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.


downrightcrafty said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Catherine said...

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

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love the fab

Hazel said...

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

Di said...

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

Hettie said...

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!

Sandra H said...

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

Miria said...

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

Whimcees said...


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

Kathleen said...

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

Kath x

Loll said...

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

cotnob said...

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

Sazzle Dazzle said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Createology said...

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

Christine said...

Totally cute creations Mrs A.

Sarn said...

Another Fab Frugal card.

Sarn xxx

Unknown said...

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

Karen said...

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

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Fab! I love the gloves too xx

Susan Hogan said...

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.

Kimbo said...

Oh I do love Mr Snippy Snowman x

Merry said...

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.

Elizabeth said...

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

Lauren T said...

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

HuggiesCrafts said...

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

MagsB said...

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

love Mags B x

Natali said...

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.

Unknown said...

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

Kerrie DT


Dips said...

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!

HuggiesCrafts said...

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