Thursday, December 22, 2011

How many days left????

I don't know about everyone else, but this month has flown by for me!  I had a lot of cards made by the first week of December and I believe it tricked me into thinking I was prepared. WRONG!  There are still a few gifts to finish and a couple of last minute cards to make, plus all of the wrapping, baking, and cleaning...

I did take a little time to check out blogland and found that a card that I had floating in my head would fit well with some challenges!  SUO Challenges is looking for Merry, Happy, or Joyous greetings. My card has Merry right on the front! Top Tip Tuesday wants Anything Christmas and a tip. Here's my tip: when using a large focal image, I cut my strip or ribbon behind the image to save paper.  This is also a great way to use up smaller pieces of cardstock and ribbon. After all, no one will see it behind the focal point!  While this may not be a new tip for more seasoned stampers, it might be something new and less frugal (I refuse to call myself cheap!) stampers have not considered.  This card also fits The Squirrel and the Fox's request for Christmas.  Wow! One card, three challenges!!

This card is using some new 'sneak peek' items from Stampin' UP (demo perk!) and a stamp I have yet to ink up before this card!  

Hope all of your holiday preparations are going well and that you also find a little crafting time in the craziness! Thanks for looking!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-crumb cake, cherry cobbler, soft suede, very vanilla, Stamp Sets-Christmas Postcard, Bells & Boughs, Ink-crumb cake, soft suede, black Stazon, various markers, Accessories-framelits labels, cherry cobbler dazzling details, snow burst embossing folder, blender pen


  1. this is such a pretty card Margaret-love the image you used and the frame you put around it is awesome-the touch of glitter is perfect-hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebration-I am almost finished wrapping gifts and now I have to go food shopping

  2. Geeeeez WOW this is pretty! Not only is it a wonderful sneak peek at SU! products, but this is just a stunning centerpiece for your card. :)
    The colors are perfect and the distressing inks make a fantastic vintage look. This card is stellar. :)
    I hope the holiday season finds you getting more relaxed and ready for the festive day!
    LOL at your comment on my blog...hahahaha. I suppose I should have given you a heads up that I was going to escalate our friendship to a new level..hahahaha. :D
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Margaret and a VERY HAPPY New Year! Can't wait for more laughs and inspiration with you.
    Big Hugs,
    Lisa xxx
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday and The Squirrel & The Fox for our "Christmas Challenges."
    Good luck to you and fantastic tip as well. :D

  3. Lots of great details here! Love the dazzling details and the snowburst in the background. Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges.

  4. Beautiful!!! LOVE how this beauty is framed too. So very pretty!

  5. Lovely card Margaret. Just love that image from Bells & Boughs and the new framelits labels (hope we get them here too). Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. XXX

  6. I just love that stamp and you did a wonderful job coloring it for this card! Thanks for playing along in the SUO challenge!

  7. Wow!!! What a beauty!!! I haven't used those frames yet, but I can't wait after seeing this! I hope you and ur family have a Merry Christmas!!!

  8. Love the sparkle! and nothing wrong with being frugal!! I use pieces this way too and I never, ever wrap ribbon all the way around a card. :) Merry Christmas!!

  9. Your card is beautiful and I love that stamped image. Gorgeous!
    Lisa S.

  10. Gorgeous ! The dazzling diamonds around the edge is my favorite detail


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