Monday 28 May 2012

Mixed Bunch thank you

I've adored May's floral theme at Make My Monday where I've been guesting this month. This week's twist is to make a card featuring flowers using the colours Pink, Green and White. This is a popular combination I know and it's certainly one of my favourites. I expect you're already thinking of your most gorgeous flower stamps and your favourite pink and green inks! Don't forget to link your card so that we can all see your creation!

Here's what I came up with:

I'm really attracted to these large, single-stemmed flower designs and have made several similar cards (here for example and here.)

The stem on this card is actually cut out of the white card to reveal the green card stock below and I punched the leaves out of matching scored card stock using my Blossom Petals builder punch.

I love the way the flower turned out. I cut one flower out of Blushing Bride card stock using my Blossom punch and then broke down the fibres in the card stock by running it through my crimper a few times and scrunching it up. It's easy then to peel the flower into two layers and the 'rough' side has this gorgeous soft suede look. I layered mine up using glue dots and decorated the centre with an Old Olive button threaded with a knot of white bakers twine.

I'd like to say a really big thank you to the lovely ladies at Make My Monday for having me as a guest designer this month. They're such a friendly bunch and have really made me feel at home, so I've really enjoyed it and will of course continue to join in with these really enjoyable challenges.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Ink: Basic Grey
Card stock: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Whisper White textured
Other: Blossom Petals and Blossom punches, Old Olive button, white bakers twine, 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.

We've just come back from a wonderful weekend away in the Cotswolds where we've been helping my in-laws celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. They didn't want a big 'do' as my father in law isn't well, so they rented a large house for themselves, another couple (one of them had been the bridesmaid at their wedding), their two sons and their families.

I'm sorry to say that in the general madness that is our lives, we forgot to order a cake so I bought a ready-iced one and had a go at decorating it... not a particularly fine effort but they seemed pleased anyway! I was happy with the card I made for them though - I'll show you that some time this week.

Have a good day today!


  1. Wow Vicky, this is just stunning, fabby flower! Great tip about the crimper too - wonder where mine is, bit late for a scrabble now but certainly will try that. Di xx

  2. Love what you have done with that flower. It looks like faux suede and gives real added texture to the card. Hugs, Buttons x

  3. Love your flower card love the crimping and the button for the centre


  4. Morning Vicky

    What a fabulous card, I love the idea of the stamen and leaves. Thanks for the tip of using a crimper. A fabulous card, so pleased you had a lovely time. And, the cake looks fab.
    A brilliant sunny day here !!!!

  5. Love your flower, I've used the suede look a couple of times, but not on a flower, so will have to give it a go.

    Speaking of not ordering cakes, my youngest son recently turned 18 and as we were pulling out of the driveway on our way to lunch with friends to celebrate, my eldest asked 'what about the cake?' Oooops, I had totally forgotten about a cake, what kind of mother am I? The man at the cafe offered to put a candle on a cupcake for him!!! Helen (Sydney)

  6. Great technique for the flower card Vicky. Glad you had a nice weekend xxx

  7. Very pretty Vicky , I like this punch and as you know we used it at the training day - very tempting ! Glad you had a lovely weekend !
    Jane x

  8. Gorgeous card Vicky perfect for the weather we're having at the moment. Fab technique for the stem - never seen that before so will have to try! Also the flower - never tried to peel the layers apart - another thing to try Karen x

  9. Fabulous card Vicky. Love the tones and very clever to cut the stem and leaves out like that. I also bought a pre-iced cake for my parents 70th's a couple of years ago as I'm no good at icing and just decorated it. You certainly had fab weather for your weekend away.

  10. Gorgeous card Vicky love that large bloom its such a beauty, the cut out base is perfect and like the embossed stem. That cake looks good enough to me !


  11. A gorgeous card for your finale as GDT for MMM - it's been a real pleasure and this beautiful simple card is the icing on the cake (thought you did a good job btw)...Hugs, Suzanne x

  12. Another fabulous card. Love that flower punch so much.
    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, and the cake looks great. x x

  13. Lovely card Vicky and the cake looks great! Glad you had a good weekend
    M x

  14. Happy Anniversary to your in-laws! THIS IS AMAZING, Vicky! LOVE the simplicity of the colors with the distressed flower! Gorgeous work--it's been so fun having you this month at MMM! :) Now I really need to get that blossom builder punch...

  15. The flower has an amazing texture Vicky...exactly like suede!!
    Love the scored leaves too, they have a great shape to them.

    Congrats to your in-laws on such a milestone anniversary...the cake is wonderful, you did a great job :0) I'm amazed you fitted 'anniversary' on so's nightmare-ishly long... second only to 'congratulations'!!!
    Jenny x

  16. Vicky, I love that blossom punch. It is on my wish list for sure, now that I've seen yet another fabulous way to use it. Your layered bloom is so pretty!
    Glad you had a good weekend, and that cake looks good to me!
    Cheers, Karen

  17. I just love the look of sueded cardstock - especially on a pretty flower. Congratulations to your in-laws on their milestone anniversary. The cake decorations look wonderful!

  18. Love your flower. Like the faux suede and the seeming simplicity of the card. Will be tucking this idea away for use some day

  19. Love your flower. Like the faux suede and the seeming simplicity of the card. Will be tucking this idea away for use some day

  20. This is stunning Vicky, so simple and elegant, and in my favourite colour combo too!

    The cut out stem is inspired, I may have to CAS that method sometime if that's ok by you?

    Super piping on the cake by the way, what I would give to have steady hands!


  21. Just catching up Vicky and your card is really gorgeous. Love the simple and elegant design and the flower looks stunning.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed the celebrations too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  22. Brilliant card - the flower does have a soft suede look to it - I'd forgotton about that technique. I think your cake decorating is brilliant - it's so hard to write in icing!
    Tara x

  23. I love this tall flower! I've never used that punch for leaves....great idea! And thank you for the detailed instructions on the "sueded" flowers....they are lovely!

  24. Striking card, Vicky. i love the way you've made your stem. I think you made a great job with the cake too. x


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