Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Pops of red

It's been many years since I have remembered to buy and pot up an amaryllis. I usually see everyone's blooming beauties after Christmas and realise that I have again missed the boat. However recently I spotted some in a garden centre and decided to treat myself.
 The kits are really worth buying as you simply put the bulb in the pot, add the soil and water and voila...the bulb ready to grow.,
It's on my sunny window sill and I have my fingers crossed that I will get some lovely blooms around Christmas/New year. I do love to have something growing at this time of the year when it's so dark.
There are pops of red in some of the Christmas catalogues appearing on the high street too.....Only 40 days left until the big day!
There are also pops of red on the bushes, the berries are ready for the birds for the winter months
and the very last of my acer leaves gave a last pop of red in my garden,
I have been designing some new Christmas cards with my Visible Image stamps and decided to use a pop of  red in my latest card design. Did you know that Visible Image ship worldwide? They are also able to ship immediately on ordering as they are no longer manufacturing their stamps in house. In the UK that often means next day delivery.

 I like to make small batches of Christmas cards and this design has already been popular with my friends.

Here is what I got up to. ..

I took some black card and randomly stamped their enchanting snowflakes. This set of snowflakes makes for some brilliant backgrounds. I used Picket Fence distress ink for a subtle effect.
After drying with my heat gun I stamped the Smile, sparkle shine set with Versamark and added sparkle glitter embossing powder.
I then stamped "Merry Christmas and a happy new year" from their brilliant Go to Christmas words set
again with Versamark but this time used my gorgeous red geranium Wendy Vecchi embossing powder.
Here it is pre heating
and then post heating....a great shine!
Once I had made my 4 card fronts 
I matted them onto red card before attaching them to white card blanks. I added a little red gem star as an extra pop of red.
Here is my finished card
In real life the sentiment has such a sparkle with the glittered embossing powder but I found it impossible to get my camera to show it off!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.

Penny Black and More 2/3Anything Christmas
Craft Stamper take it make it November anything goes
Stamping sensations 2/3 Christmas greetings
Crafting Musketeers  Christmas wishes
Noor UK Winter
Sparkles 1/3 Christmas is coming
Let's craft and create 1/3 winter

My stash of cards is growing nicely but I am still beavering away here. Thanks for visiting me today and for the kind comments that you leave.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Such a nice set of card, beautiful color choices!
    Thanks so much for playing along at Penny Black and More!

  2. Oh I love the pop of red, and the red border is perfect! Great match up of words for a chrissy card too Jane. Love this.
    Dot x

  3. Modern looking card - looks perfect for batch making! The red matting lifts it perfectly. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations

  4. That is such a brilliant effect Jane, the red really stands out... beautiful!
    I just noticed Mrs Claus there in the M&S add, how cool is that lady?? :)
    Actually I'm the same with amaryllis, I must try to remember to get one too.
    Enjoy the rest of your week my dear,
    V x

  5. Those are just gorgeous.. the shiny red is just thrilling.. good job! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Hi Jane,

    Isn't red the best color to have in "pops"
    (I'm sure this is incorrect but you know what I mean ;-)

    Love your pops of red and your cards are beautiful!
    (seeing M&S makes me think of the fact that they are closing all of their stores in France, so sad!)


  7. Yourn Christmas cards are lovely. Black background reminds me of the chalkboard work, which I really like. I keep a few bags I find or are given of that type. So creative you are, my friend! I used to buy an amaryllis for my mom eachh year she was in nursing home. She enjoued it very much. I have a sonora glitter poinsettia on our dining room table. Hopefully it makes it til Christmas. I usually kill it....too much water:/ !

  8. Good luck with your amaryllis and I love the pops of red on your fabulous card design xxxx

  9. Love these blackboard style Christmas cards, Jane - though I would have to add a bit of bling to the centres of those snowflakes, coz you can never have enough sparkle, especially at Christmas! The red gloss embossing powder is really effective and the font is lovely too. Really awesome cards that I'm sure will be well received!
    The shopping trip wasn't very fruitful...well, I managed to spend a bit but only ticked one name off the list! I did come home with a super cute Moose and two silver reindeer candle holders, plus an ivy garland and a die set (of course) but I did refrain from buying anything for myself in George, so I think that was an achievement! Need to seriously think about what I need to get and stick to it or I'll be bankrupt by Christmas and still not have any pressies! Hugs, Lisa x

  10. Fabulous card, you sure did get a pop of red! The black background is really fun, and the snowflakes are just lovely. I've never seen one of these Christmas flower kits before, I will be very curious to see more photos on how it is progressing. Love the idea!! :)

  11. A super card for our Christmas themes at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations Jane, many thanks for joining in. And isn't it good to pop a few more into the Christmas basket.

    B x

  12. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Let’s Craft and Create challenge 119, Hazel, DT – you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too x

  13. Very stylish and good for batch making. Thanks for joining us again at Penny Black & More this month. Lynn x DT

  14. Love this design .... so stylish. Thanks for playing long with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  15. A very classy card, I love it! A great entry for our Christmas Greetings challenge. Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations this month and good luck!

  16. This is fabulous Jane and loved seeing how you created this card.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK
    Hugs Sharon. x

  17. Stunning! Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft & Create Challenge. We hope you can join us again in the future and good luck! Mary DT x


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