Friday 9 April 2021

Floral circles

Hello, crafting friends!

What a lot of fun I had making today's card! It was one of those days when I had a vague idea that I wasn't particularly excited by, but then got carried away and ended up having loads of creative fun!

The idea was to sponge some circles onto a card base and decorate each with flowers and leaves. I opened a new stamp set, Pretty Perennials by Stampin' Up, which I'd been looking forward to using. But when I'd done the stamping, it all looked a bit flat. So then I got my coloured pencils out and started adding a bit of shading to some of my stamped images and suddenly things started looking a bit livelier! 

I spent quite a bit of time looking for the right sentiment and came up with a custom one, made by mixing 'wishing you a very happy' from Lawn Fawn's Easter Party and 'Birthday' from Winnie & Walter's Sugar Rush. I spotted the hearts in the Sugar Rush set too and added those to bring all the images together. The panel was trimmed, mounted onto coordinating pink card stock and attached to a card base.

I'm playing at Color Hues, where the colour duo is Pink and Green; Just Add Ink is asking us to pick two out of Feathers, Leaves and Petals - I've gone for Leaves and Petals; Inspired By has inspired me again, this time with a photo featuring beautifully decorated cupcakes; I'm also going to share this card at the NBUS challenge, the place to show off our Never Before Used Schtuff!

Eva and I met up for a walk with some friends of ours the other day. One of the friends is two-legged and fun for me to chat with, and the other friend is a black lab called Otis who has a zest for life to match Eva's. They enjoy many of the same interests - finding sticks, swimming, cocking an ear at the sound of a pheasant and giving chase to pheasants, rabbits and deer (who are always MUCH faster than they are!)

Here they are in a pond that they discovered in a handy gap in the hedge. They explored it thoroughly and I get the impression that they rated it 'Ten out of ten, would visit again'!

Sending hugs,


  1. Love your sweet florals!! I like how you just stamped on a panel and added the borders! It fits our inspiration photo perfectly too! And how fun that you and Eva both have some friends! Although I am sure you & yours don't get as messy as they do!

  2. A beautiful layout with gorgeous stamped images and colouring,Eva and Otis look like they had fun

  3. Beautiful Springtime card and loved hearing about the dogs adventure together. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

  4. Really pretty Birthday card design Vicky.

    Hugs diane

  5. Your card is really wonderful! Love the flowers!
    And the dogs are beautiful, too! :)

  6. What a gorgeous card. Lovely background circles with an array of pretty flowers and foliage on top. Great idea. Will take a closer look at Pretty Perennials now!!!!!

    Great photo of Eva having fun with Otis.

    Happy Saturday to you xxx

  7. Oh, how lovely is this Vicky! I know if I would have tried a background with circles it would never turn out this well. You have applied just the right amount of ink to make this card a real beauty. Love the tones of color in pink and green! So happy to see you in our gallery once again. I enjoy coming by your blog! Looks like your walk was a good time by all! Have a great Sunday and thanks for being in our gallery at Color Hues!

  8. Oh I LOVE how the path you took on this creation, Vicky. Love the stenciled circles and the way you filled them. Gorgeous card!

  9. Just lovely Vicky - you've combined all the challenges so well.

  10. I LOVE this, Vicky! The shades of soft pink with the contrast of the dark pink is stunning!

  11. This is so pretty, love how you've added detail to make the blooms look dimensional. Thanks for linking up to our gallery at Color Hues. :)

  12. Vicky, I'm loving that you could not choose just one of our cupcakes to replicate! Half a dozen will do very nicely - or is that 2 and 4 halves - someone had a snack!? thanks so much for baking with IB!!

  13. Your creative time resulted in a wonderfully creative and beautiful floral card! All your hues of pink and green are perfect for the Color Hues Challenge---thanks for joining us!

  14. Love where your inspiration took's one beautiful card! Thank you for joining us :) !!!

  15. Beautiful card. I love the layout and crisp colours. Chantell Just Add Ink

  16. This is so pretty, Vicky! I love how you’ve used coloured circles as the basis of your layout and the added images and shading brings the panel to life. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  17. So beautiful, so Springy, so perfect! Could not love how you interpreted your challenges this week. Thank you for inspiring us @ IB!


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