Tuesday, 18 March 2014

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,

This is one of my favourite German Christmas Carols, learned when we lived in Germany - ahem, many years ago now. So when I spotted this week's challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge was to use some green on your card, it was a no-brainer and had to be a Christmas tree. And then I found a 2013 Christmas card just waiting to be upcycled - this was the result:
I used:

- A5 white card blank

- upcycled already slightly sparkled Christmas card, most of the front really, trimmed (including the sentiment, stroke of luck there) and popped onto a backing of SU 'Real Red'

- the ivy corners were die cut using a Joanna Sheen Signature die called 'Ivy Corner - SD066' and green Core'dinations card - and the greens match much more closely in real life :(

- the final touch was to echo the sparkle on the leaves in the card image onto the ivy corners. I mixed little squeezes of Stickles in 'Green, Lime Ice and TH Peeled Paint' together on a scrap of paper to get the right shade - each leaf is sparkled but they don't all show up well in the photo

Totally LOVE the ivy corner die, which I first spotted in use over at Sue P's blog. Of course there's also one in the Playground Toy Box as a future prize too :)



scrappymo! said...

This is a darling card. The Upcycled tree is so pretty but that lovely die just makes it perfect!
Amazing how stickles just finishes everything off...

I came home from Mum's to find a certain package waiting for me...I love my die. Have to make a card with it as soon as possible!!!

Thank you so much for your fabby blog and all the friendship (and great prizes) here...off to visit everyone and leave a load of comments as I didn't get round to anyone in the last week as Mum does not have the internet.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Oh It looks like our tree
gorgeous card
have a nice day
hugs Tamara

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Di. It's amazing how adding some embellishments and sparkle can completely transform an old card into a bright new one. x

Jules said...

Morning Di

Must admit to being slightly disappointed .. .. I was hoping for a link to a stamp for that fantastic tree LOL!!!

Brilliant up-cycling and that fabby die finishes everything off perfectly.

Have a great day!

Love Jules xx

Carol Willis said...

Fabulous job of upcycling Di, love it.
Caz x

tilly said...

a beautiful tree made perfect by the ivy die, love your butterfly card to

Irene said...

Beauatiful Di, and agree the ivy die is brilliant.

Sarn said...

FAB Christmas tree which has made a lovely card. The ivy die is a great final touch.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Mau xx said...

Oh drat it...I will be singing that all day now...lol
Love the card Di, The tree is gorgeous! love the ivy detail too.
Hugs Mau xx

Hettie said...

Well that has to be the quickest decision I have made in a loooong time! I just had to have that die! I blame YOU!
Love that card! But you knew I would need that die!

mamapez5 said...

A super card Di. I had a catalogue of these dies in with my recent parcel from Joanna Sheen and I had picked out the ivy corner, and two more for my next order. I already have the matching ivy flourish. I do like fany corners, especially when they are balancing each other in opposite corners. A good bit of recycling too. Kate x

KandA said...

Super upcycled card. The tree is gorgous and the ivy finishes it perfectly xx

Sue said...

Oh Di this is really lovely, gorgeous card. I love that die too and spotted it on Sue's blog lol might have a peek at the NEC lol huggles Sue xxx

Dragon said...

Gorgeous card Di. Can I be on your Christmas card list - tee hee.

Jean said...

Such a beautiful tree was well worth recycling. I love the ivy corners and your cleverly blended sparkle.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Yes, you certainly couldn't let this lovely tree go to waste, brilliant card you have made with it too.
Great corner die.

Kath xx

Bonnie said...

A beautiful Christmas tree and the ivy corners are perfect!

Mrs A. said...

Best go make some batch baking then cos you is way out in front of me! Bet this card is even better than when it first started out. hugs Mrs A.

Anonymous said...

That is a fantastic die Di!! And I love the card, great upcycling. You could also enter this at Christmas Fun (a new challenge that's trying to drum up entries) and Jingle Belles want to see Christmas Foliage this time round.


Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 168, Di - don't forget that you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for March - I'd love to see it there too. x

Karen said...

Fabulous upcycling and the corner is gorgeous! Have just linked my last entry for snippets this week. Gorgeous tree image xx

Greta said...

Oh wow--another wonderful upcycle! That ivy die is to die for!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the greenery you added around the edges. I need to get a better quality of friend. No one sends me cards like this to recycle. LOL!