Saturday 29 October 2011

CHNC challenge 44: for someone special

It's time for a new challenge on my CHNC blog, so for Challenge 44 I'm asking for a Christmas card for someone special.

Today has always been special for me - it was my dad's birthday. Sadly, he died nearly eight years ago (actually on mum's birthday on 29 November) - so 29 October is still a special day for me, one to reflect on memories of the past and to think particularly of my mum who still misses dad.

I think a lot of us crafters tend to leave the 'special' people to last when it comes to making cards, so my challenge to you this week is to make a Christmas card for someone special, so that it doesn't get left till the last minute. You might want to try and make more than one (I'm going to try, but not sure whether I'll succeed this week).

On this special day of memories of dad, the card that I'm showing now is, of course, for my mum, so I'm linking this for Totally Gorjuss 104: I remember.

I've made a double twisted easel card (the first time I've made one). I've kept the design simple, letting the paper do most of the work - the main paper I've used is a 12 x 12 winter scene by Best Creation - you can see the whole paper here. It just goes to show that even a 12 x 12 paper with a scene can be cut and used for cardmaking.

The paper was already sparkly and glittery, but I added some stickles crystal ice on the base of the card.

Below is the back view where you can see that I used some g.c.d. snow day paper from their chill out collection - this was also used for the triangle on the front, which has the computer generated sentiment on it.
I'm also entering this for the following challenges:

Allsorts 127: Christmas easel card
Our creative corner: fancy folds
Jingle belles: not a creature was stirring
Meljen's 82: Christmas
Crimbo crackers 1: anything goes
Fab's big Christmas October: something shiny and/or snowflakes
Ooh-la-la 91: let it snow
Crafts and me 58: winter blues
Pink gem 33: cold and frosty
Winter wonderland: CAS Christmas - minimum embellishments
Sew many challenges 72: background paper - use two different background papers
SPCC 123: colour: pool party, very vanilla, wild wasabi
Stamp, scrap & doodle: monochromatic
Party time Tuesday 39: anything goes
The paper shelter 37: anything goes
Simon says: anything goes
Lothian crafts 19: anything goes

I haven't been showing much on my blog in the last few days, partly because we have been in chaos with decorating being done (all finished now, thankfully) and partly because I've been preparing for selling at our church's minimarket today, so I'm not going to be around much either today.

Big apologies to those who so faithfully visit and leave their very welcome comments that I just haven't managed to get around the blogs this week and leave comments. I'll try to do so soon, but I do have a busy weekend coming up.

I very much value the comments that are left on my blog posts, but over the past couple of weeks I've noticed some persistent trolls or spammers or whatever they're called - I can see that it is just innocent advertising, but I could do without it. I doubt it is going to make any difference saying anything here because these people don't even bother to read the blog posts. If the problem goes on I might have to consider using comment moderation. In the meantime, if I don't have a chance to delete them (which I am trying to do as quickly as I can) please just ignore them.


  1. That's a lovely double easel card, Thanks for sharing it ! :) X Fab

  2. Wow! What a wonderful idea! I've never seen a double easel card before!
    Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! Don't forget that to win, just leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw it on MIM! The more comments left, the greater your chance of winning!
    Rene :D

  3. First double easel I have seen < lovely, thanks for playing at Ooh-la-la

  4. Love those sweet little penguin ... and what a great fold ... thanks for joining us at jingle belles.

  5. Wow ... a double twisted easel card, this is fabulous ... and yes, I agree I love it when the paper is the showcase, and your paper is just perfect!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Our Creative Corner!!!

  6. What a delightful card that you have shared with us. Thank you for playing along at SPCC.

  7. What a fabulous card love easel cards but a double twisted one wow
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  8. what a gorgeous creation, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us at the Winter Wonderland this week
    Hugs Kate xx
    PS I have some candy if you are interested :)

  9. Wow! Hazel this is a beautiful Christmas card. Loving the design and colour combo. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week. Good luck in the draw.
    Suzi x

  10. Beautiful card Hazel. I love to see your creations :-D
    Ike xx

  11. wow, nice card!

  12. I love the fold card. The penguin image is awesome. Thanks for sharing your creation on the Meljen's Design Challenge.

  13. what a clever fold! and I just love the penguins! how adorable. thank you for playing along with us @ OCC

  14. This is very pretty! Thanks for playing at SPCC this week!

  15. Cute card! Thanks for playing at SPCC this week.

    Lori - SP Color Diva

  16. Wow Hazel what a stunner twisted easel card brilliantx

  17. Beautiful card -- I love the twist of the double easel! Thanks for joining us at SPCC this week -- I hope to see more cards from you soon!

    SPCC Diva

  18. What a fabulous CREATURE card you've made. I especially looooooooove that super clever double easel design!!!

  19. Gorgeous card Hazel, fab design.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our anything goes challenge
    hugs Mandy xx

  20. A beautiful 'Cold and Frosty' card!

  21. Thank you so much for participating in our Christmas-challenge at Meljen's. Your card is lovely!

    Katja (Meljens Designteam Member)

  22. fantastic easel card love the sweet penguins on the front...

    Thanks for joining in our Christmas easel challenge this week at Alsorts...

    Emma xxx

  23. Wow! This is downright amazing. At first sight I thought you were presenting two cards and was about to ask whether you'd sell one!

  24. Wonderful card Hazel! Thanks for joining us at SSDS with your adorable card.

    Scrapcat Cards by Linda

  25. Just so gorgeous hun....

    thanks for joining us at tpc...and good luck..!

    hugs Vicky xx

  26. A gorgeous easel card Hazel. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  27. This is gorgeous. Lovely colours.... Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge,hope to see you next time...
    Mandy x

  28. This is a fab double easel card. Love the colours. I get that you remember this date, but I cannot quite get the connection to the penguins? Anyways it is nice to remember your loved ones. Thanks for playing at Totally Gorjuss and good luck. Bettina xx

  29. Wow...that is such a cool and interesting fold- I've never seen it before! Thanks for playing with us this week at OCC!

  30. Such a great idea - love the folds! Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

  31. Wow, Hazel! This is so cool! I have never seen a double easel card, ever! Beautiful design an a fun fold, indeed. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this week! :)

  32. Hazel, What a pretty card you have made here. Not a shape I've seen before. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (The Crafty Purple Frog Design Team Member) xxx


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