Monday, 12 October 2020

A comforting card

Hello, crafting friends!

Like many of you, I've been struggling with a lack of mojo recently but at 9.30 last night a card idea struck me and I spent a little while trying to bring it to life. When I looked at it again in daylight this morning, it didn't seem too bad, so here it is!

One of my favourite ways to start a card is to stencil a background, and that's what I've done here, sponging pink ink gently through Funky Fossil's Knitted stencil and fading it out at the edges. I wanted it to feel as comforting as a soft knitted throw.

Over the top, I stamped some foliage and berries from WPlus9's Silver Bells and tied them together with one of the bows from the set, stamped in pink and fussy cut. What a brilliant stamp set this is! It's one of those rare Christmas sets that you can leave out on your desk and use every day, all the year round! After adding a bit of detail with markers, I finished the card with a sentiment from Stampin' Up's Today's Tiles and some sparkling green sequins.

This card was showcased at The Color Throwdown and goyt Honours at Time Out too :)

This week's beautiful colours at The Color Throwdown inspired this card, as well as the theme at Time Out Challenges where they are raising breast cancer awareness with cards of encouragement featuring optional pink - my pink bow is a nod to the iconic pink ribbon.

In the absence of a crafting mojo, I've been escaping into books more. I've re-read Lord of the Rings, that epic tale of good versus evil, and now it seems appropriate to be reading novels set in wartime as that is the last time people's lives changed so dramatically. The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard, a family saga covering the period before, during and after WWII, and told mainly from the home front perspective; and The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley, a similar perspective but quite different in tone. Does anyyone who has read these have any recommendations for me?

Sending hugs,


  1. This is a stunning card-so wonderfully soft in the background and a lovely bouquet of flowers. The sentiment is placed perfectly. Thanks for joining Time Out x I also reading more but it does take me time to read just one book. I generally read serial killer books but recently have been reading more books set around the blitz. They are really easy reading-one was called 'Three Woman of Liverpool' by Helen Forrester-also ones in the past have been 'The Paris Architect' by Charles Belfore-highly recommend this xx

  2. Just beautiful! I love that stencil in the background, and the stamps and sentiment are perfect in the forefront!

  3. I Love your card Vicky, beautiful colours, love the stencilling and a beautiful sentiment also.
    Books? I have just downloaded a book, yes I know digitally, so sad! There really is nothing like a real book, but blame my son! LOL. Anyhow the book I downloaded is The Choice by Edith Eger, a therapist who tells of her POW experiences during WW2. Harrowing and also uplifting.
    Faith x

  4. An absolutely stunning card,love the pastel tones in the background and your fabulous stamp,agree that it would make a card suitable for so many occasions

  5. Super card Vicky. I love the stencilled background and your stamping is terrific
    Lynne x

  6. Looks brilliant to me, great stencil, image and design, fabulous choice of colours too, can you tell I don't like it!!!!????

    Kath x

  7. Lovely card by a lovely person.

    Hug x

  8. Such a pretty card. I love how you have that faint stenciling in the back, and your focal point is really lovely. If you have not tried yet, I'd recommend the Outlander books. They are quite long, but really good. I've listened to the first 3. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  9. So delicate and pretty, Vicky! Love the soft colors and the warmth of the cozy knitted background!

  10. This is stunning. Love the colours

  11. Beautiful colors, stenciling and design.

    Hugs Diane

  12. I don't see any lack of Mojo with this beautiful card. Great soft background and I love the foliage, the berries, and the sweet ribbon. Enjoy your reading!

  13. This is just lovely - fabulous background stencilling too. I've been reading more lately too, although I'm more into autobiographies (I'm too nosey!)

  14. Hi Vicky, I have just dipped my toes into my blogging list, first time for ages and your card popped up! It’s beautiful as usual, I always admired your cards !
    Have you read “ Where the Crawdads Sing”? I was totally absorbed by it, such an interesting story but so well written, a joy to come across such a gem. Great to meet your beautiful furry friend too xx

  15. Such a possitive card! And so delicate and feminine! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  16. congrats for getting Honours at Time Out-see blog for your badge x


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