Friday 25 January 2013

A Bloomin' Marvellous Christmas!

Don't you just LOVE this time of year? So many lovely new Sale-a-bration stamp sets to play with and the icing on the cake is that you can get them FREE! I've been loving playing with the Bloomin' Marvellous set this week and today I'm showing you just how versatile it is by using it to make a Christmas card!

When I saw the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge this week 'Use designer paper and glitter, and decorate the inside of your card' I moved on, thinking the recipe would result in something to cluttered for my taste, but Ruth's second DT sample inspired me! Come and have a look:

Banners are still all the rage and it's so simple to cut your own using designer paper, card stock or Stampin' Up's fabulous glimmer paper. This stuff comes in 12" x 12" sheets and is the least messy way I know to use glitter! Even better, you can get it for free with orders of £150 or more AND you get to choose three of the Sale-a-bration freebies as well - that's a lot of bang for your buck as they say!

I made my banners all the same width but varied the lengths and the position I placed them in for a bit of interest. The ends are cut using one of my square punches - how easy is that?!

Here's a close up of the sentiment label I made. The sentiment in Bloomin' Marvellous usually says 'oh happy day' which is great for celebrations but, by using a marker on the rubber, I could leave out the word 'day', stamp it and then add in the word 'Christmas' using my stamp-a-majig to get it where I wanted it. I punched it out with the extra large oval punch and placed it in the centre of a label that's been cut with a framelit and decorated with a Decorative Frames embossing folder. I think the flower and leaves from Bloomin' Marvellous work well in these colours as a festive embellishment...

... and, not forgetting the inside of the card, I stamped them in one corner, leaving plenty of room to write my Christmas message.

There's a CAS challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More this week so I'll also enter this card there, and I knew there was a good reason to make a Christmas card today... it's Rudolph Day at the lovely Sandra's blog! And there's a lot of snow about of course...

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Bloomin' Marvellous (free with Sale-a-bration), For My Family (for the word Christmas)
Ink: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Whisper White, scrap of Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Extra large Oval punch, Square punch
Other: Silver glimmer paper (free with sale-a-bration), Festival of Prints designer paper, Labels framelits, Designer Frames embossing folder, Basic Rhinestones, 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. 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 01280 820593.

Yesterday, my daughter settled down to do some homework alongside me as I crafted. She asked me if I minded having music on and I said I thought that would be nice. After a few minutes however I begged her to turn it off. "You said you didn't mind having music on!" she said. "I know," I said. "But this isn't music - it's just a very irritating noise!" To be fair, I normally like listening to her music as it's the only time I get to hear new things.

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you very soon,


  1. I love all the ways you've used this sweet set, Vicky! I'd never have thought of a Christmas card and think it's fantastic with the flags and gorgeous flower!

  2. such a beautiful layout and card!

  3. You are SO clever....what a great way to get extra use from that cute SAB set! Lovely!

  4. Vicky, this is just WOWSERS!!!!!!! LOVE IT!! Those banners are so pretty and the way you did the frame is sensational! Gorgeous card!
    Do you think OUR parents ever thought we were just listening to "noise"! LOL!

  5. At first I though "Christmas already?" but this is really nice; not too fussy just lovely colours and of course "Bloomin' Marvellous". What a wonderfully versatile stamp set this is becoming!

  6. Oh I love how your mind works! This is very inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing.
    I've been enjoying your other Bloomin' Marvelous cards as well.
    Just beautiful!
    Caro x

  7. Love that card Vicky. Very elegant

  8. This makes a very classy Christmas card. The banners work brilliantly and I love your decorated label. x

  9. Lovely card Vicky love the layout of your papers and a great way of using up all those scraps we have laying your embossed greeting...


  10. I love you banner Christmas card using the Bloomin Marvelous set.. which you have been tempting me with all week :)
    Suzi B xx

  11. Bloomin' beautiful Vicky! Love how you used a non Christmas set in a festive way, the banners, embossing & sentiment - well, I love EVERYTHING really! I'm chuffed to bits that my second card inspired you to join in this week's 52 {C}CT challenge, I'm so glad you did, thanks so much! Ruth x

  12. Oh what a lovely festive make you have here Vicky. Superb!

    Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

    Sarn xxx

  13. Stunning Vicky - I love the clean look! Hugs, Di xx

  14. Blooming Gorgeous! And as my daughter would say (while listening to some noise that isn't quite music) "I am Sooooo pinning that"

  15. Hello Vicky - love the framelit and embossed frame used together - genius ! Such a beautiful card - elegant and simple ! It's funny you should post a Christmas card as I was only thinking this morning that I shall be doing Christmas in July this year after being caught out last year with no cards made by Christmas Eve ! Jane x

  16. Great way to pair down a fussy recepie into something clean, simple and stunning!
    The flower works lovely for Christmas.
    You've really got me wondering what the "music" was now ;-)

  17. Hi Vicky, what a beautiful and non cluttered card, as always such a stylish and beautiful inspirational card and the glitter paper looks fabulous. How lovely for it to be decorated on the inside too.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.


  18. Very elegant design Vicky, I love the embossed oval label, and the fun banners.

  19. So classy and pretty!! --Doris

  20. Gorgeous card vicky, love the flowers and the simplicity of your card.

  21. Gorgeously simple and effective card Vicky.

    As for the music, my son loved and since coming back home! loves "head banging" music UGH!

  22. Simply beautiful, I love it.

    Kath x

  23. CAS and glitter and patterned paper and stamping..... genius!

  24. What a gorgeous Christmas card using your new toys!! Love the layered banners and the flower and leaves embellishment - so beautiful! But, the most amazing thing to me is adding the embossed frame to the Label Framelits - so, so clever!! Have to try that myself! Thanks so much for joining us at ATS&M. Loll xx

  25. Vicky this is stunning. I love the addition of the Glimmer paper - it makes it look so sophisticated, thanks for sharing your gorgeous card with us at 52CCT and ATSAM - Jacqueline xx

  26. LOVE it, Vicky! Such a wonderful CAS take on our challenge! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! HUGS and happy weekend! :)

  27. This looks really fresh and clean-love everything about it

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

  28. Just perfect, Vicky! Wonderfully CAS and joyfully festive. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM! xx

  29. Wow Vicky - I am in awe at the depths of your creativity. You have combined so many things in ways that I would not have ever thought of but absolutely love! I really really love the way you did the sentiment - the mixing of the die shape and embossing frame and the the sentimets. Just fabulous! Thanks for joining us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More!

  30. I love the CAS-ness of your card! The banners are very striking against the white background. The embossed label and the flower dress this card up perfectly. Excellently done!

  31. Very nice...I am just about to try something very similar on pinterest...Time to start using those ideas!
    PS Love the colours and lengths you chose for your banner.

  32. This looks so elegant. I love it!


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