So Many Beautiful Cards!

I’m sharing a small selection of the wonderful cards I received on my retirement.  This post features twenty different cards! Make a cup of tea and enjoy all the creativity and ideas from our local crafters!
This 8×8 card created by June Maine uses some very well chosen stamps from Creative Stamping:
Lovely colouring and subtle background text stamping too:
And a surprise on the inside too!
Another beautiful card created by Margaret Bailey.
A stunning cluster of die cut flowers that Margaret does so well, and a beautifully blended background as well:
Another large 7×7 pretty card featuring an embossed background and monotone flowers from Lesley Small, Marion Mason, Sandra De Cruz and Debbie Simpson:
The colours on this card are stunning. Norma Howell has created it using a Cheery Lynn background die. Wish I had kept one of these dies myself now Norma!
Janet Dell created a pretty floral card using three die cut hexagons for the background design, and Val Cooper created a very apt travel themed card ,  using a selection of stamps, some from Creative Stamping. I like the subtle background stamping of the map behind the sign post.
This next card by Nanette is unusual and clever!
Nanette has stamped the central image and then doodles and zentangled the image to create lots more interest. A lovely idea that could be used with many open design stamps!
Dawn Watson has created a beautiful card featuring parchment craft of a large doily. This must have taken Dawn ages to create, although Dawn tells me  is also very relaxing to do.
Here are two more cards with a doily theme on either side of Dawns. Helen Barker has put a Cheery Lynn die cut doily behind an inked and stamped bird panel. whilst Jean Baldrey has used a combination of dies and embossing folders for her lovely card. And they all seem to be lilac and purple!
Another trio of pretty, spring like cards next. Sue Buckingham used a sweet House Mouse image, Michelle Hobbs used pretty die cut butterflies and a wreath of tiny buttons, whilst Maretta Dowman and Hilary Wright went for simple floral elegance:
Claire Fox created a tall heart themed design using a mix of patterned papers. Angela Styles created a pretty shaped card and June Masters mastered the embossing powder splatter technique  and added some lovely vellum butterflies:
The elegant poopy stamped card has been beautifully coloured with pencils by Wendy Fane, and the fun frog card created by Sherri Preston.
Sherri has used the brand new Woodware Rain or Shine stamp set and added a simple white embossed background which doesn’t detract from the fun image. I have this in my collection too but no time yet to use it! As it is a large tall image I want to use it on some garden themed scrapbook layouts. There’s an idea for you Sherri!
This card was created by Sophie, one of our young crafters. It’s a retirement/Easter combination! Sophie has beautifully coloured the Cheery Lynn Cherry Blossom die cut and used it to frame a cute chick.
Finally a lovely card by Judith Morray, featuring a stamped background and Cheery Lynn die cut sentiment:
Judith has spelled out a message inside with stamps and dies!
I hope you have enjoyed this selection of cards. Many, many thanks to all the lovely crafters who kindly made these for me.

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