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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge

Christmas cards are a last minute thing at our house - I normally dash out and buy some after we start receiving ours. I know - shame on me! This year, I did actually make my cards and mail them out - but I was rushing to get them done and there were several people I would have liked to have sent to but I didn't have time to make all of them.

Enter my friends Dawn and Jeanne - they posted the cards they had made for a card challenge hosted by Stef and Lauren at the jingle belles blog. They are hosting a year long challenge to create one Christmas Card every week and then take the month of December off! I am not the greatest card maker in the world - it's kind of secondary to my scrapbooking. However, I am always up for a challenge as they help me to stay on track. Plus, by posting my ambitions here on my blog - I have all of you to help hold me accountable.

Last night, after finishing my task for the day 2 organizational boot camp, I created this simple card for the 1st jingle belles card challenge - the prompt was
something old, something new!

To make this card, I raided my stash for Christmas stuff - and guess what, I've purged so well, I didn't have anything old except this Paper and Ribbon. The paper is from an old Chatterbox Holiday collection - 3 or 4 years ago at least. The ribbon is something I picked up at Michael's probably 4 or 5 years ago.

I don't hardly buy embellishments any more - those of you who follow my blog know that I make pretty much everything on my Cricut. The elements I used for this card are freebies from svgcuts.com (click the links to get these great files): Holiday Cheer and Jingle Bow. Both of these are OLD files from 2009 - however, I just cut and created them last night so I am counting them as my NEW elements.

I inked the edge of the background paper with Certainly Celery from Stampin' Up and glittered the Holiday Cheer caption with some micro fine glitter from Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for taking a look! (Oh - and I cleaned up my desk again AFTER I created the card! YEAH!)


Summer said...

Very cute, love the jingle bells!

Jeanne said...

Lora this is adorable!!!

Lisa - papergrace said...

Never ceases to amaze me all the things you can do on a Cricut! Very fun. And, I, like Summer above ^^^, also love the Jingle Bells. They really add just the right touch to your card. Very fun card. :)

lauren bergold said...

well NO WONDER you don't need to buy embellies...who'd want store bought when they could MAKE this??!?! (you realize of course you're totally makin' me want a cricut!!!) i wish we had a bonus prize for the fact that your card HAS JINGLE BELLS on it...would you settle for my added & enhanced admiration??! :) :) :)

Hazel said...

This is a lovely card. I'm glad to see another Christmas challenge blog beginning. I too have started Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog - please feel free to add your card if you'd like to - challenge 1 is open until 22:00 UK time Friday 7 January. x

Dawn said...

So pretty Lora! I love the bells and the sparkle! Oh how I love the sparkle!!

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