Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Card Swap

The lovely Amy from lovemademyhome has arranged a bloggy Christmas Card Swap this year. If you haven't visited Amy's blog then you are missing out ! Amy's posts are fun and interesting, with lots of great pictures, and crafty makes :) After replying to Amy to say I'd take part, she emailed me the details of my swap-partner. I was paired with Clicky Needles (I think Clicky likes her anonymity so I'm respecting that) from clickyneedles. I hadn't visited clickyneedles before, so I popped on over, and enjoyed a browse. Clicky's posts are great to read, full of family fun and knitting adventures, ooooh the knitting, her needles surely do click!

We contacted each other and exchanged postal details. Clicky was super-quick and practically the next day I received a beautiful home-made card. It was one of the first cards that we received in fact:)

Isn't it fab :) So elegant and pretty, I'd never thought of making a card using embroidery thread this way, I will definitely be making some like this next year :) I was so chuffed to receive Clicky's card, I know lots of people are opting out of the Christmas Card chaos, but I am a firm fan, and receiving a home-made (well, I am assuming Clicky did make it) card from a fellow bloggy crafter is just lovely, and it was equally as lovely to make one to send in return.

Now. If you are reading this Clicky, please STOP! as I am about to post details of the making of my card to you! If you are anyone else, you may continue.

I'm terribly last-minute about everything so of course I only got round to making my card for Clicky yesterday, and I think I missed the last Christmas post. Honestly, I reeeeeeally annoy myself with my last-minute-ness, but I just perform better to a deadline. Yes, I will be that person still wrapping presents at midnight on Christmas Eve. I kid you not. 

Anyway, back to the card. I dithered about making a card with a crochet embellishment, but I have loads of Christmas cross-stitch books and booklets, so I thought I'd use one of those instead. 

I decided to make the First Day of Christmas' Partridge in a Pear Tree. It was stitched whilst watching Christmas movies and eating mince pies :) Very festive :)

And I put it in a rather jolly red and gold window card. I hope Clicky likes it :)


  1. Gorgeous card. :) One to keep I think. Have a great Christmas. x

  2. Clicky is lovely isn't she, we swapped brooches earlier in the year and she is super fast at sending - very organised as well as lovely!! The cards from both of you are so lovely, and how nice that you each made cards, you are both so good!! Glad that you enjoyed the swap! Happy Christmas! xx

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  4. Sorry Jill, I deleted my previous comment because it was full of typos and of course I didn't check it before clicking the 'publish' button! Just wanted to say that the cards, given and received, are both beautiful,. Also, I am so with you on the whole Christmas card scenario, I love choosing, writing and sending cards, and I love to receive them too. I think it's a real shame it's a dying tradition. X

  5. Hi Jill.. your card is a frame-able work of art.. lucky CN! Her card is fun and homemade.. a nice swap for you two. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Definitely a beautiful keepsake! Merry Christmas. x

  7. Both cards are very beautiful and artisty!

    Take care

  8. Hi Jill! What a precious card you made, so delicate!
    I'm sure the recipient is going to like it!
    I want to wish you a happy Christmas!
    Ingrid xx

  9. Hello Jill! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! :) xx

  10. The Christmas card swap is a great idea, and both cards are brilliantly creative :) Have a lovely Christmas!
    Cathy x

  11. Since I adore you both I think this was a perfect pairing. I love both your cards, and believe me she is going to love yours.

    Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family,

  12. Happy New Year Jill! Hope you have enjoyed the holiday season. The card swap is a very sweet idea and they are both fab! I see I have missed a few posts. Enough to read up on then :)


  13. Jill, I love it, thanks so much. It must have taken hours compared to mine. I'm quite proud of myself however, as I made it up all by myself! xx

    1. You're welcome :) No idea how long it took and I didn't count the mince pies either! I really loved your card, never seen that idea before, really clever :)


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