Sunday, 5 December 2010

Special Christmas cards marathon make!

I've come back to edit this post - just in case any family members should be visiting my blog - please look away NOW!!

I wanted to make something a little different for the 'special' family cards, so I started to prepare these a couple of evenings ago and finished most of them yesterday.

The base cards are Kanban tent cards, ready scored, so they only needed to be folded and stuck. I've noticed from the photos that a few of them needed trimming a little on the edge - amazing what you pick up after you think you've finished the cards.

I've used a mixture of papers, mainly from Webster's collection combo pack 'waiting for Santa' & 'sweet season', with some 'Father Christmas' papers from pinkpaislee and a few Basic Grey pieces here and there. If you'd like to get your hands on some Webster's papers for yourself, then why not go over to my Christmas challenge blog and take part in the candy draw to win 18 Webster's papers - you never know, you might be the lucky one to be randomly drawn after it closes at midnight on 23 December - details of how to enter are here.

On quite a few of the cards I've used Forever Friends 3D stickers and various other bits lurking in my Christmas stash.

For each card I stamped a greeting and, in most cases, a relative, using PM stamps - heat embossing with either detail gold, silver or red. On each card I've lined the inside of the front piece with paper matching the outside piece and will put a piece of white or cream card on this with our written greeting.

These are for the following challenges (apologies that I've posted them all together, but couldn't face doing individual posts):

Moving along with the times
: for someone special
Southern girls 7: it's heating up - heat embossing on every card
Lots to do: words - large sentiment words stamped and embossed on every card
Paper cutz 70: Christmas using 2 kinds of patterned paper and any colours
My time to craft 117: vintage cards - Mother card with the picture of the church
I did it 32: vintage Christmas - Mother card particularly
Raise the bar 46: trees - on Auntie, on both Niece and husband cards and one of the Niece cards
Wild orchid 11: an old fashioned Christmas - a few of these qualify, particularly the Mother card
ABC Christmas: Y for yuletide -on some of the cards I used 'holly & berries' and quite a few of them are 'red & green'
Cutie Sunday 121: red and green
Speedy the cat (Mark's finest papers) 32: red and green
Stamp magic 25: Christmas baking - the card that only has Happy Christmas and has FF bear with Christmas pudding and mince pies
Sundays with Crissy 12: Christmas is coming
Rainbow lady 129: Christmas animals - presumably FF teddy bears count
Kort o mania 29: Christmas card
Challenge up your life 33: advent and/or Christmas
Secret crafter Saturday 112: Christmas
Created by hand: Christmas countdown
Sunday stamper 132: wonderful Christmas time
Dutch dare 92: Christmas card/tag or ornament
Let's ink it up 7: Christmas - twist: add sparkle/bling - the heat embossing and gems on some of the cards
Order of the Opus Gluei 82: let's get frosted - glitter on some cards and heat embossed shine on all of them
2 sisters 16: sparkly Christmas - glitter on some cards and heat embossing on all of them
One stitch at a time 42: old stash new stash - the Forever Friends stickers etc were from old stash and the new is the Webster's and pinkpaislee papers
Crafty Hos theme challenge - a card for any religious holiday - Christmas
Forever friends: a card in 45 minutes - once I got going with these I was able to make one within the 45 minutes - and quite a few of them have FF on them
Teddy stampers 25: Christmas teddies - the cards with FF on them
Little paper shop 96: let's get funky - put a funky edge on your card - one of the cards for Niece and one for Niece and husband has a funky edge all round the paper
For fun: make a card that is not A2 or square
Aly's 31: favourite Christmas movie - Santa Claus is coming to town - on the Brother and SIL card, Santa is coming to town in a hot air balloon
The three muses: the world of movies - Santa Claus is coming to town - Brother and SIL card
Crazy challenge 43: on the go - Santa in the hot air balloon on the 'brother and sister-in-law' card
Tuesday taggers: jolly old St Nick (on the Brother and SIL card) - challenge is being sponsored by The Craft Barn
Tuesday throwdown 27: embellish it
Iris' spot 11: holidays/winter
Paper players 27: Christmas theme
Frosted designs: glitter - particularly on the cards with Forever Friends on them
Fun at fairy knoll: all that glitters - particularly on the card with Forever Friends on them
Stampavie 119: snow/snowflakes - on some of the cards
Alota 48: snowflakes - on some of the cards
Sew many challenges 34: snowflakes - on some of the cards
There's magic in the air Magical Monday: anything goes
Totally stampalicious: anything goes
A crafty little place 66: anything goes
Top tip Tuesday 12: anything goes
Going grey (scrap creations): anything goes (there are some BG papers on some of these, although not in the majority - I'm sure that avid BG fans will be able to spot them)
Artful inkables thin ink Tuesday 34: die cuts - the papers for Mother, Auntie and one of the Niece cards


  1. Fabulous Christmas cards

    Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

    Hugs Jane x

  2. Love them! The colors are perfect with each other! Love the personalizing on each one!!

    Thanks for joining us at Iris's Spot!


  3. What a great set of cards!! Love the folds! Thanks for playing with us at Frosted Designs!!!

  4. just beautiful creations. Thanks so much for sharing at ACLP:D

  5. OMG you have been busy, all beautiful cards, I am sure your family will love them. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, good luck. Suzanne x

  6. Hi Love the card its super. Thanks for joining in with us on MAWTT this week Hazelxox

  7. Beautiful cards Hazel and how refreshing to see the colours you've used - I'm sure the family will be delighted with them

    Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda

  8. Lovely cards! Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)



  9. what a gorgeous creations and thank you for sharing then with us at the SCSC this week
    Hugs Kate xx

  10. What a great set of cards Hazel.
    Thanks for sharing them with us at MAWTT and OSAAT this week.
    luv {brenda} xox

  11. Stunning Creations! Aren't Websters pages breathtaking! These are fab - I love the folding in the cardstock.... thanks for joining us at For Fun Hazel!
    Pauline - FF DT

  12. Absolutely gorgeous cards. They are all stunning.

    Thankyou for sharing with us at OSAAT for our new stash/ old stash challenge. Good Luck !!

    Choccy x

  13. Hazel of course your delightful teddy bears count I love them. What a lovely selection of cards too. Thanks for sharing Love Cynthia x

  14. lovely batch of cards.
    Thanks for sharing with Created Byhand

  15. Very impressive and wonderful cards Hazel. Love them.

  16. Super cute! Thanks for playing along with us this week at IDIC! I also wanted to let you know that I have some yummy blog candy on my blog!


  17. Beautiful creations!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at A Crafty Little Place this week!!
    Sheri-ACLP DT

  18. Wow, those are amazing cards and love how they are all personalized. Thanks for joining us at Going Grey with Scrap-creations!

  19. Hazel - I'm going to have to google these tent cards, AWESOME!
    Thanks for playing in our challenge!
    ☺ Sandi
    DT for Iris's Spot!

  20. Wow! You have been very busy!! I love all the cards and how you personalized them for each person! all of them are gorgeous! Thanks for taking on our glitter challenge at Frosted Designs this week!
    barb :)

  21. WOW!!! All those cards are just fabulous!!!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Speedy's Friends.

  22. Stunning cards Hazel, your family will love them! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck :-)
    Claire xx

  23. Hazel they are going to love their cards. A very interesting fold, It looks great. You put a lot of heart into each card and it shows.

    Gwen DTC@ACLP

  24. Wow what a busy lady you have been, love the different style of easel card and what beautiful creations.
    Well done for entering them into all these challenges that alone must have taken ages. Thanks for joining us as Cutie Sunday.
    Hugs and Christmas Wishes
    Tamara GDT

  25. Hi,
    eine wunderschöe Karten hast du gewerkelt.

    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Stempel-Magie.


  26. Wow Hazel you've sure been busy - Gorgeous cards - thanks for joining us at IDIC this week.
    Debbie x

  27. Beautiful selection of cards Hazel. Thanks for sharing at MTTC this week.

    Pat xx

  28. Wow!! You are really very buzy this month.
    All of the cards are so pretty!!
    Thanks for join us at SMC, hope to see you next time.
    Hugs, ~darling Ho~

  29. you're on a roll. They're all lovely. Love the card structure.
    Thanks for playing along with Created By Hand this week

  30. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards :)
    Thanks for joining us at SMC Challenge this week. Hope you will join us next week .. hugs :)

  31. all such gorgeous cards Hazel!!! Thanks for joining in our Old Stash New Stash challenge this week at One Stitch at a Time! Gemma :)
    P.s. Check out my yummy blog candy here, closes 12/12!!

  32. Fab array of cards, now, do you fancy making min e for me??? ROFL THanks for joinin in with the Sunday Stamper x

  33. Every card is just lovely. Lucky friends and and family. Thanks for joining us at I Did It Creations.

  34. Lovely cards everyone will be thrilled to recieve one of these and my you have been busy and creative. Thank you for sharing with us at lots to do xx Zoe

  35. Hazel, this is such a fab card! I love this special fold! Thanks for joining us at Stempel Magie! xx Bianca

  36. WOW they all fab, you've been busy, thanks playing along with TT this week

  37. super fabulous cards. Love em. Hazel, You have a lucky family !

  38. These are beautiful Hazel!
    Thanks for joining us at the SCSC & ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  39. These are all so lovely, I'm sure your family will appreciate the effort gone into creating them . I esp like the last one, I am a sucker for hot air balloons at the moment :)

    Thanks for playing with us at Southern Girls. x

  40. wonderful creations! Each one is more beautiful than the last! ( Not really...they are all equally beautiful!)Thanks for playing at IDIC this week!

  41. WOW, you have been busy! What adorable creations! Thanks for joining us this week at Dutch Dare Card Challenge.
    hugs ♥

  42. Lovely job on all these cards! I am in love with the folds of them:-)
    Thank you for joining us at Sundays with Crissy

  43. Great set of cards, love the fold. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week

  44. Oh the cards! Love the customization...very special for the recipient. Thanks for sharing them with us at For Fun This week!

  45. Wow you have really been busy!! I love all of the cards you made and those cute images you used for them too!! Thanks for joining us at Sunday's with Crissy!!
    Jodi =)

  46. My goodness, you have been busy!! Fabby cards! I am sure your family will love them. Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week. Pami x

  47. WOW! I'm speechless~ look at all those cards!! WOW! Thanks for playing with Speedy's friends!

  48. Very beautiful cards!

    Thanks for joining us this time at Forever Friends!

    Hugs, Sande

  49. Hallo

    wow, ein Traum.
    Da stimmt einfach alles.
    Vielen Lieben Dank fürs Mitmachen bei Cutie Sunday und StempelMagie.

    Liebe Grüße Nadine

  50. Wow you have been a busy bee. Great creations and thank you for sharing at LIIU.

    Hugs Ali x

  51. Cute, cute, cute! Can't believe you personalized each one! Thanks for playing along with the Crafty Hos.

  52. All the cards are just so pretty, love them all. Thanks for playing with us at Southern Girls.

  53. These are so beautiful and so personal. Your family members will feel very special when they recieve these.
    Thanks for joining us at Sew Many Challenges.


  54. Wow! You have been busy here!! Your cards are all gorgeous. Unfortunately, they do not qualify for the prize at Teddy Stampers. When participating in our challenges, we ask that you use a rubber, acrylic or digital STAMP that IS or HAS a teddy bear represented on it. But you still have until next Friday to play in the challenge should you wish to re-enter! :)

  55. Beautiful cards! Love the Tent card style and would probably be easy to make from card stock - just need the measurements.

  56. What beautiful cards! These are just lovely, I think the recipients are going to love them! I really like the idea of a tent card and this is a great way to use scraps and the little motifs we have in our stashes.

    Thanks, as always, for participating in our Opus Gluei challenge!

  57. Hi Hazel! One would have sufficed. . .;) Thanks so much for working the corner with The Crafty Hos! :D MWAH!

  58. Wow! What beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing your talent at Southern Girls and good luck!
    Alicia xx

  59. Wonderful works!
    Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday this week.

    Hugs Arwen

  60. wow lots of great cards here :D
    thanks for playing :D
    hugs linda s l
    -kort o mania-

  61. Superb Christmas creations and I love the gold sparkle! Thank you for joining us at the LIIU and good luck!

  62. Wow your card is fabulous!
    Love your gorgeous colours and such pretty papers and detail!
    So happy that you have joined us at Cutie Sunday.......


  63. Lovely set of cards. Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge. Hugs, Carissa

  64. Hallo

    wow, ein Traum.
    Gefällt mir super gut, da stimmt einfach alles.

    Danke für die Teilnahme bei StempelMagie.

    Liebe Grüße Nadine


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