Thursday, July 1, 2021


Hey there friends!  It's a brand new month, which means it's time for a new challenge at 2 Crafty Critter CraziesThis month our sponsor is Jan's Digi Stamps:

We were each allowed to pick an image, and I chose to use this image from Brighten the Holidays:

These guys are awfully cute sorting out this string of lights!  I didn't notice until after I had uploaded my picture for the challenge, but I inadvertently colored mine the same way that it's colored in the file...OOPS!  I hope Jan doesn't mind too much!  Anyway, I colored it with alcohol markers, and used sparkle gel pens in different colors for the lights.  I added white gel pen to accent their beaks.  The image is cut using a Spellbinders Classic Circle die.  I created the background using the Christmas Lights die set from MFT.  I cut a bunch of the different pieces from scraps of  Accent Opaque cardstock, and also used that for my card base, so all of the elements would be the same shade of white.  I arranged them on the card base in a way that pleased my eyes, and glued them down using Bearly Art Glue.  I am loving that stuff, BTW!  I really like the white on white texture that adds just the right amount of interest behind the colorful image. 😀

For the Tim Holtz/ Sizzix sentiment, I cut it 5 times from green cardstock, and layered them together using the same glue.  I then coated them with many layers of clear Wink of Stella, and then a layer of Glossy Accents.  I think the sparkle of the Wink of Stella got lost under the Glossy Accents, but oh well.  Lesson learned!  The sentiment is much brighter than it appears in the photos.

Oh yes, I also added the tiniest dots of Glossy Accents to each light bulb.


Merry Little Christmas #36:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
CHNC#549:  ATG Christmas 
Love to Craft #60:  ATG (1/5)
Mix It Up #51:  ATG (1/5)
Paper Funday #30:  ATG (4/4)
Christmas with the Cuties:  Christmas Cuties
Color It, Create It, Show It Off:  ATG with coloring (1/3)
SheepSki Designs #52:  Celebrate! (1/3)
Crafty Animals #52:  ATG using animals
Double Trouble:  Hip To Be a Square (square card, circle die cut)  (I'm both!)
Pearly Sparkles #64:  Favorite Time of Year (Christmas, of course!)
Digi Doodle Studios #40:  Christmas in July (1/3)

Well, I thank you so much for stopping by!  Head on over to the 2CCC challenge to see what the rest of the DT has created with their chosen images.  You have until July 25th to join us, so make sure you get those critters out! 😄  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~ Marie


  1. I love this fun image and your coloring even if same in file yours looks awesome and I'd probably do the same.. I know you entered the Colour Crazy challenge but I don't see it listed in your challenges list.. but thanks for entering.. lol hugs

  2. Fun image and thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge hugs x

  3. I know you have entered our challenge at Crafty Calendar but I don't see it listed in your challenge list..but thanks for entering

    1. After I linked up, I realized that my card was made before the start of the challenge, so I asked in your comment section to have it removed. :)

  4. Wow Marie, Great card! Love your coloring and the image is so sweet. Thanks for entering your fab design in the challenge at The Paper Funday. Donna

  5. Great holiday card, Marie! Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble Challenge #87.

  6. Adorable Christmas card and cute image. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

  7. Beautiful Festive card.
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Craft Challenge
    Good Luck
    Rose DT

  8. Impressive Marie! Love the texture you used. Thank you for showcasing "Brighten the Holidays" for your inspirational creation.

  9. so cute!! Thank you for sharing with us at My besties international Challenge Blog
    Raelma =)

  10. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 549 - I hope to see you again soon. x

  11. Such a cute card! Thanks for joining us at the Pearly Sparkles challenge this month and good luck with your entry Claire DT

  12. Super cute card! Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

    Maritza DT

  13. Adorable card Marie. Love that image.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Merry Little Christmas Challenge for July 2021.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions



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