Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quick Christmas

Welcome to mid-January!!  It's time for our mid-month inspiration from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  If you're not familiar with the challenge, it is a month-long, anything Christmas-related goes challenge.  Here is my inspiration for you:
 It's confession time.  Early December found me being all smug and proud of myself because I had been making my Christmas cards all year long.  Well, then I went to count my cards and see how many "extra" I had.  Boy, was I in for a rude surprise!!  I needed about 50 and I only had 34 made!!  Yikes.  That was a bit of humble pie I had to eat.  Luckily, I found a couple more that I had made and just weren't yet in the Christmas pile.  But, I had to come up with a bunch of card and quick!  That's where these simple, but cute little guys came in.  I don't usually mass produce cards, but since I was in a BIG rush, I made an exception.  I quickly die cut a stitched rectangle to use as the main layer.  Then I pulled out an ooooollllllldddddd SU! set and stamped the wreaths.  Added the sentiment and I was good to go.  I finished 16 in just over an hour while my kids were still sleeping.  I intended to use the dark teal as the base layer for all of the cards, as it pulled out the teal in the squiggles.  But, I only had a few pieces of the teal, so I ended up finishing the rest with this lime green that tied in nicely with the wreath base layer.
 I really like how both turned out, and if I get in this kind of bind again I wouldn't hesitate to use the same idea or something similar.  Here are both of them together.
Which color do you prefer?

Challenges:
Fresh Brewed Designs--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #176--anything goes
Creative Fingers #100--anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #120--anything goes
ABC Christmas--A is for anything goes
V's Sweet Ideas #41--non-traditional Christmas colors

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! "Sketch It"; Verve "Merry & Bright"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13

9 comments:

Rema said...

Awesome card! Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Challenges!

Alanna said...

Fabulous cards. Thanks for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges. Also, your cards have been featured on our FaceBook page here.

https://www.facebook.com/christmascardchallenges/

Heather said...

Wow! Thank you so much! Such an honor.

Heather said...

Wow! Thank you so much! Such an honor.

Dot said...

Beautiful Christmas cards.
Thanks for joining our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge,hope to se you again.
Dorte x

Michelle said...

Hi Heather - This is a lovely creation using great colours and design - thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

Joyce Tompkins said...

A beautiful card! And if it makes you feel better...I still have to do my Christmas cards...lol! thanks for joining Fun~day Friday at Jo's Scrap Shack.

Bobby said...

I understand the dilemma, Heather. Fortunately I had the opposite experience. I had a box of cards I forgot about last Christmas but still had just enough. These are great cards and while I don't like to mass produce, I would definitely do something like this. I'm so glad you shared this with us at ATSM this week.

Shona Chambers said...

Wow, well done with your very quick Xmas card making!! I thought I had plenty too and was in for a rude awakening when I counted the pile. Its a brilliant design and really love the wreath stamp. So glad you shared this with us at ATSM this week!