Thursday, 28 May 2015

CC&S #126: Bunting Sketch & Laura's Birthday

A while back I bought a mini bunting die set from Clearly Besotted and have been itching to find the time to have a play so have put that right by making it a feature of my sketch for CAS Colours and Sketches this week. My thinking was that if I had no other time to play I would have to make a card for that. Why exactly is it that I have to go to work... hmm? I know... retirement will come soon enough!

It is also our eldest daughter, Laura's, birthday very soon so I wanted to make a special card for her. She and her fiance are still away travelling in South East Asia and Australasia. They went at the beginning of December 2014 and will be back at the beginning of July - seven months! I can't send the card to her except via facebook but will save it for her when she gets back - can't wait to hear all her stories.

When looking for inspiration, I found that the themes from three other challenges seemed to fit perfectly and so my card was born. I love making these die-cut metal flowers from beer and pop cans. Each one is different depending on the can colours and not only are they amazing and definitely have that wow factor, they are a good way to upcycle and Laura would definitely approve of that! Today I have used a Pimms can, very appropriate for the time of year though you wouldn't think so to look at the weather outside!

It's recipe time at Less Is More this week and the recipe is 'to use some metal'. I love to join in their wonderful challenges when I can so will enter it there. Besides the flower, I have also used some metallic holographic gold card as the base for some of the bunting.

I would also like to enter it into the twin sister of the recently discovered Happy Little Stampers challenge and enter this card into their May CAS challenge where the theme is to use die-cuts or punches on your card. As well as the flower, I have obviously die-cut all the bunting elements.

The final challenge I would like to link to is the May challenge at Uniko Studio where the theme is 'flowers'. I would like to wish Bev a very belated happy birthday and in case I don't get a chance to enter with a card using Uniko stamps, I thought I would kill two birds with one stone, as it were, with this card!

Supplies Used:
Dies: Bigz Flower Daisies #2 (Sizzix), Mini Bunting Die Collection (Clearly Besotted)
Stamps: Circle Letters and Numbers (See-D's)
Ink Pad: Rose Red (Versacolor)
Sentiment Font: Vijaya
Snippets: Pimms can, Textured white brad, White linen, holographic gold & red cardstock, Red twine

I have so enjoyed my month looking after the challenges at CAS Colours and Sketches. Thank you for all your support, amazing entries and wonderful comments! Lizy will be our hostess for June. In the meantime I look forward to seeing all your interpretations of my summery sketch!

Stef x


  1. Your die cut metal flower sure gave me the "wow"!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. This is so pretty Steph!! I love your design using the metal pop cans for the flower ... the mix of the colours with mostly white background has such a pretty design to it. And your banners are also special ... so sweet on their own, but even more so with the metallic layers underneath to add more shine. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers.

  3. WOW! You've gained an A* here for can cutting Steph. Simply awesome and do use the patterned side too looks brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More ... oh and thanks for playing along at Uniko Studio too.

  4. What a brilliant metal flower!
    It looks just terrific!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  5. Ooh, your die cut metal flower looks fabulous. Great use of your Pimms can!
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  6. Love that spiky flower, so much dimension and great use of an old can! Super idea to spell out your daughter's name on the bunting too. Great sketches and colours this month Stef, have enjoyed working with them.

  7. Fabulous card, love the flower and bunting


  8. Loving the dimension of the flower - stunning. Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge. Hugs Bev x

  9. What a brilliant idea to use a can! The flower is stunning and has so much dimension. Love the bunting too. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko Studio Challenge this month xx

  10. Fabulous card, Stef, beautiful upcycling of the can.

    Love and hugs

  11. Stunning flower and a great reason to drink Pimms!
    Thanks so much for joining us
    Less is More

  12. Fab card Stef. I just love the metal flower, will have to try to make one myself. The bunting looks so good layered like that too
    Louise xx

  13. What a cool flower! Your daughter is going to love her card!