Thursday 13 August 2020

Patchwork wild flowers

Hello, crafting friends!

Ok, so Eva and I haven't melted but it was touch and go there for a minute. Luckily a massive thunderstorm cleared the air yesterday evening and, as we no longer felt as if we were being boiled in oil, we were able to go off on a refreshing walkies! While we were out in the countryside, I admired all the wild flowers which seem to survive in the most inhospitable of conditions. When we returned I made this card: 

Look! I'm using the Spellbinders Optical Illusion dies I won at The Snippets Playground again! I can see that this set of dies is going to be out on my desk permanently! 

I started the card by cutting a hexagonal window in a card panel. I wanted a design to show in my hexagonal window, so I masked off the top and right hand side of a card base, sponged the area inside with SU Pool Party ink and stamped over it in navy with a leaf stamp from Funky Fossil's In The Meadow stamp set. When I attached the card panel over the top with dimensionals, it gave a shadow box effect.

The solid hexagon from the aperture wasn't wasted! I sponged it with SU Melon Mambo ink and stamped it with a sentiment from Thoughtful Blooms, a free stamp set from Stampin' Up during this year's Sale-a-bration. I also cut a hexagon out of a snippet of yellow designer paper. These hexagons were glued to the card panel alongside the aperture, patchwork styyle. 

Finally, I stamped wild flowers from the Funky Fossil set, using markers to ink them up. These were fussy cut, tied together with a piece of bakers twine and used to embellish the card along with an enamel dot.

This card was show-cased at Less is More!

I'm linking up again with CAS on Friday's Nature themed challenge and Just Us Girls' Die-cut A Window challenge. The sketch is a beauty from CAS Colours and Sketches and those fab colours were dreamed up by Joanne at The Paper Players. Less is More have a Summer Flowers theme, so I'll play along there and since everything on this card used left-overs except the card panel, I shall pop over to The Snippets Playground too.

The temperatures have dropped considerably after the thunderstorms. We woke up this morning to overcast skies and drizzle - perfect weather for a golden retriever (they were originally bred in the highlands of Scotland.)

We had a long walk this morning and when we got back, Eva still had the energy to raid the laundry basket, play 'Toss Mummy's Wet Shoe About' and drag the towel I'd used to dry her off the radiator. She spent a pleasurable ten minutes burrowing about in it while making fierce noises, presumably pretending it was a rabbit hole. After that she was pretty well exhausted!

Sending hugs, 


  1. I love your combination of colors and the dimension you got through the hexagon, Vicky. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.

  2. Like you I'm really pleased the weather has cooled down a little bit. The older I get the less I can cope with it.
    Your card is fabulous, right up my street. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More.
    Lynne x

  3. Great design and colours, super CAS.

    Kath x

  4. I love this design Vicky, you've used the PP colors so beautifully! Eva looks like a very content dog, LOL! I'm happy for you that the heat wave broke.

  5. What a terrifically CAS design. Nice and colourful too.

    Isn't it wonderful to be a bit cooler? I got overcast skies and drizzle too. LOVELY!

    Hug xxx

  6. Love this Vicky - so much detail packed into your corner of detail and a great combination of the colour palette. Eva looks how I have felt most of the week - I will be back to catch up on other comments later! Thanks for playing along with my colour challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  7. Love this! Gorgeous colours and design!

  8. I am LOVING this Vicky


  9. Great job combining your challenges! I so love the bold wildflowers and it is amazing the condition that they seem to thrive in! Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Players!

  10. What a fun design, love the hexagon cut outs and colors.

    Hugs diane

  11. Such a beautiful design and great take on the sketch! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CC&S!

  12. Your card is gorgeous! Love the bold colors and the mix of layers and negative-space! Thank you for playing along with us at CC&S!

    {Some behind-the-ear scritches for Eva.}

  13. Oh my goodness Vicky - what a delight to see you using your prize so quickly and also so very beautifully! It really is perfection and I'm so thrilled to see it! HOW did you do the aperture so spot-on I wonder?!


    Di xx

  14. I just saw your beautiful card as a pick over on the snippets playground - it's just delightful.


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