Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jingle Belles 2012 #1 - Gift Wrap

Wow, tomorrow is January 1st, 2012! I'm sure those Jingle Belles have some fine challenges cooked up for us this year, and it's time for the first one: No Time Like the Present(s) wherein they asked us to use some wrapping paper on our card. It could be a piece of wrapping paper, or an image cut out of wrapping paper - whatever, or even a theme of presents! LOTS of options.

Little do they know I have rolls and rolls of SU wrapping paper from when we sold it a few years ago. Each roll would wrap like 18 shirt boxes, so yeah, I have a bit of it on hand. Here's what I made, then I'll explain:

The card is on an angle since the paper is shiny and reflected the lights and it was making me stabby, so I turned it to save myself. I do have a bit of 'splainin' to do here. It doesn't look much like a Christmas card, does it? That's because once I got past the black layer (gots to use black with River Rock) I spied that UFO city scape die cut (Skyline Border from MFT) and decided I needed to use it on this card. Now it's no longer on my desk. WIN!

That star burst is from SU's Bursting With Joy, and is stamped in purple StazOn. I colored some bling with a purple Sharpie and added them to the "sky". I didn't intend for them to be in a circle, but ... whatever. And you should know by now that if I had intended for them to be in a circle, they wouldn't be.

The sentiment is from the SU Bright Hopes set (Holiday Mini - only 3 days left to order it!). I stamped it in Memento black, then I remembered it would never dry on glossy paper, so I clear-embossed it. Done!

Side note: I have a personal challenge for the Jingle Belles prompts this year: I hope to mix it up a little bit. And by "mix it up" I mean like using a skyline as a Christmas card. I may also make some tag sets instead of cards (if the Belles will allow me to do so). Who knows? But I DO know it's gonna be a fun ride, no matter what!

Oh, and the prompts are every other week now, so we have 2 weeks to do each one! This fits perfectly with my schedule. :) Won't you join us?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. your card and that paper are gorgeous!

  2. So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back so nice to meet new friends. Sending you special wishes for a wonderful New Year I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.
    Always Wendy

  3. Of course tags are allowed ... and thank you cards ... and whatever will make your next holiday easier ... love the cityscape ... I think it makes a very elegant & cosmopolitan holiday design ... so glad you're joining our Jingle Belles fun in 2012.

  4. ok first--tags are DEFINITELY allowed!!! as are fabulous and awesome silhouttes of glamorous city skylines! as are, for that matter, hanukkah, kwanzaa, new year & solstice cards... b/c whilst stef & i do both happen to celebrate xmas, we *say* holiday, and we do know there are many wintery options on that front!!!

    now as for this amazing first entry of yours: holy ♥WOW♥!!! i loooooooove every single element of this: the city, the shining heart stamp, the gems, the greeting, the gorgeous giftwrap background... and then my very very FAVORITE bit is the way everything comes together to make a card that is DISTINCTLY (& gloriously!!!) original, but still very clearly (& beautifully!) xmassy! well done, missus!

    i can already tell that 2012 is going to be your BEST YEAR YET!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

  5. i think your skyline is perfect - It never occurred to me that it might be out of place until I read your post ;-) Skyline + starry night + sentiment - et voila! One gorgeous Christmas card. What a great start to the year!

  6. Fabulous card, love the skyline and the wrapping paper background. What a great idea doing tags too, I may join you with that

  7. Gorgeous! I love that big city silhouette!

  8. Well, I love this card! To me it looks very sophisticated. :)

  9. Okay, now if I had that die cut on my desk, well first, I probably wouldn't be able to find it as there's chaos going on there, but if I could find it, I would definitely have to use it too! I love this, even the "circle" of purple stars. Great start and looking forward to you mixing it up!

  10. LOVE the city line!!!!
    so glad to see your playing along again this year as i LOVE your cards :)

  11. This is one beautiful card! I love the city line and the non-traditional color scheme. Just perfect and congratulations on being selected this week.


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