Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Christmas hearts for a Beautiful Season

Any minute now, I'm going to need to send out some Christmas cards! Well, okay, that might be a slight exaggeration but it's only 45 days until the 1st of December and people certainly like to display cards in December don't they?! I thought I'd better crack on with some so, inspired by the gorgeous Green, Brown, Cream and Gold colour scheme at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, and the Heart theme at CASual Fridays, here's what I came up with:


I made a mask with one of my Labels framelits and sponged Summer Starfruit ink into it to create a golden glow. The pine needles from Watercolour Winter were stamped over the top and Early Espresso ink sponged round one side for a little definition before removing the mask.


The heart ornaments from Tiny Tags were stamped in versmark on Naturals Ivory then heat embossed in gold. I used the small heart punch when cutting them out - it's not an exact fit but it certainly helps! The card was finished with this lovely sentiment from Beautiful Season.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Watercolour Winter, Tiny Tags, Beautiful Season (sentiment)
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Early Espresso
Card stock: Very Vanilla, scrap of Naturals Ivory
Other: Big Shot, Labels framelits, Sahara Sand marker, versamark, gold embossing powder, heat tool, stamp-a-majig
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I was listening to the great Pam Ayres on the radio yesterday and was delighted to hear some of her housework tips: Fed up with hoovering but like the warmth of carpet? Pam recommends installing hard flooring and sticking bits of carpet to your slippers instead! Cleaning your windows is a mistake she says - dirty windows stop people from looking in and seeing the mess! I may not have taken all her advice but my housework was done in record time!

I'll have a designer paper idea for you tomorrow - hope to see you then!

29 comments:

  1. Hi Vicky - this is absolutely gorgeous! love the mask, the colours and the stamps! really beautiful christmas card hugs Karen

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  2. Love your card V ! What sweet little hearts! I also LOVE Pam Ayres! I went to one of her concerts once when she visited Australia-she is hilarious! Hope you are having a lovely week my friend !

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  3. Vicky, this is absolutely amazing! LOVE the scene you've created--and your gold hearts are an amazing accent! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

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  4. I need more of those housekeeping tips! :)

    This is beautiful, Vicky! I love the warm colors!!!

    p.s. I've given you a blog award over on my blog...

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  5. Beautiful card Vicky, I love the soft glow and delicate sponging.

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  6. Beautiful sponging, Vicky. Your Christmas hearts are lovely! 45 days until December has me feeling a little panicky. I need to get busy on my Christmas cards! :) ann

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  7. Gorgeous card Vicky..great use of the franelet and lovely colouring love the stamps

    Anne

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  8. Hi vicky
    Gorgeous ... Stunning card... Love the hearts ... Brill idea as usual.... I love Pam Ayres....
    Enjoy your day....
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

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  9. Love the housework tips Vicky might have to try those!!
    Your Christmas card is stunning and perfect for our challenge this week at 52CCT - Thanks so much for joining in - Jacqueline xx

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  10. Wonderful masking, inking and embossing. Looks fabulous Dahling! xxx

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  11. One word, Stunning!
    Well done on your recent win, can't remember which one it was as you win so many.

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  12. Wow Vicky, this is another stunner. Love those pine needles, a beautiful card. xx

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  13. Your card has a lovely clean design! Love how you used a die for masking - the effect is really nice!

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  14. Gorgeous, Stunning and beautiful Vicky. Thank you for the
    H word tips.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  15. Another stunningly simple and beautifully crafted card. I so look forward to your daily posts, they always amaze me. Thanks for joining in with our colour challenge at 52 CCT this week too

    Louise xx

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  16. Stunning card, vicky! I may have to CASE this one!

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  17. Oh another one of your gorgeous Inked backgrounds Vicky and a perfect Christmas glow for your tree ornaments...I love this :0)
    Thanks for linking up to CASual Fridays :0)
    Jenny x

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  18. This is the best idea I've seen in a very long time! So ingenious and so well executed, Vicky! What a winner!

    (Thanks for your sweet list of love you sent this morning! I'm off to nail carpet snips to my slippers!!)

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  19. Fab card Vicky it's like looking through a window:) The colours in the sponging are gorgeous! I'm using my building work as my housework excuse although I'm liking the carpet slippers:)
    Val x

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  20. The tiny golden hearts look right at home hanging from the pretty greenery! Very nice, Vicky!

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  21. Gorgeous card! I love those shimmery hearts! So glad you could play along this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  22. Great masking and stunning card! The colors are simply marvelous...x

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  23. This is such a beautiful, classy, elegant and nostalgic card, reminds me of times gone by, wonderful masking and stamping here Crafting Clair.

    Marie

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  24. This is absolutely spectacular Vicki!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at 52CCT! P.S. I knew there was a reason I haven't washed my windows in a while :o)

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  25. Gorgeous card Vicky, beautiful sponging and I love the heart ornaments!

    Thanks so much for sharing Pam's tips - made me chuckle! I have a mantra re housework myself - "housework before stamping? Only in the dictionary!"

    Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us again at 52 {C}CT! Ruth x

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous card...love the inking! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  27. Beautiful frame for your christmas tree scene. The little gold hearts make great ornaments. x

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  28. Your card is gorgeous! I love everything about it, nicely done! Thanks for joining us this week at 52CCT!

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  29. Oh la la Vicky, ta carte est d'une grande beauté et très inspirante, merci de la partager avec nous, biz

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