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Friday, 17 April 2020

Hello from Nellie!

Hello crafting pals!

I don't know what happened today but I made a card so unlike my usual style that I'm wondering if someone came into the Crafting Square Metre, clocked me over the head with my Big Shot and had a crafting session while I was out for the count! Come and see:


See what I mean?! Little Nellie is a bit of a sweetheart isn't she? MFT's Safari Party was out on my desk so I understand how she appeared. She has been stamped, coloured with alcohol markers and fussy cut...


And she's wandering about on a cardbase that has been divided by a black line, masked off and sponged with distress ink before over-stamping with a leaf image from Stampin' Up's Soft Spring (also out on my desk!)


There's a panel on top made from a cloud patterned designer paper, cut out with a Heffy Doodles stitched rectangle die. It has been topped with a piece of white card stock, cut with the same die and trimmed at the top with one of the Puffy Cloud Border dies from Lawn Fawn. This has been divided with a black line, like the card base, masked and sponged, but left unstamped.


The card has been finished with an long ago retired Stampin' Up sentiment, a little bow to decorate Nellie's tail and a tiny heart stamped above her trunk :)

EDITED TO ADD SOME AWARDS
I was so thrilled that this card won Designers Choice at Tic Tac Toe!


And that it was a winner at CAS Colours and Sketches! Woohoo!


CHALLENGES
I'm linking this card up at The Paper Players where it's a Soft Sky, So Saffron and grey colour challenge. (I actually bought the stamp set to play along with LeAnne's zoo party challenge last week but it didn't arrive in time!) I'm also joining in with the sketch at this week's CAS Colours and Sketches challenge. And last, but not least, I'm playing along with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, where I chose the Tilted, Stitched and Blue line of the tic tac toe board.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
Let me show you some real cuteness:


I took this photo yesterday when my youngest son came in from walking Eva. When she comes back from a walk she nudges our lead-holding hands as if to say "I can take that if you like!" When we give it to her, she is as proud as anything to be doing this job and trots along beside us with it in her mouth. She doesn't let go until we get inside and produce a treat for her!

Thanks for visiting me today.

Be safe,

40 comments:

  1. Maybe this is an effect of lockdown on your crafting Vicky - it makes you see things differently? Whatever the reason, I think your little Nellie is adorable and I love your creative take on the sketch, which I’ve been mulling over but yet to play with! Each of your layers is different yet your card is still beautifully CAS. Love the little details of the heart and bow too! So glad you got to play along with us over at The Paper Players and TicTacToe this week!

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    1. I still think it wasn't me! Love the TicTacToe challenge and think it's my first time there, but I've subscribed so I'll be joining in regularly from now on.

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  2. There is sooo much cuteness in this post, I just don't know where to begin!! Suffice to say I love your elephant card as well as your beautiful dog.

    Have a peaceful weekend. Xxx

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    1. I think Eva was wondering how she could be cuter than Nellie - and she nailed it!
      You too my friend xxx

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  3. Whatever part of your mind created it Vicky, she did well, love the card, the clever design and the colour combo.
    Keep safe and well
    Faith x
    AW! Love EVA

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    1. Thanks Faith :)
      You have a good weekend and be safe and well too.
      Eva sends gentle wags x

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  4. Hi Vicky! I just saw your sweet elephant design on the sketch challenge blog and thought I'd pop over to get the design details. Was I ever surprised to see whose blog I'd landed on! Welcome back (I know I'm late in my welcome) but my joy is heartfelt because I've missed you so much. I've just subscribed so that I won't miss any future posts. Finding you has brought much extra sunshine to my day!! Blessings!

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    1. Oh bless you Rita, what a lovely message and a warm (belated!) welcome back. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my blog and hope you will again. Blessings to you too and hope you are safe and well x

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  5. This is great, it looks so simple and yet you went through loads of processes to finish it. I love it, particularly the candy background xx

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    1. I know! Loads of processes doesn't sound at all like me does it?! xx

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  6. Oh my goodness, this is such a sweet creation....love ALL the little details you added! Or whomever it was (whoever??) that created it! Great use of the colors, AND the Tic-Tac-Toe grid!! Tilted sketched sometimes make me feel wonky, but this one is perfect! Thanks for playing along with The Paper Players AND the TTT Challenge! Woohoo! And look at that sweet Eva...she is such a good dog!

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    1. Thank you LeAnne and I know exactly what you mean about tilted sketches!

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  7. Vicky, what a fabulous job masking! I am in love with Nellie the elephant and glad you were able to use her for a PP challenge even if it did arrive late! I also love that you put a little bow on her tail! As for Eva..... adorable!
    so glad you joined us at the Players again this week
    hugs
    jaydee

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    1. Yes, Nellie was destined to appear at PP, whichever week it was! Glad you like her tail - I think she might be going to a party ;)
      Eva IS adorable isn't she!

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  8. It may be not your normal style but still a really great creation, sweet image and a really lovely background.

    Kath x

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    1. Thanks Kath. I do love Nellie, I must say x

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  9. What an adorable card design.

    Hugs Diane

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  10. Nellie is a cutie patootie for sure! I love the placement of the heart. And those stitched clouds...awesome!!! Thank you for sharing with The Paper Players!

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    1. She's adorable isn't she! Thanks for the inspiration Ann :)

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  11. Ack! I love this card so much! You included the tilt but the scene lines up with the base - so clever! Thank you for playing along with us at CC&S!

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  12. I LOVE the layout on this card, Vicky! Its so darn cool! I've been struggling with that sketch and you've totally conquered it!
    Ear scratches for Eva please!

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    1. Thank you Jen! Eva is fast asleep after a VERY long walk this morning!

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  13. Vicky, I love the tilted panel and of course your darling Nellie! It's quite a charming card and that heart just completes it!

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    1. Thanks Stef! I do think that elephants are naturally very loving :)

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  14. What a sweet card, Thanks for joining us at CC&S.
    Your Eva is so cute, it's like she is walking herself.

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    1. Thank you Samantha! Yes, I think she always considers that she's walking me really ;)

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  15. Love this and how you joined the horizons, Eva is so adorable too xxx

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    1. What an excellent way of putting it Lesley - joining the horizons! Eva cannot help herself - she is adorable and uses it to her advantage let me tell you! xxx

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  16. Your card fascinates me Vicky! I keep staring at your treatment of the tilted panel and the black line...just amazing! And your darling elephant with the bow on her tail, just delightful! I have to say though, that Eva steals the show - what a pretty girl, and SO helpful!! Thank you SO much for playing along with my challenge board this week! XX, Shannon

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    1. LOVED your challenge board Shannon - thank you for providing me with the fun! I agree that Eva is stealing the show, bless her little heart <3

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  17. Vicky, Nellie is adorable quite charming and with all of the soft pastel colors makes me think of spring for sure. So happy you joined us this week over at Tic Tac Toe challenge.

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    1. Glad you like Nellie, all gussied up with a bow on her tail! Loving the TicTacToe challenge :)

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  18. Ah, Eva gets me every time, Vicky! But the title of your post also got me today. Nellie? What is my little white dog doing across the pond with you?! Talk about being clocked over the head, lol! Whichever 'you' made this card, she should be proud because it's fantastic!! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

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  19. Haha, very true! It would be lovely to meet little Nellie in an alternate universe and I bet Eva would love her. Thank you my friend - you take care too x

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  20. You or not, it's a winner... and Eva too ;) xoxo

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  21. Vicky, this card is amazing! I love the little things that make it special - the stitched detailing, the heart, the precious bow on sweet Nellie's tail. I also like how you've carried the black line through the panels. And you've still kept your card CAS in style! It's a fabulous addition to our thumbnail gallery at CC&S - thank you so much for sharing it with us! :)

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  22. Just adorable! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

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  23. What a super sweet card, love the stitching and Nellie is just too cute! I love the texture you created for the background as well. I have 3 dogs, our oldest boy likes to hold his leash in his mouth for the entire walk, while we are still holding it...he is walking himself! It is almost like he is so proud of himself. Oh those furry kiddos can steal a heart in an instant. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at CC&S, I look forward to seeing what you have created for us and what other stories/memories Eva has given you. Stay safe, Stay healthy.

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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