Friday 7 August 2020

The hot summer garden

Hello, crafting friends!

Is there any pleasure like sitting in your garden at the end of a long hot day, admiring the fruits of your labours, chatting with family members and/or friends and perhaps sipping a glass of something cold, clinking with ice? That was the thinking behind this card!
I started with a panel of semi-coated white card stock and three SU inks. The top two thirds of the panel was masked off and the remaining third was sponged with Real Red ink. Then I swapped over, masking off the Real Red section and also adding a circle punched out of a sticky note with a 2 1/4" circle punch. The top of the card was sponged with Flirty Flamingo ink. Finally, I used the outside of the punched circle as a mask and sponged Daffodil Delight into it.
Once my sponged background was completely dry, I cut a smaller panel out of it with a Heffy Doodles die. Then came the stamping: I used black Stazon ink to stamp the beautiful silhouette from Uniko's Just Because. I stamped it several times on the bottom corner and then just once on the corner opposite.
The card was finished with a sentiment from the same set - we all need lots of 'miss you' cards these days. I embellished with an enamel heart and mounted the panel on foam strips for a bit of dimension.

I was thrilled to see this card was chosen as the winner at Inspired By!

The photo inspiration at Inspired By this fortnight blew me away and I couldn't resist joining in! I'm also linking up with Uniko, where the theme for July/August is In My Garden with the optional twist of Hot Summer Colours. I used the beautiful sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and am also playing along with Festive Friday, choosing Red, Black and Heart from the inspiration list.
Crazy hot temperatures here today. I am trying to imagine building a snowman. And failing!
Eva tells me she is Too Hot, poor love. It may well be time for a cool shower!

I hope you are keeping safe and well.



  1. We have rain ~ rain & more rain and branches down ~ I love your colorful card ~ Yes it makes me think of night bonfires and love :) Enjoy your weekend and a cold drink of your choice ~

  2. Awesome take on these challenges, Vicky! Love the sponged background and pretty silhouette foliage!

  3. Oh Vicky! I just saw this in the gallery at Festive Friday (my new gig). I just absolutely LOVE your card. I love the inspiration so much and you have done a fantastic job combining challenges with this beauty! Thanks for playing at Festive Friday, and for sharing this fantastic card.

    Very striking card.
    Poor Eva . . . all that fur in this heat!

    Happy weekend!

    Hug x

  5. WOW! That card has a lot of impact Vicky, just gorgeous. As for heat, we are lucky it was 25C yesterday, not as hot as where you are.
    Faith x

  6. A hot card for our hot weather Vicky. Love it xxx

  7. Oh my goodness Vicky, this is marvelous! You've used the colors beautifully and I like the silhouetted leaves. Thank you for joining us at IB this week

  8. A really super card, love the background colours and great images.

    Kath x

  9. A beautiful card Vicky and you captured the hot weather perfectly with those fabulous colours xx

  10. Outstanding! I saw this posted just before my card in the Inspired By gallery and felt like throwing in the (beach) towel - it's beautiful and perfect for the picture.

  11. Vicky! This is absolute perfection - for BOTH challenges! Now how often does THAT happen? Oh I know you girls are much better at multitasking than I am!
    So happy to see this beauty twice ... thanks so very much for playing cards with IB and CTS!! I will be trying to remember the Stayzon ink - you seem to have had less trouble than I did!
    =] Michele

  12. This is so very gorgeous, every last detail, amazing card! Thank you for sharing @ IB this week, can't wait to see more!!

  13. Love your card so much Vicky! Thanks for joining us at Festive Friday Challenge.
    Beth McCullough-DT

  14. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Such a stunning design and beautiful colours. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the fun at Uniko. Hugs Bev x


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