Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Cards I Sent

Just a few more days before Christmas!!  The gifts have been bought but I am still working on the wrapping, along with cleaning and baking.  I finally finished my Christmas cards and they are in the mail.  Between the problem I had with my tooth and then coming down with a virus that laid me up for a week, I still have a lot to do before the family celebrates together.

I thought I would show you some of the cards I made this year to send to friends and family.  Because I have to make so many cards for Christmas, they are usually a little more simple than most of my cards. 

This first card is probably the simplest card I made all year.  It took all I had to keep it this way, though I love the look.  I used ine of Sparkle NSprinkle’s new digital images, designed by Beccy Muir, called Candy Canes.  I colored it with markers and added a simple sentiment, Season Greetings, stamped in red.  A little layering and it is finished!!

I used the Candy Canes digital image for this card, too.  It is colored with markers, die cut with a Spellbinders’ Classic Ovals die, and layered on a red Lacey Oval die.  I embossed the background with an embossing folder that coordinated with the candy cane theme.  I added the story of the candy cane inside the card.

This last card uses another new digital image, Joy, also designed by Beccy Muir.  I increased the size so it fit the length of the card.  After coloring it with markers, I layered it on green and added it to the bottom of a red layer on a white card base.  I used a glue pen to add gold velvet glitter to the ribbon and the centers of the flowers.  Along the top of the card I added a die cut holly border with just a touch of red velvet glitter added to the center of the leaves.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and experience true joy as we celebrate the birth of Christ.

E. Marie

These cards are entered in the following challenges:

Season Greetings
Anything Goes Challenge 82 - Traditional Colours
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge R#103 – Anything Goes 
Totally Stampalicious Challenge – CASTotally Gorjuss Challenge 163 – Easy Does It
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #134: Focus on the Sentiment
CI Paints Inspired By: Merry Christmas
Delightful Challenges – Anything goes
DYSU #103 - Anything Goes

Candy Canes
Penny Black And More at Allsorts December Challenge – It's Your Choice
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #92 – Anything Christmas Goes 
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge - Seeing Double (Two Candy Canes, Two Dies)
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge PPMC70 - Create a Christmas Creation
Ladybugs Crafts Ink Challenge – Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge #210 – A Christmas Carol

Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Merry Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge – Y is for Your Favorite Punch/Die
Bugaboo Recipe Challenge – Use A Border
Crafts And Me Challenge 115 – Winter Wonderland Christmas Bumper Challenge
Stamp and Create December Challenge - Sparkly Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – Christmas Mistletoe or Holly


Anne Temple said...

THey are all so pretty, yet different from each other. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

April said...

So pretty! I love how the colors pop! Merry Christmas!

Brenda said...

Simple is still elegant! Love the candy canes - you can just smell the peppermint!

Sandra H said...

Marie, These are so lovely and so Elegant too xx

jessica said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards!! Thanks for sharing your cards with us over at Creative Inspirations Paint! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Gorgeous Marie, it's so hard to come up with simple ideas when you have to mass mail!! These are really lovely! TFS and Merry Christmas. I'm looking at blogs while I'm waiting on a cake to bake!

Helen said...

Fabulous cards!
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Merry Christmas!
Helen x

Donna Ellis said...

Marie, love the coloring in your candy canes! They looks so sweet on the CAS cards. Very pretty. I especially like Beccy's JOY image and can hardly wait to use it. It's gorgeous, isn' it? Do you happen to know the name of the green holly border die you used in the JOY card? I love it! Merry Christmas, Marie, and feel better soon.

Lisa Carroll said...

Gorgeous cards! Perfectly colored! :) Thank you for playing along with our "Merry Christmas" challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xox

Berit Synnøve said...

Beautiful cards. Love this style.
Thanks for joining Crafts 4 Etnerity.
Hugs Berit

brenda said...

Beautifully elegant Christmas cards.

Thanks so much sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

Wishing you a Happy New Year.

B x

michele said...

Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week :)

xxxtglxxx said...

Gorgeous array of cards Marie - all so different and beautiful!

Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,



Tammy Miller said...

What a great project, its perfect!! Thanks so much for joining our December Recipe/Border Challenge over at CTB! I hope you will join us again very soon!

Jen Leeflang said...

Your CAS Christmas cards are so elegant!
Thanks for entering our Recipe challenge at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog this week. GOOD LUCK in the draw - and don't forget to pop back to see if you are a winner!
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang

Min said...

What LOVELY Christmas cards you made this year!
Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Recipe Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! We hope you join us again for our NEWEST challenge.
Happy New Year – we look forward to seeing you in 2013!!
Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

Kathy said...

All of these are so elegant and gorgeous. Love how they are flat enough to easily mail, too. Beautifully done. Thanks for joining Sentimental Sundays focus on the sentiment challenge.

Katy said...

Wow these are so pretty! I love the holly border on the Joy card! What a lovely touch! :)

Mamma Mia said...

Hi Marie - this is a beautiful set of cards. I love them all, but especially the "Joy" card with it's gorgeous holly border. Thanks for sharing your projects at Incy Wincy Designs in our "Holly or Mistletoe" challenge.
Helen x (DT)

Lisa Jane said...

wonderful project - thanks for joining us for our anything goes challenge at LCI
Lisa x

happyscrapper said...

All of your cards are simply beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.
Christine Dt