Sunday 27 March 2022

Playing with pink and plaid

Hello, crafting friends!
Happy mothers day to all who celebrate it in the UK today :) In a display of contrariness, I have a Christmas card to show you! Come and see:

This simple design fulfilled a sudden desire to see what would happen if I introduced a white coloured pencil to some bold pink plaid paper! I cut a piece of the paper with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle, swished an embossing buddy over it to get rid of any static, used versamark ink to stamp onto it with the large Christmas sentiment from  Be Merry by WPlus9, and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. There are some flowers and foliage images in the set and I chose two sprigs and gold embossed those above and below the sentiment.

When I used the white coloured pencil to colour the banner and the leaves of the sprigs, it turned the bright pink into a paler pink as I'd hoped! I used a darker pink pencil to add definition to the word 'merry', the berries on the sprigs and the back of the banner before attaching the panel to a card base.

I hope this card is CAS enough for Less is More which inspired my colour choices with its Pink and Gold theme; Jingle Belles inspired the plaid with their We Wish You a Plaid Christmas challenge so I'm joining in there; I'm also linking up at the ABC Christmas Challenge where Carol is hosting three more letters and I've chosen E for Embossing; I'm also playing along at the  Rudolph Days Challenge where we must make an Anything Goes Christmas card on the 25th of each month (and link up by the end of the month.)

My favourite mothers day story was told me by a friend: He learned to knit one year when he was a little boy and decided to make his mum a scarf, only he got a bit bored after a while and thought the scarf was probably long enough at 6 inches. On the big day he planned to present it to her at breakfast which he was going to cook himself. He didn't really know how to cook anything except frozen peas so he made those, put them in a bowl and brought it to his mother in bed on a tray. What I love about this story is that she was so thrilled with the scarf she put in on immediately (it rested on one shoulder) and ate the peas with apparent delight while her son sat on the end of her bed. Isn't that the best story?!

Sending hugs,


  1. A fabulous pink and gold Christmas card,the white pencilled areas look amazing.Your mother's day story demonstrates just how much that boy was loved

  2. I love how the embossed sentiment pops against the plaid ... and the white pencil highlights are perfection ... so very glad you went mad for plaid with us at Jingle Belles.

  3. Beautiful card - very classy.

    Love the MD story too xxx

  4. This is beautiful! I was just pondering two of those challenges myself, wondering how I could combine pink, plaid and gold! You nailed it!

  5. Super make and loving the story too


  6. Hi Vicky,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    This card is wonderful and I love that pink plaid paper it's gorgeous with the gold embossed sentiment.
    I thought the banner was vellum or parchment till I read your details.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  7. A Gorgeousc ard Vicky, love the tartan background with the gold. As for the story it's a delight and yes! of course she put the scarf on and ate the peas, just as we would do :)
    Faith x

  8. What a lovely CAS card! Pink plaid and gold look beautiful together. I love your sweet story. Thank you for sharing both your card and story, and playing along with ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Wendy

  9. This is amazing, Vicky! Love this pink plaid paper and the different shades you created with the coloring! What a great Mother's Day story. I hope you had a special day.

  10. Hi Vicky! What a wonderful card. I love that you experimented with an idea ad were happy with the result. The gold emboosing on the pink plaid is fantastic, and the white does look like vellum. Great affect. LIM defines CAS as design featuring lots of clean / white / blank / non patterned / non textured space, so it is a little busy for LIM, but I am so happy to see you in the gallery with your beautiful creation. Thanks for playing. Please come back again!

  11. I love your card Vicky and the banner looks like it's velum. I would never have guessed it was pencil and the gold against the plaid is fabulous. Contrariness becomes you.super story about the boy with the peas so sweet.


  12. Love this card, Vicki. The non traditional colours look great and that sentiment is lovely!

    Thanks for taking part in the Rudolph Days Challenge.

  13. Oh WOW! What a cool idea to stamp on the bold plaid and then add detail with the white pencil! (I had been trying to figure out if you had stamped some of the bits on vellum? and somehow seamlessly added them??!) This is beyond awesome! Thanks for joining our celebration of plaid at Jingle Belles!

  14. Gorgeous card, I love the effect of the white pencil on the background. A fab take on our pink and gold challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More.


  15. Beautiful card!
    Thanks so much for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x


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