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The weather turned cold and dreary here this week. Brrrr…. Winter is on its way. Although I enjoy curling up near the fire with my blanket, cup of tea, and a good book, I made my way up to my craft room to make another Christmas card. To keep things easy, I used one of the pre-colored digital images from Meljen’s Designs. The colors perfectly matched my new Echo Park papers. This Santa looks so happy that I just want to pinch his rosy cheek. (But I won’t. I don’t want to end up on the “Naughty” list.)

A couple of weeks ago I finally scored at an antique store. Every one always shows off all their great thrift store or antique store finds but I feel like I never find anything “good”. I saw a sign that a local antique store was closing and that everything was on sale. Since I had time, I decided to stop to see if I could find anything “good”. I did! I got 3 quart mason jars full of buttons for $5. Once I got them home and sorted through them, I found there were quite a few lovely vintage buttons, a few other novelty type buttons, and a lot of plain ol’ buttons. I’m happy with my purchase. I plan on dying some of the plain buttons using a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I brought all this up because I used one of the buttons I bought on this card. Plus, I like looking at the jars of buttons on the shelf in my craft room.

Since it’s Thursday, there is a new release and a new challenge for Meljen’s Designs. Here is a look at the new digis going into the store today. Aren’t these mice super cute?

Of course they go perfectly with the new Meljen’s Designs challenge – use Orange and/or Brown. Stop by the Meljen’s Designs blog to see the projects from Team A using the new images.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!


  • Stamps: Santa’s Jolly Smile (precolored digital stamp) from Meljen’s Designs, Signature Christmas & Just the Ticket from Papertrey
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Cranberry, Stampin’ Up Garden Green, Distress Inks Old Paper
  • Papers: Papertrey white CS, Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas DP pad, misc. red CS from stash
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Martha Stewart edge punch
  • Embellishments: Sakura Gellyroll stardust clear glitter pen, Tiara glitz Stickles, misc. button & twine



Wow such a pretty creation.

Kathy and Lucky said…
Wonderful card and he does have some cute little cheeks that are itching to be pinched. The DP is wonderful and then of course your stitching really ties everything together. What a score with the buttons, wow!!!
Karin said…
That Santa is super darling and your papers are so festive! Love the sweet little button and I never find anything good at the garage sale/flea market/antique stores either :)
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Anne Marie said…
Hi Cheryl! This is so festive and full of holiday cheer! I didn't know MelJen's did pre-colored imges...well maybe I did but I think I forgot. Lol! This little guy is full of character and I love the fun pairing of papers and acceents you used. Great score at the antique store, too. Wow! :)
Lena said…
I love your sweet card.
Really a great job!!
Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges.
I hope see you again!!
Pauline said…
This is a fab jolly festiv card, love the stitched edging, and this happy santa!
Annette said…
what an awesome image... I love this fun
WencheP said…
Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up and good luck.

1CardCreator said…
You really scored on those buttons Cheryl! The jars were worth more that that! Love this card, the button looks perfect with that vintage Santa!
kim edmonds said…
great project, thanks for entering this week over at c.r.a.f.t challenges x
Andrea said…
I love buttons too! I recently tried to buy some in one of our local antique shops that were part of a display and they weren't for sale-well then-don't put them out to tempt me-LOL. Happy Santa does need his cheeks pinched-so cute!!
What a fun card. That Santa has a whimsical, vintage look. The button is a great touch.

Wow, great find at the antique store. We have a lot here I just need to venture out more to them.
Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations this fortnight. Hope you will play again next time too.
Anita said…
Beautiful card Cheryl and I love the heart button. So glad you made such a fabulous find!
Tammy said…
Really cute card for Christmas! Love the DP, great combination.
Sara I. said…
This is too cute Cheryl!! Love the Christmas plaid and that fab heart button!! Awesome find!
Fab card, love the image so sweet! Great find in with your buttons, always a good thing!

Thank you for sharing with us at CES Challenge this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx
Wendy Colledge said…
Hi Cheryl
Wow !! What a gorgeous project. So stunning ..I love it!
Thanks for joining us at the Mami Doodles challenge.
Samantha said…
Fabulous card love the image and your stitching is fab! Thanks for joining the Anything Goes Challenge this week,and also for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday too! hugs Samantha (Guest Designer)
Ps I have candy on my blog too!
Rebekah said…
Wonderful work Cheryl thanks for sharing at CI hugs Rebekah xx
Marilyn Webb said…
Great image, lovely card!! Thanks for joining us this week at Catch The Bug.
Audrey Pettit said…
Cute, cute card, Cheryl! I just love that jolly Santa! Love the papers and all the layering and stitching, too. Such an adorable way to do the sentiment as well.
Lucky you on your antique store finds. Just love jars of buttons. :)
Cheryl First said…
Super cute card! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug this week!
-Cheryl First
Guest Design Team Member
Nov/Dec 2011
Michelle VP said…
How festive! Love the stitching and that perfect button you scored! Sounds like fun going through everything in those jars. :)
Riet said…
What a gorgeous card Cheryl.

Hugs Riet.xx
Sheena said…
Great xmas card and great song choice! Thanks for joining us at CES this week, Sheena xx
Silvia(Barnie) said…
Such a lovely Santa image. You've created a wonderful card.
Mandy said…
Great card,love the cute image and your papers and colours are lovely...Thanks for joining in with us at Cards for Men....
Mandy x
Donna Mosley said…
A gorgeous card Cheryl, love the Santa.

Donna x
Cheryl said…
oh this is one super image just love the papers,and the colors you have used on this,love cherylxx
Imke said…
It´s a wonderful card with a lot of fun details. Beautiful DP too !!
Paul said…
Such a jolly looking santa. Thank you so much for joining in with our Anything Goes Challenge over at Catch The Bug.
Donna said…
Fantastic card Cheryl, the design papers and image are fab, love the twine and button too :) Donna x
Lorraine A said…
Gorgeous Cheryl :-) the image is adorable and the colours and design are fab :-)
I love buttons ! what a fabulous buy for you :-)

thanks for joining us on the Papertake Weekly Challenge :-)
Lols x x x
MiamiKel said…
So sweet! Love the image, almost has a vintage feel to it with the colors. I found that heart button in a small container of buttons at Tuesday morning - talk about a mish-mash of buttons in that jar, lol! But buttons make me smile :) Great work! x0x0
Krafty Kows said…
What a great find - I love working with buttons. Great Santa image. He's cute. Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. challenge. Jeanette
Janna Werner said…
Absolutely great xmas card!!! Hugs Janna
Digi Darla said…
Your cards are ALWAYS very well done and Melissa's digis are always just darling! Thanks for sharing!
SusanLotus said…
Hi Cheryl!
Just stopping by to wish you good luck in my candy drawing later today. Thank you for participating again. :)
Your Christmas card is gorgeous!
Have a great sunday!
buglvr2010 said…
Beauitful card.....Thanks for joining us this week at Really Reasonable Ribbon!
Jennipher said…
This card is so cute and I like that you used traditional Christmas colors. There are so many colors out there now that are use for the holidays I must admit that I forget about the traditional colors. Fantastic work as always.
Congrats on your antique store find!!!

Santa does look quite happy here!!! Love the white dot on his cheeks too - just perfect!!!!

Have an awesome night :)
princesskitten said…
he's super

kitten - DYSU team
Paddington fan said…
Lovely card, cute image and great colours - love it!! Thank you for joining our cute challenge at CRAFT this week and good luck in the prize draw, love Jacky x
Linda said…
Love love love that DP combo and digi! Hugs, Linda
Adorable Christmas card!! Thank you so much for playing along with this months Christmas Challenge over at ABC DT Challenge!!

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