Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stamped Christmas Card Challenges

Today it's a balmy 52 degrees here in North Dakota, but last week it dipped to the upper 20s and we had a flurry of snowflakes. The crisp air always makes my thoughts stray to Christmas cookies and warm cocoa... Since I thought it might be just a hair too early to pull out those treats, I decided to slough off the Christmas spirit in the craft room. It's never too early to start stamping Christmas cards because I always seem to run out of cards to send.



Today, I made duplicates of both the cards so that I can send them to the Caring Hearts Card Drive. This is Jennifer McGuire's project to bring together stampers who are willing to craft some extra holiday cards for elderly folks who live in nursing homes. As a former nursing home volunteer, there were many people around the holidays who didn't get visits or cards from family and it always made me sad to see. 


The first card I made uses Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Arctic stamp set and Sweater Weather paper pack. I won both of these things in a challenge and when I got them it was cuteness overload. 




I just love the adorable critters! I colored them in with my Spectrum Noir markers and raised them up using some clear gel. 




The color palette for this card was inspired by Color Throwdown Challenge and the Sketch is inspired by Mojo Monday Challenge. I'd also like to enter it into Jingle Belles "Not a Creature was Stirring Challenge".



My second card uses the Joyful stamp set from STAMPlorations. I just love the sketched feel of this present stamp and it was perfect to create a vintage-inspired design. 


I embossed the image in red sparkly powder and had fun layering lots of vintagey prints together to create a cohesive card. I used Kraft card stock to bring it all together and stamped the inside with sentiment from the same set. 


This card was inspired by the image from Festive Friday's current challenge and the sketch from My Favorite things challenge. I used the Vintage Christmas challenge over at the Craft Room Challenges to dictate my vintage-inspired design. I'm also going to enter this into the STAMPlorations Anything Goes challenge. Just click on the images to learn more about any of these challenges!

http://festivefriday.blogspot.com/2014/10/festive-friday-challenge-43-oct-24-nov5.htmlhttp://www.mftstamps.com/blog/stamp-and-win-with-this-weeks-card-sketch-200/


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19 comments:

  1. TWO fabulous creations Becca!! I adore those Lawn Fawn products and lucky you for winning!! Fabulous take on all of the challenges my friend! HUGS

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  2. Fabulous cards Becca, thank you for your sweet comment on my blog today. I is so appreciated!

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  3. I love your color challenge card!! The sketch is nice and I think your little critters dressed for winter are adorable!! :>)

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  4. Great cards! I love the raised effect and can see it on the owl. I love the 2nd card and the design style of it-so pretty and the elderly really do need this. I saw one through another card lady who does something very similar and plan on doing this

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  5. 2 completely different cards & both are wonderful, Becca!

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  6. Fabulous cards Becca. Love the red ornaments

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  7. That 1st card is so very cute- love the paper you added!!

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  8. What cute cards...love the little critters on the first one and the sentiment is sooo fun on the second!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown!!!!

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  9. such sweet cards! and so SWEET of you to send them in for the card drive! you rock!!

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  10. I always think that red gingham looks very festive! I love the way you've offset the strips and used sentiments to create frames! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

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  11. oooooooooooooooooh! now THAT is what you call a super-fun and super-festive holiday card, i love the way you've used the non-traditional color palette to perfection, and of course those handsome critters are most welcome additions to our "creature feature" fun at JINGLE BELLES! <3

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  12. Love the Mojo Monday sketch card. The colors work so well together! Hugs, Jerrie

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  13. Pretty holiday cars. Those images are so sweet on the first one. Love the window strip. Thank you for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown.

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  14. Lovely creations.
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

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  15. I just love those sweet little bunnies ... so very glad you joined our creature feature at Jingle Belles.

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  16. OK, rainbow + Christmas? yesyesyes!!! I have to pick that as my favourite :) I love the elegant rustic feel of the second :)

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  17. Sweet cards, great use of patterned paper too :)

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  18. Hi Becca just have time to visiting you again wanna say...I love the first cute card lovely Patterned paper you have and cute Images...the second one you are lucky you got already new stamplorations stamp..yeah I wish I life also in the USA...(its not sell in germany so sad) your stamlorations card is lovely love all red there..big hugs, Monika

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