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Another Christmas Card?

Warning - This is a rather long blog post for me. You might want to sit down with your favorite beverage and get comfy before reading.

Dare I say I am on a roll? Two Christmas cards completed and it is only July. I’ve probably jinxed myself now and will be stamping like mad on December 20th trying to get my cards in the mail.

When I was scrolling through my file of digis this week, I saw this one from Crissy Armstrong and decided to color him up.

I tried to use up some stash on this one. I feel like I have used this CTMH heart paper on a zillion cards but I still have two 12x12 sheets of the DP and lots of bigger pieces left. How much of this stuff came in the pack? If I remember correctly, I think I even split with some one. I still think it is cute, but I am ready for it to be gone.

The snowflake felt ribbon (?) is also from my stash. Anne Marie used it on a card last year and mentioned she found it at Target. The next time I was at Target, I checked it out. Since it was on sale, I had to buy a roll. You know how that goes.

As for the buttons, don’t even get me started… How in the world did I get so many pink buttons? Are they like bunnies? I think I will be using them on every project from now on until I get my stash under control.

Although you can’t see it really well, I did make my own baker’s twine after watching a tutorial from UKMaryAnne. I love this! Using your alcohol markers, you can make baker’s twine to match your projects.

Several people have asked me how I create the spotted background I sometimes use. I watched a tutorial from Crissy Armstrong to learn how to do it. Check out Crissy’s blog – she has a some great tutorials for coloring with Copics.

Speaking of Crissy, don’t forget she has a DT call going on right now for Sundays with Crissy. Click on the badge below for details.

Today also kicks off the new challenge over at the Sentimental Sundays blog. The new challenge is “Inky Fingers – Unconventional stamping techniques or materials”. (Don’t forget a sentiment!) Although I am sitting this one out, there will be plenty of DT inspiration on the Sentimental Sundays blog.

Wow – this really is a long post for me. Thank you for sticking it out. One last thing, don’t forget about my “Color Your World” blog candy which includes 9 Copic markers.

Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Teddy’s First Christmas by Crissy’s Digis (available on Whimsy Stamps), Holiday Wishes & Just the Ticket by Papertrey, Winters Butterfly by Hero Arts
  • Inks: Juniper, Tulip, Hollyhock, Blush inks from Close To My Heart
  • Papers: Neenah Crest Solar White, Papertrey white CS, Close To My Heart Jiggle paper pack, Close To My Heart Tulip and Juniper CS
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic markers, Papertrey ticket die
  • Embellishments: Felt snowflake ribbon (from Target), white crochet thread, misc. buttons, Sakura stardust and white pens



I am loving your Christmas cards. That's a cute image from Crissy I debated buying. I gotta get busy making cards for that call. Just curious, how do you cut out your fun shaped for your digis? I use the centerpoint function on the Cricut but it doesn't always work and I have wasted so many images that I have printed out and it drives me nuts. I know a lot of people are using Nestabilities and I don't have any of those. I guess if I am going to continue to work with digis I may have to invest in a few. I just hate for everything to be square or rectangle when there are so many fun shapes out there. Sorry so long but, I would love your input on this.
Karen B. said…
Those freckles are too cute!
Cheryl said…
oh these are 2 gorgeous xmas cards those images are great and your detail and coloring is just stunning hugs cheryl xxxx
Queenie Jeannie said…
I need to get to work on Christmas cards too!! The last two years have been crazy and I don't want to be "that woman" again this year, lol!

Fabulous card!! TOTALLY love it all and the background too!
Alicia said…
You go girl on those Chrissie cards!! You are almost motivating me!! I didnt even send any last year...shock horror! I was very naughty. Wonder if I will go better this year.
Alicia xx
Sussie said…
Very sweet Christmas card!
I didn´t do any cards for Christmas yet but it´s a clever idea to release some of the stress in december... :)
Have a great sunday!
Mik said…
I am loving the Christmas card. You are so on top of this. Great job! Mik
Anita said…
This is a fabulous Christmas card Cheryl. Love that image and your coloring is beautiful. The snowflake ribbon,buttons and little tag are perfect.
Audrey Pettit said…
OH! This is so cute, Cheryl! You are on fire with those Christmas cards, girl. You made me laugh with your comments about your stash....sometimes I seriously wonder if my supplies are multiplying, too. :)
Love the layers on this one, and of course your gorgeous stitching. Awesome coloring job, too. I just love the dotted background.
Jennifer Scull said…
what a precious card! such a sweet image, too. I only have a few of hers, but they are some of my faves. and hey, 2 cards done is better than none! ;)
Sandi said…
What an awesome card, Cheryl!! Love that adorable stitching and your layering and stitching is well done. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Variety this week.
Barbara Bruder said…
What an adorable card.Love your paper choices and the embellishments. Thanks for entering the challenge at Art Impressions.
Barbara - Art Impressions DT
Dragonlady said…
You can never have too many Christmas Cards and this one is great. Thank you for playing at Aud Sentiments.

Hugs Ali x

PS Why not check out my candy too
Joanne Gilch said…
Adorable card....I saw another sight that had 'altered' white twine to match. ...a great idea that I may have to try. Best of luck with finishing off the CTMH pink buttons and rabbits!!!!!!
Fleur said…
Another gorgeous card,
Thanks again for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
Hugz Fleur xXx
I don't mind the long post!! :)

Great job - again :)

I love that you made your own baker's twine! I watched the tutorial the last time you posted it - just perfect!!!

Don't you just hate it when paper WON'T disappear!!! LOL.

The spotted background is just soooooo cool!!! And coloring is spot on. Especially love the dogs on the bear's cheeks!!

Have a great night !!
Marlene said…
You really do a fabulous job on your Christmas cards. Heck, what am I saying? You do a fabulous job on all your cards. This is very pretty!
Krista said…
Way to get a head start on the holidays! Such an adorable card. The buttons accent the card so nicely! Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!
craftykitten said…
Gorgeous card Cheryl, such a cute image. Great colour combo too. Thanks for sharing it with the Digi Divas at Do It With Digis this time. Good luck.
Dawn xx
Just gorgeous hun, love the snowflake ribbon!

Thank you for sharing wiuth us at MAWTT & CYP this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx
Just gorgeous hun, love the snowflake ribbon!

Thank you for sharing wiuth us at MAWTT & CYP this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx
Nicole said…
Awesome color work! Very detailed and oh so creative! Thank you so much for joining in on the Christmas fun at The Paper Variety!
Anonymous said…
Adorable bear image! I love how you featured him within the circle and scattered the buttons around him. Very creative! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.
Lorraine A said…
Gorgeous card :-) the image is adorable and the colours and design are lovely :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x
This is simply adorable! Thank you for posting the link to the dotted background - I love how you've used that technique! I'm so glad you've shared this project with us for Christmas in July at The Stampsmith Challenge! Best of luck in the draw!
Val :)
Nicola said…
Gorgeous christmas card, love the sweet image and finishing touches! Thanks for entering our Free and Easy challenge over at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx
Marie said…
Such lovely sweet card! Adorable. Thanks for playing with us over at the TPS challenges this week.
Love n hugs
Awww, love this Christmas card, beautiful snow globe effect! I'm am well impressed that you've started your Christmas cards already! ;))
Martha said…
beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Clear IT OUt
downrightcrafty said…
fabulous Xmas card, love it, thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at Stampin with the Dragon.
Hugs Kate xx
Tine said…
Hi Cheryl. Adorable card. Love your colour choices. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place this week.
Tine :)
Audrey said…
What an adorable card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.
inkedx2 said…
Cute image and your colors are beautiful for Christmas. Thanks for playing with us this week and hope to see you work next week also.

xiumaiyuki said…
awwww... it's so sweet!! Your cards always make me warm inside. I, especially, love that spotted background. I will definitely check out that tutorial... TFS!
Val said…
A lovely card and brilliant colouring. Thanks for playing at MAWTT this week.
Kathy D. said…
Good luck with the DT call! I think you have a shot with such a cute card. great use of your stash too!
When I have paper like that I will design one card and make copies of it till all the paper is gone!! Good luck using it up.
Thanks for punching & die cutting with us at Clearly Inspired Challenge #31 at
Don't forget to come back on Saturday (07/16/2011) to see what challenge #32 will be. Another challenge means another chance to be entered in to win the great prizes!
Meg said…
What a cute, cute card! I love all the details you added. Thanks for the baker's twine link, I think I will be trying that soon!
Pat (mspfd) said…
Such a sweet Christmas card. Beautiful colors and details, Cheryl.
Kathy D. said…
Thanks for stopping by my blog!! and telling your daughter about CIC31!! Good luck to both of you.
Debs said…
Super cute card!
Thanks for playing along with us at MAWTT this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx
Janne said…
Hi Cheryl
I love your christmas card. Your colouring is perfect.
Thank you so much for commenting on my work. And I really enjoy "working" with you at SS. I`m a big fan of your work.
Have a nice summer
Hugs from Janne♥
great card love the colours you have used
thanks for playing along at cardmadfairy's digi days and good luck,
hugs sandra DT
Debbie said…
How sweet, a Christmas card in July, why not, I started mine last year in August, go to if you are seleling them!!
Thank you for joining in at Sweet Stampin this week, good luck. Debbiexx
Karin said…
Just adorable and I will have to check out the link for the background. I too bought double sided Heidi Grace Xmas paper a couple of years ago and I still have a TON left. Ack, so done with it as well, but this paper is way more cute :)
Riet said…
So beautiful card,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.xx
Pinkllilac said…
Beautiful card Cheryl love the colours and the gorgeous design.
Hugs Linda
It's so cute! What a lovely colours you have used…………… Thanks for joining us at TPS.....

just let me know when you want my address - lol.

an absolute stunner!

hugs :)
Anonymous said…
Your card is delightful! I love a Super cute image!
Tammy said…
This is adorable Cheryl!! Your coloring is absolutely beautiful and I love your spotted bg!
Elise said…
Ohhh! what a gorgeous card and yes yes yes .. you have amazing colouring! Love this!!!

Pauline said…
This is such a sweet card, an adorable image and I love all the gorgeous papers too.
Janna Werner said…
I love xmas cards even in summertime! Thanks for sharing this beautiful card with us ! Hugs Janna
Donna said…
Waaay to cute Cheryl and such scrummy added detail, I love the buttons embellies :) Donna x
Lori said…
I sure thought I commented on this darling card! Glad I checked... Your image is darling and so are all the details! So glad you linked up at Craft Us Crazy!
xxxtglxxx said…
Such a cute image, and fab embellies!

Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,


Lori said…
I so love these colours together and that digi is sweet! thanks for joining the Diva's at Do it with Digis!
Charlene said…
This card is just too cute! I love that image. I think that you may have gotten the "twice as many" know the one's...there always seems to be twice as many as you thought there were? And although you are ready for that paper to be looks fabulous with this image!
Cindy Adkins said…
This is totally adorable--and I LOVE the buttons!!

1CardCreator said…
Adorable card Cheryl, love your coloring! I saw your daughters blog, she is an amazing artist too!
Kathy said…
Cute Christmas card Cheryl! Love the felt snow flake ribbon and ticket sentiment. Good for you getting some done early.
Anne Marie said…
Love it! SO fun and festive! I just love all of the fun personality your coloring added to the little bear! That speckled background is fabulous! :)
Tammy Miller said…
Awwwww this is sooooo cute, thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments for our challenge! Hope to see you again for our next challenge! Tammy DT
Carolina said…
Ahhh ever so sweet! Thanks for joining us over at Aud Sentiments.
Anonymous said…
Such an adorable card! Thanks for joining us at Your Next Stamp Challenges!
Ruthie said…
This is great - love it!

Thanks for joining in the fun at Aud Sentiments

Tegan said…
the buttons finish it off so well! cute card :D
Ninchen said…
ooh how cute!
thanks for joining us at creative friday!

xx janina
Such a wonderful creation! The card with a bear and bird is so stunning! DT you are awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.
gift ideas said…
This is such a sweet card, an adorable image and The gorgeous papers is so attractive. I just started work on that and wasted so many papers and images.

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