Tuesday, December 30, 2014

More Christmas card shares and a few challenges


I know, I know. I can't seem to stop making Christmas cards. I'm saying this is the beginning for next year and that I will work on them all year, but who am I kidding? I will do this until about mid-January, lose interest, and go back to other occasions. Ha!

I'm playing along with some challenges today, too.

Colour Q color inspiration:

I used my Avery Elle Winter Wreath stamp set and my SSS Candy Cane Christmas stamp set in Sorbet, Sunflower, and Tulip CTMH colors. I also used Simply Chartreuse from PTI. My CTMH Olive was too olive.
The elements on the wreath were stamped and fussy cut. I was lucky enough to have a circle punch that perfectly fit the peppermints. Phew! I can't cut a circle to save my life. They look AWFUL. :) The embossed/die cut panel is from my Lil Inker Designs Rounded Rectangle die set. (Christmas gift, whooohooo!).
I am also playing along with the weekly Christmas Card Challenges for Anything Goes week.

The next one I want to share was a lot of fun to make, as well. I used the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge for my layout inspiration. Along with CASology's "LIGHT" Cue card. A perfect pairing!
I used my Paper Smooches "Freezy Fellas" stamp set to stamp the little light bulbs on strings. I first traced a shape of a container I had on my desk with a pencil to use as a guide for my bulbs. I then stamped them repeatedly along the strings before tracing the string with a  black journaling pen. I colored each bulb with Spectrum Noir Markers (also used to draw the light "beams") and stamped the sentiment from PTI's 'Tis The Season set. Lastly, I added a coat of CTMH Liquid Glass to each bulb. Voila!
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!
God Bless and Happy New Year,


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  1. What a fantastic string of lights. I like how you did so much more than just stamping. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

  2. Mandy, this is so so beautiful and I love all the holiday candy you used for your sweet wreath, so festive. Thank you so much for playing along with us at ColouQ, hope to see you again next week.

  3. I love the wreath! What a great idea! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges this week! -Jessica CCC DT

  4. Perfect Christmas wreath with a sweet sentiment too. Simple design and a lovely card . Thanks for sharing on Christmas Card Challenge Blog .

  5. Wow, I am so impressed with both your cards Mandy, but I think I am in love with the first one. Please don't give up on making Christmas cards - why not join us throughout the year and make next December more relaxed!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges.
    Carol x

  6. Sweet candies in a Christmas wreath - I love it! Thanks for joining us at colourQ!

  7. Gorgeous card. I love the wreath!! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges this week.

  8. Mandy your wreath is perfectly awesome. I just want to recreate one just like it! Happy New year and thank you for sharing with us at CASology!

  9. Ack! I love those teeny lights bulb and the fabulous CAS layout! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  10. A really creative take on the sketch Mandy!
    Thanks for playing at CAS(E) this sketch!

  11. Lovely card!
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges!
    Margo (DT)

  12. Absolutely amazing and cleverly done cards!! Love how they meet the challenges to a "T"!! Wonderful you has made me smile again with your creative interpretations of the challenges!! Way to go - I think you rock!!!

  13. Wonderful cards! I love how you added the candy to the wreath on the first one! And the second one, with the lights, is so fun! Great take on the sketch!

  14. Beautiful Christmas wreath, Mandy, so colorful and inviting! Thanks for sharing your card with us at the colourQ.

  15. Congrats Mandy on being chosen the Queen for this week at ColourQ! Your project is gorgeous!


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