Thursday 2 January 2014

Hello lovely Wetlands birds!

Like most other stampers, my idea of a happy moment is to sit down to craft with no time constraints, no chance of being interrupted and lots of lovely stash to choose from! That was how this card came about:

The Direct To Card Stock ink technique is such a favourite technique of mine - You get beautiful, unique backgrounds every time and it's so simple to do! I swiped my Whisper White card stock with Soft Sky and Blushing Bride to make a background with a wintery feel and stamped the birds from Stampin' Up's gorgeous Wetlands stamp set over the top using Midnight Muse ink.

I like to add just one or two little details to my cards to complement the stamping and here I chose a line of piercing and one of the Essentials hardware clips with a tiny bakers twine bow tied to it. I love these little clips - they're flat so they don't add too much bulk and with an arrow and ampersand to choose from, as well as the paper clip I used today, they're bang on trend.

The card was finished with this sentiment from Happy Day. It usually says 'Hello there' but using my Midnight Muse marker and a stamp-a-majig I was easily able to use just the part of the sentiment I wanted.
Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Wetlands, Happy Day
Ink: Midnight Muse, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other: Midnight Muse markers, Essentials hardware clips, Calypso Coral bakers twine, Essentials piercing template, piercing mat and tool, stamp-a-majig

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After a great New Year's Eve celebration involving music, dancing, fireworks (on the telly - there was no way I was going out there!) and the enthusiastic clinking of glasses (some would say the over-enthusiastic clinking of glasses!) we are slowly getting back to some kind of normality here (and no sniggering thank you!) On New Year's Day, my husband and I were treated by our fabulous children to a three course meal. They planned it, shopped for the ingredients and made it together (with no rows!) while we sat back and enjoyed a film. And then for the 'tada' moment:

It was all absolutely delicious. They'd come up with some fabulous dishes like the hazelnut, pear and rocket salad starter shown above and I particularly appreciated details such as the beautiful table setting.   Some people start 'grateful for' diaries in the new year - and I think it's a great idea to help us focus on the things that are good in our lives; if I kept one of these, my children would loom very large on every page I assure you!

See you tomorrow when I'll have a special gift to show you.



  1. Hi Vicky . . . LOVE this inky card using one of my FAVE SU sets. I love the piercing detail . . . must remember that!

    Sarn xxx

  2. Love it, love it, love usual xxx

  3. Happy New Year Vicky and family.

    What a lovely simple card with what must be one of your favourite stamps!

    What a lovely family making a special meal for you. We went to our favourite Indian restaurant and had a lovely meal. Our younger daugher came too as she usually does at New Year. She's gone home now so we're trying to catch up with some stuff on Sky+.

    Kat xx

  4. This is a lovely stamp Vicky. I am hoping to get some crafting time this weekend after my trip to The Glitter Pot tomorrow. Your meal looks delightful although the punch (?) looks like it contains sprouts.....please tell me it is lime.

  5. Happy New Year! Another Gorgeous creation from you Vicky. How wonderful for your three children to do the meal for you - do you think they might like a little holiday to Chez Rosie?

  6. Ahh, lovely card, lovely meal, and lovely kids! xxx

  7. Ok, you've tipped the balance, I'm getting that stamp set, I can resist it no longer! Great card, and great kids apparently too! Happy New Year, lovely Vicky. x

  8. Fabulous card. I'm sure if I had a go at the swiping technique, mine would end up in a smudgy mess! Your children are so thoughtful, what a gorgeous treat x x


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