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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop - Day 9

Good morning Crafty Friends!

Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop brought to us by Lisa of HoneyBearz Designs.  This is a 12 day hop where we will be showcasing Christmas/Holiday projects of all types!  Be sure to stop by and follow each blog (comment each day) for your chance to win many, many sponsored prizes and Lisa's goodies too!  I have a feeling there will be blog candy along the way for you to win as well. :)

If you've arrived here from Anita ~ Anita & Bugs then you are in the right spot!  If you just happened upon my blog then you'll want to get all the juicy details at the beginning of the hop with Lisa (above).  Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm super excited for this challenging hop.  I love hops that make me be more productive than I normally am! LOL It's a great challenge for myself.  I just can't wait to see what every one else has been creating this season so I will list all the stops below for an easy way to find everyone.

On to today's projects.  I decided to show you an old and a new!  The first one is a card using the same paper line (mostly) as the cards on days 6, 7, & 8. This one has two snowflakes that were precut from either the Cricut or a Cuttlebug die.  I added extra Stickles to make it shimmery and inked my edges as always.  I like the burgundy background with the blue.  It's not something I would normally think to pair together, but I pulled the idea from the pretty flowers on the patterned strip of paper.  I added a little brad from Basic Grey to the center of the snowflakes.  I stamped a plain piece of cardstock with the "Merry Christmas" stamp and also added a little star.  Then, to finish it off, I added two strips of ribbon, one silver sheer and one brown.  I got the basic layout idea from a kit (of four) from my local scrapbooking store, so they are not totally my designs, but I always incorporate something to make them my own. ;O)  Again, this is another card from last year.

Now, onto one that I made just this past week!  I decided to really mix up non-traditional patterns and prints this year.  I decided to just go off the wall and start my own sort of holiday trend. ;)  Hope  you like what I've come up with!  Here's the first one...
Look closely or you'll miss the reindeer!

The sentiment stamp happened to land right on a weird spot of the pattern so the last part looks a little funky, but it's not smeared, I assure you. :)

TPC Studio Clear Stamps - Christmas Reindeer Fun
Same images, but mine are not clear.  They are cling stamps, which I'm loving!
I am really happy with the way this one turned out.  I used one of the cutest stamp sets ever, that I picked up at Archiver's last time I was there, called Reindeer Fun by TPC Studio.    Both the reindeer and "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" are from that set.  I added some red Stickles for the reindeer's nose because, well... don't you just have to? ;)  The papers I picked are Basic Grey (polka dot background, green patterned print, and the red patterned print) and the border and paisley print square were from a punch out sheet from My Mind's Eye - Out & About.  I added a fun brad and some pop dots to add some dimension.  I inked all my edges with ink from Colorbox and used my ATG for adhesive.  I used Stampin' Up ink for the reindeer and the sentiment, in Basic Black.  I'm very excited to get some feedback on this one.  What do you all think of the mixture of patterns, prints, and colors?  I know it's very non-traditional, but it still seems appropriate for Christmas to me!  

I hope you enjoyed my projects today and thank you for stopping by!  Now you are on to Lynda to see what lovely creation she has in store for us today.  Don't forget to leave a comment and become a follower if you want to enter to win the grand prize!

In case you get lost...

Xo ~ Amy Jo


mea5798 said...

merry christmas to you and your family, Amy Jo! i love both cards! and i am now a fan of your blog!

JaniceA said...

This came out cute, the reindeer is neat.

Joan Smith said...

cute's cool to mix 'em up it help to make the creative juices flow :)

mamawcindy said...

I Love both of your Cards. I Love the Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Sentiment.So Cute! Thanks for Sharing! :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

Linda said...

Beautiful cards Amy! I love them both and the papers are fabulous.

Linda xxxx

Lisa R. said...

Fantastic creations. Love the papers. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

lindaplus3 said...

I did enjoy your projects,, tyvm :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

pam said...

love the colors

Cathy said...

I love off the wall and different. Your card is very nice.

Peggie said...

very interesting using the different patterns. Like the layout with the square for the title.

bluecrayons said...

gorgeous cards and hope you keep up with the new tradition.

craftingwithblue @

Janet said...

I love this card all the different elements work very well together!
Big Blog Hugs! Janet

Angiebug said...

These are great & I saw the reindeer. Neat way of doing this. tfs
angiehbug at yahoo dot com

Heidi said...

I love the snowflake card! Love the colors.

Babe O'Mara said...

Great cards. Love the colors. The snowflake card is so cute. TFS


shersl84bed said...

Your card turned out great.

Smiles Sher

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