Saturday 6 February 2021

A love of pastels

Hello, crafting friends!

I do love a pastel don't you? I don't mean a fruit pastel (although they're very nice too) I mean pastel colours. They make me think of ice cream and sugared almonds and spring and Easter, and they just generally cheer me up.

This card features three hearts from Uniko's Big Bold Love, stamped in pastel colours on a paler background, then fussy cut. The focal heart is from Stampin' Up's Wreath Builder dies. I didn't have the colour card stock I wanted, so I used a lavender alcohol marker to colour some white card and cut the heart from that. The 'LOVE' gets cut out of the heart when you die cut it - isn't that fun?! I cut another of the hearts out of pale yellow card stock and refilled my lavender heart with the yellow letters.

When I arranged my hearts across the card base they looked silly just floating about there! It took me ages to  work out a nice way to ground them, but eventually I masked off the edges of my card base and blended a little grey ink in from the edges. For extra interest, I added itsy bitsy die cut hearts in pastel colours, using my Tiny Cuts Dies from Neat and Tangled, and a fussy cut 'you' I found in the snippets box.

I'm linking up with The Color Throwdown, where I was inspired by Lynn's mouth-watering colour palette; I'm also joining in at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge where Love Is In The Air; Little Red Wagon where the theme is Total Eclipse of the Heart; and CAS on Sunday where the theme is Love.

Talking of delicious things to eat, one of my friends has been cheering her neighbours up one mince pie at a time! Just before the Christmas before last, she held an informal drinks and nibbles party at which her new neighbour tasted mince pies for the first time. She told my friend that she couldn't imagine why we don't all eat mince pies all year round! So after this Christmas, when everyone was struggling with more January blues than usual, she surprised her friends by leaving little tins of mince pies on people's doorsteps. I applauded her for what I called her 'Mince Pie Therapy'. I eat gluten free, so I wasn't expecting to get involved, but this morning, the doorbell rang and when I opened the door, there on the doorstep was a tin of the prettiest little gluten free mince pies ever!

Sending hugs,


  1. A delightful sunny card Vicky, lovely colours and I love how you added those teeny tiny hearts. The shading is perfect for them. What a lovely neighbour you have.
    Faith x

  2. Your choice of colours is stunning love your layout and card

  3. Love the pastel colored hearts and card design Vicky.

    Hugs diane

  4. I must admit that I do like bright and bold colours but I have started leaning towards pastels too. Super card.

    Kath x

  5. A very pretty card full of love hearts.

    How kind of your friend to drop off some GF mince pies for you. Lovely.

    Snow due tomorrow down here!
    Hyg xxx

  6. OMG...I am starting with your store...What a sweet surprise from a sweet neighbor, Vicky. That would cheer anyone up:-) TFS your sweet hearts card, which cheered me up even more than my wonderful 4 mile walk and now a clean house...yes, a very busy productive day, which always makes me happy:-) I really do love your pastel colors and pretty CAS card design. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  7. Pastel colours really are happy, aren't they? And this card is absolutely beautiful. The bit of grey adds just the right amount of grounding for them. (Also, mince pies, YUM!) Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers for the CAS Challenge!

  8. Yes, yes and YES! I LOVE the design with the perfect amount of white space! Thank you for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown challenge.

  9. Such a gorgeous card, Vicky! I'm not really the hearts and flowers person, but I really appreciate them when I see them! Hugs, Rosi

  10. Terrific card ~ Yes, pastels make me think of Easter too! What a fun CAS valentine to send :) might have to copy the idea for a few more cards I'd like to mail out this week ~

  11. Great CAS card! Thanks for playing with Happy Little Stampers Challenges with your love card.
    Ma-Mi, DT HLS CAS

  12. Such a wonderful card and lovely design!

    Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

    Small Bits of Paper

  13. I knew this would be a winner, congratulations - we were both thinking about pastel hearts for this one! You now have me yearning for mince pies too - what lovely friends you have!


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