Friday, July 19, 2013

Christmas Challenge with "Christmas Love"

I was playing with leftover paper packs and came up with a surprising combination of papers that I liked. I've been emphasizing "USE IT UP" for my scrapbook friends to use up their leftover paper from our projects. Today's card uses paper from Avonlea (Olive), Dakota (woodgrain), and Claire (Sunset and Hollyhock chevron). The paper from Claire was the surprising addition.  I used this week's sketch #82 from  Christmas Challenges with Sketches and their lovely inspiration cards.

Most of the supplies are from CTMH.  I used the newer CTMH pink glitter gem sparkles on the tree and the long retired Hollyhock organdy ribbon. The pink buttons are also from the Pink Button Assortment about to retire at the end of the month.  I used the Martha Stewart leafy branch punch and the Spellbinders Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Rectangles for the white mat.  I stamped with Olive, Sunset, and Hollyhock inks, then did some quick and simple fussy cutting. The stamp set, "Christmas Love," is one of my favorites, but is retiring at the end of the month. It has many more images with sentiments that you can see here. 

I love the message of this stamp. We can spend so much time with the busyness of the holidays that we forget to share our love of just being together, which IS the BEST gift.  May God help you share that message with your friends and relations, not just at Christmas, but all year!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Card Mania #25 - Pearls and/or Gems
Christmas Challenges with Sketches #82 - sketch
Creative Corner #28 - Let it Sparkle
Cut It Up #23 - Christmas in July with a die cut
Fairy Tale #72 - Christmas in July
Merry Monday July Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog - Pink Sparkles
Shelly's Images - Christmas in July
Stampin' for the Weekend - Sparkle and Bling



Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is beautiful and I like the non traditional holiday colors! Thanks so much for joining our "Anything Goes – Christmas In July Edition" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images Design Team

Bonnie said...

This is such a pretty Christmas tree, Vickie! Love the presents too! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

tinamarie said...

so pretty~! I love your layers and the tree is perfect!
Thank you for joining us at Creative Corner Challenges!

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

It's hard to coordinate patterned paper, but yours came together very nicely. Beautiful composition.

Thank you for joining us at Cut it Up Challenges Christmas in July challenge!


Creative M said...

Love the color combo and details...Beautiful!
Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
Have a wonderful day,
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Bianca said...

Your card is so very beautifull. Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Challenge! xx Bianca

Diana said...

Beautiful card Vicky, love it!!
Thanks for joining us at CCWS.
Hugs, Diana

Uta said...

Your card is so pretty. Thanks for joining us at the Fairytale Challenge.
Hugs, Uta

Zella said...

Only one word: AMAZING!!!

Hazel said...

I saw your lovely Christmas card on Always playing with paper Merry Monday - you might also like to enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x

Claireliz said...

This is gorgeous, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this month.
C xx