Friday, 10 June 2011

DCM Challenge: Father Christmas

Hi everyone. Woo hoo! It's Friday! This week has been a toughy! I haven't been feeling 100% and i've had to drag myself through a week of training at work. So relieved it is now the weekend and planning on having a reasonably quiet one! I have a couple of card commissions to work on (which i will of course share with you all on here) and i'm also trying to get ahead with friend and family birthday and anniversary cards for July and August as i will be away over that time. So a lovely crafty weekend in store for me, along with meeting up with some friends!

Now... the card i have to share with you today is my entry into the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which was to create a card with a 'Father Christmas' theme. There is a prize up for grabs as well this week donated by Crafty Emma's Store. I have to admit it felt quite premature making seasonal cards in June, but as soon as i dug out my christmas crafty papers and stampsets i loved it!! Now i was suprised to realise that i don't actually own a Father Christmas stamp! I have literally hundreds of stamps but not one Father Christmas! (I will of course be rectifying that very soon with a cheeky SU purchase!) So for this card i had to be a little creative (inspired by Sue R's blog) Here's the result:

The cardbase is 'Real Red' which i have run through the 'Big Shot' with the 'Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder'. The DSP used is from the 'Jolly Holiday' collection (although a christmas collection most papers can be used for non-christmas projects!) Santa's coat and belt have been made from 'Real Red', 'Whisper White' and 'Basic Black' all created using the 'Big Shot' and the 'Top Note Die'. I have used some 'brads' to create Father Christmas's buttons. The buckle on his belt has been created with some (non SU) silver cardstock punched out with the 'Decorative Label Punch', turned 90 degrees and then punched again to create the square shape. The sentiment is from the 'Season of Joy' stampset, inked in 'Real Red' and again, i have used the 'Decorative Label Punch' to punch it out.

Oh dear, as i have been making, photographing and blogging about this card i realise that i have been humming christmas songs! It's only June! Mind you it really creeps up on you. Have you started thinking about your christmas cards this year? Stampin' Up! do a great range of 'Seasonal Celebration' stamps and papers. Why not check them out - you can find them on pages 21 - 28 of the 2010 'Idea Book and catalogue'. If you would like to make an order please email me at:

Please check back tomorrow for another crafty creation! Thanks for visiting!! xxx


  1. Do you know - seeing your card reminded me of my first idea for mine this week - which I'd completely forgotten about when the time came to get crafting!

    Anyway, your card looks great!
    Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers' challenge this week

  2. Fun idea, Amy! Thanks for sharing with Daring Cardmakers this week.

  3. Considering you didn't have a father christmas stamp, you improvised really well. I love what you've created, very festive! Next thing it'll be snowing :o)

    Julie x

  4. Amy, this card is fantastic and clever too. I love the idea of using top note die :0)

    Zuz. x x

  5. Very creative! Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers! xx

  6. Clever way to create a santa - I don't have any santa stamps too much to my amazement. Love that wall paper embossing on the bottom layer too:)

  7. Great card and a brilliant idea - thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

    Lynda xxx

  8. Great santa idea! Thanks for sharing with us at The Daring Cardmakers this week!

  9. Very clever! I too will be using this challenge as an excuse to buy a Santa stamp! Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

  10. This is a fantastic idea :) A brilliant card

    jo x


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