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 :)



  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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

  5. Fabulous job of upcycling Di, love it.
    Caz x

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

  7. Beauatiful Di, and agree the ivy die is brilliant.

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

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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

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

  13. 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

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

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

  16. 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

  17. A beautiful Christmas tree and the ivy corners are perfect!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.


  20. 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

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

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

  23. 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!


Thank you so much if you take the time to comment!

This is a public blog. Those leaving a comment on any post on this blog or entering a piece of artwork into a linky do so in the knowledge that their name and blog link are visible to all who visit this blog and in so doing have published their own personal details and consented to my use of that personal information should they be selected as a winner or to accredit work.