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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Time to decorate!

It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means there's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. The topic this month is FESTIVE DECOR. What makes the holidays special for you? I live where we don't get any snow and it's tough to get into the holiday spirit. I love going to the shopping mall to see all the decorations up and the sparkle of the lights. I always try to put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving to give me time to get into the holiday spirit as we walk around in shorts and flip flops!  It's not easy living in the desert and celebrating Christmas. I imagine my situation is similar to those south of the equator!


I used the stairway die by Memory Box, the tree with it's overlaid die is by Memory Box, the garland on the hand rail is by Poppy and the wreath is by Spellbinders. My package under the tree, poinsettias and plant pot are all buttons from Dress It Up (and I tied some embroidery thread thro ugh the holes on the pot).  I used assorted tiny rhinestones to represent Christmas lights on my tree and garland and teeny tiny rhinestones for the berries on my wreath. My sentiment is from CardZ TV.

When I look at this card I think of my grandmother's house that had the flowery wallpaper and the stairway leading up to the bedrooms and I smile with childhood memories of the fabulous holidays with all my relatives meeting up at my grandmother's house. My mom comes from a family of 12 kids, all of whom were married and had kids, so you can imagine the noise and all the kids running around from ages infant to college age. This card reminds me of the quiet before the storm...the night before Christmas...when all of us were at our own houses and grammy was resting before we all arrived!

The sponsor for this challenge is Flat Friends who are donating two digital images to the winner.

Please stop by Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and see what the Team has created to inspire you to join the challenge this month of FESTIVE DECOR

                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                                            Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Jingle Belles (tic-tac-toe: glitter/die cuts/stamping), Crafty Catz, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, Winter Wonderland, Glitter n Sparkle, Jo's Scrap Shack, Creative Card Crew, Holly Jolly Christmas, CCC Digi Creations, Cuttlebug Mania, Creative Moments, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, Crafting For All Seasons (tic-tac-toe: flowers/die cuts/patterned paper), Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, A Snowflakes Promise, Sweet Stamps, Christmas Cards All Year Around, One Crazy Stamper, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra, Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Let's Create, Little Claire's, Not Just Cards, 12 Months of Christmas, Crafting By Designs

29 comments:

  1. What a brilliant scene, love it. Thanks for playing at little claire

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  2. Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image and just perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge "Christmas Tree“ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

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  3. It certainly looks as if you're all decked out for the holiday -- although I would have thought you'd use a cactus instead of an evergreen tree - hahaha!! Cute idea to use a bannister and then drape it. Great embellishments of the poinsettia, gift and wreath, also. Fantastic scene on this creation, Gail.

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  4. What a pretty little holiday tree ... love the glittery swirls ... so very glad you joined our game of tic-tac-toe at jingle belles.

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  5. I can't imagine Christmas in the sun Gail and definitely not with that many people around..wow! Such a beautiful card with a lovely traditional feel xx

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  6. Wow Gail, I love that beautiful holiday scene you created and that decorated tree is just gorgeous. I just wanted to let you know I was able to edit the link up over on the 12 Months of Christmas to reflect that your card does follow the theme.

    Thanks so much for joining us again this month! I hope that we become a regular stop for your Christmas cards. Don't forget that linking up two cards each month earns you a free digi paper and of course when you follow the optional theme you get a chance at the sponsor's prize as well. Good luck!

    ☺ Lisa D.
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles – My Personal Blog!
    Co-coordinator for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!
    Owner of the Path of Positivity Challenge!

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  7. such a fun & festive holiday card, so many clever little details! thanks for joining our tic-tac-toe fun at JINGLE BELLES! :)

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  8. Your card is adorable is a bit of warmth of Christmas. All details make it ideal for participating in our challenge Quirky Crafts Challenge: Home Sweet Home. I invite you to participate. The challenge ends on Saturday 12th September. Kemly Sc. DT. Quirky. http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.com/2015/08/challenge-18-quirky-home-sweet-home.html

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  9. Love the scene you have created here Gail. Thank you for joining in the Anything Goes challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

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  10. Fabulous card. Thank you For entering the Glitter N Sparkle Blog Challengs xx DT Crafter Sarah xx

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  11. Thanks for entering our Not Just Cards Challenge and blog hop this month!
    Monica - DT

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  12. Fabulous what you have done here, gives the feeling of a very warm inviting room for the holidays. Great colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at the Crafting for all Seasons challenge, hope to see you back for out next challenge. Barb

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  13. C'est vraiment charmant Gail, un vrai Noël a la maison chaleureux et joyeux, merci de jouer avec nous chez CSAYL , biz

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  14. Hi Gail, I saw your comment. So sorry you are having problems. All you need to do is add a Quirky Crafts link to this post BEFORE you click on the link to add your post to Inlinkz linky thing, then it will go straight into the challenge no problems.

    You can add it without adding that link first but it will go into a moderation queue then I can approve it if I see you have added a link to Quirky.

    I hope you will come back and try again, your card is just right for the challenge.

    Cazzy x

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  15. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for CCAYR September challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team - and thanks for entering this for all of my Craftyhazelnut's challenges - hope to see you there again soon x

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  16. A lovley scenic card. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas Caz DT

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  17. I love your Christmas scene and the way it makes you connect with your childhood Christmas makes is much more special. Thank you for playing with us at the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge , “Use a die”. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, HJ DT, InvisiblePinkCards

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  18. Such a gorgeous card Gail.
    Hope you're keeping well. Wedgie xxx

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  19. Oh, this is wonderful, Gail! I just love scene cards like this, especially made with dies! I just posted a scene card on my blog today. It's gorgeous - I love everything about it, especially the sparkle! So glad you linked up with us at Glitter n Sparkle for our Anything Goes challenge. Wishing you the best of luck in our prize draw!

    KT Fit Kitty
    Glitter n Sparkle DT

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  20. Great card Gail! Perfect Christmas scene.

    Hugs

    Di xx

    Cuttlebug Mania DT

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  21. An awesome card, Lacey. Thank you for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

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  22. Lovely Christmas card. Thank you very much for joining our challenge at Creative Card Crew, Hope to see you again
    Hugs, Yvonne

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  23. Fabulous Christmas scene. I love the Christmas tree and the fabulous staircase. Thanks for joining us at 12 MOC.

    DT for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!
    Designed By Del – My personal Blog!

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  24. What a great scene! And so wonderfully festive - thanks for joining our September challenge at One Crazy Stamper!

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  25. What a beautiful Christmas card, love the lights on the stair rail and the poinsettia plant. Thank you for joining in our blog challenge at SweetStamps.com.

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  26. What a great card, and what great memories it evoked from you! Thank you for sharing those memories with us! :)

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  27. I'm back to thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Let’s Craft and Create challenge 105, Hazel, DT x

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  28. Gorgeous card Gail, thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR this month.

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  29. You set a beautiful scene on your card. Thanks for playing in the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up this month.

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