Friday 15 July 2011

Black and white and a colour

Every month, there is a new, fun challenge at the St Lukes Charity site. The best bit about this wonderful challenge site is that when you've finished making your card, you send it in to the address provided, along with any other cards you wish to send. These are sold to raise funds for the St Lukes Hospice in Sheffield, which provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families. This is such a brilliant idea set up to raise money for a truly worthwhile cause and it would be great if you would join in too.

This month the challenge is to make a card that is black and white with one other colour. Here's what I've made:

Well, you know what I'm like! I can't just do one colour - and anyway, three cards are better than one for a challenge like this!

Hopeful Thoughts was out on my desk and I thought it would make a great monochrome background. I teamed it here with Pacific Point, a fabulous electric blue. The sentiment is inked up first with versamark and then with the Pacific Point before stamping and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I cut it out with the curly label punch and mounted it onto a punched 1 3/4" circle.

Here's the one I made with Poppy Parade. I LOVE this colour with black and white!

Old Olive is another colour that teams well with black or grey.

And here's a close-up of the embossed sentiment. Can you see how raised and shiny it looks?

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Hopeful Thoughts, Afterthoughts
Ink: Basic Black, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, versamark
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Curly label and 1 3/4" punches, clear embossing powder
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Now before I leave you today, I would like to introduce you to the new love of my life. No, it's not George Clooney! Come and see:

These are my new curtains - aren't they utterly divine?! They're made of white linen and I love the way they catch the light. They are beautifully lined, with this fabulous bespoke heading and my family are all fed up with hearing me say "I love my gorgeous curtains" every time I come into the room! They were made for me by my very talented friend Caroline, who works incredible magic with  fabric. Do check out her blog here and perhaps browse her Etsy and Folksy shops for some great gift ideas. If you're thinking of having some curtains or blinds made, I can't recommend her highly enough - her prices are reasonable and her attention to detail is second to none!

Anyway, enough of my wittering! Instead I shall wish you a wonderful weekend and retire gracefully! See you soon,


  1. Hi Vicky

    Gorgeous cards .. .. love how you have done the background.

    Stunning curtains too. Try not to touch them with inky fingers!! Eeeekkk!!!!

    By the way you will have realised from my lack of an email to you that hubby didn't win a share in the Euromillions!! :-( shame!!

    Have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  2. hello Vicky

    Beautiful cards with gorgeous colours. I loved the backgrounds.


  3. Fantastic cards
    Love your curtains, we had ours that draped in 'puddles' but hubby got fed up with them, so we had them shortened!!
    Yours look fabulous, specially that view into the garden

    mandi x

  4. Hi Vicky . . . love your St Luke's charity cards and . . . WOW . . . those curtains are oh so LOVELY. Like Jules said though . . . no inky fingers allowed in the vicinity!

    Hugs, Sandra

  5. Fab cards for a very worthy cause, I know what you mean about not being able to do just one colour card , am the same with shoes and handbags . If I find something I have to have it all two or three colours !> Your curtains are stunning , you just can't beat linen so fresh. The glimpse of your garden is gorgeous, even did a zoom in to have a better look, I'm so nosey !


  6. Cards and curtains - both gorgeous! have a lovely weekend
    M x

  7. Great cards. Love the red with the embossing best. Very striking. Loving your curtains too. Very nice. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

  8. Hi Vicky
    Fab curtains ....Cards are super and for such a good cause ...hope they get some more Crafters for the Challenge....

  9. WOW the cards are fabulous and your curtains are luxuriously lovely

  10. Vicky - these are just fabulous!!! I really like the way you've made the background and then have the pop of colour. Each card looks so different. Thanks for your continued support of St Luke's Charity Card Challenge - much appreicated. And see you next month too!

    PS - the curtains are lush!!!!

  11. Your cards are gorgeous, Vicky! I love the idea of black and grey or stamped off flowers. I seriously need to try that. Oohhh, and those curtains really are luscious!! I can't wait to move into my new house and decorate. ;)

  12. Gorgeous cards Vicky. Beautifully stamped and love the colours you've used with the black & white. Stunning curtains but they wouldn't look like that for very long in my house! Lisa x

  13. Vicky 3 fabulous cards and fabulous colours. Thank you for your continued support over at St Lukes charity card challenge, see you in August?


  14. Bet you thought I`d forgotten about you didn`t you? As if I`d do that.Your cards are amazing Vicky. Love the B&W background and the colours you`ve used are awesome. Thank you so much for your continued support at St Lukes Charity Card Challenge.
    Lynne xxx

  15. You wait 2 weeks for a card and then 3 come along at once lol ;-)
    Fantastic job as always Vicky - I love the stamped background - I thought it was DP until I read your post and the coloured sentiments pop agianst it so well in all 3 colours.
    Thanks so much for your continued support of our challenge.
    Tara x
    St Luke's Charity Card Challenge Founder

  16. Brilliant set of cards you have made me want to craft apoligies to st lukes challenge i just have not had the time and your curtains look amazing Luv Sue x

  17. Such pretty cards again......and OOOOOOOh I love those curtains too!!!!!I have cream ones very similar in our lounge and our bedroom but OH can't understand why I have them so they just don't get it do they lol :O) Viv xx

  18. Lovely cards Vicky. So simple, but gorgeous.


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