Friday, August 19, 2016

Rudolph the red-nosed...Rabbit???

Hey folks!  I'm back again tonight with another Christmas card:

 
This adorable Christmas Bunny topper from the Holly Time set by Sylvia Zet makes for a cute card!  Stef and Lauren at Jingle Belles are asking for cards that are predominantly red...I hope this is enough to qualify!  I used papers from 2 American Crafts 6x6 pads:  Jack Frost and Wish List.  I thought they complimented the pre-colored image quite well.  Distressed all my paper edges with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  Added some Wink of Stella to the white parts of his Santa hat...honest!  Picked out a light blue card stock to mat the image and papers, and this was done.  Oh, and I used the previous Sketch Saturday sketch.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  ATG or optional "Christmas Confectionery" theme
Jingle Belles:  Rudolph the RED-nosed reindeer (use mostly red)
CHNC #294:  Color brown (Frayed Burlap distress ink)
Christmas Card Challenges #36:  ATG or optional "Angels" theme
The Cutie Pie Challenge #102:  Work, Rest or Play
CRAFT Challenge #377:  Christmas
Broken Fairy #8:  ATG or optional "Use your stash" theme
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you all enjoy your weekend, and may God Bless you!  :)
 
~Marie~
 
ETA:  This card was a winner at Glitter and Sparkle!  Thanks a lot!  :)
 
 
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Double duty...

Greetings blogger friends!  As I have been shorter on time lately with the second shift job I was working, I have asked the permission of my wonderful DT bosses, Hazel and Deanne, if I could use one card for my commitments, just for this month.  They agreed, so here is the card:
 
 
Over at Christmas Cards All Year Round, we are using bright colors to inspire you this month.  I had this Reindeer - Christmas goodies image on my desk, begging for color, so I figured he would go great with some brighter colors.  My collection of Christmas dp isn't necessarily very bright, but I thought these 2 papers from MME's Merry Little Christmas 6x6 pad were pretty close.  A nice bright blue card stock from my stash compliments it well, I think.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  ATG or optional Christmas confectionery theme
CHNC #294:  Color brown (a little or a lot)
Crimbo Crackers #113:  Blue Christmas theme
Christmas Card Challenges #36:  Optional "Angels" theme or ATG
Simon Wednesday:  Let's Go Wild (reindeer are pretty wild, right?)
 
Thanks for joining me today!  Make sure you check out the Christmas Cards all Year Round blog and Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra blog for the mid-month posts...I know that both Design Teams have fabulous samples to inspire you!  I gotta run...we have a new movie to watch! 
 
God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lovin' the Bugaboo!!

Greetings bloggers, and happy Tuesday!  I'm back again today to share another Christmas card for the ole stash-eroonie:

 
Isn't this Candy Cane Mouse image from Bugaboo just the cutest?  I decided to use the current Verve sketch to showcase this little guy,
after I had seen some cute Christmas cards in the Jingle Belles gallery, and did an investigation!  :)
The dp comes from the Recollections Sugar Plum 12x12 paper pad.  When I was deciding what strip to put behind the circle element, I was going to use vellum at first, but didn't think it looked right.  I also didn't want to just use a plain strip of the dark red card stock, and I didn't want to emboss it either.  What to do, what to do?  I spied my Wink of Stella brush pen, and I slathered it all over each end of the strip.  There.  Perfect!  I love this card...I may just keep it out for awhile...LOL!
 
Challenges:
 
Verve:  Viva La Verve August Sketch 1
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  Optional Christmas Confectionery theme
Jingle Belles:  We Three Kings  (multiples of 3)
CHNC #293:  Vintage or ATG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges #35:  ATG or optional photo inspiration
Broken Fairy #8:  ATG or optional twist, Use your stash
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today, and God bless you!
 
~Marie~

Friday, August 5, 2016

No Peeking!

Happy Friday bloggers!  I know I'm happy it's Friday, as I have off work, although that will only be for another week yet.  Week after next, I will be returning to work at the job I was laid off from in May.  I will be a temporary employee again, BUT I will be getting paid more per hour than I am now, AND it's day shift.  That's most important to me and my family, that we have what I like to call, a "normal" life.  Working a full-time, second shift job is NOT for me!
 
Returning to our regularly scheduled programming now, how about a Christmas card?
 
 
I was in the mood to use a sketch again, so I decided to participate in 52 {Christmas}Card Throwdown's, Pick a Previous sketch challenge.  I didn't have to go back very far to find one...I used their most recent,  #52, from July:
 
 
Of course, the first thing I thought of when seeing the triangular element was "tree."  BUT, I have a few colored Bugaboo images sitting on my desk, and this one (Christmas Mouse Present) fit perfectly.  :)
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  ATG or optional Christmas Confectionery theme
CHNC #292:  ATG Christmas
Simon Says Monday:  Celebrate!
Hiding in my Craft Room #261:  Christmas in July theme
Broken Fairy #7:  ATG with a twist, Embossing (heat or dry) White sentiment is heat embossed
 
 
Thanks for stopping by to have a look today...May God bless you! 
 
~Marie~

ETA:  This card was chosen for an Honorable Mention at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  WOOHOO!  Thanks!  :)
 
 
 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Another month closer to Christmas 2016!

Here we are again, another month closer to the BIG DAY!  How is your Christmas card stash coming along?  If you are in need of some inspiration, come on over to Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra, where the DT has some fabulous samples for you!  Here is what I created for the beginning of the month of AUGUST:
 
 
I was super inspired by Monica's yummy pink-iced cupcake for July's mid-month post, that I made one of my own!  I used a specific sketch for this card, but darned if I remember where to find it!  If anybody out there knows, please help me out!  The sentiment comes from the Martha Stewart Sweet Holiday set, and the cupcakes stamped in Versamark on the card base are from Hampton Art.  The holly embossing folder on the light pink diagonal piece is from The Paper Studio.
 
Now don't forget to join us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra, where if your card is randomly picked, you'll win $21 worth of Bugaboo stamps!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and God bless!
 
~Marie~
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Warmest Winter Wishes

Stopping by very quickly with this card I just finished:
 
 
I wanted to join in with the Jingle Belles, Stef and Lauren this week, for Stef's fabulous sketch:
 

I turned it on it's side to fit my rectangular piece of dp from the Snow Village 12 x 12 pack from Pink Paislee better.  There are 2 whole sheets of pieces like this, showcasing different patterns from the paper pad, and I thought they would be perfect for this sketch!
 
Gotta run, so I'll link this up, as their challenge ends in a few hours!

Other Challenges:

12 Months of Christmas Link Up:  ATG or optional Christmas blooms
Jingle Belles:  We 3 Kings (things in three's) 3 word sentiment, 3 W's
Holly Jolly #77:  Show us some sparkle
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  ATG
Crimbo Crackers #112:  ATG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges#34:  ATG Christmas
Simon WednesdayATG
July Rudolph Days:  ATG Christmas
Digi Choosday #30:  ATG
Penny's Paper-Crafty #288:  ATG





 
 
Thanks for stopping by, and God Bless!
 
~Marie ~

 
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

I'm loving all the Christmas in July festivities going on!  I really wish I could have participated in some of them...especially the Bugaboo one.  That one is always jam-packed full of fun activities!  Oh well, maybe next year. 

In the meantime, how about a Christmas card?


Here's another pre-colored version of Emma the Caroler, from Fred, She Said.  I did do a bit of sponging around the image on this one.  Super simple layout so that Tracey's beautiful image is in the spotlight.  IRL, her dress is all kinds of shimmery, thanks to the always camera-shy Wink of Stella.  Sentiment from Signature Christmas from Papertrey Ink.

Challenges:

Winter Wonderland:  Carol singers/Make a scene
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #19:  Ag or optional Christmas blooms theme
CHNC #290:  Cute or AG Christmas
Holly Jolly #76:  Inspired by a song (We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
ABC Christmas:  "N" for NO RULES
Christmas Card Challenges #33:  AG or optional color inspiration
Crafty Calendar:  Punches/Dies
Animal Friends #40:  Animal + Dies/Punches
Fussy and Fancy #168:  Christmas in July
Broken Fairy #6:  AG w/ twist of Christmas in July
 

 
Thanks for stopping by!
God Bless!

~Marie~
 
ETA:  This card was picked as a DT favorite at Crafting from the Heart, and also was picked to be in the TOP 3 at Broken Fairy Designs! 
Thank you!  :)  :)