Tuesday 23 May 2023

A Shower of laburnum

Hello, crafting friends!
Every year I notice that one or other plant is doing particularly well and this year it's the turn of Laburnum. I've seen lots of fine displays in gardens and there's a tree at the entrance to one of the fields at the back of our house which is looking magnifcent at the moment. They've reminded me of a stamp I've had for a long time so I had a little rummage...

... and here's what I made! The stamp is from a retired Stampin' Up hostess set called Soft Spring. I stamped it repeatedly across the top of a thick card base and coloured it with Stampin' Up water-based markers. I sponged a little blue ink at the top of the card to suggest a glorious spring day :)

The sentiment is from Simply Said by Clearly Besotted, stamped on a snippet of white card and trimmed to size with a stitched rectangle die. Le voila! A very quick make :)

Retro Rubber require the use of stamps over a year old and this set was released in 2019. The current challenge is Anything Goes so I'm linking up there; I'm also joining in with Try Stampin' on Tuesday 607 where there's a word prompt of Flower Power and the option to use the sketch; Double D have a Flowers theme this fortnight so I'm playing along there too; Last but not least, the latest challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Keep It Simple and this is my entry there.

Eva suggested that I took a photo of the laburnum. She said it would show off her fur nicely!

Look at her smiling for the camera! She never complains but I think she would secretly like to be an Instagram Pup or have her very own Canine Twitter account ;)

Sending hugs,


  1. Talk about stealing the show!! As much as I was hoping you would show the magnificent laudanum (no, that's not quite right is it?), I get a twinge when I see Eva sitting so regally. She really wants me to be there, to kneel and hug her! You are so blessed, Vicky! You are also very sharp to remember this stamp and create your pretty work of art as a tribute to this year's display! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Eva looks so beautiful sitting under the laburnum, the Spring colours are gorgeous.A wonderful stamped image and card

  3. Beautiful card, beautiful photo, and beautiful Eva! Xxx

  4. Love this CAS card with the pretty flowers and sweet sentiment.

    Great pic of Eva under the laburnum. Have a lovely day xxx

  5. Laburnum always impresses me, too, a really beautiful plant that also comes into its own on your card.
    PS: And you should listen to Eva more often, she knows what good photos are!!!

  6. Such a pretty card!!!! And love your doggio!!! Thanks for sharing at Try it on Tuesday!
    Helen DT

  7. So super sweet, Vicky, love this card and design! Such a fun stamp, and your simple take has a huge impact! Love the scene pic, too - such a cutie, but what a setting! Thanks so much for playing at Retro Rubber!

  8. You really are the queen of CAS, Vicky. This is beautiful xoxo

  9. What a lovely take on the sketch! I really like how clean and simple this goregous card is. Thanks for playing over at TSOT.

  10. Vicky, such a simple yet elegant card you've created! Great job coloring the Labumum flowers, too! Thank you for sharing your card and talents with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday!! -Donna

  11. Love these flowers, Vicky! They look a little like our wisteria but in yellow instead of purple. They make a beautiful card!

  12. Beautiful card and beautiful doggie too!!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD Co-Owner
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  13. A lovely card, very elegant. You dog is so adorable too! We don't have a laburnum but around us all the May Blossom is out and it's pretty spectacular this year too.

    Thanks for joining in at Try It On Tuesday challenge

  14. Eva would be an instant hit on Instagram and this particular photo i'm sure would accumulate lots of lovely praise and especially for the photographer whoever that is (:.As for your beautiful card once again a CAS sensation beautifully stamped and designed.


  15. Great picture, beautiful tree and such a sweet looking doggie! Love your card, it's perfectly sweet! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Flowers Challenge. Donna, DT Member.

  16. Love how you used your stamp for repeated stamping, and it’s an eyecatching simple design. Thanks for joining our challenge at Try it on Tuesday!

  17. The laburnum around here are stunning this year too Vicki. I love how you conveyed and beautiful Spring day in your card. It really is beautiful. Love Eva with the tree.
    Faith x

  18. Love how delicate this card is.

    Thanks so much for playing with us at TSOT!
    -- Dalis

  19. Gorgeous card, I have a stencil similar to this, I am now itching to break it out. Eva is gorgeous too! Thank you for playing with us this time at RR. Claire DT


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