Wednesday 2 November 2011

Christmas - a Beautiful Season!

It's November and I don't know about you but I am seriously thinking about Christmas now! I'm not the only one either - The St Lukes Charity Challenge this month is all about Christmas cards too. They'll be having a card sale on the 27th November to raise money for the hospice, so they'll need as many cards to be sent in as possible. Do help if you can - you'll find the address to send them on the side bar of the site.

Today I used a stamp set I've been dying to ink up for ages - come and see:

The stamp set is called Beautiful Season and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. I love nature images and I knew the set would work brilliantly with the Holly Berry Bouquet papers to make vintage-style cards. Have you seen these papers yet? If you were a fan of the Springtime Vintage papers last season, you will adore the winter version! They're speciality papers too so some of them have a gorgeous glitter finish - I'll be using these papers a lot over the next few weeks so look out for them.

Here's a close-up of the bird, perched on a branch of holly. I coloured the rubber directly with markers and stamped the image, then filled in with more colour using a blender pen and ink. Can you see the shadow I've added to give depth? That's done with Sahara Sand - a great colour for this kind of thing!

I've added a few vintage-style details - such as the torn and curled corner and the bow, made out of sumptuous Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon. This was such fun, and if there were more hours in the day I'd have made a lot more cards using these papers and this gorgeous stamp set! Maybe tomorrow...!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Beautiful Season, Petite Pairs
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Real Red
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Wild Wasabi
Other: Holly Berry Bouquet speciality paper, Regals markers, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

I'm still chortling over Johnny English, the film I saw yesterday. I'm beginning to think I really should get out more! In fact yesterday was full of giggles - when we were looking at the dessert menu at Frankie and Benny's I collapsed (although fortunately not literally!) over a pudding called 'cookies and cream explosion'. It just sounded like the sort of accident that might occur in my kitchen!

Are you around tomorrow? It's Three Minute Thursday here and I'll have some quick cards to show you using more of the gorgeous Holly Berry Bouquet Christmas papers. Hope to see you then.



  1. ...still chortling at your blog posts!! You are so funny! I always LOL when I come to your blog!

  2. So beautifully stamped and coloured, Vicky. The bird is amazing...such detail. A really gorgeous card. My husband has just popped in with my late night drink and also remarked that your card is fabulous.
    I'm sat here laughing at the thoughts of your reaction about the name of that dessert:)

  3. hI VICKY

  4. Gorgeous card, and one you could make a stack of as the stamp does the hard work for you. Love the shadow technique too.

  5. Hello Vicky

    Oh My what a fabulous card it's beautiful. I love the colours and your gorgeous ribbon.


  6. Hi Vicky

    I am on catch up duty too .. .. life is a tad busy in the House of Hearts at the moment!

    Lots of lovely creations from you that I have missed!! Sorry :-(

    All of them beautiful and inspiring of course because your creations always are!!

    Loving this one particularly. Love your robin and those stunning backing papers. I'm not surprised you are intending to use them lots!

    Love Jules xx

  7. wow, this card is beautiful, I have that stamp, I've only used it once, think I need to get it out and stamping!
    Kelly xx

  8. A beautiful classic Christmas card Vicky ! I particularly like your shadowing and had to click on enlarge to have a closer look, really effective !
    Have a great day !
    Jane x

  9. This is gorgeous Vicky, so traditional, and your colouring is gorgeous.

  10. Loving this vintage feel Christmas card.


  11. Absolutely gorgeous card Vicky, love your shading really makes the image pop. I'm hoping to make some beautiful cards on my SU stamping day:) Your comment on the dessert made me giggle
    V al x

  12. This is such a gorgeous set and can be used in so many different ways! Love what you've done with yours.

  13. Hi Vicky. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. You asked if it is usual to have snow in october in New Jersey... It certainly is not. It was the strangest thing - snow on the pumpkin. Anyway, this card is so gorgeous. I just love that image and you have colored it so beautifully. And yes, that ribbon is lucious. Such a wonderful ensemble!

  14. Lovely card Vicky and yesterday's was fab too (didn't get round to commenting yesterday!)
    M x

  15. What a lovely vintage style card and as usual as elegant and stylish as your good self. Love the little detail with the torn corner.


  16. What a beautiful card, elegant and vintage, just my cup of tea.

  17. Gorgeous, Vicky! I love nature images, too, and you always use them so well. This is lovely. :) Ann

  18. I wondered if you would have this stamp, with your love of birds and nature!
    Love the neat stamping and the the little detail of the turned corner :)
    I think I've tried the cookie and cream explosion !!
    Jenny x

  19. Beautiful card Vicky I have just bought this set but haven't yet had the chance to stamp the vintage look about it.


  20. Ohhhh Vicky - aren't these so lovely (and simple)? I love the Beautiful Season stamp set also, but decided against getting the Holly Berry DP - so wish I had bought it now as it's such a lovely addition to the cards! Looks like another SU order coming up! Love your ideas (as always) ... -x- Linda -x-

  21. Whatte bee.u.ti.ful stamp! Lovely card! :)

  22. This is one of my favorite sets. I love that chickadee and he looks very happy on this vintage card.

  23. Lovely! A really pretty traditional Christmas card. Great backing papers too. Must check out the catalogue!

    Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  24. Absolutely beautiful - I can see why you were itching to ink up that image.
    thanks again for your support.
    Tara x
    St Luke's Charity Card Challenge Founder

  25. Wow another really great card this one has a very vintage feel to it just love it Luv Sue x

  26. Vicky, I just love all your bird cards. Very Christmas-y!!


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