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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A host of daffodils

Hello crafting friends!

When making cards, I love being inspired by a sketch. This week, there's a brilliant one at CAS Colours and Sketches where I'm enjoying being Guest Designer for the month :) Here's the sketch:


And here's what I've created. Look at that host of golden daffodils! This beautiful stamp is from Clearly Besotted (and was in their sale last time I looked!) The daffodils were stamped in green ink, coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and cut out with a shaped stitched label die from The Works.


I used Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters distress inks to colour the background using watercolour and sponging techniques. I like the way the sponged edges really emphasise the stitched detail.


To create a background for my label, I coloured a very pale alcohol marker through the Distressed Diamonds stencil by Funky Fossil, then lifted some of the colour out with a blender. Next time, I'll do this on a card panel - I thought it would be pale enough not to show on the inside of the card but you can just see it :/ Oh well, I'll just have to put an insert in the card!


The sketch has the sentiment on the right hand side but I switched it to the left to fit the shape of the daffodils - it's from Simply Said, also by Clearly Besotted. I finished the card by attaching the daffodil label to the card base with dimensionals and sprinkling the background with gems I'd coloured with alcohol markers to coordinate with the flower label.


I hope you've enjoyed this card. There's a gorgeous gallery of cards from the real Design Team at CAS Colours and Sketches, so do check them out, and I hope you'll be inspired to join in :)


CHALLENGES
I'm going to link this card up with the Allsorts Challenge where the theme this week is Say It With Flowers.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
The daffodils have reminded me about an advert from long ago, promoting a lager which apparently refreshed the parts other beers didn't reach. The ad featured the poet Wordsworth, 'wandering lonely as a cloud', coming across 'a host of golden daffodils' and attempting to compose poetry about the experience. Of course, he hadn't had any of the lager so his efforts were abysmal and confined to lines such as 'I walked about a bit on my own' and 'I strolled around without anyone else.'

Thinking about this made me laugh out loud. There were a whole lot of funny commercials back in the 80s - mostly from beer manufacturers. Are there any funny ads now?


30 comments:

  1. Fabulous take on the sketch Vicky, love the stencilling and sprinkling of gems. I would have slapped a rectangle topper on a rectangle of paper lol, I struggle with sketches, so I'll watch and learn. Kevin the Carrot makes me laugh, shame it's just at Christmas :) xxx

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    1. Your rectangle on top of a rectangle would have been beautiful Lesley! Kevin the carrot makes you laugh???! Well ok, so you just need to watch that all year round! xxx

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  2. I LOVE your card, the daffodils area promise of Spring and as ours are in bud, I'm looking forward to a show like this, a gorgeous card Vicky.
    Faith x

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    1. I love seeing the bulbs in bud too. I think these daffs can be just for you since you are a Welsh lady! x

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  3. This is BEAUTIFUL! Your coloring is so clean and vibrant...it looks like those daffodils could pop right off the page! Just stunning! Can't wait to play with the sketch myself! And as far as ads go, there are lots here in the states....but my favorite during Christmas is the Scottish ad for for Irn Bru...I love the music but that snarky snowman cracks me up!

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    1. Thank you LeAnne! Can you believe I have never seen the Irn Bru adverts before. They're BRILLIANT! Thank you for sharing - it's made my day :D

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  4. Great coloring and beautiful daffodils. And the background stamping and jewel you added remind me a spring shower. Nice take on the sketch!

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    1. Thanks YoonYoung - and yes, that's a nice thought about the spring shower :)

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  5. Wonderful card! Love the beautiful inking to make a landscape for the daffodils!

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    1. Thanks Karen! Only just got my distress inks and have gone a bit giddy about them!

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  6. Oooh, Vicky your gorgeous card makes me long for spring! Love the composition and the colouring is beautiful. I remember those fun ads too!
    Hugs
    Carol x

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    1. I know Carol - it can't come fast enough for me. But if it could hold off on the spring showers I'd be grateful - I feel as if I've never dried out all winter! x

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  7. Wonderfully Spring-like! Great sketch interpretation too.

    Hug xxx

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  8. Love, love, love these bright daffodils! If this weather keeps up ours will be blooming soon. They're popping up everywhere!

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    1. Ours are popping up all over the place too but I'm worried they're too early and the frost will blight them :/

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  9. A beautiful Spring creation and the subtle use of stencilling gives such a delicate finish Vicky.

    Lovely to see you at Allsorts challenge, thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation. It was also fit in perfectly at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges!

    B x

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    1. Thanks Brenda - and thanks for pointing me in the direction of these other challenges too! Will check them out :)
      x

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  10. Gorgeous! I love how you used a stencil as part of the design.

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    1. Thanks Julie. I love the idea of stencils but need more practice!

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  11. Great take on the sketch! The soft background is so pretty against the bright flowers. It looks like spring!

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    1. Aw thanks Jeanne! This is my spring dance (the equivalent of a rain dance!)

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  12. Love it,so gorgeous , thanks for joining us at Allsorts. Xxxx

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  13. Wonderful project! Thank you for sharing it with us at Allsorts this week and good luck in our flower challenge.

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  14. Your bright and happy daffodils make me long for spring and sunshine.

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Come and have a chat with me! I'd love to hear what you think :) Vicky x


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