Thursday 1 September 2011

Thinking about Christmas...

When I got back from holiday a couple of days ago, I naturally (!) went straight to the Less is More challenge to see what was going on there. I thought I might make a quick something but was completely flummoxed by this week's challenge to combine three previous challenges on a card! Anyway, the weather has been cold and grey here and my thoughts have started turning to Christmas (I know - it's madness!) and when I think of Christmas, I always think of my Lovely as a Tree stamp set. Now, week 2 was 'a flower or tree' so that was me started! I combined my tree with week 19 'in the frame' and week 15 'embossing' and this is what I came up with:

Oh dear - not the best of photos, but I hope you can see the pine trees! It's so simple to make these scenes: I just sponged a piece of Whisper White card stock with Bashful Blue ink then inked up my tree with Old Olive ink, tapped an Always Artichoke marker on the branches and an Early Espresso on the trunk, spritzed the stamp with water and pressed it onto the card stock. I love the hand-painted effect this gives.

Here you can see more clearly that there's been a fall of snow in my pine forest! For this, I used my versamark pen to paint blobs where I wanted snow then embossed with white embossing powder. The top of each tree has been improbably decorated with a 'star' but I felt I was allowed a bit of artistic licence!

I always like to show you my sentiments. This one is from a really useful Christmas tags set called Gifted which is retiring at the end of the month. (You can now get it at 25% off for only £16.46 for the clear mount option or £20.21 for the wooden mount.) I used a Cherry Cobbler marker to colour it and a stamp-a-majig to position it accurately.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Gifted (sentiment)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Card stock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Other: Markers, versamark pen, white embossing powder, heat tool, Basic Rhinestones, stamp-a-majig, 
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Click here to view the Last Chance List - full of stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% off, available only while stocks last.

By the way, I think I may have found the answer to the weather... the minute I started on a Christmas card the sun made an appearance! So come on ladies, out with the reindeer and the glitter - we could have a summer yet!

Thank you for looking at my card today and I'll look forward to returning your visit.

Three Minute Thursday will be back on 8th September.


  1. This is a beautiful Christmas card, Vicky. I love the snowy look to your trees and sky. Ann

  2. Hi Vicky! For someone who was "flummoxed" (Love all the different words you use!!) sure did a fabulous job!

  3. ooooo your such an artist Vicky, those trees look so wintery and pretty. Love the snow on all the branches, I'm really considering that stamp now:)
    Jenny x

  4. Just gorgeous Vicky, a wonderful snowy scene, I can almost smell the pine!

  5. A bheautiful Christmas card Vicky, with a stunning design and fabulous colours.


  6. Fantastic card Vicky [sorry I use the same superlatives for you, but, your cards are just that..all the time!!]
    So you cvisited us before the washing machine went no? hehe

    Hope you are right abotu making a Christmas card for the sun to appear!
    Have a good day
    Thank you very much
    Mandi Diva LIM
    "Less is More"

  7. Super effects yet again Vicky... I guess we should all start to think about Christmas cards before too much longer if we don't want to be stressed closer to the time!
    Thanks as ever!
    "Less is More"

  8. Fab Christmas card and great for the current LIM challenge.

    Hugs, Sandra

  9. Beautiful card. I can't think of stamping Christmas yet.

  10. Fabulous card Vicky. Love the snow effect on your trees and the bit of sparkle.
    Lynne xxx

  11. I really love how you stamped and embossed your trees for this card! This set of stamps is one of my favourites, thanks for another great idea on how to use them. Your card is amazing, hugs Meadie x x

  12. Oh how absolutely stunning! I adore tree stamps and your snowfall is perfect

  13. Great job Vicky! The embossing adds so much depth to the trees.

  14. Beautiful wintry trees Vicky - looks great against the pale blue card. xx

  15. This is beautiful Vicky. A great wintry scene. Sue.x

  16. Smashing card and another Christmas card made for your collection


  17. Vicky you've done it again!!!

    Another stunning card, and I love how the dark background makes the cage stand out, its fab.

    Glad you had a great holiday!


  18. Oh wow, Vicky! This is amazing I was wondering if it was another tree stamp I would have to buy, but I already have it! Love the effect you have created! I really must have a go. I LOVE it!

  19. What a lovely scene and that icy star on top is perfect!

  20. That's a wonderful card, Vicky. Great job blobbing the snow on the branches!

  21. Beautiful work Vicky what a gorgeous Christmas scene you have created for us. Fabulous techniques !


  22. Vicky - this is right up there with my all time favourite Christmas cards. Wow -- just beautiful! I especially like the bling you added. Unexpected, but perfect. TFS
    Cheers, Karen

  23. This is beautiful.I love those trees.

  24. Your forest of pines looks fab. I love the embossed snow! x


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