have you noticed that there have been a lot of cool "christmas in july" features and promotions this year? being an avid ♥JINGLE BELLE♥ who makes holiday cards year 'round i cannot help but be happy about this! one of my favorite digi sites, designer digitals, has been having a .99 cent xmas item each day; and one of my favorite bargain sites, crafty steals, has been having a "christmas steal" every day for the last week, with some FABULOUS deals! (this was my fave so far!) i discovered that they have a cool blog, as well, and at the moment they're having a "grab bag" giveaway AND a sketch challenge with the twist that you need to incorporate some winter or holiday goodness. no problem!!! :)
it's a pretty great sketch, as well, dontcha think? you could take that thing pretty much ANYWHERE and be happy, i reckon. here's what i did:
(patterned paper: basic grey + vintage sheet music; cardstock: core'dinations; stickers: little yellow bicycle; florals: prima; gems: recollections; ink: colorbox; adhesives: uhu gluestick, tombow monorunner, sewing machine)
this was a quick card for me, and light on product! i found a pack of stickers i had not even opened yet, which had the banner pennants in it and the cool sticker with the presents. the latter was ONE rectangular item that i sliced up and re-mounted to fit the sketch. some vintage sheet music, a couple of layered mats, a little stitching et VOILA! another card for the ever-growing xmas stash!
if you've been playing along with us this year, i hope you'll drop in at JINGLE BELLES tomorrow when we'll have a brand new prompt. if you haven't made a christmas card yet, it's definitely NOT TOO LATE (still quite early, in fact!) to start and we'd love the opportunity to cheer you on! one of the best--and quite unexpected-- parts of this whole card-a-week adventure has been how many new friends stef and i have made, there's a really loyal gang of BELLES who've played along all year and not only do they impress and inspire *US* every week, they are completely supportive of EACH OTHER as well, which is so very cool to see! this whole thing is soooooo much more wonderful than i ever could have expected and i am very grateful to everyone concerned, especially miss stephanie, of course! without her, i would never ever have even considered doing this! ♥♥♥
plus... it's the end of july and already i have a stash of MORE THAN THIRTY unique and beautiful christmas cards that only need to be signed and mailed!!! woooooooooohoooooooooo!!! i'm telling you, you've GOTTA try this!!! :)