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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Upcycled Christmas Cards Continued

(No WOYWW post this week, things are just too busy to link up - sorry :D Commenting likewise limited - apologies again. I have post on brayer and cling wrap, aka Maggie Silvercrafter's,  started too for next week, God willing.)

Hullo there everyone! Just sharing some more upcycling with you!  Here are two more cards reused from Christmas stash ~ saved shop bought cards given to me, now to re-use!
So here is the original card, I loved the gold, slightly raised, embossed edging of poinsettias on this card - but it was not one you could cut up!
So instead I cut out greeting carefully instead.
Here I am adding bit of backing of card to cover the gap from cut out rectangle of greeting.
Here is the completed card as you can see I used a scalloped rectangle in gold to just edge it then popped it, added red card on white - very simple, but I like it! That image is just too good to throw away.
The second card in centre was a gift card from my friend, Steph. I liked it and even though it had small dent on it, I used up some more snippets to make this card. Spot embossed white card was left over from another card. Silver ribbon bow another snippet from crackers, covering where tag hole was. Used favourite corner - MS Layered arches.

Even though this is not a WOYWW post will close with a tradition here - almost anyway, here is a photo from Oz, last week at our local markets.
Heliconia - called Parrots Beak, with miniature roses, for more info click embedded link. God's creation never ceases to amaze me with its variation.. and yes they do grow here in gardens, although they are tropical, if you keep them out of frosts inland. Here on coast we dont get frosts.
Thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek and chat. 
Shaz in Oz.x.
 I would like to enter the following challenges:
 Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything goes.(15th)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Use your snippets up. (second card)
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - We dont want Any Snow (first card)
5. http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/chnc-challenge-extra-for-february.html

25 comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous cards,
hugs Tamara

JoZart said...

Hi Shaz, you are managing to make me really sorry that I recycled my received Christmas card in the supermarket collection bin!
Love your flower pic, the Parrots Beak are amazing!
Jo x

Myrna said...

Shaz
I am loving your recycled Christmas cards.
Such gorgeous flowers.
Myrna

fairy thoughts said...

great carsd I love recycling stuff and all ready for next Christmas well done
janet

brenda said...

Fabulous recycling Shaz, or upcycling as you call it. And what fabulous flowers,makes me think of spring and summer and perhaps I dare even hope we get a sprinkling of both this year.

B x

Sandie Edwards said...

Love your recycled cards Shaz, they look fabulous. It is a wonderful way to re-vamp something old and re-use... should do some myself, might take me 10 months to get a few done! LOL
Love your garden, absolutely beautiful.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

More brilliant upcycling . . . congrats.

Never seen the Parrots Beak flower before. It's beautiful. TFS> xxxxx

Glenda said...

I love that you are using your Christmas cards to make new ones! Such a creative idea!

Neet said...

Love those Parrot Beaks, gorgeous!
You have inspired me to have a day next week with my friend and do some cards for the local hospice shop. I always save cards for a year and then pass them to her for up cycling. Think it about time I mucked in and did some with her.
Thanks Shaz, you are an inspiration.
Love you
Neet xx

Di said...

Wow, fabby cards Shaz! This upcycling malarky is great fun!! Hugs, Di xx

Bubbles said...

You are so right - that poinsettia image was just too beautiful to throw away, and I love your upcycling of it! Both cards are lovely!
Just popping over from Pixies Crafty Snippets :)
Bubbles #21

Anne said...

I want to visit your garden!!!!! The heliconia is beautiful...it needs to be grown in a greenhuse/conservatory over here and is difficult to germinate! Super ideas with your cards too....as you say, the poinsettia image is gorgeous and by lifting the sentiment it refreshes it beautifully. TFS! xx

Hazel said...

Love the heliconia and your upcycled cards are beautiful - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 111 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for February - I'd love to see it there too. X

MaryH said...

I agree your Poinsettia card was just too lovely to cut up. You made it 'your own' with your very effective cutting/repiecing. So very lovely. THe 2nd is so different from the 1st, but equally lovely. Enjoyed reading about your creativity in processing these 2 upcycled cards. Enjoyed the pictures of your flowers too! Hope life relaxes a bit for you. That happens sometimes. We just have to go with the flow. TFS & Hugs.

Sheree said...

How thrifty and ingenious you are Shaz! Love both cards and thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog even tho you are short of time.
Big Hugz Girlfriend!
Sheree

Eliza said...

This card was beautiful in the beginning but now it is stunning, amazing what a little home improvements can do. Great work

Eliza

Jani Lewis said...

Shaz, I am loving your upcycled cards. I have kept Christmas cards from the last 2 years thinking I would do this but only a couple of them ever got re-used. Great work. Those flowers are amazing. God creates such beautiful things. (even in us) :)

Betsy said...

You have such a wonderful imagination and see what My mind just does not. I wouldn't ever think of the things you do with cards, ribbon, and scissors. What a marvelous talent.
Blessings,
Betsy

Sandy said...

You do such a lovely job of picking just the right thing to recycle on a card in your own way. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Good luck!
Sandy :) DT

Craftychris said...

Both cards are gorgeous, I especially love the second one. I didn't join in with WOYWW this week either xx

scrappymo! said...

Great UPcycling...I love to turn something into a new card...and you had the perfect image with those superb poinsettias...

The flowers are beautiful...funny to think you have blooming roses and we have our snowdrops just burst into bloom in the last 3 days or so.

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW the poinsettias are stunning!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts School Projects

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love the Poinsettia's with the gold embossing- great card re-do's. Oh the flowers are beautiful! We had 10 degrees F today and the sun was out. I stayed in and worked on cards : )

Hazel said...

Thanks for also linking for my CHNC challenge extra for February - please include a link within your post - thanks xx

CARLA PREDIGER said...

Beautiful work., Thanks for joining CHNC Extra challenge this month.

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