Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Use It Tuesday #45 Christmas/ Hanukkah

Welcome to the second Tuesday of December!  It's time for another Use it Tuesday challenge and with the holidays quickly approaching we are challenging you to make a Christmas or Hanukkah project with your hoarded items. Here is what I came up with:

When I saw the topic for this challenge I immediately knew what I would use as my hoarded item.  All of the patterned papers and most of the embellishments come from the Echo Park Dots and Stripes Christmas collection which I bought last year.  I bought the entire collection pack that included two sheets of stickers because I thought it would be so versatile during my Christmas card making, but I ended up only using one sheet.  Everytime I flipped through the papers I would think they were too pretty to cut.  Well this time I made myself cut 3 whole sheets!  And I used quite a few of the included stickers!  I am very proud of myself :)

Since the papers are so simple and pretty I decided to make a CAS card.  I started by choosing several patterns that I liked together, and a coordinating card base.  I chose the largest label from the sticker sheet and since I knew I would be putting it on foam tape I backed it with regular paper and trimmed it out.  I heat embossed my favourite tree stamp on it, then sized the rest of the patterned papers based on the size of the label.

Once sized, I layered the papers together, and added three banner stickers.  I foam taped the large label in place, then chose a sentiment sticker.  I also backed this with paper and trimmed it out, then adhered it over the label with foam squares.  As a final touch I added various sizes of clear rhinestones.  I love the tone on tone effect they have with the silver embossing.

For the inside of the card I layered the reverse sides of the sheets that I had already used on the front, then I added a tab sticker, and another label as a place for the sender to write their message.  One more sentiment sticker was added to complete the inside.

For a CAS card this took me forever to plot out because I just couldn't decide which papers I wanted to  use.  I'm glad I did though, I really like this card!  And now that I've gotten over the hump of just 'using' this set maybe I will use more of it in the rest of my Christmas cards!  Or, maybe  I'll save it until next year.....  ;)

Now its your turn!  Dig through your stash and find those unused holiday items to create a project. Don't limit your creativity, any holiday project will do!  Complete your project and link it up at Use it Tuesday by December 21st.  You could win a chance to participate in one of our challenges as a Guest Design Team member.

And remember -- please include your hoarded items in your blog post!  Forgetting this step will mean that you won't be considered for the draw!

Here are the items I used for my project:

Card Stock:  Stampin' Up!  Basic Grey, Echo Park Dots & Stripes Christmas.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers All is Calm.

Ink:  Versamark Watermark Ink.

Embossing Powder:  Stampin' Up!  Silver

Embellishments:  Scrappin' Supplies Rhinestones, Echo Park Dots & Stripes sticker sheet.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, heat tool, Martha Stewart Score Board.

I would like to enter into the following challenges:
  1. Fussy and Fancy Friday - I love Christmas
  2. One Crazy Stamper - Sketch or Holiday
  3. Pile it On - Pile on the embellishments
  4. Paper Playtime - Christmas colours
  5. Pretty Little Ribbon - Christmas
  6. Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Spirit
  7. Ladybug Crafts Ink - Sparklicious
  8. Deep Ocean - So this is Christmas
  9. Songbird Challenges - Merry Christmas


  1. This is beautiful! I love all of your banners on the front.

  2. Gorgeous card Cathy, those trees look fabulous, especially with the gems on them!

  3. Stunning card, really like the embossed tree


  4. Thank you so much for joining us for “MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE ” challenge at
    The Songbird Challenge Cathy , Merry Christmas from me and GOOD LUCK .
    Hugs Elaine

  5. A lovely crisp layout Cathy and very pretty Christmas card.

    Thanks so much sharing with us at Pretty Little Ribbons challenge this month.

    B x

  6. I love the silver embossed trees paired with the paper you've decided to use :)

  7. A sharp, smart, elegant CAS card - the silver looks great with the vivid red and green! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.
    Alison x

  8. This is such a sweet Christmas card.

    Thanks for joining us at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Challenge,

    Sarah x

  9. Cathy, I just love this card! I love the embossing over top of that sticker. Too cool. It inspires me to get into my stickers and use them!

  10. A very pretty card! Thanks for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!!



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