Sunday, 7 January 2018

Christmas Card Club

A very unwanted bout of flu has kept me from posting earlier. DH came down with it just before me and is still feeling very poorly. I must be getting better as I remembered my Christmas Card Club deadline was this morning.

I am entering a substitute card this fortnight as I forgot to take a photo of my 3 pixie cards before I mailed them off! My card was made just after Christmas, with some snippets that were laying about on my desk since finishing off with the 2017 Christmas cards. Rather than file them away, I decided to create a card around them.

I managed to not even have to trim the DP...just had to trim the red glitter paper to fit as mats.
Not a very exciting card, but a good use of snippets nevertheless. The sentiment is a cutout from the sentiment page that you can often find in 6x6 pads. I rarely use them. but in this case is worked out quite well.

The Christmas trees were already in my inked and cutout die files. Just had to glue them on and pop dot the largest tree a wee bit forward. A gave the trees a good coating of Stardust stickles along the edges of the branches They have a lovely glimmer now.

Card and envelope - hand cut  4 1/4 x 5 from my stash
DP -Simple Stories  - DIY Christmas -from my stash
Sentiment - DP cutout - from my stash manufacturer unknown
Dies  - Sue Wilson Festive Cllection Winter Trees
Glitter paper - red glitter - from my stash, originally from Joanne's
Glimmer Finish-  Stardust stickles

I am entering this card at Pixies Crafty Workshop where you must use snippets!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Surprise Challenge Winner

The winner of the surprise challenge for all those bloggers who entered every Rudolph Days Challenge in 2017 is #9 Sandra H.

Congratulations, Sandra!!!

Could you please drop me an email to and let me know your mailing address and which prize you have chosen,

Thanks to all who entered. I will be holding this extra challenge again next year, so if you wish to participate in the "extra",  get those Christmas cards or Christmas projects ready and enter every month!!!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Card Club - Mixed Media Theme

Mary at Carolina cards chose the theme of Mixed Media for this fortnights Christmas Card Club.
To see what the other members made for this challenge, just click on their hyperlinks on my right sideboard. It will be well worth the initial clicks!

I must admit I struggled with this theme.  I finally decided on using acrylic paint for my "media" as well as using a discarded electrical tape container as my base for a Christmas ornament. I am busy trying to change up my formerly silver/red and white glittery Christmas decor theme into one that incorporates a country farmhouse look. Hopefully this ornament will help.

I started out with the gift of 6 lidded frosted plastic electrical tape containers. The bottom of the first container is my NBUS item for this project. My daughter got them from the electricians at her work. The lids slide on and off so the top edges of the base and of the lid are smooth. It is fun to create something from an item that would have landed in the garbage! Recycle garbage...but still garbage.

I took off the lid and saved it for a future project. I covered the inside of the base with a die cut circle of white glitter paper and the outside edge with glitter washi tape.

Using snippets of additional white glitter paper, I created hills with my Stitched Lawn Fawn Hill die.
I then created a scene with snippets of inked up green card for my Sue Wilson Winter trees dies, and inked up kraft snippets with my NBUS Impression Obsession Deer die as well as a NBUS Recollections die. I used white acrylic paint to create snow on the trees and added some glitter to make a little sparkle. Then used the same paint for the white dots on the deer.

Punched two holes in the top edge and ran a fine silver ribbon through and tied it off in a bow. Now I have something to place a tree bauble hook through!

Made a frame by cutting out the inner circle of a Spellbinders scalloped die and slid an overhead projector clear sheet behind the frame to keep out dust. I threw in some small pearl beads to make this into a shaker ornament but will not do that again as they get stuck in the corners and in between the layers and I do not like the look of that.

Next time, I would do a few other things differently as well. It took way too much time to measure and cut the white glitter paper paper to fit the cylinder. In fact, the bottom circle of the scene does not quite fit. It is a smidgen too small,  hence the trapped pearl beads!

Next time, I would spray glue the cylinder disc inside and out and sprinkle glitter over it. That alone would save about 40 minutes of fiddling back and forth! I have plans for different designs to create  more of these recycled tree baubles, so will implement these new methods on those. Will post them soon as i finish creating! All crafty plans are now on hold till the tree is up and the outdoor lights get flung onto the shrubs...

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card Club - mixed Media Theme
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets