Friday, April 8, 2011

jingle belles: the ghost of xmas present

over at JINGLE BELLES we are on card *15* and it's a goooooodie, which i will tell you about in a minute. but first: i know i say it every week, but the sheer ♥FUN♥ of having a brand new inspiration each week, and of making one unique card to fit it, is just unbelievably cool to me! plus, when you add in the excitement of meeting new friends, connecting with old ones, and seeing the fabulous cards everyone makes... well, let's just say i'm having a blast with this!!!

if you make your christmas cards, or indeed have ever considered making them but were put off by the fact that you don't actually HAVE extra time in december, making one per week is (in my opinion) SOOOOOOO the way to go, and i would encourage you to drop by and try it!

one of my favorite parts of this whole adventure is the fact that many of our weekly prompt ideas come from our fellow JINGLE BELLES! this week's is particularly clever and original and came from the lovely clare of miscanthus crafts. she gave us our first "recipe" prompt, with a list of things to include in our cards. she calls it:
the ghost of christmas present


1. as white as a ghost

2. a touch of traditional christmas colours

3. a present

4. a bow or knot

how fabulous is that?? i was totally inspired! and totally wigged out because this is quite minimal, isn't it?! but that's why i ♥LOVE♥ having other people's input and ideas because i already know how to do what i already know how to do!!!

here's my card:

(patterned paper: basic grey, doodlebug; stickers: kelly pannacci/sandylion; coaster frame: gin-x; letters: american crafts; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape, gluedots; other: vintage ribbon, sewing machine)

i discovered that the way for me to comfortably go "mostly white" was to make sure i had a lot of different shades of white, and to pile on the texture! i think i did pretty well, actually; and the great thing is, i have an aunt who's favorite color is *WHITE*, for whom i've never felt i've really made the perfect xmas card; but this year...i'm ready! :)

why not stop over to JINGLE BELLES and see clare's and stef's amazing cards, and maybe leave them a little bit of love? oh and if you decide to make a card, you've got until next wednesday, 4-13


  1. I haven't been playing...but I've been watching. I love this card.
    no ... really I do. can you mail it to me? please.

  2. Wow, wow, wow! Miss L, this is wonderful!!!! What a great card. You've created a little gem - I love it! I also love the look of that fabby challenge site. Hugs to you, Jo x

  3. You totally rocked this one, and the title…that had to be you, right? I love love love this card, L. I just came from JB and I didn't realize this was your card at first…but then I saw the collage-y bits that are all you. Beautifully done! Now go ahead and address this card to Marianne before you forget...

  4. Miss Lauren .... this has to be one of my favourite cards ... It is stunning ... your attention to detail is amazing ...

  5. Well you rocked that recipe....such a fun new JB challenge! Looking forward, as always, to playin' along...hope that you're feeling better sista!!

  6. Wowzers! You did this PERFECTLY!
    I couldn't LOVE it more!! *LOVE the new blog header!!!

  7. are you sure you made this limited layer card?? LOL
    girl you ROCKED the recipe :)

  8. UM Xmas??? We still have enough snow here so why not hey! Love this...the softness on the card base then Santa pops!!! Wicked girl!

  9. This is gorgeous! Both traditional and elegant at the same time. Love your interpretation of the recipe!

  10. GORGEOUS! Love all the texture, the whites and the lovely Santa! You did a perfecto job miss! :D

  11. The simplicity of this card gives it an elegant tocuh that I just love. It's gorgeous!

  12. Lauren, this card is just stunning! Your use of the different shades is right on and the subtle colors in the main image are just perfect.

  13. this is just stunning - love it! the shade on shade and texture is great.


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