Monday 8 February 2021

Valentine wreath

Hello, crafting friends!

I have always loved the creativity of crafting. Just because a product is designed to do one thing doesn't mean it can't do something else as well! 

My friend lent me Stampin' Up's Wreath Builder die set for the weekend and I've had so much fun with it! The set features two wreaths that you can use separately or layer together. But instead of looking for ways to step things up, I prefer to look for ways to pare things back and this card features one of the wreaths cut in half and attached to a thin circle cut with a circle punch and a circle die. I love the effect! I embellished the half wreath with some of the pretty flowers from the die set, that emboss as they cut.

To display my wreath, I masked off the top and bottom of a good thick card base and stamped Hardwood, a retired Stampin' Up background stamp, into the gap. I finished the card with a popped up sentiment from MFT's Floral Focus, stamped in dark grey ink and fussy cut, and a sprinkling of clear gems.

I was so pleased that this card won Top Pick at As You See It!
It was Jan's colour palette at As You See It  and Karren's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches that started me off with this card, so I'm linking up there; I'm also joining in with Just Us Girls, where Valentine is the word prompt, and Allsorts, where Love Is... is the theme.

We had dusting of snow last night but it has a very different feel from January's jolly, snowman-friendly snowfall. It is bitterly cold and you daren't take your gloves off for too long for fear of losing a finger or two (I may be slightly prone to exaggerating...!) I took mine off for long enough to capture this fair snow princess :)

Sending hugs,


  1. Terrific card ~ It's nice that you have people close by to share stamp sets with. We really don't need to own them all! I like the twist on the wreath that you made ~ Very clever! Eva does look like a dog from a Calendar page here, Her mom takes good care of her coat :) Stay warm!

  2. Your creative side certainly made a beautiful card Vicky, love you took the die into another realm, the flowers are so pretty and love the background too. A beautiful photo of Eva. We've only had tiny, tiny flakes fall most of the day, but don't stick. The temperature feels much colder than the 2C that we have.
    Keep safe and warm
    Faith x

  3. . . . and the fair Snow Princess looks very happy!

    Beautiful card. Love the background to your die cut wreath too.

    Hygge xxx

  4. Beautiful design Vicky, we had a little snow last night but it is melted already.

    Hugs diane

  5. You created a beautiful wreath using those dies Vicky,love your layout

  6. It is so pretty, thank you for joining us at Allsorts, xx

  7. Lovely, Vicky! That background really makes a great backdrop for the simple, but effective wreath! Thanks for joining us at As You See It challenges this week!

  8. Such a pretty wreath with the red flowers, Vicky! I love how you've placed it on the woodgrain!

  9. Your half wreath looks wonderful against that background! Love what you did here....

  10. Simply beautiful die cut wreath, Vicky. I love your softly stamped woodgrain background for your wreath. It reminds me that I have that SU stamp:-) Brrr...Eva does not seem bothered by the cold at all! TFS your card and Eva story. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  11. A really pretty creation Vicky, as mentioned in my comment above love the pops of red. I was actually being trying to avoid the robot as it takes so long commenting when he's out and about. Some days he's nowhere to be seen others he kicks in after 10/15 comments, then after another ten or so moves on the the photos which are a nightmare grrrrr.

    Thanks so much for sharing and joining in with our 'Love is....' theme at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  12. Oh my goodness! I'm speechless at the perfection of this design. Gorgeous execution too. Thanks so much for playing along with us again at As You See It Challenge.

  13. This is another perfectly CAS execution Vicky and I think you've done a great job with the colours. That wreath really pops against the woodgrain. Hurrah for crafty friends - you've made great use of your weekend borrow! Thanks for playing along over at As You See It this week!

  14. What a delightful wreath! I love how it pops against the woodgrain background . Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls and at Freshly Made Sketches

  15. I love EVERYTHING about your card, Vicky! Such a great way to incorporate our colors, and your final result is a masterpiece! Love the country feel to it! I wish I had a friend from whom to borrow that set's been on my wish list for a while!


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