Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Beautiful Season with extra bling!

I was very excited when I got up on Saturday and found that this week's challenge at Less is More is to make a card using bling. I thought it would be perfect for all those Christmas cards I've been planning to make! Well, it was weird, I couldn't seem to make a CAS card at all and then Life happened and I had to go away and get on with that... This is my fifth attempt and I'm finally happy. Come and see what you think:

The starting point for this card was the frame: I embossed it onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock using quite a tight sandwich so that the frame popped out of the surrounding card stock. It was easy then to smother it in versamark ink and heat emboss it using gold embossing powder to produce this gleaming embellishment.

I decided to use the frame to highlight part of an image and this gorgeous bird on a holly sprig from Beautiful Season seemed the perfect choice. The rubber was coloured directly with markers and I used a blender pen to add more colour to the image after stamping. The bird has been turned into a Christmas robin - as Chrissie mentioned I really do have a bit of a thing about robins! I was a little worried that the frame wasn't blingy enough for their royal Limnesses, so I highlighted the holly with a little dazzling diamonds glitter to add a bit more festive sparkle!

The word Christmas in the sentiment was embossed in gold too and I added a small 'merry' to the top of it using my stamp-a-majig. Some of my customers tell me they don't like to say 'merry' Christmas - preferring 'happy' Christmas instead. I always tell them that with a stamp-a-majig you can say pretty much anything you like! I placed my sentiment inside score lines to balance out the image.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Beautiful Season, Petite Pairs
Ink: Versamark, markers
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Designer Frames embossing folder, gold embossing powder, heat tool, dazzling diamonds glitter, stamp-a-majig, scoring blade
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

I'm afraid the black cross has had to go on our front door again - this time the children are all going down with colds and, in the case of my eldest son, quite badly so that I've had to keep him off school. I've arranged him on the sofa, next to the cat, and given him the first of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials to keep him occupied. (He surreptitiously exchanged it for the Argos catalogue when he thought I wasn't looking and is obviously fantasising about opening an iphone-shaped parcel on Christmas day!) Just before lunch he asked plaintively when his brother would be home from school. "I could do with a bit of light entertainment," he said. Aaah! Brotherly love!

Thank you for popping in to see my blingy Christmas card! I shall be round to see all the other entries in the next couple of days and I'll be back here tomorrow with a new project. Hope to see you then.



  1. Vicky, this is just so stunning and lovely! What a beautiful way to show case that bird! LOVE all the gold on this....just stunning!
    After seeing all your wonderful cards and the birds, I HAD to order from SU - but haven't received my order yet. Get ready for me to CASE a couple of your wonderful cards though!
    Hope your son starts feeling better soon.

  2. WOW. This gold frame is magnificent Vicky. It frames that beautiful bird so well.
    I will have to try a different 'sandwich' to see if I can get the frame to pop out too. Great idea thanks.

  3. Wow Vicky, this is so gorgeous. I love your coloring and the frame placement; very clever and very striking. This lovely card deserves to be front and center on any Christmas Card display.


  4. Wow! I love that frame! I'm going to have to give it a try. Your little Robin is sweet and I love the frosty holly and the embossed sentiment! Hope things are better at your house tomorrow.

  5. The frame is such a beautiful way to show off the bird. Excellent idea!

  6. WOW! This is stunning. I love it all, the gold frame, your colouring and your placement of the stamp. What more can I say? Love Sheila (Cyprus)

  7. Oh so pretty. SO pretty. What a clever idea - TFS!
    Cheers, Karen

  8. Gorgeous card Vicky! Love the gold embossed frame. I'm going to try and see if I can get my frames to 'pop out' now by making a tight sandwich!! Love all that extra glitz on the leaves and berries too!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  9. WOW!!!!! Vicky, you are so talented and inspiring with everything you do. I think this card is just so ...... WOW!!!! Now I really know I need to order this stamp set. Helen (Sydney)

  10. Hello Vicky

    This is just beautiful, stunning and sooooooo gorgeous. My wish list is getting longer by the day !!!!


  11. Sensational card Vicky.
    Love that frame
    Are wegettign this over on LIM? lol

    Thanks in advance!
    mandi LIM

  12. Super card Vicky ! I have been practising my embossing and I'm hooked, might have to try some of these little frames, they have worked so well !
    Have a good day !
    Jane x

  13. I love this stamp Vicky and you're use of the frame is so clever. A fabulous card! xx

  14. beautifully framed and highlighted - your gold frame is so opulent!


  15. Good looking card, love the frame idea!

  16. Now you have me stumped as to how you did this! I presume the image came before the frame? Anyhow's it's just amazing Vicky, love the gilded frame around Mr Robin:)
    Sorry to hear you have the lurgy in the house again...better stock up on those tissues!!!
    Jenny x

  17. Stunning simplicity AND bling! That is really something! Lovely card!

  18. Wow, wow and wow again! This is a total stunner. LOVE that guilded frame.

    Thanks so much for sending your cards to us for St Lukes btw - they were a big hit! It's really nice when people are drawn to a particular style and then I can say "Oh Vicky made those" - they really like it.
    Tara x

  19. Wonderful bling card.

    Hope the family feels better soon xxx

  20. Oh I say, great card. I love how you've positioned the frame

  21. Gorgeous card Vicky - love the way the frame just pops out of the card.

  22. Another wonderful little bird image, Vicky. Love the way you framed him so beautifully, too:)

  23. Wow, Vicky! This is gorgeous. That gold frame is amazing. Such a clever technique and a fabulous way to highlight that beautiful bird. I love it. :) Ann

  24. This is fantastic Vicky - that frame is gorgeous.
    Hopefully your children will be over their ailments just in time for Christmas! - Jacqueline xx

  25. Beautiful card Vicky, just adore the frame. Hope your son is better soon, my son has also come down with a bad cold too....and he moves house next week....yikes!! :O) Viv xx

  26. Hola Vicky i hope your son is better:D.
    this is a desing for Hallmark cards, perfect colouring the stamps is wonderful -and the frame effect is stunning!!!, great job Vicky as always:D.
    A warm hug from Palma

  27. Wow Vicky wish I could be in your head sometimes! Love this card, so Victorian and that frame really pops:)Hope the black cross is removed soon and that everyone is well for Christmas.
    Val x

  28. SOooooooooooooooooooo VERY beautiful and so creative as usual, a really beautiful card

  29. Hi Vicky , I have missed your gorgeous works and cheery take on life while I was away ( love the new photo with those lovely smiling Irish eyes ) Your card is sensational the frames and and all its blingyness is a beautiful contrast to your gorgeous bird. Hope you can soon remove the X on your door here in Greece if you have an X on your door it means earthquake damage ! which is most probably how you are all feeling at the moment.


  30. This looks just terrific Vicky!
    I see you have your fave little bird there too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  31. Gorgeous card Vicky. That gold frame looks awesome on the pretty image. The soft coloring is perfect. :o)

  32. Hi Vicky

    What a stunning card that frame really pops from the card and highlights your lovely robin!

    Take care


  33. Gorgeous card, Vicky! Love that little bird!

  34. Wow Vicky! This wasn't hard to pick out in a crowd. This absolutely beautiful.

  35. Stunning traditional card Luv Sue x

  36. WOW, Vicky you have outdone yourself. This is so gorgeous and I love the way you've 'framed' the bird. Absolutely Fabulous Karen x

  37. What an elegant card! I love your use of all the birds...I need to use the ones I have more often! Beautiful, elegant card!

  38. That frame is stunning, Vicky! Love how you just framed a part of the image and the touch of dry embossing is fabulous.


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