Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Next time I'm coming back as a Manx Cat as I seem to be forever chasing my tail in this life!!
It's time once again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next cards that we have made. Lorraine set the theme and chose Reindeer.   I have been away visiting family and didn't get back till late Sunday so I quickly made these two yesterday.
As usual I raided my used chirstmas card box for a suitable card front to use and found this rather cute  Reindeer.  (At first I thought it was a dog wearing antlers but on second looking it does have hoofs so that's ok!). There was not much I could enhance the image with so I decided to make a shaker card instead. (Got to get the acetate on there somehow).  I followed Jennifer McGuire's excellent tutorial on her blog here for the shaker element. It really is an easy way of making the frame up. I used a stack of Crafts-Too rectangle dies stitch hole. I filled with an assortment of white/cream sequins.  Where I had trimmed the original card down I had a small piece over so I used it for displaying the sentiment which is a Britannia Word Die Cut.  I  made the card base from red card stock  cut down to size.

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #338 Anything goes.
Scrapping 4 Fun #78 Christmas.
Crafty Catz #346 Anything goes.
All Sorts Challenge #389 Feature a creature.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #255 Use up your snippets. (Used christmas card).
Crafting Musketeers #43 Christmas wishes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes christmas.

For my second card using up from my stock of christmas stamps/die cuts/stencils/embossing folders etc. I had recently bought this adorable Leane Creatief  Deer & Trees die cut which had been love at first sight. I had to have it!. Here I have used kraft card to make the base card and to cut out the pieces. Design paper is from a pack by First Edition 'Jingle All The Way' that I had picked up from the NEC for £1. Well it would have been so rude not to!!!!  I thought it went perfectly with the kraft card. I edged with some cream card stock. Sentiment is again a Britannia Word Die. I didn't have a small enough googly eye in my stash so I used a small spot die punch and added the black with a marker pen. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Melonheadz Friends # Add A sentiment.
Crafty Creations #328 Animals.
Brown Sugar #224 Anything goes.
Cards 4 Galz #35 A contemporary christmas.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #45 Anything goes.
AnMa Creatief #62 Winter.
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper # Anything goes.

Ok. I'm firmly grasping my tail and am off to catch up on all your blogs. See you shortly.


coldwaters2 said...

Two fabulous festive cards I do love Reindeer's these are fun and cute, smashing card designs, love them both
lorraine x

Christine Harrop said...

Two great cards ValeryAnne. I always ait to see your recycled card and I'm never disappointed. Hugs Christine xx

brenda said...

Sweet image of the second Valery, but it's the shaker card that is my favourite today.

B x

Margreet said...

Wow, gorgeous cards Mrs A...love both Rudolph and the deer!
xxx Margreet

Sandra H said...

Awww...lol and we all know Manx cats have noooo tail!! both of your cards are amazing xx

Lucy Woods said...

Aww I love the shaker!! So cute and fun! And what a pretty autumnal card too!
Lucy x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Hi Valerie, so glad you could join my challenge and with such fabulous cards too. Your recycled ones are always so great and this shaker card is no exception. I love shaker cards and this fun image suits it perfectly. On to your second card and I can see why you fell in love with this die set, it's adorable, we often have those moments don't we? he, he. I love the pretty papers too.

Gibmiss said...

Hi Valery
Fabulous cards... love both cards...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Mrs.B said...

Two great cards Mrs A. Love the new die and the shaker card is a lovley idea.
Avril xx

scrAPpamondo said...

So lovely both your cards, Mrs A! the cute reindeer looks great in the shaker, and love the backround and the matching colour of the second one!

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Valery, lovely cards, and great info on how you made them. Love the idea for the shaker card- so much easier than using loads of sticky Fixers!

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Valery, two wonderful cards for the challenge, your upcycled card is fabulous, and such a cute reindeer in your second one, love them, Kate x

dutchess said...

Hi Valery...two super cards,and the shaker card idea......love the die cuts on the second card!....know what you mean chasing the days..where does the time go at this time of the year...I blame shorter days for not getting so much done. Xxxxxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two gorgeous cards Valery, I love the top shaker card and the second with the sweet little deer.

Sue xx


Fabulous and wonderful card thank you for joining us over on
Crafty Catz
Dianne xx

Lia said...

You have made such gorgeous cards Valerie! It's so nice seeing one of them for the challenge at Scrapping4Fun (I am DT member) and the one with the deer is great and is familiar to me, because I am a designer for Leane Creatief! So it all comes together!
Have a nice day,
Lia xx

Barb said...

I'm on a blog break as I'm chasing my tail too Mrs A. But I saw your two really squealy cute deer cards and just had to stop to say how much I like them both. Barbxx

Di said...

Two fabulous cards Mrs A - I especially love the shaker card. Thanks for the link too :)


Di xx

k.m.meena Herale said...

Awesome cards set Mrs A. Love the shaker card.
Thank you for joining us at Scrapping4funChallenge and waiting to see next time.
Meena DT

Margo said...

How cute is this ! I'm in love with the first card !

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful cards Mrs A, love the gentle reindeer looking up into the trees. Perfect and the shaker card well who wouldn't love a shaker card for Christmas. Cute as image.

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love your reindeer shaker card - so much fun. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craft Your Passion Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

MaryH said...

Two delights & such fun each of them. I'm loving the McGuire look of the shaker frame and works a treat with this cute reindeer. (He does rather look like a dog!) Love the background on #2 with those wonderful whimsical dies. Good job, and I'm chasing a lot too. Don't seem to catch up before I'm behind again!!! TFS

JanR said...

Great card! Such neat dimensions. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

tilly said...

fab shaker card, love them both, thank you for joining our challenge at crafty catz and hope to see you again

Younique Creations By Tina said...

such cute card! glad you could join our challenge at C4G DT - Tina

Donna Ellis said...

LOL! I'll bet you would come back as an amazing Manx, ValeryAnne! I hear ya - sometimes I chase my tail because of poor decisions, or because I didn't do something write the first time, but other times, I mistakenly do what others ask of me, and chase my tail doing what they ask! I'm getting a little better about it - but I truly do understand - such a waste of time - unless I learn something in the process LOL - boy, did I get off on a tangent there! Sorry about that.

Your reindeer cards are adorable! Both are beautifully creative and unique - and the elements are fun and festive! Can't get any better than that combination! I especially like the deer watching the leaves fall - as I enjoying doing the same thing LOL Sweet!

Thank-you for joining us at the Cardz 4 Galz Challenge. We love seeing your paper crafting projects, and are so happy you have joined us! Please check back to see if you have won a badge!
crafty hugs,

Tina Z. said...

o wow, both are so lovely and cute!

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Beautiful Christmas cards! Thanks for joining us at Scrapping4fun
Tina dt

La Papera Gialla said...

Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for November!
Monica - DT

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Crafting Musketeers challenge 43, Hazel, DT - thank you also for entering this for all of my Craftyhazelnut challenges. x

Mervi said...

Beautiful creation.
Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts.
Welcome to our new challenge " O Christmas tree";-))M

Marlene Atkinson said...

A beautiful creation. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations Challenge. Marlene DT

Agnieszka Koter said...

beautiful work, wonderful colors and great Digi
Thank you that you took the challenge on udiaƂ Scrapping4funChallenges
Agnieszka DT

cohenna said...

Beautiful!! Thank you for joining us at Scrpping4Fun :)

Helen said...

lovely cards; thanks for joining us at Anmacreatief.
Regards Helen DT

Rocky said...

Both cards are so cute, love the shaker and the gorgeous little deer with his (not) woggly eye. Thank you for sharing them with us at CHNPPC.