Sunday, December 6, 2020

Christmas Trio

I wanted to make a card for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge that requires the use of dies. I’d seen a beautiful wreath card a while ago that features lots of foliage and snowflakes… so I used that remembered card as my guide. (Sorry but I cannot credit that inspiration card.) I dug out all of my foliage and snowflake dies, plus scraps of papers in shades of blue, teal and aqua, and got to work. I created the “door” with a woodgrain Embossing folder and started arranging the die cuts. It took a while, but I like the results. Gold photo corners and an inside sentiment die, partially cut from metallic gold paper, adds a festive sheen.  
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge (I used the blue, teal, and aqua shades, plus foliage like in the inspiration photo.)  
·   Fancy Foliage Dies- Spellbinders Our Daily Bread Designs
·   Memory Box Die- Pinecone Corner
·   Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes)
·   Snowflakes- Lawn Fawn LF995-Mini Snowflakes Die Set
·   Die- My Favorite Things (Happy Christmas)
·   Woodgrain Embossing Folder- Stampin’ Up (retired)
·   Assorted cardstock, metallic paper, and a scrap of sheer ribbon from my stash
·   Gold photo corners- Scotch
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Fun With Dies
Pixie's Snippets-Week #392                                                                    
Do-Al[l] Kreatives #48 Winter Wonderland
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Use 3-5 Colors (Twist- Holidays) 
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Christmas      

I inherited several things from my mom including a love of coloring, fussy-cutting, and upcycling. Most of my cards include one or more of these loves. For this card, I fussy-cut this sweet mouse and Santa hat photo from an old Christmas (which just might be one  my Mom sent me years ago. She did love cute images!) To add a little depth to the card I used a simple Recessed Panel Technique. And the colorful sentiment on the inside is from the front of card from a boxed set that I picked up a few months ago at Goodwill (10 cards with envelopes for $1. Mom also taught me to never pass up a good deal!)  
·   Upcycled card.
·   Recessed Panel Card (instructions found HERE)
·   Cardstock and Specialty Scrapbook paper from my stash.
·   Inside Sentiment from a boxed Christmas card 

·   Sparkly Holly Stickers- Hobby Lobby

Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Dec. Santa Hat                                  
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #663 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #519 Anything Goes
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- Dec 2020 #44                             
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge- Christmas or Red/Green 

This week's challenge at the wecraftcards forum was fun. Here are the instructions- “We all know when we were younger that Santa put the gifts under the tree right? Remember those days?  For this challenge make a card that represents a special gift that you received and tell us why it was special to you.” It took some thought for me to decide which gift I wanted to highlight. I remember getting much-loved Barbies, critters (parakeets, guinea pigs, hermit crabs, and other odd pets), and art supplies. But probably the most memorable gift was a mini sewing machine that I got when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I begged for one that Christmas because I wanted to learn to sew Barbie clothes like the ones my mom made (they were so amazing) and was over the moon when Santa brought it! However, I quickly learned that 1) the little machine was pretty worthless and/or 2) I was a pretty rotten seamstress! The poor thing jammed regularly and it seemed like I ripped out more seams than I put in. As an adult, I really admire people who can sew, but it is definitely not my skill set. (I did a bit of web research and found a photo of the one that Santa delivered. It surprised me that it was listed on this collector site as a "toy." Hmmm. Maybe that is why it didn't sew very well?)
·   Vintage Sewing Machine Digi- The Old Design Shop on Etsy (Sewing Cards)
·   Sentiment and Embroidery Floss Holder- Sew Pretty Stamp set from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine (no longer available)
·   Cardstock, background papers, embroidery floss, satin ribbon, and measuring tape ribbon from my stash
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Santa is Coming to Town  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #468-469 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- December             
Bugaboo Stamps- Dec Anything Goes 


  1. Hi Kathy all your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. OH WOW ... what an adorable reuse of that image! So, so cute! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Santa Hats’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  3. All your cards are fabulous! I love the little mouser peeking out from underneath the Santa hat...eeek!! Funny but mice really freak me out, EXCEPT when it comes to card making, I love using their cute little images myself (I own plenty)...go figure! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  4. Fantastic cards! I love your Santa hat. Thanks for joining the D "Santa Hat" challenge at the Double D.

  5. I always enjoy a sewing card. I need to pull out some of my goodies and make one again soon. They always have a warmth to them that's just SO sweet. Thanks for the inspiration on that one. I'll definitely be doing it soon. Hope you're having a great week. God's blessings on you always, my friend. I hope you're having a great December as we approach the holidays.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  6. Super cards Kathy, you are on a roll. Thanks for sharing with us at Incy Wincy, CarolG

  7. Super use of snippets to make this lovely wreath card. Everyone's invited to the snippets playground Xmas party for lots of fun and games XX

  8. A lovely selection of cards. Your blue wreath is so unusual. I love the resulting card. Hugs Mrs A.

  9. Awesome creations!

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days
    *GDT* Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

  10. Lovely set of cards Kathy - and I do love your snippets one! The wreath is absolutely stunning!


    Di xx

  11. Lovely cards Kathy. Thank you for entering the Red and Green/Christmas Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. I may have missed it, but I don't see a link to our challenge.

    1. Suze, Thanks for the heads up. Not sure how that happened, but I did correct my oops. If I can be entered into the draw... great. If not, I totally understand!


Thanks you for your comments. They bring joy to my day!