Friday, 26 April 2013

A jar of Pleasant Poppies

Every now and again it's fun to go tall and thin... No, I've not been squished and stretched - I'm talking about card bases! I wanted to showcase Stampin' Up's Pleasant Poppies stamp for the current Addicted to CAS challenge, where the cue word is Flower, and thought this shape might emphasise those elegant stems. Come and see:

Tall thin card made with Pleasant Poppies from Stampin' Up

Pleasant Poppies is a huge stamp but the flowers have been separated into bunches so you don't have to use them all at once if you choose not to. I isolated some of the flowers by inking up with markers before stamping onto my panel and colouring in, again with markers.

Close up of Pleasant Poppies from Stampin' Up coloured with markers

I adore the wild red poppies you get around the English countryside in the summer but I've turned these into Californian poppies which I also love for their fabulous yellows and oranges. The shading on this stamp is absolutely brilliant - I have literally scribbled over these flowers with a couple of markers (and I do hope you're not all thinking that it shows!)

Pleasant Poppies stamped into jar from Perfectly Preserved by Stampin' Up

This jar from Perfectly Preserved is such a useful stamp to have in your stash. There are endless possibilities for things to put in it! (I saw a card where someone had put the ship from The Open Sea in it the other day - must try that.)

I've just seen that there's a 'Make Your Mark' challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More so I think I'll link this card over there too!

Here's what you'll need to make these cards
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Perfectly Preserved, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Marina Mist plus markers in Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Linen thread, stamp-a-majig
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 I have a fondness for orange flowers. When I was a child, my father used to grow nasturtiums in tubs for our veranda and they always seemed so bright and cheerful to me. I wanted nasturtiums in my wedding bouquet but they weren't in season so I gave up that idea. Instead, I suggested to my florist that I'd like my bouquet to look as if I'd just picked a bunch of leaves and flowers from the hedges on my way to the church - and I still giggle now when I think of her horrified face!

I'll be at an exhibition and sale of the most gorgeous patchwork and quilting in Tingewick village hall this Sunday, 28th April and would love to see you there. We'll be raising funds for Arthritis Research UK and Medical Detection Dogs, and proceeds from my card sales will go into the fund. I'll also have retired stamp sets and accessories on sale at bargain prices! Hope to see you there!

22 comments:

  1. This is genius, Vicky! Seriously a brainiac moment! I have a few other flowers besides poppies that don't translate well onto normal sized cards and you've just solved that d'limbna for me! I loves you!!

    Good luck with the show and sale this weekend. I hope you make noodles of money for your charities!! You're an angel.

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  2. What a cute idea to put these beautiful poppies in the jar! Love it!!
    Lynn

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  3. Gorgeous Vicky ! Beautiful shading and colouring-these pretty Poppies look fabulous in the jar rather than a vase.I love Poppies-i have some giant ones and can see their heads are well up in the garden now-can't wait to see their happy little faces again this year :)
    Nessa xx

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  4. What a beautiful jar of poppies Vicky! Gorgeous!

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  5. This is exquisite Vicky, and beautifully coloured (no matter what you might think!)

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  6. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL jar of poppies. Perfect xxx

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  7. Fabulous card Vicky and just love your orange poppies....

    Anne

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  8. Hi Vicky,
    this is a really beautiful card.
    I like the colors well.
    Greetings Christiane

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  9. I love poppies, and your card is beautiful, Vicky.
    I really like the sound of what you wanted for your wedding bouquet - what did you end up with, after negotiations with the horrified florist?!
    Good luck for Sunday. xxx

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  10. That jar stamp is so versatile, isn't it? love your poppies, beautifully coloured. I've always been put off as it's such a big stamp, but you put me to shame - only use part of it,simples!

    Louise xx

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  11. Vicky I love love this card, the colours are gorgeous too and that jar is perfect for the poppies.

    I'm like you, I love nasturtiums, I throw a few seeds into the garden each year hoping they'll come up, but for some reason they don't like certain parts of the garden.

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  12. This is gorgeous. Realy great job! Hugs, Ankie

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  13. Love the way you've displayed the poppies Vicky rhett are gorgeous. Hope you do well selling your cards etc this weekend:)
    Val x

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  14. Gorgeous Vicky. These poppies look fantastic in the jar. Great idea. Poppies are probably my favourite flowers. I have loads of different poppy stamps!

    I didn't realise it was awkward to find me until you mentioned it. I've no idea how I ended up on Google+. Everything was normal till I started a new blog for my Stampin' Up! cards. Wish I could just get back to normal!

    Kat xx

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  15. Beautiful card, Vicky! The poppies look super in the jar and fabulous colouring. Thank you for joining us at ATSM

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  16. Beautiful CAS card, I really love the jar image! Thanks for joining us this week at ATSM!

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  17. You did a great job of markering your poppies and stamping them in the jar. I always seem to get shadow images from the sections I didn't color from my dirty scrubber! lol I love your idea of putting them in the jar. Thanks for playing at ATCAS. :)

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  18. This is really beautiful Vicky! I love those poppies...so going to have to get them I think! :)
    Lizy xx

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  19. Your poppies look beautiful in their jar, Vicky. I like that you've used just a few stems. x

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  20. Beautifully colored and fabulous layout.

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  21. Goodness, they are tall aren't they!!! I love Californian poppies because they last a long time and they're so pretty. Love how you used the jar for them, just perfect :0)
    Jenny x

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  22. Love the long skinny shape of your card and the beautiful poppies in the jar. Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATS&M.

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