Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card Throwdown

Monday, 17 December 2012

Pointsettia pop up card

 This is my latest card, a pop up and  I used the Marianne Pointsettia die with various beige and light varigated papers to make the flowers, I used stick on pearls for the centres and the embellishment on the side of the front of the card, on the inside I used the pointsettias again and the sizzex cutting die "Bird no 5" the papers I used were from my new sepia pack from Merci and I shaded the edges with Tim Holtz ink pad "vintage photo"  I enjoyed making this card and it can be used for many occasions, all I have to do is put the appropriate sentment on the front

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Tic Tac Holders

Here is my version of the snowman Tic Tac Holder, that my friend Margaret sent me, I used red cardstock with the circles being cut out with (Large circle) Cuttlebug die that I have had for a long time and the small circle is one of Nellie Snellon Circular frame dies MFD030, I cut the hats out freehand and also the scarves and noses and twiggy arms, I used a hole puncher to cut out the buttons, all in all they have I think turned out ok and our little grandsons will like them

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Easel Card

This is an easel card I  made today, it can be used for many reasons,   so I did not put a sentiment on it yet.   It is a 6" x 6" card and I used paper I bought from Merci, it was a 12 sheet 8" x 8" pack in sepia with several designs on it, ie: vintage bicycles, maps etc, I used the Tim Holtz Bigz clock die in a light brown and a small doily in a dark beigem with a brown vintage button in the centre, I used a dark brown fence, a martha stewart butterfly, thanks margaret! and used stick on gems in brown as well as small vintage buttons for the stand holder. it was fun to make!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Gingerbread Man

 This is a new card for today, I got the inspiration from Selma at
I used on the front of the card a Sizzex embossing folder Snow flurries and a gingerman cutting die which came with the textured impressions set no.658197, I also used a marianne cutting die Pointsettia and pine leaves.  On the inside I used designer paper that I had left over in my stash and Tim Holtz On the Edge Die "townscape" in yellow corrugated card which gives a different dimension, I used Nellie Snellon cutting die MFD 023 for the lace and Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers cutting die "Pine Tree"
with silver Kindy Glitz for the snow, I used two white doilies that I bought in a dollar shop and
the Merry Christmas is a Die-versions die that my friend Helen cut out for me, thanks Helen!
I should have finished my Christmas cards for this year but can't help myself!!!!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Ornaments

I made these two ornaments for my Queensland Grandsons, I found the on Simply Paper blogspot,, this lady has so many lovely projects that anyone should be inspired to do good work.   The Square ornament was die cut with a Tim Holtz cutting die ""Frame Back Ornament" and covered with Megs Garden "Vintage Christmas" paper, red pleated ribbon around the edging and silver pen for the writing and Kindy Glitz silver for the edging.   The Birdcage is inspired from the same website and I used plain cardstock and used the tim Holtz Movers and Shapers magnetic die "Birdcage" and I used coloured card stock for the little bird,   I used silver Kindy Glitz to cover the birdcage and used a scrap of lace and some little coloured light ornaments for the bottom edge and a red stick on rhinestone for the top  and used satiny white ribbon for the hangers.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Heart Wings

Made this card today for another of my January Birthdays, it has lovely paper, small chipboard heart and sentiment from Card Making in Easy Steps, Issue 7, punched flowers with sticky backed pearls and Tim Holtz Bigz die "Heart Wings"  I put extra dark paper wings at the back of the white wings for an accent and I edged the heart and wings with red ink, the heart was lined with reed cardstock.  The inspiration came from the Card Making in Easy Step magazine.

Birthday Pop up Card

Here is a birthday card I  made today for one of my boys who has a birthday in January, I used dark blue card stock and embossed the front with Spellbinders M-Bossabilities EL-016 with the B side - Footprints. I cut out the Tim Holtz cutting die in white  "Iron Gate", and the two white cars are a Marianne Creatables cutting die LR0198, on the inside I used a designer paper that I have had in my stash for a long time, this time I  used the cars in a dark blue and the Happy Birthday was cut out by my friend Helen!  Thanks Helen!, the inspiration for this card comes from Karen Burnstein at Sizzex

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Gingerbread Christmas Tree

Here is the gingerbread tree that I made today to try out the recipe so I can make one for our little grandsons, it turned out ok, but I think I will change the icing to something neater on the day.   It is sitting in front of the little sleigh that I made earlier.

Monday, 3 December 2012

My First Stage Card

I found an e mail in my box this morning with a Karen Burniston stage card,, and I do not have any of the Sizzex PopnCuts dies as they are a bit expensive for me, so I looked on and found a tutorial for a stage pop up card, and here is my first trial, the blue tree and the little owl are on a lean to the right, maybe they were embibing at christmas, I used scrap paper and stamped a reindeer on the back of the inside, and used a Merry  Christmas stamp for the front, these stamps were freebies with Australian Simply cards kit.   I like the idea of this card so am going to keep on practising so I am ready for Christmas next year.!!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

lovely notebooks

I have been  making little 3 x 3" envelopes and had lots of white paper left over,  and was wondering what do do with it.   I did a bit of web  browsing and found these lovely little notebooks on
I did not use the cereal boxes but corrugated card, of which I had lots.   Hunted through my button box for appropriate coloured buttons and used cotton twine for the closeur's,  scrap coloured paper for the spines.   I rounded the corners with my corner punch.   I am very happy with these, which not only look good but I was able to use stuff in my scrap box and stash that I had on hand.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Competitionat Britta Swiderski

I am entering a competition at Britta Swiderski's blog,, Britta has made a beautiful birthday cake and is having a giveaway, asking for comments on what you found this past year.   I bought a Big Shot and am having so much fun making cards for my family and friends.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Santa's Sleigh

Here is santa's sleigh, the inspiration is from an item on Graphic 45 site, made by Gentleman Jim.   I found that the size was a bit big, when I make it again I will make it a bit smaller, I didn't have a lot of the die's that Jim has and just put a few pieces of glitter and was lucky I had a little santa who sat on a shelf, a bit disappointing but will do for this Chrissie.   I was able to use a lot of my  left over christmas scrap paper.
I made the wheels out of circles where Jim had lovely flourishes.   and I put a piece of heavy cardboard ribbon holder on the base to hold it up.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Kickn Rubber no. 1

This is a male card, I have need of a lot of male cards and used a new embossing folder, Spellbinders M Bossing "Kickn Rubber" I heat embossed the image with Tim Holtz distressing ink and powder "Silver" and used a Marianne cutting die for the sportscar. It seems to work, although I had trouble with the stack in the Big Shot, and instructions they gave did not suit my machine so I had to play around until I got it right.

Gingerbread Man

Here is another Christmas Card I made today with a Sizzex Embossing folder "Snow and Trees", together with the free Gingerbread Man cutting die that came in this set, I also used a merry christmas cutting die from the Quickutz Jolly Christmas set.  The colours seem to work even though this card was also made from scraps from my scrapbox.

dove christmas card

I made this striking card from scraps from my scrap box using a new sizzex embossing folder "Snow Flurries" together with a new Sizzex die "Dove", I also used Tim Holtz cutting die "Townscape" on the edge and a Quikkutz die from the Jolly Christmas set, I think the unusual colours work, and it was a trial that I am happy with.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Christmas tree card 2

 Here is a new Christmas Tree card, the inspiration is from she has a video on her site, and I covered the front of the card with some scrap pink christmas paper and used the largest cutting die from Spellbinders Nestabilities small classic scalloped rectangles for the sparkly pink square, I cut one of Tim Holtz "Reindeer Flight" and edged it with Vintage Photo distress ink and used a kaisercraft basic stick on pearl for the eye.  I used a quickutz die for the Merry Christmas and the paper at the back of that was a scrap from   6 x 6" paper pad from a "Hot off the Press" "Forever Christmas"
pad, for the inside I used the green card stock, to Tami's instructions and used scrap paper for each side of the inside of the card, I will probably make some more of these where I get the tree less crooked.

Christmas card 1

 This  is a new Christmas Tree Card, The inspiration is from the site where they use a special cutting die, but I don't have that so tried to cut the tree etc., by hand, and here it is.   I used the Tim Holtz embossing folder " Holiday Words"  to emboss the front  of the card and used some scrap paper for the left hand side of the card front.   On the inside I used a piece of green paper for the tree and used a smal scissors to cut it out.  I used a piece of paper from a 6-1/2" paper pad Kaisercraft "December 25th" for the left hand side and I used a stamp Christmas Joy from a Christmas Kit "Cardmaking in easy steps"  I enjoyed making this and will probably make some more.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Harmony Card

I made this card today, Inspiration came from Graphic 45 newsletter of yesterday, using the graphic 45 papers "Bird Song" as suggested except I used Harmony instead of Happiness. I am happy that this is such a lovely card, I love using the Graphic 45 papers.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Thank you

I made this card today, and used a stencil from Twiddley Blitz and sprayed it with a home made spritz used in a Tim Holtz mini spritzer, and the stamps I used were from my stash for a long time and are from and I am entering it into Our Creative Corner challenge, make your own backgound

Friday, 9 November 2012

flip it card

this is a "flip it" card made from instructions on "Darlene's Designs" I used Tim Holtz distressed ink pad "Vintage Photo" to shade around the edges and used a variety of stamps to ink the images, I am not too keen on this style of card, but it did work this time.

Stand up Card ( POP UP)

This is the second card I made today, it is a standup card. I got the inspiration from the Stamping, Papercraft and Cardmaking magazine , vol 18, No.11, and the instructions from Creative Cardmaking Issue 40.  I embossed the base with a floral cuttlebug embossing folder and cut the tag from a template for a tryptch card that I got from Milo Lilja, I cut a window  with a Sizzix Movers & Shapers die "window panes" that I have had in my stash of cutting dies for a long time, I used the Marianne die "Pointsettia" to cut out the flower and backed the window with small christmassy images.I used red Kindy Glitz for the sparkle
around the edges, it was an interesting card to

christmas card/santa's coat

Have been busy today with my card making, the first card completed is Sants's coat, an easy card to do.   I used black cardstock with a christmassy red card stock, I used white for santa's beard, with kindy glitz for the sparkle on his beard, three little black dots for his buttons and a black belt with a fancy buckle cut from a Memory Box die "Marietta Buckle", I am happy with this one

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Thank you card

Here is a card I made today as a Thank You card, I made it with a plain white card stock but used "Bird Song" Graphic 45 paper, I really love this paper, and I used a red ribbon on the right hand side and a red flower on the sentiment that I stamped.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Another variation of the flip it card

This is another flip it style made with a spellbinder style die on dark blue card stock and all white flowers butterfly etc.   I think I prefer this style to the previous one.

Flip it card

 Here is my first try at a flip it card, instructions are from Darlene Designs, and I only used one owl, it was a bit difficult at first but I think the more I practice the easier it will become.

Sunday, 28 October 2012


Here is today's card, it has white card stock with a swirl stamp in green ink, and the MFT cutting die Hibiscus in Red card with pale pink paper for the centres and green card for the lovely leaves.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Christmas Card - Blue

I made this card tonight, I got the inspiration from one of the blogs, but I cannot remember who's it was, and deleted it before I noted the name.  But I did like it and used three different blue cardstocks with a blue/white Christmas ribbon from my stash to go across the back under the medium blue and white cardstock for the landscape which was cut from a Memory Box die "Country Landscape" this is a great die and can be used in a lot of different ways, I enjoyed doing this card.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Bird Song Engagement Card

Here is an engagement card I made with my new Birdsong pad by Graphic 45, I used red cardstock for the card itself with  beautiful papers from the pad and for the brass flower I used a lovely piece that was given to me by my friend Meg and a lovely litte poppy that came out of my stash, and a small piece of black ribbon for the bow, I used the sentiment Happiness, Love, Dream and I hope my friend will like her card.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

christmas Elf

Here is another Christmas Card made this evening, it is from Cardmaking in Easy Steps Kit October, 2012.   Blue cardstock, with Bobble trim and the centre cut with a Tim Holtz die, edged with a blue ink pad with a Tim Holtz dobber, the elf is from a stamp which came in the kit and coloured with water colour pencils and the Merry Christmas came from the September 2012 kit. this  card was fun to do.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Two new Christmas Cards

Here are two new Christmas cards that I made today, the first is with Christmas Paper from Card Making made easy Kit, and I used the free stamp to stamp the green reindeer and the swirls together with the small corner holly with green stamp pad.   The second one with  green paper also from the above kit and I used one of the die cuts with lace and a red pointsettia from the embellishment pack

Friday, 19 October 2012

Thank you card

I haven't been making any cards for the last two or three weeks as we had a death in the family.  But I made this "Thank you", with 4" x 4" white card stock, with 3-3/4" square designer paper from my stash, I used some lace and cut out the smallest size die from the Couture - "Victorian rectangles" and shaded it with pale green ink pad with the Tim Holtz dabber and the Thanks stamp was unlabled, and the lovely butterfly was a free stamp from "Craft Stamper" magazine,   I made about 20 of these.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

centre step card

This is the second step style of card that I have made, the instructions also came from, the have very clear instructions for all sorts of makes.   I used left over christmas paper and the off cut from a tim holtz one the edge die.   I embossed the christmas card from a Couture embossing folder, fancy christmas tree, I put some sparkly kindy glitz on it, the Santa and the pine leaves are from a christmas pad.  

side step card

This is the first step card that I have tried, I got the pattern from, this is an excellent site with lots and lots of tutorials, I made it a Christmas card with Tim Holtz pine trees and sizzes snowflakes with kindyglitz silver for the sparkle.   For a first I am pleased with it, I also used small red stick on pearls from Kaisercraft Basics


This is another card I made over the weekend.   It is white cardstock covered with a sheet from a Bo Bunny 6 x 6 paper pad, The centres were cut from a Nellie Snellon round cutting die, one of the first that I bought also the smaller circle was cut with the same die only one of the smaller ones.   The stamp is from a free stamp from Cardmaking and Papercraft, "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady"  this is a very nice stamp with several different flowers.  I coloured the poppies with water colour pencils from Faber-Castelle. and a small amount of lace from my stash.

enjoy the journey

I made this card over the weekend, it is made with a variety of stamps, Tim Holtz "the Journey" and several from a free set from Vintage Chic from one of the magazines from Practical Publishing,   the background is Vintage Photo distress pad., I like this one.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Steam punk hat

This is an altered headress which I found the chalI lenge on  Ink Stains, has a beautiful altered hat on her page, she directed to the site Altered Headress Challenges.   I got the pattern for the hat out of the August issue of Craft Stamper, and although I didn't have  a lot of the items required, I gave it a go.   Instead of the Grunge Paper I used black cardstock, and I covered it with Kindyglitz black opal for the glitter and strength.  I used twine for the lacing but put it the wrong way up the box should be at the bottom of the eyelets.  I used various colours of eyelets as I have had them in my stash for over 40 years, just using one or two as required, but I never let them go!  I painted them with acrylic paint so they were all the same colour.  I used a feather that one of our grandsons gave us that he found in the garden and some pearls on wire, the maroon flower and the little red one have been in my stash for ages.   The littlee clock and owl are also out of my stash, but I used a Tim Holtz small gear under the red flower.  

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Halloween card number 4

This card is for our eldest grandson and is in the Steampunk style.  I used thick silver paper from my hubby's medication, it has a really good feel to it and holds the embossing very well, the embossing folder I used is the Riveted Metal, Tim Holtz.  I also used his gears and the three men from the stamp pack "Curious Possibility" and I cut the litte skulls from some scrapbook paper that I have had for a long time, the 31 is from the Quickutz numbers no 48.   and I cut a little bat.  the clocks on the ower edge are from Graphic 45 The old Curiosity Shoppe paper pad.  I really like this one for an older boy.

Halloween card number 3

This is card number three, I used black cardstock with patterned paper downloaded from the Free Digi stamp site, they have some lovely images, I used the Moon, Flying Witch and large pumpkin free digi stamps from rubber stamping.   I used a dark purple gel pen to colour the witch and her car on the brookstick, I think this turned out fine for a young boy.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Halloween Card No 2.

This is my second card, which I made on Friday night, the background is black card stock with paper from "The Curoisity Shoppe" by Graphic 45, the lace is Tim Holtz' the Happy Halloween paper was downloaded and printed from the internet, and I cannot remember where it came from as I have had it a long time.   The lovely little ghost with the pumpkin head is from "The Graphic Fairy"  she has lots of lovely downloads.   The numbers 31 are from Quickutz No 48 number set, and the  "st" is from Provo Craft letters die "curls and Swirls", and I used Kindy Glitz black opal for the glitter on the "31st".  I think this will go to one of the younger Grandsons.

Halloween no 1

Here is the first of my Halloween cards for my grandsons.  I used black card stock and for the yellow checks I used paper from a 6 x 6" paper stack from We R Memory keepers, and the black paper and the little pigs along the bottom of the page are from The Curoisity Shoppe from Graphic 45, the die cutters are from Couture Victorian Rectangle where I used two different sizes, the central digi stamp is from " Free Digi stamps", and the Happy Haunting I typed on my computer.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Christmas Bouquet

I made this card also from the Vintage Christmas Special Cardmaking Made Easy Kit.   Instead of cutting the pointsettia's by hand I used my Big Shot and the Pointsettia cutting die from Marianne's Creatables. All the other pieces were in the kit.   Another card that I am happy with, I had lost my inspiration for Christmas cards and this kit has brought it back

easel card No 3

I made this card from a Card Making Kit that I bought, Cardmaking in Easy Steps, Vintage Christmas Special, 185 piece cardmaking kit.  This kit comes with all the pieces you need to make lovely Christmas cards.   This one is an easel card, paper toll style.  I quite like this one.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Easel card No 2.

I made this card as another practice card,   an  Easel Card that I made from the tutorials on Destination Art, I think it turned out ok.   I used Black card stock and used silver paper, heavy, from my hubbies medication it was the right size and texture to used the embossing folder Sizzex "Riveted Metal"   I used Tim Holtx On the edge die "Steampunk" and Movers and Shapers "Mini Gears Set", I stained the "Steampunk" gears with Kindy Glitz Silver and Gold Sparkles.   I also used a Clock and Birdcage from my stash.   As a stopper I used a silver vintage style key, also from my stash,  I am happy with this one, which can be used for many occasions.

easel card No 1

I made this card yesterday on Saturday the 8th Sept.2012, after seeing some easel cards and tutorial from Destination Art. and I used paper from the Bo Bunny Timepiece collection.  I used a Tim Holtz die "Iron Fence" and a Spellbinders Flourished Posts and Lamp also I used the Tim Holtz "Old Jalopy" die, which is one of my favourites, I used Ranger Distress pad, "Vintage Photo" to shade the wheels etc., I used silver paper embossed with Sizzex "Rivets" embossing folder tp make the front of the radiator and the door handles.   I used bronze buttons with the backs cut off for the stoppers on the bottom of the card.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

"read all about it"                                                                                                                                         

I am entering this card into reasonable ribbon blogspot challenge no 55, and Simon says Stamp challenge "read all about it"   I made this card from white cardstock and used a couture cutting die for the Red spotted frame and the white frame, "victorian", the books and abble are a Cuttlebug cutting die and the butterflies are Martha Stewart punches and the rhinestones and pearls are Kaisercraft basics.