Wednesday 25 August 2021

All is bright

Hello, crafting friends!

Clean and simple stamping has always been my favourite card-making style but just lately I find myself inclining towards bright colour and maximalism. It's much harder but kind of fun!

This card is very frugal! I didn't have any circle stamps so I used the rims of glasses to stamp them; I didn't have the right coloured card stock either so I swiped ink over the edges of the card base; and I used up snippets of card stock for the ribbons and the sentiment. 

The circles were stamped onto a panel first and I added the birds from Stampin' Up's Quite Curvy. I stamped and cut out the ribbons from WPlus9's Silver Bells, and drew lines with matching coloured pencils to look as if the circles are hanging from ribbon too. A grey pencil was used to create the board effect on the background and I coloured the birds with pencils too as well as their circle perches.

To frame the hanging circles, I stamped the fir branch from Uniko's Winter Foliage several times. The same ink was swiped over the card base to add depth. I finished the card with a Hobbycraft die cut sentiment cut out of a snippet of pink card stock, and a sprinkling of blue sequins.

I'm linking this card up with the Kickstart Christmas challenge where there's a fabulous inspiration photo (I used the circles tied up with ribbon from the top of the photo, the bright colours and the fir branches); I'm also joining in with the Christmas Card Throwdown where the theme this week is Birds; I'm playing along at the Rudolph Day challenge too - the goal is to make a festive card at the end of each month, starting on the 25yth. Edited to add: There's no Rudolph Day challenge this month as Maureen and her family are ill. I know you will join me in sending love and get well wishes.

Sometimes, after a morning of romping about with friends, tucking into a bowlful of meaty chunks, tearing up tissues and rummaging through the laundry basket...

... it's good to find a sheltered spot in the garden and zzzzzzz

Sending hugs,


  1. Love your card, Vicky! Lovely stamping and a great design. Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart, Jo x

  2. A beautiful card,love your layout and elements

  3. Eva looks how I feel!!!!

    Great festive card. Like how you did the pencilled background & glass circles.

    Hug xxx

  4. I love your birds perched in the pretty bow topped circles! A fabulous card, Vicky!

  5. I’ve not visited for a while, love all your creations, including this one with the fun bright colours. I remember my first snorkelling experience...amazing! Xxx

  6. Such a clever and pretty Christmas card with your stamped glass circles and use of your snippets, Vicky. Love the photo of Eva, but a busy girl she was and now her reward..a nap in the garden:-) What is it about dogs and tearing up tissue? My friends dog does the same thing...Beware..tissue, TP and waste basket better be kept safe...don't ever leave the bathroom door!! TFS my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

  7. So many clever little details on this card, it is gorgeous. love the idea of the grey pencil on the background and those little birds are so cute and add interest to your simple baubles. I am so glad that the inspiration photo at Christmas Kickstarter this month has inspired you. Thanks so much for sharing it with us xx

  8. This card may be frugal but it is super-duper creative! I love how you created something so fabulous with so little - those bird hoops are darling!

  9. Beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at 52CCT. Goga

  10. Well Vicky I think this is a very special and unique design! So happy to see your gorgeous card at 52CCT:)

  11. I thought I'd commented on this, but maybe not? Either way, it's beautiful xoxo


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