Christmas, Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge

Good morning Friend Bloggers, & at my house we have a sunshine morning. Welcome to a new follower, Stephanie ( whom I just met at the Friday Fun Day Challenge. Stephanie does some beautiful cards using her Cricut & Silhouette, so give her a look-in, if you have the chance.

Today's card is for the Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #128, to use a diecut. I've had this image cut out for a while (recycled Christmas card), but just didn't get rountoit for making a card. Last evening I did a few more diecuts to mat it, embossed the background with a Crafts Two Pine Tree Scene.

Focal image -  diecut with a classic S/B oval. First gold mat (snippet) was cut with the S/B floral oval and the mirror gold (snippet too) was cut with the ornate oval.

Green textured Bazzill base was embossed, then I rubbed some Snow over the trees, and IRL it looks nice. Doesn't show up well here however. I added a bit to the image as well (where the texture shows), plus a bit of Glossy Accents on the stream. This was a small scene on a larger card, and fit my S/B oval perfectly.

Sentiment - a new Britannia word die received yesterday from Joanna Sheen, a UK company.
I got the info on that wonderful site from Mrs. A and Miss Pixie of the famous Playground group. (Thanks to both of you). I keep telling ya'll, this is a happening place. These folks know a BUNCH of good stuff! I will love these dies. This one cut beautifully, and I got free shipping, (well, 'fess up time: I bought a couple of them, but truly not a big investment to get free shipping - which was also pretty fast). This particular set was actually 2 sets, each with a small & larger word. I think I'll get a lot of use out of these dies.

As a finishing touch, I added some Viva D├ęcor Pearls in silver on the mat.

Hope you like this one. I'm going to submit it to Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge and also jump on over to Pixie's Crafty Workshop, Week 76.  Come on along, and let's have some fun. This one is a simple card, but I promise you'll see some gorgeous work at both these places. In addition, get to know some wonderful people!

Hope you can see the little holder my card is sitting on. Our best friend loves going to estate sales, and I've had him watching for some old flower holders. I've seen these used to hold cards for photography on a few blogs, so thought I'd like one. Yesterday he sent me 3, in differing sizes. Makes a great easel but I have to find a way to have a better 'decorative background'. This was taken in front of my kitchen table's windows! Not very scenic. Anyway, thanks for joining me today, and have a happy crafting afternoon.


  1. Wow Mary, that is a gorgeous card. Love the Britannia die and great to get free shipping from Joanna S - she is a really lovely lady too. Hugs, Anne x

  2. It's wonderful! Really like the way you did the background and it does look like snow on the trees! So pretty and perfect for the holidays.

  3. Great to get the flower holders. Love your card - great use of upcycling - very attractive - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 128 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for June - I'd love to see it there too. x

  4. this is beautiful and i love those trees :)
    just started following you

  5. Grteat upcycling Mary...and loving that great background EF! I really like the way you added the snow and the bit extra to the scene itself...
    The mirror card looks good on this...I have some in my filing cabinet but only remember it when I open the foiling cabinet to re-organize it!!!

  6. Hi Mary. Fabulous recycling of a past Christmas card. Love all the special touches you've added ... and layering two different oval frames in slightly different golds - looks beautiful. And love the embossed and "snow" covered trees. Beautiful layout and design. Loll xx

  7. Mary this is a beautiful card. You do some beautiful work my friend. I love the scene and how perfectly it fits in the SB oval. Love the snow you added to the card and the glossy accents. I really want to know if you can link me to the site where you purchased the word dies? Also, I've been looking for one of those flower holders for forever and cannot find one anywhere. Would you be willing to sell me one? Let me know!


  8. What a beautiful card.
    I just had a visit on your blog and loved your work. Also became a follower. Thanks for your comments on my blog.

  9. Fabulous card Mary! I love everything about it, and layering the two die cuts is a fabby idea!

    Hugs, Di xx

  10. What a lovely card, love the pines embossing with the snow! Thanks for following me, I've become a new follower of yours, too.

  11. What a gorgeous card Mary! I love the image that you recycled and I love the embossed background! They got together so well! The dark green, gold and sprinkled with the white snow really make the image pop! Hugs!!

  12. I love the snow you added to the embossed trees! And the double oval mat is gorgeous! A wonderful Christmas card, Mary!

  13. Beautiful! What a great idea to re-cycle cards that have such nice images! The gold mats are beautiful. Cheers, Shirleyx