Saturday, September 28, 2013

Frugal Christmas

My friend, Nessa, challenged us to make Christmas cards with non Christmas supplies.  She's calling it A Frugal Christmas Card Competition

It seems that she got rid of all her Christmas stampin' stuff a while back and now wants to make some Christmas cards for a favorite charity.  She's been very creative in finding things in her stash that will work.  

I thought it would be fun to play along.  But I have a LOT of Christmas stuff and it was getting in the way of me seeing anything but that.  So this was a challenge.  But then I had an idea and this is what came of it.

The embossed piece was already done.  All I had to do was tie a ribbon around it and pop it up on a card base.

The tag was punched from a snippet, stamped and doodled.  The red was also a snippet that I cut just a bit larger than the label so it would show up against the white.

I added a few rhinestones just for fun.

I'm going to take this festive card over to Rudolph Days.  It's always fun to visit Sandra's blog and this challenge lasts until the last day of the month. Oh, my that's tomorrow!

Speaking of fun, my snippets for the tag will get me into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Warm Words
Ink:  Real Red, SU Marker (Real Red)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red
Other:  Extra Large Tag Punch (retired), Real Red Satin Ribbon (retired), Lacy Brocade EF (retired), Red stones (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Thursday, Jack ran into his preschool room with his arms wide open as if to say "Here I am". I'm told we have a Happy Jack now.  What a relief!  Now I can get down to enjoying those few hours of freedom each week!

Thanks so much for stopping by.



Elizabeth said...

Bonnie, this is lovely! You did a great job of creating a Christmas card without using Christmas supplies. I applaud your ability to blind yourself from what you had distracting you! lol

Diane said...

Very pretty design Bonnie, love the embossing with the red ribbon.

Hugs Diane

jimlynn said...

Quick and gorgeous! Very elegant and perfect for Christmas.
Good news about Little Jack!!!

Greta said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I so love this card--wonderful non-Christmas Christmas card!

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS Bonnie! Oh, I am so thrilled that you could play along-thank you,I know how very busy you are with all your classes :)
What a clever idea-the red against the crisp white looks very classy and the rhinestones add the perfect finishing touch :)
Have a lovely day-so pleased that little Jack is settled now-what a relief for you!
Nessa xx

Claire said...

I'm all for a frugal Christmas and I think I'd have been the same and found it difficult not to use my Christmas stash! You've pulled it off perfectly...what could be more Christmassy than a giant red bow!

Cathy said...

Such a pretty textured card Bonnie, love the simple tag and the gorgeous bow, Cathy x

Di said...

Hi Bonnie

This is fabulous! I love the clean and fresh look and it just goes to show what a great impact that can make.

I had to change your link, hope it's worked OK for Nessa and Sarn.

Have a lovely week!

Hugs, Di xx

Sue - said...

Love your card Bonnie - especially the rich red with the white. So glad you have a happy Jack now!

scrappymo! said...

Great idea. Simple and yet effective!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Bonnie . . . this is a super festive card made with non-Christmas items. Lots of people have risen to Nessa's challenge and been so creative - it's wonderful to see.

Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

Sarn xxx

Doris said...

Isn't it amazing how a few doodles can add so much to a card! Beautiful!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

It turned out very beautiful! Also quite elegant, the red bow pops against the white embossed background. The sentiment on the tag is fabulous. Happy Sunday, Shirleyx

Irene said...

Absolutely stunning and beautiful Bonnie.
Beautiful embossing and tag.

Faith A said...

"Simply" wonderful Christmas card, love it

Lea.H said...

i love this card, it's the type that I would like to receive and have on my mantle. Lx

Loll Thompson said...

Adorable! Love the red and white - so fresh ... and love the doodled tag! Loll xx

Susan said...

Gorgeous card! Another one of yours going into my inspiration file for future ideas.

I'm so glad to hear Jack is happy now at preschool and you don't have to worry about him!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is so classic and beautifully made, Bonnie, that no one would ever guess it was just whipped together with found snippets. It sure shows how elegant and rich a CAS card can be!!

Mary Marsh said...

this is a pretty cas card Bonnie-I can see why this would be a tough challenge

Karen D said...

Gosh Bonnie, your card is so lovely with that luscious red bow. Well done on making it for a frugal challenge.

Karen said...

Love the clean look of this card, white can be so lovely with just a splash of colour. Thanks for sharing! Karen x

Kathleen said...

Adore the white with the touch of red, fabulous card.

Kath x

kay said...

This is super and well done on not using any Christmas stuff

Elizabeth said...

Hi Bonnie, beautiful card and made with a minimum of supplies - I like the clean and simple design and how you have placed the ribbon - stunning. Elizabeth xx

MaryH said...

Oh I'm so glad I skipped down to the next post, not just to enjoy this lovely frugal white & red card - so well done too! - but also read the news that Jack is now a happier schoolboy. So good to read that, and TFS the news. Hugs