Friday, 11 January 2013

Just Believe... spring is coming!

At CASology this week the cue word is Winter. Now, I can appreciate the beauty of a crisp, snowy winter day and icy berry-laden twigs but I have to admit that long-term cold and dark gets me down. That's why I love snowdrops; to me they're a symbol of hope that spring will eventually come. So I settled down to work out how to make a Stampin' Up snowdrop. Come and see:


I think it works quite well! I used the iris image from Just Believe for my snowdrop leaves, colouring just the stems on the rubber with a Gumball Green marker before stamping. The flower was made using the tip of the leaf on the 2-step bird punch (there are SO many uses for this amazing punch!)


I punched out three of the leaf tips and added shading on the back two with a grey watercolour pencil before glueing them together. All it needed then was a little green shading, which I did with a Gumball Green marker and a blender pen. Snowdrops have a little 'hood' behind the flower, so I doodled that in with the thin end of my marker.


The background was sponged in and I added a torn scrap of card stock to make snow, then punched the image out with my 2 1/2" circle punch. For a little bit of subtle texture I mounted it on a panel I'd subtle-embossed with my woodgrain folder so I think it can be a second entry into the re-styled  Make My Monday challenge where the theme is Dry Embossing this week.


This is one of my all time favourite sentiments and it's from A Word For You. I used a marker to colour just the word 'thanks' and used my stamp-a-majig to position it where I wanted it.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card
Stamps: Just Believe, A Word For You
Ink: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango
Card stock: Whisper White, Naturals White
Punches: 2-step bird punch, 2 1/2" circle punch
Other: Markers, Woodgrain embossing folder, Big Shot, stamp-a-majig
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• I still have a few places available for my Stampers 6 club in February and you'd be welcome to join in. With the Sale-a-bration promotion coming up and a new mini catalogue coming out soon, it's a great way to buy your wish list gradually and get lots of freebies too! Email me here to reserve your place.

Yesterday morning I made fish finger sandwiches for breakfast (no honestly, try them - they're delicious!) I must have dropped a piece of fish on my way to the table because next minute we were entertained by the sight of Tuppence, our cat, batting it about and chasing it around the kitchen! After a few minutes she sat down, ate it and then swaggered out licking her lips and quite visibly thinking: "I am Hunter Killer Tuppence, great warrior and defeater of the mighty fish finger!"

Have a fantastic weekend and I'll see you very soon.


34 comments:

  1. So delicate and beautiful, Vicky. Your snowdrop is gorgeous! I love your little snow drift, too x

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  2. So delicate and pretty. To tell you the truth though, I won't see anything vaguely like that in my garden for months. It is all under 3 foot of snow right now!

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  3. Simply gorgeous card Vicky :)and you are so right about the little Snowdrops-i see them peeping out each winter and they really do lift the spirits and remind us of the forthcoming Spring-roll on Spring i say ! Nessa xx :)

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  4. Hello Vicky,
    what a great idea! I love your fantastic card-ideas.
    Greetings from your fan from Bavaria/Germany
    Petra

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  5. After the heatwave of Sydney (and the rest of the country), your frosty snowdrop looks sooo refreshing! Oh, by the way, I know Im a couple of posts late, but I really like the colours you used on the clockworks card. It looked very crisp!
    It's fascinating watching cats "play & kill" their food, isn't it?

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  6. Love this card Vicky, so pretty. Can I CAS is please? Cheering Wintery fact: at this time of year, dawn comes one minute earlier every day!

    Your cat story rings so true and reminds me of my neighbour's dog who shows off by "killing" his blanket whenever a guest arrives....x

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  7. Such a beautiful card - your snowdrop is perfect.
    Kath x

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  8. Beautiful card Vicky - love the way you think outside the box! Hugs, Di xx

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  9. Stunningly beautiful and oh, so clever!

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  10. What a beautiful card and very imaginitive use of the punch to make the snowdrop!

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  11. Lovely entry for the winter theme. Looks fab mounted onto the woodgrain background. x

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  12. Ooh this is pretty.

    Had to laugh at Warrior Tuppence!

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  13. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous card...... Fabulous
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

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  14. How beautifully have you created that flower. Love it.
    Monica xxx

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  15. Wow, such a pretty and delicate card Vicky, l love it. I'm wondering how you come up with these ideas, l sit with a blank head and frustration brewing!

    Fishfinger butties, l can defo confirm are yummy. I like mine on ciabatta with loads of salad cream, heathen or what lol ???

    Enjoy your weekend xx

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  16. Love to see all the different ways to use this punch Vicky, the snowdrop is beautiful! Fish finger sandwiches are always good:)
    Val x

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  17. Beautiful card - love how you made the petals. It reminds me of one of the main differences between living in Britain (which I did many years ago) and Canada. Spring is NOT coming.Yet. We're still waiting for winter, but I'm sure it will get here! lol! Really can't complain - it's about 10 degrees right now, totally atypical, but it's supposed to get cold again next week. And I'm not sure we have snowdrops here. I think I only started hearing of them from my Scottish inlaws.

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  18. Another CAS beauty Vicky, your clever use of stamps always amaze me! Gorgeous!

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  19. Oh, I LOVE snowdrops, too .... and yours is so pretty! I could just envision Tuppence making her "kill"!!

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  20. What a pure and simple card - so dainty - haven't seen any in the gardens yet - one of my favourite flowers, they are such a joy after the long Winter ! Have a great weekend - Hugs Jane x

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  21. Stunning card Vicky, I love it.

    As for your cat aren't they just wonderfully independant characters?

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  22. Beautiful card Vicky, like you I don't like the long term cold and dark, but I do love your card. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

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  23. Simply fabulous - I adore snowdrop - the first sign of spring. Brilliant!

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  24. Simply delightful.. a bit of hope for spring and so very pretty

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  25. This is a really lovely card Vicky, how clever of you to come up with a snowdrop.
    Tuppence sounds like a character.

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  26. Another syunner, Vicky! Love your brilliant use of punches and gorgeous inking and the red sentiment just packs a wallop! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

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  27. Vicky, what a lovely snowdrop! Such a clever, pretty CAS card. No sign of flowers here yet, but I'm guessing in February they'll start peeking up (it's been very mild here in NJ, USA). Thanks for playing along with your lovely entry at CASology this week!

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  28. Simply brilliant in every way! Was the fish finger hot? Sometimes Sam, one of our cats, steals or finds something dropped on the floor and it's very funny when it's too hot for him, his face is a picture!

    Louise xx

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  29. I have never heard of a snowdrop, but seeing one now would certainly make me smile! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

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  30. I love fish finger sandwiches, well I did when I lived in London and could get good old fashioned Captain Birdseye ones ! This card literally took my breath away, so delicate and the snow looks well like snow, its absolutely adorable.

    Marie

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  31. I keep coming back to have another look at this card. Simply stunning. It always cheers me up. Thanks

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  32. How lovely, Vicky! I just popped in for a peek. It's been ages since I could get by. Thanks for so much inspiration!

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