Panda’s Gifts

Hi there 🙂 Merry Christmas!! This card is special for two reasons. First, it’s my card for our special holiday post at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog. We would like to thank everyone for supporting our challenges throughout the year, and extra special thanks to our sponsors for donating prizes!!! We want to wish each and every one of you the happiest of holidays, and all the very best in 2023!! Don’t forget to pop over to our Blog Candy post, for a chance to win some fab prizes from 3 of our DT members 🙂 The second reason this card is special, is that it’s made for my “adopted” daughter, my kiddo bear, who loves pandas!

I couldn’t find a Christmas panda image that I haven’t used before, so I had fun with this image from Di’s Digi Stamps. It must have been a freebie at some point, because I can’t find it in the store. I used my Copics to color a teddy bear in panda colors, and love how well it turned out!!! I added some designs with white Posca, and some Pearl Accents to give the fur on the hat some dimension, then made the snow sparkle!

I die cut a gift border (love this die, as it can be used for Christmas or birthday!), and cut the bottom edge of the card blank to match the curve of the die. After layering some different papers together with the image, I die cut a sentiment. Then it was time to have some fun with glitter!! I filled in the gifts in different colors, and added glitter to the lettering of the sentiment for some fun Christmas sparkle 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 26 ATG

Di’s Digi Challenge – Any Winter Holiday

Creative Knockouts – #483 Tis the Season

Christmas Kickstart Challenge – #69 If It’s Christmasy, Link it Up

Crafts Galore Encore – December ATG

Penguin Wishes

Hi there 🙂 Every year, I make a card for our office to send to our affiliate office in a nearby city. I like to use an image that features a group of something, so this year I chose to work with these penguins! I have no idea who the image is from, because I found it in one of my files, and didn’t write it down 🙁 I have almost 300 files for different digi stamp artists, and I went through some, but don’t have the time to go looking through them all! Maybe if I re-named all my stamps with keywords, it would help? If I figure it out, or if anyone can help me with the artist name, I’ll definitely update my post ASAP!! I colored this cute group up with my Copics, then fussy cut them out. For a line-up such as this, a slimline card is the perfect choice! I chose some coordinating background paper, then die cut some snowflakes and the sentiment. For the sentiment, I inlaid the Christmas word for some definition.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cut It Up Challenge – #267 Christmas Projects

Your Scrapbook Place – December ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG December 6

Kreativ Tanten (Creative Aunts) Challenge – #72 Christmas Slimline Cards

Creative Moments – #241 Christmas/Winter Projects

Vintage Holly

Well, I’m getting into a groove of blogging a Christmas card every morning when I have my coffee….and today’s is a vintage themed one. The pretty holly image is from the now closed Stitchy Bear Stamps – one I’ve had for years, and never got around to using. I colored it with my Copics and fussy cut it out. I cut out a piece of a Christmas music sheet, and inked over it lightly with some Distress Ink. For the background, I found some woodgrain and snowflake printed paper in my stash. To add a bit of holiday sparkle, I die cut a sentiment and matted the background with some gold sparkle card stock. For just a bit more sparkle, I took a gold glitter pen and edged the ribbon with a bit of it.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Winter Wonderland – End of Year Anything Christmas Goes

As You Like It – ATG for Christmas

Creative Knockouts – #483 Tis the Season

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #536 ATG

Creative Inspirations – December – Festive Foliage

Santa Paws

Hi there 🙂 Now that this card has reached it’s destination, I can share it here. When I saw the image Santa Paws, from Mo’s Digital Pencil, the pup reminded me of my own Java – before he gets a haircut! I had to do it up for my kid – even though Eden says that he is the “worst” dog, it’s said with a twinkle in the eye, and they always sing duets together <3 I colored the image with my Copics, matching up Java’s colors as close as I could.

I wanted to do a card that was a bit different, so went with one that has a see through side on the front (look at me talking all technical lol). I used a buffalo plaid on the 2 panels on the front, to match my kid and their partners matching Christmas pj’s. I attached the image, then used a Tim Holtz die to cut some holly. I carefully positioned the holly over the space, and along the panels before adding some berries.

You can see the “space” a bit better here.

I added some clear Nuvo drops to the berries for some dimension, then popped on a stamped sentiment to finish the card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Die Cut Divas – December – Anything Winter or Christmas Themed

Passion for Markers – Week 670 Mega Christmas Challenge – use Die Cuts

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #196 ATG

Mirtillamente Challenge – #15 December – All About Winter/Christmas

A Perfect Time to Craft – #12 December ATG

Seasonal Snooze

Hi there 🙂 Only 5 more days to go, and I’m finishing the last few cards off for people that I’ll be seeing during the next week. I love this adorable fairy taking a nap on a candy cane from Whimsy Stamps digital collection! I colored Christmas Dreaming up with my Copics, then cut it out with a circular die, fussy cutting a few pieces to overlap the wreath.

The wings of a fairy, in my opinion, always need a bit of sparkle and shimmer, so I added some Wink of Stella to these. I tried to get a picture of the shimmer.

I die cut the wreath, then used the shadow part of the die set to cut out the card base. I love the shape of this card!! After layering everything together with the image, I stamped a sentiment, and added some red pearl “berries”. A pretty red bow finishes this card off – and it stays relatively flat for mailing!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Paper Funday Challenge – #48 December ATG with optional Holiday Time

Christmas Kickstart Challenge – #69 If It’s Christmassy, Link It Up

Passion for Markers – #670 Mega Christmas Challenge – Use Die Cuts

Classic Design Challenge – #12 ATG

Incy Wincy Designs – December Christmas +/or Movement

Holly Sparkle

Hi there! I love holly, and this was a beautiful image to work with. It is part of the Christmas Joy Digital set, from Joy Clair Designs. I colored it up with my Copics, adding a bit of “shine” to the berries with white Posca, then fussy cut it out.

After muddling around with a few ideas, I decided to keep it CAS. The sparkly gold background gives it some Christmas pizazz, and the mirror card die cut sentiment coordinates, and fits beautifully into the frame.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Dare 2B Artzy – December CAS

Crafter’s Cafe – #292 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #483 Tis the Season

Creative Inspirations – December – Festive Foliage

Cupcake Inspirations – #559 Happy Holidays

Frosty Christmas

Hi there 🙂 Every year, I make one of my sisters a card with a snowperson on it. She loves them, even though she moved from the Canadian prairies to a place that has very little snow. I guess the real thing is too cold for her!! This year, I took a look through Di’s Digi Stamp store, and found this adorable little Snowman and Robin image. I colored it up with my Copics, then fussy cut him out. I put him on a blue background paper that I’d added some sparkly snow with Wink of Stella and silver Stickles. I framed this with a shimmery silver die cut frame.

I found a pretty frosty printed paper in my stash that was perfect for the background, and layered it with a blue mat. A sparkly silver snowflake border, and a scattering of snowflakes were die cut to finish the card off. Love how Frosty looks in the blue color scheme!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Di’s Digi Stamp Challenge – Any Winter Holiday

Allsorts Challenge – Week 706 AG with option Let It Snow

Let’s Craft & Create – #190 AG + Inspired by a Sone (Frosty the Snowman, of course)

Cut It Up Challenge – #266 Winter

Girlz Rebel Challenge – #22 Color Combination and Snow Option

Gnome Tangle

Hi there 🙂 I’m really cruising with the Christmas cards, and at least have all the ones that I need to mail done!! I just HAD to use one of Lisa’s gnomes, from the Twistoon store. I can’t see this one in there, so it must have been either a freebie, or she retired it. There’s lots of other ones to choose from though!! I colored this little guy up with my Copics, then added some “sparkles” to his hat with white Posca pen.

I cut the image out with a round die, then used a scrap of red dotted paper to cut a larger circle to mat it. I found a little strip of green polka dotted paper, and layered everything together, adding a coordinating red dotted mat. I have a hard time throwing out even the smallest pieces of sparkle paper, and these tiny pieces sure came in handy, as I cut the ornament overlays with a few of them, as well as the sparkly sentiment.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Papercraft Challenges – #88 Polka Dots

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 49 ATG

Time Out Challenges – #228 Winter or Holiday Season

Snippets Playground – #443 ATG with Snippets

The Paper Funday Challenge – #48 ATG with optional It’s Holiday Time

Christmas Ornaments

Hi there 🙂 I dug my pencils out for this card 🙂 I just love the effect of pencil coloring, particularly on Kraft, so that’s what I have here 🙂 I used the 2021 freebie image from Jan’s Digital Stamps, which isn’t available in the store, so I was one of the lucky ones that was able to snag it. Be sure to check out the gorgeous 2022 freebie that’s available!! When I printed the image, I added a sentiment as well 🙂 I have a sister-in-law that is a bit bonkers over pink (and haaates green!), so my yearly color scheme choice is dependent on my mood. This year, I guess my mood was good, lol. I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils, even utilizing the silver metallic pencil!! After adding Wink of Stella to the blue ornament, I added a few accents with my white Posca pen.

A sprinkling of white embossing powder, and some silver sparkle in the background added just the right finishing touch. The pink mat managed to bring everything all together :).

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz – #618 ATG

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – #661 Christmas – the last stretch (how is it creeping up so fast?!?!?!)

Country View Challenges – December 2022 – Christmas

Dreaming of Scrap – #106 ATG with a touch of Pink

Coloring with Pencils – December Anything Works

Merry and Bright

Hi there 🙂 I did a card in non-traditional colors this time. I used a sweet elf stamp, Scruffy, from the now closed Make It Crafty store 🙁 I chose the color scheme based on the papers I’d picked out. These were from a magazine that I got years ago. Of course I’ve been hoarding the papers!! After coloring the image with my Copics, I matted the image with some lime green sparkle paper.

I layered up the card base, using purple matting to frame the piece where I placed the image. I die cut a pretty ornament from purple CS, then did inlays with white and lime green sparkle pieces. I used the lime green and purple for the die cut sentiment as well. Love how these untraditional colors really make this card POP!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge – #291 Use Dies and/or Punches

Die Cut Diva’s – Anything Winter or Christmas Themed

Dream Valley Challenge – #283 Lots of Layers

Passion for Markers – #670 Mega Christmas Challenge – Use Die Cuts

Winter Wonderland – End of Year AT Christmas Goes