Tuesday 4 May 2021

Simply thank you

Hello, crafting friends!

Welcome back to CAS Colours and Sketches where we have a brand new hostess (hello Samantha!) and a gorgeous colour combination for you to play with.

Reflecting the Pantone colours of the year, these are bang on trend, so I've used them to give some of my older stamp sets a fresh new twist!

To start my simple one layer card, I sponged yellow ink into Funky Fossil's Arched Window stencil, holding it upside down to make a tag shape at the top of a card base. Next came the sentiment, from the retired Letterpress Winter by Stampin' Up, positioned in my stamping platform and stamped in the darker grey.

I masked off the sentiment and used the lighter grey to stamp the flower and a leaf from Uniko's You Are Yes You above it. Coloured pencils were used to colour the petals and as a finishing touch, I added a shadow to one side of the tag to give it a bit more dimension, and a couple of clear dots.

Are you ready to join in with this week's challenge? As always, there is some wonderful inspiration over at the challenge blog where my team mates have pulled out all  the stops. You'll find the Linky Tool there too and will be able to link up your own creation. Don't forget to keep it clean and simple!

Normally, I look for a sketch or photo inspiration to get me started with a card but today I was inspired by the arched window stencil which made me think of a tag! I'm joining in with AAA cards' Up To One Third challenge and choosing not to go with the optional twist this time.

The weekend just gone has been the May Day holiday weekend across the UK and we celebrated with a lovely long walk in the sunshine in a local woods famous for its bluebells. We were all - even Eva - quite tired by the end of it. 

Most of the weekend was warm and dry but on Monday strong winds and showers made our walks much brisker and my crafting more extensive! There has been some damage in the garden which has saddened me - watching everything come out has been so rewarding. But the plants have time to grow back so all is not lost.

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend too. Sending hugs,


  1. Beautiful card as always Vicky! Don't be sad, with your love and care, your plants will grow back well soon !
    I'm happy that my succulent babies are propagating well:)
    Your fur baby is too cute. Hugsxo

  2. I think grey is so much softer on cards and with yellow it works particularly well on your pretty CAS creation.

    B x

  3. Wonderful card design Vicky, what a cute picture.

    Hugs Diane

  4. Love your layout and stamped image and sentiment,the colours are beautiful.

  5. Beautiful card, Vicky, and it's great to see you xoxo

  6. Lovely card in those super colours.

    You look the picture of health and happiness on your bluebell walk with your furry pal xxx

  7. Love your card, especially the big U shape.
    Love those woods, my husband took me there once to show them to me as, when he was a boy, he used to ride his bike round there. Too many years ago!!!
    Great memories, thanks for sharing

  8. A really lovely mix of colours with a great image and design.

    Kath x

  9. I love how you've made this one layer card look like more than one layer, Vicky! Adding that gray line around the tag inking makes it look like a separate piece! Such pretty yellow flowers too! You are looking good with Eva and those bluebells in the background! A lovely picture!

  10. Your use of older supplies is fabulous. Sometimes we need to go back to stamps we loved but forgot about. Looks like you walk was in a lovely place, those bluebells are stunning.

  11. Simply beautiful U Shaped background for your pretty flowers and text sentiment, Vicky. I loved hearing about your walk with Eva and the pretty shade of blue...wild blue bells in the woods. You and Eva look very fit and happy in your photo, my friend. TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

  12. CAS perfection and stunning card! I love the pic of you and your pup:)

  13. Wonderful card! Love the colours!
    And your photo is really nice!


  14. Love the take on the colours Vicky, so beautiful with a gorgeous design. Love the bluebell woods a super photo of the both of you.
    Faith x

  15. I love a nice field of bluebells! Eva is one gorgeous pup!
    Love your make, the inked shape look great
    Hugs Shell xx

  16. I would never have guessed this card was one layer Vicky - that shading around the tag is so effective! Love those cheery yellow blooms - and the bluebells too of course, a beautiful photo of you both!

  17. You get my stamp of approval on everything you create. This is so wonderfully CAS. LOVE!


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