Friday 27 January 2012

Fresh Vintage Christmas!

Out of all the free stamp sets available as part of the Sale-a-bration promotion, Fresh Vintage was the first to catch my eye. And, after making cards with it this week, I have to report that it's fulfilled all my expectations and more! Is there anything it isn't good for?! It didn't make the tea for me this morning but I'm wondering if that's because I didn't ask! So I thought I'd give it an extra challenge today...

I've noticed lots of Christmas Card challenges in blogland as part of a brilliant campaign to make cards for 2012 in advance. The 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown has the theme of Christmas Flowers, while my friend Sandra is calling for Christmas card for her monthly Rudolph Day challenge. I decided to use this sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and settled down to see whether Fresh Vintage could come up with the goods. What do you think?

I moved my 'any shape' to the left hand side - not because I thought there was anything wrong with Jen's sketch, but because I made an ink smudge there! Hope it still counts...

I started by masking the bottom of the card base with a piece of scrap paper I'd trimmed with my scallop border punch and sponging Old Olive ink over the top of the card. I used the long decorative image in Fresh Vintage to stamp a border below my scallops and topped it with a strip of designer paper from my Holly Berry Speciality designer paper. The topper is made by stamping the gorgeous label from Everything Eleanor with the large plant image from Fresh Vintage. I layered on punched leaves, stamped for extra texture, and Fresh Vintage flowers that I cut out with my sharp paper snips and finished with punched glimmer paper centres.

The full-on glittery flower centres are gorgeous and I liked the way the different texture of the designer paper strip contrasted with them. Here's a close-up of the strip - it's shiny, like embossing, and less glittery than the glimmer paper. Isn't that decorative border stamp gorgeous?! I can see it coming in handy for all sorts of projects!

I always like to show you the sentiments I use. This one's from Contempo Christmas and is probably my favourite Christmas sentiment - I find the shape of it very pleasing to my eye!
Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Everything Eleanor, Contempo Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Crumb Cake
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Punches: 2-step bird punch, 3/4" circle punch, scallop border punch
Other: Glimmer paper, Holly Berry speciality designer paper, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
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. Click here to see all the free Sale-a-bration sets and don't forget to let me know which free Sale-a-bration set or sets you'd like - remember, one item for EVERY £45 spent!

When my daughter saw that this was a Christmas card she wondered if I was feeling quite the thing! I explained that these challenges were set up so that people could make cards in advance. "It's to take the stress out of getting ready for Christmas," I explained. "Well it won't," she said roundly. "You'll just find something else to stress about!" Oh my daughter - how well she knows me!

Thank you so much for coming today. I really do appreciate your visits and your comments and emails and support. Have a great weekend and I'll see you very soon!



  1. Hi Vicky
    Love what you have done with this gorgeous stamp it.....
    Hugs sylvie
    Hope you are better Vicky.....
    Hugs sylvie

  2. Such a rich gorgeous card, Vicky. I love how you made your scalloped border...very ingenious! And the label is such a fabulous shape - Perfect for your beautiful fresh vintage flowers:)

  3. Beautiful Vicky - and never too early to start making Christmas cards! hugs Gill x

  4. So pretty Vickie! Love those beautiful flowers and the shiny strip of glittery paper is so pretty.

  5. A beautiful card Vicky. I can't believe that you've made fresh vintage work for christmas too! Love the use of the glimmer paper, I'm just waiting for mine to arrive!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  6. Fabulous card Vicky and love how you have used this stamp set great layout


  7. Yes it does make a lovely Christmas card and a very classy one at that! x

  8. Well, at least you won't have to worry about the carpets this coming year Vicky!

    This is a lovely card and perfect for Rudolph Day, though I can't see it added to Mr Linky on my blog yet!

    You've really made Fresh Vintage come alive this week. xxx

  9. This set is so versatile and this christmas card proves it. Clever idea to sponge the scalloped border like that, and to start making xmas cards!
    Well done for salvaging your work.

  10. Vicky, you have done so many gorgeous cards this week but this has to be my favourite ! I love all the textures and little details , especially the stamped leaves and you have used my favourite label from EE which I seem to add to almost every project !
    Have a great weekend !
    Jane x

  11. Simply stunning Vicky! Nice to see you playing along at 52cct - it's a lovely challenge site. That paper is gorgeous, I really thought you'd embossed the line until I read it and that border stamp is so delicate and pretty. All in all a knockout card! I know what you mean about the Hermione time spell - it would be very useful!!!
    Tara x

  12. I tend to move things around as well when I smudge :) This is a lovely holiday card! Beautiful flowers! Love the border behind it!

  13. Beautiful holiday card, love the colours you used.

  14. Vicky I can't believe your making Christmas cards in January!! Lovely card though :0) have a great weekend
    M x

  15. Such a lovely bright cheerful card, love the flowers with their glittery centres. Helen (Sydney)

  16. Vicky it's so lovely to see you at 52CCT - your card is gorgeous. How strange your daughter saw right through us!!! - Jacqueline xx

  17. So glad you joined us Vicky! Leave it to you to use that stamp set to make a lovely Christmas card! Love those shimmery dots!

  18. This is just divine!!! LOVE the glittery flower centers and the glitter strip! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

  19. This is just beautiful! I love all the layers and the colours and everything!
    Cheers, Karen

  20. Fabulous card, I think I prefer the flowers where they are, a happy accident then! Your daughter is right!! LOL Gay x

  21. hi! This is gorgeous! I love the layout and colours. Your attention to detail is amazing!


  22. A brilliant card Vicky. What a brilliant idea
    for the scalloped border. And fabulou colours and stamps.

  23. Hi Vicky

    So lovely!

    Great layout and such a fabby shade of green.

    Have a great weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  24. teeheee.... there is no christmas time in crafting land, we always create christmas cards, the entire year :)
    Love the sparkle and happy appearance of this one!
    Hugs Janna

  25. What a fantastic card!! I love, love the sponging to create the scalloped element. might just make the tea! So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  26. Beautiful vintage card, the colours and layout and that pretty scalloped border are just a delight.


  27. Gorgeous card Vicky. Love all the different design elements you used.


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