Tuesday 31 August 2021

Birthday dahlias

Hello, crafting friends!

We have an exciting new challenge for you at CAS Colours and Sketches today! Whenever there's a fifth Tuesday in  any month, we bring you The Double - that means we inspire you with both a colour palette and a sketch :) Come and see what Bhavya, this month's host, has come up with:

I thought I'd go floral with these colours, bringing out Clearly Besotted's Perfect Dahlias, which made the perfect shape for the sketch.

The flower cluster was stamped onto a panel using a neutral ink and I added colour with coloured pencils in the challenge colours. The blue is faded out in the background but is not very obvious in the photo! The sentiment, from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks, was stamped, trimmed into a flag shape and popped up on dimensional pads.

I had the idea of cutting the panel to size with the Spellbinders Hemstitch frame but made a complete mess of it! To save it, I tried trimming the panel down further with my guillotine which resulted in this sort of postage stamp style edge. I matted it onto a piece of Rose Red card stock which emphasised the edging and there - I kind of liked it!

Ok, so now it's over to you! Do hop over to the CAS Colours and Sketches website and take a look at the fabulous samples my teamies have made to inspire you. You will also find the Linky Tool there so that you can link up your own creation. Have fun!

I'm playing along with The Paper Players where Jaydee has come yup with a tic tac toe board - I've chosen the first column Feminine/Birthdayy/Florals; also Watercooler Wednesday where Cathy is hosting the All Things Feminine theme; and Allsorts where Tracy has chosen a Clean and Simple challenge.

While I was taking photos of this card my lovely assistant was keeping an eye on me...

... just in case I SHOULD decide to get a snack out!

Sending hugs,


  1. Happy Accident! Love the border and of course, your wonderful coloring!

  2. The edging on the stamped panel is gorgeous Vicky,love the dalhias

  3. A beautiful clean and simple design which is perfect for our challenge at Allsorts this week, thank you for joining us.

  4. Very pretty indeed.
    Your able assistant looks a bit fed-up at the distinct lack of snacks!!!

    Hug x

  5. Beautiful creation the flowers are so vibrant and lovely, this is such a pretty make, I do so love your assistant , lol, thank you for joining our challenge at ALLSORTS this week
    lolo x

  6. This is simply lovely, Vicky! That edge sure does resemble a postage die! It looks really awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at The Paper Players for our Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Take care!

  7. A lovely design for a pretty creation, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts CAS theme this week.

    B x

  8. I wasn't sure I could make florals work but you totally rocked this Vicky - those golden leaves look lovely! Love the accidental border too. And you made a great entry for the Paper Players this week too!

  9. Vicky, isnt your keeper just such a sweetie.. I think he deserves some snacks for keeping you safe :-) Fabulous card, too. I love the soft colors and that edging is so unusual and adds wonderful texture. Fabulous feminine card. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

  10. Vicky, your card is beautiful! I love the detail in the frame, too. Your assistant is just too cute. Thanks so much for joining us this week over at The Paper Players!

  11. Beautiful blooms ~ I like the edging too. My cats hear the chip bag or spoon scrap on the yogurt cup and find me in an instant :)

  12. This is gorgeous, Vicky. I love dahlias, and you have colored these with such skill. I love the brilliant save on your white panel!!! It looks fabulous.

  13. So pretty Vicky! I love the addition of the fun border to give an extra pop of colour matching your wonderful flowers! Thanks so mch for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Stay safe! :)

  14. Beautiful card & beautiful assistant, Vicky!


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