Wednesday 16 September 2020

A cup of tea with bird friend

Hello, crafting friends!

Well, it seems that summer isn't over yet! The temperatures have soared here: Eva has needed to cool down with a swim on her walks again, I've been glad I didn't put my summery clothes away and I've been drawn to brighter colours in The Craft Square Metre! 

I had great fun with some of my favourite techniques on this card: masking, stamping, colouring with alcohol markers and stencilling!

The cups are from WPlus9's Hello and Thanks, and the masking enabled me to stamp them in a stack and give each one a different pattern with the florals in the same set. There are also a couple of cute birdies in the set so I perched one of them on the top cup. I grounded the cups with a ruler and fineliner, then coloured everything with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I usually like my cards to be pretty clean and simple but felt this background needed a little pizzazz. My new Fancy Trellis stencil from Funky Fossil was the answer with a little pale green ink sponged into it. The panel was trimmed with a stitched rectangle die from Heffyy Doodle, attached to a card base and finished with a sentiment from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks stamped in purple.

I've loved all of Inspired By's challenges lately but just haven't managed to join in, so I'm pleased I made the deadline for this fun inspiration pic! The colours are from Color My Heart Color Dare challenge 411. I chose the top row of the tic tac toe board (Eggplant, Saffron and Pixie) adding Goldrush, Sweet Leaf and a touch of gold. I'm also playing along at Allsorts where they're celebrating their 11th birthday (a little belatedly!) They're asking us to make a card using things we love (mine are the techniques listed in the post) - and there are prizes on offer so do check it out! Finally, I'm linking up at NBUS with my Never Before Used Schtencil!!

There's a new game in town!

I gather it's about finding the plant pots that are neatly stacked in the potting corner and distributing them around the garden. When the wind blows them about, you pounce on them (pretending they are those pesky squirrels!) and show them who is Boss Of The Garden. After that a nice snoozle is in order :)

Sending hugs,


  1. OH you ARE playing along... and beautifully, I may add!! Vicky you are a master mask-er! I could never tell these hadn't been stacked all along! Love the china patterns, how you've grounded them, and just that hint of a background using your lovely Funky Fossil stencil!
    Thanks, so very much for joining our tea party at IB! xx

  2. Wonderful bright summer colours and a gorgeous image a beautiful card

  3. What a perfect take on the inspiration Vicky! Your teacups are gorgeous!

  4. A really lovely creation, great subtle background and really great bright colours for the lovely images. Thank you for joining our 'I love.... ' challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  5. Isn't this a lovely bright and cheerful creation Vicky, many thanks for joining in with our 11th Birthday celebrations at Allsorts challenge.

    Why not also link to our first challenge at:

    Flower pots can play a great part in your day, roll on them chew them, toss them and in our garden you get lucky with a squirrel as well - we saw a black one this week, first ever around here.

    B x

  6. What a lovely vibrant card. Brilliantly masked and coloured.

    Eva looks a happy pup playing her new game.

    Hug x

  7. Such a pretty colour combo and a great design. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog and thank you for joining in with my I love challenge at Allsorts birthday challenge.
    Lynn x

  8. Such a gorgeous card Vicky. Super image and I LOVE the colouring. Eva looks like she's having so much fun too xx

  9. Wonderful card Vicky - although Eva almost stole the show! It's a long story but Feedburner which sends out the Blogger emails has an upper limit and if you don't limit the number of posts it checks and leave the default as it is - it then tries to check every single post in your blog to see if it is flagged as already sent - and in my case it reached 152k bytes, almost died of exhaustion, keeled over and didn't work. I'm hoping you got the latest three posts purely as it recognised that it hadn't been sending emails and I used the magic number 3 for the number of posts for it to check. I'd be interested if you do finally get single posts in an email - then I'd know it was playing catch up! Love, Di xx

  10. I see that Eva has a lovely playful imagination like her mum! Cute photos! And I love your fawncy tea cup design with the soft and pretty schtencil😊! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Enjoy your Indian summer! Hugs, Darnell

  11. What a beautifully done card and such pretty colors!
    Thank you so much for sharing what you love with us this week at Allsorts and celebrating our belated 11th birthday with us!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  12. What a beautiful stack of tea cups, Vicky! Beautifully colored and I love that tweet bird on top! An awesome job of stenciling in the background!

  13. Gorgeous tea cups and all your designs and masking are so inspiring and beautiful! Thank you for inspiring us @ IB this week!

  14. Love the little birdie on top of the towering cups... adorable card and love the selection of colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare.

  15. Glad your enjoying the end of summer and your card is bright and happy too ~ Eva -oh eva- she makes me smile :)

  16. Great technique and use of color, Vicky! Your card is perfectly lovely. Thank you for joining in at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #411.

  17. How fun are those cups! Great card! Thank you for joining us at Color Dare!


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