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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Grow your own

Hello crafting friends!

I'm as proud as punch to be guest designing for CASology today alongside the team who are experts at clean and simple card making! Here's the cue card for this fortnight:


My first thought was a pot plant and in fact, I've been a bit obsessed with room set stamp sets recently although I can't lay my hands on any... yet! Anyway, I couldn't find a pot plant stamp in my collection, so I decided to pot up my own!


The pot was made by folding a sticky note in half and snipping out a simple shape. I used this as a stencil, colouring inside it with alcohol markers to give that terracotta feel. To make the plant, I masked off the top of the pot and stamped a leaf from Reverse Confetti's Fall Foliage several times. I coloured this with alcohol markers too.


To finish the card, I grounded the pot plant with negative space by masking off the ground and blending distress ink upwards. The panel was attached to the card base on dimensionals and I added a blocky greeting from Uniko, stamped and trimmed.


I really enjoyed making this simple card. How about you? What does the word plant suggest to you? I can't wait to see what you come up with - and don't forget to link up here.

CHALLENGES
I'm playing along with the Anything Goes challenge at Seize The Birthday and will also link up with the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) Challenge. I bought Fall Foliage after last autumn as it fitted all my criteria for a gorgeous leafy stamp set and it's been sitting there waiting for it's inky moment ever since!


AND IN OTHER NEWS
Making this pot plant reminded me of our little cat Tuppence who used to curl up and go to sleep in various plant pots, prompting us to call her CATcus!


Bless her, she passed away after a series of strokes at the grand old age of 19 but we miss her and talk about her often as she was a great character.

Take care and be safe!


34 comments:

  1. Congratulations Queen of Clean, a well deserved GDT spot. Ingenious card and also beautiful.
    Keep safe and well
    Faith x

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    1. You wouldn't say that if you could see my spare room - sewing out all over the place! Thanks Faith and you too x

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  2. This is gorgeous, Vicky! I love that you created your own pot - I thought it was a stamped image until I read your post.Your blending behind it is lovely too. I am still trying to perfect that technique - I can never quite get it to fade out nicely at the edges...
    I love the sassy look on Tuppence's face and I the CATcus nickname is perfect. :) 19 is fabulous innings (although no matter how many years we have them in our lives it never hurts any less when we lose them).

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    1. Thanks Jen! Tuppence was probably plotting against us - she never did get us trained properly!

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  3. Oops - pressed send before I said it's lovely to have you as our guest designer this week!

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  4. wow Vicky this is so creative and what a super way to make the pot and lovely watercolouring. This is so perfectly CAS and super excited to have you join us x

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    1. Thanks Sandie - it was a case of needs must! Thanks for having me! x

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  5. I love how innovative you are, Vicky! No stamp for an image you want? Just make a stencil! Brilliant idea and I have to say, brilliant artistic talent making a stencil that looks just like a terracotta pot, which you then colored perfickly! Even your plant is cleverly stamped using a single leaf image and your negative ground is unique and fabulous! Congratulations on being CASology's Guest Designer and doing an awesome job of inspiring us! Take care and keep safe. And thank you for sharing at NBUS and bringing back images of Catcus! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. You are so kind Darnell! I can assure you if it had been something more complicated there would have been no stencil lol! Glad you appreciated the return of Catcus :)

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  6. Very clever and creative way to create a pot for your plant, Vicky! Love how you did the background and the little banner sentiment!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! It was a matter of 'where there's a will there's a way!'

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  7. Wonderful birthday design Vicky. Love the cat picture.

    Hugs Diane

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    1. Thought it would be good for my green-thumbed brother! Thanks Diane :)

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  8. Fabulous card, Vicky! It's great to have you guest design with us at CASology. Thanks for sharing how you made the lovely terracotta pot!

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    1. My pleasure Jacquie - thanks so much for having me :)

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  9. Totally genius idea of creating a stencil for your pot and adding foliage to it to make a plant. Great grounding too.

    I'm waiting to see someone adding a digger to their CASology card . . . For heavy plant!!!! Snort!!!

    Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot.

    Hug XXX

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    1. Thank you my lovely! Haha, looking forward to seeing you join in with a digger with front hoe excavator attachment! xxx

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  10. Great post and a really fab card, love it.

    Kath x

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  11. And well deserved as well Vicky and what a gorgeous make you have created for them, such subtle inking behind the focal image really draws the eye.

    Sweet photo of your little lady, but what a great age. We lost Clyde last month, her was 16 and we suspect a stroke as well as other underlying issues. The hardest part was being unable to go out our Son in Law had to take him, wait outside in the car part, the vet took him away and came back out to say nothing they could do. A harsh end for such a lovable boy.

    B x

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    1. Bless you Brenda, that's a lovely thing to say!

      I'm so very sorry that you lost your Clyde in such a way. This is not right way to say goodbye to our beloved pets. Sending hugs xx

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  12. Congrats on your well deserved GDT spot Vicky. This is such a lovely CAS card and what a fabulous way to make your plant pot. Super photo of your CATcus xx

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    1. Thanks Andrea! Tuppence was always sleeping in the strangest places and would be quite cross if you had to move her! xx

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  13. Congrats on the DT spot - a cleverly created potplant too, you are a creative genius! Sweet photo of Tuppence too - I remember her from long ago!

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    1. Thank you Joanne! Yes, we lost her shortly after I stopped being a demo - it was not a good time :/

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  14. Congratulations of being Guest designer! ~ Very fun little potted plant you created. Tuppence sounds like a sweetheart, they definitely take up places in our heart :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! They really do don't they - we do miss her.

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  15. Ok - it blows me away that you created this perfect pot all on your own! It is amazing. Such a lovely card - puts a big smile on my face. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

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    1. Oh bless you Glenda! Amazing what a few snips in a sticky note can achieve!

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


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