Wednesday 29 June 2011

Natures Walk birthday card

People often ask where I get my inspiration from and the answer is Life! I'm inspired by things around me! But ideas are also triggered by talking to people and today's card came about by a conversation I had with a lovely lady the other day about blender pens. I was explaining how you could get a sort of airbrushed look by blending your inks or watercolour pencils and crayons. Afterwards, I couldn't wait to have a go myself - so I made this card:

The buddleia is stamped onto a card base made with my favourite Confetti card stock. I used a post-it note mask at the bottom of the card to keep the bottom of the plant straight so that I could draw a frame around it, making it look as if the plant is bursting out of the frame. (Well that was the idea anyway!) Now, where there's a buddleia, there must be a butterfly...

 ... and here he is! I stamped him in Basic Grey ink before colouring him with my Stampin' Up watercolour pencils, then blended the colour with a blender pen. I used blue, orange and purple pencils here and I love the way you get a seamless blend.

Come and zoom in on my raised buddleia branch!

During the conversation with the same lady, we were talking about cutting stamped images out and popping them up on dimensionals. I know some people find this too fiddly but I really enjoy it and I always think the results are worth the effort. I wouldn't be without my lovely paper snips for this job - or my +3.00 reading glasses come to think of it!

Supplies needed for this project:
Stamps: Nature Walk, Vintage Labels (retired)
Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Grey
Card stock: Confetti White
Other: Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Basic Grey markers, watercolour pencils
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.

Have you been reading reports about how our young people have lost the ability to speak English properly? Well it's not true in our family - here's an example: Yesterday I asked my 15-year old daughter if she'd be attending a course described in a letter emailed through from her school. "No," she replied. "You may notice that the letter refers to year 8, whereas I..." she drew herself up to her full height at this point, "... am hovering on the brink of womanhood!" We then both collapsed laughing.

Thank you for dropping in today. I shall be back tomorrow with Three Minute Thursday so, if you're looking for fast inspiration, do come and join me then.


  1. Such a pretty card - a simple design, but looks so good with the dimension in the plant. Very pretty butterfly too! I adore buddleia; they smell so nice.

    The conversation with your daughter made me smile. I have similar ones with my daughter and she's only 9!!

  2. Beautiful card Vicky, the raised buddlia branch just adds to the design. I love the broken frame too :)
    Jenny x

  3. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Great tips on colouring too.

    So pleased at least ONE youngster can speak proper England! LOL!

    Hugs, Sandra

  4. Oh how I love this stamp set. I was thinking of selling my entire stash and just keeping this one I love it so much. I love your raised buddleia and the frame is effective too.xx

  5. Love this card Vicky - so effective !
    Julie x

  6. The results certainly are worth the effort, this card perfectly captures the essence of a Summer's day, it's gorgeous x

  7. Vicky you are a riot !! Don,t know which I love more your prose or your art , you always have something witty to share and I always look forward to your post,s . Gorgeous card and love the raised image and the broken frame. Can,t do fiddly that's why I bought the Silhouette, that and bloggers blindness ! Have a great day.


  8. Hi Vicky, Oh yes the card's beautiful, love it when some of it escapes out of the frame, so stylish. Gorgeous colouring, lovely card, Gay xxx
    p.s my patience is sorely tried with the internet now you tell me that's how it's supposed to be, I'll have no hair left aaaarrrrgggghhhh, LOL Gay xxx

  9. Just such a wonderfully delicate card. I love it.

    I would love to own that stamp..

  10. The flowers look amazing, Vicky!

  11. Beautiful card Vicky. Love how you've framed the flowers, so pretty :o) Lisa x

  12. I absolutely love this card, Vicky. Everything goes so well together. Fabulous stamping and great layout!! x

  13. It's such a pretty card and I just love how the flowers look like the a popping right out of the page!!!

  14. Superbly stunning Vicky!
    Love your posts, your family life seems the business!

    m x

  15. This card is gorgeous and I love the dimension on the flowers! Fussy cutting is my thing but you already knew that. ;) Great line from your daughter!!

  16. A beautiful card and the border is so perfect for it

  17. Just beautifull Vicky Luv Sue x

  18. Vicky, just been looking at all your card. They are just fab stamping work. Beautiful :)

    I love this one too... love the colours, piecing and butterfly.

    I have been too busy, drowning in my work :(... hope to blog and craft more often.

  19. This is so pretty. i love your butterfly and you dimensional stems. And you're absolutely right that a buddlea must have butterflies! Mine always does.

  20. Beautiful butterfly, Vicky. I love using my SU watercolor pencils with a blender pen, but my results are never quite this stunning! Maybe I better have another go at it. :)
    Love the "hovering on the brink of womanhood" quote from your daughter. I really must meet your children before they are a full-fledged woman and men!


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