Joyful Christmas.

I used to think, if you spend an hour coloring an image, your card should look like you worked for hours on it with tons of layers and diecuts and stamps and embellishing, etc.

But this year I've learned to make things simpler for myself in my personal life, and I'm now learning that with my crafting as well.

If you follow my Instagram, you'd know that this image was colored more than a week ago and I struggled a little bit with the folds of the clothing.  This Pure Innocence image can easily be colored without the folds, but I like challenging myself.  

Using copic markers in the E, RV and BG color families, I colored her up, and cut her out from the bottom up.  I left the bottom white and cut that part into the shape of a snowy hill.  If you look closely, you'll see embossed dots on that snowy hill.  I made those with an embossing hand tool.

I added a beautiful background by Bo Bunny "Candy Cane Lane" and matted it with the same 6x6 paper pad in fushia to match her dress.

The sentiment is also by MFT Stamps, which I stamped with versafine black ink and made into a side banner.

I selected a few snowflakes to enhance with liquid pearls and added clear wink of stella to her wings, halo and the snowdrift, and gold wink of stella to the horn.

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All Is Bright.

I am absolutely loving this color combo this year.  Red and Teal.

Inspired by Day 11's card, I created a clean and simple mixed media card.

For the background, I distressed white cardstock with Hero Arts ink using a distressing tool and then spread Martha Stewart texture paste over a Tim Holtz "speckles" stencil.  The effect is so gorgeous, I might do it again for another card in this series.

I matted the background with grey pattern paper [Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer"], and covered the bottom of the "sky" with white cardstock.  The diecut is from the Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer" collection, and the sentiment is a leftover DD bit from last year by Elle's Studio.  I placed both of those diecuts on pop dots, and added faux stitching to the edges of the scene.

It has become a habit now of mine to add liquid pearls and sequins to my Christmas cards, and this one was no different.  I love that they look like very pronounced snowflakes!

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I was inspired by the color theme of the December Daily collection I chose for this year (I'll share that later...) to create this card.  The main colors are Teal, Pink and Red.  

Using a hexagon stencil, I carefully inked up this card-front with a Tim Holtz distress tool and hero arts inks.  I went over it with Brilliance white ink to soften a few areas.

The snowflake is a diecut from the Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer" collection.  I added sequins from the same collection and liquid pearls.  I added J and Y Thickers by Amy Tangerine, a Freckled Fawn epoxy red heart, and topped the sentiment entirely with glossy accents.

The process was very fun to make and I am very happy with the outcome.

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Be Merry.

You can [kinda] say that I "cheated" with the card for Day 10.

I was able to locate a few Christmas items in storage, and in it was this pre-colored Some Odd Girl image.

So, although I did color her, I didn't color her recently.  I just enhanced her eyes, lips and dress with clear and red wink of stella pens.

I used the Pebbles "Home For The Holidays" 6x6 paper pad to create this very matted card.  The star was a diecut I purchased last year {by Bella Blvd), which I simply added Webster's Pages alphas to, and framed the star with more of that clear wink of stella.

Join me tomorrow as we begin Week 3 of my 5 week Christmas card series.

And don't forget, you can easily purchase any of these 25 Days of Christmas cards by following the prompt below.

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Penguin Trio.

When I first decided that I would be creating Christmas cards (because I was very unsure if I would be able to this year), I knew I had to purchase images that would allow me to use anything affordable (like a sharpie - lol), to color them.  Also, the stamp needed to be very plain.

I did some research and found these very adorable penguins by C.C. Designs.  There are a few different sets available, but these were my favorite.

It wasn't until after I received this set, that I was even more excited to receive it because my husband was able to find my copic markers in storage.  [i promise not to keep bringing that up - I'm just so happy about it! - lol]

Day 9's card was inspired by the Jillibean Soup "Holly Berry" collection, I was able to match the red and green with the pattern paper.   I added an American Crafts diecut and finished off the card with white faux stitching and faux snow [aka, white gel pen].

These penguins were super fun to color and absolutely darling to look at while I did so.
I really had fun with this card.

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Merry & Bright.

I knew I wanted to use this traditional plaid pattern paper by American Crafts, and put a modern spin on it.  So I brought in some Pink Paislee sparkly white diecuts circles and twine.

The angle of the card helps in taking away a little bit of the monotone tradition, and bring an interesting flair.

It's simple, classy and blingy.

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For today's card, I did a little masking and 2 types of stamping.

Before my husband was able to locate my copic markers in storage, I decided that I would get stamps to make cards that would allow me to either use with ink or that I can use with Wink Of Stella brushes.  Have you heard of those?  They are super sparkly!

This stamp set is exclusive to Studio Calico and I purchased it with very clean and simple cards in mind.

I stamped the ornaments with Hero Arts ink (also using a masking technique) and added a silver wink of stella on top.

For the "merry", I inked up the stamp with a red wink of stella pen and stamped it directly on the card front.  After a few seconds (it dries really quickly), I went over the sentiment and filled in the gaps with the same pen.

I stamped "merry christmas" in versafine black ink, and finished off the card with a few sequins by Fancy Pants from their "Oh Deer" collection.

I absolutely love the clean look of this card, but would you believe that hubby told me to throw it away cuz he hates it!?
It's my MISFIT card.

I tried hard to get a close up view of how sparkly everything is, but I'm working with an Android tablet as my camera... I promise to take better photos next year.

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Christmas Cheer.

Scraps of paper make the best cards.

This was tricky, however, because the scraps were not exactly cooperating.  So I angled them and added a sentiment that came from an October Afternoon stamp set.

The snowflake has glitter and came from the Pink Paislee "Merry & Bright" diecut set.

I finished off the card with a little faux stitching and a red enamel dot.

Before I go, I want to mention that I have been asked several times if I sell my cards, and yes I used to, but being that I closed down my etsy shop I didn't have a way to sell them.  So from now on I will be adding a "BUY NOW" paypal button at the bottom of each blog post.  Whenever you see it, you can easily click on it and purchase the card (or project made) for that post.

I have also added a "BUY NOW" button for each of the last 5 Christmas cards I made in this series, so you can go back to them anytime and purchase.

There is a little shop icon [sidebar] that you can click on, which shows you all there is for sale.

Thank you so much for your interest in my work, and I hope you continue to be inspired.

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What do you do when you absolutely love a certain patterned paper, but it's TOO BUSY to use on a simple card?

You cut it up and only use a section of it.  Then tone down the "busy-ness" with soft shabby touches, like flowers and twine.

I like that this is a modern take on a traditional card.

For Day 5, I used Carta Bella "Christmas Time" 6x6 pad, Micheal's gold flower and twine and a Pink Paislee black glittered phrase sticker to pull everything together.

The hardest part was deciding which portion of the hexagon pattern paper was going to make it on the card.  The page is so pretty!

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Don't Stop Believing.

As much as I love clean, traditional cards, I also love getting messy.

For Day 4, I got out my watercolors and brush and waged war against some white cardstock, only using red & green.

I added a fun speech bubble from last year's October Afternoon Christmas collection and matted it in black to stand out from the messy background.

It's easy enough to replicate and even have your kids join in the messy fun.

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