Monday, December 19, 2011


Christmas has crept up slowly but calmly for me and my creative pursuits have put me in the mood. Family and friends are what it's all about and I am very fortunate to have many of these. Here are some of my preparations...

Simple Christmas Cards - using scrapbooking paper, ribbons, a border punch

 My Christmas Present wrapping has a recycle - re-use theme this year - newsprint and ribbons I have saved from previous Christmas' - I am very pleased with the effect. Why keep buying when all I/you need to do is look around at your stash!

Red and Green

Pink and Gold

Red stamps on newsprint

I have met some lovely people through Lawendula's Paper Swaps over the past two years and emailed them to see if anyone would like to swap a hand made card with me this Christmas. All of them are from places other than Australia. Some people were too "snowed" under and busy, some don't do Christmas but I had 6 "takers". Here are my first 2 cards which arrived very quickly. They are both of gorgeous Christmas trees but so different. Lee has painted, used lace, glittered circles and 'gem stones' ; Emma has pieced together recycled Christmas cards and sewn over them with gold thread. Thank you ladies - I love them both! Hopefully the very busy postman will deliver my other cards this week - but I know some of them have a very long way to travel.

I sent...

The cards I sent - very easy to do - I used a card measuring 12.5 x 18 cms, cut strips of co-ordinating paper between .5 and .9 cms wide in staggered lengths the attached them on a 'trunk' of card with a couple of ribbons tied in between.This was mounted on a cuttlebug textured card which was the mounted on the base card. I used foam double sided squares to give dimension.

Then - another card swap - this time with the lovely ladies in our Beyond Altered Book Group, which meets monthly. As you can see there are cards, small canvas' and even a fabric star. Stamps, 3D shapes, hand painted paper, ribbon, fabric, buttons, punched and textured shapes, glitter - everything goes.
Thank you ladies.



  1. What a fabulous selection of cards you've made and collected Sue. You can make a wonderful journal with all of these. Have a great Christmas and see you at AB&B in 2012.

  2. Very creative Sue.
    I loved our card received in the post. Thank you.

  3. Lots of lovely cards here, so glad you liked mine ;)

    Really enjoyed using up last years cards as I hate to throw anythng away!

    Happy Christmas!

  4. Some fab cards there and I re-use whatever and whenever for a wide variety of things and crafts etc etc! so, big thumbs up from me. Thanks for your comment on my blog, I'm going to give you this link for the throw but I'm not sure it'll take you straight to pattern as I always have to sign in but here goes: you go to the Lion Brand site and register or sign in if registered it's under Free Crochet Petterns and it's 5 1/2 hour Throw, pattern 70347AD. Happy New Year to you!

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