Wednesday, 6 April 2011

St Lukes Charity Card Challenge - with Baby Blossoms

One of the things I love about the crafting community is our willingness to share and to help one another. The other day I came across a new challenge site with a difference: The St Lukes Charity Cards Challenge is set monthly and crafters are invited to submit cards online and then physically send them in using the Freepost address provided. The cards are sold to raise money for the St Lukes Hospice in Sheffield which offers care and support for the terminally ill and their families. This is such a worthwhile project - I do hope you'll join in.

This month the challenge is to 'say it with flowers' - and what better flowers to say it with than Baby Blossoms! This is a stamp set that has just been released in the new mini catalogue - and I am head over heels in love with it! Here's my entry:

Unashamedly feminine! It's easy to stamp all sorts of floral designs with this set and it's got a lovely vintage feel that reminds me of beautiful chintz fabrics. I've used the Top Note die as a background and I love the curvaceousness of it! 

If you love ribbons and bows you must try the new seam binding! It's soft and silky and drapes so beautifully that I can't stop creating bows on everything with it! It comes in Rose Red (which I used here), Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz. Yum!

And look! This is the polka dot frame from Four Frames - my favourite of the four in the set! It is the perfect way to add a sentiment to your cards and other projects and the best thing is it has a coordinating punch so you don't even need to get your scissors out!

Here's how I made this card:
  • Cut a 7.5cm x 7cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp a random floral design on it using the Baby Blossoms stamp set and Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Pretty In Pink and Rose Red inks. Sponge the edges of the card stock with Pretty In Pink ink.
  • Cut an 8.5cm x 7.25cm piece of Certainly Celery card stock. Decorate one of the short sides with the scallop trim border punch. Glue the floral panel onto this.
  • Use the Top Note die in your Big Shot to cut out a Pretty In Pink panel. Trim the point from one of the short sides with paper snips - this will enable ribbon to fit snugly round the shape. Now, using a craft knife, make a slit 2cm in from the point on the other short side. Thread Rose Red seam binding through this.
  • Glue the floral panel onto the Top Note, making sure the slit you made in the Top Note is hidden by it.  Tie the ribbon around it and finish with a pretty bow. 
  • Cut an A4 piece of Whisper White card stock in half vertically. Score and fold in half to make a card base. Glue the Top Note to the card front.
  • Stamp a polka dot frame in Rose Red ink on a scrap of Whisper White card stock. Add a sentiment using a stamp-a-majig for position. Now cut the frame out with the decorative label punch.
  • Attach the sentiment to the card front using four dimensionals.

Stamps: Baby Blossoms, Four Frames, Occasional Greetings (sentiment)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Pretty In Pink, Rose Red, Always Artichoke
Card stock: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery
Other: Top Note die, Rose Red seam binding, decorative label punch, scallop trim border punch

Making this card made me think of long summer days, sitting on a lawn in wicker chairs, leaning back into vintage chintz cushions, sipping tea from antique bone china cups... It's wishful thinking of course, firstly because our own lawn is the size of a pocket handkerchief and we certainly don't own any bone china, and secondly because the winter seems to have set back in here! A girl can dream can't she?!!  

Hope the sun is shining on you today, wherever you are! I'll be back tomorrow with Three Minute Thursday - hope to see you then!


  1. So gorgeous Vicky! Love these colours together! I think my mind may have been changed on the Baby Blossoms. I didn't think I like it when I first saw it, but it creates such pretty backgrounds, very Cath Kidston! I have already been practising my Iced tea recipe ready for those lazy summer days lounging on the decking!!
    Hugs, Vicky ~x~

  2. What a great idea for a challenge site.
    Your card is beatiful as always. I love this ribbon and both stamp sets !!!

  3. What a stunning card - the florals and bow are so elegant and feminine - I love it!
    Thank you so much for entering our new challenge and for supporting St Lukes - we really do appreciate it :-)
    Hope you'll be back along to play again in May.
    Craftilicious x

  4. Oooh Vicky, this is fab. I love the stamped background and the cut out shapes.Your ribbon and bow are gorgeous too.
    Thanks so much for joining us at the St Lukes Charity Card Challenge, look forward to see what you come up with next month.
    Lynne xxx

  5. Oh Vicky - this is just beautiful! I love the colours and the gorgeous bow. Thanks for such a lovely post about St Lukes and the challenge - much appreicated. Hope to see you again next month!

  6. I love it .. its gorgeous.. didnt realise that the floral is stamped.. just so beautifully done. I love it! :)

  7. What a brilliant idea Vicky, I work with a young lad who has a degenerative illness and is not expected to live past the age of 19 and the hospice he goes to is brilliant and not only helps him but also his Mum. They need all the support they can get and what abrilliant way of raising funds. Will definitely be joining that one! Oh and by the way your card is beautiful :0)
    Margaret x

  8. Hi Vicky
    What a gorgeous card love the colours stunning it

  9. Beautiful card Vicky, I will get round to this challenge sometime this month. Love pink of that ribbon matching the polka dot frame.
    jennie X

  10. Vicky what a stunning card and your colours are simply gorgeous.
    Thank you for joining us in the first week of our St Lukes challenge...hopefully we will see you again next month.


  11. This is beautiful, the colours are really pretty. Thank you so much for joining in with our new challenge and giving it such a great write up :-)

  12. These colors are divine! And I have to agree about the seam binding ribbon. It makes the most wonderful bows!

  13. The background you created almost looks like a pretty chintz fabric. As you know, I've been enjoying this set and the seam binding, too... just ordered a second color for myself (the one you used here). That is a great idea for a challenge site. Definitely sounds like a worthy cause. And I hope that day was winter's last hurrah for you. I think we've had our last. Yesterday was hot and humid. Not my favorite weather, but it is nice to see the sunshine again!


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x