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Friday, 9 August 2019

Sunflowers and kindness

Hello crafting pals!

Today I spent a happy half hour having a go at a challenge I stumbled across online. It's a monthly challenge called Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge and the theme for August is:

Sunshine, Sunflowers or Add Something Yellow

Which gave me the perfect opportunity to do something unusual with what is fast becoming my favourite stamp set - Beautiful Branches by Concorde and 9th. Come and see what I made:


A simple card with a beautiful sentiment and some pretty sunflowers... but hang on! There are no sunflowers in that stamp set are there?!


Well no, there aren't - but there ARE if you use the rounded eucalyptus leaf for the seeded centre and the small leaf stamp as the petals! The most elongated eucalyptus leaf stamp makes a perfectly acceptable sunflower leaf too!


These stamps have a textured effect which gives a nice 'retro illustration' feel. I added a bit of colour with a blender pen and inks - Pear Pizzazz for the leaf and stems, Early Espresso for the flower centres and Mango Melody for the petals.


The sentiment is perfect! I have made this card for someone who joined my team towards the end of my time as a Stampin' Up demo. It was only for a short while so we didn't know each other very well, but she has recently sent me some stamping goodies when I started crafting and blogging again and I'm absolutely bowled over by her kindness and generosity.

AND IN OTHER NEWS
I took Eva for a walk in the woods today and we went the long way round. Eva was delighted as she found a nice pond to go swimming in. When I say 'a nice pond', it has to be said that Eva was keener on it than I was...


... perhaps she has always wanted to be a black lab?

I'm hoping to get some crafting in tomorrow. Anyone else? See you then!

18 comments:

  1. I've really enjoyed reading your blog posts lately - sorry I haven't commented- Briony is here for a visit and we are out and about all over the place - I'm exhausted!!! Loved your flower wreath against the blue and this sunflower card is inspired!! Xxx

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    1. Aw, hope you're having a lovely time with Briony! xxx

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  2. A Sunny card and a happy one too just like Eva LOL.
    Faith x

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    1. I know, never happier than when she's up to her ears in mud! My little princess ­čśé

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  3. This is so beautiful, Vicky. Love how you stamped the sunflowers with this stamp set, they look amazing!

    Your dog is so cute! I can imagine how much fun she had in the pond :)
    Thanks so much for joining in at my Crafty Wednesday challenge this month and hope to see you there again soon!
    xEllie
    Ellibelle's Corner

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    1. Thanks Ellie!
      Yes, Eva had a little bit too much fun in that pond and went suddenly deaf when I called her out!
      Really enjoyed your challenge :)

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  4. Love these happy sunflowers! So very clever to get them from this set, Vicky!

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  5. Gorgeous card! The recipient will be very lucky to receive it and I'm sure it will be treasured. Happy mail is the best... as are you... and I know yours will be a great home for anything you receive xoxo

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    1. I don't have any way of getting it to you Em as I don't have your address. Do email it to me if you can xx

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    2. Oops, yep, will do now. I wasn't assuming it was me you meant... but I should have put my full address on the envelope!

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    3. Thank you! Happy mail heading your way! xx

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  6. That was a cryptic way of saying I got your message about having received the package I sent... and you are very welcome xoxo

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  7. Oh Vicky, you are the master of stretching your supplies... Love the sunflowers! Eeek just look at that mucky pup.... sort of glad Rolo has passed that phase xx

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  8. Well, you too - loving the stamp surgery on your blog today!
    I know where ALL the rivers and ponds are for emergency dunks before we return home! She's a minx if I don't keep my beady eyes on her :)

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  9. Gorgeous and clever sunflowers using non-sunflowers stamps:-) TFS Vicky. Looks like Eva was thrilled with her pond find! Hugs...Nancy

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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