Sunday 16 May 2021

Bricks and blossoms

Hello, crafting friends!

In my opinion, it's only ever properly spring when the blossom comes out! Snowdrops, crocuses, daffs, hyacinths, muscari, primroses - they are all wonderful but essentially they're flowers that are just giving you hope for the real spring. 

This card is a tribute to the wild apple blossom that I see on many of my local walks. I started with a masked card base and inked some brickwork courtesy of Funky Fossil's Brick Wall stencil.

I adore Clearly Besotted's Blossoms in Bloom and use it a lot. Here, it was stamped four times, watercoloured and fussy cut before being attached to the bottom of the stencilled brick in a curved shape. The sentiment, from Uniko's Floral Vines, was stamped in a space left by the curve and I embellished with clear gems.

This card won an honourable mention at Addicted to CAS and More!

I'm adding this card to The Flower Challenge's Favourite Flower challenge (because of course I have more than one favourite!); I'm also joining in at As You See It where we are asked to fill in the blank: My Favourite First Flower of Spring is... and I've gone for Blossom;  Addicted to Stamps and More are looking for Die Cuts and/or Stencils so I'm also linking up there; and I'm playing along at Watercooler Wednesday too, where Marsha's challenge this fortnight is All Things Feminine.

Today's card was also inspired by a photo I took of some aubretia I saw when my youngest son and I were 'visiting' one another in a grave yard a little while ago (I know, I know, we did that joke!)

Look at those flowers just going ahead and growing in the wall! The thing about socialising outside is that you see some beautiful things and also, Enid Blyton was right about food tasting so much better outside - or perhaps that's just hot coffee and cake on a chilly spring day!

Sending hugs,


  1. Magnificent, Vicky! LOVE stencilling and appreciate all that fussy cutting - totally worth it. Thanks so much for joining us at As You See It this week.

  2. Beautiful stamped, watercolored and fussy cut wild apple blossoms, Vicky. I have always loved cherry tree and apple blossoms. Our trees are covered with blossoms this year:-) Our 3 apple trees are starting to set fruit already. Love this time of year. So much beauty to discover everyday, including the wild flowers. TFS the photo of the brick wall and cascading flowers too. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  3. Absolutely brilliant Vicky,love the pic that inspired your card

  4. Wow, that’s an awesome card! So, so pretty. Great idea to stencil a brick wall as a backdrop to your lovely flowers. Xxx

  5. This looks so fabulous! Wonderful flowers on your card!


  6. Those bricks make a wonderful backdrop for the pretty blossoms! Gorgeous card, thankyou for playing along at Watercooler Wednesday, Cathy x

  7. A Beautiful card Vicky, love the wall which shows off the blossom beautifully. Our blossom has gone in the wind and rain. I could be mistaken, but I think the flowers on the church wall could be Aubretia, which will grow anywhere.
    Faith x

  8. Stunning card and photo too xoxo

  9. Wonderful background and lovely flowers.

    Hugs Diane

  10. Beautiful apple blossoms that resemble the aubretia growing on the wall!

  11. Gorgeous. It looks so elegant

  12. Your blossoms are so pretty Vicky and I love the partial brick wall behind, which really grounds them. Nice to know you too are fan of graveside picnics - my MIL often took my children for picnics at the cemetery when they were little and they thought it was completely the done thing, until a wider canvassing of opinion amongst their friends suggested otherwise! Perfect card for our As You See It challenge thus week too - thanks for playing!

  13. Lovely card! Thanks for sharing at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

  14. This is beautiful....and I bow to the queen of fussy cutting! I can't believe you cut out all those blooms!! But the end result is well worth it! And your "brick wall" is pretty amazing too! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at As You See It this week!

  15. Lovely, Vicky! I'm a fan of spring blossoms, too, as they blanket the valley where I live in the springtime! You've done a painstaking job of stamping, watercolouring and especially fussy cutting for this beautiful display! Thanks for sharing your favourite spring flower with us at As You See It Challenges!

  16. There is something special about flowers that grow through the rocks/bricks. You've used that inspiration beautifully, Vicky. Thanks for sharing your card with us at The Flower Challenge.

  17. Beautiful water colouring!
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