Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Trendy Trees On A Hill

Hello! Yes, I'm alive!  The start of term has been manically busy but I'm loving it!  I've still got lots to get used to, but it's so nice to be working again.  Thank you to everyone for putting up with the long silence on the blogging front.  I caught up with comments a couple of weekends ago, but it took five hours(!) which meant I had no time to craft myself, and then this weekend just gone I didn't have a chance to do anything crafty, but I made time last night to make something using Kathy's Waffle sketch for this month.

I used my Trendy Trees stamp set (retiring in just two weeks, folks!) together with a snippet (yay, playground time) of Beyond the Garden Designer Paper to make this:

I die cut a circle of patterned paper, and then chopped most of it away, securing it to a Whisper White panel.  I stamped the trees using Chocolate Chip and Gumball Green, a lovely fresh green that is one the new 2012-14 in colours.  The birds are from the now retired Up, Up & Away set.  I mounted the scene onto Gumball Green card, before securing this to a white card base, scored seven times vertically.  A couple of lengths of linen thread finish it off nicely.

Here is the sketch so you can go and join in too:
Stamps: Trendy Trees (retiring), Up Up & Away (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Gumball Green, Basic Black
Card: Whisper White, Gumball Green
Paper: Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper (retiring)
Other: stamp-a-ma-jig, Simply Scored board, linen thread

Thanks again for bearing with me at the moment.  I do miss popping over to your blogs as frequently as I used to, but I will find some sort of balance in time!  In the meantime, hope you like today's crafty offering together with two funny pictures to cater for both cat and dog lovers.  I bet you're all having withdrawal symptoms without your daily funny animal photo!

Thanks for visiting,


  1. Pretty SU card and great take on the sketch. LOVING the cat n dog pictures.

    Glad all is going well for you Victoria . . . even if it is a little hectic!

    Sarn xxx

  2. What an adorable card ! I like childish style. Congratulations ! It's successful !

    Hugs from France.

  3. Fab fun card, Victoria. Love the cat picture, my cat used to love sitting in the bidet! Sue x

  4. So glad work is going well and that you're enjoying it Victoria. Such a clever take on the sketch too - love the result!

    And both piccies of cat and dig made me laugh here :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  5. Hey Victoria :)Aww we knew you would be back once your madness had settled !I am struggling myself to be in the Land Of Blog at the moment too! Glad you found some crafty time-i love the card-those little trees are fabby ! :) x

  6. Hi Victoria. Glad to hear your return to work is going well. Lovely happy card, those trees look like they are smiling to me! Love the use of the dsp. x

  7. Spooky - just thought about you and was going to check that I'd not missed a post or three!!!!

    Glad you're enjoying school and sad you're not getting much time to craft! Love this latest creation - those trees are amazing and have sooo many possibilities!

    Claire x

  8. Oh What a FUN Card Victoria! Great take on the sketch! I struggle with sketches this one would have really stumped me.
    Always Love your animal shots. How on earth did that dog get up there.

  9. Hello Victoria, great to see you back and with a fab card too - Jacqueline xx

  10. LOVE that card - I could live with that on my wall, actually!! Love the graphic style and the colours - yummy!

    It's been a shock to the system for me returning to school as well...I'd forgotten the constant talking and questioning...I was shattered the first week!!! Working is severely cramping my style, lol!

  11. Yeay! Welcome back Victoria, or should I say Miss! Great card there and fabby animal pics! I think I know that dog or is it a doggy me?!!

  12. Love your cute trees and the dog picture had me in fits of laughter. Brilliant!!. Hugs Mrs A.

  13. Lovely card, fresh, clean and so pretty - the twine on the spine just finishes it beautifully! I know just what you mean about juggling the crafting and the blog-visiting around real life demands... Oh, and where, oh, where do you find all your hilarious cat pics?!? Thank you so much for sharing them.
    Alison x

  14. So pleased you are back Victoria - it is understandable though because you have been so busy. I love your card so much - I would never have thought of doing something like this - you are really inspiring.

    My fave pic is the pussycat one because she is like our Misty who we lost in Feb. Mind you the doggy is something else!!!

    Hugs to you Sue P xxx

  15. Super card Victoria, I just love the flowery hill - and yes, we've missed you! x

  16. Heh Victoria, hope things settle into some sort of routine for you soon. Lovely card and a great take on the sketch.

    How did you know we'd all miss those photo's???? Thanks for today's, they made me smile :)

    Catch you soon xx

  17. I've been frantically busy myself, but realized that I hadn't seen anything from you in a while. I love your trendy trees card and I'm so glad you found some crafting time. Take care!

  18. Glad to see you are OK Victoria and enjoying work. Lovely card and fab animal pictures.

  19. Oooo, fabulous take on the sketch, Victoria! Love the cat jaccuzi. lol

  20. oh i love your cute trees :)

    and yes you were missed along with the funny photos!!!
    never worry about crafting and missing blog commenting for me girl :)
    i wish i could go without sleep so i could get all i want to done in a day!!!

  21. Love the card, that gumball green is gorgeous and love the name. Sounds like working is fun, I know how much I missed it when I had a few months off. Hugs, Amanda x

  22. Gorgeous card and the funky trees are really.....well funky ! such a great fun take on the sketch. As for the cat photo superb lol but the dog one how did he get down !!!! Wishing you strength and lots of luck for your new job.

    Take care


  23. As usual, I love the pictures you have posted. Your card is really neat - reminds me of folk art.

  24. Great card! I would be shattered too...hats off to the teachers!

  25. Too cute, Victoria!!! Darling use of the sketch--love those trees!!! :)

  26. Victoria - this is a genius use of that sketch! Hope all is going well at school and that you are getting some time to relax! Take care, Vicky x

  27. I adore your card, it is superb.
    Thank you for these funny pictures...



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