Monday, July 19, 2010

Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge - Week #33

This week we have an Inspiration photo to inspire you! Aren't these stockings just so adorably rustic country?!? I love their homemade feel! They would look perfect in my house at Christmas! We challenge you to take your inspiration from this photo - can't wait to see what you come up with, there are so many options!

Here is my card. I have several Bazzill stitching templates that I have picked up from DAT'S over the years, but they have not had nearly enough love. Every time I pull one out and play, I am so pleased with the results. I had some actual vintage Jingle Bells that I was trying to incorporate into the design, but unfortunately they were a little too big. Fortunately, I was scrapping at Donna's and she just happened to have some of a more appropriate size! Thanks Hun! (my husband hates it when I call her that, tee hee, so we tend to do it more often for his benefit!) Before I added these fantastic little photo corners, we thought there was something missing, then Donna suggested these and ta da, it all came together! Gee, Hun, I forgot to check if you have one of these in the store - please order if you don't, thanks - I really NEED this one!

Most weeks I only make one card for the challenge, but even one per week will not add up to the number I need by the time late November rolls around. So, every once in awhile I decide I am really happy with a card and, if time allows, I cut out and gather up all the supplies I need to make 1, 2 or 3 more of them and put them in a big ziploc bag. I try also to stamp out the sentiment and inside message to avoid having to remember which ink I used or which set the sentiment was from, etc. I find it perfect to bring along when getting together to scrap/stamp with girlfriends. The truth is that most of the time, I am a slow designer and my "rate of production" slows severely when I am yaking with my friends, so repeating previously designed cards seems the way to go!

Well folks, I think I've rambled long enough, I hope you have a fabulous week! Looking forward to see what you come up with....

Be sure to stop by Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge Blog to see what my fellow DT members have created. We are also being joined weekly by a Guest Designer, be sure to stop by and see who it is!


Shanna :)

What I used:
stamps: CTMH sentiment
papers: DCWV Holiday Collection, The Christmas Stack, Coredinations CS - rouge & cream of wheat, can't remember the name of the green
embellishments: red twill ribbon, jingle bells, embroidery floss, Bazzill stitching templates


  1. Hey hon, you are more than welcome and the punch is on order.

    I love how this card came together. It proves how little details add so much. Those 4 extra stitches in the top right corner just add so much to this card.

  2. LOVE your stitched stocking!

  3. I keep forgetting about those templates... It turned out great.

  4. Great card! I don't use my stitching templates as often as I should either. :)

  5. love the layering and rich colors :D

  6. Love the classic colours and the stitched stocking, so cute!

  7. Gorgeous, I love the little bells that you added. Thanks for the quick chat this morning.

  8. Hi Hun! (my OH hates that too! Too Hollywood aparently)
    I Love this little beauty. my address is......! The stitching is really neat, get you! And those little photo corners just make it!
    Linds xxx
    Ps Feel it is time to ask....why "banana"?

  9. What a fantastic stitched card!!! Love the way it "feels"....which is very "homey"!!! Beautiful!


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