Friday, 25 February 2011

Less is More challenge 3 - daffodils

I have been away this week and most of my posts were prepared in advance, which means I've had severe crafting withdrawal symptoms! So today I thought I'd nip in a card for the challenge over at the brilliant Less is More site. The theme this week is 'spring' and I needed to look no further than my little garden for inspiration! Everything is beginning to blossom, thanks to the sudden appearance of warmer weather, but nothing says spring to me quite like a daffodil.

I don't usually use loads of stamp sets on one card, as I want my readers to be able to recreate them without too much expense, but I did use several on this one - the stems and leaves were from Just believe, the flower from Growing Green and the sentiment was from Hello Again.

I used a Marina Mist card base because it reminded me of the kind of sky you sometimes get in the spring that really gives you a new lease of life! Daffodil Delight is the perfect colour for the daffodil of course, and I love both colours together with a dash of Old Olive.

Have you seen the daffodil? The petals were stamped in Daffodil Delight ink and coloured with a blender pen, while the 'trumpet' was a 1/2" circle of Daffodil Delight card stock, pleated and stuck to the petals with Sticky strip.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut an A4 piece of Marina Mist card stock in half vertically. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Cut a 7cm square of Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Colour the stems on the iris stamp with an Old Olive marker. Use a stamp-a-majig to stamp the stems onto the Vanilla card stock.
  • Use the stamp-a-majig again to add the sentiment using Marina Mist ink. 
  • Use a paper piercer and the template from the mat pack to pierce a border round the Very Vanilla panel. Glue the panel to the card front.
  • Stamp the petal image twice onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock using Daffodil Delight ink. Colour the flowers with more of the ink and a blender pen and cut them out with sharp paper snips. Stick the centres of them to the stems you stamped earlier and curl the petals towards you.
  • Cut two circles using a 1/2" circle punch and pleat them tightly with your fingers. Attach them to the centre of the petals with Sticky Strip. 

Stamps: Just believe, Growing Green, Hello Again.
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist
Card stock: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight
Other: Old Olive marker, 1/2" circle punch

Well, I don't know about you but I am very much looking forward to a quiet weekend with my family. Between long car journeys, long hikes, long sleepovers and long lunches, I'm pretty well exhausted and need a holiday to get over my holiday!

Thank you so much for dropping in on my blog today. Don't forget that I'm starting my new weekly series Masculine Monday next week, so do pop back to see what I've been up to for that if you have a minute.

Have a fabulous weekend,


  1. Wow Vicky, this is fabulous. Your daffodils are an inspiration ( must try those)The colours are perfect, can`t wait to see a sky like that again.
    Lynne xxx

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous - nothing else to say really
    Margaret xxx

  3. Well what can I say, a beautiful blue sky and sunny daffodils nodding their heads. A lovely spring card.

  4. My mum loves daffodils so I may CASE this for her birthday card!
    Masculine Monday is for pics of hot men, right?!

  5. I can see why you are a stampin up demonstrator, you get so much out of the images. This is just beautiful x

  6. Beautiful!!! Think I have o try these lovely Doffodils too!

  7. This is so pretty! Your daffodils are just perfect!

  8. Gorgeous!! I love everything about it!

  9. This card is so stunning Vicki. My downline and I were just talking about making daffodils the other day (in larger form) but what a great way to make them for cards.

  10. Gorgeous card Vicky! I just love how you've made the daffodils! So cute and perfect for those spring cards!
    Hugs, Vicky ~x~

  11. Wow fabulous card and thank you for the instructions, I shall have to try this.

  12. Another little gem Vicky!
    Thanks so much for joining us once more!
    See you next time!
    "Less is More"

  13. GREAT card Vicky
    Those daffs look fabulous
    Thank you for joining us again
    "Less is More"

  14. A simple but a Fab card :)

  15. I love the dimension of these daffodils - they are almost real!! A lovely CAS design.

  16. I love your daffodils, Vicky! And pairing them with that grassy image is brilliant. All the colors are perfect. Daffodils always say "spring" to me, too. Going to my grandpa's house in the spring was always such a treat... there was a big tree by the country road that he lived on and under the tree was what seemed like hundreds of daffodils. So pretty... can't see a daffodil without thinking about grandpa. (Thanks for the opportunity to remember him with a smile!)

  17. So very pretty and simply elegant.

  18. love the 3d effect of the flowers! Springtime {heart} !

  19. This is the sweetest card! The colors are perfect to welcome spring. How lucky you are to see those blossoms! I've got another couple of months before I see mine!

  20. WOW, Vicky, this is a stunning CAS card! Those 3D daffodils look incredibly real.

  21. Precious little daffodils. I hope it's ok if I CASE those! <3


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