Saturday 26 June 2021

A thrifty Christmas

Hello, crafting friends!

Does anyone else like to root about in second-hand and thrift shops, antique emporiums and boot sales? They're good for books and for decorative items for the home, and I love the idea of recycling items and the thrill of hunting for something unique. These shops are not usually the place to find crafting supplies but the other day, I spotted an unopened Christmas stamp set. I'm sure you can imagine the excitement - not just a new stamp set but also a bargain!

I used the snowflake image for this card, using my stamping platform to stamp it evenly four times across a card panel in various shades of aqua ink.

I added a little colour to the snowflakes with metallic coloured pencils and embellished with silver liquid pearls. When the panel was dry, I trimmed it and attached it to a card base.

The  card was finished with a bright red die-cut sentiment from Hobbycraft and some lovely sparkly silver sequins.

Here's a photo of the stamp set for anyone who's interested. I did a little sleuthing and it's a Christmas set, designed by Jennifer Ellory, which came free with Papercrafting Inspirations magazzine in 2017. There are some beautiful images in the set and I'll certainly enjoy using them :)

Kim's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches set me off making this card so I'm linking up there; I'm also joining in at Rudolph Day where the challenge is to make a festive card between the 25th and the end of each month; and also Merry Little Christmas where Anything Christmas Goes.

I was walking Eva on the fields behind our house last night and on our way back up to the house I saw two shadowy creatures running across the field away from us, one large and one small. Eva didn't spot them but I wondered what they were. I saw them in daylight today - it's a  Muntjac deer and her baby. Eva, who would have given chase when she was younger, totally ignored them!

Enjoy your weekend,


  1. YES! I love garage sales, thrift shops, anywhere I can find a bargain! And what a great stamp and wonderful bargain you found! Lucky you, and what a great card you created with it as well!

  2. I never get any craft bargains in charity shops Vicky even though I send lots of my stuff there so this was a rare find! And a terrific make - love the colour. x

  3. I always love the freebies in the magazines, so to find one and not have to buy the magazine is awesome. Such a versatile stamp set, love your card :)

  4. What a fab find Vicky. Gotta love a bargain set of stamps! You’ve made a brrrrilliant card with them too. Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. Your colours are beautiful Vicky,love the layout and completed card.I know I will miss seeing deer now we have moved,they used to come into the garden and feast on our trees in the winter.

  6. A lucky find, Vicky! I predict this stamp set will get lots of use!

  7. A beautiful card Vicky. Thanks you for taking part in the Rudolph Days challenge this month.

    Sue xx

  8. A really super card, love the choice of colour and a great design.

    Kath x

  9. Wonderful Christmas card! Love the snowflakes!
    I´ve never seen a Muntjac deer.. We often see wild boars here. Eva is very good and decent!


  10. I LOVE your strips of snowflakes!! It's lovely with the pop of red in the sentiment. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  11. What a fabulous thrift find! Love the touches of bling on your card. Thanks for playing along with us at FMS.

  12. Congrats on the bargain find, Vicky. Your card is beautiful xoxo

  13. What a great find in the shop! Love the snowflakes! Beautiful! Glad you joined us at FMS!

  14. Great find and you used it beautifully with this effective design.

  15. What a fabulous find of stamp sets. Your card is wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at MLCCB
    Tina dt

  16. Good bargain shopping! I too love to thrift shop and go to garage sales. I have missed those outings so much during this darn pandemic. July 5th will be 14 days from my second vaccine. Finaly,I can shop again!
    Your card is lovely!

  17. Me again...forgot to say
    Thanks for taking part in the June Rudolph Days Challenge.


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