Tuesday 15 November 2022

Decadent Snowflakes


At Beccy's Place the Month long holiday cards challenge we are more than a third of the way through the month and the alphabet. It can be had to keep up when working a job and trying to include it in my DT schedule but I am pleased with how many cards I have been able to make so far.

This is my card for the letter I. I is for Intricate, Iridescent and Icy

I have twin 9 year old great nieces and they love to craft. I gave them a huge box of all sorts of papers and crafty stuff for Christmas last year and this year I have got them the most amazing present. I managed to get them a really decent die cutting machine from Ebay that was second hand but in fabulous condition for only £20 including shipping. I had seen the same machine listed for £50 plus shipping of £15 so the one I bought was an absolute bargain. This will be combined with a load of brand new duplicate dies and stamps I have from Crafter's Companion mystery bags over the the last couple of years. I am so excited that they will be able to really expand their craft as I love my die cutting and I am sure they will find it is like magic too.

So the die cutter came yesterday and I of course wanted to test it to make sure it worked okay. I was a bit cruel as I used this gorgeous die I bought in the summer Decadent Snowflakes from Crafter's Companion. It is glitter card so difficult to cut anyway. It does not come with a metal plate like my Gemini which is really fabulous for intricate dies like this so I knew it could struggle but I wanted to see how it managed it. I did a couple of passes through and it cut almost all the way. There was only a couple of sections where I had to really push the pieces out with a pokey tool. I also tested it on other dies and they were perfect so I think that was a success.

I have added the glittery panel to a scrap of a rich blue card. The white card blank has my absolute favourite vellum on it. I love the combination of the blues and it is perfect with this gorgeous snowflake panel.

I added a glittery sentiment panel recycled from a shop bought card and some blue gems to the snowflake centres. The sparkle on this is just fab-u-lous darling (said in a Strictly Come Dancing Craig Revel Horwood voice)

Card Details -

Size - A5

Dies - Decadent Snowflakes (Crafter’s Companion)

Designer Paper - Glittering Snowflakes Vellum (Crafter’s Companion)

Embellishments - Self adhesive gems

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


  1. It sounds like you scored a real bargain Mandy, and I know two little girls who are going to be absolutely thrilled! They also have the benefit of a talented great aunt to help them with their cardmaking. Fun times ahead!
    The card you made is absolutely beautiful. The glitter cardstock is gorgeous and works perfectly with the gorgeous blue paper. Fantastic.

  2. Beautiful! Your great nieces will just love the crafty gifts you have ready for them. I know I would at that age.

  3. Beautiful icy snowflake card! Lucky nieces that you not only teach them but set them up with their own tools :-) Thank you for sharing your card at Allsorts.

  4. A pretty frosty design, thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

  5. So pretty in the striking shades of blue Mandy, thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  6. Beautiful card, Mandy. I love the colours and snowflake die. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. xx Wilma

  7. Mandy, you had no trouble at all with intricate, iridescent, and icy in wonderful blue hues! The design is fantastic and schparkly, just like a Christmas card should be. And good job finding such a deal on a working die-cut machine! How fun that you have twin grand nieces that love to craft. Enjoy it ~ it goes by so fast!! Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Beautiful festive card Mandy love the colours thank you for joining us at Allsorts
    lolo x

  9. Beautiful classy card Mandy and I love the rich blue..
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge this fortnight at As You Like It..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  10. I wish you many happy crafting moments with your grand nieces Mandy! I adore your beautiful blue snowflake panel! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 The Avenue Create, I hope we’ll see you again soon!
    Hugs, Kate (Cards a la Kate)!

  11. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at The PIP Challenge.

  12. What a stunning and elegant Christmas card. Thanks for sharing with us at NBUS. Hope you continue to share your creations. Bonnie GDT

  13. So elegant.
    Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT


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