Friday, 19 October 2012

Magical Christmas night

I'm so pleased that the number of clean and simple challenges is on the increase as I love this style of card-making. One of my favourite sites is CASology - and I'm not just saying that because I was lucky enough to win with this leaf card last week! The cue card for this week is 'Night' which set me thinking...


The middle of the night might be the time we wake up worrying about life for most of the year (well I do anyway!) but on Christmas night it's different... then, there's a touch of magic in the air. This is my take on that hour when nature seems to be holding its breath.


The trees were veramarked and clear embossed, the snow and the moon masked off and the sky sponged in before stamping the trees again, this time in StazOn ink, using my stamp-a-majig to offset them. To finish my scene, I added texture to the snow with white embossing powder and added tiny touches of Dazzling Diamonds glitter with my two-way glue pen.


The glitter helps the scene to avoid looking too sombre for Christmas (it is much more glittery in real life) but I added this really exuberant sentiment in Real Red to liven things up even more!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Sassy Salutations (sentiment)
Ink: Midnight Muse, Real Red, StazOn black
Card stock: Naturals White
Other: Versamark, clear and white embossing powders, heat tool, Itty Bitty Punch pack (for the moon), Dazzling Diamonds glitter, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight to your address in the UK, France, Deutschland, Nederland or Osterreich. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on +44 (0) 1280 820593.

My daughter was helping me cook dinner last night and was in charge of making the plum crumble. When she asked which size dish she should use, I advised her to prepare the plums first and see which one they fit in best. "Look at you," she said admiringly (or was that sarcastically?!) "You're practically a hints and tips book!"

Would you like to hear my tip for a great weekend? Do loads of crafting of course! (I don't need to tell you that though do I?!) Have an excellent weekend and I shall see you very soon,

30 comments:

  1. Wow, this is LOVELY! What a gorgeous scene! Hugs, Karen

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  2. Hello Vicky,
    Sorry I have been MIA for a while, but have just caught up with your blog. This is absolutely gorgeous - you have captured the serenity of that special time perfectly. I also LOVE your 'Christmas Hearts' on 16th Oct...so simple but oh so elegant!

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog, and also the well wishes for my hand. Yes, I did have withdrawals, but am catching up.

    Hugs,
    Jennifer. x

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  3. A beautiful icy winter scene Vicky! I love the embossed trees and the the ghostly moon!

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  4. Beautiful card Vicky just love the little moon

    Anne

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  5. Love your card Vicky - this is my style of card and just goes to show how beautiful a card can be without adding lots of embellishments which not only adds to the time needed to make it, but also a significant amount to the postage. I'm all for making savings - more to spend on SU goodies!

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  6. Stunning. I love the way you offset the trees with the embossing first . . . great idea which I may have to CASE!

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  7. Love the scene you've created Vicky it's beautiful. You should enter it for the Casual Friday challenge of off the edge, perfect:)
    Val x

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  8. A gorgeous card Vicky - very atmospheric, especially the crescent moon - Jacqueline xx

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  9. Fabulous card Vicky, what a beautiful little scene too. I wake up in the night too, esp. on Xmas Eve... worrying if I have prepared enough food and left anything out lol. :) Viv xx

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  10. Looks fab Vicky. I love that tense magical feel of Christmas night. x

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  11. Brilliant idea to firstly stamp with versamark and then offset them using Stazon, would never have thought of that. Beautiful card as usual.

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  12. Beautiful night scene - I love the contrast of the soft, quiet sponging and the vibrant sentiment (I'll have to relook at that set - it looks good in real life!!) Thanks so much for playing in the dark with CASology this week (and it was talent, not luck that got you your win last week!)

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  13. Fantastic magical Christmas card, the scene is some wintery and glittery, I absolutely adore this Vicky. congrats on your win way to go !!!

    Marie

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  14. That's Christmas Eve in a card!! Stunning Vicky. You are truly a master of this style of cards. Have a great weekend, hugs Buttons x

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  15. Your card is absolutely beautiful Vicky - I know exactly what you mean about the middle of the night on Christmas Eve feeling so magical. I too am often awake in the middle of the night so understand what you're saying !
    hugs
    wynneth
    x

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  16. Really very beautiful Vicky. I think you are one of the best stamper/card maker bloggers that I've ever seen, really stunning hugs Karen x

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  17. Vicky, this is soooo very beautiful and peaceful, I love it

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  18. Gorgeous card Vicki, I love that scene! Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology!

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  19. What a wonderful card! It really does evoke the magic of Christmas Eve.

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  20. Hi Vicky
    You are so clever.... Love this gorgeous scene you have created.....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx
    Enjoy your weekend....

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  21. Something magical about this scene ..... silent, peaceful, nothing stirring ..... Christmas must be coming. I like your 'recipe' for the weekend, enjoy yours.

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  22. Hi Vicky - I know just what you mean about Christmas Eve - there's a tingle in the air, a feeling of something special. I think you've really caught that in this card - it's absolutely beautiful!

    Have a fab weekend!

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  23. That is so lovely. A work of art:)

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  24. Vicky, your card is breathtakingly beautiful, magical and gorgeous.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  25. Another stunner, Vicky, and I especially love that red sentiment at the top! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

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  26. this is absolutely stunning vicky... absolutely stunning! thanks so much for playing along with CASology each week! i always enjoy seeing where each cue word takes you!

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  27. A beautiful snow scene ~ Congrats on your win last week!

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  28. Every once in a while there is a card which just grabs hold of me and says, "Wow, that is such a stunning card!" This is such a card. Simple and elegant but it takes you away to special and wonderful memories and inspires us to live a better life. Thank you so much for your special inspiration for me with this card! Blessings, Louise

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