Thursday, January 28, 2016

One Last Ornament Christmas Card

Eeek....I forgot to include a cat pic on my last here are two:

Stray mama cat gives birth in bird nest!  Story here.  Two sizes too small is just the right size, apparently!

And now for a different kind of cat in a different kind of nest.....

Bobcat in Squirrel's Nest.  That would be cool to see!!

Hi, Friends......

Here's one last Christmas card (didn't I say that already a couple of weeks ago??) before I get all my Christmas things tucked away.  I made some others of this design, inspired by Jennifer Grace's Frosty Festivities, but I wanted to try one in red, too.

As with my blue snowflake ones, I used my Spellbinders - Carnival Dream die set with some Echo Park double-sided paper. This fun die set has a fold and tuck design so your reverse pattern shows. Instead of a snowflake, this red one reminds me of a stylized poinsettia.  What do you think?

I die-cut a shimmery pre-made card base with my Sizzix - Circles, Scallop die set and used repositionable adhesive to attach the "poinsettia" on the front so the ornament can be removed and hung on the tree, if desired. The scalloped edge of the die cut allows the card to stand up nicely.  And....since the card base was an A2 size, this flat ornament card will fit in a standard sized envelope.
The addition of some sparkling rhinestones and silver ribbon trim was all that was needed to finish this card.  

Well, that's all for right now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your weather is better than ours!  It is rainy and chilly here in Idaho today.  Most of the snow has melted and it is very muddy.  

The cats are all lying around the house in dark, quiet nests waiting out the weather. Little Judith was gone again for a few days, but showed up this morning.  Jetta, the kitty who showed up again on Christmas Day after being gone for over a year, amazingly has pretty much stuck around since then.  Perhaps she is finally getting too old to be traipsing back over to the old house!  So glad to have her cheery and chipper little "rah-ROW!" greeting me on the back porch!!  So sweet!

Hope you are having a good week....and getting ready for an awesome weekend.  Thank you for visiting and for your wonderful comments!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Scraps of Life January Rudolph Days - Anything Goes Christmas
2. DRS Designs Challenge #211 - Sparkle and Shine
3. Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #289 - Christmas
4. Fun Cuts Alphabet Challenge - J is for Jewels
5. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #158 - Punches and/or Dies
6. Craftin' Desert Divas Linky - Shaped Cards
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
8. DL.Art January Linky Challenge - Anything Goes


  1. what a pretty card!! Thank you for linking up with the Craftin Desert Divas "Shaped Cards" linky party!!
    CDD dt

  2. A pretty card Janis. It looks time consuming. Was it? Its very nice.

    1. Actually, it isn't nearly as time-consuming as it looks. For one thing, since the fold-and-tuck feature is basically the entire card, choosing the one piece of double-sided paper was a snap. (No browsing through all my paper choosing the ones I want to use which takes me waaaaaay too long sometimes! lol....)

      The folding part took about 15 minutes or so total for the three layers on this card. That can vary for me depending on how nimble my old Grandma fingers are being that day and how well my old Grandma eyeballs are working. :) Thanks for asking!


  3. This is so very pretty! I bet it looked gorgeous on the tree!

    Thanks for taking part in the January Rudolph Days Challenge.

  4. Oh my gosh! I love this card - so intricate and pretty! Does look time consuming, but you made it sound so easy. Love the cat pictures and story too, Janis. Thanks for playing with us in the DRS Designs Challenge! Hugz

  5. What a lovely ornament. Such a great idea too. I love the photos of the mother and babies. What a beautiful cat she is. Barbxx

  6. FABBY make and thanks so much for entering it over at the current Rudolph Day challenge

    Guest Design Team Member - ScrapsofLife

  7. cat in the nest? oh taht is cute!
    great oranment!
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

  8. This look extremely complicated but very very nice.

    Kath x

  9. Very beautiful love the red with the white
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes JANUARY Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  10. I never would have thought to use this die to make an ornament SO pretty....Lis

  11. Wow such an effective use of this die. So very pretty. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  12. Beautiful ornament!! Love the papers you have used!! Thank you for sharing with us at the Rudolph days challenge.
    Moxie Craftie
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT

  13. Wow! This is fantastic! Very nicely done! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  14. What an intricate design! How hard was this to put together?
    Looks daunting, but very beautiful. Love the dual purpose of Christmas card and ornament. Thank you so much for joining us this time at Crafty Cardmakers!
    :) Pam

    1. Thank you for your kind words!! This really was not at all hard to put together. The hardest part was making sure my diecuts had cut all the way through the cardstock I was using. :) I probably should buy one of those stainless steel shims!!! lol... The folding takes 15 minutes or so and that is most of the card. Thank you for stopping by!!!


  15. Just thinking about folding all the little ins and outs of this die cut card makes my eyes cross...but what a beautiful effect. I still have your lovely blue and white version from Christmas sitting in my entry way...propped up on my sideboard! I figure I can get away with keeping it displayed until at least March 1st, since it looks like a snowflake...and not super Christmassy!

  16. fab card, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

  17. Great card - very elegant.

    Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky

    Helen x

  18. Such a cute project! Thank you for joining our „Dies & Punches“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,
    PS: And thanks for the cat pictures as well - they made me smile ;o)


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