Saturday, 5 December 2020

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #89

According to the Hungarian tradition, during the night of December 5, St Nicholas goes from house to house to put tiny gifts to the children's shiny and clean boots. This is why, today I would like to show you a "Mikulás" card, a St Nicholas card. The text means greetings from St Nicholas.


This card was sent in 1927, I guess. The postmark is not so clear or visible but the stamp they used was published from 1926-1928. 

You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.



Friday, 4 December 2020

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #88

 Again a really vintage postcard from 1900.


It has an undivided back which means only the address has place on the back. This is why you can see writings on the front.

You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.



Thursday, 3 December 2020

Mini treat boxes decorated with Santa

Every year, for Saint Nicolas/St Nicholas (Mikulás in Hungarian) and for Christmas I prepare tiny handmade gifts filled with chocolate for my daughter, Eszter's friends.

Here are some samples from the last years, if you click here and here.

And voilà, here are the latest handmade gifts.


For these little boxes, I used the Sizzix Thinlits die, Milk Carton box die (658823) and a beautiful turquoise paper with gold dots that I bought in Thionville (France) in the Culrura shop. 

The Santas are part of the Jingle All The Way (MFT, Birdie Brown) stamp set. I stamped the images with Tsukineko Memento (Rich Cocoa) ink on Neenah Solar White paper and coloured them with Copic Sketch markers. 

The little bells are from the past years Lindt Santa Chocolate.

For taking these pictures, I placed to books behind the boxes so you can see or imagine better the sizes of the boxes.



With my treat boxes I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Fun with dies

Thank you for stopping by!!! Happy crafting!!!



Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #87

 Here is another vintage Christmas postcard with children.


This postcard was made in Germany, in Leipzig. The manufacturer was Meissner&Buch which was founded in 1861 by Julius August Meissner and August Buch.

This card was sent in 1926.

If you would like to see my other vintage Christmas postcards, please click on the 'old Christmas cards' label on the sidebar.



Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #86

Here is the second postcard of this year. 


This scene is typical of the 1930s and yes this card was posted in 1936.

You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.




Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Advent calendar with Jolly St. Nick by Tim Holtz

It's already December and we have a new challenge over at the Country View Challenges. And I think you will love the theme, which is Christmas - Anything Goes. It's super, isn't it?

For this challenge, I finished an advent calendar.


I started to make this advent calendar two years ago but I imagined a completely other design for it. I wanted to place the Christmas carollers inside but they were too tiny for this huge wooden calendar. But when Jolly St. Nicks was launched and when this year the Toyland die was released too, I knew exactly how this calendar would turn out.




For finding out the final design I also had an inspiration from one of my earlier cards. This was a winter scene with St. Nicks and you can find it here.

About the advent calendar... It was first painted brown, then I added wax to the edges and some parts. For this, I just used a candle. With this technique you can achieve a distress look because the cover paint won't adhere to the waxed area. 

The numbers were cut out with Sizzix Thinlits, 3/4"Alphanumeric dies and I painted them red with Festive Berries Distress paint.

For St. Nicks's suit and for the other red elements, I also used the Festive Berries paint.



What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Jolly St. Nicks by Tim Holtz - for Santa

Sizzix Thinlits die, Toyland by Tim Holtz - for the bag

Sizzix Thinlits die, Santa's Helper by Tim Holtz - for one of the present

Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things - for one of the present

Sizzix Thinlits die, Retro Merry Christmas - for the text

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric 3/4" by Tim Holtz - for the numbers

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alpine by Tim Holtz - for the pine  trees

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Mini Cardinal&Poinsettia - for the cardinal

Ranger Distress paints (Festive Berries, Bundled Sage, Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)

Ranger Archival Distress inks (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke) - for the edges of the painted elements

Ranger Distress inks (Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo) - for the white cardstock pieces

Idea-Ology, Metallic Paper Stash - for the gold glasses and the belt buckle

etc.



If you have a Christmas project, please don't hesitate to join our November challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend at the Country View Crafts online shop.

And don't forget, today Susan starts an Advent calendar which means that every day a new door, a new offer reveals. The daily offers only available for one day! So hurry up! Don't miss these sales at the Country View Crafts!

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #85

Every year in December I share with you the pieces of my vintage Christmas postcard collection. This is an old hobby of mine, so I have a huge collection. Since I am Hungarian, I'm only interested in the Hungarian Christmas postcards. But I hope you will still enjoy them.

Let's start this year with a gnome card. 


I love these jolly gnomes around the fire. If you look at them you will be in good spirit too. The card has an undivided back, it means the sender has no space to write his wishes this is why you can see writing on the front. The backside was for the address only. So this is an early postcard and I assume my card was posted in 1900 or 1901 - although the date of the postmark is not visible but the edition of the stamp helped me to find out the date.

If you would like to see my other vintage Christmas postcards, please click on the 'old Christmas cards' label on the sidebar.



Monday, 30 November 2020

Box card - winter scene with boys

Hello everyone, I'm here with a new box card which was made with the MFT latest release die, the Outside the Box, Level-Up die set. These boys on the card are my cheeky nephews and I made this card for my sister.



What I used:

MFT Die-Namics, Outside The Box, Level-Up die set

MFT Die-Namics, Outside The Box, Snow Drifts die set

MFT Birdie Brown, Pile On The Hugs stamp set

MFT Birdie Brown, Snow Buddies stamp set

MFT Birdie Brown, New Best Friend stamp set

MFT, Cool Christmas stamp set

Copic Sketch markers

Neenah Solar White papers

etc.



With this card, I would like to join the:

MFT Outside The Box Challenge: Happy Holidays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes



Thursday, 26 November 2020

Christmas card with gingerbread family

I've just realised that I've been silent for nearly two weeks! OMG! In the Holiday season! It's completely weird and pretty unusual from me! But here I am again with a Christmas card.


For making this card, I took a 300gsm watercolour paper and stencilled the rosette pattern using the Stampers Anonymous Rosette stencil (THS092). For this, I used the Ranger white embossing powder. 

Then I blended red inks onto the surface. First just Abandoned Coral and Festive Berries but later I added darker and bolder colours like Candied Apple and Aged Mahogany.



I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink.


And in the end, I spritzed with diluted Vintage Photo spray stain.

The gingerbread figures were cut out from 300gsm Kraft paper twice and glued them together to give them more dimension. Then I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.


Next step was spattering them with Vintage Photo spray stain but this time I didn't water the liquid.


And then I spattered with white acrylic paint (Ranger Picket Fence).



What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Freshed Baked 1 by Tim Holtz

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric 3/4" by Tim Holtz

Sizzix Thinlits die, Colorize, Deck the Halls by Tim Holtz

Stampers Anonymous, Rosette stencil (THS092)

Idea-Ology Small Talk sticker book, Occasions

Ranger Distress inks (Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain)

Ranger Distress spray stain (Vintage Photo)

Ranger Distress paint (Picket Fence)

Ranger embossing powder (white)



This was not the first time when I made a slimline card with red background and with these gingerbread figures. But this was the first time that I made the red pattern paper. Earlier I always used Tim's pattern paper from one his Christmas paper stash set. 

You can see my earlier Christmas card and my Valentine's Day card with the same figures.

With this card, I would like to join the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Food and/or Drink

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes


Friday, 13 November 2020

Birthday card - ladies with champagne glasses

I have a friend who got this birthday card from me. She loved that card so much that she wanted one for her friend in Hungary. So she asked me to make a similar card but she insisted on glasses filled with rosé Champagne. 

And here is the card I made for her.


What I used:

MFT Die-Namics, Layered Champagne Glass die

Idea-Ology, Paper Dolls

Stampers Anonymous, Lattice&Flourish stamp set by Tim Holtz

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk stamp set by Tim Holtz

Stamperia paper pad, Alice 12x12" - the polka dot paper behind the Lattice background

Ranger Distress Ink pads (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo)

Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder

Ranger Distress Archival ink, Ground Espresso 

Copic Sketch makers - to colour the champagne glasses

half pearls 

etc.


With my card, I would like to join the 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Remembrance/Thinking of you

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge: Celebrate