Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Christmas with the Jingle Belles

What a delight it has been to be designing with the fabulous girls from the Jingle Belles blog!  Lauren and Stef have a great idea, in keeping up with making Christmas cards all year long!  It made me sad to put away so much of my Christmas stuff after the season, and realized that I hadn't touched 80% of it.  Now I have the opportunity, {and motivation} to keep creating all year. 

I created two different kinds of cards for this week's challenge, which is to use die cuts on our cards.  The first was definitely a stretch for me.

 This is my first card for this week's challenge.  I must admit that it was a bit out of my comfort zone... this the "challenge" part... but I like it!  I was actually inspired by a commercially produced card that I saw a while back.  The papers are all from Echo Park's "Merry Christmas" collection.  The J and Y are cut from the Cricut StoryBook cartridge, manipulated with my Gypsy to make them fit the opening.  The festive ornament is from the coordinated sticker dies that come with the Echo Park paper pack, as is the sentiment.  The gems are from Studio 18
 Now, this one is more my usual style :)  The Magnolia image is a stamp, and she is colored with Copics  and accented with Stickles.  The tree is cut from Cricut's Joys of the Season cartridge, first in shadow, and then in layer, and decorated with Studio 18 gems.  The beautiful Holly paper is Paper Studio, "Season's Greetings" from Hobby Lobby.  The etherial blue glittered swirl background is My Mind's Eye "Countdown to Christmas".  The snowflake is a die cut from Cuttlebug, finished off with a glittered brad in the center, and the vellum and rub-on sentiment are from my stash.
We have challenges and prizes at both blogs, and we sure would love to hear from you!  Please come by and leave us comments, and then pull out your goodies, pop in your favorite Christmas CD, and have a really good time getting a couple of cards ready for a much less stressful December in your world!  Plus, you could be a winner, winner, chicken dinner!  HA!
There is a quick turn-around on this one... you need to post your project at BettyBee's Buzz before 6:00 PM eastern time on Thursday, April 21st, and we will choose a winner that night.  The winner will be announced  on Friday, April 22nd during Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy!  Happy creating and good luck! 



Purple Crazy said...

Two fab cards Betty, 1st one is my fav. Thanks for the heads up on the Christmas challenge over at Betty Bees Buzz, A new one for me, and was in such a rush over at Jingle Belles I seem to have missed it, trouble with posting at 2am, half asleep xx

lauren bergold said...

well thank you miss betty for this very fun "cross pollinating" event, we have enjoyed it VERY MUCH and love the cards you HONEYBEES have made!!!

i think you've done BRILLIANTLY on both of these, so clearly you can work amazing magic whether inside or outside your crafty comfort zone! well done, indeed!!! ♥♥♥

Marie B. said...

Excellent cards Betty! Even though the JOY card is out of your comfort zone, it's my fav of the 2! :)

Lisa said...

I think you did a great job on both cards! They are both so diverse and have all kinds of great elements!