Spring is finally here

What a beautiful weekend we've had with all the bright sunshine. It still didn't stop me from doing some of my card challenges though. I didn't all the ones I wanted to get done, but I still managed a fair few!

First is my card for Just Add Ink #12 - the sketch and Sweet Stampin' #21 to use Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Kraft. I also used my one of my new fave stamp sets, Vintage Vogue. This stamp set just looks so pretty in all different colours, but pinks are still my fave! For the blue flowers I inked up the stamp using Bashful Blue, then went round the edges and centre using my Not Quite Navy marker - love how this turned out!


Stamps: Vintage Vogue

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Kraft, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy ink and marker

Accessories: Kraft Taffeta ribbon

My next card is for SCS SC275 and CC265 to use Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise and Soft Suede (this will soon be one of our new colours - yay!). This simple looking card took me forever! I couldn't decide on the panels at first so did one in each colour, but that didn't look right so had to redo them. Then I wanted a certain sized frame, but couldn't punch it to the exact, or even close to the size I wanted so I ended up punching 4 separate corners with a bit of the sides and joining them together - what a faff!!!! But I like how it looks now I've done it.


Stamps: Bird On A Branch, Sweet Serenity wheel

Paper: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Inks: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede

Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Certainly Celery button, Scallop Trim border and corner punches

Up next is my card for Stacey's Curtain Call #25 to use Only Orange, Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow and Pixie Pink. Yikes!!! I also used Mojo#93 that I missed. These colours sure are bright but work so very well with this stamp set - Something Sweet! I still need to go and actually buy some sweeties to put in the sweet cups and then I'll be able to make a project with them!


Stamps: Something Sweet

Paper: Only Orange, Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP

Inks: Only Orange, Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink

Accessories: Whisper White grosgrain ribbon (dyed Yoyo Yellow with my ink pad and dauber), Green Galore brads, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Crystal Effects

My next card is for Our Creative Corner's Sketch #10 and SCS CC154 to use Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence and Pumpkin Pie. I think this card needs a sentiment somewhere but I couldn't decide what or where so left it blank until I do decide.


Stamps: Playful Petals

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Certainly Celery DSP, Summer Picnic DSP

Inks: Basic Black, SU Markers in Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery

Accessories: Certainly Celery and Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Trim and Corner punches

My next card is one of the busiest cards I've made in a while and I actually really like it even if there is a lot on it! This is for A Passion for Papertrey's Material Girl challenge, Mojo#133 which I turned on its side and for Color Throwdown #87 to use pink, gray and soft olive. I used PTI's Hibiscus Burst and Spring Moss and SU's Basic Gray. I used some of the Fleurettes II from Stampin' Up and ran my Hibiscus Burst ink cube over them and I really like the 2 tone look of them. This is also the first time I've used these flowers - they've been sat unopened in my box for at least a year!


Stamps: Guide Lines Two from PTI

Paper: Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Bitty Dots Basics all from PTI, Basic Gray from SU, Non SU/PTI white cs

Inks: Basic Gray and Kiwi Kiss from SU(I don't have the Spring Moss ink yet! It's always out of stock when I try to order it), Hibiscus Burst

Accessories: Oval Nestabilities, Fleurettes II, Bird punch (for the leaves), Spring Moss polka dot ribbon, Spring Moss buttons, Scallop Trim border punch, Corner Rounder Punch

And my final card of the weekend is for SCS Free For All #7 to make a quilt card, CC199 to use So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy and Handsome Hunter and for Farm Fresh Friday's Spring Clean challenge. I totally forgot I had these top die note cuts that I received in a Wish RAK from SCS ages ago. I also have the die somewhere still in its wrapper never used - don't shoot me! But I couldn't find it! I remember where it used to live before I had a sort out of my crafting area in February, but now I have no idea where it's gone. I'm going to have to pull everything out and find it. I might just use it then! I still think the quilt needs something else - I should have put it through an embossing folder I think!


Stamps: Tiny Tags, Hugh from The Greeting Farm

Paper: Handsome Hunter, Ss Saffron cs & DSP, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Ciaos, Bravo Burgundy

Accessories: Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Linen Thread, Top Die Note Die Cuts, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon (dyed with my Bravo Burgundy ink pad and dauber), Card Candy from Craftwork Cards

Well that's all for another weekend folks! Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!


  1. Jellybeans as the perfect thing to use for this week's Curtain Call colours!! Great card!! Thanks for playing the Curtain Call. Lovely set of other cards too :D

  2. pretty cards and ... yummy jelly beans:) thanks so much for playing along at the Curtain Call, Vanessa!

  3. Wow! I thought I was doing well to get 3 challenges in one day!! Especially love your Sweet Stampin card, but they are all inspiring.

  4. Love all of your cards! They are all so gorgeous! really love the backgrouns on the Sweet STampin colour challenge! Thank you for joining us for this weeks "Sweet Stampin" challenge! I look forward to seeing more of your incredibly “Fabulous” crafty works in the future!
    Rach ~ Queen La Rubba
    If you have not already, I invite you to hop on over and enter in my candy give away!!

  5. you made a lot of gorgeous cards....I see you love colour combo's....I just dislike them....I prefer a sketch.........thanks for joining Sweet Stampin!
    xxx Margreet

  6. Look at all these fabulous cards you have posted! I am a little partial to the jelly bean card....the fun & bright colors compliment the candy themed card!! Thanks for joining us at the curtain call this week!


  7. It's hard to pick a fav! They are all fantastic! So happy for you to share them all! Thanks for playing at OCC Sketch!

  8. Gorgeous cards as always, Vannessa! I still admire just how many challenges you manage to rock!
    Thanks so much for letting our challenge be a part of your challenge list! Loving those flowers have been put to good use!

  9. My goodness that's a lot of totally gorgeous cards all in one post! You are a very talented lady. My favourite is the blue one you've entered into Sweet Stampin. I love how you've made the edges and the centres a darker blue. Thanks so much for playing at Sweet Stampin. x

  10. Ummmm wow, what some absolutely fantastic cards! Great use of the Curtain Call colors this week.

  11. Wow, Vannessa!! Way to rock those challenges! Love those Fleurette flowers and how you inked them up for even more dimension and texture.

  12. WOW! AWESOME cards :) love the jellybean one. thanks for joining us on the OCC Sketch Challenge this week :)

  13. Wow, lots of fabulous stuff to look at here! thanks for playing at OCC.

  14. All great, but I am lovin' the jellybeans! And not just because I'm part of the Curtain Call Crew. Its a fabulous, bright happy card! I feel a CASE coming on!

  15. Hiya Vanessa, thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamping wow and you made a lot of beautifull cards sweetie thanks for sharing. Hugs Terry

  16. great work with all your cards! love the jelly beans, perfect set to use for the curtain call! thanks for playing along with us this week! :)

  17. what a delicious looking card! brilliant work!

  18. Ooh,I love the flowers you used Vanessa! So cute, and great job with the Guide Lines background - fab stamping!!! Thanks for joining the challenge! Kate x


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