The first card of 2011…

…and it’s a Christmas card! Normally I don’t even think about Christmas cards until October or November. And thinking does not always lead to doing in Emma’s world. Hence the reason not a single, solitary card got mailed out this year.

This year, in order to meet my Crafting Goals of 2011, I am participating in blog challenges. The first (and only so far) I joined was a challenge over at Jingle Belles to make one Christmas card a week. This week’s challenge was to combine new and old.

Edited to add: I just joined a second Christmas card challenge over at Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge.  The theme for this week is everything goes, so this card works. Let’s hope future themes between the two are somewhat related!

Excuse the darkness of this photo, I have a new camera and haven’t quite figured out all the settings.

Anyway, my old is the retired Flaky Friends from Stampin’ Up. It was actually the very first Christmas set I ever bought, back in 2005. I loved it and haven’t been able to purge it yet. Another thing I hadn’t purged was my wild wasabi and baja breeze in colours. How happy was I when they were in the new colour package this past summer!? (They would be in the all that is old is once again new category, if there were such a thing.) My new would be the Candy Cane Christmas and the Candy Cane buttons (bought to use in a wreath card, I didn’t realize how big they were and I am left with 2 bags of them!) The embossing folder is Basic Grey. I have a hard time stepping away from using SU only, but it was a Christmas gift and I do prefer the largeness of the flakes.

This was a very simple card to make -I’m all about the easy. It’s 41/2 by 4 1/2 ( a faux pas on my part- it was supposed to be 5X5.)  The embossed image is sanded, but I don’t think you can tell with my quality photography! I used a little liquid applique on the Santa hat and glitter to define the snow.  Some linen thread and a button with 2 bows and I was done. Once I found a pair of scissors, of course. The state of my craft room is a whole other post!


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SmilynStef
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 01:01:33

    Love that glittery goodness … and why on earth would you ever want to purge that cute flaky bunch … that group of snow people always make me smile … thanks so much for joining our Jingle Belle blog … you can always play around with Picnik and other free photo editing sites to help enhance your photos … good luck with that new camera.


  2. lauren
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 01:50:20

    oooooooooh! how honored are we that you chose JINGLE BELLES as your very first challenge blog of the year! thank you for coming along to play! 🙂

    i am looooooving those adorable snowpersons…the glitter snow is FAB…the embossing is a wonderful accent…and then the thread & buttons are the best possible finishing touch! a masterpiece, indeed!


  3. leslie (crookedstamper)
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 04:02:55

    I am SOOOOO glad you played along! Pretty card. I love the color combination!


  4. mumof4
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 05:15:06

    I like it and am VERY impressed that you have made it with 50 weeks to go (ish). how does that button stay on?


  5. Rosemary
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 16:40:52

    Oh, you can’t purge that stamp set – it’s too cute! This card is so happy and sweet. Love the image and the embossed background to the card is perfect and really reinforces the theme.


  6. Jeanne
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 17:41:14

    Soo darling! I love the stamp!!


  7. Lisa - papergrace
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 19:51:12

    Your snowmen are so sweet! Love how you rounded your corners…I’m a fan of doing that, too. 😉 Lots of fun details make this a really cute card. Can’t wait to see more in future Jingle Belles.


  8. Hazel
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 00:31:59

    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


  9. Hazel
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 10:39:16

    Thank you for linking for the first challenge on my Christmas challenge blog x


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