Friday 24 January 2014

Sale-a-bration with a Christmas twist

It's Friday already and the launch of Sale-a-bration and the new spring/summer catalogue next Tuesday is getting closer! Have you made your list? And checked it twice?! (Luckily it doesn't matter whether you've been naughty or nice!) Talking of Christmas, I've been making Christmas cards with some of my Sale-a-bration sets. Come and see:

Don't these banners from Banner Blast work well for a contemporary festive card?! I had a look at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown for inspiration and the challenge there is a monochromatic card with ribbon and one rhinestone - I think I've covered that here!

There are lots of different styles of banner in this free set, one of which has a coordinating punch - and yes, that's available as a freebie too! I've 'suspended' my banners from a strip of taffeta ribbon and topped it with one of the Expressions thinlits dies. I've learned (the hard way!) that with these fiddly shapes, backing my card stock with multi-purpose adhesive sheet before cutting gives me a self-adhesive die-cut that's clean and easy to attach to my project. Have you spotted the gem?

Here it is - embellishing the star! As well as a variety of banners, there are three useful bitty shapes in this set: a flower, a heart and a star.

I had a look at my other 'go to' Christmas card challenge too, Merry Mondays, and found this gorgeous inspiration photo there.

Well of course I had to have a go at that too (keeping my fingers crossed that no-one would pop round and find me still in my PJs!)

I stamped my Dictionery background stamp into a mask made with one of the Labels Collection framelits, placed a strip of natural ribbon across it and topped it with a fussy-cut flower from the beautiful Petal Parade Sale-a-bration set. Its stylised shape reminded me of a pine cone!

Can you see that I've stamped it three times and layered it up? It's quite effective in real life! I stamped a couple of the stars from Banner Blast and added another of the die cut sentiments.

I'll also be linking these cards up with the Rudolph Day challenge and saying a big thank you to the lovely Sarn for getting me going early with this year's Christmas card stash! Edited to add: Oops - I'm a day early so I'll have to link up tomorrow... might be the first time I've ever been early for anything!

Here's what you'll need to make these cards
Stamps: Banner Blast, Petal Parade (Sale-a-bration freebies), Dictionary
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Early Espresso
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Real Red for the die cuts
Other: Expressions thinlits die, Labels Collection framelits, Big Shot, Banner punch (Sale-a-bration freebie), Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Naturals ribbon (retired, cotton ribbon is similar), Basic rhinestones, paper snips

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While my older two children are in the middle of exams, my youngest is at the stage where he's choosing which GCSEs he'll be doing. We had a really good talk about it yesterday evening and he seems to be pretty clear about the subjects he wants to do, even though he has no idea what  career path to follow really (since being a chat show host may not work out at first!) It seems ridiculous to me that we were talking about his life as an adult when he turned up for our talk with a pair of underpants on his head and left doing an excellent impression of a snail!

Thank you for joining me for Sale-a-bration sneak peeks this week. Have a lovely weekend and I'll see you very soon.



  1. Great cards, Vicky, even if it doesn't quite seem the right time to be making them. But as you say, you've got an early start on your stash!
    I'm thinking with all the fun anecdotes your son comes up with, he might just make a perfect chat-show host - starting first on kids tv maybe?

  2. Super festive makes. Top marks! xxx

  3. Fab cards, Vicky! I LOVE the gorgeous take on our recipe challenge! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :) Mynn xx

  4. Perfectly CAS. LOVE all that clean white elegant! Thanks for joining the January Theme challenge at 52 {C}CT.
    Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  5. Love those banners Vicky and a punch to match, I'm weakening! Two fab cards, the dictionary spotlight is brilliant:)
    Val x

  6. I think the ultra simplicity of your 52CCT is just lovely - the little banners are fab! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week.

    BTW - love the second card too with the text - looks great!

  7. Beautiful cards, love the mono colour and design, good for you starting early with Xmas cards.

  8. Love these, Vicky!! I have to admit that the dictionary page one is my favorite....another set I think I don't need but wow, it looks like it could be pretty versatile! Thanks so much for playing with the Merry Monday challenge this week!

  9. It's way too long since I popped over to leave you a comment, Vicky. Hope you are well and I can see that you are firing on all cylinders craft wise, these are both fabulous. Love the word with the ribbon banner and the rhinestone, perfectly CAS. Thanks for using our recipe at 52 CCT

    Louise xx

  10. What I'm finding out is that once they get passed sixty, they start doing those exact same antics again!!

    Your cards are spectacular, Vicky! Well, genius, really. Have a wonderful weekend!! Hugs, Darnell

  11. Such a pretty card! I'm in love with that Merry sentiment, and it looks especially nice on the background you made :) Thanks so much for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

  12. Wow these cards are amazing love them.

  13. I'm loving these Christmas cards Vicky. I think the first one is my favourite.

    Talking of your son with underpants on his head my daughter sent me a funny photo of Poppy and Oliver. She asked Poppy to get Oliver ready for bed. In the photo he's wearing his bermuda short swimmers and a pair of swimming trunks on his head. And a big smile. He's only 4 though and thinks his big sister is wonderfu!

    Kat xx

  14. These are wonderful Vicky! I love the first one...the banmers and gem are perfectly thought out! :)
    Lizy xx

  15. Wonderful Christmas cards, Vicky! I love how you've used the Sale-a-bration sets on these cards! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  16. Both cards cards are lovely Vicky. Thank you for playing along with us for Merry Monday.

  17. Love the merry cards! Great job! I really like your Merry Monday card!

  18. Fab cards Vicky. I love the traditional colours teamed with a contemporary design - really beautiful. x x

  19. Beautiful cards Vicky. I really like the modern look of the dictionary background with your pine cone flower. x

  20. Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day Vicky. xxx


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