Thursday 22 October 2020

The doves from above

Hello, crafting friends!

Like everyone else that is reading this I love playing with stamps, but my favourite thing is to find a surprising way to use them!

The bird in the recently-released Christmas Characters stamp set from Funky Fossil usually carries an envelope but it occurred to me that if there were two of them, they could carry a festive banner! 

So, I stamped one bird, then used the mirror technique to stamp another, shaded them with an alcohol marker and fussy cut them, snipping off the envelopes as I didn't need those. You can see what the stamp usually looks like from the image on the right in the photo above.

The banner is from WPlus9's Be Merry and I used an appropriate sentiment from Uniko's Pure Florals Poinsettia (retired), curving it slightly to fit. To give a suggestion of church, I stamped a stained glass window image from Stampin' Up's retired Painted Glass (retired) and added a rough plaster wall courtesy of their In Good Taste designer paper.

I shall link my doves from above up with this month's bird-themed challenge at CAS Christmas; I'm also joining in with Merry Little Christmas where as always, Anything Goes.

I have decided The Craft Square Metre needs an overhaul! My crafting space is in the living room, so I have to be very tidy. I had cunningly interspersed the books on the bookshelves with tasteful boxes and baskets concealing a variety of exciting crafting goodies but the shelves were beginning to groan a little! So I have decided to move the crafting things to some stronger and deeper shelving in an alcove and move the CDs (yes, we still have those!) and paperbacks over to the other side of the room. I may be some time...!

Sending hugs,


  1. Great use of the image and lovely colours, the image really stands out.

    Kath x

  2. A beautiful card,using the bird stamp this way was a wonderful idea

  3. You've used those two doves so creatively to carry the Christmas banner Vicky and the stained glass winder is just lovely!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Christmas!! :0)

  4. Beautiful card Vicky, love your mandala background for your Christmas doves. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

  5. Great thinking outside the box Vicky. Good luck with the continued re-organisation, your bound to find things you totally forget you had.

    B x

  6. Good luck with the CSM reorganisation!

    Lovely card and great way to use your stamps.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. What a wonderful idea Vicky this is so creative and the stained glass window and birds with the banner is perfect.
    Happy moving!
    Faith x

  8. Fantastic colors and design Vicky.

    Hugs Diane

  9. Beautiful card, Vicky! My crafty stash and space is mid-overhaul too xoxo

  10. What a great idea to create two birds to hold the banner ~ Happy tidying!

  11. WOW - what a spectacular CAS design! I love the stained glass window and the birds holding the banner! This one is special!Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog!
    Rachelle - DT : )


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