Wednesday 26 May 2021

Get your skates on

Hello, crafting friends!

Almost five months of 2021 have whizzed by already and we all know what that means for a crafter: If we are going to be posting out handmade cards towards the end of the year, we really need to get our skates on!

And talking of skates, it was a real pleasure to play with Avery Elle's Holida Skates set again! I stamped my skate with mink coloured ink and sponged pink ink over it to colour it. The blade was coloured with a silvery grey pencil which is so pretty and shimmery! The skate was fussy cut, laces added with black fineliner and a die cut bow attached.

The background was made by masking most of the cardbase and sponging pink ink below it. I topped that with a strip of blue designer paper gifted to me by my lovely Stampin' Up demonstrator Lesley - thanks again my friend! I thought one side looked suitably icy and the dotty side worked well for the circle background feature.

To finish the card I filled my skate with stamped greenery and a little candy cane, then used a stamping platform to add the sentiment which curves nicely round the circle of designer paper. 

Jaydee's sketch at The Paper Players this week was the perfect starting point for this card so I'm linking up there; I chose my unconventional colours from Color My Heart Color Dare challenge 445 - New England Ivy/Flamingo /Bluebelle/Mink. I'm also joining in at the Rudolph Day Challenge as usual - this is a challenge where from the 25th of the month onwards we link up one Christmas card. I've just been pointed in the direction of the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge, which is always about Christmas cards on the last Wednesday of the month, so I shall link up there too :)

I've been chastising myself for leaving a pot out with last years dried up lobelia stems in it - very untidy! But yesterday I saw a busy pair of blackbirds strip the pot of the hay-like contents. It was perfect for building a cosy nest and I felt pleased that I'd left it there. Are this pair the owners of the destroyed nest I found the other day I wonder, ready to try again? I know that they can raise several lots of young in a season but they'd use the same nest I would guess.

Sending hugs,


  1. Wonderful card, Vicky! Love the colours you used!


  2. Fabulous Christmas card- love your beautiful stamps and the lovely clean design- fabulous colour choice too- so pretty.

  3. A fabulous stamped image Vicky,love the colours you used and your layout

  4. wow! This is one of the most stylish Christmas cards I've seen. Beautifully done.

  5. Oh my....I just love this! The soft colors are beautiful and I must check out that set of skates! I wish I had learned to skate a little better when I was younger, so I guess I just have to "skate" vicariously through stamps, LOL! Thanks for playing with our sketch at the Players this week, too!

  6. Wonderful holiday design and layout.

    Hugs diane

  7. Those birdies will glean almost anything for their nests and it'a always fascinating to watch them busily at work - of only it were warm enough to do that from the garden.

    I love your skater creation and very pleased colours and design.

    B x

  8. Hi Vicky, just popped back to say how delighted I am to see your beautiful card pop up at Fab'n' Funky- thank you so much for joining us and I look forward to seeing you in future challenges.

  9. That’s a really super card, but I don’t think I can get my foot inside that skate with all that candy cane & foliage!!!!!
    Hug xxx

  10. Hi Vicky,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    I love your wonderful card and beautiful design.
    Your fussy cutting and colouring a brilliant and all the other elements are added perfectly too.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  11. Great introduction to the card, Great image, super colours and a lovely design.

    Kath x

  12. This is such a pretty Christmas card Vicky - the decorated ice skate is adorable and I love all of the little details. Great curved sentiment too. I really need to crack on with my Christmas cards; production has stalled of late and you're right, it will be here before we know it! Thanks for playing with us over at The Paper Players this week too!

  13. Love this sweet ice skate, Vicky! The laces amaze me and so do the colors!

  14. Wonderful card! I love that skate! Thank you for playing with us at Color Dare!

  15. What a delightful card. My sister-in-law skated around the world in the ice capades show. I like to send her a card with skates. Shall keep your ideas of the ink drawn laces and the fine diecut bow. That bow die is wonderful!

    Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

  16. This is so creative Vicky! I love the Christmas items sticking out of the skate! Good for you for knocking out a Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players.

  17. That skate is fabulous, Vicky. Love the soft colors and that wonderful CAS take on the sketch. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

  18. well I haven't made one Xmas card yet but now I see the postage to Europe has gone up so much I may have to cut down on cards a lot this year! This card is a joy-love the detail, right down to that tiny stitching on the skate in silver. Your fussy cutting is really good-I thought it was a die! And I love how the boot is filled with all those goodies x

  19. That skate is fabulous - so many little details when you look closely. At the same time, you mastered the clean a simple approach - well done! Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Dare :)

  20. a Beautiful Christmas card with a lovely layout! Thank you so much for playing along with the Rudolph Days Challenge.
    Linda, DT

  21. Wow what a beautiful Holiday card in untraditional colors... love it. And great interpretation of the sketch challenge. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare.

  22. Such wonderful details in your design, Vicky! Your card is impeccable and I love it. Thank you for playing along at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #445.

  23. Beautiful card with great details!! Thanks for sharing with Color Dare!


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