Friday, 13 April 2012

Shades of Growing Green

Since I've been enjoying a long Easter break with my family, I haven't been able to join in with my usual challenges this week. But there's just time to squeeze a card in for the Less is More colour challenge: to use Three Shades of Green. Come and see:


Green is my favourite colour - I even used a stamp set with green in the title, Growing Green, which must have been a subconscious decision! The Stampin' Up greens are all gorgeous but I eventually narrowed my choice down to Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Garden Green. The central masked panel was supposed to be sponged in Certainly Celery but I think there must have been Old Olive ink left on my sponge! The dotty strip layered over it is one of three lovely, long stamps from the Borderlines set. (Borderlines is only available until the end of this month, by the way, along with everything else in the spring mini catalogue.)


I'm always fascinated by green flowers! These were given an Old Olive wash with an aqua painter and the centres coloured with Certainly Celery and Garden Green markers. Its easy to add matching leaves because Stampin' Up inks, markers and card stock come in all 50 colours and embellishments and designer papers are designed to match too.
Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Growing Green, Borderlines, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess set)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Growing Green
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Garden Green
Other: Markers, 2-step bird punch, Little Leaves die, paper snips, 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. And don't forget to add a free pack of designer paper if your order is £45 or more (Offer limited to one pack per qualifying order - click here for details).

It's lucky I didn't live in Victorian times (which I didn't, despite my children insisting that I must have!) as I would certainly have chosen to wear a green dress. Unfortunately the green dyes of the time apparently contained hefty amounts of arsenic and a green dress could kill!

It's always lovely to take a break but it's great to be back too. I know that I'll never be able to catch up on everything I've missed in Blogland so please forgive my lack of commenting this week. Normal service will resume next week!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon,

43 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous card, your tempting me to get that stamp set now lol. Donna x

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  2. This is very nice...as usual! But what intrigued me is your trivia about the green dyes used in Victorian era! Now how in the world did you find that out? Amazing!

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  3. Gorgeous, Vicky. Beautiful stamps and stamping. Love how you coloured your flowers, and I like the dotty strip over stamping, too x

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  4. Beautiful! LOVE all that green and yet blue is my favorite color! This is just stunning though in all the wonderful greens.
    Lynn

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  5. What a beautiful combination of greens and techniques. I chose almost the same greens as you - they are lovely.

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  6. This is gorgeous, Vicky! LOVE all the different stamping techniques, and your flowers are beautiful! :)

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  7. This is so pretty, Vicky. I love your shades of green. Ann

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  8. Stunning card! Love the delicate flowers.

    Kate
    xx

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  9. It might be late Vicky but it was certainly worth waiting for! Have a great weekend
    M x

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  10. This is beautiful, Vicky. I absolutely love green but struggled with the recent ColourQ that had greens, and I haven't had time to join in with LIM this week, so thankyou for this lovely inspiring card.

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  11. Absolutely beautiful Vicky! Gorgeous greens and those flowers are stunning. When we moved into our house all the spring flowers were green until a few tulips came out in April. It is a little more colourful now!

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  12. Hi vicky
    Gorgeous card. Love the flowers ...,,
    See you on Sunday
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

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  13. Another gorgeous card Vicky. I always think green is such a calming, demure colour (in the right shades of course!) and you have matched your 3 shades just perfectly.

    Ann

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  14. Woot woot . . . absolutely BRILLLLLLIANT card. Love this! (Can you tell?) xxx

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  15. Simple, but so effective, Vicky x

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  16. Beautiful Vicky!! I love the shades of green in the background, it gives it a lovely texture. Sarah xx

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  17. Gorgeous stamps beautifully stamped! This card is so pretty Vicky and I love the green trivia:)
    Val x

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  18. Me again Vicky forgot to say congrats on being March winner over at MMM, looking forward to your DT spot:)
    Val x

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  19. Very pretty Vicky, love the soft shades. xx

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  20. Serenely beautiful Vicky. x

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  21. The soft shades of green look ace on your card x

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  22. Love the soft green in the flowers, a super card Vicky:0)
    Is it possible that we may meet on Sunday? I hope so, I'm sure it will be lots of fun, Gay xxx

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  23. Gorgeous Vicky - the panel and dots add texture and the flowers dimension makes for perfect balance. I love green flowers too - somehow they seem "wrong" but they fascinate me.
    Tara x

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  24. Gorgeous! Beautiful, beautiful flowers!

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  25. Hello Vicky,

    A beautiful card. I love the different shades of green and the dots across the card are fabulous.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  26. Hi Vicky this card is soooooooo beautiful just love it Luv Sue x

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  27. This is lovely, I love the greens and how you have done the flowers.

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  28. Me again!! Just found out you're going to be at Ally Pally on Sunday and Gay has arranged for us all to meet!!!!
    Val xx

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  29. Two of my favorite stamps sets .. Growing Green and Borderlines! Love finding beautiful fresh inspiration for using them! This is just lovely!

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  30. Just beautiful Vicky, your cards are always so tasteful and understated. I love the flower stamp and the dots and err... well everything really. Fascinating factoid about the arsenic dyes.

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  31. What a pretty card. I love all the greens. :-)
    Cheers, Karen

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  32. I got married in a green dress!! M x

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  33. Lovely card Vicky
    Enjoy AP
    Sorry I can't go, Im at a wedding fare sob sob


    So sorry I'm so late this week
    Thank you very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  34. Lovely flowers, Vicky. Your delicate coloring of them reminds me of hellebores. Glad to hear you've been enjoying your Easter break!

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  35. Just as well you don't live in Victorian times Vicky, it just wouldn't do for your dress to finish you off!
    Fabulous card.
    Thanks again
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  36. These delicate flowers are so pretty against the sponged background!

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  37. mmmm green hellebores are my favourite...something about the tone on tone colouring which you've captured brilliantly here :0)
    Jenny x

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  38. Oh this is lovely, gorgeous shades of green!

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  39. What a beautiful card. Especially like the color-blocked background. TFS.

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  40. WOW!! What a beautiful card!! I love the different shades of green!! I will be featuring this card on My Crafty Picks #62 with a link back to your blog on 4-22-12. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks!!

    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.

    Have a great day!!
    Tiffany Bauer
    http://www.mycraftyworld.blogspot.com

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  41. This post is still in my "card ideas" box because I fully intend to CASE it as soon as our heat wave is over! Stay tuned...

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