Sunday 23 May 2021

The Gardening square metre

Hello, crafting friends!

Since the weather isn't enabling me to get out into the garden, I've decided to do some gardening in the Craft Square Metre instead! 

It's a bit early for an apple crop as we're still at blossom stage, but I wanted to give some love to this apple branch from Apples and Pears by Clearly Besotted. I stamped it in green ink, watercoloured it, left it to dry  and then fussy cut it. The background was made in the same green with a mix of stamping (from Stampin' Up's Waterfront), ink blending and watercolouring. 

When it was dry, I added a gingham border with Kaisercraft's Gingham. Under that, I glued a piece of red card stock and embellished it with a strip of patterned green washi tape. The panel was cut out with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle and the apple tree glued over the top. In all the excitement, the top left hand corner got damaged so I added a photo corner style trim with the washi tape and I think I got away with it! 

The sentiment is the Thank You Border die from Lawn Fawn, which I trimmed down for a different look. To finish the card, I knotted some twine round the card and made a little tasseled end, and added a tiny die-cut heart to the gingham.

Festive Friday are celebrating National Gardening Week and I have chosen plants, green and twine from their inspiration list; I was also inspired by the mood board at Create A Smile so I'm linking up there too.

This card feels as if it was made by someone else! I normally make quite CAS cards but this one seems to have a lot going on. Do  you ever find that you've made something completely out of your normal style?

Sending hugs,


  1. A Glorious card with fabulous design and colours Vicky, gorgeous colouring too, of course.
    As for style, I go through lots of stages!
    Faith x

  2. You created the perfect background for this beautiful stamp,love your colours and colouring

  3. Gorgeous card and love your water coloured apples too Vicky ! the weather is grim lately isn't it, let's hope Summer will be better eh ;) Viv xx

  4. Those apples look good enough to eat, fantastic colouring of them. Really super background too, great creation. We have blossom too but it was a tad late appearing, was getting worried.

    Kath x

  5. The Washi tape corner is perfect and looks like it was intended! What a wonderful job of watercoloring these apples! With the red gingham, this is crisp and so pretty!

  6. It's a really lovely card Vicky and sometimes it's nice to do something unusual too.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. Wow.. this card is really wonderful, Vicky! Love your coloring!


  8. What a fabulous design love how you mended the break. It ties in beautifully

  9. This is so gorgeous Vicky. My very favorite thing is that little triangle in the upper lefthand corner. What a fantastic composition!

  10. The colouring on those apples is so lifelike Vicky and whilst it does feel different to your usual style, there is also something quite familiar about it too. Sometimes it's nice to experiment a little and just see where the mood takes you; I did it recently with my bee skep card and whilst the card was really different for me, I quite enjoyed the change in creative process. I love the washi fix for the corner on this card - genius. I am going to remember that one!


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