Thyme to celebrate

Hubby took me to The Range today. I’d not been since we left Hull 4 years ago, and I have to admit I’d never been a fan. He went a couple of days back when he had an hour to fill, and came home full of stories about their crafty supplies. It’s amazing! A proper Aladdin’s cave of crafty goodness.

One of my many purchases was a 12×12 paper pad of Violent Veg. These are images I’ve seen and laughed at many a time before, I thought it would be fun to craft with. The 24 sheets (3 each of 8 designs) cost me a whole Ā£5, so definitely a bargain. I like that there are sheets of comedic toppers with no words, sheets of patterned papers and sheets of toppers. 

I made time to have a play after tea. Several cards later I have a favourite…

Tada! How blingy and fun is this?! Apologies for the blurred photo, apparently I can get decent ones which don’t show the bling, or get the shine.

I immediately knew I wanted to decoupage this design, and the sentiment presented itself to me really easily. The finished design was less obvious to me, though.

Obviously 12×12 paper cuts to four 6×6 designs, which is great, but I find that very few card blanks are actually the size they claim to be, meaning there’s a lot of fiddly adapting the size to fit. I did cut it down, but chose an 8×8 card blank to display it. Hmmm, a lot of blank space, what to do? 

In came my trusty sequined sequin card from Create and Craft. I usually use it as little finishing touches, but I have been pushing myself out of my comfort zone and using it as backgrounds. I love how the shape of the gold sequins complements the wallpaper of the image, and it’s just so shiny!

I needed mats and layers which would emphasise the design and the fabulous sequined sequin card. Black is my favourite for this, there’s not much it doesn’t add oomph to. 

Putting the card together I chose a jaunty angle for the topper. I cut the bunch of thyme and champagne bottle from a second image, and the champagne bottle a third time, layering them up with 3d foam pads. I used Glossy Accents to pick out the label and the foil of the champagne bottle.


I have a Dymo label printer which is one of my favourite toys.I used it to create my sentiment – thyme to celebrate. The black tape picks out the black layering which was an added bonus. Finally I decided to really go all out with the sparkle and added a gold sequin to the circles on the wallpaper every 3 rows, lots of effort but I like the effect.

This paper pad is going to have so much use!

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