Saturday 22 February 2014

Petal Parade - or is that Metal Parade?!

It's sleepover city at our house this weekend as my children wring the last pleasures out of the holidays, but that means that no-one has noticed me sneak off to fiddle about with inks and card! Come and see what I've made:

I'm fascinated by the contrast between the masculinity of the metal plate and the femininity of the stamped flowers. You may recognise those flowers - they're stamped with Stampin' Up's Petal Parade, one of the gorgeous stamp sets you can get free with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration. Oh and there's a little flower in there from Banner Blast, another of the free sets!

I think the metal plate is quite convincing but it is in fact pierced silver foil card stock. The foil shape was cut using one of the Adorning Accents edgelit dies - so easy to use these now I have my magnetic platform to hold them firmly in place as I run them through the Big Shot! I've tried to take a close up but I'm sure I'm not the only LiMette this afternoon who has found that metal finishes are the very devil to photograph!

I was inspired today by Less is More where the challenge is to use Metal on a card (I'm hoping my faux metal will pass muster!) and by this week's fabulous Colour Q colour palette (you may notice I've swapped the peachy colours for corals instead.)

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All this thinking of metal reminds me of a time my boys turned into metal detectors. We'd gone to a beach when they were small and I was lying in the sun while my boys built a sandcastle nearby. I smiled as I listened to them happily weaving stories of pirates and treasure. After a while, a note of unbridled excitement crept into their game and I looked up to find that they were digging a good deal more frantically than usual and had accumulated quite a pile of loose change - I suppose they'd been building on a site where a dad had been buried in the sand and had lost the contents of his pockets! The boys' booty probably amounted to less than a pound, but their enthusiasm for sandcastle building became quite obsessive from then on!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you very soon,


  1. Your pierced plate looks great, I like the way it wraps around the edges and yes mirri is a bugger to photograph...that's why I used pins instead. Love your new pic.

  2. Love this card Vicky beautiful florals and a gorgeous colour palette:)
    Val x

  3. Great card Vicky and I agree about taking photos of metal!!!!
    Have a good weekend
    Margaret x

  4. Only you could come up with an idea like this Vicky, I don`t know where you find your ideas but they really are brilliant. I love this card.
    Lynne xxx

  5. What a fabulous card & box Vicky xx Jan

  6. Brilliant card Vicky, just love the colour combo, and the wrap around effect of your sentiment banner! Like you, (or should I say we!) found it hard to get a good photo with all the reflections xx

  7. Beautiful card - the colours work really well together.

  8. This looks terrific Vicky. That plate looks brilliant and the stamping is super!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  9. Such a lovely card and the "metal" is a brill touch. love the colour combo.

  10. A great card - love the contrast between the metal plaque and the flowers!!

  11. This is gorgeous Vicky, I love the colours you used, and the foil card looks so effective.

  12. What an interesting effect with the 'pierced metal' over the pretty flowers. I think this would work great for either gender, and certainly turned out a beautiful card. TFS

  13. This is lovely Vicky! The combo of flowers and metal really is unusual, but it works! Your story of your boys made me giggle.! When we were kids my brother and I were digging a hole and kept finding money! We found out a few years later that my Dad was throwing money in the hole to keep us digging! Well it worked....we were quiet for hours!
    Lizy xx

  14. Vicky this is fab, love those flowers, what perfect spring like colours
    Thanks for joining in this week at LIM for the metal challenge.
    Guest LIM commenter :)

  15. Lovely card and stamping, Vicky! So happy to see you at the colourQ this week.

  16. Such a super card Vicky I adore it. We used to go metal detecting, got so sick of ring pulls or large nails...I did find a nice victorian pendant though...well most of it lol :) Viv xx


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