Saturday, 4 February 2012

Pool Party Fruit and Flowers

There's a colour challenge at Less is More today and the colour in question is aqua! And since I'm obsessed with Pool Party, one of this year's in-colours and the most gorgeous aqua, there was no holding me back (well actually there was, but more on that later..!) Come and see my card:


The decorative 'Thanks' is from Outlined Occasions, one of the free sets in the current Sale-a-bration promotion.  I stamped it in versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder before masking off the top and bottom of the panel and sponging Pool Party ink all over it. I thought it could do with a little texture so I stamped over the area with one of the flowers from Fruit and Flowers and I really liked the way it turned out. Polishing the embossed area with a tissue got rid of any inky residue and as a final touch to the sentiment I coloured in the centre with Island Indigo which partners beautifully with the Pool Party. Here's a close up:


I added the pierced border to echo the dotted line in the sentiment and added whimsical little flowers and Island Indigo leaves before mounting the panel onto my coordinating Pool Party card base.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Fruit and Flowers, Outlined Occasions (free Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo
Card stock: Whisper White, Pool Party
Other: Island Indigo marker, versamark, clear embossing powder, 2-step Bird punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Basic pearls, corner rounder, Mat Pack, piercing tool, sponge daubers
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 free Sale-a-bration set or sets you'd like - remember, one item for EVERY £45 spent!

I was keen to check the LiM challenge early this morning because I was taking my reluctant boys into town (to replace several items of school uniform which had been involved in a variety of terrible accidents!) Unfortunately the first thing I discovered was that we had no water - the thermometer was reading minus 8.4 degrees C and our wimpy pipes couldn't handle it! The cupboard under the sink isn't my favourite place to be first thing in the morning but after juggling with a hot water bottle and a hair drier in there for a bit, running water was finally restored! Is it nearly spring yet?!

Thanks for dropping in today. I'm off to see what all the other LiMettes have been up to - the Mr Linky display will be fabulous!

See you soon,

48 comments:

  1. As expected, a lovely entry again this week Vicky. Those stamps look so much better 'in the flesh' than the illustration suggests. Funnily enough I was thinking of doing piercing on my card, although I've yet to make a start. Had to go to the JS first and I've also got a ton of ironing. Haven't had any frozen pipes yet but my car wouldn't start on Thursday and had to be jumpstarted.

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  2. I SOOO agree that Island Indigo and Pool Party are made for each other. LOVE the card you've made and the little floral embellishments finish it off perfectly. xxx

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous Vicky! Sympathise with the frozen pipes, mine outside where the washing machine is are much the same - so no clean clothes this week!!
    M x

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  4. Oh! so pretty, love those added little flowers and the stitching line, gorgeous

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  5. perfect match for a lovely card...i love the color blue in all its variations!
    Greetings :)

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  6. You do such wonderful things with your stamps Vicky and this is no exception... to emboss resist and then colour in part of the sentiment is inspired!
    It's a fab, fab card!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  7. Fabulous card - so many techniques. The sentiment stamp is beautiful. x

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  8. So your order arrived then..... I'm sure you knew this would be this weeks challenge colour!!!!! Lol.
    I'm just in awe of your inky skills Vicky, I love the technique for the sentiment and the pierced holes :0)
    Jenny x

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  9. Fantastic as ever Vicky
    That thank you looks stunning
    Glad your pipes are ok, not the best start to the morning!
    Hope the shopping trip was successful
    Thank you very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  10. Lovely card and beautiful colours. The paper piercing is perfect. Sorry to hear about your water - hope you don't have any more problems as it gets colder... the things we have to do! We're just not prepared for it over here, are we?

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  11. Hi Vicky
    Fabby card.. Love the sentiment....
    Hugs
    Sylvie xxxx

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  12. totally stunning Vicky - just love it! the detail you got into it are amazing.
    Hope the pipes are defrosted now.
    Tara x

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  13. Lovely card Vicky... still snowing here I'm in Worcestershire!!

    Maggie

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  14. Gosh what a fantastic card and loved reading how you created it, so inspiring :)

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  15. This is really a beautiful one too! I like the sentiment and the little and subtile flowers!
    Debby

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  16. This is lovely Vicky, I hope the snow has stopped.
    Beryl x

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  17. A beautiful LIM challenge card, Vicky. Fabulous stamping as always...lovely sentiment technique, too.

    Hope your pipes are holding out. Like you I'm longing for springtime:)

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  18. Another stunning card, Vicky. I never cease to be inspired by your blog. Aqua is really not my colour, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do for this week's challenge. Must get my thinking cap on. Hope the pipes hold out tonight so you have a better start to tomorrow morning!

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  19. This is lovely, Vicky. I love how you have added the piercing and the little flowers; details which make take it from pretty to perfect.

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  20. Beautiful card! I love that Pool Party color~

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  21. Great stamping, sponging, coloring & piercing. CAS at it's best!

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  22. Another beuty Vicky! Love the embossed sentiment,you've made it really pop off of the Pool Party background!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  23. This is stunning Vicky. And I agree Pool Party is just a gorgeous colour all round. A really lovely card ;0) xx

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  24. Beautiful Vicky, love the sweet little blossoms!

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  25. Fab card, love the punched flowers.
    Linbyx

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  26. so pretty pool party is a favourite this week lol

    happy sunday

    ali x

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  27. I love that aqua colour as well. It certainly brightens up a dull spot.

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  28. Glad to hear your pipes are ok , what a terrible start to the day under the sink !!! Love this beauty the colour is totally stunning and your clever techniques and fabulous layout make this another stunner.

    Marie

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  29. I've just got this set and now I know what to do with it! Super card. Thanks for visiting me.

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  30. Vicky your card is brilliant. I love how you make backgrounds using colours and stamps.
    Just perfect.
    irene
    xxxx

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  31. Beautiful aqua tones Vicky - love the inky panel. xx

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  32. A very pretty card Vicky, isn't aqua a lovely colour? I love it!! Well done with defrosting your pipes, hope you don't have any more to deal with:0) xxx

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  33. Stunning card Vicky as ever.
    My dad had to call a plumber yesterday as his outside tap had frozen and then sprung a leak.It cost him £89 for 45 minutes work. Well done with your hairdryer.
    Lynne xxx

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  34. Another gorgeous card as usual x

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  35. Such a pretty card Vicky....love these colours

    Anne

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  36. Beautiful card Vicky, loving the colours :)

    Vicki x

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  37. Love your inky panel and a super use of the sentiment. Hope you don't have any more freezing issues! x

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  38. This is gorgeous Vicky! Love how the flowers give it dimension and the combination of colours! I have to ask though...why 'Island Indigo'??? Indigo is purple isn't it??! ;)
    Lizy x

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  39. LOl your post made me chuckle ... so glad you got the water going!
    this is a lovely card...
    oxox suzi b

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  40. Beautiful card Vicky, oh dear this cold weather is terrible isn't it...roll on Spring :) Viv xx

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  41. Perfect! :) That's all I can say about it!!! :)

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  42. Vicky, the pierced border just MAKES this card! Love it!

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  43. Beautiful card, love all the SU shades of blue, wonderful design as usual hugs Karen x

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