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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Bloomin' cards!

Hello crafting pals!

Do you remember this post when I tried out a new die that had slithered into my shopping basket when I was supposed to be buying sensible things like glue and white card stock? I wasn't happy with the outcome but I am not one to give up, and today that die had another, more successful outing :) Come and see:


The die is Country Garden by Gemini and I used it to make two cards that are very different from each other. It's a large ornate die that could cover a card front, but I chose to use just parts of it today.

CARD ONE


The first card uses a piece of the die cut with all the little bits and pieces taken out to give a pretty lacy look. I used a restrained colour palette of white on cream and covered the die cut with a wide bordered frame cut with two of my Heffy Doodles stitched rectangle dies.


The sentiment uses a gorgeous banner from Be Merry, a WPlus9 Christmas set that I HAD to have for this very reason :) I stamped the congratulations from Clearly Besotted's Simply Said, snipped it out with paper snips and added it to the banner.

CARD TWO


To make the second card, I created a background on a card panel by masking off the edges and sponging ink gently from the edges into the centre. When the masks were removed, there was a nice crisp semi-frame.


The die was passed through my Big Shot three times using pink, blue and green card and I cut various parts out and grouped them together onto the background. The card was finished with a block sentiment from Uniko's Simply Said.

CHALLENGES
Both these cards use the same die, on different designs and for different occasions, so I'm linking up with the Twofer Challenge; I'll also enter both into the Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge where Anything Goes.

With Card One, I'm also joining in with Less is More, where the colours required are White and Cream.

Card Two was made with the fabulous bright colours from this week's Paper Players challenge; I'm also joining in with AAA Cards CAS challenge, where we are to use up to one third of the card front with the optional twist of a repeating image; last, but not least, I'm playing along with Addicted to CAS, where the code word is Flower.



AND IN OTHER NEWS
The Lockdown measures have been lifted slightly in the UK in a rather vague and confusing way. For example you can sit two metres away from two people in a park but, oddly, not if you know them! I think we just have to use our common sense and carry on behaving as if we are carriers of the virus and not wanting to put others at risk. I shall be going up to my favourite bluebell woods, a 15 minute drive away, but staying away from anyone else. That seems pretty safe to me and oh my goodness, I'm a bit giddy about the prospect of a trip out!

How are things going in your area? Do you have any plans to go out?

Be safe won't you,

37 comments:

  1. Lovely Vicki! The cream and white one is my fave!

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    1. It just shows how different we all are - the bright floral is my fave!

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  2. Two really lovely creations, super dies and fabulous designs and I think I will go with Viv as my favourite.

    Kath x

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    1. You too Kath! I'm in the minority then! x

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  3. Gorgeous! And definitely no more than one third. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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    1. Such a fun challenge! Thanks Jane and you stay safe too :)

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  4. Two lovely cards from your difficult die. Congrats!

    You be careful out there, especially as you're feeling giddy and those vicious bluebells sometimes knock you out! LOL!

    Hug xxxx

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    1. It's not really a difficult die - it was user error definitely and I have understood its little foibles now! LOL, saw the bluebells and they seemed quite calm! Hug xxxx

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  5. A lovely pair of cards, and the cream and white one is just gorgeous. Thanks for playing along at Less is More - a perfect example of a clean and simple card despite die difficulties!

    Neil

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    1. Oh dear, I feel bad for saying it was a difficult die. I'm sure it feels the same about me!

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  6. Two beautiful cards today Vicky! I love the one that uses our PP colours this week - CAS perfection! The white and cream creation is beautiful too; I have one of these for tomorrow, but must confess it was a nightmare to photograph - I think I need some tips because yours looks so much better!!

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    1. Your photographs are always lovely Joanne and I think I was lucky with the light today :)

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  7. Wonderful thinking of getting this die to look completely different and beautiful too. I went grocery shopping today, first time out for a month today, I couldn't believe how nervous I felt, even with a mask on. I hope you enjoy your bluebell wood, nothing as beautiful methinks.
    Keep safe and well
    Faith x

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    1. Oh I know exactly what you mean Faith. Felt really weird being in a car!

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  8. Two terrific cards ~ I'm glad to hear you'll be able to go out and about!! ~ Enjoy

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    1. I think we're all a little nervous Karen but we'll get there I'm sure.

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  9. Vicky, both of your cards are so pretty! I love the way you masked the edges to create the background. Your flowers are so happy! CAS perfection! So happy you joined my color challenge at The Paper Players this week!

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    1. Thanks Claire. I loved your happy colours this week!

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  10. Very pretty cards! Thank you for playing at AAA Cards!

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  11. Both of your cards are absolutely beautiful Vicky and so totally different!! Love how you used cream and white to make such a simple and clean design on your 1st card and your 2nd card is just as simple and so perfect!! Love how you made the frame by taping off the edges and then blending in from just the one corner before adding your die cut flowers and leaves! Two lovely, lovely cards! Thanks so much for sharing both of these beauties with us at The Twofer Challenge!! :0)

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    1. Thanks Marcia :) I shall come and visit you in a minute - your cards leapt out at me from the gallery!

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  12. Clever use of the die to create your twofers! So different and delightful both cards are. Thanks for playing along with Twofer Card Challlenge.

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  13. Wow Vicky, both of your cards are absolutely stunning! The blue sponging is a subtle way to ground your pink flower and those tiny blue flowers are so sweet! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

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    1. You are kind Stef :) Couldn't resist those happy colours at the Paper Players!

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  14. I love how well you embrace the concept of Twofer, Vicky! It's very clever how you took such a large prompt element and made it work as intended on one beautiful design and then as a small element on a sweet CASlicious design! They are both sensational and work well in all the challenges! I love how you created the blended corner ~ Pinning! Take care and continue to keep safe. (I'm letting others lead the way on going out.) Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #27! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Thank you Darnell. I'm with you - a walk a short drive away is as big a risk as I'm prepared to take! x

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  15. Such a pretty card and pretty colours. Thank you for playing at AAA Cards.

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  16. Vicky, I love the masking and gentle blending. That flower is such a wonderful pop of color. Fabulous layout, too! So glad you joined us again this week at the Players
    jaydee

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  17. Awesome cards Vicky! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

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  18. Oh my! Seeing the two different looks from the same die is wonderful Vicky. The colourful flower is fab, but your stunning panel that looks like lace has stolen my heart. Absolutely gor-juss! Thanks so much for sharing that with us at Less is More xx

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  19. I love both of your cards, Vicky. It's so cool to see such vastly different creations side by side with the same supplies. Your white and cream card is smashing. Elegance personified. Great for a wedding or other very special occasion. It's always wonderful to see your work. Thanks for playing with us at Less Is More.

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  20. This is FABulous! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes With Dies challenge! We appreciate you joining us!
    Hugs,
    Leslie, HLS Dies Team
    Love To Scrap 2

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


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