Wednesday 10 March 2021

Peaceful waterlilies

Hello, crafting friends!

Is there anywhere more peaceful than a river or natural pond, decked with waterlilies and buzzing with the sounds of dragonflies and with the occasional splash of a frog or a fish? That is the scene I've tried to conjure up today.

The stamps are from The Craft Consortium's Riverbank set. I used Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce ink to stamp the waterlilies and pads along the bottom of a card panel, then loosely watercoloured it with the same ink, a paint brush and some water. Once it was dry, I added detail with a jade coloured pencil.

The panel was trimmed with a Heffy Doodle Stitched Rectangle die, then I cut the centre out using an ornate label die from The Works. I glued the frame to a card base and replaced the centre. This is one of my favourite ways to add detail to a clean and simple card as you end up with a stitched detail frame, which doesn't add bulk or distract the eye too much. I used the same ink to stamp a sympathy sentiment from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks, snipped it out and glued it to the card. To finish the card I added some clear dots.

I was inspired by the list at Festive Frida, choosing Green, Lily pads and Water so I'm joining in there; I'm also linking up with The Rainbow Card Challenge where the colour theme this month is Judiciously Jade; and Stamping Sensations where they want to see monochromatic cards.

Whenever I see waterlilies, memories come flooding back of visiting my daughter in Paris when she lived there for a year while studying French and English at university. We had gone to the Musée de l'Orangerie first thing in the morning to see Monet's famous paintings and I had been absolutely blown away because nothing had prepared me for how enormous some of them were and the mesmerising effects of them.

Source: Pinterest

In our family we always call great works of art 'drorrings on the wall'. This is because when he was little, my eldest son came back from a school trip to a stately home full of admiration for the 'drorrings on the wall' which turned out to be stately oil paintings mounted in ornate gilt frames!

Sending hugs,


  1. That is a lovely tranquil card you have there Vicky!
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Gorgeous colour and I love the extra interest from the inlaid frame die xx

  3. The peaceful scene lends itself perfectly to a sympathy card,beautifully designed card

  4. Beautiful card, Vicky. I've had to make a similar one today which I'll blog next week xoxo

  5. So serene... perfect for the toughest of occasions. Thanks for joining us at TRCC and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Em, DT

  6. Such a striking design in the vibrant greens Vicky.

    Lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

  7. Wow Vicky, what a gorgeous color and design.

    Hugs diane

  8. What a fabulous shade of green and love the way you have left some of the lilies white, very striking.

    Kath x

  9. Love that vibrant green Vicky - this is such a calming and serene card. I love greens!

  10. Love your beautiful watercolored waterlily pond and CAS design with the die cut inlaid frame. Thoughtful sympathy card filled with love. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  11. Absolutely beautifully done. I love the way you inset the dies, I want to try that now! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.
    Lynn x

  12. Such a beautiful and very peaceful card Vicky, love the design. Perfect for a Sympathy card. How adorable about your son and the drorrings. :)
    Faith x

  13. What a beautiful card! It gives me a feeling of relaxation :-)

  14. Vicky- I love seeing your cards! They are always so CAS and stunning.This beauty is no exception! Thanks for joining us at The Rainbow Card Challenge!

  15. Vicky that is super gorgeous. Love the green and what a great take on our challenge! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  16. Love your card. Thanks for sharing on Festive Friday Challenges!

  17. Your card is absolutely stunning, Vicky! How exciting that you were inspired by Monet and have seen his painting in real life! I've had a Monet print hanging in my upstairs bathroom for 30 years. I love it! :) Thanks for joining us at Festive Friday Challenge!

  18. Vicky, I agree with other comments about this being a serene, beautiful card for sympathy or other thoughtful occasions. Beautifully painted too. I always enjoy your entries and hope to see you again next month for our April challenge.
    Elena DT for The Rainbow Card Challenge

  19. Congratulations, Vicky! You are on fire these days!!! 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! Hugs to you xx

  20. I saw this challenge and never thought of Water Lilies ~ they're perfect for the Jade theme. I bet that exhibit was amazing ~

  21. Absolutely beautiful sympathy card, Vicky ! A beautiful combination of CAS and watercoloring. I really love this die cut inlaid frame. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at the Rainbow Card challenge.

  22. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to see you take part again in our next challenge!!

    Mary Ellen Driggs
    The Rainbow Card Challenge DT


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