Tuesday 17 August 2021

Playing with poppies

Hello, crafting friends!

Tuesday has cheekily popped up again and it's time for another fun CAS Colours and Sketches challenge! Here are the colours our host Bhavya has chosen this week:

I immediately thought of poppies! The poppies that grow wild in the fields here in middle England are an intense red, but I was also thinking of a pal who lives in California where you get lovely yyellow ones, so the challenge colours were perfect for a mix of both!

To provide a background for my poppies, I used the Pool Party ink and Clearly Besotted's Tear Awayy stencil to create a sort of misty background directly onto a card base.

The poppies are beauties from Clearly Besotted's Pure Poppies. I stamped the stems and leaves in a neutral grey and flower heads in the red and yellow of the challenge colour palette, filling in extra colour with coloured pencils. To keep my card nice and clean and simple, I kept the stamping to the bottom of the card front only, leaving plenty of nice clear space above it. 

The sentiment is from Hero Arts' Cheeky Birthday - very handy when you are ludicrously late for a birthday. I'm afraid I've brought it out several times already this year :/

Are you ready to get inky? You'll find lots of inspiration from my teamies over at the CAS Colours and Sketches site so do have a look! The Linky Tool is there too, at the bottom of the post, ready for you to link up your creation. Don't forget to keep your card clean and simple will you, with lots of lovely clear space!

I'm linking this card up with AAA Cards where they want you to use only two quarters of the card with the option of using our favourite colours; I'm also joining in at Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge where Anything Goes.

We have a lovely cockerpoo staying with us, a great friend of Eva's. Unfortunately, after a paw injury, he arrived with a bandaged leg and a soft cone to prevent him from worrying at it. It hasn't dampened his spirits at all and although Eva was initially a little worried about the cone, she soon found that it didn't stop her pal from playing with her. During their initial playtime, we discovered that the cone was pretty loose as it came off over the top of our visitor's head! The two dogs looked at each other for a moment and then this happened...

I swear Eva thought this was a new concept in coming to visit: bring a toy, but wear it!

Sending hugs,


  1. I alughed right out loud when I go to the part with Eva's play date. Hilarious! Now, on to your card - what a beauty!!! I love poppies and you have brought those images to life with your wonderful coloring. I just LOVE it!

  2. Oh how lush are those Poppies Vicky, not that I am biased at all, but what a glorious creation.

    Eva clearly has alternative idea for the lampshade.

    I've been trying to mail you but for whatever reason your mail addy not showing up in my address list, can you drop me one please so I can get back to you.

    B x

  3. Beautiful poppies, Vicky! Love how the soft blue background and all that white space lets them stand out!

  4. We had yellow poppies in our last garden, your poppies and background are gorgeous

  5. Do you do pencil coloring tutorials? :-) This is stunning.

  6. WoW!!! This is absolutely awesome!!!!

  7. The 3P card. Pretty Poppin Poppies 😀

  8. WOW that’s an awesome poppy card. Your colouring is simply fantastic.

    Love that Eva helped out her new companion. Very useful having a retriever for your playmate!

    Hug xxx

  9. Gorgeous card Vicky! Beautiful colouring as always xo

  10. These are just beautiful Vicky, so realistic. You are such a whizz with pencils!!

  11. Beautiful coloring! Spectacular - You absolutely brought those flowers to life. Great job using the colors as well.


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