Thursday, 19 September 2013

Christmas Wishes - a combined CHNC and Snippets Challenge Card

Afternoon Folks

Hope all is well with you wherever you are ... it's nearly Friday and that's where the weekend starts and that can't be bad :)

The card I have for you today was actually made some time ago, I just hadn't gotten around to posting it. And that is just fine because I think it fits in well with Hazel's CHNC challenge this week to 'cut it out'.
The topper, recycled from an old card, has definitely been cut out - die-cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 25 - and it's matted on to a scrap of red mirror card that was cut out, with scissors, after I'd traced around the die to get just the right shape. I've added three teeny-weeny red gems (Anita's) to the holly spray to bling it up a bit.

The papers are snippets of Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium. The top one has been stamped using Penny Black's Winter Bough stamp and Tim Holtz Festive Berries distress ink. And to finish it off, a length of red ribbon decorated with a few more Anita's not so teeny gems.

Winter Bough is stamped inside and on the back ... can you tell I love that stamp :)

I'm submitting this card to the following:

 CHNC 142. Of course ... I've 'cut it out' as required :)

 CHNC Challenge Extra for September - where, as always, the challenge is for anything as long as it's Christmas.

Pixie's Crafty Snippet Playground Week 90 - the Graphic 45 paper and the red mirror matting are the snippets.

The insurance assessor popped along this morning, to look at the damage caused by the fire for himself. He was most sympathetic and hoped that the person responsible will be caught. Somehow, I rather think that is not going to happen any day soon.

Packing is going full steam ahead. Two more boxes filled today ... mostly books and a few personal items. I've learnt from experience to pack only one layer of books in a box and top up with lightweight items, otherwise the boxes become too heavy and there's a danger the bottom will come apart ... it doesn't bear thinking about. 

Oh, and talking of experience in the moving department, chatting to my daughter last night, I totted it up and I have moved 31 times in my 65 years. Most of the moves were due to army postings ... my father was in the army, then I was in the army and, of course, my first husband was also in the army ... the experience sure gave me itchy feet :) However, this is definitely the last time ... no more ... not ever again! Somehow the excitement seems to have gone out of it for me :))

I'm hoping to sneak a bit of time in the craft room this evening, for a bit of rest and recuperation. Perhaps I'll do some scrapping ... it's a wee while since I did any. 

I hope you all have an enjoyable evening planned too.

Happy crafting,


  1. That's a heck of a lot of moved Elizabeth, I can count mine on one hand, could be I am just a boring stick in the mud I guess.

    Very elegant card, I have a couple of sheets of that DP, still not cut into as still at the stroking stage.

    B x

  2. This is fabulous, good luck with your move x

  3. Very elegant card, Elizabeth - love it - thanks for entering this for both CHNC challenges - and great to see you in the snippets playground x

  4. Beautiful card Elizabeth! Love the fact that a sentiment is the focal point, I keep forgetting to try that - and the papers are fabby. Plus you also always finish off your cards so beautifully.

    Books and moving - I generally sort them into piles of the same height and length and tie them together with sturdy string so there are just piles of books to move and they don't need to take up box room. They sure are heavy I agree!

    On a quick calculation I'm up there with you in numbers on the house moves - here's to this being a very happy one for you.

    Hugs, Di xx

  5. Lovely card-what a great idea to recycle the greeting,I love recycling things on my cards too :)
    Best wishes,Nessa xx

  6. Hi Elizabeth

    I SOOOO need that Winter Bough stamp . . . I forget about it . . .then I see someone use it and remember how lovely it is!

    Good luck with the packing. It'll soon be over.

    Sarn xxx

  7. My goodness, that's a lot of moving! I hope it all goes well for you - I second what you say about not putting too many books in one box. Apart from anything else, when the bottom of the box breaks, the books fall on your toes, which HURTS!

    Your card is so elegant, I love the vintage vibe!

    Take care!

    love Mags B x

  8. so gorgeous elizabeth.fab stylish design and papers :D

    xx coops xx

  9. This is so that winter branch you have used inside and on the back!

    Great snippets card!

  10. Love this Elizabeth! Very elegant!

  11. Wonderful use of your recyclables. The mirror faux mat sparked it up so lovely. Such pretty dp and I liked your trick of stamping the branches onto the dp, then carrying through to the inside for a beautiful decoration. TFS such a beautiful card. Hugs

  12. THis card is so beautiful with those pretty papers and lovely design! I admire you for having moved over 31 times! whew! I'm firmly rooted and would hate to have to move ever again!

  13. What a pretty Christmas card, Elizabeth! I love that winter bough! It's gorgeous stamped on the paper and on the inside!


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