Tuesday 28 June 2011

MMM using French Foliage and Greenhouse Garden

I took a look at the Make Your Monday challenge site today, as I've been rather enjoying Jacqueline's floral challenges, and this week there's a sketch. I have to admit that I was rather daunted by it at first as it seemed quite layer-heavy - which isn't my style of card making at all! - but I had a little think about it and came up with this card:

I decided not to use designer paper for my background, choosing instead to mask off the cross shape with strips cut off a post-it note, and sponge a soft design over the top using Crumb Cake and Old Olive inks. I've probably said before that there isn't a day goes by without me using Old Olive ink! I am still using the same pad I bought three years ago, I have never re-inked it and it's still going strong!

All the stamps in my French Foliage set that AREN'T leaves were used to stamp this background! To underline the soft effect, I used a piece of vellum for the central panel of the card, cutting a border for it using my spiral border punch and curling up the corners.

Have you seen the leaf spray? It's a sizzlits die exclusive to Stampin' Up called Little Leaves and I love it! I teamed it with three of my favourite flowers from the two-step stamping set Greenhouse Garden. The flowers are clear-embossed so they're all glossy in real life and they're finished with the tiny self-adhesive pearls.

Supplies needed for this project:
Stamps: French Foliage, Greenhouse Garden, Pocket Silhouettes (sentiment)
Ink: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, versamark
Card stock: Whisper White, vellum
Other: Little Leaves sizzlits die, spiral border punch, clear embossing powder, basic pearls
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Whenever we go to fairs or sales I always have a look on the bric-a-brac stalls to see if there are any good board games as they can be a fun way of spending a rainy afternoon. At the school fair on Saturday, I was lucky enough to spot a game of Articulate for the bargain price of £1. It's a great game where one person describes the word on the card using words (and without saying the actual word!) and their team guesses what it is. We couldn't wait for a rainy day to get stuck in so I can report that it's perfect for our family, which ranges in age from 10 to 50, and we all highly recommend it!

Thank you for coming to visit me today. I always appreciate you spending a little of your time with me and would love to return the visit if you leave me a comment!
See you tomorrow,


  1. Gorgeous card Vicky love the bright pop of blue. That game sounds great, I think I need it for Christmas, get the brain working again LOL Gay xxx

  2. hi Vicky
    Another gorgeous card ...yes very different for you...but Fabulous...
    Don`t know that boardgame we love all games...Scrabble ...rumikub...Chinese Checkers the familt love CC when they come over to see us...
    hugs sylvie

  3. That's a lovely interpretation of the sketch. The illlusion of layers without all the fuss! I seem to recall playing a similar board game here in the US. I think it's called Taboo and I remember it being a lot of fun! Perfect for a rainy day.

  4. Oh, I love this Vicky - it is REALLY beautiful!

  5. Gorgeous Vicky. Great take on the sketch. Articulate is even better when playing with adults and alcohol is involved lol.
    Lynne xxx

  6. You have used my sketch perfectly Vicky. All that soft stamping and colouring contrasts with the blue flowers really well. Thank you for taking part in this week's Make My Monday - Jacqueline xx.

  7. This is lovely. So delicate, I love it.
    Buffy x

  8. Lovely card Vicky. I love how you've created the layout, and the bright blue flowers look fab :o) Lisa x

  9. This a very pretty and imaginative layout and mix of textures. You're so clever!

  10. This is such a lovely card - I love the combination of elements - the slightly raw, loose paper and then the crisp colour of the flowers. Fabulous - loving the glossy LIM apples too but got stopped by this little beauty!
    Thanks so much for for calling by too,

  11. Vicky this is card is so subtle and sweet I love it!!!! Our family are great gamers aswell and we love Cranium and Bendy Bob!!! But best of all are the Murder Mystery Parties which are brilliant fun where everyone dresses up.
    Bev. x

  12. Fantastic card Vicky
    Love the square you have created and the 'notebook page'
    The game sounds like fun!

    m x

  13. I love how you took this sketch and made it CAS! It's a beautiful card!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous card Vicky. I love the sponged Grid background especially as it peeks through the vellum.
    Lovely pop of blue on the flowers :)
    Jenny x

  15. GORGEOUS ! Love all your elements on this one and those flowers are perfect such a beautiful colour.


  16. Such a pretty card Vicky. I know what you mean about layers - very difficult when you have to get out of your comfort zone, but you've done it perfectly so it doesn't look 'heavy' at all
    M x

  17. I love your take on the sketch, the background is subtle and interesting. Love the flower on the torn notebook paper. Thanks for playing again with us at Make My Monday. Caz

  18. WOW - what a great take on that sketch. Very clever.
    Hugs, Sandra

  19. Very creative and a fantastic colour combination!

  20. Another gorgeous card, Vicky! Love the layout and your colour choices are really lovely! xx

  21. Gorgeous card, love all the details.

  22. Beautifull card Luv Sue x

  23. Simply stunning, and it lovely to see you again playing along with us at Make My Monday.

  24. Absolutely gorgeous card again Vicky. Love the flowers and sketch interpretation.
    Thanks so much for joining in again at Make My Monday and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss x

  25. fabulous ... love the whole thing
    Sue :)

  26. Stunning, genious, brilliant... Love this card! The notebook page cut from vellum is perfect over your sponged squares and the flowers on top really pop off my computer screen. I love how you made what looks to be a heavily layered sketch work perfectly for your style. Like I said, brilliant!


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