Tuesday 8 June 2021

Swan lake

Hello, crafting friends!

It's time for another fun challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches where we alternate between colour combinations and sketches each week. Shannon is hosting this month and this week she has come up with a great sketch for you to try:

That little cluster could be anything you like as long as we can clearly see three shapes. I opted to turn the sketch 90 degrees and chose a stamp set that had popped into my mind on a recent walk, The Riverbank by The Craft Consortium.

I stamped the swan onto a card base, masked it off and then masked off all but the central strip of the sketch, which was to be my river. Pale blue ink was sponged into it and then all the masks were removed and I used coloured pencils to add detail to the swan and the strip of water.

The lily pads were stamped on a separate piece of card stock, coloured with coloured pencils, and cut out with sharp paper snips before attaching to the card base. The sentiment is from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks.

So now it's your turn! As always, there's lots of inspiration to be found at the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge blog, from the design team and from our special guest designer Deborah, so head over there and check it out. You'll find the Linky Tool there too, ready for you to upload your own creation. Don't forget to keep your design nice and clean and simple with lots of white space, and above all have fun!

I'm linking this card up with Stamping Sensations where the challenge is to make a card using your favourite style of crafting and complete the phrase 'I love...' In my case, it's definitely CAS, using masking, sponging, stamping and colouring - and there's often a bit of fussy cutting in there too! I'm also joining in at We Love Chocolate Baroque where the theme is 'Hand-coloured or Paper-pieced image.

Apologies for the quality of the photo but this really made me laugh and I wanted to share it with you, so I took a quick snap. Sometimes when I'm busy doing something, I'll get that feeling of being watched, and when I look round this is what I might see:

Eva loves tissues and can't resist stealing them from the coffee table or sofa. She takes time to shred them and then fixes her eyes on me with so much energy that I look round. I usually say something like 'Oh Eva, you are a minx!' but in a teasing tone so that she knows I'm not cross. Her ears go down and her tail starts wagging because she knows she has now 'earned' some attention. She has many different ways of asking for attention!

Sending hugs,


  1. Stunning images and layout,such a peaceful scene,the perfect thank you card

  2. You are such a whizz with pencils Vicky - this swan is so life-like! I swear I passed him and his mate as I walked along the canal this morning! A great choice of three unusual shapes for your perfectly CAS card!

  3. A really stunning card Vicky, a fabulous image and as always a super design.

    Kath x

  4. A really lovely scene with the beautiful swan and the lily pads! It's a fabulous CAS, thanks for joining us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge!
    Your Eva seems a very sweet lady :)

  5. Hee hee hee - cackling at the Tissue Shredder!!!

    Loving your take on the sketch challenge. Superb card xxx

  6. So you have a tissue monster as well Vicky!! And doesn't it spread everywhere. Our new little miss, all fourteen weeks of her is now big enough to pop her head into the office bins and create havoc with tissues and paper.

    Back to your card, the Swan is a beautiful image and so effective the way you have cut out the lily pads, a lovely summer scene.

    Thanks so much for joining in with our 'coloured/paper pieced' theme at We Love Chocolate Baroque and 'I love....' theme at Stamping Sensations June challenges.

    B x

  7. Wow! This takes my breath away! So stunning!

  8. This is an AWESOME use of this sketch, Vicky! Love the coloring and all those special details you've added!

  9. OH! What a clever take on the sketch Vicky and very beautiful too. Love teh photo of Eva.
    Faith x

  10. Stunning card Vicky. Love your colouring! she is adorable:)

  11. Beautiful swan and lily pads, Vicky. Perfect for the sketch challenge with the stamped, colored and fussy cut lily pads. I have had my SU papersnips since they 1st came out (15+ years?) and they are still very sharp:-) I keep them clean with Goo Gone also my other scissors. A must have household product for adhesive/pitch, etc clean ups. Eva looks so innocent:-) Dogs and Toddlers Love getting into! All 3 of our kids as toddlers took off at least once with the end of a roll of TP...Lol!!! TFS your beauty and your story, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  12. A lovely interpretation of the sketch this week! So pretty! Hugs, Lesley

  13. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at we love chocolate baroque. I love how you have constructed the design and coloured the image. Thanks too for sharing the picture of Eva xx

  14. Absolutely beautiful!! Wow!!

  15. A beautiful elegant card and a lovely design. A very nice effect with the dimension of the lilys. Your dog is adorable!
    Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

  16. Your card is stunning hun, just love it!
    My baby skunk Nico has a thing about plastic bags, carrier bags he pinches them all the time!
    Eva is beautiful hun <3
    Hugs Shell xx

  17. Wow! Your card is amazing!
    And the photo of Eva makes me laughing.. Sidney is a Tissue Shredder too! :)


  18. I have found that dogs can be sneaky creatures. :-) I am in love with your interpretation of this week's sketch! So clever and so beautifully executed.

  19. Oh, my! This is absolutely jaw-dropping!!! Such a beautiful scene!!

  20. Awesome card.Thank you for joining at stamping sensations

  21. Stunning card!
    Thank you for sharing at We Love Chocolate Baroque June Challenge;-))m


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