Friday, 1 November 2013

CHNC Week 148 - Music

Good Evening Crafters,

I hope you are well and that Friday has been fabulous for you.

The two cards I have to share with you this evening were made especially for a challenge I do my utmost, and often fail miserably, to enter each week ... Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge. Hazel has given us the theme of 'music' and this is what I came up with.
At first, I confess, I was at a loss as to how to introduce music into a card but after rifling through my box of Christmas papers I stumbled on what is left of another paper pack from last year, Traditional Christmas from Paper Cellar which includes this music themed paper. 

Once again, I must mention the quality of the photographs in bad lighting ... the colours are much more vibrant in real life! So frustrating not having my Ottlite!!! I thought I'd wait until we'd moved into the new house, but no, I can't wait a moment longer, a new lamp is ordered and on it's way!!! 

The base of the card is 'kraft' from Papermill Direct, one A4 (US Letter equivalent) sheet cut in half. Just a smidgeon was trimmed of the length before creasing and folding in half to measure a 4.25" x 5.75" tent shape card. On both, the lower 2.5" was embossed with Snowflake Swirl (Darice).

The patterned paper panel is made from 2" wide strips cut from the sheet of paper and edged with lengths of paper ribbon trim, from another sheet found in the same paper pack.

The topper was created by cutting the little snowman image from the paper and matting him on to some black card (also from Papermill Direct). The pompom on his hat was blinged up with Crystal Stickles and his eyes and buttons with Black Diamond Stickles.

The final embellishment is some brown string (Docrafts) wrapped round and knotted at the top of the card.
More paper ribbon trims the inside and the back.

So that's it - two cards that were quick and easy to make. Having limited time is certainly concentrating the mind and I'm having fun dreaming up projects that can be made in a jiffy :) 

I am also linking this into Hazel's Monthly Extra Challenge for November, where, as always, anything goes.

The EM and I have had an fun day trawling round the DIY stores, studying wallpaper and paint charts, and checking out bathroom accessories.  Right now there are two paper swatches draped over the sofa while we decide which one will grace the recesses in the lounge ... decisions, decisions, decisions :)

We also popped along to the new house again and this time I remembered to take photos of the garden. I aim to keep a record of what it looks like month-by-month through the first year and in time create a scrapbook ... perhaps a project life style album. 

Okay, better hop over to Hazel's before it's too late.

Take care and happy crafting,


  1. Two wonderful cards, Elizabeth. That is a lovely snowman image and I like how you blinged it up!

    Hope you will enjoy many happy hours gardening at your new house. How esciting it will be to finally be in, putting up the wallpaper and making it "yours".

  2. I bet you can't wait to get started in your new house Elizabeth, we downsized because of Paul's health and it was so hard sorting it all out but we love it here now its much cosier, great cards by the way! huggles Sue xxxx

  3. What a happy little snowman he is. The music paper looks lovely against the Kraft card. I have my official hat on today so thank you for joining in at Crafty Hazlnuts extra. Hugs Mrs A. (GDT).

  4. Love the colour combo Elizabeth, and sending buckets of sun shone to take pickies in just for you :D hugs, Shaz.xx

  5. Hi Elizabeth, love the non Christmas colours makes your card so different. I love it. Hope you are able to choose the wallpaper and that the garden is not too much work.

    Wilma x x x

  6. A beautiful pair Elizabeth, I love the colours and the music fits in so well :o)
    Jackie xx

  7. Paper mill on Line must check them out I used to have a shop near me but it closed and I miss it ..... Fill a box for a few £ was great must check out the on line store. Great cards too

  8. Elizabeth these are brilliant x

  9. Hi Elizabeth Sorry I am behind with my comments I love these cards. Gorgeous embossing. I also very much like the two previous cards. Hope you all are keeping well.

  10. so gorgeous elizabeth.fab embossing and i love your snowmen :D

    xx coops xx

  11. I'm so sorry I'm late with thanking you for sharing these lovely cards for both CHNC challenges x

  12. Elizabeth, how do you manage to create TWO cards so pretty, with all you have going on at the moment?! These are delightful, and I loved your idea of taking the image from the paper & matting with the black c/s. Beautiful use of the EF folder at the bottom. Great touch on decorating not just the inside, but the back as well. TFS & Hugs


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