Craftwork Cards Blog

Crafting Christmas With The Everyday!

Hello and welcome to my festive blog for November! The 20th of each month might well become a regular feature for me, I’ll see how I get on.

A desire to create Christmas Cards came over me, but I don’t have that many Christmas themed papers in my stash. I gave myself a challenge… to create a few Christmas designs only using my everyday paper packs. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and it’s amazing what some added glitter can do to add a touch of seasonal spirit! I’d like to share these cards with you, wonder which is your favourite…


A Stamp It Christmas!


Using a few stamps from both Stamp It! stamp sets, I came up with this foliage design on layered papers. I stamped each element and heat embossed with a clear glittery powder, onto some Distress It matts. Cut them all out, and layered with foam pads onto some glittered corrugated cardboard. This was then layered onto a red and green Distress It matt. I also used the brown paper pieces that came off my corrugated cardboard to add a bit of extra layering.

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An Enchanted Woodland Christmas!


This design is simple to create. Using the tree trunk paper, I blended some ‘lucky clover’ distress ink from the bottom up. Then heat embossed most of the paper with clear glittery powder to add a frosty looking sheen. Trim down and glue onto a 5 x 7 kraft card blank. Using another sheet of tree trunk paper, I fussy cut the trees and added this using foam pads. The I cut out the wonderful owl image and added this with more foam pads.

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A Cotswold Charm Christmas!


With this more clean and simple design, I first stamped the NOEL word using the upper case alphabet stamp set, with a dusky pink colour. Then I die cut three different sized circles from the ombre pink chevron paper. I also die cut a tiny ring from silver card to create the bauble loops. I also backed each bauble with a second layer of white card to add rigidity. Using my white pearl accents, I drew a branch across the card, allowing room for the baubles to hang. After drying, I pierced two pin wholes through the card blank to thread silver yarn at the point on the branch to take each bauble. Then tied each yarn through the bauble loop and into a nice bow. Fix each bauble in place using foam pads. I also added a plain white insert to my card to hide the workings inside.

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A Chalkboard Christmas!


This last design, I had fun decorating the brilliant bike image with tiny die cut flowers to look like poinsettias. I also added green pearl accents over the original berries to make it look more festive. Trim and glue this paper onto a white 5 x 7 card blank, leaving a gap at the very bottom. Using some off cuts from the Distress It matts, I cut out three squares with added ribbon and dots to make Christmas presents. Add these to the design with foam pads. The caption is heat embossed with red sparkly powder using the new Stamp It II font stamps. Cutting each word into a banner, and adding them to my card with foam pads. I then cut out a thin, wavy edges stripe of white card to give the illusion of fallen snow at the very base of the card. This was fixed in place with more foam pads and then white pearl accents drawn all over. Lastly I covered every spot pattern on the paper with a dot of white pearl accent, with additional dots here and there to brake up the regularity and give the card a snow blizzard effect.

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With a little imagination, it’s fun to craft festive or wintry cards with your everday papers. Give it a go!

Thank you so much for joining me!




  1. Janette

    20th November 2016 - 3:02 pm

    Really lovely cards. I could not draw a branch like you, but i think i have a stamp and maybe even a die in a branch shape….wonderful inspiration xx

    • Sue Smith

      22nd November 2016 - 2:58 pm

      Thanks for your comments Janette! Yes you could use other means of creating a branch, you have some great ideas! Glad you have been inspired! xXx

  2. Elisabeth Hogarth

    20th November 2016 - 4:16 pm

    I enjoyed reading this blog and I like all your cards. My particular favourite is the bauble card. Clean. Simple. Chic

    • Sue Smith

      22nd November 2016 - 3:00 pm

      Thank you Elisabeth! Always lovely to hear other crafters opinions! xXx

  3. Heather

    20th November 2016 - 4:51 pm

    I love all of these Sue… all very gorgeous and lovely! I do like the one with the ripped correlated card as it’s full of texture (and you know I like a bit of texture!) Heather xx

    • Sue Smith

      22nd November 2016 - 3:02 pm

      Lovely to hear from you Heather! Funny I often have you in my mind when I want to creat with plenty of texture! Glad you approve! Thanks so much for your comments! xXx

  4. Debbie Moran

    21st November 2016 - 12:37 pm

    Sue a lovely idea, the alternative use of the bicycle that had the summer flowers in.

    • Sue Smith

      22nd November 2016 - 3:04 pm

      Thanks for your comments Debbie! I love the cycle image, so I was pleased to be able to use it for Christmas as well…and why not hay!? xXx

  5. Janet R

    22nd November 2016 - 7:10 pm

    Sue, you are so clever with your ideas, I love all of these cards, especially the wonderful looking owl in the trees. That one would be suitable for any occasion I think and made with minimal papers, fabulous! I enjoyed reading your blog on all of your gorgeous designs. Thank you for sharing your crafting ideas.

    • Sue Smith

      25th November 2016 - 9:39 am

      What a lovely comment to read! Thanks very much! Thanks for your crafting ideas too! xXx

  6. Jackie J

    22nd November 2016 - 11:13 pm

    What a great challenge Sue, you have made four gorgeous Christmas cards without a scrap of Christmas paper.. and I have to say my favourite is the baubles!! of course x

    • Sue Smith

      25th November 2016 - 9:41 am

      HaHa! I knew you would like the bauble one best! Cheers Jackie! xXx

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