Wednesday 3 October 2012

Inspired by... my blog banner!

The ladies over at CASual Fridays certainly do come up with some fun and original challenges - like the 'Toot Your Own Horn' one this week, which is to be inspired by your own blog banner! I've used my new Papaya Collage set again but with a very different look to yesterday's card. Come and have a look:

When I designed my blog banner I knew that I wanted to use a bird holding a flower in his beak as it's always been a motif that's delighted me. For this card I sponged in some clouds and added a ground so the bird wouldn't float about in nothingness! I would have like to have used my new Sassy Salutations stamp set but it hasn't arrived yet, so I doodled a red ribbon instead and added a sentiment above it in Gumball Green.

The bird was stamped first into versamark, then into Early Espresso ink and finally clear embossed before being cut out with my sharp paper snips. I doodled the flower stem, glued the bird over it and added the punched flower.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Papaya Collage, Just Believe (sentiment)
Ink: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Gumball Green
Card stock: Whisper White, scraps of Naturals Ivory and Pumpkin Pie
Other: Markers, Itty Bitty punch pack, paper snips, stamp-a-majig

I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight 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.

I've been asked several times how my youngest son is settling into 'big school' and the answer is that after an anxious couple of weeks he has relaxed into it and started to enjoy himself. Yesterday we were discussing school over dinner. "Today my form tutor told us what we'll be doing on Enrichment day!" announced my son enthusiastically. "That's great!" I said. "And what will you be doing?" My son's face took on a faraway look. "Um..." he said. "I've forgotten!" Well, it's lovely to see that it made such an impact on him anyway!

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow so if you're looking for a very fast design, this is the place to be! See you then,


  1. Absolutely darling and spot on!!! Fabulous use of color and amazing images! This is beautiful, Vicky! :)

  2. Yes, I can definitely see your blg banner there, Vicky. Your bird holding the flower in it's beak looks delightful x

  3. A wonderful card Vicky, I love that sweet bird and your little doodles! A perfect take on your lovely blog header!

  4. That bird stamp fits perfectly with your blog header Vicky. A beautiful card. xx

  5. Beautiful, Vicky! A great take on your blog header. Sue x

  6. Well Vicky you are certainly tempting us with these new SU stamps...another lovely card...


  7. Such a great way to show off your banner. Hugs, Buttons x

  8. The card matches your lovely header perfectly.
    Good to hear your son is feeling enriched by Big School! My eldest is in her final year of primary, can't believe she'll be at Big School this time next year... xxx

  9. This matches your blog header perfectly Vicky - love that new set too - Jacqueline xx

  10. I think this is fabulous! The bird and flower are just super! Great take on this (very tough) challenge!

  11. A perfect case of your blog banner Vicky, love the bird with the flower in his beak:)
    Val x
    BTW I didn't push him, although I am tempted some times:)

  12. Lovely take on your header Vicky. x

  13. Hello Vicky

    Your card is stunning and so beautiful. The little bird is perfect.

  14. Isn't it funny, I hadn't noticed your little birds, but they are lovely and so is your card. A Great representation of your header.

  15. Such a pretty card! Wonderful take on your header which is quite pretty too! Glad you tooted your horn with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  16. just a fab well done and goes with your header perfectly...

  17. I thought of you and your love of birds when I knew this challenge was coming up!! Gorgeous take on your header, love how you added the swirly red ribbon :0)
    Thanks for linking up to CASual Fridays :0)
    Jenny x

  18. What a great idea for a challenge and you rose to the occasion magnificently ! I just adore this beautiful card and it os a perfect representation of your gorgeous banner.


  19. Oh this really caught my eye in the gallery - great take on the challenge. Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

  20. What a beautiful card!! It's like a piece of artwork with all the detailing with the ground! Loved the story about your son too, glad he's excited about getting some enrichment! hehe! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!


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