Friday 29 December 2023

Hope in a cold climate

Hello, crafting friends!
Have you all had a lovely time over the Christmas holidays?
Apologies for doing a disappearing act! I'm afraid I went down with flu in December and although I'd recovered by the week before Christmas, you can imagine how much catching up I had to do. Luckily, I was (for once in my life!) quite beforehand this year with gift-buying and some of the card writing and posting.
I'm so sad to say we lost a family member in December too. Christmas has been a quiet affair this year. Here are some cards I made to send messages of comfort.

The cards were made by masking off the edges of some thick card bases with low-tack tape. I inked backgrounds with Stampin' Up Soft Succulent ink and clapped wet hands over them to create a icy, snowy look.

When they were dry, I removed the tape and stamped a beautiful bible verse on the background.

The cards were decorated with die cut winter berries and foliage, coloured with inks using sponge daubers and some markers. I added more snow with a Posca white acrylic paint pen.

I'm linking these cards up at Allsorts where Lorraine has chosen the theme of Cold and Ice.

It's been so dark and rainy and muddy here in the heart of England and my heart is yearning for some proper bright frosty days. Of course my Golden Girls are not interested in silly excuses and expect to go on long walks whatever the weather! My Christmas decorations this year have included a large basket of dog towels by the door and I'm slightly sad that Santa didn't bring me a larger house with a mud room containing a luxury dog shower!

Sending hugs,


  1. Two gorgeous “same but different” cards. Glad you’re fully recovered from Flu.

    We’ve had a rare siting of sunshine today! Hooray! Xxx

  2. Beautifully designed cards Vicky,love the colour you used for the background with the gorgeous specialist of all the special sentiment

  3. Meant to add that your other news made me smile

  4. What beautiful cards, love the background and splatters, and the words suit perfectly the sad loss of a loved one at this time of year. Sorry to hear you too had the virus, we could all do with some restorative sunshine. I can understand your wish for a mud room for soggy doggies! Xx Happy New Year, and hopefully a brighter one xxx

  5. So sorry you were poorly Vicky, lots of Peeps seem to have it.

    Beautiful design on elegant cards and lovely to see you at Allsorts challenge, thanks so much for joining us.

    B x

  6. Hi again Vicky, came earlier from my reading list, but just noticed your not actually linked at Allsorts?

    B x

  7. So sorry for your loss. The cards are beautiful with the water color and the die cut arrangements just perfectly balance the sentiments. I'm glad you have recovered, Vicky. Thank you so much for joining the challenge at Allsorts.

  8. I'm glad you are recovered from the flu and I'm sure your Golden Girls are too! Beautiful cards for a sad occasion. I'm excited to see all your creations in the New Year!

  9. SO much to catch up on Vicky, impossible! But I had to comment here and give my sympathy, to you and yours. Your cards are so beautiful and I love the verse.

  10. Great design for both versions, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

  11. They both are so beautifully made with those gorgeous dies and wonderful backgrounds!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge!
    PS: I'm sorry to hear about the loss in your family in December.

  12. These are beautiful Vicky love the foliage and sentiment super work thank you for joining us at Allsorts
    lolo x

  13. Beautiful cards, Vicky. So sorry for your loss xoxo


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