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Monday 22 April 2013

Twinkle the Snow baby

OMG, I have made a card without any Designer Paper. That is virtually unheard of in the world of Made By Mandy I can tell you….. I am however very proud as both the sentiment and paper strips have been recycled from old Christmas cards.

The cute snowman is Twinkle The Snow baby by Michelle Perkett. The current challenge at Sparkle n Sprinkle is to use a digi and you get a free image from Michelle Perkett if you use a store image. I do follow Michelle’s blog and have been lucky to have quite a few freebies and have also purchased some images in the past too. This little Snowman is just so cute and anyone who knows me / follows me / takes even a tiny bit of notice of me know that I love making Christmas cards with snowmen images.

I coloured it up with some Promarkers and added some glitter to my silver star. I cut it out using a Fiskars round template and then used some scrap blue card for the Nestabilities die.
I had a look at the current sketches with a circle focal point and found this brilliant one from Artful Delight’s challenge blog. The striped panels inspired me to dig out bits and pieces that I have cut from old Christmas cards. I found the most glittery mid blue twinkly border and using a scrap of blue card laid strips of the papers on it and trimmed to fit on my card base. I then used an old sentiment, cut it out with another nesties die and then matted that onto dark blue. Other than the base every single bit of paper/cardstock is recycled or an oddment so essentially this is a ‘free’ card. I therefore decided to add oodles of gems to the scalloped frame J That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

So we have a gorgeous cutie patootie image with the teeny little heart and I have another Christmas card ready to go. That’s 12 already this year so I know I will be avoiding the last minute panic I had last year. I was so unhappy last year, it was a very stressful time made worse by a death in the family on Christmas Eve and I never even got my tree up. I am determined to be better organised for it this year so I can enjoy it more and RELAX J

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – A6
Paper strips & Sentiment – All Recycled from Christmas Cards
Tools – Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Nestabilities dies, 3d foam pads, Glamour dust glitter, lots of gems
Techniques – Diecutting & Recycling

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

2 Sisters Challenge - #140 Blue and/or Green
613 Avenue Create – #16 Anything Goes & optional colours
Artful Delight – 31 Sketch for Layout
Catered Crop – Add Glitter
CDAC Anything Goes – Any Handmade Craft
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - #12 Celebrating Snow
Craft Your Passion - #159 Diamonds are a girls best friend
Crafts and Me - #129 Bling It Up
Crafty Boots – Recycle (paper strips & sentiment all from old cards)
Creative Inspirations Paint – Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft Challenge - #239 Monochromatic
Desert Island Crafters – #52  (1, 4, 6, 7)
Die Cutting Diva’s - #111 Use A Star
Digi Darla Challenge - #59 Use a recycled item (paper strips & sentiment all from old cards)
Everybody Art – #232 Bling
Get Inky - #2 Bring on the Bling
Hobbycutz Challenge – #4 Monochrome
Inky Impressions - #105 Punches/Dies
Jingle Belles – Recycled (paper strips & sentiment all from old cards)
Joanna Sheen – Recycle
Make It Monday #137 Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey – Use A sentiment
Penny’s Challenge - #123 Use a Sentiment
QKR Stampede – #35 Punches or Dies
Sparkle & Sprinkle – Use a Digi
Tammy Scrapin’ Corner - #59 Bling It Up
Three Scrappy Gals – Recycle
Whoopsi Daisy – Use Circles
Word Art Wednesday - #76  Anything Goes


Unknown said...

This card is so cute. :) I love the colour scheme, a little different for a Christmas card but I love it. :) Sara x

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Saw your adorable card when I just entered in behind you (oh my that really doesn't sound right does it) over at Word Art Wednesday. Had to come take a closer peek at that sweet snowman. Love that you recycled from an old Christmas card, I did the exact same thing for the card I entered.

Take care!


Allison Cope said...

Super cute Mandy! Love your frame around your sweet snowman! Thanks for playing along with us this week for our Flourishes "Timeless Tuesday Challenge".

Karen Letchworth said...

Another DARLING card, Mandy!
Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week.
Word Art Wednesday

Barbara Bruder said...

Mandy, your card is so sweet Thanks for joining us at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges this month.
Barbara - SNSCC coordin

SmilynStef said...

Great way to recycle those cards ... so glad you joined us for earth day at jingle belles.

debby4000 said...

Fabulous cute Christmas card.
Thank you for joining us at Everybody Art Challenge.

Manderly said...

Cute, cute, Mandy!!! He looks so happy! Thank you for joining us a Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge this week!

Hazel said...

Love all the blue and what a jolly snowman - lovely card - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge extra for April - hope to see you again soon. x

RoseC said...

Mandy, your sweet and loving snowman looks fabulous on this wonderful blue-toned Christmas card. So glad to see another entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps digi team's "Bling It Up!" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

Rose said...

too cute and fun!!! So glad you joined us on Artful Delight this month.

artfuldelight said...

Ohh la la!! Love your card. Thank you for playing along with Artful Delight this month!! :-)

Heather said...

Ooohhh . . . he is pretty cute! And good for you recycling and reusing scraps! I like to save and use old Christmas cards too, some of them are just too beautiful to throw away. And, like you said, it's free. : ) Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Chana Malkah said...

Cute! Its fun to see a winter card as the weather is beginning to warm up! Thanks for playing at 613 Avenue Create.
Chana, Owner

lauren bergold said...

such a sweet & adorable card and a great use of those recycled strips! thanks for joining our earth day fun at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

Sandra H said...

Awwww your card and image is simply gorgeous l saw this on MiM Good luck Sandra H xx

Blue Moon Creation said...

Cute snowman card! Thanks for playing along with us at Get Inky! Challenge. Don't forget to visit our website and message us with the names of the three free digis you would like for participating. -Thia

Shea said...

What a darling Christmas card! And very clever use of old Christmas cards. I, too, can't imagine NOT using designer paper, but you did an awesome job! Thanks so much for joining us at CI Paints this week!

Fabiola said...

thanks to play with us at CSAYL this week, your tag is toooo cute and lovely, this snow man is so nice, hope to see you soon, biz

theCook said...

Love that snowman and the diagonal stripes really add some energy to the card. Thanks for entering the monochrome challenge at Hobycutz!

Alyx said...

Lovely clean card Mandy. Really cute image and some great recycling there.

Thank you for joining us over at the Joanna Sheen Challenge. Good luck.

Jenny said...

Deine Karte gefällt mir gut. Die farben sind toll gewählt.
Danke für deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL. Liebe Grüße Jenny

Cindy said...

A great Christmas card! Love the snowman!

Thank you so much for sharing with us at Making Monday! :D

Unknown said...

What a lovely card! Thank you for sharing your creation with us this week at Hobbycutz - Hugs Kobie

Unknown said...

Sweet card! Thank you for joining QKR's Challenge this week.
Ruza, QKR DT

Jenn Bedient said...

Super cute card! Love the image. Thanks so much for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create. Hope you have a fabulous day!

- Jenn DT

MommyScraps said...

Very cute and creative use of recycled cards! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion!

Kathyk said...

Very cute, thanks so much for joining our fortnightly challenge over on the Hobbycutz blog


Rebecca Hoy said...

Great card, well done for getting a head start on Christmas crafting- I think I'm still catching up on Christmas 2012!! Thanks for joining us a Cupcake Craft Challenge, Rebecca x

Unknown said...

Very adorable card!
Love the coloring!
Thank you for joining in on the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge!
Michelle, dt member

Dee's Craft Room said...

Super cute Christmas card and great recycling.

Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Pattie G said...

This is really cute! I love everything about it! Thank you for joining us at

Pattie ♥

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Fun holiday CAS card. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Tammy’s Scrappin Corner.
Hugs Berni, DT
{Tammys Scrapin Corner)

Tonya said...

Super cute card! Thanks for playing along with us at Get Inky!


Bonnie Irvine said...

Wow, first of all kudos on being so far ahead with your Christmas cards and second for your creative recycling. Both are great ideas. This card is so sweet. Love the image and the bright colours you have used for it. The bling adds great detail and sparkle. Thanks for joining our Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon.

Daphne/Scrapsofstuff said...

Love the little snow man and the recycling of old christmas cards. Thanks for sharing with us at Three Scrappy Gals.

Karen said...

Sweet cardm sweet image. Thanks for sharing it with us at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - Karen, DT