Monday, 19 March 2012

Springing into Spring!

It's Make My Monday today where I am privileged to be a Guest Designer this month.  Continuing the 'Spring' theme, this week's challenge is to make a 'spring fold' card.  If you've not come across one of these before, check out this great tutorial written by Jacqueline.  I don't usually go in for fancy folds, though I am trying to get out of my comfort zone more and experiment, so this was a challenge for me.

I decided to use the Simply Soft stamp set to create this little floral scene.  This is a 2-step stamp set, meaning you get the outline and the flower, giving you lots of versatility in terms of colour, design and layout.  The blooms are stamped in Crumb Cake, before being overstamped in Perfect Plum.  I added yellow and green highlights with my blender pen together with Old Olive and So Saffron marker pens.  The background was sponged with Bashful Blue ink to create a peaceful looking sky.  I did a similar stamped panel for the bottom of the spring fold card, and the triangles are just sponged in blue.  Each piece is mounted onto Perfect Plum card stock - isn't it great that with Stampin' Up! everything coordinates?!

Here's the bottom panel for a closer look:

Stamps: Simply Soft (hostess set)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, So Saffron, Bashful Blue
Card: Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, blender pen, sponge daubers

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me (email or phone 07977 141605) if you have any questions or if you would like to order some Stampin' Up! goodies.  It's still Sale-a-bration so you can earn free stamp sets/designer paper with every £45 you spend.  Not only that but I have a prize draw running until the end of March to win a set of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and I am offering free P&P for my first 3 customers!!  What are you waiting for?!

I've had a lovely weekend, travelling over the Pennines to spend it with my family.  Spring really does seem to be happening now, doesn't it?  Lovely blue skies here today and I fear it may be the inaugural lawn mowing day!  Hope you've all had a nice weekend - and were treated if you are a Mum!

Thanks for visiting today.  I will be posting again later on today - with a rather strange creation - so do pop back if I've piqued your interest!


  1. Hi lovely, so sorry not been around this week. Wow what a beautiful card hun, its stunning. I really love those stamps. When I get chance I will have a good nose through the Stampin Up catalogue. Such a beautiful day today. Hope Socks is well. Big hugs Clare xxx

  2. This is gorgeous Victoria, another fab stamp and lovely colours.

  3. Wow! What a stunningly beautiful card, Victoria. The colours you used are perfect for the fabulous stamps!

  4. This is absolutely stunning Victoria and what a way to showcase those beautiful stamps! Vicky x

  5. this is a beautiful card & I love the soft lavenders you used. This would be a delight for anyone to receive! The folding is quite spectacular as well.

  6. This is so pretty - I have this set too, it's one of my favourites! Lovely colouring too - very spring-like - Jacqueline xx

  7. Hi, Victoria! This is beautiful! I LOVE the coloring--it's stupendous! Thanks for guest DTing--we love having you at MMM! :)

  8. So very soft and pretty - quite elegant!

  9. This is another beautiful card from you Victoria...great having you as GDT!

  10. Victoria this is just so beautiful! I've been looking at the other cards on your blog too and I really like them, the ones with the pheasant are so lovely too, and that little pear with the script, classic.


  11. Beautiful beautiful stamping and a great card
    .... ps also love the nappy cake Hugs Elaine


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