Wednesday 30 October 2013

Joyful Christmas working harder

Stampin' Up's Joyful Christmas is a beautiful stamp set with its wonderful poinsettia image, stylised holly and two sentiments but, like most of my Christmas sets, it's not just for Christmas! Come and see how I used it to make a card fit for the blustery autumn season:

See how that stylised holly can make a great autumn leaf? I used the gorgeous Off The Grid for the background and stamped one of the punchy sentiments from Four You over the top and added the leaf and some of my favourite embellishments. Here's a close-up:

The leaf was made by swiping some autumn colours of ink over a piece of Naturals Ivory card stock, stamping the leaf image over the top and cutting it out. Off the Grid has a nice little indent which was crying out for decoration: I threaded bakers twine through a punched hole, added two candy dots and a piece of washi tape. TIP: To get the nicely rounded washi tape, I stuck a piece lightly onto a scrap piece of card stock, punched it with the word window punch and peeled it off gently - and there it was: all rounded and ready to add to a project!

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Off the Grid, Joyful Christmas, Four You
Ink: Old Olive, Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Other: Season of Style washi tape/designer paper, Lucky Limeade bakers twine (retired), candy dots, paper snips, stamp-a-majig

Crafting Clare online shop, shopping with Vicky Hayes, Stampin Up clearance rack
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We're looking forward to a joyful Christmas but in the meantime we are certainly having a joyful week! My lovely daughter has received a job offer from the local Waitrose this week, so she'll be able to start saving, and she's also received a conditional offer from Manchester university which was her first choice! I am thrilled to bits for her and love seeing her confidence grow - definitely a Mumland moment!

See you tomorrow when I'll be making a three minute card with Joyful Christmas.



  1. This is great! I love the way you've coloured the leaf and the detail with twine, washi and candy dots! Fab work - as always!!

  2. This is gorgeous Vicky .I love your stylish understated style.
    Suzi B xx

  3. Love your card Vicky and the colour if your leaf is fabulous


  4. What a wonderfully elegant card
    Rosie x

  5. Congratulations to your daughter Vicky - stock up on those tissues now, you'll need them!!

  6. Beautiful card Vicky . . . I just got that Grid stamp . . . love what you've done with it.

    Congrats to your daughter. She is sure to be a shining star like her Mum.

    Sarn xxx

  7. How wonderful for your daughter. Tell her congratulations from the bloggers. I, too, just got my grid stamp yesterday! I love how you used it and may case this card, it's great.

  8. This is lovely Vicky, love the idea of the twine.

    What wonderful news about your daughter, she must be thrilled.

  9. I love all the elements you add to your cards, yet they still look clean and simple. The tip with the washi tape is one to remember.
    Congratulations to your daughter - it's so exciting. We're still wading through the UCAS application. x x

  10. Big congratulations for your lovely daughter its such a wonderful feeling seeing them grow. What a fab card love the grid stamp and the leaf design great contrast with the sentiment.


  11. What a stunning card Vicky - as always.
    Somehow I have yet to master the art of 'less is more' and this is just the best. If I had put those elements together it would not look as stylish as this, I can guarantee! Very best wishes to your daughter as well.

  12. This is gorgeous Vicky,so many gorgeous elements! X

  13. eeek!!! I have one just like that sitting on my shelf (not covered in builders dust you'll be happy to know!!!) Love how you used the poinsettia leaf on an autumn card, I like its sketchy form and swiped colours :0)
    Well done to your daughter too, nothing like good news to keep spirits high :0)
    Jenny x


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