Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christmas Cards Upcycle .. again!

{For Annie's Friday smiles - click here}

Okay some how or t'other the 25th of July has snuck up on me yet again!.. I ask you - just how does this happen!?? am quite sure it was the first, just a few days ago?? so 25th or in my case 26th means it is the time for Sarn's Christmas challenge, called Rudolph Day over at Stamping for Pleasure! 

I do like to try and join cos it means two more cards made for the end of the year.. and they are slowly adding up..
As it happened my sister gave me this week some cards she had finished with - and among them were some  Christmas cards so thought yes! will upcycle these!! I really love this first one is is all sparkly and beautifully embossed too... unhappily not much of the sparkle shows on the baubles. I did not like the greeting. Each of my cards must reflect the rel reason for Christmas somewhere on the card .. if not in the image.. after all it is Christmas we are celebrating ... so re-cut the bottom. Used snippets of gold on this card as well.
 The next card was fiddly cut out.. and not sure would bother again as not 100% on it.. however is it is one more card made for the pile!
The greeting on it was a pass it on card received several years ago and been sitting on top of my drawers. Used more gold snippets and red mounting - simple cards as time was of essence.
 One more thing before I close, I have recently found out about a new method.. thought I would share as this is an easy Christmas card. I hope to make some of them! 
"My quilted candle card, is from the Hanko Designs Holiday Pattern Kit. To see the paper quilting technique, go to this video by Hanko.
I chose to "pad" only the candle, and made the flame with gold textured paper pasted over cardstock and trimmed to shape. It was given a raised effect with 3-D tape underneath."

If you want to see some more paper quilting see Pinterest - my page.
Do pop over to Sarn's for more inspiration folks!! and thank you so very much for popping over for a peek ad chat - and may our wonderful heavenly Father God bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x
Also want to join over with:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/ 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

16 comments:

Jules said...

Hi Shaz

Great upcycling .. .. and yay!! two more for the box!

Feels good doesn't it?

I love that holly background very much.

Have a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

SARN said...

Oh well done for getting some beautiful festive cards made from recycling some old ones.

Two great cards here and thanks for sharing the quilting technique.

Thanks for playing along with Rudolph Day.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous,
background is stunning
hugs Tamara

Craftychris said...

Both cards are fabulous! It's such a cool idea to recycle. Those baubles are stunning! xx

Di said...

Beautiful upcycling Shaz! I adore both cards - and the link to the padding technique is fascinating!

Hugs, Di xx

Carolyn said...

All three of your cards are perfect for Christmas. You did an excellent job and creative too.
If only I would get with the program and not wait until December to make my cards. You inspire me.

Gail said...

Good job on the Christmas cards!
I'm going to read more about the 'padded' candle card! Looks great!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, happy smiles. Wow what gorgeous cards and ma super idea to give lovely cards an extended life..have to say I love making my Christmas cards and sending them out as it's my way of keeping in touch and for those who send me cards I like to have them strung up for ages sometimes till Easter so I can admire and remember the fold who sent them. Cheers have a great week Robyn

Ros Crawford said...

What a wonderful cards! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Wow! You have taken leftovers and made a Christmas feast. Thank you for sharing this wonderfully creative art with us.
Blessings, Carole Word Art Wednesday

scrappymo! said...

Three great cards! They are all wonderful but i just love the technique for the third. The candle flame is so cool!

Charlene said...

Beautiful upcycled cards!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us this week at CCCB :-)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at CCCB!

Maxam Made said...

Shaz you are so good at these cards!!I think my favorite in this group would be the holly!!
Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Ginny

MaryH said...

Sharon, it took me a bit, but I finally had a chance to zip over & have time to enjoy your pretty cards. #1 looked like crosstitching when I first saw it. Enlarged, I could enjoy the dimension and the fabulous glitter on the ornaments. Really like your recycling on this fantastic card. #2 was equally lovely, as I'm partial to anything with holly (poinsettias, etc). Really liked the design element of adding that wonderful red & gold rectangle sentiment as you did. Loved the quilted candle card too. First I've seen this technique, and it's intriguing as well as so colorful. TFS & hope all is going well in Oz! Hugs

MaryH said...

Thx for the video link. Most interesting. It reminded me a bit of fabric applique! I hope I remember the technique so I can try it! Hugs

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