Friday, July 12, 2013


 It's time for another challenge on the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog and I think it is one you are going to like: use kraft paper.  Yep, how easy is that?!  I'm not a big kraft person, but I know a lot of you are because I see it on a lot of cards.  And actually, I've been using it a lot more lately, since it seems to be the theme of a lot of challenges.  That's why they are called challenges, right?  They get us out of our comfort zone.  Anyway, the awesome sponsor for this week is Meljen's Designs and the prize will be a couple of their adorable images.

 I decided to go all sparkly for this one.  I added big chunky glitter to the snowbank and the Christmas tree, used a glitter pen on the snowflakes coming down and around the star and to add a little bit of sparkle to the bears' eyes.  Then for the background, I stamp the snowflakes in versamark, added heat 'n stick powder and  once I had that melted, I sprinkled on some fine glitter.  I also added some chunky glitter to the snowflake in the  corner.  The picture below shows a bit of a closer up shot to catch all that sparkly stuff.

I made a second card with another image that came at the last minute.  But it was super cute, so I had to use it.  So, here's #2:

Now, hop on over to the CSAYL blog to get all the details and then play along.  Can't wait to see all those "krafty" cards. : )

Card #1:
Crimbo Crackers #45--girly (Christmas)
Jingle Belles--Cardstock Christmas (no designer paper)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #132--for a child (it's going to be for my little niece)
Merry Monday--anything Christmas goes
Cutie Pie Challenges #48--cute and cuddly
Sarah Hurley #82--pink sparkles
Holly Jolly--tic tac toe (I used the first column: ribbon, glitter, pearls/gems.  I also used the top left to bottom right diagonal: ribbon, die cuts/punches, embossing{heat}
Fab 'n' Funky #179--Christmas in July
C.R.A.F.T. #215--Christmas in July

Card #2:
Charisma Cardz--no designer paper
Crafty ribbons #52--anything goes with ribbon
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--It's All About Santa (this little guy is a Santa wannabe--can't you tell by his outfit?--and I'm sure is a good helper)
Meljen's Challenge #168--tag-You're it

Card #1:
Stamps: Meljen's Designs "Bitty Christmas Tree Bears" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment, "Merry and Bright" snowflake
Punches/dies: Martha Stewart snowflake punch; Verve "Elegant Label die, mini"

Card #2:
Stamps: Meljen's Designs "Beardy Gnome" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" top part of sentiment "Merry and Bright" bottom part of the sentiment; Rubbernecker Stamps background stamps


lauren bergold said...

oh my gosh, that bear image is just ENTIRELY too cuuuuuute!!! so much thought and care in every aspect of BOTH your cards! so pleased that you joined our cardstock christmas fun at JINGLE BELLES!

Patricia H said...

Both your cards are terrific! I love the pink and kraft color combo on your first card. The little elf on the second card is just super cute, and I like how you kept the overall design of the card clean and simple.
I'm glad you found the time to participate in this week's challenge at 52{C}CT - I've missed seeing you there recently.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Fantastic creations, Heather! Love all the glitter and shine and the look of kraft combined with pink on your first card. The image on your second card is so cute. Perfect coloring and I love the design.

Cat's sCrap said...

What a creativity ! Magnitifcent card (n°2). Adorable charcater. Beautiful embossing ! Bravo !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week !
Hugs from France.

Desire Fourie said...

This is a wonderful creation with great details and its perfect for our ‘Animal’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
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Mynn xx said...

Two darling cards, Heather! LOVE the non-traditional colors on the first and your cute image on the second! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

Alli Devine said...

such a pretty card in non-traditional colours love the pink background and all the sparkle. Thanks for sharing with us at Fab n Funky

Alli D xx

Hazel said...

They are both lovely cards - you could also enter the second one for CHNC challenge extra for July. Thanks for the entries for thanks for joining my CHNC challenge 132 and also for CCAYR 'all about Santa' x

Fabiola said...

sobriété et charme, c'est un joli mélange pour ton adorable carte, biz

Louise van Vuren said...

Great take on the sketch - you've created a fab Christmas card! Love your little elf Santa! Thanks for playing along with us again this week at 52 CCT

Louise xx

Danielle Vincent said...

Both cards are just terrific Heather! Love your sparkles on the first card. Loving the tag with the darling elf (Santa want to be). I really like the look of Kraft on cards but must admit that it isn't my first choice when I'm deciding my color scheme. You used the colors and our sketch terrifically. thanks so much for joining us this week at 52CCT.

Laura said...

Lovely make.
Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Ribbons

sarahstone said...

I like how you made a tag out of the center panel! Great colors too! Thanks for playing at 52CCT this week!


Gem x said...

Lovely card, thanks for entering into the Cutie Pie Challenge.
Gem DT xx

Karin Åkesdotter said...

ADORABLE!!! Thanks so much for playing along with the animal challenge at TSG stamps! Hugs, Karin

SmilynStef said...

Love the texture of that chunky glitter ... what a cute holiday design ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

Judy McKay said...

Very cute card. Love our colour scheme and those little details. thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly this week. Judy

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Wow Heather!! Two Christmas cards in one blog post. I love both of them. Love your choice of colors and images. The paper is fabulous as well.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner!! Have a fantastic day!! Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria DT

Barb said...

I love your cards featuring MelJen's Designs! The first one captured my heart with all the bling. And I just love the way you've colored the sweet bears. Your tag is darling, too with that adorable little gnome! Thank you so much for joining us this week at MelJen's Designs.

~Barb, MelJen's DT Member

Notes by Nina said...

Very cute cards, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Darling cards. Love the cute images, especially Santa. The touch of sparkles is awesome. :)

Deborah Frings said...

Both cards are just super! Love the Santa's little elf on the tag! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

Cheryl said...

Both cards are SO cute! I love the non-traditional color palette on the first one.

Jennifer's Vintage Paperie said...

So cute! I like the way you added the snow to the tree. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Challenges.

Sheryl said...

Two lovely cards, fab images and designs. Thanks for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week, hope we see you again soon. Hugs Sheryl xx

Anke said...

Lovely creation. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.
hugs Anke

Sandra H said...

Hi, Oh wow your card is absolutely stunning what a lovely tree thank you for joining in our challenge at Sparkles Christmas challenge "Trees" good luck and hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx

Helen said...

Great card - love that image!

Thanks for joining us at The Cutie Pie Blog Challenge.

Helen x

Rach83 said...

I love both cards but that little bear decorating the tree is just full of joy! Lovely colour combos and texture.

Thanks for playing along at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week. We have a new challenge launching tomorrow - be sure to check it out.

Rachel x

MiniOwner said...

Oh such a cute image on this one; I love those bears. Thank you for joining in with Beat the Christmas Rush.
Sue x

fatmonica said...

That's a great Christmas card-you're very organised!Thanks for sharing it at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog.