Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Snippet Busting Christmas Cards

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? Tomorrow I start back on my weekly trips to Winchester. There is a lovely shop there called C&H fabrics. There is a coffee shop and a craft department. I am looking forward to visiting both again.

I have been having a bit of a think about my blog. I have had an unofficial schedule that I have been working to. The consequence is that I have made too many cards over time. Last year I was given the opportunity to donate cards that I didn't think I would use to a coffee morning raising money for a charity. This meant that I had a good clear out.  The long and the short of it is that I will be only posting when I have something worth sharing. I am still on some design teams and I will still be entering competitions. I will also continue to visit all my crafty friends blogs. I will be around.

One of my friends who goes to a craft class gave me a lovely handmade card. I liked the design so much I decided to have a go at it myself. It is a great way to use up all sorts of snippets of which I have many.

It is a very simple design and the cards I made are A6 in size. I used my guillotine to cut the strips of paper. All those bits of paper I had been saving could be used.  I cut a piece of white card and covered it with the strips this way it could be neatly trimmed. I started with the centre strip and worked out from there. This design is so easy to adapt to any size. 

The sentiment is the one I used a lot last year from the John Next Door range. The two mats were cut with two Sue Wilson dies that came from the centre of a larger die. 

I had so many snippets I made 10 cards. Last year I made a few mistakes with my Christmas cards. Firstly I was making them right up to the last minute I hadn't made enough. Secondly I  made too many big cards that needed large letter stamps. These cards are flat and small. I might make some more as I have lots more snippets to use. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

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Hugs Jackie

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Wendy L said...

Ab Fab Jackie, a brilliant way of usng the snips, as you say, they all look lovely in the different colour ways, xxx

Kath said...

Fabulous cards and a great way to use snippets too.
Kath x

Janette said...

Beautiful design Jackie, great to see bits and bobs used up, I think everyone is of the same mind this year to be honest, I am trying my best....enjoy your day.xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are beautiful Jackie
Gr Karin

Nataliascraft said...

What a great way to use your paper cuts, brilliant designs Jackie and gorgeous cards x

Kathy said...

This is lovely, Jackie and a fabulous way to use up those leftover strips of paper.
I tend only to blog when I have something to show, but sometimes I feel that some sort of schedule would help me as I'm basically lazy!

jane stillman said...

Congratulations on using up your leftovers. The cards are super xx

Donna Ellis said...

These look fabulous, Jackie! Did you coat the card base with sticky adhesive, and then lay the strips across, or did you adhere each strip of pattern paper individually on each piece of card? They look marvelous, and I want to make some like this, too! hugs, de

Jenny L said...

Hi Jackie,
Oh how I love these wonderful designs they look stunning and to think they use up lots of Snippets is a bonus.
Love all the different colours too.
Sadly I have no Snippets at the mo as all had to be thrown away with the refurbishment in the bungalow.
I'm sure it won't take me long to start again though.
Going to have a go at this too.
Lots of crafty love and hugs. Jenny L.

Linda Simpson said...

These look fabulous Jackie, great idea too.
Linda xxx

Stamping Bubbles said...

Brilliant design for using up all those scraps we hold onto. I had a similiar postal problem this year. I made smaller cards to try and keep costs down but I didn't take into account the depth of the cards so I was stung for large letter postage.
I struggle keeping up with my blog and with what to do with all my cards so I understand your decision.
Crafty hugs

Janice said...

Great way of using up those snippets Jackie! Lovely cards
Janice x

karenlotty said...

A great way of using snippets
I totally understand why you’re changing things I had the same problem when I was blogging (I can’t believe how long ago that was) and didn’t have a charity to be able to donate to
I’ll still pop in and see what’s occurring as you inspire me xx

ALI said...

Great idea Jackie, love what you have created with your snippets x

Littlelamb said...

Brilliant idea co-incidence yesterday I made a birthday card like this. I have been sorting all my Christmas papers out so perhaps I should do the same. I die cut too many bits before Christmas so before they get put away I want to finish these Christmas cards. Will then have a head start for next Christmas.

Gwyneth said...

Fab collection of cards Jackie. It's great to find an use for bits.

Mrs A. said...

Well goodness me will you look at all these super cards. The finished cards are all so different and the colours so vibrant. Perfect use of your snippets . Hugs Mrs A.

Maria - Ivyleaf Crafts said...

A great idea to use all those left over pieces I think I will try it as my box is overflowing xxx

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are all gorgeous, Jackie. I love the color variations xoxo

Dawn said...

Beautiful cards & thrifty too! I know a lot of people who appreciate a hand made card but we can't creat massive works of art for everyone!These are perfect.
Thanks for stopping by to leave me some love!
Dawn xx

Ewelina Nowak said...

Beautiful cards i like it
Hugs xxx

Shabneez said...

Love the design and great way of using up scraps Jackie! Glad to hear you have decided on a blog balance. Shabneez x

Christine Harrop said...

What a great idea for using up all those scraps we save and wonder what to do with. I'll probably be borrowing this idea too. You have got off to a good start for Christmas too. Like you I used to post continually and ended up with masses of cards that I never used, although I also used to give a lot to my sister for her personal use. Sadly that is no longer an option. Now I only post my DT cards and when I have made something for a reason. Take care. Christine xx

Liz said...

Fabulous collection of cards, Jackie. What a great way of using up snippets. xx

BrendaB said...

Wow! Great way to make beautiful cards and use up scraps at the same time! Thanks for joining us at Merry Little Christmas Challenges

Marlene Atkinson said...

Super cute. Thank you for sharing with us at THIAC Challenge. Marlene DT

Jackie C said...

Great idea Jackie, love them all.This has come together beautifully!
Just perfect for the Challenge! Great project! Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at The Holly & The Ivy. Good luck hun and do come back again!
Jackie DT @ TH&TI

Katie said...

Beautiful cards

Alizabethy said...

Great idea - I'm going to raid my stash to make snippet cards now!

Julie said...

Great cards. I like that you are getting a jumpstart on your holiday cards
Thanks for joining us in the ABC Christmas Challenge
Julie T

Di said...

Love these Jackie - brilliant use of snippets and you really are off to a flying start for Christmas 2019! I'm so going to pinch this idea - please! :)


Di xx

LesleyG said...

Fabulous idea and fabulous cards xxx

Tip Top said...

Great card - thanks for joining in at Crimbo Crackers - hope to see you again next time!

Susan Renshaw said...

Great use of snippets!
Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge!
DT for Patterned Paper Challenge

Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing your awesome project with us in the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog's January "Anything Christmas Goes" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
Leslie, MLC DT
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Sharon said...

These are great. Thanks for joining us over at the ABC Christmas Challenge.