Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Hello punches and dies

I couldn't NOT do another card for this week's Less is More challenge now could I? Chrissie and Mandi want to see cards featuring dies and punches - and that is a lot of fun! The starting point for my card was this wonderful colour challenge at ColourQ:


Isn't this a fabulous colour combination?! And not one I'd have thought up myself I have to say!


I was quite taken with the leafy pattern on the quilt in the inspiration picture, so I brought out my beloved Little Leaves die and set to work...



... laying a spare leafy die cut onto my card stock and sponging Baja Breeze ink over it to get this effect for my background. I die cut two more leaf sprigs, cut them down a little and arranged them over the background. The edges of the card stock have been distressed to create a bit of contrast between the panel and the card base.


I used a couple of border punches  and some taffeta ribbon at the bottom of the panel, to ground the leaf sprigs, and added a lovely ruffled flower made with my Boho Blossoms punch and centred with a Basic Grey brad. The sentiment is from Elementary Elegance, a stamp set that comes free with a £45 order as part of the Sale-a-bration promotion.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Elementary Elegance (Sale-a-bration freebie)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze (Dusty Durango isn't available in the UK)
Card stock: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Basic Grey, Cajun Craze
Other: Scallop border and Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punches, Boho Blossom punch, Little Leaves die, taffeta ribbon in Basic Black, Basic Grey brad, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.
Click here to see all the free Sale-a-bration sets and don't forget to let me know which ones you'd like - remember, you get one free item for EVERY £45 spent!

Yesterday, while I was cooking dinner, I had some charming company in the shape of my daughter who was busy making sweet treats to celebrate one of her friends' birthday. We spent a happy hour giggling while we worked and it was only afterwards I realised that she had liberally sprinkled the entire kitchen with icing sugar and used practically every bowl in the cupboard! She played her trump card at this point, pleading essential GSCE coursework, and left the washing up to me! Here's what my clever girl made though - orange and lemon creams. Aren't they cute?!

Thanks for dropping in on me today. I'll be back tomorrow with a quick card for Three Minute Thursday. Hope to see you then,

41 comments:

  1. Such a fabulous card! Love the distressed edges, the sponged background and the layers of punches and ribbon.
    And your daughter really is super clever! Sounds like something I would have tried! LOL!

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  2. What a lovely card you've created with just a few simple elements....your signature style, as usual! I love it! I am intrigued by the creams.....are they like candy? And how did the little waffle design get on there? You are going to have to make room on your blog for some recipes, methinks! You're such a good mum to clean up her mess!

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  3. Yet another super job Vicky.
    Die cuts rock don't they!
    Thanks again.
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  4. A fabulous card Vicky, a perfect combination of these colours. Lovely masking, and I like the distressed edges, a beautiful card!

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  5. These colours are so pretty and I love the flower and leaves. I do like the shadow leaves too.

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  6. What a wonderful card and the colours just pop.

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  7. Pretty card Vicky. I like your use of the ribbon to tie in the colour of the leaves.

    Sounds like my daughter. We made scones at the weekend but only if she helped tidy up however as I recall I did it as we went along!

    x

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  8. Wow, this is beautiful Vicky! I love that sponged, masked background.
    Thanks for playing along with us at ColourQ. :)

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  9. Gorgeous card Vicky love your background

    Anne

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  11. Totally delicious - both the card AND the sweet treats xxx

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  12. I love this card, it's really beautiful.

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  13. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous sweets ....and your card....beautiful.....Stunning ....
    hUGS SYLVIE
    XXXX

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  14. Those sweets look very tasty Vicky - hope you got to sample one (or two!)- Jacqueline xx

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  15. Great card Vicky.
    I see your daughter has got your creative gene! those sweets look delicious

    Bev.x

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  16. A pretty use of these colors and die cuts and punches! Pretty candies. I'll bet they taste wonderful.

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  17. Love this card Vicky.
    Sharon x

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  18. Lovely card, Vicky, such a fresh approach with the sponged shadow and the punched flower and leaves. Thanks for joining us this week at the ColourQ.

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  19. Beautiful card Vicky, and those sweets look yummy! My son plays that trump card too!:)x

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  20. Fabulous card Vicky - need to get my thinking cap on for these colours!
    M x

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  21. Brilliant card Vicky, I love how you have sponged the leaf shape into the background. And such a gorgeous flower. Those sweets look mouthwatering.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  22. Another fab card Vicky and the sweets look great too :) Viv xx

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  23. Arrr this is your genre Vicky, I love the masked leaves under the die-cuts ....great way to use the colours :0)
    I think you have a winner again here!
    Jenny x

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  24. Gorgeous, as always. Helen (Sydney)

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  25. Another stunning card and I love that punched flower. So pretty.
    Lynn

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  26. The leaves coupled with the leafy sponged background are perfect to show off your punched flower. So pretty!

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  27. Such a pretty card! Lovely little blossom ;) And your daughter could just be the next Food Network Star!!

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  28. Love the colours on this card Vicky. Those sweets look delicious, I must get the recipe off you for Lydia :) Sarah x

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  29. Beautiful colours and I love your flower and leaves...always a great combination for a simple card to send for any occassion!
    I have a daughter who is just the same! She loves making cakes but suddenly has so much homework to do when it's time to clear up...they are sneaky!

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  30. What a pretty card. I love the background you created! Ann Y.

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  31. Vicky, this card is just fabulous! I love that layered bloom...and I think spending time with your daughter cooking is a real treat too!

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  32. Such a lovely card!! I love the masking of the leaves! Great use of the colors! Thanks for playing at ColourQ!

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  33. fab card Vicky, love your touch of distress hugs Karen x

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous Vicky! I love the sponging and all the elements, such perfection! Thanks so much for joining us at the colourQ this week, I always love seeing your take!

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  35. I knew it, I knew it :0)
    Manys congrats Vicky your card is sharing the colour queen spot this week...whoo hoo :0)
    Jenny x

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  36. What a great card design. Like what you did with the inking/resist of the leaves. Saw your card on ColourQ!

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  37. What an honor to share this weeks crown with someone as talented as you are. Your style is simply amazing and you are a huge inspiration to me.

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