have (have you checked out Treloar Roses?). I read in the Yates Rose Guide, that after pruning roses, you should fertilise each rose (ground planted) with half a bag of cow manure and then lucerne mulch. I tried this a few years ago and the size of the flowers have been amazing! I definitely recommend it. Anyone else got rose growing tips?

So of course it makes sense that this Stipple Rose stamp is one of my faves in the Stampin' Up! catalogue. Very 'olde worlde' don't you think?


To create this card, I stamped the image in basic back and then watercoloured using the pastels. I then used the masking technique to stamp the french script background stamp around the outside in Versamark ink. I then embossed with gold embossing powder. To create a porcelain type effect on the rose image, I covered it with Crystal Effects. I am impressed with how quickly this dries compared to dimensional magic and also find it easier to use (less mistakes!) It doesn't seem to run off the edges as much as my attempts with dimensional magic! The background is Always Artichoke cardstock which has been embossed and rubbed over with the deliciously creamy Very Vanilla stamp pad. I have also added some photo turns from the Hodgepodge Hardware little tin of aged copper goodies!

Have a happy day and remember to take time to smell the roses!



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Jen H

Its a lovely card Claire and the LO is lovely too.
Looking forward to cathing up soon I hope!!!???
Jen H

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