Thursday, 26 September 2013

A third Frugal Christmas card

Here's another entry for Nessa's Frugal Christmas challenge, where you should create a Christmas card using 'non-Christmas' goodies - although Christmas sentiments and backing paper/card are allowed:
I used:

- 4" x 4" square white card blank

- snippet of 'snowflake' backing card

- snippet of white sparkly mulberry paper, torn and layered  to resemble drifted snow

- snowman made using two buttons, a little snippet of bakers twine and two teeny snippets of black card for his hat :)

- sentiment is from LOTV 'Christmas Grungy Messages', stamped onto a snippet of white card using 'Real Red'

I'd spotted this snowman idea in Quick Cards Made Easy magazine this month - but had no idea how much sorting through the button boxes it would take to find two compatible buttons. But it was fun reminiscing - I even still have the huge orange buttons from a Mary Quant trouser suit, and that sure dates me!

I had a really concerned email from a lovely bloggy pal the other evening, wondering if all was OK as I hadn't posted anything that day. Things are busy here right now with some 'teacher training' coming up - so posts may well not appear on a daily basis. As my pal and I both observed, why do we go into a frenzy of cleaning before these things?

BUT, the Playground will continue as usual, although I may have to 'tweak' opening and closing times in a couple of weeks and you'll be kept up to date about any slight changes for sure.

Di
x

22 comments:

  1. LOVE this button snowman Di! His jaunty hat and scarf are so cute too!
    I used to play with my mum's buttons for hours when I was younger! Cathy x

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  2. Hi Di - super clever idea to use buttons for a snowman. I loved going through my mum's button box and started my own when I got married. Now I have mine and hers and soooo many buttons!

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  3. That is just the cutest snowman - well done!

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  4. Aww . . .cute button snowman Di. You're doing really well with these frugal Chrimbo cards (as is Mrs A).

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  5. Hi Di,
    what fab little card. Love the idea of this.
    That glitter card looks just like real snow.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  6. Fabulous card Di, love the little button snowman!
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  7. FAB-ulous Di!! Thank you so much for playing along again :)I love how you have made him.
    I do love a good rummage through a button box!
    Have a lovely day,
    Nessa xx

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  8. This is so cute Di - I had to giggle at the thought of you sorting through your button boxes - this task can really take over and I have been known to spend more time in me button box when I could be in the playground!!!

    This is a great idea though - I love the title Frugal Christmas challenge.

    And guess what, I am smiling at a little button snowman who looks as if he is smiling back - wonder if it is time for my medication - lol!!

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

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  9. What a cute idea. I purposefully don't keep lots of buttons as I know I'd never use them, so no rummaging in that particular drawer for me!

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  10. So cute snowman
    love the play with buttons
    fantastic card my sweet friend
    hugs Tamara

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  11. Well I have to say that I was bowled over when I saw this card this morning. I was so full of praise and in awe of your inventiveness, then you go and spoil it all by saying you'd seen the idea in a mag.
    I think I have heard my Mother talk about Mary Quant!

    Still a fabulous card though.

    Love Kath x

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  12. What a little cutie! Great idea with the buttons and with the mulberry paper for the drifting snow.
    I have to try to get mine finished...I have the kids tonight till Saturday and then a crop on Saturday evening.

    Eldest daughter leaves for 10 weeks in Monaco again so have to squeeze in a visit with her before she goes. Whew...I will need a vacation too!
    I am off to see my Mum (about 4 or 5 hours away next weekend...maybe that will be my vacation!

    Little Miss C plans to make a blitz of card tomorrow so maybe she and I will make a card each, for that chalenge

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  13. Aww cutie Snowman, but he could maybe do with some of those things I talk about on my FF today!
    I have some buttons if you wanna play. A serious amount of buttons in fact as everyone keeps giving them to me!
    Hugs
    xx

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  14. button snowman is blinking genius! I've got loads of white buttons....
    somewhere.......
    Tara
    x

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  15. This is as cute as a button! *wink*

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  16. Hi there Di,

    Cute little card! I imagine the button sorting was quite fun. I have a little jar of buttons and I just love looking at them. I've torn them off clothes, bought at yard sales, etc. so there are some really old ones - most are white in color but have big personalities!

    Thanks for visiting me. I'm hoping to continue with the big sort out this weekend.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  17. Since I love buttons (oh yeah, I love many things!) I was tickled to see your button snowman with his scarf twist of bakers twine. What a delightfully frugal & altogether cheery card you have Miss. Don't envy you doing the Playground call list ...lots of entries to wade through. Will be a hard call, but you do a right proper job of it (I'm picking up that Doc M. Portwenn slang). I hope you're watching the new season for me. Can't wait til it gets to the USA! TFS & Hugs

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  18. Di, your little button snowman is adorable! Fantastic idea and so creative!!!
    Love it.
    Lynn

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  19. oh my gosh i love this card, can anybody join in the challenges? Lx

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  20. You should ave asked me. I could ave given you loads of buttons. This is mega cute. hugs Mrs A.

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  21. What a great idea. And he's so cute!
    Hugs
    Debs x

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