Sunday, 26 November 2017


Good afternoon fellow blogsters.  This fortnight our theme over at the IntAAS Challenge blog is 'Buttons and Bows'.  As it is nearly Christmas I thought I would be able to fit buttons and bows into a Christmas card without too much trouble.   In my stash I've had some really tiny buttons for a while and I decided to use them as 'berries'!!!

This is a 7" x 7" card so the wreath had to be quite large and the thought of using my two 'pine spray' dies over and over again through the machine was too daunting so I used my 'fern' punch and asked the maestro for his help.  I promised that he would get a mention in my post!!!  Bless him - he sat there with a piece of green card and punched out over 65 of these fronds (I think it was nearer 100 by the time he'd finished but I've got some left for other cards).  I cut out a few holly leaves to add to the design so I wasn't idle (sorry for giggling here!!!)  The sentiment is stamped and embossed with red embossing powder and I curled it slightly to make it stand away from the centre of the card.  The gold tape around the edge is quite glittery and shiny but it doesn't 'shed' glitter all over the place.  I love this tape sooooo much and have it in three different widths.


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - 'Snowflake Lattice'
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - 'Holiday Holly and Berries' die
Die-Namics Dies - Stiched Fishtail Flag Stax die
Punch - fern fronds (no name on the punch)
Sentiment - 'Merry Christmas' free with Love Cardmaking magazine
My Colour Studio - 'Red' Ultra Fine Embossing powder
Tartan ribbon and tiny red buttons - ancient stash from the cupboard!!
Glitter tape - stash

I hope you have the time to enter our challenge this fortnight (here) - we all love to see your designs and whilst you're there why don't you check out the work of the rest of the DT.

Big hugs to you all and take care!

Love Suexxx


  1. Your card is beautiful, Sue. I used to rope Eric in to do jobs for me too. Now he's no longer with me I tend not to use punches! He'll be smiling down at me now. lol Hazel x

  2. Hi Sue this is a stunning card I love the wreath you have created. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. The Maestro's hard work and patience has paid off Sue, the wreath you've created with the punched ferns is stunning! The little buttons are a really lovely touch and make fabulous berries!

  4. Hi Sue me wonderful blogging matey.
    oh you are hard task master making the Maestro punch out all those fronds.
    I bet his hands and fingers ached afterwards.
    I do hope a he got a goody bar for his efforts.
    Your card is excelllently created and I love that wreath is gorgeous.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.
    Pekkies for Pidgy.

  5. Didn't he do well your Maestro, it's a gorgeous wreath Sue, I love the use of buttons for the berries, wonderful card, Kate x

  6. What a stunning card, live how it was a team effort!

  7. Sue, your wreath is gorgeous. Lovely card!

  8. What a beautifully traditional style - love the wreath!

  9. Oh my gosh! This is just so beautiful ! I love how you use the buttons for berries.


    Your DT Sister,

  10. A truly fabulous and traditional Christmas creation Sue, the button as the berries couldn't be more perfect and that gorgeous tartan bow - yes, I am a bit partial to tartan lol. Well done to the hubby, you will make a master craftsman out of him yet :) :) Hugs Jane xxxxx


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