Thursday, February 6, 2014

Christmas Text

I've been making a lot of pretty trash lately, so I decided to change gears and play the current Jingle Belles challenge: Text Me. Nothing like Christmas in February to jump-start the ole mojo, huh? :)

I like playing these challenges because ... I don't know about you, but I tend to buy Christmas products when it's too late to use them. Am I the only one? Nah, didn't think so. I KNOW there will be new stuff later this year, but I still love the stuff I bought last year, and I haven't used it all, so playing Christmas challenges is poifect!

Here's this fortnight's card:

The theme of this challenge is to use text on our cards. There are all sorts of holiday papers with text on them, but that seemed too easy. Instead I thought I'd use a sentiment from a holiday stamp set and make my own text background, so I pulled out my Paper Smooches Swanky Snow Dudes set (worth it just for the name, but the images are stinkin' cute!). I used the "season's greetings" sentiment with Hero Arts Soft Vanilla ink and stamped it over and over again on a piece of miscellaneous vanilla card stock. I was getting kinda tired of white.

The tree dies I bought at the last minute in December, and now they've been opened, used, and put away. Go, me! I cut the background out of the vanilla card stock to make a hole, then stuck the vanilla piece to a scrap of white so it had a back. I die-cut the outline out of both dark brown and a piece of Hero Arts patterned card stock, then pieced it all together like a puzzle.

I cut up a piece of vanilla with my Memory Box Snow Drifts die and layered them at the base of the trees. Then I stamped the same sentiment in Brown Bark, and outlined the hills with a glitter pen.The whole thing is mounted on a base of Hero Arts patterned card stock.

I thought it still needed something, so I added some clear sequins from Neat & Tangled.

That's it, and now I'm three for three so far this year with the Jingle Belles challenges. Whoot!

Now I'm going back in to see if this Christmas project might jump-start the mojo. Wish me luck!

And thanks for stopping by!

Products used: Neat & Tangled sequins, misc brown and cream card stock, and the following:


  1. Pretty trash ... I make lots of that too ... I am really digging that texty vanilla sky ... such a fun card design (I'm partial to those swanky snowdudes too) ... so very glad you joined our *texty* Christmas at Jingle Belles.

  2. lol i am going to use the "pretty trash" saying!!!
    i am loving these trees!!!
    i find i do the same thing with christmas products so i make christmas cards all year long! lol

    would love to have you link up with us on CHNN :)

  3. this is just lovely! great colours and the addition of the sequins is the best

  4. I'm guessing by all these posts I've gone through today that this definitely jump started your mojo. This is a great card and sure, Christmas in February is a thing! And yes, I buy for EVERY holiday too late to use it. I've managed to squeak in most of my last-minute Valentine purchases this year. I'm down to the wire though!

  5. well, if you haven't jump started YOUR mojo, you've definitely done wonders for mine! (also you may have enabled me to A LOT of spontaneous HA purchasing, lol... holy wow... love EVERY single thing you've used!) BRILLIANT texty background... tho i have to tell you... you're gonna have to change your blog name if you keep doing things SO VERY NEATLY, lol! ta v much for joining our texty fun at JINGLE BELLES!!!! :) :) :) ps: those sequins are sooooo very swoon-worthy!!! <3

  6. Besides the sequins, this sparkles with creativity! Great card.


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