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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"8 Months Till Christmas" Fun Blog Hop

Welcome to our "8 Months Till Christmas" Fun Blog Hop.  This is our 3rd month now doing this little fun hop and we now have 6 people joining in on the fun.  The reason I started this fun hop was to force myself to create at least 2 Christmas cards a month so that when December came I would have quite a few cards already made, and so that I was not so stressed out come November/December trying desperately to get my Christmas card list completed.  I mentioned this to my BFF's Heather and Mary and they said they liked the idea and wanted to join me on this adventure.  Since we have started, we have found 3 other ladies to join in on the fun!  

If you are following the hop you shoud have come here from the very talented MARY'S blog, but if you happened by my blog just by chance, please go to GEORGIANA'S blog to start at the beginning.   Below you will find a blog list for you to follow in case you have gotten lost.  Hope that you may get some Christmas inspiration from this hop so that you too can start your cards early this year.

Here is a picture of the two cards I made for this month.....we always do one card with a colouring medium and one card with a die cut tool.....

Here is my first card I want to show you using my COPIC MARKERS & a Bugaboo Stamps image....
* Image: Bugaboo Stamps - Mistletoe Fairy
* 4x5.5 card & envelope
* Copic X-Press Paper
* Copic Markers
* Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
* Patterned Paper:  First Edition Paper 6x6 Paper Pack - Festive Treats
* Cardstock: all from my stash
* Ribbon:  from my stash (very very old, kind of a horder of ribbon!)
* Spellbinder Nestabilities: Blossom 3
* Cuttlebug to cut and emboss the Spellbinder shape
*Spellbiders Rubber Embossing Sheet
* Sentiment:  from Michaels $1.50 bin (coloured with copics)
* Color Box Chalk: Lipstick Red
* 3d Pop Dots for image and sentiment

Here is a close up of the coloured image (copic colours used listed below).....
* SKIN:  E11, E00, E000
* HAIR:  E59, E39, E31, E50

Here is my second card I want to show you using my QUICKUTZ SHAPES....
* 4x5.5 card & envelope
* Cardstock:  all from my scrap bin (whoo hoo!!)
* Patterned Paper:  My Minds Eye 6x6 Paper Pad - Lost & Found Christmas
* Quickutz Shapes (2x2 dies): Santa, Mrs.Claus & Reindeer Head.
* Quickutz Holiday Set: Mini Ornament & HOHOHOHOHO Sentiment
* Quickutz Squeeze Tool (to cut Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph)
* Cuttlebug (to cut ornaments and hohohohoho sentiment)
* Spellbiders Rubber Embossing Sheet to emboss the ornaments.
* Zig 2way Glue Stick (to put all the peeps together)
* Stickles: Silver (for tops of ornaments)
* Glossy Accents: for Rudolph's nose
* imagibisce i*rock tool + tinnie tiny black gems for all the eyes + small red metallic rounds for the berries on Mrs. Claus' headband
* EK Success Powdered Chalk for definition on all the faces (pink for cheeks and nose, grey for beard and hair & brown for reindeer)
* Color Box Chalk: Berrylicious
* 3D Pop Dots
Here is a close up of the cut shapes so you can see the chalk effects and the eyes better....

Well that is all for me to day, I sure hope that you are inspired to get into your craft area and maybe get ahead start on your Christmas cards too!  Please leave me a comment if you have time, I love to hear from you  =)
Now it is time for you to hop on over to TARA'S blog to see her awesome creations!
Dont forget to mark your calender for May 25th to join us again for our "7 Months Till Christmas" fun blog hop for even more inspiration!

I would like to enter my cards into the following Christmas Challenges:
* Jingle Belles Rock: Peace on Earth (in lieu of Earth day: recycle/reuse/repurpose) - I used SCRAPS from my scrap bin on BOTH cards!
* Christmas Inspiration Challenge #45: BINGO - I made a line on my bingo card using Layers/Green/Glitter on my Quickutz card
* Always Playing With Paper (Merry Monday) Challenge #17: follow sketch - for this challenge I am submitting my Quickuts card =)

I would also like to enter my cards on the following regular challenges:
* Love to Creat Challenge #12:  Anything Goes
* Make It Monday Challenge # 86:  Anything Goes
* Fussy & Fancy Challenge #61:  Punches & Die Cuts - well both my cards have Die cuts but for sure my Quickutz card =)
* Shopping our Stash Challenge #49: Something with "B" - I used a BUGABOO image =)
* Inky Impressions Challenge:  Anything Goes
* Simon Says - Anything Goes

Until next time, keep crafting!


  1. Lovely cards Shari, especially love the little angel with holly wings.
    Caz x

  2. I can't even pick a favourite because they are both so fabulous! I love that you chose to use a Bugaboo image too! TFS

  3. Your cards are gorgeous and I'm glad you found us and decided to play. Hope you will play at Christmas Inspirations challenges along the year.

  4. Gorgeous cards Shari :) I especially love your die cut one...too cute!

  5. Adorable as always my BFF!!! Socks!

    P.S. Can not wait til Saturday.

  6. Adorable cards and I just love the scene you have set for your photo's. Thank you for including me in your blog hop, I am lovin it.

  7. So cute, thanks for playing along with us at Inky Impressions Challenges this week. Hugs, Anita

  8. So cute! Love them both! Thanks for playing along this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

  9. Hi I spotted your card on MIM. I just LOVE Christmas, what a fun blog you have! Gorgeous work,
    Jane x

  10. Two gorgeous Christmas cards, love them both, love the colours...

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  11. Cute card. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  12. Awesome cards ... love those sweet little die cuts ... so glad you joined us at Jingle Belles.

  13. Beautiful job, love them both and what a fabulous coloring job on the digi!

  14. Love your range of crafting skills! Your coloring is amazing with capturing the shading and highlighting and the card with the quickcutz is adorable. Beautiful work and thanks for reminding me that I have not one Christmas card done for this year!!


  15. gorgeous card!
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy this week

  16. these are both just TOTALLY delightful!!! those sweet little "critters" are particularly appealing! ♥

  17. Both cards are wonderful! I really love the die cut ornament card.

    I’m stopping by from MIM. (I’m number 205)


    **I am having a give-away on my blog. Feel free to stop by if you are interested.**

  18. Both cards are fantastic, love the adorable die cuts. Thank you for playing along with Merry Monday.

  19. Marvelous work! Just perfect! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges this month.

  20. Love the details on your cards. Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

  21. Oh my goodness these are too cute!

  22. What a fun card---love those little faces! Thanks for playing with Merry Monday this week!

  23. Such sweet and fun cards! Fabulous designs and beautiful colors! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Love to Create Challenges!

  24. Great use of the Bugaboo image...gorgeously coloured...Thanks for joining in the "B" challenge at Shopping our Stash...

  25. Great projects...and only 8 months till Christmas???!!!

  26. FAbulous Christmas cards!! This is something I definitely should be working on, saves all the stress at Christmas! Love the layouts and great colouring on the Bugaboo image! Thanks for joining us over at SOS this past week :)

  27. wowzers what fabby projects.. thanks so much for playing at Inky Impressions xx

  28. Super cute creation! Thank you for playing along with us at Inky Impressions Challenge this week!

  29. Oh what cute and adorable Christmas card, just squealing with delight over these... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog


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