Wednesday 15 June 2022

12 MoC Plaid Nutcracker


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the midway point of our challenge. That means it is the turn of the Merry Maidens to share some more fabulous Christmas cards

The challenge theme is any Christmas Card with an optional twist of using PLAID. The lucky winner's prize is any 2 Winter or Christmas paper packs from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

If you link up 2 or more cards to our challenge you will get the free Purple Plaid digital paper sent to you that our intrepid leader Lisa of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles has designed. 

Having had a break from card making since December to deal with a family emergency this is my first Design Team card for 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. It feels really weird to be only just starting making Christmas cards this late in the year so this challenge is so important for all card makers to get you disciplined into making your holiday cards all through the year. I find it is the most perfect reason/excuse to play with glitter and twinkle all year round

This card has been made using the Christmas Plaid paper from Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers set 1. I rarely make slimline cards but this paper would look fabulous with the Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is a pre-coloured Doodle from A Very German Christmas. I am fortunate to be on the Creative Team for Kate Hadfield Designs and have access to so many fabulous images. They are a perfect compliment to Lisa's papers too.

Kate's Doodles are available pre-coloured and as digital stamp packs so perfect for many applications such as scrapbooking, journalling, card making and also a lot of teachers use them.

I use a program called Affinity Designer on the Mac to create my digital layouts, mock ups for cards in the planning stage and it is perfect to create digital layers like on this card. 

I started off with the plaid paper and selected the area in the page that I wanted to use. I then overlaid the Nutcracker image onto it and sized up as required. I then wanted to decoupage the image so also printed a copy of just the upper body and then a final layer with the head and beard. These were then printed onto glossy photo paper and fussy cut with my trusty Fiskars embroidery scissors. I have had them for years and years and having tried lots of other scissors none have been as accurate as these little beauties.

The plaid background has been matted with red card and then the base is dark green card. The decoupage layers have been popped up with foam pads. You can see the layers better in the close up below. I added some gems onto the uniform buttons and some red gems in the corners. Finally a gold bordered sentiment finishes the card.

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Card Details -

Size - DL Slimline

Digital Image - Nutcracker from A Very German Christmas Doodles (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Paper - Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers Set 1 (Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles)

Embellishments - self adhesive gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Fabulous! Thanks for joining at The Paper Shelter #516 Favourite Colours

  2. This is a great card - I LOVE it!!! Good to see you able to craft again.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  3. Loving the bold colours and the dimension too! Fantastic card! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  4. Beautiful card! Love It! Thanks for entering the Digi Choosday Challenge. Good luck!! - Linh (DT)

  5. Wonderful DL card. Love the design and bright Christmas colours. Thank you for joining u us at Digi Chooseday.

  6. It is lovely to see you again Mandy. A great card.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  7. I wondered where you were! Hope everything is ok now, it's lovely to have you back.
    Another great card. Fab colouring and great choice of backing paper.
    Jo xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  8. GREAT Job Mandy! The Nutcracker holds a special place in my heart. My daughter danced the Nutcracker for 5 yrs. Thank you for sharing your special creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Hope you will join us again. Happy Crafting!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  9. What a fabulous christmas card! Your design is very bold and striking- great image and perfect choice of background paper. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Calendar this month.

  10. Lovely vibrant card Mandy. The nutcracker with the plaid is a lovely combination. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps.

  11. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  12. Oh, I love this! I love the Nutcracker. It's always been a favorite of mine. Thanks for playing along with us at Let's Craft and Create. Deanna DT.

  13. This is such a beautifully coloured image! I love the dimension too! Thanks so much for participating in the Polkadoodles challenge!

  14. I love this!!! I make Christmas cards all year long so fun!!

  15. What a fab DL card, Mandy! I love the contrast between the neutral tartan background and the colourful image. Thanks for joining in at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.
    love Mags B x

  16. This is a fabulous card! Plaid is a tricky one, but I love it as your background. The layered nutcracker is a great idea to give the card some dimension. Thank you for sharing it and playing along with ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Wendy

  17. A lovely card Mandy. Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  18. Loving this! It's just soooooo classy!
    So glad you have posted this to us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  19. Oooooo Mandy, I LOVE this card! I have a small collection of Nutcrackers, but they have been sadly neglected in favor of all the snowmen! I really love how you made him 3D! Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas, and good luck! :)
    ~Marie B -DT

  20. Another lovely project Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
    Wendy DT

  21. This is just gorgeous. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
    Annette DT

  22. Love the oversized plaid for the background on this!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Anything Goes challenge.


Thankyou very much for taking the time to visit my blog and your comment. I really appreciate each and every one :)

If you are in the EU to comply with GDPR regulations please be aware that your comment and details will be visible to anyone who visits my blog. I do not collect your personal information in any way.