Thursday 24 December 2020

When Christmas is a challenge

Hello, crafting friends!

I have two more cards to share with you before I sink into holiday relaxation mode!

A friend of mine moved house this month. Can you even begin to imagine how stressful that must have been at this time?! After many ups and downs, she is finally going to be spending Christmas in her new home and I felt her Christmas card should reflect the move. This is what I came up with:

I adore stamp sets that feature houses, furniture or room sets, and New Home by WPlus9 ticked some of those boxes for me! I used the plank stamp to create a clapperboard background panel which I coloured with alcohol markers. The door was stamped, 'painted' blue, fussy cut and attached to the panel.

Then came the fun bit, adding the little details. There's a wreath for the door, and some pretty topiary which I planted in these nice modern pots. The sentiment is from Uniko's Background Builders Christmas and is so useful when you need something to stretch across a landscape card!

I had news the other day that reminded me that not everyone is looking forward to a jolly Christmas and that bright glittery cards are not always appropriate. It prompted me to make this card.

I started by masking off the edges of a thick card base, then masking off the bottom with a torn piece of scrap paper. The area that was left was sponged with grey and pink inks to create a cloudy sky, then stamped with fir trees from Stampin' Up's Waterfront and Inkylicious' Spruce Trees. The torn paper was removed and I sponged in a bit of shading to the 'snow' in the foreground.

This sentiment is from a long ago retired Stampin' Up set called White Christmas which I felt expressed what I wanted to say. I doodled in a few birds to add some movement to the card and used my Posca white paint pen to add some subtle snow over the trees.

Thank you for all your company this year. I have been so grateful for my crafting hobby and for the friendship of my fellow crafters :) Eva and I wish you a very happy Christmas and hope for a brighter new year.

Sending warm Christmas wishes,


  1. Two lovely cards, love the image for the 'New Home' with the Christmas decorations. Merry Christmas.

    Kath x

  2. Two beautiful cards and a fabulous photo of you with Eva

  3. Very appropriate new home Christmas card.

    Lovely pic of you and Eva.

    Warm Christmas wishes to you too xx

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and art. And of course, all of Eva's stories as well.

  5. Beautiful cards as always for happy and less happy occasions. Your photo with Eva is lovely and Christmassy too. Wishing you and yours the Happiest Christmas as is possible.
    Faith x

  6. Lovely cards indeed. Merry Christmas to you and your family from Yorktown Virginia USA. Thank you for your inspirations all year. I enjoy your blog.

  7. Lovely cards and photo of you and Eva! Merry Christmas, Vicky! It was so nice to get your back this year!

  8. Beautiful cards and beautiful photo Vicky, warm wishes to you too xxx

  9. Wonderful designs Vicky, love the picture of you and Eva. Hugs Diane

  10. Gorgeous cards, Vicky. And after saying how great it is to see you... it really is wonderful to see you! I hope you had a great Christmas, and wish you the best for the new year xoxo

  11. Terrific house warming Christmas card, and I love your thoughtfulness in creating the second card as your so right! Some people are needing gentle beautiful thinking of you cards rather then festive glittery creations. What a lovely picture of you and Eva too! Merry Christmas!!

  12. Two beautiful Christmas cards, Vicky. Your friend will treasure her "New Home' Christmas card. Yes, that would be a very stressful time to have to move during the holidays. Love your Winter trees, snow and birds scene too. Your photo of you and Eva is adorable too! TFS Love and Hugs..Nancy


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