Saturday, February 20, 2016


Good Saturday morning!  I hope all is well, wherever you are!  Here is another Christmas card for my stash this year:
I am trying this year to be more conscious about recycling used Christmas cards, so here is one of them.  I even had a couple of my coworkers ask me if I wanted their old cards...couldn't pass that up!  I thought this image of the Holy Family was just so pretty in blue, and perfect to re-use.  The dp is from my favorite 12x12 pad, K & Co's Winter Wonderland.  This paper was the whole reason I got two of these pads several years ago.  I backed every layer with the darkest blue Recollections cardstock I have, and used the Lacey Circles Spellbinders to mat my image and the Papertrey Ink Signature Christmas sentiment.  The "Noel" was stamped in one of my newest Distress Ink acquisitions, Chipped Sapphire, and I edged the white circle with it too.
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #14:  Anything goes OR optional Winter Wonderland theme
The Glory of Christmas #78:  Anything goes OR Angel or Fairy
CHNC #269:  Cute OR anything goes Christmas  (missed the blue one!)
Holly Jolly #65:  Emboss it   (light blue layer embossed with Darice Vine Pattern folder)
A Snowflake's Promise #16:  Anything goes OR optional Love
Crafty Calendar:  Love is in the air  (this may be a stretch, but what greater gift of love is there?)
Creative Card Crew #106:  Love  (again, this may be a stretch)
CHN Patterned Paper:  Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday:  Recycle/Upcycle
Create and Inspire #39:  Anything goes
Crafting with Friends #14:  Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #220:  Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs:  Let's get Sentimental
I guess that covers it!  Thanks for stopping by...Enjoy your weekend, and may God richly bless you!  :)
~Marie B~

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Be Merry, Be Bright

Happy Saturday evening, bloggy people!  I'm back tonight to share another Christmas card:

My image is another of the Bugaboo digis I had printed out, just sitting around waiting for coloration.  This is called Snowman Topper I decided on the mitten dp from the Recollections Whimsy Christmas 12x12 pad, to go with his mittens.  I added yellow Stickles to the star, red to the heart, and there is clear Wink of Stella on his wings (I swear!).  The white snowflakes are iridescent, and came from my stash.  The little blue ones are punch leftovers. 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #14:  Anything goes or optional Winter Wonderland theme
Winter Wonderland: Have a heart
Snowflakes Promise #16:  Anything goes or love
CHN Patterned Paper:  Anything using patterned paper
CMC #77:  Add some red
Create and Inspire #39:  Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments:  Dies and/or Punches
Thanks for stopping by!  God Bless!  :)
ETA:  This card was a Design Team Pick for the Create and Inspire #39! WOOT!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I Love You!

Greetings fellow bloggers!  I'm back tonight to share with you a card that is not a Christmas card:
I know, I know.  I can't believe I made a non-Christmas card, either!  But I had this adorable Bugaboo image printed out and begging for completion, so what could I do?  I made this card to give to my 15 year-old-DD, as she needed a lift.  I hope it helped!  The layout for this card was inspired by a lovely card I found while checking out the Christmas challenge blogs I follow.  It was made by Sarah at Mallows Crafty Bits, on this post.  I hope she likes my version of her card!  For the sentiment and hearts on the card base, I dug deeeeeeeep into my desk drawer for a bag of confetti I knew was in there.  The confetti has these elements in both silver and red, but I just wanted the red for my card.  I think I need more practice in placing confetti/sequins!  Lemme see if I can find any challenges to link this up to...
Crafty Calendar:  Love is in the Air
The Cutie Pie Challenge #96:  All you need is Cutie Love
CHN Patterned Paper:  Anything with patterned paper
Sweet Stampin' Challenge:  All you need is love
Bugaboo:  Feb. anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons #119:  Love is in the air
Animal Friends #35:  Cats/kittens
Card Mania #77:  Add some red
Simon Says Wednesday:  Have a Heart
Well, I found a few...*wink*
Thanks for stopping by tonight.  Take care and God bless!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Let it Snow!

Well, I don't really want any more snow...we got enough two Saturdays ago to suit me just fine!  The snow lady on this card may be wishing for more snow, however:

Isn't this so cute?  The snow person is a cut file from My Scrap Chick, found here.     My version of this file is a snow lady, and her snow duds are cut from the MME "Merry" 6x6 pad.  Her body is cut from white shimmer cardstock.  I used Spun Sugar, and Tumbled Glass distress inks to add depth to  my snow lady.  The hearts, her nose, and the bells on her hat are coated in Glossy Accents.  The tree paper is from the "Whimsy Christmas" 12x12 Recollections pad.  The snowflake she's trying to catch is the Lindeman Snowflake from Memory Box.  I've had that die for a good while now, and this is the first I've used it!  *Tsk, tsk*  To dress it up, I covered it in Versamark, used Ranger sticky embossing powder, and after heating that, I dumped Deco Art Glamour Dust all over it.  Here's a close up:
It looks so much better IRL, I promise!  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and comes from Studio G.
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #14:  Anything goes or Winter Wonderland
The Glory of Christmas #77:  Anything goes or Cut and fold
Jingle Belles:  BLING on the holidays
CHNC #266:  Anything Christmas
Winter Wonderland:  Pastel colors
A Snowflake's Promise:  Anything goes
Crimbo Crackers #99:  Anything goes
Creative Card Crew #105:  Anything goes
CHN Patterned Paper:  Anything goes
Create and Inspire #38:  Anything goes
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  May you all have a blessed rest of the week!
 ETA:  This card was picked as the winner at Christmas Card Challenges #9, Anything Goes!  So excited!  Thank you!  :)
And also as a DT favorite at Create and Inspire!  Thank you!  :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Merriest Wishes: CHNC Extra DT for February

Is it really February already???  In a couple weeks, Valentine's Day will be here and gone, but I am still on my mission to make lots of Christmas cards this year!  Here is one for the cause:
This being my DT card for CHNC Extra, I used a Bugaboo image.  This one is called Flower Bears - Sunflower.  When I was looking for an image to use for this month's card, I looked at this one closely and thought..."This could pass for a poinsettia bear, if it was colored right."  So I did just that, and here he is!  I was generous with the yellow and Xmas red Stickles, although the red is harder to see.  DP is from the "Christmas" 12x12 paper pad from Recollections.  Sentiment is from Momenta, green glittery ink from Studio G. Sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches #32.
CHN Patterned Paper for Feb:  Anything goes with some patterned paper
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #14:  Anything goes or Winter Wonderland
The Glory of Christmas #77:  Fold and cut, or anything goes
Jingle Belles:  BLING on the holidays
CHNC #266:  Anything goes for Christmas
Holly Jolly #64:  Frame it
A Snowflake's Promise #15:  Anything goes or winter
Crimbo Crackers #99:  Anythng goes
Card Mania #77:  Add some red
Simon Says WednesdayAnything goes
Create and Inspire #38:  Anything goes
Don't forget that if you join in, you can win cute Bugaboo images too!  I hope to see your creations soon!
Thanks for stopping by today, and God Bless!


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