Wednesday 19 September 2012

Inspired by harvest festival

Yesterday I had a bit of a creative moment! I was fiddling about with my Perfectly Preserved stamp set and came up with a pot of jam and then, not content with that, I made an apple using a punch and some sponge daubers! Seeing the two together made me think of harvest festival and all the times my children trotted off to school carefully carrying their decorated produce. When I'd finished being in Mumland I found that I'd made this:

All sorts of harvest goodies in a wooden crate made using my new Woodgrain embossing folder on Core'dinations card stock and sanding the surface - LOVE this textured look! The jam was made by stamping parts of a strawberry from my Fruit and Flowers set onto card stock and then sponging colour over the top. I stamped my beloved jar from Perfectly Preserved over the top and added crystal effects, allowing it to dry before cutting out with my sharp paper snips. It does look quite realistic in real life!

Can you see how shiny it is? Those ears of wheat next to the jam are from the retiring Autumn Days - such a favourite set of mine! I hooked some of the Perfectly Preserved cherries over the crate to look as if they were spilling out.

The apple was made with a circle punch, sponge daubers and ink and has a stalk made from the cherries stem. I might do a tutorial on this because I quite like how realistic it looks and it was really quick and easy! I finished the card with a bit of rustic linen thread and a sentiment cut out with the modern label punch and fastened to the crate with brads - I love that I can just reach for brads that match the wheat!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Autumn Days (retiring), Apothecary Art (sentiment)
Ink: Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, More Mustard
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core'dinations
Other: Woodgrain embossing folder, sanding block, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, markers, Crystal Effects, brads, linen thread, paper snips

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What is it about my family and food? My oldest son can't get enough cereal and meat (although thankfully not at the same time!) My daughter calls him 'My brother, the Sarlac' (referring to a creature on Star Wars that eats anything and everything and which appears as a hole in the desert with teeth and tentacles!) This is a little hypocritical though... the other day she suggested we had chocolates for pudding and I had to remind her we'd just HAD pudding! 

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow and I have a quick autumnal card to show you. Hope to see you then,


  1. Such a lovely creative idea for a harvest festival card, Vicky x

  2. Mmmm .... your card is making me hungry. Love what you've done with your jam jar. Helen (Sydney)

  3. Fabulous Vicky. Brought back so many childhood memories. X

  4. Fabulous Vicky. Brought back so many childhood memories. x

  5. Love it Vicky, it's gorgeous, I can't wait to get my hands on this set, I make my own Jam and it is going to be so perfect for labels etc.


  6. Absolutely stunning Vicky, and such a brilliant idea.

  7. Lovely harvest card Vicky and the jam pot actually looks like it filled with jam...brilliant card


  8. That jam jar is fantastic Vicky - the whole card is! Would love to see a tutorial though- your voice on the last one I watched was very calm and soothing.

  9. Brilliant harvest festival card. Reminds me of my school days!

    Sarn xxx

  10. So creative Vicky and so evocative:) love the different ways you've used that jar, especially the one with the pens!
    Val x

  11. Stunning Vicky, beautiful seasonal colours and special effects - especially love the apple ! Jane x

  12. Wow your jam looks good enough to eat!

  13. Wow! Oh, i LOVE that jam !! You are sooo clever-the whole card is gorgeous :) x

  14. A lovely autumnal themed card - that jam looks yummy - Jacqueline xx

  15. This jar is proving to be really versatile, isn't it? I love what you've done here, such good use of different stamp sets, too.

  16. This is such a fabulous card Vicky - it all looks good enough to eat! xx

  17. Vicky, this is absolutely beautiful! The strawberry jam is amazing!

  18. OMGoodness harvest fesival !!! i always remember when I was a kid my parents used to buy a christmas hamper and all of the tinned produced ( hard to find fresh in those days where i lived ) where given to our school to distribute for the harvest festival ) There was always some obscure tinned meat that none of us kids would eat they was given away. This brought me back to my childhood although yours is definitely a posh version and very beautiful indeed ! Love how you did the apple and that gorgeous jammy looking jam.


  19. Vicky
    I am so envious of this set you have made a realy beautiful harvestfestival card it looks so real the jar of jam.

  20. I love this beautiful harvest festival card! Great use of the crystal accents, and the clever arrangement of the yummy produce!

  21. The star of the show or country fair is definitely the jar of jam! You should add a first rosette!! x

  22. Wow! so adorable card!

  23. Lovely Card Vicky - your colours on this are scrummy and make me think of autumn. I love how you always manage to do something "different" and fabulous with the SU stamps. Thanks for sharing xx


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