Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Peaceful Petals and more Peaceful Petals!

I freely admit it took me hours and hours of tortured agonising to make my first card for Mrs A's new Butterflies challenge. The challenge requires a flower and a butterfly to appear on any handcrafted item and if you like flowers and butterflies (and I do!) nothing should have been easier! I couldn't get the darned thing to go right though so eventually I gave up, made a different card in about two seconds flat and then went back to my butterfly-ish one which just needed a fresh eye and a tweak or two! All this is just to explain why you get two cards today - come and see:


Okay, this is my entry for Mrs A's challenge: I used Stampin' Up's gorgeous Peaceful Petals stamp set to stamp a clump of flowers on Naturals Ivory card stock. The tallest flower was coloured in with markers and then I scored a nice frame round the edge of the card using my Simply Scored tool.


Those gorgeous flowers attracted a pair of pretty, yellow butterflies, cut with my Beautiful Wings embosslits die. They seemed quite happy in there together but the card lacked balance. What sorted it out in the end was the addition of the leaf from the same stamp set, stamped, fussy cut and left uncoloured, and a third butterfly.  I know three is supposed to be a crowd but the other two butterflies must have just been good friends!


There are two lovely sentiments in this set and I stamped one of them, nice and straight, using my stamp-a-majig (don't forget my tutorial is coming on Thursday if you'd like to know how this works!)

Are you wondering about the other card? Well here it is, all pale and interesting:


It looks quite different but in fact it started life in the same way as the other card - the large flower was stamped a couple of times, on Vanilla card stock this time, and the frame was scored. This time though, I decided to add a separate, fussy cut large flower. Oh yes, it's Fussy Cut City around here at the moment!


This works quite nicely with a paler sentiment - but adding a butterfly would have overdone it. So I went a little pearl-tastic instead!

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It's half term here which is always exciting as I never know what I'm going to be doing next! It's always a bit hectic but I don't mind because I get to spend more time with my lovely children. Here's a little gem from yesterday when I was talking to my youngest son about France. "Come on," I said. "Let's speak French!" He looked at me sternly. "Non," he said.

See you tomorrow,


17 comments:

  1. I love both cards Vicky! And Mrs A's challenge is such fun :-)

    And I do love your family snippets, really giggled at today's.

    Hugs

    Di
    xx

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  2. Beautiful cards Vicky, both are so elegant, especially with those pretty pearls.

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  3. Beautiful cards Vicky, I especially like the pop of yellow butterflies in the first one!

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  4. Lovely cards VIcky but particularly love your first one and those gorgeous colours...

    Anne

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  5. These cards are stunning Vicky - tres bon (I'll speak french with you!) - Jacqueline xx

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  6. Bonjour, Vicky!
    Two gorgeous cards, I prefer the first with some colour (no surprises there) but the little pearls are so pretty too.
    Enjoy half term (ours is next week.) xxx

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  7. Two super cards here Vicky. Isn't it funny how just walking away from a problem project for a while allows you to return and get it sorted in a jiffy!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  8. Vicky this is lovely. I would not have thought of the idea to just colour some of the flowers. It is such a simple idea when you see it done. I too agonise over a card, leave it in disgust and then come back with a fresh eye and wonder why I couldn't see what was needed in the first place! (Making a yellow card at the moment and just throwing loads of bling at it in the hope some will stick!) Love , love your second card too with just the gems in the centre of the flower. (Praps I should take some of my bling off. Heck it's all stuck now). I'm off to a SU party at the weekend and those butterflies are on the very top of my must haves as they have been on my wish list forever.Thank you for fluttering by my new venture. Hugs Mrs A. (butterfly challenge).

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  9. Oh! Vicky, these are superb cards, I love the butterflies and the pearls, did you add each one or is it like a button? Love both of the cards.

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    1. Stampin' Up pearls come in three sizes on the sheet as well as some strips of small ones all joined together. On this card, I put a random selection of individual pearls together. Vx

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  10. Both of these cards are so pretty. Blue is my favorite color so they both stand out for me. You and your kids crack me up!

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  11. Love both of these cards. They are so different. The second one is very stylish and the colour choice is stunning. I like what you have done with the first card and only coloured part of the image. I like "the power of three" with the butterflies. x x

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  12. Beautiful cards Vicky.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  13. Such pretty cards Vicky and I love the mix of coloured and linear images on the first cards...... Not sure I could freely admit to how long it takes for me to make some of my cards!!! Hope you're enjoying the hols :0)

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