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Monday, 28 April 2014

Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge - Saturday 26 April 2014

I am pleased to say that most weeks I am managing to make a Christmas card - well one is better than none and certainly better than a manic rush come October/November/December time.

The challenge over at the Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge this week is "festive food and/or drink".  I have used some die-cut decoupage a friend bought me for Christmas.  It was from DoCrafts and came with backing paper, sentiments, ribbons and self-adhesive letters.  It's a gorgeous set as it includes some non-traditional images but what I like most is that it is all printed onto linen effect paper which makes it look so nice.  

I normally struggle with smaller bits of die-cut decoupage and getting the adhesive on.  Due to the cost of postage I either use 1mm high foam pads or double-sided tape.  You get the effect of decoupage but not the height.  I had a brainwave and thought about turning over the decoupage sheet and sticking the adhesive on the back before pushing the pieces out of the backing piece.  It made such a difference and made the whole process so much easier that I shall whizz through putting the rest of the sheets together.  All I will say, why didn't I think of that sooner???

I have used a free Christmas embossing folder border on an edge of card.  I have inked around this and the topper with my Tim Holtz Festive Berries distress ink.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment from the decoupage sheet and some peel-off gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Fantastic Tuesday - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Embossing
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Completely Christmas - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge - Festive food and/or drink
Crafting at the Week-end - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - Clean and simple
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Paper piecing or Top Tip - TOP TIP ONLY - turn over a piece of die-cut decoupage and if you are using double-sided tape or foam pads to do the decoupage put it on the pieces of die-cut decoupage before pushing out of the sheet.  This makes such a difference as it is a whole lot easier putting the adhesive on with the piece held in place.  I just wish I'd thought of it sooner!!
Artistic Inspirations - Swirls and pearls/anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes

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18 comments:

Heather said...

How fun!! Such a great image. I've never come across these decopauge sheets, but your idea sounds genius! Thanks for playing with CHNCC2.

~ginny said...

I really like that embossed edge - good find on that one Kym! Nice to see you back - and doing a Christmas card... good for you!
Thank you so much for sharing your project & creativity at our house!
~ginny, DT for 613 Ave Create:
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Jools said...

Love this card Kym. It looks very non traditional with it's cupcake. Just my cup of tea. xx

Bridie Payne said...

Lovely card, I like the embossing

Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

Have a lovely day.

Hugs

Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

Sue Bridesmith said...

Adorable Design Thank you for joining us at Completely Christmas it is much appreciated without you we would have no challenge, I do hope you will join us again for another fab challenge nest week.... Good luck in the draw...
Hugs
Suzy B Owner Completely Christmas
Xx

Sue Bridesmith said...

Adorable Design Thank you for joining us at Completely Christmas it is much appreciated without you we would have no challenge, I do hope you will join us again for another fab challenge nest week.... Good luck in the draw...
Hugs
Suzy B Owner Completely Christmas
Xx

Sue Bridesmith said...

Gorgeous Design, thank you so much for joining in with the the fun over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, it means a lot....I hope you will join us again next week for another fab challenge, and Good Luck in the draw....
Hugs
Suzy B Owner Fan-Tastic Tuesday
Xx

Alrik Gerlach said...

Wow! This is awesome! Love the coloring and the beautiful details.
What a wonderful project, all of the details are stunning!It's very inspiring.

JD/ Jill said...

Very pretty! Decoupage is one of my favorite techniques...but like you I started to try and make my layers flatter...(for the same reason...postage) but I also like the flatter cards now.

fabiola jaques said...

miam, très gourmande création, biz

Sue U said...

What a great card, and well done to you for getting such an early start on your Christmas cards! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday, hope to see you again soon

Sue xx

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge 9 with your lovely card, Hazel, DT - thanks also for entering both of my CHNC challenges- we hope we'll see you again soon x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Christmas card love the decoupaged image and great tip about sticking the bits before pushing the pieces out -thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart
Carol DT x

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

Fabulous Christmas make hun and ty for sharing with us at Completely Christmas Judith DT x

Emily Leiphart said...

Beautiful card, Kym! Those sweets are so tempting. Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Keep It Clean and Simple!

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

Fabulous hun and ty for joining our firs challenge at Crafting for the Weekend x

Pam Phelps said...

Lovely card. Thanks for joining us over at Sentimental Sundays for our Clean and Simple Challenge..

DT Pam

Karen (karey2005) said...

Pretty card! Great coloring! Thanks for linking up at Christmas Card Challenges! Karen N (DT)