Friday, November 16, 2012

it's a christmas ♥FEAST♥!

i find it seriously hard to believe we're already midway through november, but a quick glance at the calendar confirms that not only is (american) thanksgiving a mere week away, but that today marks the start of our very last ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ holiday card prompt for 2012*!!! now i realize it seems odd that we are wrapping up our challenges just when, traditionally, christmas card production is kicking into high gear; but that was sort of the point of this blogging adventure: stephanie and i set out to take december BACK for ourselves and our families by freeing it of the frenzy of last minute mass-production of holiday cards. for the last two years, we've each made a christmas card per week since the beginning of january, and thus we can afford to take december OFF in the challenge blog sense! let me just say that going into the festive month knowing i not only have this very big chore SORTED, but that in fact i've got 48 unique and beautiful cards i enjoyed making in a calm and stress-free environment, is truly the BEST GIFT EVER, i'm so pleased i've made it a priority for the last couple of years, and i heartily encourage everyone to give it a try, i think you'll be hooked, too!!! ♥

in honor of both the upcoming thanksgiving holiday AND the many glorious and delicious seasonal foods, this time we're asking you to create a holiday card which has some sort of FOOD on it... from visions of sugarplums, to cookies and cocoa for santa, roast turkey or goose, plum pudding... well, you get the idea, right? i've always had a bit of a thing about gingerbread houses, i threaten to make one every year, and one of these days i will DO IT! but for now, i've contented myself with loading a bunch of reallllllly cute ones on to a card:

 (patterned paper: imaginisce, ta-da studio, best creation, sei; rub-ons: imaginisce; twine: doodlebug; ink: colorbox; corner rounder: ek success; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

i honestly cannot remember the last time i made an A2 card, so clearly it's been far too long! they are adorable though, and seemed utterly perfect for the small size of the gingerbread house rub-ons i wanted to use as the centerpiece of the card, as soon as i realized they'd work PERFECTLY with kimber mcgray's 11-10 saturday card sketch at two peas:

and yes, technically, i've already made a card for this sketch, but i b'lieve i warned you that i was going to be "revisiting" this one at least a few more times. even i didn't think it would be quiiiiiite as soon as this, but when the perfect pairing presents itself, only a foolish crafter walks away in a huff, right?! of course i am linking up at 52-card-pick-up, as well, because afterall, it IS friday, isn't it?!

i hope you will come along to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and link up with us for our last official prompt of the year, we're longing to see what tasty cards you'll cook up!

*yes, indeedy, we WILL be back in 2013 with more bi-weekly card-making hijinks; why not plan to join us on january 1st as we kick off the new year in a RESOLUTIONARY way!!! ♥♥♥


  1. So cute card! love the papers and the houses.


  2. Lovely. I really like this alot. I love when you redo sketches because its like twice you show off your skills on the same sketch. That is so cool. I'm almost okay on cards even with my lack luster attempts at keeping up. I will have to make at least one or two more for Christmas cards. We'll see. I love this!!

  3. Oh my goodness I just absolutely LOVE this to bits! So cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I love love love your card. Very minimalist for you, dontcha think? :D

  5. Aww! The end for another year ... how quick that seemed to be ... mind you It took me about 30 weeks to even get into the mood! Thanks so much for 'pushing' me ... Love your card!

  6. Love that striped paper, Lauren!

  7. Oh how I wish I was at organized. Good for you getting all those Christmas cards done. And this here card is too cute. I LOVE it.


  8. this is yummy, sweet bold colors and an adorable little scene, makes, me want, to go shopping, eat a little summin, and then come home and create...a perfect day*grin*...hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

    enjoy *~*

  9. LOVE!That envelope is super fun too :)
    And every year the kids make a gingerbread house...or, rather, I glue the dang thing together with the frosting while they swipe at it & eat at least as many candies as they put on. It's fun every time :)

  10. Your card is adorable. Wonderful take on the sketch, a really fun card and awesome envelope to match.

    Hugs, Dawn

  11. This is so pretty, Lauren! And thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, good luck in my giveaway!

  12. YOU? An A2 card? Are you feeling alright?


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