Monday, 3 September 2012

Something old, new, pink and brown!

It seems far too long since I made a card so, when I finally emerged from under the pile of holiday laundry I popped over to the Less is More blog where I found the lovely Chrissie and Mandi are looking for pink and brown cards this week.

Stampin' Up published lists of Retiring Stamps and Retiring Accessories on Saturday (why not have a browse? - there are some real bargains to be had!) and I'm show-casing some of them this week. Come and have a look:

The textured card stock, the butterfly stamp and coordinating punch and the sentiment I've used are all on the retirement lists and won't be available after this month. I've combined them with the gorgeous flourish from Creative Elements (which definitely won't be retiring!) and something else that's brand, spanking new - the colour of the butterfly! It's called Primrose Petals and is one of the five exciting new in-colours for 2012-2014. (And yes, it IS available now!)

I like the way the flourish looks stamped in Early Espresso on the Pretty in Pink textured card stock. It's coloured with Soft Suede ink and a blender pen and I added detail with an Early Espresso marker before stamping the butterflies. The butterflies were stamped again, on Pink Pirouette smooth card stock this time, then cut out with the butterfly punch. I popped them up over the original stamped ones and added fussy cut bodies.

This lovely flowing sentiment comes from one of my favourite and very well-used sentiment sets, Sincere Salutations. It's one of a set of eight and if you've been thinking about adding it to your collection, I wouldn't delay as I can't see it hanging around on the shelves for long!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card
Stamps: Butterfly Prints (retiring), Sincere Salutations (retiring), Creative Elements
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Primrose Petals (new)
Card stock: Pretty in Pink textured (retiring), Pink Pirouette smooth
Other: Blender pen, Early Espresso marker, Butterfly punch (retiring), stamp-a-majig

I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight 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. If you are ordering from the Retiring Stamps list or the Retiring Accessories list, please be aware that items are only available while stocks last.

It feels so good to be creating things again although it does everyone good to take a break I think. Thank you for all the good wishes you left for me - I had a wonderful time in beautiful Kent with plenty of sunshine and the best company in the world, my family. I'll tell you more about it this week but for now, I'll leave you with some very good advice from a bench we saw in Margate outside a shop that was being renovated:

See you tomorrow,


  1. Glad to have you back safe and happy to hear you had a wonderful break. I'm looking forward to your pictures. Love the one of parking your bum and relaxing. You should make it into a photo card and link it up to the CASology "Relax" challenge! (If it's not too late.)

    Your pink card with the brown flourishes and blushing butter flies is fantastic!!

  2. This is so pretty Vicky, I love the flourishes, and the pretty in pink butterflies! So elegant!

  3. Love this, going to be sad to see these butterflies go!

  4. Beautiful card so well designed. Glad to see you back in Blogland and pleased to know you've had a fab rest. Hugs, Buttons x

  5. Glad you had a wonderful break and took head of the good bench advise :)
    This is a lovely card, as usual! I like the look of the soft suede ink
    suzi b xx

  6. What a pretty butterfly card. Love it xxx

  7. Lovely card Vicky and I love the way you've coloured the flourish. It's good to have you back!
    M x

  8. Missed you!
    Love this card and love that bench!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  9. So cute and beautiful card! The bench is perfect) I realy love it!)))

  10. This card is gorgeous in every way Vicky, just my style. I am so going to miss butterfly prints and the butterfly punch. I bet you're going to miss textured cardstock! So glad to have you back, I've missed my daily dose of crafting Clare inspiration.

  11. The softly colored flourish is so pretty. Especially with the butterflies!

  12. I love the butterflies! So beautiful.

  13. Glad you had a lovely holiday and can't wait to hear all of your news. Beautiful card pink and brown work so well together and this is such a lovely harmonious piece. Just perfect with the addition of the butterflies.


  14. Stunning card, love the flourish. The addition of the butterflies is the perfect finishing touch. xx
    PS Loving the new In-colours by the way.

  15. Great card, your flourish is stunning.

  16. Gorgeous card again Vicky!glad you had a lovely time away too, love that bench idea too :) Viv xx

  17. Those are beautiful butterflies, Vicky. Love them.

  18. You were missed greatly
    Welcome back
    Your card is sensational as always
    Great bench!
    Thanks very much
    "Less is More"

  19. Your flourish looks fab with it's rabble of butterflies! Very pretty. x


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