Monday 3 December 2012

Christmas knitwear and holly

Before I start today, can I just say a sincere thank you to all those who have left me such kind messages while I've been ill and to my customers who have been so patient and thoughtful. It really isn't like me to take to my bed, but sometimes the rug just gets pulled from under your feet...

Anyway, I'm back today with a card for Less is More where there's a colour challenge - Red and Green. What could be more appropriate for the festive season?! Here's my effort:

This year I've been enjoying playing with the contrast between woolly backgrounds and seasonal greenery. The background here has been stamped using a variety of stamps from Make a Mitten, while the sprig is from the two-step stamping set Watercolour Winter.

You've seen me use Watercolour Winter loads this season as I love it to bits, but I wanted to show you this picture because this is what the sprig looks like when it has its outline stamp 'coloured in' with the filler stamp. It's not supposed to match up exactly which is what gives it this wonderful arty style. I spent a few minutes cutting my holly out with my sharp paper snips for this card which is something I enjoy, but it's not one to make in large batches!

The sentiment and the berries were stamped in Riding Hood Red, which I thought contrasted nicely with the Bravo Burgundy knitted background, and I chose Garden Green for the holly leaves from the same colour collection.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Make a Mitten, Watercolour Winter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso classic inks, Riding Hood Red and Garden Green markers
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Stamp-a-majig, paper snips
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I found it pretty scary being ill, especially as my husband wasn't well for a day or two either (although he's so macho he just carried on regardless!) While I was in bed, the children came to visit me regularly and my youngest son was his usual uplifting self. "Mummy I've just realised..." he cried one evening, bursting into my room. "ALL my life..." he began, as though his eleven years stretched back for decades. "I've been thinking that I've been making a penguin noise - but really I've just been doing a duck!"

See you tomorrow,


  1. Hi Vicky, I hope you're feeling much better today. There are a lot of people with the lurgy. Mine started on holiday back in October and I'm still not feeling 100%.
    Your card is fabulous! I love your Make a Mitten stamps, and your holly sprig goes so well with the design. The filler stamp does give a lovely watercolour effect xx

  2. Lovely to hear you're back on your feet again and rather enjoy hearing your children's comments!!! Great Christmas card using stamps I wouldn't think to put together.

  3. So glad to hear you are felling well again, with young carers like that you can't be down for long!!! Love this set Vicky, I'm kicking myself it wasn't on my last order :0) Beautiful combination of stamps..... a real winter woolley warmer :0)
    Jenny x

  4. This is lovely Vicky, I love the knit background and the holly leaves, such a lovely festive card.

  5. Hi Vicky . . . good to see you're feeling better, and NO WONDER . . . with comments from your son like that! Laughter truly is the best medicine!

    Really like today's traditional coloured and cheery card.

    Sarn xxx

  6. So glad to hear that you are on the mend Vicky and you are back with such a great card too, I love the ways you have used these stamp sets - Jacqueline xx

  7. Love how you've combined these two sets to make this pretty card Vicky. Boys do come out with pearls of wisdom don't they! I still remember some of my brothers and he's 47 now!

  8. I really like your bkgd. It reminds me of a nice warm sweater. The card is really adorable.

  9. Glad you're feeling better. Love your card with the knitted style background!

  10. Hello Vicky - I'm so sorry to hear you have not been 100% - I do hope you get back to normality very soon ( x ) !
    This is very pretty - I can see that this background stamp is very useful and I love the superimposed holly sprig -very seasonal and fresh ! Jane x

  11. Glad to see you're feeling better. LOVE the cozy feel to this card - knits are always cozy lol. A wonderful wintery card. Your youngun' is a hoot (and such an earnest sweetie). TFS!

  12. Hi zvicky
    I am so happy you are feeling better.... It does take it out of you ..... You haven't lost your touch fabby card... Love it ...
    Hugs Sylvie
    Cant wait till wed morning for Roy to bring my craft stuff .... Cant wait.....
    Hugs Sylvie xx
    Take care x

  13. Lovely card, I can see wood fires in the hearth!

    SO glad you are back and doing again :), hope you keep gettting betterer and betterer

  14. This is such an elegant card. It is beautiful

  15. Pleased you`re feeling better Vicky. Your card is fabulous. I love the way you mix your stamps and get great results.
    Lynne xxx

  16. Fabulous card Vicky hope you're feeling better


  17. It IS scary, feeling so ill that you have to retire to bed, especially if you are usually fit and healthy. But it sounds as though you feel much better, and your kids kept an eye on you.
    Can your son explain the difference between a penguin and a duck sound? We need to know, in case we are making the same mistake!
    Oh, nearly forgot to say that the card is beautiful! xxxx

  18. This looks fabulous Vicky, those knit stamps are great, I think I shall have to succumb!
    I'm so glad that you are feeling better.
    Thanks so much, as ever.
    "Less is More"

  19. just gorgeous as always Vicky... think i may need to get those stamps for next years cards

    Thanks for joining us this week

    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

  20. Hope you are feeling better by now. This is so lovely, really like that stitched background.

  21. Hi Vicky. Hope you are well on the mend now. Love the knitted look. Christmas jumpers are everywhere so you are completely on trend! Your son is adorable bless him! x

  22. Gorgeous gorgeous card again Vicky, awwww so sorry you have been unwell, I do hope you are over the worst now.Your children always make me laugh, they are soooo funny :) Viv xx


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