Monday 31 August 2020

Christmas snippets patchwork

Hello, crafting friends!

There have been some of what my youngest son describes as 'Sad boy hours' here at Crafting Clare Towers, but I'm just about managing to squeak in with a quick Christmas card before the end of the month! Come and see:

The Optical Illusion set of Spellbinders dies I won at the Snippets playground are proving to be VERY useful for using up my snippets! For this quick and simple card, I used the hexagons to cut out bits of left-over designer paper in similar colours and arranged them patchwork style over a good thick card base.

I spent ages trying to find the right sentiment and ended up with this one from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks. I expect if you're a Patcher, any time of year is the season to be patching!! I experimented with embossing it in gold, then in black, but the breakthrough was stamping it in brown ink and then, when it was dry, pressing it into a versamark pad and clear embossing it.

Sorry about the bad photo but I wanted you to see yow deliciously shiny it is!

The card was a CASE of this gorgeous one of Stephanie's from last year, as per this fortnight's challenge at Jingle Belles. Ann's tic tac toe board at The Paper Players was helpful too - I chose the diagonal line Die cuts, Embossing and Patterned Paper. I'm also linking up at the Snippets Playground and joining in with The Rudolph Day Challenge.

I was absolutely delighted to have my daughter and her partner to stay last week but sadly I suffered excrutiating toothache for most of the time. I managed to get an emergency dental appointment in the end and my dentist found the offending tooth had split vertically and had to be extracted. No wonder it had been so painful!

I was well looked after at any rate, but now Nurse Eva has taken over and the only treatments she recommends are brisk walks and golden cuddles! 

Sending hugs,


  1. Beautiful CAS card.

    But OUCH over the tooth. Hope you are now pain free. I'm sure nurse Eva is looking after you well.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Oooo what a stunning CAS card and sounds like the die you won, is very useful too, thanks for joining us at Augusts Rudolph Days Challenge, Luv Sam x

  3. Hi Vicky, I have just seen this over at Jingle Belles and thought it was very striking so popped over to see you and reconnected with the Snippets Playground and my old friend Sarn.

    Sorry to hear you were in so much pain. Normally for tooth pain I would recommend dabbing it with clove oil but I think your's would have been way too painful for that.....

    Take care

    Mandy xxx

  4. Gorgeous card, Vicky. So sorry about your fractured tooth. I had one a few years ago that my dentist managed to save via filling it and the neighboring one to create a kind of splint. Unfortunately there's now a weak spot, thankfully without the agony, so I've got an appointment in a couple weeks for a temporary filling until the permanent fix can be done at some point

  5. Love your card the papers you used for the hexagons are gorgeous and the arrangement perfect a wonderful CAS Christmas card

  6. Ouch that sounds painful indeed! Thank goodness nurse Eva will take cate of you. That’s a pretty way to use up snippetsxxx

  7. such a lovely, simple but effective card :)

  8. Your dog looks so sweet!

    Sorry to hear about your tooth. That sure sounds painful. Bet you are glad it is gone now.

    Your card is lovely. I will try to remember how to make that sentiment shine...I thought it was a great idea.

    Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

  9. And another fabulous card using the hexagon die - so elegant Vicky! Poor you with the tooth - hope Eva's ministrations have helped you.


    Di xx

  10. Oh, my, tooth pain is horrible and it's so unfortunate it occured during your daughter's visit. Glad things have improved and you were able to make this seriously terrific holiday card! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week Vicky!

  11. I have to laugh when I saw this ... I had seen this card earlier in my feed and thought ... I love this & I should really make a hexagon card ... and then to see you CASE'd me cracked me up ... I adore your card ... so very glad you joined us at Jingle Belles.

  12. Wonderful hexagons and what fun papers. Yikes the tooth sounded awful, glad you were able to get it taken care of.

    Nurse Eva I am sure was a big help in your recovery.

    Hugs Diane

  13. What a great design, Vicky! I love the mix of patterns. That shiny sentiment is awesome! I'm glad you are feeling better without that pesky, cracked tooth! Thank goodness you had nurse Eva to tend to you! Thank you for playing in my Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players this week!

  14. I've been such a bad blogger this week so my apologies for for being so later popping in to look at your lovely creation.

    Hope your mouth is feeling less painful.

    B x

  15. I love the papers you used to create your hexagons! Your embossed sentiment is gorgeous! Sure hope you are feeling much better now! Tooth aches are horrible! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

  16. A clever way to combine colour, pattern and texture with your hexagon pattern Vicky - love it! Hope that pesky tooth has now been properly fixed - toothache is up there with earache, both just the worst! - and you are now feeling much better. Thanks for sharing your pretty CAS Christmas card with us over at The Paper Players this week!

  17. ooooooh that is SUCH a cool version of stephanie's CAS hexes! and of course you've picked the PERFECT snippets to use! so pleased you could CASE XMAS with us at JINGLE BELLES!


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