Saturday 26 January 2013

Sale-a-bration stained glass

I'm strutting about this morning because when I checked the Less is More blog this morning to see what the latest challenge is, I was given a name check! Jen mentioned that I use a layered stamping technique a lot (and it's true I am a lazy stamper!) and then showed the most beautiful example she'd made - do have a look. There's a wonderfully CAS sketch for us this week and, since I've set myself the task of show-casing the gorgeous stamp sets you can get for free during the Sale-a-bration promotion, I reached for Madison Avenue. Come and see:

Madison Avenue contains lots of exciting stylised plant images...
... but that image at the top has been calling to me! It reminds me of stained glass. I decided to stamp two rows and fill the insides with shapes cut out of bright card stock with my favourite little punch from the Itty Bitty punch pack. It fits brilliantly!

I thought this would be a great card for a male so I chose a good manly sentiment (from For My Family). I was going to leave it there, but then I remembered the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set that coordinates with the punch pack and added a stamped and punched flower to just the blue shapes. Stamping the flower in black prevents the card from getting too girly and gives a tiny touch of detail.

This is the sketch I was working from today - it's so simple it's genius! Everyone needs boundaries (as I'm constantly telling my outraged children!) and the LiM team have asked us to keep the band horizontal and to keep it no wider than a third of the height of the card base.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Madison Avenue (free with Sale-a-bration), Itty Bitty Bits, For My Family 
Ink: Pacific Point, stazon black, 
Card stock: Whisper White, scraps of Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Summer Starfruit
Other: Itty Bitty punch pack, corner rounder, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Regular readers of my blog will know that my youngest son is a great joker. Well the other day, he came downstairs groaning artistically and clutching this:

I shrieked with horror and rushed over to him and he laughed at me for being so gullible. Afterwards, he asked me why someone would have bandaged the finger with the nail left in it and also who would have bandaged the finger! He's right of course, and that's aside from the fact that I was the person who bought this, wrapped it and placed it tenderly in my son's Christmas stocking!

As I write this, the temperatures have risen to the dizzy heights of 5 degrees C! The snow is on its way out and I might actually venture outside in a minute! See you soon,


  1. Hello Vicky

    I love this card and it's a brilliant Male card. Such a brilliant idea. We have more snow !!!!

  2. Absolutely beautiful - this really shines out from the thumbnails! The colours are super.

    I just love the story about your son - he's a joker!!! And you bought it! :)

  3. Lovely design Vicky and perfect man card.

  4. Such a lovely bright card Vicky it would brighten up anyones day.....


  5. Your card is lovely - gr8 use of some fab colours too


  6. This is very stylish - reminded me of Morrocan tiles!


  7. Oh I know what I'm CASing when my stuff arrives!!!!
    Can't believe you fell for the nail - particularly when you bought it lol!

  8. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card.... Another fabulous idea
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  9. Lovely card. Like all the extra detail you have added

  10. Vicky, I couldn't help but think back to when my son (now 45 years old) use to "get me" like that. Brought tears of joy to my eyes and laughter to my heart! Enjoy those times - they are the ones that endure! Loved the card as well. Blessings.

  11. What a wonderful way to use this stamp, Vicky! Isn't it nice that the punch outs fit perfectly inside! I'll be remembering this inspiration!

  12. I really like what you have done with this stamp set from the SAB - when I saw this one I thought it would be one of my first choices as it looked like you could do lots with it ! Pretty colours too Vicky ! Jane x

  13. This is fab Vicky. You're definitely not a 'lazy stamper', just a very good one!!
    Have a good weekend
    M x

  14. Very creative!!! And so pretty too! Love it.
    Love your son's joke with the finger - too funny. I probably would have fainted! LOL!

  15. Great use of the stamp set Vicky & I love the colours.

    Sharon x

  16. LOL, logic goes out of the window when we think our kids are in pain! Love your card - they look like sweets

  17. Lovely bright and cheery card and very versatile! Glad to hear the temperature is going up, wish I could send a few degrees to you to help LOL !!!

  18. Haha, how funny! I was just looking at my son's nail bandage thing in amongst his lego on the floor here, and thought oh my god, what happened! The realised it was the joke present from Christmas! LOL!

    Love your fab CAS design, the colours are beautiful.

  19. Wow - great idea to put the punch into the stamp space - wondered how you had done that!
    thought your son's finger was for real at first too!

  20. Great card Vicky. I love how you have used the punch to add detail to the stamped image - what an inspired idea. Will definitely be copying that one! x x

  21. Vicky, you are the stamping queen! You create so many beautiful cards!! Love the bright colors on this one! Your son would fit right in with all the pranksters in my family!

  22. This is lovely Vicky. Love your vibrant colours.
    Fancy falling for the nail through the finger trick....keep an eye on your son, these jokes become addictive lol.
    Lynne xxx

  23. A lovely card.It's a great use for that stamp.

  24. Brilliant, Vicky! Simple, but very striking!!

    And what a sensational gag gift that nail and bandage are! I laughed so hard! I've never seen anything like it. Can you share the source? I know the twinks would LOVE it.

  25. This is gorgeous Vicky, how clever of you to think of adding those punches to the stamping!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  26. amazing card... so bright and cheerful!

  27. love what you have done with the stamps and punches Vicky!! glad you liked my card lol

    Thanks for Joining us this week
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

  28. Lovely bright card. Funny my first thought for this sketch was the same stamp - then I decided on something else.

  29. You're always worthy of a name check Vicky, I admire your stamping style too :0)
    Stained glass indeed and I love the vibrant colours you used in the pattern.
    That practical joke never fails to shock.... looks so gruesome..Lol
    Jenny x


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