Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Just Believe it's spring!

I've definitely got that spring feeling now and have been having a lot of fun with spring flowers. Do you remember my tulip card on Sunday? Well now I've come up with some punch crocuses! The St Lukes Charity ChallengeMake My Monday and The Paper Players are all asking for spring cards so I thought my crocuses would be just the thing! Come and see:


Wisteria Wonder, one of this years in-colours, is such a beautiful delicate purple and it's perfect for these crocuses. So how do you make them? It's simple...


 ... just punch two of the large hearts from the Heart to Heart punch and cut one of them in half with a curved cut; colour the vellum with markers - I used Wisteria Wonder with Concord Crush highlights and a touch of Old Olive at the base - and glue them together with the two-way glue pen.


With these two, I cut all the hearts in half so that I could vary the amount the crocus was open. The large image in the Just Believe stamp set is brilliant for making background foliage and I added some leaves made from strips of Vanilla and Ivory card stock with a stripe of Old Olive marker down each side.


I popped the crocuses in a 'basket' made of Early Espresso card stock embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder, and tied it up with this scrumptious wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon - isn't it gorgeous?!


The card is finished with sentiments put together with my stamp-a-majig. I added the bird from Elementary Elegance with a surprise flash of yellow. I find these little images invaluable for embellishing sentiments.

Don't you just love floral cards? Well, so do loads of people - so they sell really well! Why not send some floral cards in to the St Lukes Charity Challenge this month - you'll find the address on the website; you'll have great fun making them and they'll be sold to raise money to keep the St Lukes hospice open and caring for terminally ill patients and their families.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Happiest of Birthdays (hostess set), Elementary Elegance (free Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Early Espresso
Card stock: Vellum, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Early Espresso, scraps of Naturals Ivory and Very Vanilla
Other: Markers, Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon, Square Lattice embossing folder, Heart to Heart punch, stamp-a-majig, corner rounder
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!

Crocuses always remind me of my youngest son as there was a beautiful bowl of them in the living room the day he was born. I had him at home with the help of two of the most wonderful midwives and it was lovely to retire to my own bed with him when it was all over. Nowadays whenever the crocuses start pushing up in the garden, I know it's time to be planning something exciting for his birthday!

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow and I'll have a quick card to show you. Do drop in if you have a minute!

Hugs,

41 comments:

  1. Oh my word this is stunning! TOTALLY gonna have to pin this to my Pinterest in order to remember this amazing technique! LOVE it!!! :)

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  2. Morning Vicky - this is absolutely gorgeous - the crocus look so pretty!! Love the texture too. Thanks for your continued support of St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

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  3. that's really pretty - love the flowers

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  4. Wow Vicky - this is just stunning, just what we are looking for at MMM. Thanks for joining in again your card is lovely - Jacqueline xx

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  5. Your crocus' are beautiful. Lovely idea to use the vellum making the petals so much more delicate. x

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  6. Oh Vicky, I just love these, the vellum is so perfect for the flowers and the shape spot on too :0) your attention to detail is immaculate....wonderful card :0)
    Jenny x

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  7. Oh Vicky this is fabulous I love it. The tulips are an inspiration... you are so clever
    Thank you for joining us at MMM
    suzi b xx

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  8. Vicky there is something for you on my blog

    Anne

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  9. What a wonderful, wonderful card. I just love your crocuses and your story of your son's birth.

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  10. beautiful card and Crocus are one of my favorite reminders of spring. Thanks for playing with The Paper Players.

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  11. Words fail me Vicky, you are an inspiration! The crocus' are fabulous and so delicate in vellum:) I'm off to have a play!
    Val x

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  12. Hi Vicky,
    What a beautiful basket of crocus and foliage. They look so real! Beautiful stamping and paper crafting x

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  13. This is stunning, Vicky, such imagination, I am at a loss for words really! I bet it looks even better irl. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. Vicky, this is stunning... oh... now you really took me back.... we were home in January and saw crocuses in the church yard at Chesterfield cathedral. Just looking at your card took me right back to how fabulous it was to see them on a cold, wet, winter day! So glad you joined the Paper Players this week
    Jaydee

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  15. Well what can I say .... this is stunning. The detail is amazing and the colours are to die for. Thank you for always playing along with us at MMM. Suzanne x

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  16. Wow! I LOVE your crocus! So clever and creative! With its texture and ribbon, this is a stunning card! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

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  17. Clever old you, how do you think of these things?
    L x

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  18. Hello Vicky

    Words fail me once again with your stunning and beautiful card. Just brilliant and gorgeous.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  19. These are so pretty and creative! Even the leaves look real!

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  20. The card is beautiful Vicky and those flowers are fab!
    M x

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  21. STUNNING card Vicky ,I love it !
    Hugs Elaine

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  22. This is gorgeous Vicky, the vellum crocuses are so delicate and pretty. I love the colours and layout.

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  23. Vicky, this just makes my heart go pitter patter! SO LOVELY!
    Lynn

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  24. Lovely colours and layout, such a pretty card. Helen (Sydney)

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  25. Vicky, you are the QUEEN of creativity! This is perfectly lovely and I think the inside is just as creative as the outside! SWEET! Thanks so much for playing with the Paper Players this week! A perfect spring card!

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  26. Gorgeous crocus card, I love that they are made of vellum, and they really do look like crocuses! Beautiful!

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  27. Oh Vicky, where to begin?! This is absolutely gorgeous! The vellum crocuses are brilliant-especially how you colored them. Love the extra blades of grass and the pop of a yellow butterfly is so perfect...just lovely! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

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  28. Very clever Vicky and such a beautiful result Luv Sue x

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  29. Another stunning card. Terrific idea for the crocus, thanks for your continued support. Caz

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  30. Your flowers are brilliant! Can't wait to try these!

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  31. Morning Vicky, just wanted to tell you that i think this card is fantastic. love the flowers and the sentiment is a brilliant idea xx

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  32. Hello Vicky! A gorgeous card, I love the details and the purple. You rarely see purple these days, or at least I dont ;) Have a fabulous weekend! Janna

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  33. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! The crocuses are absolutely gorgeous and I love the additional blades of grass you added.

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  34. Wow Vicky! This is the most stunning card and that's such a clever way to make the crocuses. They look so lovely made from coloured vellum.
    Love everything about this!
    Thanks for joining in with the MMM Spring flowers challenge.
    Fliss xx

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  35. This is stunning, the flowers look like dried flowers, just perfect.

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  36. This is stunning, the flowers look like dried flowers, just perfect.

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  37. Vicky, this card is just beautiful! What a wonderful way to make these gorgeous blooms!!

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  38. This is a lovely card! Purples and green mesh so well!

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