Friday, July 20, 2012

Krafty Christmas


  I am thrilled to be guesting at Jingle Belles for challenge #15:

red OR green, but NOT both!

Think about other Christmas color combos you enjoy:  red and aqua, red and purple, green and white, green and gold...just NOT red and green together.


For my card I chose red, kraft, and aqua.  I used a My Pink Stamper "Biggie Christmas" sentiment, Echo Park "a walk in the PARK" papers, Imaginisce i-Rock gems, red linen card stock, and SU ribbon.  The presents are cut @ 3" from Cricut "Birthday Bash", p.43.


I began making cards using greeting card computer software back in the 1990s.  Oh my, how far I have come!  A few years later, I was introduced to rubber stamping, and I began to make all of my holiday cards.  My very first stamped card looked like this one, that I revamped a little by adding twine, a button, and a tag:


In the beginning all of my cards were stamped in black ink and were the focal point of the card…not that there is anything wrong with that!  I slowly started buying other colored ink pads, then a few years later using patterned paper.  No more stamped backgrounds!  That was time-saving and fun.  When I started blogging five years ago, I was amazed at the talent that was out there.  I still follow those same fabulous paper crafting ladies, and a couple hundred more :)  Many of those uber-talented ladies did not stamp AT ALL.  I thought, "that is cheating!"  I am eating those words now.  I won a Cricut Expression and I have become addicted to die cutting.  Often times I use my Cricut and stamp only my sentiment.  But when I sit down to create, I do not consciously think about using the Cricut OR stamping unless there is a specific stamp I want to use or a specific image I want to cut.  I have an idea and go with it.  I have been wanting to cut these presents, and that was where my inspiration came from.  I also love red/aqua Christmas cards, so I went in search of aqua papers.  And I stamped my sentiment :)

I hope you will join me, Stef and Lauren for this challenge that will run until July 25.  Link your creation to Jingle Belles Challenge #15.  I am anxious to see what you create!  Enter as many times as you would like, but please follow the challenge rules...no serial linkers :)

14 comments:

~amy~ said...

I need to join in the fun! I haven't made a christmas card in forever! Such fun cards June!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Congrats on the GDT!! I love love love love your cards today!! LOVING those presents and loveeeeeeee the Santa!!! And fun to hear your creating history!!!!

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Love this! Both are adorable. I'm getting in the spirit!!

Susie

Windy Hills said...

Your cards are adorable and so perfect! Your Santa looks as good as the "present" card. Great work as always.

DIANA L. said...

Great cards I just love the fuzzy face Santa.

Natasha said...

Great card June. Love the color combo.

Linda R said...

These look amazing. I just love that Santa Clause image.. Well done my sweet friend.

Hugs~

deck box said...

Beautiful craft indeed! I love each details you put. Lovely!

Rose said...

lol serial linkers!!! ;)

i LOVE the aqua with red on kraft!!!

Zora said...

Wow this Santa is fab, love how you
have worked with the stamp and the white stuff ( osteklute)

artfuldelight said...

Awesome cards!! :-)

Noelle said...

Thanks so much for such a wonderful prompt! I LOVE this idea:) I have missed you girls at JB, thanks for popping by my blog! This card is so cute! Love the presents:)

Bonnie said...

I love these pretty packages! The faux stitching and red ribbon set them off beautifully!

lauren bergold said...

ack! i never got over here last week to say how AWESOME this card is--or rather BOTH of these cards, not to mention your first one for the prompt! and also to thank you for being our lovely guest star and for being SO MUCH HELP as well! it's always great to have you along, missus!!!

(ps: i LITERALLY "lol-ed out loud" as mr. monk would say, at the serial linkers line!!!) :) :) :) :) :)