Sunday, 9 December 2012

Batch Cookin'

I'm currently trying to use up some of my holidays from work, so I had a day off on Friday specifically to try to catch up on some cardmaking .. and catch up I sure did!! I finally got to grips with the harsh reality that I have no way enough Chrimbo cards in my stash, so I made a couple of batches. All day long I laboured and at the end of it I had made 22 cards - that has more than doubled the total of Chrimbo cards I had made all year - yay!

Here's a poorly lit pic of them all standing on the cupboard in our study ...

Today I'm focussing on the kraft card batch I made - back tomorrow with a post about the blue ones :-)

All these cards were fundamentally the same design, with the only differences being different colour card and buttons, and slightly different papers from the same pad. For the red ones I also made some using some over-sized red gems I had found in my stash and never really knew what to do with until now!

This was actually a great way of using up some card scraps, although I had bought a reel of yummy ribbon last week specifically to go with my kraft papers, and I used it all up in one go! (That explains why a couple of the cards do actually have some different ribbon on them!)

Stamps: Penny Black sentiment
Papers: LotV "Krafty Chrstmas";
Supplies: ribbon from Hobbycraft; gems from the Hobby House, Papermania (tan and champagne gems - perfect for kraft card) and my stash; twine from The Ribbon Girl; buttons from The Hobby House (green), The Ribbon Girl and my stash;
Tools: Cuttlebug "Ice Crystal" die; Martha Stewart "Arctic Snowflake" punch.


I've pictured 7 cards above of the 18 kraft cards I made - but I'm listing all the challenge entries together ... so for challenges with a maximum number of entries please assume I'm entering my second, third etc. card down! :-) )

CRAFT #184 - Christmas
Charisma #48 - Christmas
Pretty Little Ribbon #17 - It's Christmas!
Paper Pretties Wednesday #235 - Christmas Inspired
Paperplay #49 - Christmas is Coming
Craft Us Crazy #32 - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ...
Totally Gorjuss #161 - Oh No, Snow!
Simon Says - Snowflakes (2nd entry)
Dutch Dare #194 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colours
MAWTT - Clean And Simple
Penny's Paper Crafty #105 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

That's all for today - back with my second batch tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  1. Hi Pauline, what a large batch!!! Love the design on all of them and so glad to hear you've more than enough now. I've ran out and must make a few more on hubby's request. Enjoy a fab day! Ruby x

  2. These are really lovely Pauline...such a lovely batch. The snowflake really finishes them off beautifully x

  3. How spooky...I've just made a card almost identical to these! the kraft with the icy blue...and all those snowflakes! :0)
    Helen x

  4. fantastic 'batch' of cards, they all look gorgeous
    Kim x

  5. Gorgeous batch of cards Pauline! Love the CAS design.

  6. These are stunning! Love 'em all! Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. What a gorgeous cards.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  8. Wow hun, you really did have a cracking day! 22 in one go, that is impressive - and what a stunning result, these are brilliant! Hugs Sxx

  9. fab cards, love the combo
    thanks for playing with us at paperplay this week

  10. Gorgeous cards Pauline! Totally inspired me to get out the kraft!
    Rcah xx

  11. What a busy little bee you have been Pauline, and WOW what a result! They are all all the different colours with the kraft. The CAS design is very elegant too. I look forward to a close-up viewing of the blue ones.

    Unbelievably, I have had 4 huge red gems lurking in my stash for AGES, and in a moment of frustration with them always being in the way, and not thinking how I could use them, I tossed them about 2 weeks ago!!!!
    Oh dear, can you imagine what the people at the garbage tip would think if I started to rummage through their many tonnes of garbage???.....On second thoughts, perhaps I should visit my local craft shop again...any excuse eh??

    Jennifer. x

  12. Absolutely brilliant and gorgeous cards Pauline.

  13. That certainly was a productive day Pauline and cards are very elegant, the white against the Kraft looks very effective.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Pretty Little Ribbons challenge this month.

    B x

  14. All of them are gorgeous, love the idea of a kraft Christmas card!

    Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  15. These are all so lovely, quite simple but so so effective. Thanks for joining us this week at Moving Along With The Times.
    Kim xXx

  16. Wow 22 cards in one sitting! Go girl, that's awesome! It would take me a whole year to make that many lol, they look gorgeous too, I love Kraft it makes a fab change to white or ivory,
    Thanks for sharing at penny's,
    Hugs Klair DT xx

  17. These are lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's and good luck.

  18. Stunning cards - I love them all! Thanks for joining us over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge, hope to see you next time.
    Mandy x (PPCC DT)

  19. Wow Pauline! You have been busy. I just love winter theme cards and the die you opted to use is perfect. Thanks for playing along with us at CCC this week.

  20. Lovely cards and so many!
    Unfortunatly DDCC don't allow you to enter more than 8 other enteries.

  21. Can you do mine too lol these are fantastic love them thanks for playing along with us at PCJ this time good luck
    Jacki xx

  22. what a huge batch and just love the simplicity but effective layout xx


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