A taste of summer

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I had to smile when I saw that the theme for this week’s challenge at City Crafter was strawberries. You may remember the card I did recently?


Now sometimes I like my cards, sometimes I ‘m not very happy with them and sometimes I LOVE them. This was definitely in the latter category! So the question was, how could I do something different for the lovely ladies at CCCB?

This, if you like, is take two!


I knew I wanted to use my lovely little strawberry stamp again, especially as it has rarely seen the light of day since I bought it several years ago, so I prepared a fresh crop – stamping then colouring with Promarkers.


I punched some green leafy fronds with my Martha Stewart punch and arranged them with the strawberries. I shaped the berries with my scissors and used glue gel to apply them so that they would have some dimension. I added a scattering of white punched blossoms to which I had added tiny yellow gems.

The next question was how to include a butterfly for Amy and Friends? it seemed fitting that I used this lovely image from The Graphics FairyΒ as it was this same little creature that provided the theme for the very first City Crafter challenge that I entered.


As you can see, I cut out two and layered them one on top of the other. To complete the summery feel I also stamped two little bees.


The finishing touch was the little red bow and to add an appropriate Chit-Chat sticker. I love using these on cards as, if you change your mind about the wording, they are very good natured about being recycled.



I love that little strawberry peeping out from under the leaves, just like they do when you go strawberry picking. I’m pleased I chose to do this card today as, here in Sheffield, that little burst of summer we were all enjoying has disappeared!

Thanks for buzzing by.


A taste of summer — 10 Comments

  1. Over the past few weeks I come come to realise just how much I love working with butterflies when I am crafting, it seems that you can slip one or two onto any project.

    Your card really makes my point, this is fantastic, the butterfly is perfect and your strawberries look good enough to eat. In fact, they look a great deal tastier than the last few punnets I have bought! I love the checkered tablecloth effect and the doily (not to mention the bees). Great card, it seems to encapsulate a British summer.

    Will there be strawberry jam too?

    Dionne xx

    • I think you’re right! There is a card maker who puts a ladybird on all her cards and Mr Beez is trying to get me to do the same thing with bees. I think it’s Dean on C & C who is always saying the butterfly is the symbol of crafting – he’s probably right.

  2. That is super sweet Lisette, and I love the phrase you used for your son, I am going to use that to my daughters from now on, LOL! thanks for sharing your sweet project with us at CCCB!

  3. LOVE it!! Gorgeous sweet card with yummie yummie berries. That little hiding berry is cute indeed. And the little white flowers… Love the colouring and the sweet bow too! Thanks for joining us at CCCB πŸ™‚
    And thank you dear, for your sweet visit and comment. Let me tell you: you CAN sew. Honestly, it’s no big deal. Just grab yourself some fabric, a needle and some thread, use google/pinterest/youtube for some information and for an easy little project to start with (or get yourself a book like Tilda’s from the library), and together with a cup of tea you’ll be having a lovely time. I’m very sure about that. If you know how to make a knot and how to put the needle through the fabric, you can sew πŸ™‚ The trick is to find a small and easy project to start with and then gradually go for some more challenging ones. Promise me you’ll try it? πŸ™‚ Hugs and happy day, Wendy

    • Aww – thanks Wendy, you make it sound idyllic!! I can embroider a little bit but have never had huge success at making actual things like your gorgeous strawberry. I bought a sewing machine last year and it’s still in its box!!! I promise you I will give it a go before the end of the year!!! πŸ™‚

      • Lol, I’ll check on you before NewYears Eve πŸ™‚
        Actually, up till now I stitched everything by hand (like the berry) and I’m only at the beginnings myself too. Honestly, grab that needle and thread and I promise you’ll rock.
        Only this weekend I started sewing with a machine… That is, it took me two days to figure out how to thread the #@!%# thing, haha. But now, oh dear, LOVING it!! Although the machine does it’s own thing now and then. Going left when I want to go straight ahead, for instance. But hey, we’re learning and having fun, right?
        Big hug to you!

  4. This card is spectular ….both are lol!!!! I LOVE the intertwined strawberrys on the 1st and them bestled on the second!! AWESOME πŸ™‚ Thank you for playing along this week at CCCB πŸ™‚

  5. Well I wondered if you could come up with something as beautiful as the first one and you did! Another stunning strawberry card Lisette … Thanks so very much for playing along at CCCB!

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