Saturday 20 March 2021


Hello, crafting friends!

Well spring has officially sprung and although it could be warmer, I'm loving seeing all the bright spring bulbs in bloom and the blossom beginning to come through. The birds are as busy as can be building their nests and it is a joy to watch them from a seat by my French doors.

This card was inspired by all that activity and is the first outing for the Quite Curvy stamp set by Stampin' Up I acquired earlier on in the year. I was attracted by the birds in the set - I can never resist a bird! - and they really are adorable aren't they?! I stamped them, coloured them with alcohol markers and fussy cut them.

The background was made using the emboss-resist technique. First I stamped the musical notes on a panel using Versamark ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder; then, using an oval mask as a guide, blue ink was sponged over the embossing, working from the centre out to a fade. I stamped a few leaves from Stampin' Up's Birds and Branches, wiped away the excess ink and positioned the birds. The panel was trimmed to size with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle and attached to a card base.

Less is More starts a new challenge today with the theme CAS Inking so I'm linking up there; I'm also joining in with CAS on Friday where the theme is Music. The irresistible colour palette is from the new-to-me Make The Cards Challenge and I will share at the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge too as I used a new stamp set.

I took Eva out in the fields behind our house as usual today and in the third field a pair of pheasants flew out of the undergrowth as they heard our approach. Eva was tremendously excited of course - pheasants are in her blood and she only has to hear their distinctive call to be on red alert. I do hope the pheasants are not going to try to get a nest going in this area as it's a major thoroughfare for dogs and I can't see it ending well...

Sending hugs,


  1. Beautiful card!! I love how CAS it is and those birds are just fabulous! Thank you for joining the Make The Cards Challenge this week! I hope we see more of your creations!

  2. A beautiful Spring card love the background and the fabulous birds

  3. Wow this is stunning. Have a nice day, Ankie

  4. Adorable card Vicky, those birds are so cute, and look lovely against your musical inky background. Funny I did same technique yesterday xxx

  5. That’s a gorgeous card for a spring birthday. Xxx

  6. What a beautiful card! I love the use of the colors. Thank you for joining us at Make the Cards Challenge! Jill

  7. fabulous inking with the emboss resist and the green leaves through the blue, pretty birds too, great card

  8. Stunning card Vicky, love the little birds and the music background.
    Faith x

  9. Vicky your card is super cute; I love your singing birdies. Thanks for joining us at CAS on Friday. Cheers, Kerry

  10. Oh Vicky this is just beautiful! What a fabulous take on our color combo! Love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Make The Card Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  11. Sweet! Love that these pretty birds are singing and the clear, blue sky! A perfect CAS card!

  12. Beautiful birthday card and such pretty birds.

    Hugs diane

  13. Love your sweet little blue birds sitting on branches and your EB resist musical notes with the light blue blending for the birds background. Lovely CAS card design, Vicky. A beautiful card for a Spring Birthday! TFS your card and photo of Eva. Hope the pheasants choose a safer area for their nests. We are enjoying all our birds, bulbs, flowers and soon our flowering trees. It is definitely Spring and yes, still a bit cool. No problem...we have the gear for wet and cold:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

  14. I love CAS cards.!! It's so stunning. Love the sweet birds.Thanks for sharing with us at Make the Card Challenge.
    Hope to see you again next challenge.
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  15. Beautiful spring card! Love the little singing birds. Thank you for joining us at CAS on Friday!

  16. Love the layout of your card Vicky and the sponged notes behind fit perfectly with your sweet songbirds. Great card!

  17. Emboss resist is one of my favourite techniques. You have created a beautiful scene with those gorgeous birds and your inking. Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More xx

  18. Sorry I'm so late commenting, Vicky! I love these little blue tits and the yellow and blue is such a fresh combination. Love the little emboss resist with the musical notes, such a sweet card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

  19. Lovely card! Such pretty inking with the musical notes, perfect for the cute little birdies. Hugs, Lesley


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