Tuesday 4 October 2022

Christmas Cheers

This card is one of a set I'm making for some Australian friends!  They would meet up on Friday evenings for zoom cocktail meetings during the pandemic.  We joined them a few times but unfortunately it was Friday morning here so a little too early for cocktails!  But we enjoyed a coffee and their company - especially as everything seemed so uncertain at that time!  

So, I thought Christmas cocktail cards would make a change from the snowy themed cards I usually send them - after all it is summer in December down under!  This set only arrived a few days ago and I've spent many "Happy Hours" since then preparing these little cocktails.  My fingers were a right mess but fortunately distress inks wash off fairly easily!   

The "glasses" were cut from scraps of acetate packaging and stacked for stability.  I used glossy accents to adhere the stacks and I added a coat to the top as well.  This set comes with the most adorable cocktail accessories - citric slice and segment, olive, cherry mint and what cocktail would be complete without a little paper umbrella!  Initially I kept the martini simple but it looked too plain so I added a little holly from Tim Holtz Winter Foliage (though it would probably taste awful)!

The "bar" was just a scrap of kraft card stock which I used a deckle edged die to cut the sides and then ran it through the "Lumber" 3-D Texture Fades folder.  I then ran come gilding wax over the top.

The first half of the sentiment was computer generated and a stacked "cheers" die cut was added to complete it with the top layer in gold!  I wanted to foil the computer generated part but I guess the finish on this paper was too rough and because the sentiment was quite small, the foil was barely discernible.  I decided to foil the whole panel (using a cheaper brand of foil) in a last ditch effort to make the sentiment more golden because that had worked on a previous occasion.  The whole panel now has lovely gold flecks through it!

Here's the inside!  I was going to stamp "from our house to yours" to continue the sentiment but the font was too elegant for such a light-hearted card and then "from our bar to yours" popped into my head so I generated that on the computer instead!

Instead of attaching the glasses to the panel with adhesive, I thought it would be fun to create fridge magnets.  I added magnets to the back of the "glasses" and corresponding magnets behind the front panel.   

Here's a video so you can see what I mean!  You'll also get a better sense of the golden finish!

I'd like to to enter the following challenges
Crafty Hazelnut's Challenge #614 - for someone special!
Peace on Earth Challenge #25 - Anything Christmas Goes
The Holly and Ivy Challenge #125 - Anything Christmas Goes
NBUS Challenge #43 - The Happy Hours set is new and had it's first "Use"
SOS Challenge #480 - Leaf Me Alone (Holly and Mint leaves on my cocktails)
Snippet's Playground Challenge #438 - I collect snippets of acetate from packaging and used these for the "glasses" as well as other snippets (especially that gold, it's too expensive not to save the snippets)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes this week!
Just us Girls Challenge #652 - "Scraps" - Scraps of acetate were used for the "glasses"!

Cheers, thanks for stopping by!  I hope you go away with some ideas for creating special Christmas cards for the special people in your life!  If you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you and can then return the favour!  



  1. What a funny idea with the magnets!!!

  2. Great idea with the magnets Kate such a fab card! hugs Sue x

  3. What a fun idea using the magnets (added bonus for this card recipient)! What a fun, fun creation! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!


    P.S. Just a friendly reminder that our new STENCIL FUN CHALLENGE is open and ready to see your stenciled creations. Hope you’ll come join in the fun!

  4. A gift on a card with those magnets....so creative!! Once I received a card with a starfish die attached as an embellishment...cute card and a gift all in one!! I love it!! Way to go shopping your stash!! Thanks for playing along with our "leaf me alone" challenge over at SOS!!

  5. What a fabulous idea! Love the card. Thank you for sharing at NBUS

  6. Ooh more cocktails! Perfect idea for sending to your friends and inspired to add the magnets.

  7. Cheers!
    Fabulous themed card for your friends "down under". It's always "happy hour" in the Snippets Playground. Thanks for coming to play. Meet Di and I up in the Treehouse later for a few cocktails. xxx

  8. What a great idea to make magnets, Kate. Those glasses are so realistic and the coloring of the drinks is wonderful. Thank for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.

  9. Darling holiday beverages, Kate! Love the idea of magnets at the back so the glasses can pop onto the frig!!

  10. What a great idea! A card with a gift: so very nice!
    Lia DT POE

  11. These are very special friends, Kate, because you put a lot of work into this delightful and unique Christmas card, perfect for Christmas time in Australia! I love all the fun details; making the drinks fridge magnets, putting them on a waxed mantle piece, and filling the background with gold flecks takes it to an even higher level! Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  12. What a clever card Kate! So fresh and I love the fact that they're also fridge magnets!


    Di xx

  13. Very creative design. Wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at the CHNC Christmas Weekly this week for our Anything Goes, optional for Someone Special

  14. Kate: Welcome to the THICC DT!!! Your card is very clever, brilliantly resourceful and interactive!! A trifecta of WOWs!!!!

  15. Holly leaves are perfection in your holiday beverages ... so very glad you joined our *Leaf Me Alone* Challenge at Shopping Our Stash.

  16. How clever and pretty!!! You have had a great idea with the magnets, having a card and a fridge magnet gift is a double joy to receive! Very well done!

  17. This is just brilliant and it looks so good. Well done on being a pick in the playground too.


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