Thursday 5 January 2023

A bright and hopeful new year

Hello, crafting friends!
Well, 2023 is here and I'm rolling up late to wish you all a happy new year! Top of my new years resolution list this year is to be more punctual but erm... oh well, maybe next year!!

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you may remember that my youngest son used to take quite an interest in my crafting when he was growing up. One of my fondest memories is of him comparing Stampin' Up ink names with those of his War Hammer model paints - Soft Sea Foam versus Poxwalker for example, or Melon Mambo versus Doomfire Magenta. Ah, good times!

Anyway, nothing has changed! Opening his Christmas present to me this year, I was so touched to find some clear stamps inside. One of them was a floral that I couldn't wait to try, so I used it for a new year card for a friend.

It's quite a large stamp and perfect for a bit of colouring fun! Once I'd stamped and coloured my meadow scene, I trimmed it to size with a Crimped Frame die from The Greetery.

I mixed it up with a variety of colouring media: alcohol markers for the bright flowers, coloured pencils for the grasses and leaves and sponged blue ink for a soft sky.

For the sentiment, I stamped one of my much-used PreText sentiments from the Greetery using pink ink and added die cut numbers beneath it. I used some basic number dies from The Works, cutting them from card stock that had been sponged with orange ink to give a bit of extra interest.

I'm linking this card up at Little Red Wagon's New Beginnings challenge; also Make My Monday, where the theme is Something New; and Inspire Create, where the challenge is New To You; and last but not least, I'm joining in with We Love Stamping, where they want to see us use some favourite colours.

Just a bit more about Christmas and then I'll move on I promise! Every year, I place a few little gifts for Eva under the tree with the rest of the family's presents. We always open one gift at a time so we can really appreciate them and Eva gets her turn just as we all do. She knows just how to open a present but never peeks before Christmas day!!

This one was a paper cup that had a squeaky ball in it and was wrapped in several layers of newspaper and a paper bag as well as the final gift wrap. She had SO much fun getting the wrapping off and shredding it, enjoyed playing with the paper cup and making us laugh by carrying it about over her nose, and then FINALLY found the squeaky ball! It reminded me of when the children were little and they pleasure they got from the boxes their presents came in.

Sending hugs,


  1. A beautiful stamped image in gorgeous colours,enjoyed your comparison of the colour names and Eva's Christmas

  2. How thoughtful of your Son Vicky and what a fresh and pretty card you made with the stamps. Thanks so much for sharing with us at We Love Stamping January Challenge.

    Eva looks well into it bless her, with four girls we have to be a bit low key with their opening activities.

    Belated Happy New Year.

    B x

  3. Happy New Year Vicky! A very pretty card, a very thoughtful son, and a very clever Eva. It’s going to be a good year! Xxx

  4. It looks like a hand painted card - beautifully done.

  5. Beautiful New Year card Vicky and loved your story re your son, and little Eva opening her present, how cute..
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Little Red Wagon, hope you will play again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  6. I too wish you all the best for the new year and look forward to your many beautiful creations. This extraordinarily beautiful card is the perfect way to start the new creative year!
    Our Kaito always has a lot of fun unwrapping presents. He doesn't like toys, so his gifts always contain small treats, e.g. a dog lollipop.

  7. OH! I love this card Vicky, the colour mix is so pretty and vibrant for a Winter day. A beautiful stamp and how wonderful of your son to give you stamps. You have taught him well hahaha. Love Eva's present opening. Wishing you a belated Happy New Year. xx

  8. Love this card Vicky and I am sure your friend did too. Love this stamp that your kind son bought for you. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at We Love Stamping.

  9. Love the card and that Eva had as much fun as the rest of the family! xoxo

  10. Fabulous and beautiful card.
    Thank you for sharing at We Love Stamping;-))m

  11. I love the bright colours of this card and was delighted to receive it (and the inside did make me giggle too:-) )


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