The Simply Sweet Christmas Inspiration Hop!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Welcome to 
The Simply Sweet 
Christmas Inspiration Hop!  

Lesley Croghan, has asked The Challenge Design Team and special guest, Julee Tilman to join her in an inspiration blog hop focusing on Last Minute Simple Yet Sweet Christmas cards or tags.  The Hop begins on Lesley's blog, Always Playing With Paper.  

Hop through the list below, visiting each blog and leaving a comment:

I made two sets of five cards for the Hop.

Stamps: Plaid background stamp (Catherine Pooler); Merry Christmas sentiment -"Here We Come A Caroling" (Catherine Pooler); Beep Beep sentiment and VW Bug - "Driving to the Holidays" (Flora & Fauna).
Paper: Neenah 110 lb white cardstock; black cardstock.
Ink: Brights - Party Collection (Catherine Pooler); Muted colors - Spa Collection (Catherine Pooler); Midnight Archival Ink (Catherine Pooler).
Extras: Wonky stitched rectangle die (Stamplorations); Reindeer antler dies (Flora & Fauna). Red pearl gem.

I was originally going to make just five cards but I was loving how they turned out so I decided to use more muted colors and stamp five more.  I started by cutting out all the little reindeer antlers.  Then I cut 10 sheets of white Neenah cardstock 4-1/4"x4-1/2" and five more at 4-1/4x5-1/2".  I also cut 10 small strips from black cardstock for a border between the plaid and white cardstock. I took the 10 pieces of cardstock and mass stamped the sentiments together in black archival ink using my Misti.  I switched stamps and stamped the VW bug above the sentiment in each color.  Next I inked up the plaid background stamp by Catherine Pooler, inking one half of the stamp with the bright red (Rocket Red) and the other half with the muted red (Peppermint Scrub) and continued this process with each color.  I only needed a small 1-1/2 inch piece of plaid for the bottom portion of my card so I found it saved a lot of time (and ink) to double up colors on the stamp halves. I used the larger five white cardstock pieces to stamp the plaid.  After stamping everything, I cut each plaid color to two inches (left a little to overlap under the top white cardstock).  I adhered the plaid piece to the stamped white cardstock piece and ran it through my Big Shot to cut the stitched border.  I adhered all the top pieces to white cardbases, glued on the black strip and all the antlers and added the red gem to the car front.

Lesley is also offering a prize of 4 matching Christmas cards handmade by her. She will send them to one random winner. 

In order to qualify to win please...

1. Visit each blog in the hop and leave them a comment.

2. Leave a comment on Lesley's blog telling her about your "Christmas Cards" many do you make and what style do you usually use?

The Giveaway Contest closes on Saturday, December 2nd.

Simply Sweet Christmas Blessings!
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Kelly Lunceford said...

These are so cute, Nance! What a fun image!

Nora N. said...

This is the CLEVEREST card!! I adore that VW bug and your fun matching plaid!! Great design!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

These are so fabulous! Love the assortment of colors and the super fun design.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Such a fun image!!! Love the plaids!!!

Lesley said...

I love this design! I’m so going to copy this idea! The plaid paper makes it perfect.

Christine said...

What absolutely fun cards! Love the varied colors and that great plaid strip. The image absolutely makes me smile!

Celeste Goff said...

Love these adorably altered Volkswagen's! So super cute!

JoAnn said...

So cute. Love the different colors. Great for mass producing.

Karen Day said...

Nance - these are adorable!! And how fun to do them in an array of colours. Makes mass producing more fun :o)

Jill Norwood said...

These sweet cards made me smile really big!!!! Such an AWESOME design! Thanks for sharing!!!

Michele K. Henderson said...

Nance, these cards are super cute! They look easy breezy too! Have a great holiday season!
Take Care!

Broni said...

Adorable cards, Nance!! Always faster if you don't have to color!!

Notes by Nina said...

Too cute, I love your sweet cards.

Bonnie said...

I love the antlers on the bug and all that plaid! Great choices of colors too!

Karenladd said...

We had a VW bug when I was growing up so this card really takes me back. It's so adorable, stamped in all colors!

Becca Sadler said...

Simple. (check) Sweet. (check)
Done and done.
Moxie fab cards whether bright or muted! Kudos!!!

Anita said...

I adore your cards Nance! Love the image and the fun, bright colors!

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