Monday 20 January 2014

In love with Banner Blast!

Are you ready for a week of sneak peeks?! All this week I'll be showcasing the stamp sets and accessories you'll be able to get for free in Stampin' Up's Sale-a-bration promotion which starts next Tuesday. So, let's kick things off with a valentine/anniversary card using the Banner Blast set - come and see:

This is about as layered as I ever get with my cards but there's lots of clear space so it still feels quite clean and simple - but have you spotted those fabulous banners?!

I stamped the word 'you' onto a tiny panel and clipped my stamped banners onto it with one of the Essentials Hardware clips, adding a stamped and cut-out arrow and a punched heart to embellish. This was placed onto a background cut out of one the Sale-a-bration designer papers using a fabulous new punch. These tag topper punches are designed to make tags quickly and easily but there's SO much more you can do with them!

I've whipped the topper away in this photo so you can see that I punched the tag top on both the top and the bottom of this piece of designer paper. The strip the background is mounted on is actually threaded through the tag too - just think of the possibilities! The strip is embossed using the Needlepoint Border embossing folders and layed onto core'dinations card stock which provides a nice contrast with the smooth card base.

This week's fabulous sketch from CAS(E) this sketch inspired my card so I'll be linking this card up over there.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card
Stamps: Banner Blast, Love You More (arrow), Morning Meadow (the word 'you')
Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Whisper White smooth and core'dinations, scrap of Crisp Cantaloupe
Other: Essentials hardware clips, Needlepoint embossing folder, Big Shot, Owl punch, paper snips, stamp-a-majig

Crafting Clare online shop, shopping with Vicky Hayes, Stampin Up clearance rack
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My sister and her family came to visit us this weekend and my daughter, who plans to do English and French at university, was able to chat to her aunt who studied those subjects herself. They discussed idioms (such as 'it's raining cats and dogs' in English) and my daughter explained that you get extra marks for using French ones in the exam and could my sister could think of any? My sister thought for a moment and then came out with 'Il y a du monde au balcon (there are lots of people on the balcony)' which turned out to mean a woman amply endowed in the bosom area! Yes, thanks Sis - very helpful for my daughter's A level!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Wonderful card . . . I love the layering and the clever use of the tag punch. xxx

  2. Oh you are teasing us!

    Perhaps your daughter would be better to "Garder la tete Froide" and not use her Aunt's suggestion in the exam!

  3. Love this Vicky - great combination of elements ! Can't wait to get my hands on some of the new stash ! xx

  4. Lovely card Vicky. I have 2 bilingual adolescent boys in the house, I'm sure they could come up with some more idioms but maybe they wouldn't help with A-levels either!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Hi Vicky
    Love this..... Really modern.... I feel an order coming on..
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  6. This is just gorgeous Vicky! I love the layered topper and the 'threading' of the embossed strip! :)
    Lizy xx

  7. Stunning card Vicky, love the colours.

    As for French I always wanted to study it, never got around to doing anything about it, maybe it's something I should start thinking about now!

  8. What are you lot like seems that teasing nature runs in the family. I love, love , love this card Vicky you should layer more often you really do everything so well.


  9. WOW! Vicky this card is amazing. You've put so much effort into it. Just love the way you've used the embossing strip of clever! TTS.xo

  10. Another gorgeous card, Vicky! And I will try very hard to remember that saying (and apply it to myself!)
    Thanks for your encouragent, Vicky; I know, there is no point taking job rejection personally, I just need to persevere! Xxx


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