Wednesday 18 June 2014

Last chance to get Simply Sketched by Stampin' Up

We're all so excited about sneak peeks from the upcoming new Stampin' Up annual catalogue (here and here) but I don't want you to miss out on items that won't be available after 30th June - like the hostess sets for example. Of all Stampin' Up's fabulous hostess sets this year, Simply Sketched is one of my favourites. I've had a bit of a watercolour moment on today's card. Come and see:

I chose Naturals Ivory as my card base with its soft suede-like texture and subtle flecked surface. The poppy image was stamped twice off the edge of the card front using black stazon ink and I added one of the sentiments from the set too.

To bring the image to life, I coloured it with an aquapainter and inks. This card stock isn't designed to take water (Stampin' Up's watercolour paper is brilliant for that) but I find that if I put the card under a pile of heavy books, it sorts out most of the warping! I finished the design with a little sponging and a frame of piercing.

I'll be linking this card up with Less is More where this week's challenge is a one layer, Off the Edge card; and also the One-Layer Simplicity challenge where the theme this month is I've been Framed.

• Simply Sketched is a hostess set, one of a group of specially-priced, exclusive Stampin' Up sets available to those placing orders of £150 or more. Group orders also apply so why not club together with friends and family?

• To see more Simply Sketched inspiration, click here

• Current hostess sets will no longer be available after June. You'll find them all on the Retirement Lists below - don't miss out on your favourites! Click here to buy retiring items in my online shop.

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The exams are dragging on here but even through all the hard slog my daughter remains an utter sweetheart. I had some unpleasant tasks to do this week and as I was reluctantly leaving the house one morning, my daughter gave me a hug. "Chin up!" she said. "Would you like me to send pictures of bunnies to your phone every hour?!"

See you tomorrow with one of those tricky cards for a young boy's birthday!


  1. Vicky - this is absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Sorry to hear you've had some unpleasant tasks to carry out . .. I hope you said YES PLEASE to the bunnies on the phone idea!

    Lovely card Vicky, as ever.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. Lovely card Vicky just love those gorgeous poppies your paper pricking around the edge just finished it off nicely


  4. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card.... Love the colour you have used....
    Enjoy your day...,
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  5. Beautiful Vicky, lovely and delicate!

  6. Love this sketchy stamp Vicky, beautifully coloured:)
    Val x

  7. Love the beautiful stamp you've used Vicky and the gorgeous feminine colours.
    Great cards
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  8. Beautiful card, soft and summery.

  9. Lovely card as usual Vicky, unlike me you read the brief properly.

  10. Great images Vicky, beautifully presented!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  11. Beautiful card Vicky. Glad to hear that your daughter is coping well with exam stress! Keep strong, the end is in sight x x

  12. This is gorgeous Vicky! I love the yellow :) My Keiran was very sweet today too...he said to me 'Mummy, I'll do the washing up so you can finish your tea and have a longer rest' cute is that?!
    Lizy xx

  13. This is so pretty .... love the paper piercing around the edge.
    Linda xx
    LIM Guest Designer

  14. How gorgeous Vicky, the paper piercing adds to the design too!
    Hope you no longer need bunny distraction
    Thanks so much for joining us again this week at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  15. This is superb, Vicky! A real work of art!! And what a good girl you are raising!! Hugs, Darnell

  16. Gorgeous card...thanks for joining us at OLS.

  17. A fab card Vicky, and I love the fresh yellow poppy. Bev x

  18. Hi Vicki - congrats on your shout out at OLS - cool idea, that pierced frame!


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