Friday 3 March 2023

Spring in the country

Hello, crafting friends!
I've been having such a lovely time playing with the 3D embossing folders I recently acquired! Today's card started life as an experiment and I kept adjusting it and adding to it until finally I think it works!

I started by embossing a card base with the Daffodil Delight embossing folder by Altenew, letting the image hang off the edge. I wondered if I could watercolour it and so I coloured the flowers with water and inks, adding a wash of colour on the background and finally some splatters of ink. I let this dry. Of course the main problem was that I had used a standard card base and the image warped badly so I left it under a pile of heavy books and forgot about it :)

When I eventually came back to it, I was surprised at how well it had flattened. It looked all wrong though; the top of the card was all empty and not in a good 'white space' kind of way! I came up with the notion of scoring a pair of lines to separate the coloured area with the top of the card but it wasn't a great solution. That's when I suddenly thought of raiding the snippets drawer!

I gave the card a country look with a snippet of fabulous gingham paper and added a strip of coral card. I found a sentiment which fit the space perfectly and coloured it with a marker. The final touch was a bow, die cut from another snippet of coral card with an MFT die.

Here are the snippets I used.

I am linking this card up with Four Seasons where March sees the shift to spring! Happy Little Stampers Birthday is back with an Anything Birthday-themed Goes challenge so I'm playing along there; and This card is also my homework for the Snippets Playground where I hope there's some hot chocolate left because my hands are freezing!

Isn't springtime wonderful? The flowers, the sunshine, the animals becoming frolicsome...

Here is a frolicsome dog for example. She is dripping wet because she has just frolicked in the river and now she is about to frolick in the earth. That face is saying "Promise me extra meaty chunks for tea, or I roll!"

Sending hugs,


  1. Oh Vic this card is FABULOUS! Love how you use the EF off the edge ... looks amazing! And, your coloring is beautiful ... well done through & through!
    Uh Oh ... I bet I know one dog who didn't come in the house until was totally air dried lol.
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


    P.S. Did you hear the news? We have another new challenge blog we'd love to have you come check out and play along in. It's up and running as of today. It's called Triple B. Fun with Birds, Butterflies & Blooms. Would love to have you pop over! Appreciate your support!

  2. So effective how you have offset the Daffodils Vicky, it's a really beautiful EF. I've been looking for one of two 3D ones as they give such wonderful finishes, my how things have come on in recent years.

    I recognise that expression.

    B x

  3. Beautiful card Vicky, just right for the spring, so pretty and love how you prettied it up even more with those snippets. I don’t envy you the dog bathing but Eva is so adorable. See you in the treehouse, my hands are freezing and Sarn promised me a mug full! Xxx

  4. The green check band and coral trim complement the daffodils beautifully Vicky,the Spring colours are gorgeous.I can imagine Eva dating you to chastise her,the thought of rolling in the mud must have been appealing.

  5. What a gorgeous card Vicky - LOVE the daffodils, great to see then again. And super use of snippets as well - perfect additions! Oh dear, I did chuckle at Eva - she seems to be full of the joys of Spring there and ready for mischief too.

    Di xx

  6. What a BEAUTIFUL (nay AWESOME) Springtime birthday card this is Vicky. Really lovely.

    Thanks for coming to play in the SNIPPETS PLAYGROUND. Once you’ve finished playing on the swings, meet me and Di up in the Treehouse for a nice mug of hot chocolate! xxx

  7. I love the dimension of the daffodils and your brilliant finish with snippets! The gingham, narrow coral strip and sweet bow balance the flowers beautifully!

  8. Your somewhat difficult card turned out beautifully with the help of a heavy book and snippets:-) TFS your detailed description and Wet Eva photo too:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

  9. What a lovely Spring card, Vicky. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creativity with us at The Four Seasons. We're very grateful to have you play along and hope that you'll stop by again soon.

  10. Such a pretty spring birthday card, Vicky xoxo

  11. Nice that you remembered it again. The result is beautiful!! I definitely have to try coloring embossed shapes!!!

  12. What a glorious Spring card here Vicky! I have so many of these 3d E/F's now but still to post a card I made yet arghh! Sorry I am so late leaving comments also ;) hugs Viv xx

  13. A beautiful spring creating Vicky such pretty colours.If I ever colour any embossing I do I end up with colour everywhere,yours is so neat.As for your gorgeous "frolicking "girl I feel a little jealous I would love to roll around in the mud and then someone take me home and give me a nice warm back.Not sure what the neighbours would think of said frolicking though !


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