Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jingle Belles Rock - Week 1

My bloggy pal Lauren, and her pal Stef, have started a weekly Christmas card challenge blog over at Jingle Belles Rock. They have issued the first challenge: "something old, something new", so I thought I'd play along, if only for a week or two. :)

Let's see, something old and something new. THAT I have in abundance. Here's what I made last night:

Something old:
- retired Hunter (or is it Forest) green card stock
- sentiment by A Muse*
- red twine (I've had this in the back of my ribbons drawer forEVer)
- Basic Grey basics vanilla 6x6 paper pad

Something new:
- deer paper (bought yesterday in a weak moment)
- HA deer stamp (bought yesterday in same aforementioned weak moment)

I wanted to stamp the deer on something not plain, thus the Basic Grey paper. I actually went in search of a BG patterned Christmas-y paper, but after about 10 minutes, I gave up and went for something non-seasonal. I thought the poor deer (ha!) was missing something, so - remembering back to a Stamp Camp past, where someone accidentally decapitated a deer whilst cutting it out and we saved it with a bit of red twine for a scarf to hide the wound** - I rummaged in the way-back of my ribbons drawer and retrieved the red twine to (gasp) use again!

Now here's a not-unexpected twist to the Jingle Belles' challenge: Their evil plan to have us craft a card a week through November will give us 48 cards. Not an bad total, except in MY world, you don't cut into a piece of 12x12 paper and make only one card. So guess what? I'm gonna use the whole sheet of Christmas paper so I don't have to put it away, so I'll make 5 more cards. If I keep this up, I'll have (doing the math) 288 cards by this time in December. YOWZA! No way I'll ever sell that many Christmas cards at my shows. HOWEVER, (insert evil grin here) I WOULD have enough to sell in my Etsy store. Hmmm. We'll see if I can keep up the pace after a few more weeks.

If you'd like to play along, come on over to the Jingle Belles Rock blog and join in the fun!

And thanks for stopping by!

* A Muse. My LSS had all the A Muse stuff segregated into a "get it while you can" section. When grilled for the details, they told me A Muse will no longer be offering a wholesale option, so my LSS will no longer be carrying their goods. SO SAD! A Muse may come up with a different option for retailers, but until then, no more A Muse at my LSS. That may have driven several purchase decisions yesterday.

** The decapitated deer. We had a woodlands creatures card one month, and people were stamping and cutting out all sorts of critters. My card actually only had them cutting out the deer, though. The poor thing's neck is really skinny, and when I heard a "whoops!", I knew. I knew there was trouble. My customer said, "Oh, no, I've decapitated my deer!" While my mind reeled with options to try and save her, one of the other Ladies said, "Just color the edges with red marker and leave it hanging." EEEP! How morbid! HAHAHA! In the end we went with the red scarf. Not even a few drops of blood showed through. :-/


  1. That reindeer paper is too cute for words! And I love the card, as always your sense for color is impeccable!

  2. Such a cute card!!! I love deer!

  3. I saw that A Muse news yesterday ... makes me sad since one of the stores we visit each year in Chicago always carried their full line ... and woot woot to you for making enough cards to use up that sheet of paper ... another thought for those holiday cards are nursing homes & care centers ... or heck, mail them to your crafty friends ... thanks so much for joining the Jingle Belle fun with us.

  4. duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude!!!!!! i don't know which is most exciting: that i actually GOT YA to do a prompt (!!!) or that the card in question is SO FLIPPIN' FAB?!??! i think it's a tie! make that a 3-way tie when you add in: MAKING MULTIPLE CARDS for each prompt??!?! you're the jingle belle of the jingle balle ALREADY...and we're only one WEEK ONE!!!

    so when're ya sending in a prompt idea then, eh?!??!?! ('cause if your DOIN' this...let's DO IT, babeeeee!!!) :) :) :)

    love the deer...or rather deers, both stampy and paper-based; LOVE the twine, and yeah, ok, secretly i kinda even love the "red-ink-festooned decapitated deer card" idea...but we won't mention that on the JB blog until folk there now me a bit better, k??!?! ;)

  5. THIS IS AWESOMMMMEEEE!!! Please save it and send it to me for next Christmas!! Yes, I *AM* that bold. :D Nothing says Christmas like a decapitated deer. ;)

    Jingle Belles, eh? Hmmm...I fear that I would hate Christmas forever. Okay, just maybe by the time December comes back around. But...shhhh, just don't tell Lauren. *wink, wink...nudge, nudge* :D

    wv: lotiost
    Without you I'd be lotiost forever!

  6. All I can see is FUN FUN FUN! Great # 1, I am in for the fun too!

  7. There are just some things we are meant not to resist! Ha! Looks like it will be a fun year of challenges.

  8. well this is another fine mess you've gotten me into. I predict you will make it as far as Farmer's Market Season....and I will probably drop out by February.
    oh and the whole deer slaughtering fiasco is going to get you into trouble with the animal rights peeps.

  9. Squeeeeee! That is an adorable card- great use of those elements! :)

  10. Your card is great, I loved reading this post! Who'd have thought something would make me laugh with decapitated deer in it? I think this Jingle Belles blog challenge is going to be great!

  11. Awwww that lil deer is flippin cute! I love his sweet face! Wonderful card!

  12. such a deer card:) I love what you've done and you were cracking me up...didn't realize that about A Muse...I live in Washington so have the luxury of visiting their awesome store..

  13. Oh too cute!! Love that deer!! TFS

  14. This is adorable. Love all of the deer. That little red twine scarf is perfect. (Had to giggle at the decapitated deer story. You should send her a decap-deer card for Christmas...)


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