Thursday 19 April 2012

3 minute engagement card

I'm always happy to hear of ways to help others through crafting. One way cardmakers can help a very worthy cause is to join in with the St Lukes Charity Challenge. This is a monthly challenge, with prizes, where you not only make a card, but also actually send it in along with any others you may have spare. The cards are sold to raise money for the St Lukes Hospice in Sheffield which cares for terminally ill people and offers support to their families. I think it's a great idea to help others by doing what we love!

It's a great challenge this month - the theme is Bling, which gives me the chance to make something I've been wanting to try for a long time with Creatively Yours, a stamp set you might just have overlooked from the main Idea Book and Catalogue (page 84). Come and see:

Creatively Yours is a wonderful set consisting of eight images designed to add that professional touch to your handmade creations. The gorgeous image I've used here usually says 'handstamped' in the little box but with a stamp-a-majig, all things are possible...

...and the box makes a great home for a 'congratulations' sentiment which fits in nicely with its heart swirls and hand with heart motif! Give the hand a rhinestone ring and you suddenly have an engagement card and the brushed silver card base just adds to the celebratory feel.

I know what you're thinking: as bling goes it's pretty understated but you have to remember I'm a CAS kind of a girl and also that the card took only three minutes to make! If I'd had a bit more time, perhaps I would have stamped the hand again, cut it out with a circle punch and popped it up over the original (the 'ring' would obviously be placed on the popped up hand.)

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Creatively Yours, Perfect Punches (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Grey and Real Red markers
Card stock: Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Other: Basic Rhinestones, stamp-a-majig
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We've been having a major clear out here, of out-grown, outdated clothes mainly. In the back of my youngest son's wardrobe we found something which triggered many memories: a white beanie rabbit belonging to my daughter which had gone missing many moons ago. She had called it Snowball but the boys had stolen it, given it the villain's role in one of their games and re-named it Mip the Kipper! The game, which went on for several years, ended with the evil rabbit being heroically captured by the other beanie toys and thrown into The Abyss (the back of the wardrobe). Oh those wonderful times before the evil xbox turned up! Maybe that should be 'thrown into The Abyss' one of these days!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Vicky this is so classy...and certainly less is more...


  2. Just gorgeous Vicky and sooo creative! Great alternative use of the stamp set and the bling, though small and subtle, is just perfect and certainly fits our theme at St Luke's so thanks for playing along once more.

  3. CAS and bling is great with me! I really love how you used this stamp Vicky and had to laugh at the reminder of the imaginary games my brother and I used to play too before the days of computers and electronic games!!
    Jenny x

  4. Your card is super, Vicky. That little hand with heart and faux diamond along with your sentiment say it all. Very classy xx

  5. Such a great card. Love the "diamond"!
    And it's wonderful that people are raising money for St. Luke's Hospice here in my home city of Sheffield! I have just overspent in one of their charity shops today... oh well, it's all for a good cause! xx

  6. Gorgeous card, Vicky, and wonderful in its simplicity, no need to complicate things! I think the St Luke's challenge is a brilliant idea, I'm sure they'll love your entry.

  7. Very elegant Vicky, what a great CAS design!

  8. ah yes the dreaded X Box I used to take that hostage all of the time ! gorgeous card Vicky such an elegant and beautifully tasteful little number.


  9. A fabulously elegant CAS card Vicky, I wish I could think outside the box as you do when looking at stamps:)
    Val x

  10. Amazing Vicky - you're just TOO clever :0)
    Margaret x

  11. This is VERY elegant Vicky, love the simplicity of it, makes it stronger fo some reason.

  12. Love this! Such a clever idea! M x

  13. Such an elegant and beautiful card, Vicky! Stunning!

  14. This is so elegant! Love the bling on the finger.
    Cheers, Karen

  15. Beautiful card Vicky so clean simple and very elegant Luv Sue x

  16. Proportionately, this bling is huge and perfect!

  17. Vicky, this card is Elegant and Classy, just like its creator !!


  18. Fab use of the stamp and it makes a super engagement card. x

  19. Oh wow! that's some 'rock' Vicky ~ Wouldn't it be nice to have one of those....It's a gorgeous CAS card and just perfect for an engagement. Sarah xx

  20. So elegant Vicky :) Viv xx


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