Tuesday 9 February 2021

Birthday sunshine and flowers

Hello, crafting friends!

When you need to make a card right now, a sketch is a great starting point - and Julie has come up with a great one for this week's CAS Colours and Sketches challenge!

I love how versatile this is. You can use it as it is, or flip it as I've done and moved the oval up a bit!

The oval shape on my card was achieved by trimming a panel with a stitched rectangle die by Heffy Doodle and cutting an oval aperture in it with a nesting die. I masked off the edges of the card base underneath the aperture and sponged yellow ink into the Sunny Day stencil by Clearly Besotted.

The aperture was just the right size for the birthday wishes sentiment from Avery Elle's A Tag For All. I glued that in place and then embellished the oval with leaves and flowers from Stampin' Up's Wreath Builder die set. TIP: I filled the hole in the centres of my blue flowers with the centres of some yellow ones I also cut. This is a fiddly task but I found that placing the flower onto a glue dot, then adding the centre made life easier. You can then peel the whole flower off the backing paper and apply it wherever you want it.

Are you ready to join us with your take on this sketch? As always, there's lots of wonderful inspiration from the CS&S team at the blog, and our lovely Guest Designer Valérie, and you can link up your entry there too. Don't forget to keep your  design clean and simple with plenty of space. I can't wait to see what you make!

This card was chosen as the Emerald winner at Color My Heart Color Dare!

I took colour inspiration from Color My Heart Color Dare's tic tac toe challenge, choosing the column on the right: Avocado, Canary and Bluebird; there's a Birthdays theme at Addicted to Stamps and More this fortnight, so I'm playing along there; I'm also joining in with the Anything Goes theme at Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge; and the Anything Goes option at Seize The Birthday.

I  don't know what on earth I'm doing making such a springlike card! In reality, Arctic winds are flinging flurries of bitter little snowflakes against the windows and every time I leave the house I say "I'm going out, I may be some time." In another life, we might have cheered each other up with coffee get togethers or a cosy games evening. Le sigh. I have decked my house out with potted daffodils instead. Go away winter! Only spring now!

Sending hugs,


  1. A pretty pop of sunshine Vicky and love the pops of red on the card below.

    B x

  2. Awesome Spring feel card! Love the sun ray bg - Thanks for joining in at HLS Stencil challenge

  3. I was just looking at this sketch and then your card came up, what a wonderful take on it and love the sunny background and pretty flowers. Yes we need reminding Spring is on the way. Brrr
    Faith x

  4. What a cheery card.. Your colors are so happy and hopeful. Sometimes it takes creating a fresh, bright card to make a blustery day better. I know how you feel because I live in chilly Michigan and right now it is 8 degrees. Stay warm and thank you for joining us at Color Dare.

  5. A fabulous sunny card,love your layout

  6. A super design, great colours, love the sun and the lovely flowers.

    Kath x

  7. Ooh I love this! Framing the sunburst with flowers is so pretty. Great way to use our colors. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

  8. Your card is so inspiring! You really made this sketch shine!

  9. A gorgeous card, AND a tip for fiddly bits - Vicky, you are too good! Both brilliant btw!
    Pots of daffodils sound really wonderful!

  10. This is so pretty and springlike - the perfect antidote for those wintry days!

  11. I completely concur with Jeanne's comment above! It's a lovely cheerful card.

    Hygge xxx

  12. Love this bright happy card ~ What a great tip to use a glue dot for the center circle! Thank you ~ I'm with you, I took out my spring embellishments to play with too ~ We're coping by bringing on the flowers and the sunshine anyway we can find it :)

  13. Such a lovely card, Vicky ! I use the same technique to make a card, searching for a great sketch and/or a beautiful colour combination. When you have at least one of them, the inspiration comes more easily. For sure your card brings happiness and the hope of a soon spring. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at ATSM.

  14. This card is literally full of sunshine - a breath of spring that warms me in these sub-zero temperatures outside! I love the little blue flower accents too. At the risk of sounding like my mother, do wrap up warm when you venture out and I'll be thinking of you as I thaw out from my daily walk with my cup of tea too!

  15. Beautiful card Vicky and exactly what we need to warm up these freezing cold UK days! Thanks for playing along with Color My Heart Color Dare. X

  16. Dare I say that it's currently in the 80s F here in FL? Loving this spring card, especially the stenciling behind the oval. Pretty, as always!

  17. What a bright and cheery card to cheer us onto spring, Vicky. I love the stenciling into the aperture and the clean lines of the design. Great tip about the little flower centres - I'm going to try that. It's very chilly in Manchester too but at least it is bright and sunny.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  18. LOvely card with so much white space!
    Thank you for sharing with Color My Heart Color Dare!
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  19. Love that you used the window for your sentiment against the sunshine stencil in the back and then the small florals added along the edge...very pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare

  20. What a pretty CAS Spring birthday card! Love the yellow sunray peeking through the oval window and the tiny flowers are so cute! Thank you so much for playing along at Seize the Birthday!

  21. Beautiful card! The ray of sunshine is just that...a ray of sunshine! Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

  22. This card is wonderfully happy feeling.

  23. Wow! The sunray background makes the sentiment pop out! So Cheery!!

  24. Beautiful springlike card. Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge.


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