Friday 24 April 2020

A bunch of belated flowers

Hello crafting friends!

Anyone got that Friday feeling? Hmm, me neither. Or if I have, it feels quite like a Thursday feeling or a Wednesday one. But it's a beautiful day and I've reached for the floral stamps. Come and see:

This card was made for a lovely friend and neighbour who told me she'd recently celebrated her birthday under lockdown. It took much longer than it should have, mainly because I didn't have a picture in my head about the finished project and it seemed to take on a life of its own!

I stamped the jar which is from a long ago retired Stampin' Up set, then the flowers (from Clearly Besotted's Say It With Flowers) after masking off the ribbon that's normally part of the bouquet. Everything was coloured with alcohol markers.

The next step was to stamp an ornate strip with Versamark ink and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. I masked off the jar and the background on the diagonal, and sponged grey ink over the foreground to highlight the filigree strip. The panel was cut out with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodles and I added a scored detail to the background.

I stamped the flowers again, coloured some of them and fussy cut them. These were arranged on my bouquet, the largest popped up on dimensionals. The final touch was a double bow, die cut using MFT's Birthday Cocktail and a fun sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Simply Said.

So happy that this card won Designer's Choice at TicTacToe Challenge!

I was inspired by beautiful photo at The Card Concept to make my Clean and Layered card. I'm also linking up with the TicTacToe Challenge where I chose the Markers, Blooms and Ribbon/Twine row of Laurie's board. I saw that Addicted to Stamps and More have an Anything Goes challenge going on, so I'm playing along there too.

Some of you have shared that you're not really feeling very motivated at the moment...

... and Eva wants you to know she knows just how you feel. This is definitely the canine equivalent of falling asleep with your cheek in one hand!

Hope you have a happy weekend. Stay safe won't you!



  1. That is a really lovely image and a beautiful shade of pink, great design too.

    Kath x

    1. Thanks Kath! Yes, this is the kind of pink that says hot summer days to me :)

  2. Such a bright happy card here Vicky, I love it! Also love the pic of Eva too, she looks so sweet. Stay safe and well, hugs Viv xx

    1. Thanks Viv. It's just right for my friend :) That was Eva after a moment of 'but WHEN will it be tea time?' !!
      You take care too xx

  3. I love this bright and happy card! I was thinking of making one for my friends birthday in May with a mason jar too ~ Great double bow idea ~ Eva makes me smile ~ Enjoy the weekend

    1. Great minds think alike Karen! Thanks about the bow - I needed it to be a bit bolder. Eva makes me smile too :)

  4. I love EVERYTHING about this card. Everything!

    Eva looks like I feel at the mo!!!!!

    Hug xxx

    1. What, blonde and gorgeous?!!! LOL!
      Hope you're feeling better my friend.
      Lobe xxx

  5. Beautifully coloured card Vicky, the flowers look real in the real jar. I suspect your neighbour was thrilled to bits to have the card.
    Keep safe and well.
    Faith x

  6. This is beautifully colored and quite detailed, Vicky, with every detail being exquisite! You've nailed the photo inspiration and this is a winner in my book! And now, seeing Eva, I think I'll go have a lie down on the floor next to Nellie!! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

  7. This is such a bright and cheerful bouquet, Vicky! Love those bright pink flowers and the pretty yellow bow! The sponging at an angle and the embossed lace is a fantastic touch!

  8. Love that pop of pink Vicky, so cheery, but you got me with the sentiment - that is so you! I love the little lace detail too - great composition here, the whole thing works really well.

  9. Vicky, this is beautiful! Wonderful card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Card Concept!

  10. Beautiful card with so many pretty details ! This bouquet is so beautiful and your design is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at ATSM.


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