Saturday, 31 March 2012

Greenhouse Garden emboss-resist

Well it's been all go here today on the first day of the holidays but I've found a moment to rustle up a little something for this week's Less is More Lucky Dip challenge (where the lovely and extremely talented Jenny is guesting today!) The challenge is to use the inspiration picture from Design Seeds and here's what I've come up with:


Those gorgeous pink flowers attracted me so I thought I'd use my two-step Greenhouse Garden flowers and go for a bit of emboss-resist. I stamped the solid flower first, then the line image in a darker shade of pink, before colouring the centres with my Certainly Celery marker. The flowers were covered in versamark using a versamark pen and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This made them waterproof so I was able to sponge in a Crumb Cake background and add grasses which I stamped using the thin stem image in my Greenhouse Garden set.


The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set which is made up of sentiment pairs designed for stamping inside as well as outside cards.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, Petite Pairs
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Basic Grey
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Certainly Celery marker, versamark pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool, corner rounder, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Today, while we were having lunch, I complimented my husband on the coral jumper he was wearing and told him it was right on trend. Just then, the phone rang and he joked that it was probably Gok Wan calling. He disappeared into the hall and we heard him pick up the receiver and say "Hi Gok!" and then apologise to the caller and try to explain that he was only joking... What hope do my children have with this trace of madness in the gene pool?!

Thank you for coming to look at my card today. I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone else has been inspired by the challenge picture so I'll see you soon!

Hugs,





59 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Vicky the flowers really pop out...

    Anne

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  2. Hello Vicky
    Wow ....another stunner......
    Fabulous Vicky ...
    Enjoy your evening
    Hugs sylvie
    xxxx

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  3. Oh Vicky, the flowers stunning! They look like they are popping off of the card! Amazing job on them!

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  4. very beautiful
    Cathi from Germany

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  5. Gorgeous Vicy. I love teh deep pink highlights in the flowers and your inking is beautiful!

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  6. The flowers look so 3D Vicky, they look fab against the grassy background. A beautiful card. xx

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  7. Fabulous Vicky I love those pink flowers, gorgeous.
    Your husbands phone prank reminded me of the time when my kids were younger and all lived at home. They all had friends at our house and I think at one point I had about a dozen of them in various rooms. When the phone rang I automatically picked it up said " Hello Atkinson home for waifes and strays". A very unsure voice stammered back to me asking to speak to Mr Atkinson please.
    I still get embarrassed just thinking about it lol.
    Lynne xxx

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  8. LOVELY! And thanks for explaining how you did this too! LOVE IT!
    Lynn

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  9. This is gorgeous Vicky, I thought you had stamped the flowers and cut them out until I read what you'd done - they really stand out. Your kids really don't stand much chance do they, I thought it was just you with the mad sense of humour :0)
    M x

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  10. Stunning card Vicky, wonderful sponging, and pretty pink flowers, makes such a wonderful card!

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  11. OMG Vicky - can you hear me shouting to you through the screen? This is sooooo inspired. I bow down to you - I'm not worthy
    Jacqueline xx

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  12. Beautiful card Vicky
    I forgot about the Greenhouse Garden stem, I may redo my card and see how that goes...can't be worse!
    Love the coral jumper story, what a hoot it is in your household
    Thank you very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  13. Vicky beautiful stamping and those flowers are awsome Great card I love this Hugs Elaine

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  14. Hola Vicky, yes it's a button:D, thank you for your kind comment, well, you have always kind words, thank you:D
    FANTASTIC card!!!!vicky, great colouring technique, your flowers are stunning, is the focus of your card, great job, i need to buy an stamp of grass for make cards:D
    Your husband remind me my husband, when someone phone to my house and my husband pick up the receiver his words are " International Space Station NASA, what can i help you?"of course with a very grave accent:D:D:D.
    These little thigs make the life more happy and funny.
    I hope for you and your family wonderful miracles, like the flowers in the spring time.
    An spring hug from Palma, have a nice week

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  15. Your card is so pretty, Vicky. I love the techniques you used for your beautiful flowers and grass. Just gorgeous!
    I guess there's never a dull moment in your home, Vicky. Enjoy your weekend xxx

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  16. Fabulous card, love those flowers
    xx

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  17. Wow, Vicky! Gorgeous card! I love it. I really must try harder to join in this week!

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  18. I love this background Vicky... super card!
    Your household sounds like such fun!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  19. ooo this is inky goodness Vicky, I love the pops of pink on the grassy background :0)
    Thanks for the mention...super excited to be GD this week.
    One thing to say about your husband.... that explains your sons sense of humour!!! Lol
    Jenny x

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  20. The first thing I thought of when I saw your flowers was of Straw Daisies I remember when I was growing up. Their petals were really delicate, a bit like rice paper. I'll have to look out for them again. I love how you give your cards a 3D look. Helen (Sydney)

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  21. Those gorgeous flowers look 3D. What a fabulous take on the challenge!

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  22. Oh my, what a beautiful card. Perfect for the LIM challenge.
    Cheers, Karen

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  23. Bloomin' marvellous card Vicky.

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  24. Your background is outstanding, very pretty flowers.

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  25. Love the flowers and the colour combo ;-)

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  26. Super card and hilarious husband! Now I know where the little fella gets it from! xxx

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  27. Thank you for your comment, it is nice to know that some people stop to think about a complete stranger, Thank you Vicky xxx

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  28. You know I'm a sucker for this stamp set !! Beautiful card, the flowers just pop out at you. Love it !!! A xx

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  29. It's so easy to get caught up in the excitement of new stamp sets, but there are some that you just go back to again and again, and Greenhouse Garden is one of those for me. Two step stamping is such fun :) Another gorgeous card Vicky, you use stamps so creatively. A x

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  30. Another fab card and lovely inking too Vicky. The flowers are so pretty too, well done again. Oh my! I am so glad you have a mad OH too, thought it was just me lol :) Viv xx

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  31. Hi Vicky

    Wow another totally gorgeous card - your flowers really do stand out love it!

    Hugs

    Tina

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  32. Beautiful flowers and great background too!

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  33. Lovely card, nice soft colours!
    Ellen

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  34. Beautiful as usual vicky! love it.
    Love the Gok Wan tale too lol
    suzi b x

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  35. Glorious colours Vicky, and a stunning design.
    Sylvia xx

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  36. The flowers are so pretty, that grass background is amazing!
    Anne
    x

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  37. Gosh, this is stunning Vicky! You make such amazing creations with your stamps, that I wouldn't even think of! I absolutely love this.

    Maria x

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  38. This is an amazing card. The background is beautiful. Great work.

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  39. Absoloutely stunning card, love the shade of pink of the flowers and the grasses are superb.

    Kath x

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  40. This is lovely, Vicky. The grassy background has so much depth.

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  41. wow... what a beautiful card! love the background you created...

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  42. Gorgeous flowers on your pretty card Vicky, men can be so silly sometimes (thank heavens) :0) Gay xxx

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  43. Holy cow, I can't believe that's one layer! Those flowers really look like they're popping off of the page! Stunning!

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  44. This is truly a stunning card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us

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  45. I love these Greenhouse Garden flowers. I think it's one of my favorite stamp sets. The grass behind it is awesome. That's a lot of stamping with that single stem and it looks so natural.

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  46. Hello Vicky

    I love all of your cards but this is myalltime
    favourite. It's breathtaking beautiful.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  47. This is another stunning card Vicky! I really thought those flowers were decoupaged...they look to 'pop' off the card!
    Lizy xx

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  48. Absolutely beautiful card, Vicky. Love the bold pink centers on the daisies :)

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  49. Beautiful card Vicky - love the way the flowers just jump out of the card!

    Kate
    xx

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  50. Love your card and thanks for sharing the technique too

    Kathyk

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  51. As you may see on the thausends of comments so far, this is such a wonderful card! A great technique. I must memorize this one.

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  52. Lovely card, those flowers just pop.

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  53. Just love the effect you achieved on this card. Linbyx

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  54. Oooooooo love it Luv Sue x

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