Monday, 16 September 2013

Frugal Christmas card

One of my newest followers, the lovely Nessa over at The Crafty Laydee, has set a little challenge, it runs until 29th September and there's a lovely prize to be won too.

The challenge is to make a Christmas card using goodies which are not Christmas-specific. What a fun idea, and I knew right away what I wanted to make as a particular die set here, Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants, has always screamed Christmas trees at me:
I used:

- 6" x 6" scalloped square white card blank

- the front of a black card blank which came with a silver double frame but the outer edge wasn't very well 'silvered' so I chopped it down to the inner silver frame

- Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennant die and a snippet of white card. I then ran the die cut 'tree' shape through the Cuttlebug using my Quickutz 'Vines' embossing folder - which shows up much better in real life, sigh

- the little red pot for the tree was made by punching an oval from a snippet of red card using SU's 'Large Oval' punch and then cutting one end straight across

- you know all those 'almost used' little acetate sheets of small gems we all seem to have? I gathered all those together and found a surplus of red and clear crystal gems so I popped red ones onto the body of the 'tree' following the embossed 'vine' lines and then added clear ones round the outside

- and in a little box of sequins I even found a silver star shaped sequin for the top of the tree

Job done! I loved thinking outside the box rather than just grabbing Christmas stuff to use. Thank you Nessa for a fun challenge - and why don't you girls have a go?

You are allowed to add a 'real' Christmas sentiment if you wish, that's one thing it's OK to use that's specifically Christmas. I didn't add a sentiment as I quite like the clean and crisp look of my 'frugal tree' :)

Oooer, and I can also link this card into Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge where you have to hand cut, punch or die cut this week - and also Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra where it's always 'anything goes'.

Di
x

19 comments:

  1. Very pretty Christmas card! Great job with Nessa's challenge!

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  2. FAB-ulous tree Di ! And what a great idea-well done you!
    Thank you very much for taking part and for my Blog mention too- I really appreciate it :)
    Nessa xx

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  3. Looks grrrreat as Tony the Tiger used to say!!!
    Think I will have a snoop around my stuff and see if I can dream something up for this challenge! Oh gosh...think I have thought of something as I am typing...off to give it a go!

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  4. VERY clever - love the design.

    What a great imagination you have Di . . . I'm not very good at thinking outside the box . . . I have a very literal brain cell.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  5. Hi Di,
    what an ingenious idea!
    Very clever. xx

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  6. Ooh beautiful! Nice "out of the box" thinking on your part too!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  7. Gorgeous card Di, love it.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  8. ooh it's a great xmas tree, never saw it myself until now LOL!
    Linbyx

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  9. What a great challenge and what a great thought you had, brilliant card, love it.

    Kath x

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  10. Well clambering out of the box certainly worked here. Super. Off to have a nosey cos as you know I'm curfew free at the moment!!
    hugs Mrs A.
    p.s Ouch!! Hoo put that box there?

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  11. Ere, you never told me there wos butterflies involved miss !! Hugs Mrs a.

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  12. Brilliant tree Di, lovely CAS card, Cathy x

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  13. Hello!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the kind comments! I am a loyal follower of your Queen and the royals - and smiled at the reference to Martha's similarity in looks. :<) How lucky you are to know Mrs. A in real life - I wish I could join you! I visited London for a week staying in bed & breakfasts and then on to Paris where I lived with a family in St. Germaine for a few weeks - will remember it always.

    I have just finished a new set of dolls and will post soon. Wishing you a happy day!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

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  14. AWESOME!! I LOVE this Christmas tree ... such a great way to use your pennant die. Love the rhinestone decorations too. Loll xx

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  15. I like the idea of making a Christmas card with something that isn't holiday specific. You get some real creative outcomes that way.

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  16. Very clean & uncluttered, yet still such a pretty tree. Loved reading how you got from the pennants to the tree. You clever Pixie, you. Also liked that you were able to salvage your silver-y bit as well. This is elegant & sparkly and very frugal. (yes, we card folks are quite frugal, are we not? With all the goodies we must have...yeah, that's definitely frugal!NOT). LOL,TFS & Hugs too.

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  17. Clever idea, Di - love it - thanks for another entry for both CHNC challenges - might even see you again this week (it's still early!) x

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