Saturday, November 29, 2014

Candy Cane Wishes

     I have all my Christmas cards done, have donated 25 to my local Senior Center, sent 50 to Operation Write Home in September, and yet I find myself still doing Christmas cards because I keep finding simply adorable images which beg to be used.  This digi from Lacy Sunshine is a perfect example.

     Coloring is done with ProMarkers, and both the image and the mat are cut with dies from Spellbinders.  The red and white bow is also a die cut (Cottage Cutz).  Obviously, using die cuts on my cards is one of my favorite techniques.  It's rare to see one of my cards without at least a die cut image unless it's one of my single layer CAS cards.

     I used embossed black CS for the card base (although it just doesn't show in the photo) and added two bows made from red ribbon for a bit of dimension and texture.  The sentiment was printed using a computer font, then hand cut and matted.  I forgot to photograph the inside but I printed the lyrics from the Christmas song, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and die cut that piece, too, with another die from Spellbinders.  The lyrics of that song just seemed to fit the expression on her face -- sweet with just a bit of longing.

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     Have a wonderful weekend and get those Thanksgiving left overs finished up so yo can begin working toward Christmas left overs.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


jimlynn said...

She's so pretty with those big green eyes! Love your card Connie and the coloring is fantastic!!!

Jac said...

Really cute card, love the bow die cut too, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

Donna Ellis said...

She is darling, Connie! Love the bow theme and the reds with her green eyes to make it completely festive! Thanks for playing in the Scrapy Land Challenge using die cuts! I hope to see more of your pretty projects in the next challenge, too! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

Anne Temple said...

She looks fabulous with those big green eyes. I wish I had all my Christmas cards completed and could create more for fun. Love how your ribbon bows match the big red die cut bow. Thanks for sharing it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge too.

Linda Simpson said...

Oh my Connie, what a cute image and beautiful bows. I too have finished my cards and still making them too.
Linda xxxx

Robin Parker said...

Love your image and all the dies, my favorite is the bow. Thanks for sharing on the Delightful Challenge of It's a Kid's World.

KarinsArtScrap said...

Connie it's a wonderful card
Thanks for join us at
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


Donna Hanley said...

This is a cute image and I love your little red bows. Enjoy the weekend.

Ellie said...

A very sweet card, great colors and darling image!

Dawn Lancaster said...

Hi NanaC! All behind on my comments again! I love your sweet card! The colours are great & the image is just too cute!
Dawn xx

Ema M said...

What a cute, fun image! Thanks for sharing your fabulous project and joining us for our current challenge at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
IDCB Owner

Jackie Scott said...

She is a sweetie, those large green eyes just jump right out at you! Love all the red bows and die cuts. Pretty card.

Teresa Arsenault said...

SWEET is the perfect word for this design. The darling image plus those dainty bows is a great combination.
Hugs & smiles,

Billie A said...

Sweet image and card. I love the look of this cute little girl. great coloring and dies you used. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments for our winter holiday sentiments challenge.

MA-MI said...

She looks naughty! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Artistic Inspirations.

Maja DT

Lori Kobular said...

What an adorable Christmas card! I love those big green eyes on the girl image! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #6!

nini78 said...

so cute ,
Thanks for joining us at DigiStamps4Joy!
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}

Stella said...

So sweet and cute! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful card- wow- so wonderful you make and donate all of those cards! Bless you. I am heading out of town in the AM, so will be quiet this week : )

Deborah Adams said...

Awww, isn't she just a cute little girl. She's so cute holding that candy cane. Love the black and red you used together great combo. :D
Thank you for sharing and joining us at Crafty Sentiments Challenge.
Deborah GDT

Avril Ann said...

Super "sweet" card, NC, love the image and your colouring as always is fabulous, thank you for sharing with us at Ooh La La Creations, best of luck xxx

Ros Crawford said...

What an adorable card! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Raechelle Bellus said...

Very pretty! The little bows are such a great accent. I love how you have donated cards to a senior center-what a fabulous idea! Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land!

Karen Lunagirl said...

Thank you for your very sweet entry for my Holiday Children challenge at!

Nikki said...

Super cute! Thanks for join us at Digi Choosday's Challenge.... xo Nikki

Barb said...

Super pretty, loving your design and colors. Thanks for sharing with us at the Crafting for all Seasons challenge. Barb

Charlene said...

What an adorable card!!! Thanks so much for sharing this week at CCCB :-) Have a great week!

Chasing the Dream said...

Me again, what a cutiie, In love with the bows, fab colors and design.

Anet van Zyl said...

Your card is adorable NanaConnie. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

tanya miller said...

Lovely design. Thank you for entering the challenge over at Digi Choosday.

sue card maker said...

Cute love the image and colors thank you for sharing it with OLL Creations Sue DT xx

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Beautiful Christmas card Connie! I understand wanting to use all the adorable Christmas images out there. It is really hard not to; but time seems to be a problem for me. LOL! That is so sweet for you to donate all those cards! Awesome!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Digi Stamps 4 Joy!! Hope to see you again for the next challenge. Have a fantastic week!! Hugs, Gloria DT

Julie said...

So cute! Love the bows. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
Julie T

Desire Fourie said...

This is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Kat W said...

Very cute, lovely colours and the bows are a sweet finishing touch :-)
Thanks for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
Kat x

Sassy Raggedy said...

Beautiful bows Connie and love the image. Great card. Hugs, joann

Cibele Glazer said...

Very cute card! Thanks for joining us at Digi Choosday!
DT Digi Choosday

Meggi Bischoff said...

danke für die teilnahme bei baffies-kreativladen-shop-blog.

glg meggi

Meggi Bischoff said...

danke für die teilnahme bei baffies-kreativladen-shop-blog.

glg meggi

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

So cute!!! Thanks so much for participating in our A SONG IN YOUR HEART challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper