Saturday, 14 July 2012

Three bits of CAS sunshine!

Aargh! What a day! My husband is away today so I gleefully spread my crafting supplies around the house and got down to catching up with my favourite challenges. I was thrilled to see that the challenge at Less is More today is 'Three of Anything' which, I thought in my innocence, would fit in nicely with the new CASology challenge of 'Sun' and I could even use this week's gorgeous ColourQ palette... Here's the card I came up with (see if you can spot the problem):


Three sunflowers! I used my large square punch to make them into faux chipboard tiles by glueing together a stack of Chocolate Chip squares (am I making you hungry?) and topping with the flower image.


Before stamping the flowers, I coloured the rubber directly with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard markers. Once they were stamped, I blended the colours with the Daffodil one. The centres were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on More Mustard card stock, cut out with my 1/2" circle punch and popped up with dimensionals. Using an image from French Foliage, I added Pear Pizzazz leaves after masking the flower and sponged round the edges of the tiles.


The tiles are mounted on textured card stock and then attached to a Naturals Ivory card base which had been scored to make a home for them. The sentiment is from the wonderful Pocket Silhouettes set and was added with my stamp-a-majig to make sure it was straight.

Of course you all know what's wrong don't you: while this card fits well with the Sun theme at CASology and the colours at ColourQ, it's one layer week at Less is More and I don't think Chrissie and Mandi will let me get away with this one! Grrr... of course I had to go off and make another card then!


This one uses the group of three tea cups from Tea Shoppe - very handy! I stamped them onto a Naturals Ivory card base and added definition with a blue watercolour pencil. Then I masked them and made a swirly tablecloth pattern with a couple of the Everything Eleanor stamps.


I was rather proud of my 'steam' - can you see it? To make it I squashed the lid of my Baja Breeze ink pad so that when I opened it there was a pool of ink in the lid, and used my aquapainter to paint a wavy line from each cup which fades as it goes up.


The cups needed 'grounding' so I scribbled shadows with a So Saffron marker and added a hint of blue. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, using my stamp-a-majig.

Well this is a mammoth post so I do beg your pardon if you've all gone to sleep and I won't list the supplies I've used as I would normally (just email me if you want more info). Instead, I'll leave you with a giggle: I was planning to take my youngest son to a party in Towcester earlier. "I wonder how long it'll take to get to Towcester?" I wondered aloud. "Oh, it's only a few seconds to get to the kitchen," said my daughter waggishly. Yes, this is the kind of smart talking I have to contend with!

Edited to add: Towcester, by the way, is pronounced 'toaster'.

Thanks for looking here today and putting up with my waffling. See you soon,

55 comments:

  1. Both are gorgeous, I especially love the sunflowers, stunning ! Great LIM creations, Shirley

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  2. Fab cards. I think I like the top one best, pity it's not eligable as a LIM card this week! I wonder if you'll have to explain to your American readers why Tow-cester is funny?!

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  3. Both cards are absolutely stunning! I do love the gorgeous sunflowers of the first card and the stunning yellow and blue combination of the second! Somehow I don't think you'd have got away with the first card at LiM this week!

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  4. Vicky,
    That sunflower card is beautiful. I love all the details.

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  5. Gee, you daughter is smart, I had to think about that one for a minute! Super LIM card, love how you've added the shadow and your sunflower card is stunning! xx

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  6. Lovely cards Vicky my fav is your first one

    Anne

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  7. I couldn't think what was the matter with the first card - three, great colours - it was only when I read your post that I realised! Doh! Silly me!! It's just beautiful. I do like the teacups too!

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  8. Gorgeous sunflower card:0) And all the way through I'm reading and thinking 'Oh dear is Vicky aware it's one layer week?' Yeah well you are :{ Still a lovely card:0) Your teacups are great too and the steam and the shadows LOL I had to google Towcester and the pronunciation :0)Have a lovely weekend:0)xxx

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  9. lovely makes, love the teacups x

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  10. I thought the image looked suspiciously un-one-layer :( It's a gorgeous card anyhow and fits the other challenges to perfection. And, it meant we got to see another one of your fabby creations so bonus for us - LOVE how you did the tablecloth and the grounding of the teacups makes it so real looking.
    Tara
    x

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  11. Two fabulous cards, even if your sunflowers do not fit the LIM criteria this week.

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  12. Love your Sunny CASology card! Another creative use of a Stampin' Up stamp (I love that flower, but not the rest of the set, so I've never bought it - you're making it more difficult to resist). Thanks so much for playing along with CASology's first challenge!

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  13. Hi Vicky,

    I really love your sunflower card, what a beauty!

    Hugs,

    Lins x

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  14. The sunflowers are so bright & colourful (I almost made the same mistake and started to make a layered card). Still I love the 'legal' entry to this week's challenge - the steam is great.

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  15. Fabulous cards Vicky - love the first one! Sorry for lack of commenting, things not improving so only getting time to look these days :0)
    M x

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  16. both are gorgeous Vicky, but i do love the little extra details you've added to the second one - the steam, the table and the shadow - stunning stamping hugs Karen x

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  17. Your sun card is so beautiful! M x

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  18. Stunning. sunning and delightful.
    http://carolescreativecritters.blogspot.com/2012/07/casology-very-first-challenge.html

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  19. Hi Vicky, the cards are just great. Both are something special and just perfect.
    Thank also for your visit and your lovely comment on my blog.
    Hugs Claudia

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  20. Love the sunflowers Vicky, shame it doesn't fit the LIM challenge this week! Great effect with the steaming cups of tea:-)

    Val x

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  21. Hi vicky
    Fabulous cards.... Cant wait to get my tea cup set.....
    We have just got back from the fair ... The rides are scary... We only look....
    Hugs
    Sylvie xxx

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  22. Beautiful cards Vicki, the blooms on your first cards are fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology!

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  23. What beautiful sunflowers, Vicky! They work for 2 out of 3 challenges, so that's awesome. And the teacups are beauties. I love the tablecloth and the steam and shadows are brilliant!

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  24. Two beautiful cards, Vicky. Love the way you did the teacups - beautiful shading and stamping

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  25. Both cards are brilliant! I especially love all the little bits you added to the teacups card - steam, shading etc - two real stunners.

    Grinned at your smart daughter - their grey cells tend to work fast at that age! Hugs, Di xx

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  26. Beautiful Vicky as always. The teacups are awesome!

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  27. Will never get tired of looking at your creations whether they they fit the challenges or not. Both cards are lovely and fit their different challenges beautifully. Helen (Sydney)

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  28. Oh, what wonderful cards! I love the 'chipboard' sunflowers, and your teacup OLC is amazing! Kudos!
    Cheers, Karen

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  29. your CASology card is absolutely gorgeous!!! thanks for playing along with us this week!!

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  30. Vicky, you've done it again...created a beautiful CAS card! Love the bright colors and that trio of sunflowers!! Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us for CASology's very first challenge! :)

    I love your second card too and you have every reason to be proud of the steam! That's true creativity!!

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  31. Great post, Vicky! I'll be the last one to say anything about your waffling!! Your first card is so beautiful in every way; just love it!! I'm sorry it didn't "fit" LIM (been there, done that), but the dimension adds so much to the beauty, IMHO. I love how you did the "steam" on your tea cups, too!

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  32. Gorgeous cards, Vicky, I love the stamping techniques you used! thanks for joining us this week at the ColourQ and sharing your cards! As always they are outstanding.

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  33. Two stunning cards Vicky - what a shame for you that the first one didn't fit with the LIM challenge.......but great for us as it means we get two lots of inspiration from you! Love those tea cups with their shadows and gently wafting steam.

    Karen x

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  34. Gosh. Two stunning creations here Vicky. The first looks great as three tiles, and I love the little touches for your second which really make that card. Don't you love the things kids come out with? Mine make me cry with laughter on a regular basis. Hugs, Buttons x

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  35. Two beautiful cards Vicky, I love the tiles on your first one, and the little tea cups on the second.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  36. BOTH cards are absolutely superb. Have a great weekend. xxx

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  37. Two gorgeous cards Vicky, I love the tiles you created, and the fab stamped images on the second! Great Saturday makes!

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  38. both cards are just fabulous, love them

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  39. Hola Vicky, the people with sense of humor is very clever, i think your daughter have a BIG sense of ironic humor:D.
    Fantastic cards your sunflowers card have a perfect colouring and the second is gorgeous, remind me my cup of tea:D perfect touch the 'steam', a great work Vicky as always:d
    But i don't understand why the cardmakers they apologized to us because the post is so looong, i like the long posts more interesting and at last a personal blog is like your home and in my home I do what I feel like :D. Perfect post Vicky.
    Have a nice week

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  40. Both cards are gorgeous, Vicky. Lovely stamping techniques and I love how you created the tiles x

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  41. Really pretty cards!! So glad you shared your projects with us at the ColourQ!!

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  42. hee he don't you just hate it when you think you've been sooo clever then you realise that you haven't but it is a really fab card ! x

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  43. Well lucky for us that you had to do a second card because its magnificent, they both are. Vicky what an inspiration you are and i just adore the first one with those beautiful sunflowers. The second with the coffee cups and the very realistic steam is amazing you are such a whizz with your aqua thingies !> as for your clever children i wonder where they get their humour from..... must be your husband lol !

    Marie

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  44. Love your sunflower card - it's lovely and bright. Your teacups look good too!!

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  45. Both great cards Vicky, but that fab first one certainly would have had you sitting on the naughty step for forgetting about the one layer element!
    Great inspiration.. as ever.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  46. Vicky, these are fabulous!!! I REALLY like the first one--so pretty! May I CASE you?! You're pinned! ;)

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  47. I'm so excited you joined in with us, Vicky! Your colouring/shading/sponging on your flowers is stunning as always and I love the way you created the tiles. Your teacups are fabulous too and I wish my "scribbled shadows" looked half as effortless as yours! LOL! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

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  48. Fabulous! I love your flower tiles and the design on your teacup card is fabulous, too. Your coloring and shading is gorgeous. Ann Y.

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  49. Two great cards. I like how fresh and bright the sunflower card is and the sweet little teacups. Clever use of shading.
    Sorry Vicky but I had giggle about your first card. I did the exact same thing.
    Your daughter has a great sense of humour.

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  50. I couldn't image what was wrong with the first one since it seemed awfully lovely to me! Good thing you saved the day (or should I say "card") with the second!

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  51. More gorgeous cards again Vicky, I love them both ! .....and keep on waffling...I love it lol, always makes me smile....and I recognize my own children's remarks there too. :) Viv xx

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  52. Those tea cup slooks superb! The perpective you have created is fantastic
    Glad you realised abotu the one layer, cos our detention giving has been upped as of July lol
    Times I do that , create somethign then the brain clicks in...

    Thanks very much Vicky, fabulous as ever
    mandi
    "Less si More"

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  53. Great cards, love both of them. The sunflowers are so bright and cheery, and the tea cups look so sweet. Great colouring too. xx

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  54. Vicky, those tea cups are fabulous...and the steam rising is genius! I love the bright fun of the flower card too!

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