Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Cards with limited supplies...

It's great fun combining stamps from loads of different sets, playing with all your colours, getting out all the tools, but sometimes it's good to go minimalistic. I was inspired to make a pared-back Christmas card today by One Layer Wednesday where one-layer cards using a red and white or cream colour scheme is the challenge. I also wanted to make a card incorporating leaves for the fabulous autumn-themed challenge over at Make My Monday, so I tried that in a red and cream colourway too. Come and have a look:


Here's the Christmas card stamped in delicious Cherry Cobbler ink on the soft Naturals Ivory card stock. Every time I use the wonderful Season of Joy set I'm struck by new ways of combining the images. It really is a brilliant stamp set - and not just for Christmas either!


I hadn't used my adored French Foliage stamp set for about two minutes so I thought it was time it came out for my leafy card! I wanted it to look as if the leaves had blown in, so I stamped them on Confetti Cream card stock - the speckles add a lot of movement. It can be hard to get the positioning right on cards like these but I find that working it out on scrap paper first is helpful and of course a stamp-a-majig is your best friend for stamping things exactly where you want them!


Supplies needed for these cards:
CHRISTMAS CARD
Stamps: Season of Joy
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Stamp-a-majig, Cherry Cobbler marker
THANK YOU CARD
Stamps: French Foliage, Petite Pairs (sentiment)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Confetti Cream
Other: Stamp-a-majig, Cherry Cobbler marker
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and I 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 hope you had a happy halloween. We don't dress up or go door-to-door in our family, but we do go out for a slap-up meal and we usually take in a film too! This year we were a rather depleted family, because my youngest son is away on his school trip, but we had a lovely time at Frankie and Benny's - including a properly gruesome halloween moment when my oldest son's molar came out and there was blood everywhere! He was perfectly cheerful about it and the loss of the tooth certainly didn't prevent him from doing full justice to a large pizza! Afterwards we went to the cinema and had a giggle at Johnny English Reborn (worth seeing for the adjusting-the-chair-in-a-meeting scene alone!)

Thank you so much for joining me today. I'll be back tomorrow doing something Christmassy, so do come and have a look if you have a minute. Hope to see you soon,

27 comments:

  1. Oh, can I just say that your Christmas card is BEEE-YoOO-TIFUL! I've pinned it to my Pinterest board now so that I can remember to try making one too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. A beautiful CAS Christmas card, Vicky, that could be sent to anyone, and your leafy card is fabulous, too. Love all those stamps you've used:)

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  3. I love your Leaves card Vicky. Thanks again for joining us at MMM. I agree they do look as if they are floating by. Caz

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  4. Season of Joy is one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets. It looks so elegant here! And I wish I could make my leaves look like they've blown around my card the way you do. I never thought to do a trial run on a piece of scrap paper - I guess I'm to anxious to stamp right onto my cardstock!

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  5. Tow beautiful and stunning cards Vicky. Just perfect.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  6. You left your French Foliage set alone for TWO WHOLE MINUTES???? Shame on you! LOL!.

    Love BOTH these cards.

    Happy Stamping. xxx

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  7. Both of your cards are gorgeous Vicky and I so love your clean and simple style which is something I really struggle with (I'm a more is more girl!).
    Thanks for joining in with the Autumn Leaves MMM challenge, it's so lovely to see your entries.

    Glad you had a good time yesterday despite the tooth incident. My hubby and I went to see the Johnny English film a couple of weeks ago and I haven't laughed so much for ages. I agree about the chair scene too as it was hilarious.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  8. Elegant, simple and very effective ! I love the dramatic use of just one ink colour on a neutral card stock; just beautiful !
    Jane x

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  9. These are brilliantly vibrant and pretty Vicky, the flecked card stock is just perfect for those tumbling leaves:)
    Can't wait to see Johnny English now...I remember the tie caught in the sushi bar scene in the older films!!! Had me in stitches :)
    Jenny x

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  10. Fabulous cards Vicky - especially the one for MMM.
    Please adopt me into your family - the best my husband could do last night was a burger and University Challenge! - Jacqueline xx

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  11. I so love your cards Vicky just fabulous... the leaves certainly look like they are swirling in the breeze. the confetti cream cardstock is a bit lovely too.
    Thank you as always for joining the Make My Monday Autumn challenge.
    Suzi B x

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  12. Vicky - both your cards are lovely! The Christmas scrolls look really elegant, and I do like the foliage!

    Hope the tooth fairy was generous :)

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  13. Elegance and beautiful simplicity as usual. Missed visting your entry last week at MMM due to illness. Glad to have the opportunity of visiting this week. Suzanne

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  14. Hi Vicky these are gorgeous, love the Christmas one and the French Foliage card is stunning! The card below is wonderful too, love the little guy peeking over the edge, great colours too,:0) Gay xxx

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  15. Two gorgeous cards Vicky. I do love that swirl stamp.Sue.x

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  16. Oooh lovely cards Vicky I'm going to try a few Xmas cards like that! That French Foliage stamp set is going on my Xms list:)
    Val x

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  17. Great cards again Vicky. I do enjoy coming to your blog and having a look at the different things you do. Thanks for joining in again over on Make My Monday.

    Cathx

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  18. Two gorgeous cards Vicky, love the first one, so CAS, but those stamps make it look like there's depth! Gorgeous!

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  19. wow, these are beautiful. Simple and elegant, the natural Ivory and Cherry Cobbler are wonderful together.

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  20. These are just gorgeous! I LOVE the simple color scheme for the autumn leaves challenge! :)

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  21. Two lovely cards, especially like the Christmas Card, cream and red go lovely together. Thanks for your lovely comments and ideas about one of my cards, much appreciated. Dianexx

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  22. Fabulous both of them but the the one with the leaves has the edge for me, love the speckles and the way the leaf is not fully stamped just lovely.

    Marie

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  23. Two fabulous cards, love the colour. Just back from my hols and wont have time to do a card this week, still had a great time while I was away.

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  24. Oh Vicky, these are BEAUTIFUL!!...Wow...you make one layer look soooo lovely...the Christmas flourish is bold and and so pretty, but those subtle leaves...well, gorgeous...with the paper...wow!!

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  25. Hi Vicky! Both cards are so pretty...but that second card takes my breath it's so pretty!

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  26. Wow Vicky two terific cards my favorite is the Christmas one it looks very rich Luv Sue x

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