Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Frugal Christmas Challenge


Hi everyone.  Nessa (The Crafty Laydee) is one of the blogs that I just started following recently, and today, she has added a challenge to her blog - A Frugal Christmas Card Competition.  A few days ago she mentioned that she had given away most of her Christmas stamps and dies a few years back, thinking that she wasn't going to make Christmas cards anymore.  Well, this year she is inspired again so wants to get started on her Christmas stash ... problem is that she doesn't want to go and spend a lot of money buying new supplies.  So she has put out a challenge to her friends and blog followers ... create a Christmas card using everyday stamps and tools.  You can see her original post here with all the info about how this came about.

I created the card above by ripping two layers of white card stock for my snow ... and then using a scallop circle punch to create my tree.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I punched out circles from three different scraps of Christmas designer papers and then cut them into a triangle shape (the largest has five scallops, the middle has four scallops and the top has only tree).

Using scraps also qualifies me to enter this into the Pixie Crafty Snippets Playground Challenge #90 ... and I'm also entering this into Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #142 - cut something and also Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge for September - Anything Goes.


Here's a close-up of the tree:


Thanks Nessa for the fun challenge.  I'm hoping I can come up with other ideas to enter again.



Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White; Be of Good Cheer - retired, silver glimmer (SU!)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Star die (Simon says), scallop circle punch, clear stickles, Maraschino twine (the Twinery), glue, adhesives and dimensionals



18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh ... what a cute (and clever) Christmas tree, Loll ... the snowy hills are just brilliant! Such a great idea from Nessa, thanks for the link! Anita :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Anither clever and great idea Loll....what a great challenge

Anne

Anonymous said...

Oh Loll-I LOVE it ! Thank you so much for playing along-what a fabby idea to use the scallop,it makes a great tree!
Thank you too for the shout out,I appreciate it :)
Hugs,Nessa xxx

Valerie said...

Love your tree Loll, another great idea like your other tree with the circles! Thanks for the link must get my thinking hat on and see if I can make a card for Nessa's challenge:)
Val x

Carole said...

What a great challenge. Your frugal tree is adorable.

Karen B said...

What a great idea Loll - and I love your solution - genius.

Karen x

Marie B. said...

Very cute card, and a darling tree! :)

Cathy said...

Fantastic tree Loll, love the clever snow too :) Cathy x

scrappymo! said...

Such a cute little tree. The "snow" look great!

Karren said...

Wow, Loll. This might have been made frugally and without using lots of supplies, but the finished project sure doesn't look like it. Beautiful job!

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful idea to use the scallop circles to make a tree! I think Nessa has something there!

Barb Ghig said...

You are so clever, and I really love how your card turned out!
Thanks so much for the link to the challenge, too!

MaryH said...

How clever of you to create this cute little tree. It's very effective with the dp you used, and really must remember your technique of tearing the paper and creating the snowbank look. I'll check out this blog...sounds like a fun one. Great card! TFS

Brenda in IN said...

Very simple and cute as can be. She will be happy you made such a great card with so little. I'll go visit her. Thanks for the link. It's always nice to meet new friends.

Marianne said...

Great challenge and perfect execution. Love the tree. Will check out Nessa's blog and hopefully play along. Sounds like fun!

Deepti said...

This is such a sweet and simple yet a very effective Christmas card :)

Di said...

Really clever Loll! And a scalloped circle die or punch is something I bet loads of us already have.

Hugs, Di xx

Cornelia W said...

FUN and CLEVER! Love this!