Sunday, 26 November 2017

When Santa got stuck in the chimney.....!

The last couple of weeks I've been on an unexpected emotional rollercoaster, so I've not done as much posting on my blog or blog visiting as usual.   Things are thankfully more or less back to normal, so I'm hoping to get back on track with my crafting and blog visiting this week. 

The Christmas card I made today was supposed to be quick and easy, with the plan to make a few of the same design.  However, the  die I used didn't cut out quite as I expected, so I think this design may be a one off!  I have got this die design as a stamp which I bought earlier in the year in a bargain bucket at a craft fair and if I had found it, I would have used it instead! 

 The die I used is a Dovecraft Christmas die called 'Chimney'.  I thought the die would emboss the chimney and leave an outline of the snow, trousers and boots.  However, it cuts out all the bricks and leaves the trousers and boots as a solid piece of the die cut.  So, I decided to use a snippet of black for the main die cut, which left the boots and the trousers black. A snippet of red was used for the trousers which I attached on top of the original die cut - after all, Santa doesn't have black trousers!  All the white and brown pieces were die cut and inlaid.  The patterned paper is from my snippets drawer and I suspect it's from a LOTV paper pad.  The background is embossed with a Creative Expressions 'Frosted Stripes' e/f.   I'm sure Santa said "XXXXXX!" when he got stuck in the chimney, so I'll be hopping over to Beccy's Place Challenge, where the theme is up to the letter 'X'.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Beccy's Place Challenge ~ A Month of Holiday Cards
 Rudolph Days November Challenge
Allsorts Challenge - Week 443 ~ Inspired by a Christmas Carol or Winter Themed Song (When Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney)
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 309 and 310 ~ Use snippets
HLS November Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
HLS November Christmas Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Cards in Envy ~ It's Only Paper Card Challenge
Double "D" Here Comes Santa Claus Challenge

44 comments:

  1. Haha, yes if he got stuck I can imagine the words....great card Liz.xx[aNNie]🎄

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  2. Funny and great card, Liz. It turned out beautiful. Kisses, my friend.

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  3. Great card Liz, the die sounds very fiddly with all the bricks to inlay but it was worth it as the result is cool :)
    Hope you are ok
    Hugs Kaz xx

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  4. This is so adorable!! The image is too cute!! I love the embossing!! What a fabulous card!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  5. Too funny Liz!! Love this fun and festive Christmas card!

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  6. What a fun card, super cute image and great sketch!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week in my "Inspired by a Christmas Carol/Song" challenge!

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  7. I'm sure he did say xxx! Great card!

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  8. I bet you said "XXXXXX" when you realised your quick and easy card was going to involve so much inlaying and fussy cutting too! A lovely card but I can see it was a lot of work and not one for mass production.
    Hope all is well with you now
    Jane

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  9. You're so funny Liz!! I was wondering where the "X" was going to come in, and I can tell you, it's not what I was expecting. You gave me quite a laugh!
    Sorry to hear you had difficulty with the die cut, but the effort was definitely worth it, your card looks fabulous. Even funnier now I know what poor old Santa was up against!
    Cheers,
    Beccy

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  10. Perfect fyor our challenge at Allsorts, great card, xxx

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  11. A hilarious card and I like it very much!
    Lia xx

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  12. As soon as I saw the thumbnail of your card I was humming the tune, a real fun card Liz, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

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  13. Annoying when dies don't cut out quite as you envisaged them but you've done a great job with the finished result. I can see this wouldn't been a good choice for batch making though!!

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  14. Great card Liz! It’s strange how dies don’t always turn out as we imagine. Good to hear that things are returning back to normal for you.
    Take care.
    Janice x

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  15. I love this fun card Liz, such a great image and lovely embossing folder too.

    Sue xx

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  16. This is a really fun card Liz but as you say not as easily achieved as you had hoped so not one for batch making but very pretty using that snowflake embossing folder and patterned paper. So sorry to hear you have had a difficult couple of weeks but glad to hear things are much better now. x

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  17. Fun and beautiful card, love your inlaying, it gives more dimension to all the image!

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  18. Great card Liz! Not one for making batches off with all the fiddling I suspect but you've done a great job.

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  19. Lovely fun card Liz, but so annoying when dies don’t work as well as expected.

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  20. A card wich made me snile the moment I saw it; great! Hope you have a fun week!

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  21. Sorry to hear you've been on an emotional roller coaster recently x Fun card today and made me smile. After reading the post you did so well to continue after the die cut not cutting as expected. Well done you and your card is fabulous x Fun 'X' theme too xxx

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  22. I love it and it makes me smile!! Thanks for joining us at our "Its Only Paper" challenge at Cards in Envy.

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  23. Brilliant card Liz - and what patience you have! Poor ole Santa but it did use up lots of little snippets - and that paper is from LOTV's 'Frosty Christmas - Blue' pad. Like you, I never throw away the teensiest scraps of LOTV papers these days although I just checked and they do them in digi form now. The offset of that is that we need more ink of course (as well as heavier paper).

    Hope all is fine with you now chick - curved balls can totally throw us off track for sure.

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. I didn't know that LOTV do the papers in digital form. Thanks for the info, useful for those times when LOTV patterns are just what's needed. xx

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  24. Hi Liz,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    what a very wonderful card and such a great design too.
    I think I have a stamp that is similar to that.
    Super song title also.
    Thanks for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jennny L.

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  25. What a cute Santa stuck in the chimney! It doesn't look like you had any trouble at all with it, so it's a job well done - even if it did take longer than you expected! Nice to see you back crafting again too :)

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  26. I love this image Liz and it never fails to make me smile. It’s a super card x

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  27. Love your Santa image, fabulous card.
    luv
    Debby

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  28. Ooooo am loving your Santa card and thanks for joining us at November Rudolph Days Challenge, Luv Sam x

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  29. Sorry to read that life has been getting in the way and hope all will soon be returned to an even keel.

    Fab entry for this month's Rudolph Day challenge

    Kathyk - GUEST Design Team Member - Scraps of Life

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  30. Oh my goodness, this is adorable! Thanks for sharing it at Happy Little Stampers ATG w/ Dies November Challenge!

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  31. Gorgeous card that made me smile - but sounds like a lot of work for your original plan of a 'quick' card! Hope life for you is now more settled. Wishing you well. x Anne

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  32. Uh oh! Santa's stuck! Love your adorably cute card! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

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  33. I think you said the same as Santa when making this card and inlaying all those bricks! Think I would just have coloured them in. I'm hoping Santa will bring me some patience this year. Sorry to hear that you've had a tough time recently. Hugs x

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  34. It sounds like a lot of work Liz but you ended up with a great card. It's great fun. Barbxx

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  35. This design really had me chuckling. Such a fun card for the Christmas season. Poor Santa....hope he gets down okay and doesn't hurt his head.

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  36. Goodness...that sounds like it is a lot of work. I think i would use the stamp too!!!
    i have a die like that and thought I would never finish all the fiddly assembling part...but I am sure now that you are finished, you feel it was worth it for this card...as it is so lovely!
    Thanks for taking part in the November Rudolph Days Challenge.

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  37. This is such a sweet card, Liz. I know it was a lot of work, but glad you persevered ... it's awesome! Sorry to hear life has been challenging the past while. Glad things are settling down for you. Take care. xx

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  38. Super cute and fun design...yes, I have those dies where they don't do what you expect, but it looks wonderful here! Thanks for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

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  39. Very cute Liz! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

    Darlene
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

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  40. such a fun Christmas project - thanks for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

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  41. First of all, I'm sorry it's been a rough coupla weeks for you, Liz. I hope things remain on a even keel now. And I'm sorry your plans for batch-making this fun card didn't pan out! It is really a hoot! Take care! Hugs, Darnell

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  42. What a cute image Liz and it was worth all the fiddling about IMHO. Hope things are getting better for you.
    Thanks for sharing with us at HLS.

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  43. great christmas card!! LOVE the embossed snowflakes!! THANKS for playing with Cards in Envy!!!

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