Saturday 11 January 2014

The Language of Love and Stampin' Up sneak peeks

It might be the middle of winter but I'm full of the joys today! It's a beautiful sunny day in Buckingham and the rest of my family are busy so I've snuck off to do a little crafting because I have HUNDREDS of new stamp sets and accessories to use! Well perhaps not hundreds but a whole load because guess what? There's a new seasonal catalogue coming out at the end of this month - whoopee! And that's not all - Sale-a-bration is also coming and that means freebies in a big way! Watch this space for more info.

Meanwhile, my first stop on a Saturday morning is Less is More where the challenge is to make a one layer card using hearts. My biggest problem with that was deciding which hearts to use but in the end those new sets were calling, so here's a sneaky peek for you:

Banners are all the rage at the moment, so I thought I'd stamp a string of bunting across my card! I scored a line first to ground the sentiment and to enable me to line up my flags accurately.

These banners and hearts are from a sweet little set in the new seasonal catalogue called Language of Love. I love the simple style of them. I punched a little heart using my Owl punch to embellish the pennant-shaped banner and added a gem to it.

The scallop comes from one of this year's gorgeous sale-a-bration sets, Petal Parade (you'll be able to get hold of this one for free during the promotion!)

I adore the sentiment with its trendy font! It comes from a wonderful upcoming new set called geometrical. As well as two more fabulous sentiments, it contains an array of geometrical shapes which I know will be so useful in the Crafting Square Metre (maybe almost as useful as Gorgeous Grunge - who knows?!!)

I must apologise for this rather badly made card which was made while I was figuring out my design; I've included it to show you that the sentiment usually says 'Love you so'. A stamp-a-majig and markers makes it easy to tweak sentiments so that they say what you want or fit your project.

I'll also be linking the top card up with One Layer Wednesday, which has had a revamp for the new year and is much more user-friendly! It's now called One Layer Simplicity - do pop over and have a look.

Here's what you'll need to make the top card
Stamps: Language of Love, 
Ink: Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, Raspberry Ripple, stazon black
Card stock: Very Vanilla, scrap of Primrose Petals (for the heart embellishment)
Other: Markers, Owl punch, Simply Scored, Basic rhinestones, stamp-a-majig

Crafting Clare online shop, shopping with Vicky Hayes, Stampin Up clearance rack
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It is such a beautiful day that it would have been a shame for my sons to have had a lie in this morning wouldn't it? Aha, but there's a cunning trick or two up this mum's sleeve...

A casual "There are freshly cooked sausages here if you'd like some" yelled up the stairs brings a pair of boys thundering down in seconds! There wasn't much left of this little pile after a minute or two let me tell you. Are they boys or wolves?!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you very soon.



  1. Hi Vicky
    Which do i like best ... Card or Sausages... I had better say the fabulous card....
    No wonder they were Wolfeddown.... Lol....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  2. Hola Vicky, your sausages look yummy!!!!, Happy and Creative New Year!.
    Fantastic idea for your OLC, gorgeous your banners, i like the colours too, pretty work Vicky.
    Awarm hug from Palma

  3. Wolves, definitely!

    Great card using the new stuff! Have a lovely weekend. x

  4. Love your cards Vicky, almost as much as the sausages! You're not doing much for my diet lol! ;)
    Lizy xx

  5. Your cards look fab Vicky, what great stamps... the bangers look pretty special too... I think I'd come thundering down for those too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. Isn't it wonderful to see the sun? Lovely cards Vicky but I can't see anything 'badly made' about the second. x

  7. Two stunning cards Vicky, The soft pink is gorgeous. Agree about the papers.

  8. Gorgeous Vicky. Love the new stamp sets. I've got a lovely box of goodies unpacked today while himself was walking the dogs. Can't wait to play!

    Kat xx

  9. Very pretty cards Vicky - delicious looking sausages too! - Jacqueline xx

  10. Great combination of colours you've used for both cards Vicky, although I have to admit I don't see much wrong with your second one! Just loving the new catalogues,. xx

  11. This looks fab. My boys would have been thundering down too! xx Jan

  12. Love your bunting theme Vicky, great stamps. Sausages look scrummy:)
    Val x

  13. A really fun card - do like the little flags! And you are a very devious Mum! Wish we had English bangers over here!

  14. Great card - loving that banner style. Edward would have loved a dish of sausages like that! x x

  15. Loving your banner Vicky and I would admire your sausages but I`m betting they are long gone now. :)
    Lynne xxx

  16. Vicky, how wonderful that you showed the "before card" too. It shows the creative process and how we feel our way on one layer to balance and harmony, which you achieved perfectly in the "after card"! Thanks so much for sharing this with the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge!

  17. Beautiful as always, Vicky! You should enter this in our One-Layer Valentine's challenge at the Paper Players this week!!! It's SWEET!


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