Thursday 29 December 2011

New year, new look blog, new stamps...

Hello! I'm just popping to wish you a happy new year as I know I'm not going to have a spare minute in the next couple of days. I adore Christmas but am always quite happy to put away the decorations and embrace the new year - it's a time for new beginnings, fresh ideas and a good old clear out!

You may have already noticed my new-look blog and there'll be more new things on the way too as Stampin' Up are publishing a brand new mini catalogue at the beginning of 2012... I've seen it of course, and I can tell you it's bursting with exciting new goodies! I can't wait to show you! I've used one of the new stamp sets to make a little new year card to take to a lovely friend of mine who hosted a party this week, so here's a sneak preview for you:

The misty floral panel is made with three of the flowers from a gorgeous new set called Fruit and Flowers. I love the effect of stamping onto Crumb Cake card stock using Whisper White craft ink and mounted the panel onto vellum to add to the translucent look.

This beautiful brad from the Antique Brads collection makes a lovely focal point on the ornate label from Everything Eleanor that I use so often. Aren't these brads wonderful? They come in several designs and look like elegant designer jewellery to me!

You can start ordering from the mini catalogue on 4th January when you'll be able to see it in my side bar, but do let me know if you'd like me to pop a paper copy in the post for you.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Fruit and Flowers (available 4th Jan), Everything Eleanor, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Vellum
Other: Antique brads, corner, rounder, stamp-a-majig, paper snips
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and 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 hope you had a lovely Christmas. Ours was wonderful - although we were a little surprised to be woken up at 6am - not by an excited 10 year old but by my hulking great 16 year old daughter! It was perhaps a little earlier than I would've liked but the five of us soon got into the Christmas spirit! There's nothing like being snuggled up together in a warm house, enjoying giving one another presents, eating excellent food and spending time doing the things we don't usually have time to do - jigsaw puzzles, watching old films on TV, going for long country walks, playing board games... My youngest son who thrashed us all at Trivial Pursuits stunned us all by going on a roll and getting three 'pies' in succession! "You'd better watch out boys!" he said in his best gangster voice. "I'm the new janitor and it's clean-up time around here!"

Thank you for popping in today. Have a great new year's weekend and I'll see you very soon!



  1. Gorgeous card, Vicky! Love those stamps and the beautiful brad, very elegant and classy.
    Love the new look of your blog too:)


  2. A Fabulous card love the colours, I agree about the brad it's gorgeous.

    Happy New Year

  3. Me again, I forgot to say very professional looking blog

  4. Love the card and I just love that brad!

  5. Oh wow, Vicky! How Gorgeous! Those flowers might well get added to my wish list!

  6. Happy New Year Vicky, love the new blog especially the little birds:) What a brilliant way to use the label from Everything Eleanor which Father Christmas kindly bought me!! Definitely be casing that idea:)
    Val x

  7. Gorgeous card. Glad to hear you are having a wonderful Christmas. Love you new photo.

  8. Love the new look! And of course your little birdies are featured.
    Also, that's a great card - so simple and elegant looking.

  9. Happy New Year to you too, Vicky! LOVE the card (and your new blog look) and I can't wait to see the new mini catalogue.
    Cheers, Karen

  10. Love your new look and the card! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes in the New Year. I look forward to spending time with you here.

  11. A beautiful and gorgeous card Vicky, so simple but oh so elegant.


  12. A very beautiful card Vicky, no wonder you're excited about the new catalogue! I love kraft card too, it gives a card a soft feel. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  13. Lovely card and great new-look blog Vicky. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to meeting up again in 2012!
    M x

  14. Hi Vicky

    Your new look blog looks fabby as does your New Year card.

    Love the colours and the splash of red!

    I am pleased you had a lovely Christmas.

    All the best for 2012.

    Love Jules xx

  15. Happy New Year to you and yours Vicky.

    Great card, as ever! xxx

  16. Hi Vicky
    Great to see you back....stunning card that new stamp set....colours look!!!! cant wait to see your next card...Happy you had Fab Xmas...we did just the Two of us...i Torremolios was Amazing...we were out all Day doing Geo Caching...think you and yours would enjoy ...Treasure Hunt with a GPS...Its worldwide...Check it out!!!!!
    Happy new Year Vicky...
    Big Hugs

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  18. Love the new look Vicky and Happy New Year to you and your family. x

  19. Fab card - the new stamps look lovely.
    I like your fresh clean looking blog too - time to de-Christmas mine I think!
    Have a wonderful new year.
    If you play TP again - I hope you win!

  20. Very elegant! I love this time of year and it's great to do things you wouldn't normally get time to. x

  21. This is fabulous Vicky - love the "purse" design, and the soft colours are wonderful.
    Wishing you a very happy 2012.
    Sylvia x

  22. This is beautiful Vicky! And it reminds me, I never thanked you for the gorgeous little gift in with my SU package this month! Thank you! :) I shall endeavour to make something with them soon! :)
    Hope you had a good Christmas and wishing you a fabulous 2012! :)
    Lizy x

  23. Happy New Year to you and yours. Love the new look blog, and the card too. Can't wait to see what's in the new catty. I've put a link to your blog from mine today, have a look when you get a mo. xx

  24. Loving the new look Vicky! What a gorgeous card, kinda looks like a fancy handbag.
    Kelly xx

  25. Fabulous new look - really clean and simple!! Love the New Year card too and the brad!!

    Your Christmas festivities sound just super - it doesn't matter how old they get :)

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

  26. Hi Vicky, lovin' the new look blog and photo :)
    Your Christmas sounds like ours....lots of fun and games :)
    Gorgeous card, love the subtle stamping paired with the trinket :)
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Jenny x

  27. Happy New Year to you all Vicky! I love your card, it's very elegant. The new stamps look fab. Sarah xx

  28. WOW Vicky where do you find the time ???? card fantastic blog and you looking good sorry not been about there was too much to do and not enough time must start earlier and now we have the dreaded lurgy !!! not a good way to start 2012 hope you enjoy this evening and am looking forward to seeing your creations in 2012
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours Luv Sue x

  29. Hi Vicky and happy new year, love your new blog its sensational ! Fab card too and just love the brad and the great stamping and card shape. Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year.



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