Thursday, September 19, 2013

Frugal Christmas Card 1.

My newest follower Nessa has a competition on her blog full details here.  The idea is that you make a Christmas card from anything in your stash that you would not normally associate with Christmas. You are allowed to use a sentiment that is Christmas related.
Now I do so love a challenge and I have also set myself the  added challenge of coming up with 12 ideas to make a different card each time. I might even manage a Bakers Dozen so without further ado this is what I pulled from my stash to make the first card.

Red card with a circle already cut from it in my stash.
Promarkers, Nesting dies to cut 3 circles, small black pearls
Strip of white card ,  4 corners (the waste from a die cut)
4 black/white brads and a Christmas Britannia word die.

Plus the item I have a love/hate relationship with, Acetate.
Plus the gloves needed to  stay sane with which of course I am!!
And this is what I made.
Please meet Snippy the Snowman.

I also pulled out a small piece of  raffia in red for his hat trim
and a larger piece in yellow for his scarf.

I used the four discarded corners from a die cut to decorate the inside of the card
(You do all keep your pieces that fall out of the die when you have cut it out don't you!!)

Entering into the following challenges:
Frugal Christmas Card Competition: Use non Christmas items to make your card.
Crimbo Crackers  #50: Quick and easy.
Winter Wonderland:  Frosty the snowman.
Crafty Hazelnuts #142: Cut it out.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #190: Use up your snippets.
UnstampaBelles #27: Using scraps and old stash but no stamps, no digis.
Oldie but a Goodie: Dies and punches.
Creative Moments #26: Anything goes frame it.
One Crazy Stamper: Christmas challenge.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra: Anything goes Christmas.


  1. gorgeous card love the colors and the image a great choice for our challenge at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  2. Fabby!! Mrs A-you have cracked this whole Frugal thing haven't you my friend! :)Love Mr Snippy tee hee!
    Thank you so much for joining in the fun and playing along in my little competition-have a lovely day,
    Nessa xxx

  3. This is so sweet Valery Anne ! Love this little snowman ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

  4. This is just gorgeous,love the fab

  5. I love the idea of that challenge - and super results, Mrs A - thanks for sharing for both CHNC challenges x

  6. Ooooer, how clever Mrs A! A super frugal card indeed. He looks a really happy chappy :)

    And bravo for tackling the acetate, I have white Minnie Mouse style gloves that I sometimes wear overnight in bed with my hands covered in paraffin wax gunk to calm the eczema. I know, what a sight! Have a few spare pairs so one pair is now in the craft room for acetate handling - great idea!

    Hugs, Di xx

  7. Hello Snippy!
    Great card there.
    Yes I do keep all the bits out of die/punch cuts. They are in a bag waiting to be posted to YOU!

  8. Simply stunning Mrs A your talents really shine through doing this well done xx

  9. Cute card, thank you for joining Winter Wonderland this week, hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Miria x

  10. Hello!

    This is so cute - I love it! I am still trying to get an early start on my Halloween cards - can't let myself get into the Christmas paper! I hope this finds you well. Wishing you a happy day!


    Barbara Diane

  11. This is a brilliant card and love how it came together, very well done indeed.

    Kath x

  12. This is adorable!!! Love the acetate card front! Loll

  13. This is an adorable card, great use of acetate.
    Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week.

  14. Argh you beat me to it I've done a Snippety Snowman too but may have to save mine for another day. Love your take on the Frugal card though Mrs A. x

  15. Lovely card, loving the image, beautiful colors. Thank you for joining us at Creative this fortnight. Abbie xx

  16. This is my favorite kind of project. Using what we have is very rewarding and your little snowman is adorable. Merry Christmas Bliss...

  17. Totally cute creations Mrs A.

  18. Really like this and I love working with acetate, it always has a great finish to the

  19. Fab creation Mrs A - love how you've taken on Nessa's challenge. This is such a beautiful Xmas card, going to check out the other two next Karen x

  20. What a great challenge! You have done well too - I like your snowman. No, I am afraid I usually throw those bits out. I have to draw the line somewhere. Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles for our current challenge to use your stash/scraps.

  21. Way to go Mrs A, you have certainly used a lot of your stash on this wonderful card. Thanks for joining in our Scraps and Old Stash challenge at Unstampabelles this month.

  22. Yet another very clever card - love the snowman. Elizabeth xx

  23. Love the cute little snowman. Thanks for playing at Unstampabelles.

  24. Such a cute snowman. Thanks for taking part in our Scrap/stash challenge at Unstampabelles this month.

  25. Isn't this a fun snowman?! The inside corners look so good, too! Hooray for punched snippets!

    love Mags B x

  26. Great idea for Xmas card. Beautiful!!
    Many thanks for joining us at Oldie but a Goodie` “Dies and Punches” Challenge and we hope to see you again.

  27. such a beautiful card thank you so much for entering at Creative Moments challenge

    Kerrie DT


  28. What an absolutely gorgeous card, great use of dies. Thank you so much for entering my challenge theme on an Oldie But A Goodie, and good luck!

  29. great idea for using left over bits.Thanks for taking part in our Scrap/stash challenge at Unstampabelles this month.


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