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Saturday 26 June 2021

A thrifty Christmas

Hello, crafting friends!

Does anyone else like to root about in second-hand and thrift shops, antique emporiums and boot sales? They're good for books and for decorative items for the home, and I love the idea of recycling items and the thrill of hunting for something unique. These shops are not usually the place to find crafting supplies but the other day, I spotted an unopened Christmas stamp set. I'm sure you can imagine the excitement - not just a new stamp set but also a bargain!


I used the snowflake image for this card, using my stamping platform to stamp it evenly four times across a card panel in various shades of aqua ink.


I added a little colour to the snowflakes with metallic coloured pencils and embellished with silver liquid pearls. When the panel was dry, I trimmed it and attached it to a card base.


The  card was finished with a bright red die-cut sentiment from Hobbycraft and some lovely sparkly silver sequins.


Here's a photo of the stamp set for anyone who's interested. I did a little sleuthing and it's a Christmas set, designed by Jennifer Ellory, which came free with Papercrafting Inspirations magazzine in 2017. There are some beautiful images in the set and I'll certainly enjoy using them :)

CHALLENGES
Kim's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches set me off making this card so I'm linking up there; I'm also joining in at Rudolph Day where the challenge is to make a festive card between the 25th and the end of each month; and also Merry Little Christmas where Anything Christmas Goes.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
I was walking Eva on the fields behind our house last night and on our way back up to the house I saw two shadowy creatures running across the field away from us, one large and one small. Eva didn't spot them but I wondered what they were. I saw them in daylight today - it's a  Muntjac deer and her baby. Eva, who would have given chase when she was younger, totally ignored them!

Enjoy your weekend,

18 comments:

  1. YES! I love garage sales, thrift shops, anywhere I can find a bargain! And what a great stamp and wonderful bargain you found! Lucky you, and what a great card you created with it as well!

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  2. I never get any craft bargains in charity shops Vicky even though I send lots of my stuff there so this was a rare find! And a terrific make - love the colour. x

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  3. I always love the freebies in the magazines, so to find one and not have to buy the magazine is awesome. Such a versatile stamp set, love your card :)

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  4. What a fab find Vicky. Gotta love a bargain set of stamps! You’ve made a brrrrilliant card with them too. Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  5. Your colours are beautiful Vicky,love the layout and completed card.I know I will miss seeing deer now we have moved,they used to come into the garden and feast on our trees in the winter.

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  6. A lucky find, Vicky! I predict this stamp set will get lots of use!

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  7. A beautiful card Vicky. Thanks you for taking part in the Rudolph Days challenge this month.

    Sue xx

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  8. A really super card, love the choice of colour and a great design.

    Kath x

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  9. Wonderful Christmas card! Love the snowflakes!
    I´ve never seen a Muntjac deer.. We often see wild boars here. Eva is very good and decent!

    Hugs,
    Conny

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  10. I LOVE your strips of snowflakes!! It's lovely with the pop of red in the sentiment. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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  11. What a fabulous thrift find! Love the touches of bling on your card. Thanks for playing along with us at FMS.

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  12. Congrats on the bargain find, Vicky. Your card is beautiful xoxo

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  13. What a great find in the shop! Love the snowflakes! Beautiful! Glad you joined us at FMS!

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  14. Great find and you used it beautifully with this effective design.

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  15. What a fabulous find of stamp sets. Your card is wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at MLCCB
    Tina dt

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  16. Good bargain shopping! I too love to thrift shop and go to garage sales. I have missed those outings so much during this darn pandemic. July 5th will be 14 days from my second vaccine. Finaly,I can shop again!
    Your card is lovely!

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  17. Me again...forgot to say
    Thanks for taking part in the June Rudolph Days Challenge.

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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