Thursday, July 28, 2011

crafty christmas sketch card!

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!!! :)


  1. oh man...this is a beauty!!!!

  2. So FAB!! I definitely want to start playing along soon at Jingle Belles!

  3. Such a pretty Christmas card, Lauren. Love the music paper and the blingy bunting. TFS. Kathy

  4. This is a beauty! So smart to slice up the pretty presents sticker and to use the pennant sticker too. Look at you making a Christmas card in addition to the JB challenge; you go, Girl. I am anxious to meet Lauren of December 2011 vs. Lauren of 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007…I don't know if I will recognize the 2011 Lauren who will be chillin' during the holiday season :)

  5. Beautiful x-mas card. Love those stickers and of course the music paper!!

  6. Love the paper and design of the card! Great job!!!

  7. Art on music sheet is looking so gorgeous. i like your idea of using that. best of luck!

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