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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Upcycling for Speed

Actually I guess it isn't really upcycling if I actually bought the item specifically with the intention of making something else.  In the January sales, I bought a box of small Christmas cards that I thought were really pretty and they were really cheap!  I thought I could make slightly more elaborate Christmas cards out of them that would not require colouring and could be made quite quickly.  So far I have only managed to make one!!! But armed with some K&Co turquoise for mounting and a combination of Nestie dies, an MS punch and an SU punch with a tiny PTI sentiment I produced this.
And I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly "Snow White"
Simon Says "Snowflakes"
Raise the Bar "Blues and Whites"
Sweet Stampin "Dies and Punches"
Totally Gorjuss "Oh no! Snow!"

Now there is a good reason that I have only made one of these so far and that is because The Hubster decided it would be a great idea to spend the last 5 days in Prague.  We had a lovely time but Number 1 daughter and Number 1 grandson arrive from Crete on Thursday and now I have a mountain of laundry, a largely undecorated house and rather a lot of non-crafting to get done before they get here including a trip to the ballet!
Here are a few night time pictures of our visit.

This is Hradcany Castle.
The famous Clock tower in Old Town Square and my favourite Tyn Church in the centre background
St Nicholas Church, Old Town Square, and (below) the Christmas Tree in the middle of the Square


Anonymous said...

What a clever idea for your Christmas cards hun! Love the added snowflakes! :) Your photos are so gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing these!! HUGS

Turtle In The Sand said...

There goes the Christmas cards. Drink plenty of caffeine, crank up the Christmas music and let the holiday rush begin! Gorgeous pictures of Prague. So glad you listened to Hubby and went. Much better than repurposing Christmas cards. (Although the card is really lovely)

heidy said...

Beautiful card and pictures Lesley!!
XXX Heidy

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos Lesley, what a magical place, love the card too, very pretty
Hugs julie P

Ribbon Girl said...

Your card is lovely Lesley and that Christmas Tree at night is gorgeous! Hope you get all your chores out of th way and have a fabulous time with your daughter and family!

debby4000 said...

What a clever idea Lesley and I wouldn't of guessed.
Fab pictures of Praque, enjoy your family visit.

Vicky said...

Ooh gorgeous card sweetie I absolutely love the colour. Love your photo's that tree is amazing. Wow you are so lucky to go to these amazing places hun.

Can you email me your address please as I've lost it ;0(

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Céline said...

amazing lesley ! love the combo and design

Inger Harding said...

Love your card and your photos are just wonderful Lesley!!

♥ Hugs, Inger

Tracy said...

Well I think you dressed your cards up beautifully and those photos are stunning. I especially like the Christmas tree one. Hugs!

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

What a brilliant idea!!

A great finished look without all the stress .. .. mind you it sounds like you have a lot on your plate!!

Loving the photographs!

Have fun!

Love Jules xx

Unknown said...

Great photo's Lesley that tree is gorgeous as is your card , I love the design well done , in case I don't get back here before, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas Big Hugs Elaine

lalkygirl said...

Fab idea for your cards and I may have to ....borrow it as I am so short on time too
Your Prague pics are gorgeous and have made me feel all xmassy ,it looks so perfect
Have a fabulous Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year Hun and thanks for all your comments and support on my blog
Tracey s

Annie said...

how fabulous to visit Prague and see the festive lights - the tree is simply stunning! and your snowflake card is a beauty too.
hugs, annie x

Jill said...

gorgeous creation thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Bettina L. said...

Such a gorgeous blue ans white christmas card. Love the design with the letters and snowflakes. Thanks for playing at Totally Gorjuss and good luck. Hope to see you back saturday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

mixamatoasties said...

Lovely card. And it's one more Christmas card than I've done ;)

Your photos look amazing. Very Christmassy.

Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.


Mrs A. said...

Gorgeous makeover for your card. I like the colour way.
Hugs Mrs A.

Skye said...

Lovely card. Great idea, upcycling. I really liked your photos of Prague. So prettey with the Christmas decorations. I visited there in October, just loved the city

Julie said...

Stunning card! Love the colours! Love your pics of Prague too, how Christmassy!! Hugs, Juliexx