Monday, 6 December 2010

Christmas card with Seeing Stars and Gifted

Good morning - and it's another very crisp Monday morning in Buckingham! Christmas preparations have started in earnest here - and, for those that are interested, those Christmas puddings made the whole house smell fabulously festive and are lucky to have been stored away intact! I'm not going to share the recipe until I've tested it on Christmas day but, have no fear, I'll be testing it REALLY thoroughly - possibly with cream AND brandy butter!

I'm a bit of a fiend for the traditional at Christmas but there are times when traditional isn't appropriate. Today's card belongs in that category!

Seeing Stars is a stamp set that's got me quite excited. I love it because it's a bread-and-butter set - one of those ones you can use for almost anyone or anything. It's a set that you can guarantee is not going to spend a great deal of time un-inked. And at £21.95 for a set of 8 - that's just £2.74 per stamp!!! - it seems to me to be an absolute bargain! Why not buy it with the fabulous Clip Assortment at £7.95 and be entered into my draw to win a fabulous Christmas gift? (Click here for details.)

Here's how to make this card:

  • Colour the polka dot background and the sentiment on the Gifted stamp with a Cherry Cobbler marker and stamp on a scrap of Whisper White card stock. Use a stamp-a-majig to stamp stars above the sentiment using Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry. Trim around the image using a trimmer.
  • Cut a piece of Bravo Burgundy card stock slightly larger than the image panel and take 'bites' out of the corners with a 1/4" circle punch. Attach the Gifted panel to this with dimensionals and add a library clip.
  • Cut a 9cm square Whisper White card blank and stamp the front with a random star design.
  • Attach the Gifted panel to the centre of the card front.

Stamps: Gifted, Seeing Stars
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Card stock: Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy
Other: Cherry Cobbler marker, library clip from the Clip Assortment, 1/4" circle punch

This weekend we bought The Family Jigsaw. Every year we buy a Christmas jigsaw from a charity shop or goodwill store with a nostalgic image on it - it has to be something like a Christmas market, or a picture of Victorian skaters, or an Edwardian family welcoming family from a steam train in the snow. We start the puzzle from the beginning-ish of December and we all add pieces as we pass, with a view to completing it before Christmas. It's become a part of our Christmas celebrations and we do usually manage to complete it! It may seem mad to do something so time-consuming in the frenzy before the holidays but I consider it therapy amid the mayhem and it's one of those things that brings us together. You might like to try it!

Thank you for popping in today. There'll be more Christmas inspiration here tomorrow if you have a spare minute. Hope to see you then!


  1. Morning Vicky

    Cold, crisp and bright here in North Wales. Love that Christmas card - really funky colours and the stars are brilliant!! Must get that set :) Have a great day.


  2. Hi Vicky, sorry I haven`t been around for a while, life,y`know. Fabulous card, really love it. It`s a bit more than crisp up here today, in fact it`s flippin` freezing lol. Take care
    Lynne xxx

  3. funky funky, love it! So joyful!


  4. Great card - right up my street! The jigsaw is a lovely idea, maybe Bodd will help me do one!

  5. Love the colours in your Christmas Card and your tradition of The Family Jigsaw brings back lovely memories of my childhood - we always had a jigsaw on the go when I was growing up - hope you have fun with it. - Jacqueline xx.

  6. I love this non traditional Christmas cards.. but I love the focus on the stars.. Beautiful :)

  7. What a wonderful tradition your jigsaw puzzle is. And what a wonderful card you've made!

  8. That is really pretty Vicky, great for Christmas.

  9. This is lovely and a great way to make a Christmas card with the stars set! I love the off-beat colours, too.

  10. What a cute and colorful holiday card. This would be great to send to a teen.

    We enjoy doing puzzles as well and use to have them set up on the formal dining room table (which we never use for eating) all the time. Problem was, when we were away, the cats liked to get up on the table and dis-assemble them as fast as we could put them back together. I think it's nice that your family has this tradition.

  11. Great card! We have a puzzle tradition, too, although ours seems to have gone by the wayside the last couple of years. We have quite a number of puzzles with Christmas images in the Christmas boxes (which are still, by and large, sitting unpacked in Ken's office!) -- maybe I oughta pull one out. I agree that it is a bit of good therapy. Anything to slow down a little in this crazy season!


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x