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Monday, 11 November 2019

'Tis Christmas torn

Hello crafting friends!

I'b dot well today I'b afraid :(

Roughly translated, that means I have a streaming nose, a sore throat and am feeling very sorry for myself! I've managed to keep going today though and rustled up a Christmas card at lunchtime while drinking gallons of lemon and ginger tea. Come and see:


I'm always looking for ways to use my washi tape collection and this fortnight's Less is More 'Torn' challenge encouraged me to tear it up and make a collage scene. To make the background, I first inked in the faint suggestion of snow using Clearly Besotted's Snow Day stencil and a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker. Over the top of that, I added a 'snowy slope' using icy silver and blue washi tapes. I tore strips off the rolls and then tore them again, lengthwise this time. These thinner strips were laid over each other until I had my sloping shape.


I used the same technique with the tree, laying the strips on a piece of scrap card stock, then cutting out a simple Christmas tree shape with my sharp paper snips. When the tree was attached to the background, I added a star sticker left over from a long ago project.

All that was needed was a sentiment and I used this beautiful one from Clearly Besotted's Simply Said. It should have been quick and easy...


... but, oh dear, I'd obviously not inked the stamp up properly :/ In order to save it, I stamped it again on some spare card stock, cut it out using an oval die and glued it over the top of my mistake.

I have a stamping platform on my Christmas list and oh my goodness do I need one! If I'd been using one, I could've just stamped it again in exactly the same position! I've done a bit of research and I'm toying with the idea of getting the Tim Holz travel size stamping platform. What do you think? I know that lots of you will already have a stamping platform and will have clear ideas about what makes a good one. It would be great to have some advice before shelling out!

I'm linking this card up with Less is More where the theme is That's Torn It! Plenty of scraps and left overs were used in the making of this card, so I shall also wander over to Pixie's Snippets Playground where I shall sit on the swings smelling strongly of Fisherman's Friends throat lozenges!


AND IN OTHER NEWS
I took Eva for a later walk than usual today and as we returned home, the schools were just closing. I was so proud of my little dog! A couple of years ago, faced with those huge wheezing buses and crowds of noisy school children, she would have frozen, but today, she walked by my side, wagging at any friendly-looking kids and flinching at the buses but standing firm. When we got home, I asked if she would like a bone as a treat and she said that yes, she rather thought she would ;)

Thank you for popping in to visit me today. Has your dog overcome any fears? If you have any heart-warming stories I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

Hugs,

20 comments:

  1. Love your tidying up of your "mistake" it looks so good. I have the Tim Holtz stamping platform, the full size one, I think the smaller one would have done for me, but it wasn't out but I LOVE it. My mistakes made me not want to stamp. I am very late to the stamping thingy! LOL.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Faith x

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    1. Thanks Faith - it sort of works doesn't it!
      Of all of the stamping platforms, the Tim Holz one seems the best designed for me. Glad to hear you're enjoying using yours - and Faith, you aren't late to the stamping thingy, you've arrived at exactly the right time! x

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  2. Sorry to hear you're not feeling well but hope you will soon be feeling better. Your card is lovely and it's a great idea to use the "torn" element as your landscaping!

    Kathyk

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    1. Thanks Kathy, just beginning to return to feel less like I'm auditioning for the part of Rudolph in the local panto! x

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  3. Loving your 'torn' Christmas card Vicky. Great use of your washi tape. Before I saw you'd used a stencil, I wondered if you has been dabbing the eraser end of a pencil into light coloured ink!

    Will E you about stamping platforms.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. Thank you lovely! I think the pencil would have worked just as well - although this stencil has nice clumpy snow which I love! (Less so in real life. Unless I'm indoors!)
      Will look out for your E!
      xxx

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  4. An awesome use of Washi tape, Vicky!

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  5. Beautiful card, Vicky! Hope you're feeling better too! Regarding the stamping platform, I recommend the Tim Holtz 6 inch one, that said, I bought mine days before I stopped stamping, so it's never been used, so will hopefully find a new home for it soon! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Em, just beginning to return to the land of the living! I think you might have to open up a craft shop Em! xx

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  6. What a great card Vicky! Love the design and such a super use of Washi tape. Hope your cold improves quickly! Love hearing about darling Eva - I hope Dudley gets a bit braver as he grows up, He hides behind our legs if he's unsure :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Aw thanks Di. On the road to recovery now I think. Dudley sounds like a perfect little pup :) The more socialising he does and the more sights and sounds and people and other dogs he sees, the braver he will become until he becomes a teenager and gets a bit TOO brave and then settles down to become a grown up gentleman dog!!!
      xx

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  7. Oh I LOVE the torn Washi tape!! This card is amazing!!

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  8. Thanks for playing along in the Snippets Playground. I'm the Guest Designer for this fun challenge, and I'm offering an additional prize for the challenge. You're welcome to stop by my blog to take a look. Here's the link:
    https://karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com/2019/11/creative-ways-to-use-snippets.html

    Have a blessed week,
    Karen Letchworth

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    1. Thanks for the link Karen, looking forward to popping over to see what you've been up to!

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  9. You're super talented, Vicky. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following me. I've also followed you. Did I already mention about challenge blog Word Art Wednesday? I'd sure love to have you play along:
    www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

    Blessings,
    karen

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    1. Thanks Karen. I'm always excited about a new challenge!

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  10. Very fun card! I love your creative use of washi tape and well done saving the sentiment part of the card -I think the oval shape adds a lot of interest and looks totally intentional! Thank you for joining us at Less Is More!

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    1. Thanks Nonni - it always feels good to 'save' a card!

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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