Sunday 1 September 2019

A bit of Christmas dating

Hello crafting pals!

You know when you find something in the crafting cupboard and immediately think of something to do with it? That's how today's card came about! Come and have a look:

So that's the card. And this is what it looked like before it developed into a proper grown up card:

Not ALL that exciting! The idea was to turn it into a significant Christmas date...

... which I did using a (very useful) retired Stampin' Up stamp set called 25 Days. The star was stamped twice, once in Garden Green and once in Crumb Cake inks. I cut the number 25 out with a circle punch and popped it up on the fussy cut star. The bold 'W for Wednesday' was inked up from the word 'twenty' and stamped on blue card, then glued over the original W. I highlighted the word December with a pale blue alcohol marker.

And then I thought of making a little snowy scene inside the 'wreath'.

I made a mask using a circle punch and also used a post it note to mask off the snowy foreground while inking the sky. After removing the post it note, the trees from Stampin' Up's Waterfront set were stamped in the circle mask, and snow added with a white gel pen. The wreath was turned into a berry wreath with a flower centre from a retired Clearly Besotted stamp set, Flower Arrangement (I seem to use these flower centres all the time but you could also use an eraser on the end of a pencil.) Adding tiny stalks and highlights on the berries makes them look more like berries! The card was finished with a faux button and a bakers twine bow and a sentiment from White Christmas.

Once I'd found the Project Life card, what really set me off making this card was the challenge at Jingle Belles, where the challenge is to include numbers, or to feature elements from The Twelve Days of Christmas. I'd really like to have done 3 French Hens or 7 Swans a-Swimming inside the wreath but will have to get myself hen and swan stamps first!

I shall also enter the card into Crazy Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge where 'Anything Goes, with an option to use something beginning with S' - there's snow and a star on my card :)

Is it me, or have I been rambling on for hours? Hopefully you've had a nice nap now and have woken refreshed - all part of the service!



  1. Clever combination of elements ... so glad you joined us for the 12 Days of Christmas at Jingle Belles.

    1. Thanks for the inspiration Stephanie! Much appreciated :)

  2. You are so funny :) WOW what a work of art this is, I love how you've shared the process! I have this set, 25 days, and have never used it, but am so inspired now! Xxx

    1. It's great for age birthdays and has also got some useful little images in it :) Bless you for being so lovely Lesley! xxx

  3. Ingenious thinking Vicky and a wonderful result.
    Faith x

  4. well i already loved this beautiful card, but seeing what you started with and how many AWESOME additions you made to the "bare bones" is even more impressive!!! wow! so happy you helped us celebrate the 12 days of xmas at JINGLE BELLES! ♥


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