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Monday, November 30, 2015

Here Comes Santa and Rudolph!

This is it...December. The last month of the year. It's a time to review the past year of what we've done well and what we've done not so well and think about what we want to work at improving next year. I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but I do attempt to try and make each year better in some way. In 2016 I'd like to improve my card making abilities to include more clean and simple designs. I have a tendency to put everything except the kitchen sink on some cards and I'd like to quit feeling like more is better.

There's a new challenge on the 1st of every month at Craft-Dee BowZ and for this month the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW.  The challenge has been this for a long time now and why?  Well, we're a team of 4 who LOVE bows. For those who don't make many bows because they don't "come out right" with your different ribbons, your goal for 2016 is to improve your bow making ability.  And, to meet that goal, Santa needs to bring you a Craft-Dee BowZ tool. It's an inexpensive tool that you will have forever and use all the time. There's absolutely no reason you can't make a bow with this simple tool. And no, I don't work on commission and get a percentage of any sales. ;) 

I promise you will like making bows a whole lot more than you do now if you use the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. I'm so confident that you'll like making bows with this tool that if you purchase a Craft-Dee BowZ tool in December, I'll send you ribbon so you can practice your bows. Just e-mail me after you place your order, I'll confirm your order (or send me the confirmation e-mail) and send me your address. That will be my Christmas present to you! Your present to me could be that you enter our challenge each month, at least once, with an awesome bow on your project.

For the challenge this month I used the most adorable, not just adorable but most adorable, stamp by Wild Rose. This image is ranking at the top of my favorites right now. I looked at this and started humming:  Santa Clause is coming to town...He's making a list, checking it twice....

I LOVE making Christmas cards and I love winter. Our weather is terribly hot here in the desert of Arizona in the summer and in the winter we're one of the places that everyone wants to visit!  Our temperatures are beautiful in the winter, even on the cold side to us who have gotten accustomed to warmer than usual temperatures!


The image is colored with Copics and I used Glossy Accents as my adhesive and applied Sparkle n Sprinkle Crystal Ice Glitter on Santa's beard and Susie Sparkle Crystal Rainbow Glitter on his coat and hat. I used Glossy Accents on my Rudolph's nose but didn't add any glitter to it.

I used my QuicKutz Nesting Circles Dies on my card and the beautiful embossing folder is by Nellie Snellen. This is a brand new embossing folder that I just bought in November at the Mesa Stamp Convention (and I used my Cuttlebug). I love it because it's 6"x6" and that's my favorite size card. The silver glitter flat back embellishments in the corners are from Michael's. For those who think I shouldn't have put them on the card since this is a CAS card, I ask for patience and understanding. ;)


Thank you, Donna, for the beautiful silver ribbon. I made a triple looped bow with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and I am so please with this bow. Notice there's no little doo-dad in the middle of my bow? Two reasons: the bow came out so wonderful that I didn't want to cover it up AT ALL; and the other reason is because I've attempted a CAS card!


If you've come from the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog, then you've seen the other gorgeous Christmas cards by Barbara, Vicki and Tracey already. If you haven't seen them, click on over and take a look. The challenge for December is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW and I hope you'll join us for the last challenge of the year.

                                                                                          Hugs,
                                                            Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
7 Kids College FundSimon Says Wednesday Challenge, The Crafty Addicts, Crafty Gals Corner, Fab n Funky, The Paper Shelter, As You Like It, C.R.A.F.T., DRS Designs, Inspiration Destination, Crafty Girls Creations, Creative Fingers, Winter Wonderland, Crafty Ribbons, Crafting with Friends, Simply Paper Crafts, Pink Gems, Digi Designs, Creative Craft Cottage, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, Clean and Simple on Sunday, AAA Cards, Vintage Stamping Challenge, Crafting From the Heart, Creative Card Crew, Jo's Scrap Shack, Cuttlebug Mania, Crafting for all Seasons, Hiding in my Craft Room, Inky Impressions, Creative Moments, Craft Your Passion, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, Art by Miran, Wags n Whiskers, Inkspirational Challenges, Lemon Shortbread, DL. Art, Creatalicious, Whimsy Inspires, Crazy 4 Challenges, Suzy Bee's, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Get Creative, Artistic Inspirations, Petal Lu Challenge, Sweet Stamps, Weekly Christmas Card Challenge, Glitter n Sparkle, Fantasy Stampers, Not Just Cards, 613 Avenue Create

50 comments:

  1. Hi Gail, oh wow what a gorgeous Xmas card love that image and your colouring. hugs Shirley Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge.

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  2. A lovely bright and cheery Christmas card Gail and loving Santa's sparkly beard.

    Many thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

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  3. You are absolutely right, Gail, this image is so ADORABLE and the sparkle on Santa is great. Ooo, nice embossing folder to fit perfectly on a 6" card and give your image an elegant "frame". Using the silver with this card is the perfect embellishment - corner gems, backing paper and bow -- all tie in elegantly! It may be clean and simple to you, but it screams out "WOW".

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  4. Gorgeous card Gail....this adorable image is coloured sooo impeccably! You should definitely do lots more CaS

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  5. So cute and pretty Gail. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Hugs
    Cathy DT Member
    xxxxx

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  6. Adorable card, Gail! The bow is perfect and I love Rudolph's nose!

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  7. Like the images, coloring, embossing, bow and so much more. ,Especially like the sparkle on the Santa suit. Thank you for entering the DLART Christmas challenge.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    DLART Guest Designer

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  8. This is such a gorgeous elegant design and your bow is stunning :-)
    Thanks for joining in our challenge at As You Like It!
    Hugs, Kat x

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  9. Can you say 'adorable'? You have such a unique way of creating cards. Love this!

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  10. Gorgeous card Gail! I absolutely love the cute image you've used and the white embossed background looks so elegant.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

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  11. Hi Gail this is just too cute and perfect for our Winter challenge at CRAFT this week. Good luck and hope to see you again. Hope your keeping well
    Aunty Sue DT

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  12. Gorgeous card...Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky
    Wendy xx

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  13. Wow this is gorgeous.
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  14. Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge $06 and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT Leader
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1608194249429483/

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  15. Such a happy and fun holiday card - love the glitter. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

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  16. Oh my goodness, this is so adorable! Thank you for playing in our challenge at www.7kidscollegefund.com. Hugs, Rosie

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  17. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  18. Hi Gail, OMG, your Xmas card is gorgeous!!! Love the image and colouring. Have a great day! Hugs Jenna

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  19. Beautiful card Gail! Love the image and embossing!

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    1. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner!

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  20. WOW this card is gorgeous!!!!! I just LOVE that image... and the sparkle on Santa's suit and beard is beautiful! This is so pretty!!! Thanks so much for playing in our Funday Friday challenge this week! Have a great day!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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  21. So adorable cute and festive!
    Thanks fit playing along at AAA cards. Sarah

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  22. Fabulous design Gail, fab image, love your touches of glitter, and what a fab bow!!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  23. Stunning and oh so elegant. hanks for sharing with us at Crafting for all Seasons, hope to see you again. Barb

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  24. Stunning card! I love the glittery fur on Santa and the shiny Rudolph noes! That silver bow is fabulous too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at AAA Cards! Jill

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  25. Gorgeous Christmas card . Beautiful work on the image . And lovely embellishing . Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges

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  26. Great card thanks for joining us at Get Creative Challenges good luck x

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  27. Ohhh! This is so cute and old-fashioned too. I love it, Gail! It makes me smile. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards! Melissa - AAA DT

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  28. Stunning as always! Thanks for joining at Creatalicious: Merry Christmas
    Hugs
    Dewi

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  29. This is just gorgeous thank you for joining us at WWODTC
    Michelle DT

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  30. I agree...this is the most adorable image! and you've made an elegantly beautiful card with it! Thanks for joining Fun~day Friday at Jo's Scrap Shack.

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  31. Wonderfull card and the bow is apsolutley perfest!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  32. Hi,

    Gorgous Card. Thanks for joining us at CCC Challenge, CWF and Creatalicious Challenge

    Hugs
    Claudia
    DT Creative Craft Cottage Challenge
    DT Crafting With Friends
    DT Creatalicious Challenge
    http://knutselmeisjes.blogspot.be/

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  33. This is such a cute design - thanx for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

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  34. So cute! Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage

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  35. Super sweet!! Love! Thanks for joining us at CAS on Sunday!

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  36. Beautiful - love your colouring and that bow finishes everything perfectly.

    Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

    Helen x

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  37. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 257 - hope to see you again soon x

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  38. Gorgeous card...your colouring of Santa and Rudolph is breath-taking! WOW! Thank you for sharing this gem in the Inkspirational gallery!
    ~c

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  39. Fantastic colouring on your image! Love the card. Thank you for joining us at Crafting For All Seasons challenge. Mary DT member x

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  40. Super cute Christmas card with santa and his Rudolph.
    Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational Challenges. We hope you had loads of fun in the process :)
    Pia xx

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  41. I understand that you love this stamp. And you have colored it so wonderful!
    The embossing is great.
    Thank you for joining Cuttlebug Mania this time!
    Swissie

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  42. This is gorgeous Gail, thanks for joining us at CSAYL. Sue x

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  43. Love the cute image,embossed corners and gorgeous bow----Thank you for sharing at Crafting With Friends
    Carol DT x

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  44. I love your card! Super sweet! Thank you for joining us at Inky Impressions! Maria

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  45. Beautiful card. Your bow is perfect. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
    Hugs,
    Tina
    WWO DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}

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  46. A great Christmas card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Merry Christmas” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT Tuesday Throwdown)

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  47. So cute!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our challenge in the new year!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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