Saturday 19 October 2013

Calm Christmas trees

This is the first weekend for ages that I haven't needed to go careering about all over England, so a bit of Christmas card-making came back onto the agenda! Less is More has Trees as its theme this week and the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown wants to see a bit of bling, so I put those two together and came up with this:

I made a post-it mask with my BFF the 2 1/2" circle punch, placed it over a square of card stock and sponged a mix of Soft Sky and Island Indigo inks into it. To transform this into a snowy scene, I punched another circle, this time out of Whisper White card stock, cut it curvily in half to make snowy ground and added two trees punched with one of the Merry Minis punches.

It's the details that finish a card - the textured effect of the sky, the sparkle of glitter on the trees and ground, the pierced frame and the textured card base all add interest. The sentiment is from the Calm Christmas stamp set and I thought it worked well with this scene - you know that lovely hush you get when there's been a heavy fall of snow.

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Calm Christmas
Ink: Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Midnight Muse
Card stock: Whisper White smooth and core'dinations
Other: Merry Minis punch pack, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Essentials piercing templates, stamp-a-majig

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My youngest son was having a look at one of my rings earlier. When he finished I held out my hand so that he could replace it and he hovered over each finger as if working out which one to place it on. Eventually he slid it onto the appropriate one and I laughed at him. He smiled back. "There was just too much choice Mummy!" he said. It's lucky he's getting the practice now as I can see us all getting a bit fidgety on his wedding day otherwise!

See you soon,


  1. This is gorgeous Vicky - I'd forgotten about the mini punches so thanks for reminding me! Have a good weekend
    Margaret x

  2. This looks simply fab Vicky, I hadn't thought of using those mini punches like this. Terrific!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  3. a fab card vicky... love the colour!!

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen x
    "Less Is More"

  4. This is so stunning with the smaller focal framing! Beautiful job~

  5. Beautiful card Vicky. I love it!
    I want to thank you so much for your extreme kindness whilst I have been a member of your Stampers 6 club. Your card and handmade gift each month are so much appreciated. If anyone is looking for a wonderful demonstrator then I would advise them not to look any further than yourself.

  6. Very stylish design Vicky, love that sentiment. How many have you done now? X

  7. Absolutely lovely, Vicky! I adore the glittery snow and the beautiful blue sky! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

  8. Beautiful Christmas card the paper pricking sentiment


  9. This looks lovely Vicky. Very stylish.

    Sarn xxx

  10. Beautifully simple Christmas card - it's lovely. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  11. Nice! I really like the beautiful blue sky!

  12. What a lovely and elegant card
    Rosie x

  13. I`m sorry that it`s been awhile since my last visit. Fabulous design, love the little trees.
    Lynne xxx

  14. Such a beauty Vicky gorgeous masking and love the paper piercing , which reminds me where is that damn pokey tool and mat of mine !


  15. I so wish I'd joined your team. Such a shame we can't swap when we realise the error of our ways as a good team leader is so important. Instead I am inspired by you to make my own downline team better - keep up the good work!

  16. Looks so calm and perfect! Inky greetings, Gerrina

  17. Hi Vicky - a beautiful card, very elegant too. Thanks for joining in this week at 52CCT - Jacqueline xx

  18. Soft, simple, sweet, pretty, wintery - & utterly gorgeous Vicky! Beautiful finishing touches! Thanks so much for playing along with us at 52 {C}CT, it's always lovely to see you! Ruth x

  19. Stunning card and love that circular effect to highlight your trees. x

  20. What a lovely snowy scene..... lets hope it stays in the papercrafting form for a while yet!!! Glad you enjoyed a weekend around home :0)
    Jenny x

  21. Ever so beautiful Vicky! Thanks so much for joining us this week at 52CCT!

  22. Absolutely fabulous CAS perfection! :) I'm glad you joined us again this week at 52{C}CT!

  23. So elegant, this is beautiful xxx

  24. Gorgeous 'clean' looking card Vicky I love it :) Viv xx


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