Tuesday 20 November 2012

Embellishing with piercing

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know I'm a clean and simple kind of a girl. But sometimes it's nice to go all out with the embellishments and it doesn't have to result in a card that won't stand up! Here's a card I made for my lovely Stampers 6 club ladies, show-casing some of my favourite items in the new catalogue:

I used Summer Silhouettes for the stamping, giving the flowers an autumnal twist with Midnight Muse and Cajun Craze. If you're considering getting this set, don't hesitate for a second - you'll adore it!

The piercing detail is quite quick and easy using the new piercing templates and makes a subtle halo round the flowers. (By the way, if you love piercing, find out how to get free festive piercing templates by clicking here.)

I liked the way the gorgeous stitched satin ribbon echoed the piercing - that's the sort of thing that makes me very happy!

To get this distressed look, I barely allowed the stamps near the new juicy ink pads! I know I keep saying this but I love the way you can layer these images so easily.

The card is finished with a sentiment from the fantastic A Word For You stamp set, with its gorgeous handwriting-style flourishes.

Click here to find out more about my Stampers 6 club starting January 2013: wouldn't you love to receive a parcel of crafting goodies each month, along with handmade gifts and cards like this one, free catalogues, free Stampin' Up goodies worth at least £25 and lots of other benefits too!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, A Word For You
Ink: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Cajun Craze, River Rock
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, paper-piercing pack, Boho Blossoms punch, Metallic brads, 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. Check out current special offers here.

You'd imagine that having a French exchange student to stay would have sharpened my daughter's language skills, but since she's just disappeared into the bathroom with shampoo and a towel professing to be about to wash her horses, I think we can safely assume that it hasn't!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Beautiful Vicky..I just adore this stamp set and I love the flowers in these colors. The piercing is a great touch.

  2. Your card is so pretty that you've just pushed me to add another set to my wish list! Great story about your daughter. French is a tough language to master!

  3. Vicky, these are so simple and lovely!

  4. Oh Vicky, your cards are just wonderful. I look forward every day to a new idea of ​​yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Warm wishes from Hamburg!

  5. Lovely card, interesting idea with the piercing. I've been in France for more than 13 years now and I still have to think carefully between cheveux et chevaux!

  6. Gorgeous card Vicky beautiful pricking template hopefully is winging its way to me after our SU Extravaganza last Saturday..


  7. Beautiful Vicky, the stampers six will be deligted with it! lovely gift!
    Suzi B xx

  8. Lovely cards Vicky!

    Maybe your daughter meant her PONY tail! No....? Well I thought it was funny!


  9. I want to start using my paper piercing set and now you have given me an idea! Thank you. These cards are gorgeous - lucky ladies to receive one of those! To be fair to your daughter hair and horses in French is quite close!
    Louise xx

  10. These are stunning Vicky I love the colour combo and the pricking is such a brilliant idea!
    Val x

  11. Hello Vicky ,
    these are just lovely - I love the little picture you have created with the stamps and the colours are just perfect. Jane x

  12. Beautifully stamped and paper pricked, Vicky. I love the colours and your dimensional flower. All finished off with a pretty bow:)
    I have quite a few pricking templates from years ago, goodness knows where they are, I must try and dig them out xx

  13. Fabulous cards - I love the colours you have chosen.
    Kath x

  14. Just adore this set too. Love the piercing and the ribbon gives a lovely vibrancy. x

  15. This stamp set is gorgeous in these colors!

  16. I have this stamp set on order and am really looking forward to creating with it .... love what you've done with it here. You've inspired me to use piercing to add that extra something to my cards!

    I always enjoy your little comments at the end of your posts ... usually something adorable that your children have said!

  17. Sacre Bleu, fancy not knowing your cheveux from your cheval. (Did I get it right??) Superb cards Vicky and a really original idea, have got those stamps on my wish list.

  18. Sensational!!! Love those colors and of course the paper piercing!

  19. That took me a while to work out (no good at french at all!!)
    Love how these stamps layer Vicky and the pierced frame is a great embellishment :0)
    Jenny x

  20. Wow absolutely stunning Vicky. I love those stamps and the paper piercing looks amazing (I have just ordered the pp templates and tool too!!!). It is fantastic seeing the potential and what you can do with the SU products. Thank you for sharing hun. Hugs Clare xxxx

  21. I love how you have added the paper flower and brad here Vicky-it stands out perfectly against your pretty stamped background :) xx

  22. I was searching Pinterest for Paper-Piercing and came across some of your gorgeous cards! I followed your sketch for this one and made my own today. I'll be posting it to my blog tomorrow (Friday, 7-12-13) and linking back here to your blog post as the inspiration. Thank you for sharing! :) Janis


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