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Friday, 3 July 2020

poppies and puppies

Hello crafting friends!

While walking with Eva-pup the other day, we passed through some fields that have been left empty to regenerate this year. Nature had done her thing and the field was a sea of beautiful red poppies - it was stunning! When I got home I went hunting through my floral stamps and here is what I made:


The flowers are from Pure Poppies by Clearly Besotted. It's a layering set but I used the outline stamps and opted to colour them with alcohol markers rather than using the solid filler stamps. I fussy cut them, which was quite a process! When they were released in December 2017, there were dies to go with them I believe.


I made a background made by drawing lines with a pen and ruler, using grid paper for guidance, and then filling the strips in with a black alcohol marker. I added some stencilled grass above the stripes using the fabulous Scenic Borders stencil by Funky Fossil - I am using this SO much!


The panel was cut out with a stitched rectangle die by Heffy Doodles and I topped it with the poppies before attaching it to a card base. The card was finished with a sentiment from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks, which I thought went nicely with those blocky stripes :)

EDITED TO ADD AWARDS
Absolutely thrilled that this card was the winner at The Color Throwdown's 600th challenge!


So pleased to see it was also the winner at Tic Tac Toe


CHALLENGES
I used the gorgeous colours at The Color Throwdown for this card so I'll link up there; I'm also joining in with Retro Rubber, where it's Anything Goes with stamps at least a year old; Also Festive Friday, where I've chosen CAS design, Stitching and Floral Theme from the inspiration list; Also Tic Tic Toe Challenge, where I picked the Flowers, Stripes and Stencil row. I'm sharing yet again at the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) Challenge too, as the poppies are a stamp I bought in the Clearly Besotted sale last winter and have been waiting until they're topical to use them!


AND IN OTHER NEWS
I wanted to show you a photo of the amazing poppy fields we walked through but none of them came out well. Never mind, instead of a photo of an amazing poppy I'll show you one of an amazing puppy!


I accidentally woke her up while taking this picture, and you can see she has that muzzy "Whaddaya want? Go 'way...!" sort of look that we'd all have if woken up by someone sticking a camera in our faces. Sorry Eva.

Hope you are all doing well. Thank you for popping in today. Your visits and comments are always very much appreciated :)

Hugs,

50 comments:

  1. What a beautiful bright and happy card! I can't believe you fussy cut all that out WOW! and you made it work for lot's of challenges ~ Win win :) Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. It was quite a lot of fussy cutting even for me Karen! Enjoy your weekend too :)

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  2. Your card is just amazing! Great job with the coloring and the fussy cutting!

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  3. Just love your poppies with the striped "ground", Vicky!!

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    1. Glad you like it Linda. Think I need to invest in some black and white stripy paper!

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  4. Gorgeous pairing the bold red poppies with the b&w stripes. Makes a striking card.

    Lovely pic of the pup.

    Hug x

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  5. A Beautiful card, I love the poppies and the black stripes, fabulous work as always Vicky.
    Take care
    Faith x

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  6. Wonderful bold red color and adorable design.

    Hugs Diane

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    1. I do love a poppy - they're such a gorgeous colour aren't they!

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  7. One of my fave flowers Vicki! Lovely card. x

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    1. Mine too Viv - I love their delicate petals and the sheer gorgeous colour of them! x

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  8. Great fussy cutting and a really lovely choice of colour for the lovely poppies.
    Kath x

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    1. Thanks Kath - was quite proud of that fussy-cutting! x

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  9. This is fabulous! I love the clean look of it and the detailing, such as the stitched borders. I thought your choice of paper with black and white stripes was amazing but was bowled over to see that you'd made it yourself! Thank you for joining in with us at Retro Rubber Challenge.

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    1. Well sometimes you want something, and you don't have it, and you have to make do!

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  10. So pretty and amazing job fussy cutting them.

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    1. Poppies are such amazing flowers aren't they?!

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  11. I can but imagine Vicky, I adore Poppies (some friends refer to me as the Poppy Lady!) and seeing them grow wild in the fields around here is probably the thing I have missed most through lockdown. Although we live amidst fields they are all cultivated with crops and here in the Fens they even plough the headland where normally Poppies would thrive, so it's a short drive to see them in fallow fields and wide roadside verges, something denied to me this year đŸ„”

    But as Scarlett would say "tomorrow is another day" and of course my the virtue of Nature they will be there again.

    So as yo can imagine your card ticks all the boxes for me and the contrast of the red against the black stripes is stunning.

    B x

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    1. I'm glad to have brought the memory of them to you at any rate Brenda. You're right, they'll be there again when all this is over and we will appreciate them all the more. Take care x

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  12. Stunning card and I can imagine how beautiful the poppy fields would be...and walking your sweet doggie what else could one ask for.... following you.xx

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Annie and I hope you enjoy the welcome here :)
      xx

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  13. This is beautiful! Those flowers really pop against the black and white stripes. Thanks for joining us this week at TTTC!

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  14. Gorgeous design and just love how those poppies "pop" against the black and white stripes! So glad you were able to play along with us at CTD!

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    1. Thanks Wanda. Loved the CTD colours this week :)

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  15. Lucky you to see a field full of poppies, Vicky! I'm glad they inspired you to color up this trio of beautiful flowers!

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    1. I know! It was a real stop-in-your-tracks moment!

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  16. Quite the gorgeous card Vicky! You colored the poppies so beautifully and your fussy cutting is impressive! Love the black stripes with the grass border above. So glad you shared with us at the tttc this week!

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    1. Thanks Stef, what a lovely comment! Always fun to join in at the TTTC!

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  17. You know how much I love the fabulous Eva, but I hope you'll be able to try again for a poppy photo, Vicky. We have orange poppies over here and I'd love to see a field of the red ones! In the meantime, I will swoon over your pretty red paper ones! Love the design with the cool grass and the stripey grounding. You're quite talented at fussy-cutting, too! Keep well and thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. The poppies have gone over in that field but there is a fabulous swathe of them in a section of the park so I'll try to get a photo in the next day or two!

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  18. Gorgeous card, Vicky, and as always, gorgeous pup too! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Em and she IS gorgeous isn't she! xx

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  19. Gorgeous card Vicky, I love the bright pop of the Poppies against your wonderful striped background.Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

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  20. Beautiful, Vicky! Those poppies really stand out on the clean design. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing over at Festive Friday!

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    1. Thanks for such a lovely comment Anne Marie!

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  21. Awesome poppies and adorable puppy!! Thanks for joining us at the Color Throwdown this week!

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    1. The words poppies and puppies were making me smile while I was making this!

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  22. YAY! I just saw you won the Colour Throwdown challenge with this Vicky Congratulations.
    Take care
    Faith x

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    1. Thanks Faith. I was so thrilled when I saw that! x

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  23. This card is a stunner Vicky and worthy winner over at CTD - bravo!

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  24. What a gorgeous card Vicky! Eva is pretty gorgeous too of course.

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Thank you Di. My cards are always eclipsed by The Blonde Bombshell! xx

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  25. Awww adorable sleepy face! :)
    I'll bet those poppy fields are stunning. Your poppy is gorgeous and your fussy cutting is perfect! I love the black stripes too - they compliment the flowers beautifully.

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    1. I did feel a bit bad about waking her up like that :/
      Thank you - have mastered the stripe technique lol!

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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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