Saturday 21 January 2023

Elegant Deer


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the midway point of our first challenge of 2023. That means it is the turn of the Merry Maidens to share some more fabulous Christmas cards.

The challenge theme is any Any Christmas Card or other December holiday with an optional twist of Out With The Old & In With The New. 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 a free digital paper sent to you that our intrepid leader Lisa of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles has designed. 

My card this month has a mixture of Old & New

Old is the digital papers which were offcuts that are from a previous project.
Old is the peel off line stickers & sentiment I have had in my stash for a million years.
Old is the Elegant Deer die I have had for at least a couple of years and not previously used.

New is the gilding flakes used to 'colour' the die cut
New is gilding which is a new technique for me.

I have used the following papers designed by Lisa

The base is a sheet of white A4 cardstock. I wanted to add gold as the metallic accent as this was a large part of the colour of the gilding flakes. I used a metallic mirri card to create a border around the plaid paper. I have some border stickers from Lakeland Limited that I have been using for years. There are an assortment of thicknesses in silver and gold and have proven so useful. It is a shame they don't do crafty things anymore as I got quite a few things from them over the years. I lad the thin gold strip along the thin black lines on the pattern as I felt it gives the paper a more opulent effect that enhances the gilding.

The deer is a Sizzix thinlits die that I cut from a double sided sticker sheet. It was a bit fiddly to remove as the curly sections of the antlers were very delicate. I added this 'sticker' to the crumpled Chrome paper and cracked open my gilding flakes from Indigo Blu.

Now having never used gilding flakes I am not altogether too sure if my technique was right as I got myself in a right mess. I had used an old ice cream tub and put a few flakes into it. I then grabbed a few and squooshed into the sticky shape. Once covered I started to remove the excess that stuck out. This is when I started to get it everywhere as the static build up was worse than I had expected. I used a muslin clothe to rub off the excess and buff it but it just kept sticking to me. It was so funny at the time as these little precious flakes were all over my desk. Eventually I managed to control the bits and get them back into the pot. Having watched a YouTube video I now know I should have used a stiff brush to get the excess off before rubbing it with the cloth. The demonstrator got into a mess too though so I don't think I did too bad for my first attempt. I enjoyed doing it though and it didn't put me off having another go ☺

Apologies for the weird angle on the photo as it was the only way I could get the foiling to show up properly. 

Card Details -

Size - A5

Die - Elegant Deer (Sizzix Thinlits)

Digital Papers - Purple Plaid, Crumpled Chrome (Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles)

Embellishments - Morris Dance Megaflake (Indigo Blu) Peel off Sticker sentiment, Peel off line sticker

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


  1. Very pretty and creative card! Yes those flakes have a mind of their own and each time I use them I say never again lol, but I just love the end result!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Peace On Earth!
    Diane POE Co-Owner
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Peace On Earth}
    {Stencil Fun}

  2. He is a very elegant deer! I like what you've done in the background with the paper and peel offs.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  3. Love the gold! Thanks for sharing with Sunday Songs and Rhymes!

  4. Very elegant image of the deer, the background paper is lovely
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  5. I love the use of the gilding flakes. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  6. Beautiful card Mandy love the Deer and vibrant colours
    Carol x

  7. I love those 2 digital papers!!! And you've paired them with the large deer image for some drama! Terrific Christmas card! Thanks for linking to MTTCC!!! --Becca/DT

  8. who doesn't like sparkle card, thank you for joining us at MMM something new challenge

  9. Gorgeous card
    Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge good luck Ginny DT
    Penny's Challenge

  10. Beautiful card, Mandy. Gorgeous colours. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Wilma

  11. What a FAb die this is. GORgeous colours and design.
    Thank you so much for joining us this week at Crafty Catz.
    GDT Chrissyxx

  12. A great card
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Avril x

  13. Very elegant, love your card! Thanks for sharing at DigiChoosday! Christin

  14. Gorgeous elegant card Mandy..
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge this fortnight at As You Like It..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  15. Lovely card! Love those purples! Thanks so much for entering our Sunday Song & Rhyme Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.
    Cara, The Sunday Song & Rhyme Challenge Design Team
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  16. What a gorgeous card!! Love the pretty color combo you used!!
    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!
    Have a great day.

  17. The deer embossed in gold is stunning! Thank you for joining our Cut It Up Anything Goes challenge.
    Larelyn (CIU owner)

  18. Your golden deer is beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

  19. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Greetings Sylvia DT.

  20. Elegant indeed, love the sparkly combination of gold and purple. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #107.

  21. A lovely card, thanks for sharing it with us at Twisted Thursday Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  22. Lovely Christmas card, Mandy. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month. Good luck!
    Liz xx

  23. This is so beautiful! Thank you for entering MMMChallenge.

  24. Lovely card. So glad you joined us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene CT

  25. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our CRAFTING HAPPINESS challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  26. Beautiful card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  27. Hi Mandy just popping back to say -Thank you for joining our 1st Challenge at Birthstone Challenges
    Carol DT x

  28. That gold deer is just beautiful! Well done with the gilding flakes - they can be tricky little beasts! Thanks for joining us at Love to Craft challenge
    Deborah DT

  29. Lovely work! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah

  30. A very bold and eye catching design Mandy :)

  31. Super:)Thanks for playing with us at Let's Craft and Create :)Ines DT

  32. A really festive card! Thanks for joining us at the Papercraft challenge.

  33. Wow, Mandy! What an incredibly GORGEOUS presentation of color and texture! That "crumpled" digi paper certainly looks real! So happy I got to see your creation at Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenges . Thanks for the inspiration, and I hope to see more of your designs soon.
    Crafting Smiles,
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  34. A beautiful Christmas card in shades of gold and blue! So pretty!
    Thanks so much for sharing again at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  35. beautiful christmas card
    thank you for participating in our challenge
    until next time
    Greetings Jolanda Bongers
    DT Festive Friday Challenge

  36. What a beautiful card! I’ve never used gilding flakes before, but your end result is stunning. Thank you for sharing and playing along with ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Wendy

  37. Lovely colours, beautiful plaid background. Thank you so much for joining us at Peace on Earth.

  38. Such a wonderful use of rich, regal colors, Mandy! Thank you for sharing your glittering creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Good Luck and Happy New Year!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  39. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Outlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes, Creative Fingers and My Time to Craft Christmas. Hope to see you again.


  40. Thank you for playing our Snippets Challenge at Christmas Craft Creations, love the color!

    Leanne DT Member/CCC

  41. Another lovely project Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters (
    Wendy DT

  42. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your card at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!


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