Monday, 8 April 2013

Secret Garden with a twist of lime

It seems ages since I rolled my sleeves up for a good challenge - and the challenges at Less is More really are very good! This week Chrissie and Jen have suggested a lovely zingy colour scheme - lime and black - and, since the sun has come out and we are once again daring to think of spring, I've come over all floral! Come and see:

Card made with Secret Garden from Stampin' Up

Stampin' Up has a fantastic range of floral stamps at the moment - Summer Silhouettes, Fabulous Florets, Field Flowers are all favourite sets - but my floral of choice at the moment is Secret Garden from the spring/summer catalogue. You get a choice of five different flower heads to go with the leaves and stem so you can create a whole riot of different blooms! Black flowers could be a little sombre but the lime gives them a zesty twist.

Flower with embossed centre made with Secret Garden from Stampin' Up

I meant to stamp them with black stazon ink and picked up my old black Classic ink pad instead - but I quite like the translucent quality. I used my Lucky Limeade marker to colour the flower centres then dabbed them with my 2 way glue pen before clear embossing to give a jewel-like effect

Sentiment from Easy Events by Stampin' Up

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Easy Events stamp set (I separated the sentiments from the images to make two sets for the price of one - bargain!)

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Secret Garden, Easy Events (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black, Lucky Limeade classic ink plus marker
Card stock: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
Other: 2 way glue pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool
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We had a very happy Easter despite the weather being so unseasonably cold. I laid the treasure hunt in the house and everyone got plenty of exercise careering up and down three flights of stairs! It would have been nice to have got out and about but instead we sharpened up our property wheeling and dealing skills... 


It was great fun. My husband, who was obviously re-living a dubious game with his brother back in the 70s, suggested selling Old Kent Road to my youngest son for £100 at one stage. My son stared at him. "You are OUT of your MIND!" he said. My eldest son quietly won the game and my daughter summed it up with: 'Some days you're the dog, some days you're the lamp post'!

I shall be back tomorrow, celebrating the sunshine with more florals. See you then!

28 comments:

  1. Love this Vicky, the colours are great!

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  2. Morning Vicky,This is a lovely lime and black card-i like the flowers being translucent too-it's really pretty.
    The Monopoly board brought back some happy memories ah,The Old Kent Road and Whitechapel Road-i remember them well-and as i recall were often all i could purchase(can you tell i was rubbish at Monopoly)tee hee !
    Nessa xx

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  3. Lovely card Vicky and love your design.....sound like you had fun over Easter

    Anne

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  4. Good to see you back Vicky and the card is lovely. Glad you had a good break
    M x

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  5. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card ... Love the colours....
    Hugs Sylvie....xxx
    Are my new posts coming on you blog as i am having trouble.... Since i joined Bloglovin....
    Lots of bloggers cannot see my new posts

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  6. Lovely card, as always.
    Ahh, memories of family games of Monopoly. It always seemed to take so LONG! xxxx

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  7. Prachtige kaart Vicky. Mooie kleuren en vormgeving. Groetjes, Gonny

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  8. Love your card Vicky, I agree it's a great challenge this week, typical as I don't have time to enter. Your floral design looks great in these fresh colours.

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE this little card.

    Hate Monopoly! xxx

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  10. Lovely little thank you. The green looks great against the black and love the embossing on the centres. x

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  11. Fabulous card Vicky and the stamps are just perfect with those colours.Oh Monopoly how that takes me back to my youth and happy family times. Your children really crack me up with their sayings.

    Marie

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  12. What a sweet card Vicky, and a great colour scheme - almost makes your eyes water (in a good way... like lime pickle...). I'm totally inspired to enter the challenge myself.

    I'm with Sandra (above) on the Monopoly though, I can't bear it!

    Your daughter is clearly following in your wise footsteps - "some days you're the dog, sometimes you're the lamp post" - brilliant!

    xxx

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  13. Vicky, your card is so sweet...I know what you mean about the fab SU flower sets, there's too many to choose from!!

    Monopoly brings back my childhood memories of arguments and boards being kicked over.....it hasn't seen the light of day for about 15 years now!! (OOOps! shows my age doesn't it?)

    Bev x

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  14. This is lovely as usual Vicky and your daughter's quote was priceless... I don't have the patience for Monopoly these days!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  15. Fabulous card Vicky, those flowers are gorgeous. Love your daughters quote and very true it is.
    Lynne xxx

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  16. Gorgeous card Vicky. Love that stamp set. I'm definitely going to order it on my next order.

    Still very cold here in Aberdeenshire and even the odd snow shower. Luckily it disappears very quickly.

    My children's favourite was Cluedo. Last time we played it was the Simpson's version. We still prefer the original!!

    Kat x

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  17. I bought this set a little while ago and haven't played with it yet...must go and get it out!!
    Your card is very zingy...it's a great colour combination...I'll check out the challenge too...sounds interesting.

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  18. Fabulous card - love the zingy colours.
    We're more of a Cluedo family - Emily is obsessed, but doesn't like it when I win! x x

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  19. Good to see you back on your blog Vicky love these bold blooms in this weeks colours at LiM..... I think Mother Nature was teasing us a little as the cold wind is back again this week :0(
    Love playing Monopoly... glad to hear your youngest is becoming a shrewd property tycoon ..Lol
    Jenny x

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  20. fab as always vicky.. glad you had a nice break away. I used to love monopoly when i was a kid... but i think my grandpa used to let me win lol!
    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen
    "Less Is More"

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  21. Love the collage effect you get with your stamping Vicky and the flower centres are lovely. I get fed up with Monopoly these days but we do play a lot of family games. Love your daughters comment:)
    Val x

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  22. Lovely card, really like the colours xx

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  23. OH I really really like this ! x

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  24. Fabulous card Vicky, you are sooo good at stamping! Monopoly is banned atm. in our house after too many arguements lol....just wait until your children get older!!!:) Viv xx

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