Saturday 20 February 2021

Hearts and stripes

Hello, crafting friends!

Valentine's Day might be over but my heart dies have arrived and I'm not leaving until I've tried them out! But then it occurred to me that a heart motif would be perfect for a teen birthday so I set about making one for my niece.

The heart dies are an older XCut set - it's taken ages to find nesting dies with a heart shape I like! I cut four hearts out of black card stock and one out of white card stock stamped with one of the stamps from Uniko's Background Builders Classics. The hearts were all glued together to make one dimensional heart.

To decorate my heart, I stamped and heat embossed the styylised roses from Clearly Besotted's Just For You and watercoloured them. Once they were dry, I fussy cut the centres in three different sizes. The die cut leaves were found in my snippets box. I coloured them with a marker and glued them together with the roses on the heart.

The background is a pale pink card panel that has been stencilled with Funky Fossil's Simply Stripes, then trimmed with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle. The sentiment was made with a combination of stamps from my stash, stamped and heat embossed for extra shine.

So pleased that this card was a Fave at Festive Friday and was also the Diamond Winner at Color My Heart Color Dare!

I was inspired by Festive Friday, where I chose Hearts, Flowers and Watercolouring from the inspiration list. It was Time Out Challenges that influenced the style of hearts and flowers with its mouthwatering inspiration photo! I decided on the pink and green colour palette thanks to Color My Heart Color Dare #431, adding the black to give it some 'edge'.

I've no idea what was going on today, but this morning I was able to go for a walk with Eva without a coat on! There was a warm breeze and lots of lovely sunshine! Spring in February? I mean, no-one is longing for spring as much as I am but that really is a bit early! A sharp wind has picked up since then though, which enabled me to get a bit of crafting done, pausing to have a nice cuppa and a slice of homemade coffee and walnut cake. Little pleasures...!

The mug was a lovely gift from my youngest son and I can only be thankful that he didn't use the personalisation service to put something rude on it! He probably ordered it first thing in the morning when his naughtiness levels were at their lowest!

Sending hugs,


  1. A really lovely creation with lovely pretty pink papers and a great design.

    Kath x

  2. I really like the clean lines on your card. The rose is a perfect addition and the sentiment stands out great in black. Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Dare :)

  3. That is a pretty mug-I love pretty cups/mugs and use different ones for whatever I am drinking! And wow what work went into this card-I thought it was all paper until I read your post. Amazing job on the stamping-you got it so even with the stripes-hard to do. And naturally I love you added the flowers like in our photo. Thanks for joining us at Time Out x

  4. Very pretty and feminine birthday card.

    Your elevenses looks SUPERB xxx

  5. What a beautiful card for a teen, just perfect methinks. As for your walk, we still have rain! It was supposed to clear a bit, but the weatherman lied hahaha. Your coffee and my favourite cake look wonderful and the mug is so very pretty Vicky, you have a great son :)
    Faith x

  6. Hi Vicky, what a lovely card. Beautiful roses and they look great with the two different stripes. (That walnut cake looks awfully good too!) Happy to see you join us at Festive Friday this week!

  7. Hi! Great card for a lucky birthday friend ~ speaking of lucky, your yummy treat looks amazing! Going outside without a coat on in February is almost as good as the cake ~ almost! Blessings

  8. Beautiful card with a simply elegant background. Thank you for joining us at Time Out!

  9. I'm so hungry right now and that cake looks divine....The weather has been strange here, going from hottest day ever to getting out the winter pjs the next. No wonderful people are getting colds so early. Just love your card and you can tell you put so much effort into it, its full of love! Loving all the stripes and those watercoloured flowers are such a perfect embellishment. Always so happy to see you at TIME OUT and can you please post me some cake!!xxx

  10. Pretty card! Love the stripes!
    Thank you for sharing with Color My Heart Color Dare!
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  11. Love the use of differently sized stripes on your card, Vicky! Pretty colors and the subtle shadow under the heart is a perfect touch. Thank you for playing along with us at Color My Heart Color Dare #431.

  12. Love the layers and dimension in your heart and floral against the striped background. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare and stitched layer.

  13. What a stunning and elegant card! Such a beautiful birthday card. Thank you for joining us at Color Dare!

  14. The stripes! Love all the stripes and the pretty floral, so lovely! Thank you for stamping along with us at the Festive Friday Challenge

  15. Congratulations, dear Vicky! Your project was selected as a Festive Fave over at the Festive Friday Challenge. As a reminder, you can hop over to the challenge to grab your winners badge for your blog. Thanks so much for joining us and I hope you will play along again really soon!


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