Wednesday 26 March 2014

Hardwood and Hellebores

There's been a return to cold gloomy weather here in the heart of England so I decided to get some winter woollies on and make some Christmas cards! I had plenty of inspiration from Merry Mondays with a fabulous Grey, Red and White colour palette, 52 {CCT} with a theme of Paper Flowers and of course Rudolph Day where two Christmas cards are required! Come and see:

Like everyone else, I am potty about the new Hardwood stamp and the Petite Petals set! (These just keep going out of stock as everyone wants them!) I inked only two thirds of my panel with Hardwood and stamped a leaf and berry image over the top, colouring in the leaves with an aquapainter and adding berries with markers.

This delicate hellebore-style flower looks so beautiful stamped in any colour but I stamped mine in versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. You can't really see here but I added a sprinkle of superfine silver glitter before it dried so it has a subtle glimmer in real life, and I added extra shine with gems.

The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and has a lovely second part to stamp inside the card: 'and a happy, joyful, bright new year!'

Now, the question is, did I really make two of these?

Yes of course I did!

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Does it really have to rain ALL day?! You know when you get ready in the morning and you want your hair to look like this:

And then at the end of the day, you catch a glimpse of it in the mirror looking more like this:

See you tomorrow,


  1. VERY pretty! Love the airiness and the pops of festive red!

  2. LOL, I am sure you hair does not look like a bird's nest! But I am weary of gray weather too! But your gray and red cards are just delightful! Very nice for Christmas...thanks for playing with us this week!

  3. Vicky, this is just beautiful - simple, and stunning!!

  4. magnifique Vicky, très belle carte, pleine de douceur, un beau résultat très inspirant, merci de jouer avec nous a 52CCT, a bientôt, biz

  5. Christmas? Nooooooo! Although the card is very stylish, all restrained and elegant and classy. Just like me... Actually far more like you, Vicky!
    Bloody weather, it doesn't seem to know what it's doing from one minute to the next. Bird's nest hair? Tell me about it! Can you order up some sunshine for the weekend, please? I am down in Bucks for my mum's 90th birthday celebrations. xxx

  6. These are so beautiful.! Love everything about them!!!

  7. I really, really like these. The cleanness of them with the grey and red is so pretty.

  8. FABULOUS colour scheme Vicky and lovely stamping. Sorry about your birds nest hair!

    Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. Fabulous card - actually both of them!!

    And you had me laughing out loud because that's how I feel about my hair!!!!!!

  10. Stunning and so beautiful Vicky.

  11. hahaha - that's what my hair looks like after the wind gets a hold of it.

    Gorgeous card(s) Vicki - I love how you combined those stamps and the color scheme is pure elegance (even with the wood grain stamping). Thanks so much for joining us this week at 52CCT! So CASEing you :o)

  12. This red and gray is stunning together! What a great Christmas card that is. Looking at that second picture, I'm wondering how you got a picture of my hair? That is a typical day for me!

  13. Love the mix of grey and red, very striking. Really lovely cards xxx Jan xxx

  14. Beautiful cards, love the effect.

    Wish my hair would look like a nest, it may give it more body LOL

  15. LOVE. Fabulous collage stamping and amazing use of colors! That embossed bloom is just enough shine, too! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :) HUGS and have a great rest of your week! Mynn xx

  16. Gosh these are so very different and fabulous cards, love them.

    Kath x

  17. Very pretty, Vicki!!! Love the woodgrain stamp. :)

  18. Lovely cards Vicky!
    Good luck!

  19. Gorgeous Vicky, two beautiful and very stylish Christmas cards!

    I'm lucky enough to have the Hardwood stamp but I'm waiting for the Petite Petals stamp set and punch as a birthday gift - another week to go! The stamp set is stashed away but the punch still hasn't arrived so fingers crossed I get it in the next few days!

    Thanks so much for joining us at 52 {C}CT, please play along with us again soon! Ruth x

  20. Love these colours together Vicky. A very stylish, modern card.

    Thank you for joining us at 52CCT this week.

    Hugs, Gill x

    52CCT Design Team

  21. So different, love your design, the use of the wood background is inspired! Thanks for playing along at 52 CCT again Vicky

    Louise xx

  22. This is gorgeous Vicky, my kinda Christmas card!!! I will pin this , if I haven't already and use it for this years cards :0)
    Love the colours and natural feel.
    Jenny x
    P.S James's hair always looks like the birds nest in the morning..Lol

  23. I love the clean look and your gorgeous Christmas roses! Looks fab! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  24. Vicky, I absolutely love how you've pulled off the look of the floral vines growing up along the wooden fence! This pair of cards has a wonderfully modern yet elegant feel to them, with the classic color combo and the clean, simple styling. Fantastic job! Thanks so much for sharing your work in our March stash challenge at 52{C}CT! :) I hope you'll join us again soon for another challenge.

  25. This card is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats for the well deserved honorable mentions!!
    Rosi x


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