Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Outlined Occasions valentine

If you are a regular reader of my blog you'll know that the St Lukes Charity Challenge is something I wholeheartedly support. It was set up to help raise money for the St Lukes Hospice in Sheffield which cares for terminally ill patients and their families. The hospice is only partially funded by the government and has to find a further £4 million a year to remain open. Here's how the Challenge works: Each month a new theme is set and you're invited to make cards for a chance to win a prize; the cards along with any others you can spare, can be sent in and sold to raise funds for the hospice. Do join in - you'll be doing something worthwhile as well as having fun!

This month's theme is 'love and lace' and I'm also joining in with the Paper Players where Nance wants to see flowers on our cards, and Make My Monday where the theme for February is Romance and this week's challenge is 'love letters - script or verse'. Here's what I've come up with:

The script background was made by stamping some Whisper White card stock in versamark with the En Français background stamp and embossing it with clear embossing powder. It's hard to see in the photo but has a lovely shiny finish in real life. I sewed a border (not very well I'm afraid!) and distressed the edges of the card stock, then stuck the panel to my card base. It was ready to be embellished!

I do like the lacy effect you get from embossing thick vellum! This flower has been made by die cutting vellum card stock that was previously embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I used the largest flower on the Fun Flowers Bigs L die. The centre is a vellum button made with the  Sweet Button embosslits folder layered over a punched circle and sewn with a piece of red embroidery floss. I tucked a Little Leaves die-cut under the petals to add a surprise touch of colour to the red and white colour scheme.

This ribbon-tailed strip was stamped with a sentiment from Outlined Occasions. There are six stamps in this lovely set and you can get them free as part of the current Sale-a-bration promotion - click here to find out how!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: En Français, Outlined Occasions (free Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Real Red and Crumb cake markers
Card stock: Whisper White, Vellum, scrap of Real Red
Other: Versamark, clear embossing powder, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Fun flowers Bigz L die, Big Shot, 1" circle punch, Sweet Buttons embosslits die, Little Leaves die
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, you get one item for EVERY £45 spent!

When I picked my youngest son up from school yesterday I asked him how his day had been. "It was great!" he said enthusiastically. "Everyone made snowmen... except me. I made a snow chair!"

The snow has been melting away but causing some hazardous conditions as the wet roads and pavements freeze overnight. There was an accident on the way to school yesterday - not serious thank goodness - but do take care on the roads today wherever you are.

See you tomorrow,


  1. WOW! Vicky, this is stunning! Love the way you embossed that flower and the stitching and distressing is wonderful. So lovely.

  2. Vicky, your sewing looks perfect, to me. And your vellum flower is just gorgeous...I must have a go at embossing some vellum, it does look like lace. And a pretty vellum button, too! A really beautiful card:)

  3. Vicky, the embossed vellum adds so much elegance to your card.

  4. Beautiful card Vicky and your stitching is lovely.
    Your embossed flower is gorgeous


  5. I'm really liking white-on-white and the little touches of colour really make it pop! Helen (Sydney)

  6. Love your romantic card. The vellum flower is a lovely touch with the little pops of colour. x

  7. Dear Vicky,
    your card is WOW. I can't find a word for this really beautiful and elegant card. I love your style.
    Many many greetings from Germany,

  8. Stunning Vicky ! I especially love the layered button and the ever classic white on white with a pop of red.
    Hugs Jane x

  9. So fragile, so beautiful, Vicky!

  10. Words like 'awesome' come to mind. A truly beautiful card.

  11. So delicate but so very effective - love the stitching! Perfect for the Make My Monday challenge. Suzanne x

  12. A very elegant card Vicky. Love the lacy, ethereal look and the flower is totally gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Make My Monday this week and so lovely to see you again.
    Good luck!
    Fliss x

  13. Wow, that vellum makes a gorgeous embossed flower! Beautiful!

  14. Thanks for your wonderful support of the challenge Vicky - I do appreciate it so much :-)
    This is stunningly beautiful - I love the lacey look to the vellum and the sentiment has the perfect lacey quality too with the swirls. The sewing looks pretty darn good to me too!!!
    Tara x

  15. I love the vellum and the gorgeous subtle script background. You've taught me so much about using white more effectively!

  16. This is so gorgeous Vicky - love that vellum flower. Roll on spring I say!!
    M x

  17. Wow! This is amazing. I love the texty backgound and the vellum flowers is so beautiful! Thanks for your continued support for St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  18. Beautiful card, Vicky! Your vellum flower is gorgeous! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  19. ooooo that vellum flower looks like a piece of jewellery, I love the white of the embossing on it too. I can see the script, bet it looks gorgeous in real life :0)
    Did you use the square punch for that ribbon tail??
    Jenny x

  20. HI Vicky, Gorgeous card, love the vellum flower with the button centre and the pretty sentiment! Smashing :0) xxx

  21. Oh it's such a beautiful card Vicky - I love the embossing on the flower, I must try it :) Sarah xx

  22. Hi Vicky
    Another stunner....it is sooo lovely....like you ...you are so sweet and sincere ....you make my eyes water you are so nice ...i get that way when i think of my Grandson Adam...Lol...i am a bit soppy
    Thanks for joining in at St. Lukes this Month.....
    Hugs sylvie

  23. this is soooo gorgeous! M x

  24. What an amazing Valentine! LOVE all the vellum you've been using lately!!! :) Thanks for joining us again at MMM! :)

  25. Vicky
    firstly, LOVE this card. Your vellum flower is stunning. Now... how does a gal from Buckinghamshire decide to raise money for a hospital in my home town? :-) good for you, what a wonderful thing to do
    So glad you shared this with the Paper Players this week

  26. Hi Vicky... I love the delicate look of this card.. the vellum flower is awesome.
    Thank you for joining in at MMM
    suzi b :)

  27. Oh my this is lovely! That flower is pretty. A wonderful cause. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players.

  28. Love this card Vicky it's so delicate and the flower is gorgeous!
    Val x

  29. Oh Vicky, this is GORGEOUS! I love your embossed vellum flower and the subtle coloring of the outlines stamp! I'll bet the embossed bg is stunning IRL! So glad you joined my flower challenge at The Paper Players!

  30. Vicky, this is beautiful!! I love the embossed vellum flower, the distressed edges and the subtle pops of color. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

  31. Breathtaking Vicky the vellum is so beautiful and is so elegant and perfectly placed . Love the distressed edges ah sigh I love ths.


  32. A stunning clean and not so simple card. Thanks again for your support at MMM. Caz

  33. Very pretty and effective. Thanks for joining us at MMM.

  34. Oh Vicky I`m so sorry, I`m sure I`d commented on this card ages ago. Put it down to my age lol.
    Fabulous as always. Love the texture on your flower and the little pop of red really sets it off. Thank you so much for your continued support at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx

  35. super card for the challenge at St Luke's. Simple elegance and love! Zx


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