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2/01/2015

Jolly Santa - Christmas Card Club

Hello & welcome. The challenge for our Christmas Card Club was selected today by our sweet Lorraine of Rainey's Craft Room. Lorraine wanted to see Jolly Santas. Once again, a pretty card sent to us many years ago, serves to meet this delightful theme. Here we go:



- Front of an old Victorian looking Christmas card was die cut with the S/B Floral Ovals. The largest die in the set was required to get as much of this sweet picture as possible, so that didn't leave much space on the A2 size card for added embellies. Distress Ink Vintage Photo shaded around the decorative edges and gold pearls for just a bit of bling. (BTW, wasn't sure how well this intricate die would work on the cardstock, so used the back of the recycle card to test for cut-ability. Now there is a cream white oval to use as a mount for something else! Used several passes for the die, but it did cut nicely).

- Foiled paper is from a 12x12 pack of Paper Studio Christmas paper bought some years previously. Thought the gloss of the foil papers looked pretty with the gloss on the Santa & child.

- MS & SU punches for the border trim. That's it...quick & easy, and another old Christmas card sent along for another to enjoy next Christmas. Lorraine, thanks for a fun challenge.

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I do have some lovely new followers to welcome, but will do that in my next post. Yesterday was an all day fun outing at an Heirloom Stamp show, (and yes, I was VERY bad, but it was fun). We left early, got home late, and were very tired. Saw some local friends, met one of my terrific blog buddies too. Gosh, I can remember shopping all day, going out that night. Well, I think I remember...maybe I'm dreaming!

Have a wonderful day and ya'll come back when you can. Hugs

51 comments:

Sue said...

Nice to see a traditional look.

Hope you have had a good weekend. Sue

Hazel said...

Mary, you have also like Kate ( Culliesocks ) got the jolly santa bit perfect. A beautiful card all round. Hazel x

Christine Harrop said...

Fabulous recycled card Mary. The image is great. You are really making me feel guilty when I think of all the lovely cards I have kept with the intention of recycling. I will do it - eventually! Promise. Hope you are both well. Hugs Christine xx

rachel said...

hi Mary - a wonderful image - I love this one to bits - such a happy santa. Big hugs to you. Rachel x

Barbara (C) said...

HI Mary - I love this Die Set from S/Binders and it has beautifully set off Santa. Lovely to see a really Traditional Santa too...Barbara C..

jimlynn said...

Oh, I wish I'd been at that stamp show with you Mary!!! I was thinking about you and wondering what all you were seeing (and picking up for your basket too! LOL)
Great recycling and that's just a perfect image for the die. SO beautiful! Love the vintage looking Santa!
Lynn

Sarah said...

Ooh Mary, that is a "proper" Father Christmas!! Sounds like you had a good outing yesterday!! xx

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Mary, such a fabulous vintage Santa and pretty die cut frame.
Pauline
x

Patricia said...

Brilliant card using an absolutely JOLLY looking Santa, love it.
Hugs

Patricia x

Lisa said...

What a beautiful card, Mary! The vintage Santa image is so pretty!! What a great idea to recycle cards you've received!! This is fabulous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Rita said...

What a beautiful vintage Santa. It's made a wonderful card. Will catch up with you soon my friend. Hugs Rita xx

Liz said...

A beautiful card with a fantastic Santa! A lovely card design. xx

Pat said...

Some great upcycling here Mary, and a really lovely vintage image backed with that gorgeous Floral Oval die, and then the punched border to finish all on that red and gold background which is a beauty! Glad you had a good day and look forward to seeing your new goodies in use. x

Pia S said...

What a lovely card! Love your idea of using old cards and turn them into new and more personal ones! I always struggle making my gift tags, this year I want them all to be homemade, and I think you've given me some really great ideas with your card...

Sharon said...

This is a fabulous traditional image Mary and such a gorgeous design.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Hi Mary, what a lovely recycled vintage Santa image, just gorgeous for the theme. I am glad you enjoyed playing along.
Lorraine

Mrs A. said...

A beautiful nostalgic card. The Spellbinders die is just perfect to go with the image. A match made in heaven. Thankyou for your comment. I do try to tell the making of the card warts and all!!
Hugs Mrs A.

cuilliesocks said...

Lovely card Mary, it's a gorgeous image and you've upcycled it beautifully for this challenge, hugs Kate x

Carol said...

What a gorgeous image Mary and perfectly cut with one of my favourite dies. Great recycling. Sounds like a good day yesterday too. Carol x

dutchess said...

such a lovely image doesnt need any embellishments Mary...its such a real christmas look....with the added bonus of upcycling! xxxx

Hettie said...

Lovely card there Mary. Lucky you to get to a show. They are so few and far between over here in the UK.
Hugs
xx

scrappymo! said...

Great card, Mary! I shall remember your good hint about trying the die from the back of the recycled card. Many times I have had an intricate die not work and ruin the image.

Your Santa is so lovely...a true Victorian Santa! Made all the better with that wonderful die.

Donna said...

Fabulous choice for your image, that was a keeper. I like it distressed and bordered in gold, vintage and elegant , great look. Sounds like you had a wonderful day yesterday, lookin forward to seeing what you create with your goodies.

pam said...

Beautiful traditional Christmas card Mary,
love your happy Santa image and layout.
Pam

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fantastic card... The image is gorgeous... Love it
Hugs Sylvie xx

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful Santa! So glad you could repurpose him! Sounds like the show was a lot of fun! I can't wait to see all the loot you got!

Maxine D said...

What great use of the image, Mary to make a fabulous card. You are turning into quite the re-cycling diva!!
Blessings
Maxine

Shona Erlenborn said...

Such a sweet card. Love what you did with the recycling. Beautiful Victorian look.

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful creation once again with gorgeous stamp/image and colour combo...xx
{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. I love that image.

Redanne said...

This is such a beautiful card Mary - well done for recycling that lovely jolly Santa! Hugs, Anne xx

Kath said...

A fabulous traditional card and a great idea to try the die on the back of the card. I'll remember that tip!
Kath x

SarahGeorge said...

Lovely Victorian Christmas card Mary :)

Sue - said...

Lovely traditional Christmas card!

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card!!

Sheila H said...

The vintage picture is so pretty and nostalgic, Mary. I say I'll used old ChristmS cards to make some of mine, but I never have. We had fun at Heirloom, didn't we?!

Benzi said...

Mary, that is such a fabulous recycle and it made a super card. That is such a beautiful image.

I knew you would be bad at the Heirloom Stamp Show but that is why you went, right? :-) I look forward to seeing some of your new items.

Brenda in IN said...

This is a classic image you chose. The Floral Oval you used to mount it showcases it beautifully. Our Heirloom show is in early March and my SIL and I always go. Last year it was so much smaller and not near the attendance as before. I hope they continue to come here. They even moved the show to a smaller building at the Fairgrounds. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Diane said...

Wonderful vintage image and love the die cut and design.

Hugs Diane

Petra Swart said...

What a lovely picture, Mary, and it looks so beautiful cut with the die!!!! Love the tiny little gold dots on the bg and the little border at the bottom is so pretty!! Lovely card, Mary!!!
Have a great day!!!!
Hugz

Jacee said...

A lovely card Mary, he's a very jolly Santa, a really great design
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful vintage card Mary I love that image of Santa the frame and the border look super.
hugs
lorraine x

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, this card is gorgeous! I love that Victorian image, that sure is a jolly Santa and such a darling little girl that is with him! I also love the die you used to cut them out with, just beautiful! I'm glad you had a great time at the Heirloom Stamp show and that you were a little bad. It's good to be a little bad once in a while, after all you've worked hard all your life so you've earned it! Can't wait to see the NBUS stuff you got! Hugs, Brenda

Jean said...

A beautiful recycled card Mary. The traditional Santa image looks great framed with the lovely oval die cut, and the red and gold backing paper adds to the festive appeal.
Jean x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a super card and a wonderful image of a really jolly Santa.
great designing as usual.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Zoe Tant said...

Love the vintage style here Mary. Your Santa has such a warm welcoming face and will brighten someone's Christmas for sure. Zx

Sandy said...

So beautiful Mary! I do love that image! I am not going to be around for awhile. We bought a home at Fernandina Beach, Florida and will be moving the last of March. I am most excited!
Sandy xx

Kim Heggins said...

Mary...this is just so beautiful. I love vintage images of Santa and this just so sweet. And the way you framed him, so stunning.

Charlene said...

What a beautiful image! LOVE your card Mary!

Donna Ellis said...

LOVE your vintage card, Mary. One of my favorite things to do is recycle pretty store-bought Christmas cards - so glad someone else does it - the artwork is too pretty to toss, and it's really fun embellishing those beloved card fronts, isn't it? hugs, de

JD/ Jill said...

Nice image...Great recycled Christmas card.
I went to the Heirloom stamp show last year. Really enjoyed it, and Jim, believe it or not, went with me, ...the only thing is I wanted to stay a lot longer than he did...smile.