Monday 19 December 2011

Wishing you a merry Christmas!

Christmas is an ideal time of year to say thank you to those that make a difference in our lives and a small handmade card or gift is often very much appreciated. This year I wrapped small pots of Christmassy cyclamen in the pretty vintage-feel Holly Berry Bouquet speciality designer paper, tied them up with a festive satin ribbon and added a punched label.

This is such a quick, easy to put together idea and brilliant for last-minute gifts too. I used the same gorgeous paper to make cards to match too using one of my favourite designs that you may have seen before...

... but I just wanted to show you the sentiment. I combined 'Wishing you a' from Hopeful Thoughts with 'Merry Christmas' from Contempo Christmas and I love the way it turned out!

Well, all my children have broken up from school and are full of excitement (although I'm beginning to suspect my daughter is more excited about the Downton Abbey Christmas Special than the day itself!) We've had a few flakes of snow, the Christmas lights are twinkling, there are some exciting looking parcels under the tree and this year's Christmas puzzle is out for us all to do when we have spare moments. So it's time to curl up by a roaring fire with a cup of tea and a nice slice of Christmas cake! Bliss!

It remains for me to say an enormous thank you to my readers and my customers. It is through your loyalty and support that I am able to run this small business doing something I absolutely love and I cannot thank you enough. I'd like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and I'll look forward to seeing you in the new year - with some very exciting news!



  1. Simple but elegant, combining the two sentiments works beautifully. Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas as we celebrate our Lord's birth. Helen (Sydney)

  2. Fabulous as always Vicky. Have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all. Tell your daughter I'm with her on the Downton Abbey :0)
    M x

  3. Stunning as usual Vicky....wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Heathly 2012


  4. Fabulous gifts Vicky - hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas - Jacqueline xx

  5. Oh you TEASE! What's your exciting news?????

    Love your plant and the matching cards xxx

  6. Fabulous gifts and cards. I have this dsp and am too nervous to use it! Wishing you and yours a fabulous Christmas and new year. I just wanted to say thankyou for such an awesome blog, I'm so glad I've found you!

  7. Beautiful gifts and cards, have a wonderful Christmas Vicky, I look forward to all your posts for such creative ideas and your family news! Now I'm wondering what your news can be:)
    Val x

  8. Mimi van Wanrooij19 December 2011 at 14:31

    Again, it's a lovely Christmascard Vicky!
    I would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas with your family and an inspiring and creative New Year. Love from Holland, Mimix

  9. Your cards are beautiful, as always, Vicky. I love what you did with the plant pot, too. You're so inspirational!
    Such a lovely photo, too:)

    Sorry I haven't been around much lately.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! With a happy and healthy New Year to follow! xx

  10. Happy Christmas Vicky ! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration this year !
    Jane x

  11. Lovely cards - I love the flowers - so bright and cheerful. Great photo of you too. Have a lovely Christmas!

  12. Fabulous cards and a brilliant idea for the plant. Thank you so much for your inspiration throughout the year.

    To you and your Family, have a wonderful Christmas.


  13. Hi Vicky as always your cards are beautiful and elegant! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Karen x

  14. Your cards and plant pot are beautiful.You are such a talented lady . Merry christmas and a Happy new year to you and your family Andy and Mandy xxxxxxxxxxxx

  15. I hope you and your family have a joyous Christmas and I can't wait to see what your New Year holds. I'm sure it will be inspiring!

  16. Lovely card...Lovely photo...lovely blog friend! Have a great Christmas V !!

  17. Vicky your gifts and cards are awesome as always,so elegant and tasteful.

    I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!, and I look forward to hearing your news in the New Year!


  18. Wonderful gift and love those pretty cards! Really like the design on these - fabulous!
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for all the inspiration!

  19. GORGEO@US cards and wrapping Vicky and lovely photo of you and your puss!

    Thanks for all the inspiration and your comments this last year, they have meant so much, Happy Christmas and be seeing you soon!

  20. Hi Vicky
    love the pot ....gorgeous ...thanks for all your inspiration over the last always have some Fabulous ideas....happy Christmas to you Vicky and all your lovely Family .....
    Hugs sylvie

  21. Your sentiment combo looks very elegant. I am going to have to take a second look at my sentiments to see if I can achieve a similar thing.
    Thanks for the inspiration from such a pretty card.

  22. Such fabulous sets of Christmas cards.. You look so relaxed and lovely and such cutie cuddle :D

  23. Vicky, your card is great, I love how you create focal points. And I adore the photo of you and your cat. Have a very nice christmas time! Janna

  24. Lovely gift idea and i like using the small square of paper on your card. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas too. x

  25. Gorgeous idea for gift wrapping a tricky gift, and lovely matching cards.

    Hope you & your family have a wonderful Christmas & New Year.
    Yup, lots of exciting things happening....can't wait!!

    Take care,
    Kathy x

  26. More fabulous projects Vicky, you really have a wonderful talent. I've really enjoyed visiting you it's always inspiring and often you share lovely fun family moments thankyou! :0) I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year, I'm looking forward to hearing your news, how exciting, Gay xxx

  27. Hi Vicky

    Stunning makes to finish your Christmas makes.

    I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and a new year that is full of good things!

    I look forward to visiting you, seeing more of your lovely creations, and reading more of your adventures in 2012.

    Love Jules xx

  28. Gorgeous plant wrappers, and fab Xmas cards too! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  29. What a lovely photo, and wonderful project. Have a very Merry Christmas, Vicky!
    Cheers, Karen

  30. Hi Vicky

    Hope you and your family have had a good christmas and that you are all looking forward to new year

    Thanks for all your inspiration and I look forward to your new projects in 2011

    Best wishes Jane

  31. Vicky this is such a gorgeous photo you look like a film star ! and the cats not bad either. Love your beautiful gift as always so beautifully created. Sorry to hear about the carpet hope it get sorted soon It has been a pleasure to get to know you this past year and you have been a great source of inspiration and humour ( especially your son ) . If you get time in the next few days could you pop over to my blog and correct my spelling for me I know you are such a whiz on these phrases.

    Take care


  32. Hi Vicky, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas :) Your wrapped pot and cards are gorgeous. I love your new blog title and photograph! Thank you for the Christmas card (it's stunning!) and I'll email you very soon, Sarah xx

  33. Love the fresh new look of your blog. I wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year. Your kitty looks just like one we had--she had the loudest motor. You could hear her purring from across the room!


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