A Little Early...

but that's alright. In a previous post I told ya'll about a Christmas card challenge that I am working on with an online group I am a part of. Well, I have been busy! I got three Christmas cards done yesterday. My goal every month is five which should give me plenty of cards for Christmas time and I won't have to rush in.

This first card was created using Beate's Weekend Sketch. She is such a talented lady. I haven't been able to play with any of her sketches in a while so I was excited to have time for this card. The accomplishment: All these cards were make with my stash! woo-hoo! The base is a 4 1/4" x 9" piece of Bazzil red folded in half. The polka-dotted paper is from My Mind's Eye and the brads were left-over from last year's Ebay binge. I'm not sure what brand that ribbon is; I got it is a huge mass of ribbon in a gift this past Christmas. The Christmas tree stamp is from Stampendous and was colored with Bic Markers.

This second card was inspired by a fellow sistahs February sketch challenge. Lynn had a great sketch so I decided to play along. This card is the same size as the previous one and uses the same Stampendous stamp. I started with Bazzil green as a base and then used last year's left-over star paper by My Mind's Eye. The ribbon you see is from American Crafts and coordinated perfectly with the colors in the paper. I used a present stamp from Hero Arts to put under the tree and popped it up with pop-dots. Lastly I used a glitter gel pen to doodle along the edges of the layers.

Last but not least is a card I am especially proud of. I took this 4 1/2" x 9" piece of Bazzil green and layered it under a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of basic white. I then used my Bic Markers to hand-draw this tree and limbs along with the 'Christmas lights' around the branches. I added heart die-cuts as ornaments. One of the added challenges was to find a way to incorporate hearts into a Christmas card since it is February. I think I did pretty well getting those hearts in there. The largest ones are popped up with pop-dots. I'm not sure why I am so proud of this one. I think it is because I drew it myself and didn't rely on stamps to make the image. Anywho, I hope you like it just as much as I do. This is going to be one I mass-produce for people, but without the hearts I think.

Mahalo for stopping by! Sorry about the long post!

8 Shack Opinions:

M-C said...

I love the cards Crystal. This really is a great challenge! I need to get my cards done this month!!

Tina said...

Funny cards, Crystal. I love the colors!

Chrissy said...

How neat! I wish I could start on my christmas cards this early but I just can't get in to it. Fabulous cards!

Chrissy

Savitri - Scrapbit.Com said...

I just commented on the 2nd card at Lynn's site. So pretty!!! I love all your cards and the Christmas card deals sounds like a great idea. I know I'm always rushing.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

GREAT cards! I love them all!

Mel M. M. M. said...

Nothing wrong with long posts when they have such gorgeous cards. I love the bright Christmas trees, but that heart one has to be my fave. What a brilliant layout and I LOVE the hearts. SO artistic! :0) Mel

Maria said...

Aloha Crystal! I love all your Christmas cards! Looks like you've been busy!

It's a great idea to start your Christmas card early! I have a goal of 10 Christmas cards a month. . .yeah, right! LOL!

Your SBS2 sis,
Maria (Stampin Inspirations)

~Michelle~ said...

What a fun group of cards! I especially like the first one....very fun! Good luck with completing your challenge!!