Thursday, 25 July 2013

A happy accident


As regular readers of my blog know, I sell Christmas cards to raise funds for Tearfund. I don't charge as much for them as for other cards because people need a lot of Christmas cards and can't afford to pay too much for them (especially as they can go to certain shops and get a box full cheaply). I always make some packs of 5 to sell for £2 - they always seem to go well. I had some nice cream square card blanks with random gold foiling on the edges. I decided to simply ink the Anna Griffin stamp with versamark and heat emboss with detail gold powder. The stamp was a bargain - it had been used so it was in the bargain bin at That Craft Place when I visited a couple of months ago.

Having successfully stamped and embossed four cards I then found that I'd done the fifth one upside down! Of course, I could have kept the 4 and discarded the wrong one, but I wanted packs of five. Then I realised that, as the cards had the foiling on both sides I could cut them and make ten cards from the five card blanks - all I needed were 10 plain card blanks to stick them to - you can't see it here, but the card blanks are actually dark brown, which gives a nice contrast to the cream.

So, I'm glad I made the mistake of stamping upside down - now I have two packs of 5 cards!


These are for:

Sarn's Rudolph day for July
CASology 54: gold
Stampotique 109: clean & simple
Visible image July: inspired by a song - We wish you a merry Christmas
Tando July: favourite artist - Anna Griffin





20 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous card set! You are really getting a jump on your holiday cards! I love the reason behind the set too! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

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  2. A very clever accident Hazel! And they look great. Good for you. Christine xx

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  3. Hi Hazel . . . lovely foiled Christmas cards and how lovely of you to make them and sell them cheaply for charity.

    Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  4. These are very elegant, Hazel - love the clean design! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

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  5. That is a lovely stamp and just right for 'batch-baking'. Tear Fund is a great charity to support too, so good that you got double the quantity out of your card blanks.Kate x

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  6. beautiful design for this Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

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  7. Someone has been a very busy lady!

    Lovely and elegant!

    Thanks for joining in the FUN at CASology this week!!

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  8. How nice that you could double the fun with these cards! So pretty!

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  9. Gorgeous and love the colours too.Thanks for joining us at the Visible Image challenge, Nicola

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  10. Hazel, you do such good work to make the cards for charity. I am so glad you made this mistake and realized that you could make 10 cards instead of 5!!!
    These are really lovely and I bet they look gorgeous on the brown card base.

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  11. Absolutely wonderful cards! What a great mistake as I love how you solved it!

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  12. Clever you! A happy ending there then Hazel and two brilliant packs of cards - well done you for thinking of a solution, Jx

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  13. Fantastic how you turned an error into success! I love the style of these cards - lovely design, no fussy details, just plain and simple elegance!

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  14. Hazel, these are perfect! I love the simple design with a clear, spotlighted message! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology! :)

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  15. Agree that these cards are clean'n'simple, but not without that necessary bit of holiday flair! Well done (and a great "save"), Hazel!

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  16. Beautiful cards! I make the same mistake all the time, LOL. Thanks for joining the challenge at Tando Creative!

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  17. its great when a incident turns into a happy incident and what a great make you've got here Hazel - thank you for taking part at Tando Creative Challenges this month. x

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  18. Great mistake and gorgeous Christmas cards !! Thank you for sharing with us at Tando Creative ! x

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  19. These are just so elegant good luck in the Visible Image Stamps Challenge x

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  20. Gold & cream is always such an elegant combination. This looks like a SU stamp, so you got a super bargain as it is so very pretty. Enjoyed reading about your 'mistake', and how wonderfully it all turned out for you. This is a beautiful card. TFS

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