06 December, 2021

Moody Christmas

It's a rather unplanned post from me today, but I've created a rather unplanned card that I'd like to show you. Its main motif is a traditional St. Nicholas song, which I found in an old book of Christmas customs. 
The little musical sheet seemed perfect to be featured in one of my crafting projects, so I cut it out and glued it onto dark blue card board. Then, I began to look for matching papers in my stash. I soon found a dark blue paper with snowflakes and stars, but the piece was a bit too small to place onto a white card base. I began searching for a brown paper that would match the huge snowflake in the lower corner, with no avail - all the browns I could find were either too ocher or too chocolaty.
I extended my search beyond monochrome papers, even though I doubted that I could combine the prominent Christmas pattern with any other pattern. However, I got lucky in the end. Now, I could give half of my crafting supplies away to the one that makes the perfect guess, but I doubt that I'd have to part with anything. Truth is, the sandy crumbs that I placed onto the card base as well as behind the Christmas carol are just that: sandy crumbs! I found a beach-themed patterned paper that goes perfectly with snowflakes in a  winter night. Who'd have thought!
Once that was done, I added a bit of extra bling by placing a metal star right next to the Nicholas song. I fixated it with a tiny thread which I turned into a ribbon. I cut the ends to random lengths that would hide bits of the text, but I think anything shorter wouldn't give the effect I wanted. 
Overall, I think the recycling project turned out quite nice. I really like the dark, moody theme that emerged - not the typical Christmas atmosphere maybe, but given that it's pitch black before 5 pm, the dark starry sky isn't even that far from the truth.
In the end, I'll show you some hats the snow created on leftover dandelions. They look like little gnomes to me and were such a fun sight on my walk through the winter wonderland.

613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "any holiday" 
a bit more time to craft: ATG
a place to start: ATG with optional twist "blue Christmas"
cardz4guyz: shades of brown
cards4galz: snow time
crafty calendar: Christmas
crafty catz: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas
creative inspirations: Christmas time
everybody art: blue & white
fabnfunky: ATG Christmas
friendship challenge: Christmas
kreativtantenatypical Christmas colours
little red wagon: let it snow
love to craft: ATG 
12 months of Christmas: optional theme "ATG Christmas"
winter wonderland: ATG Christmas


  1. That´s a wonderful card. I love this song - we sing it every year at the St. Nicholas' Day. :)
    Thank you for your entry at Friendship Challenge.
    Good luck and happy crafting!
    Ilse (thera)

  2. I just love your entry! Thanks so much for a fun and well crafted response to our "Blue Christmas" challenge at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    A Place To Start, Owner
    613 Avenue Create, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
    Shopping Our Stash, DT
    The Color of Cards, Owner

  3. A beautiful and elegant Christmas card, thank you for joining in at Fab n Funky.
    Love your photos of the snow capped dandelions- they do look ike little gnomes!

  4. Beautiful card. The colours and design are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations, good luck.
    Gina xx

  5. I mixture of beach and snowflakes...I love it!! Coming from a VA girl who moved to FL...it is prefection!! Thanks for playing along with our "shades of brown" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!!

  6. Hello there, love your card - you've used such lovely rich colours, just gorgeous! Thanks for joining in with us this time at Crafty Calendar Challenge, hope to see you again.

    Crafty Calendar DT

    P.S. - Wonderful pictures of the dandelions as well, they really do look like they could part of a Fairy Wonderland!

  7. Beautiful card love the music sheet and die-cut snowflake.Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  8. A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge.

    Helen x

  9. Fabulous card! I really like that paper. Loving your dandegnomes too. (: Thank you for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  10. Very classy and elegant..
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  11. Great idea to use a song sheet for creating a card. This sonng is known in Germany in every house. It really is a very old song about St Nicolas comming. Amazing design with this ribbon and this little charm. Amazing christmas card.
    Thank you for presenting your card at the EAC Challenge.
    Hugs Uschi

  12. Really wonderful card! Love this song :)
    Thanks for joining us at the Kreativtanten Challenge!


  13. The music looks really pretty with that background. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Cardz 4 Galz Dawn S DT

  14. A very elegant and wonderful Christmas card. Thank you for playing along with us at CRAFTY CATZ this week. Best of luck with your entry. Nick DT

  15. So absolutely stunning.

  16. Wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at the CHNC Christmas Weekly this week for our Anything Goes, with the option of things with wings challenge.

  17. Pretty card. Thanks for joining us at A Place to Start this month for our "Blue Christmas" challenge

  18. This is so beautiful. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  19. This is really lovely hun. Love Dawn x

  20. Hi! You were chosen as a Rising Star at A Place To Start for the week of December 6 - 12, 2021. Thanks for your wonderful response to our challenge. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge!
    The Design Team
    A Place To Start

  21. Mixing in some Blue with Shades of Brown works really well for your Music Sheet. I like how subtle this card is and so suitable for a fellow. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at C4G. Cheers, Jolanda - DT

  22. Gorgeous Christmas card! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for  http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  23. Wonderful card and I love your snowy dandelions.

  24. so beautiful, i like it very much!
    Thanks for being part of this challenge...


  25. A wonderful card! Loved that song as a kid...
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Christmas in non-traditional colours” challenge over at the Kreativtanten & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    (DT Kreativtanten)