Friday 3 August 2012

Reason to Smile - a shapely card!

Today I'm using the daisy-style flower in the Reason to Smile set. I love the way it can be a different flower depending on how you colour it and today mine is dressed up as a sunflower! Come and see:

I'm not a huge fan of shaped cards as a rule, but I've found the Adorning Accents edgelits great for adding interesting shape with the minimum of fuss. The inside of the card is lined with the subtle text paper from the Patterns stack and my message can be written on the inside of the shaped section.

I stamped my flower head twice, cutting one out with my sharp paper snips and just the centre part of the other before stacking them up with dimensionals. The flower stalk is a strip of Always Artichoke card stock and the matching leaf was cut out using my 2 step bird punch. The sentiment, stamped along the line of the stalk, is from the Thank You Kindly set.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Reason to Smile (available during August only), Thank You Kindly
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Early Espresso
Card stock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke
Other: Patterns designer paper, 2 step bird punch, Adorning Accents edgelits, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. If you are placing an order of £60 or more, you will receive a free Reason to Smile stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount. If you prefer, you can buy the set for £18.95 wood mount or £14.95 clear mount.

Although I have lots of projects scheduled, I'm in and out at the moment so do please forgive my lack of commenting. Over dinner yesterday I was telling my family about a trip to London I'd be making. "I'll be staying overnight," I told them, "and I'll see you sometime the next day." My youngest son immediately wanted to know WHAT time next day. "I don't really know," I said. "It depends what happens!" He nodded. "Oh I see, you might get caught in traffic!" I smiled. "Well, since I'll be taking the train, I don't think so!" He suddenly became quite animated. "Well, there was that time in Thomas the Tank Engine," he said, "where one of the trains was naughty and got bricked up in a siding!" Oh dear, British Rail might not be entirely reliable but I hadn't thought of that!

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you soon,


  1. Ooo! I love lemon and blue together, Vicky. Your shaped card is really lovely. As you say, not too fussy. It's CAS with a touch of class.

    Your son cracks me up with his little anecdotes. He's so sweet x

  2. Congratulation! Your project has been chosen for the Blog Finds of the Day on August 4. If you would like to see other projects chosen for blog finds, please visit

  3. OMGoodness -- this is SO clever and creative. I love it!
    Cheers, Karen

  4. Gorgeous card VIcky and the blue and lemon is so that shape die...its laying on be desk waiting to be used...


  5. Such a lovely edge design - it really draws the eye to the flower. Not sure the trains are being bricked up but for so many motorists it must feel like the road junctions have been at times!! Aaahh, memories of the Island of Sodor... and then before you know it they are talking about driving lessons!!! Time really does fly. Hugs, Buttons x

  6. This is lovely Vicky, but how tall is the whole card? I'm toying with buying the edgelits dies but don't know how long they are.

  7. They're a bit longer than a standard C6 card (ie half a sheet of A4 folded in half) so perfect for card making. Vx

  8. Well, I AM a big fan of shaped cards and this one is just lovely. xxx

  9. A beautiful card Vicky with stunning colours.

  10. That stamp set is very aptly named - I would imagine your son would give you many "reasons to smile". Hope your train 'behaves itself' heehee! Helen (Sydney)

  11. Perfect combo for me Vicky I love shaped cards and daisies! Be prepared and take a sledgehammer in your bag:)
    Val x

  12. Hi vicky
    Sorry not commented on your last 4 cards we have family here so not much free time ... Just looked at them all now......... Gorgeous cards with this stamp set....... Fabulous as always.....
    Enjoy your weekend.....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  13. This is lovely and like the card shape xxx

  14. I'm enjoying using the Edgelits like this too - it's so easy to achieve fabulous crisp results. Hope your train journey isn't that eventful!

  15. Fabulous card and such an unusual shape. Great fussy cutting and I'm loving you sentiment placement lately adds such an interesting twist to your beautiful cards.


  16. Oh right I see...... I recognised the Story from Thomas the Tank!!! What a great imagination your youngest has :0)
    I think that beautiful blue is just right to accent the fancy edge and I love the gracious sun flower too :0)
    Jenny x


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