Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Holly & The Ivy Challenge At Jingle Belles

If you're familiar with Jingle Belles you
know that their challenge each week is to make a new Christmas card, and in their words, thus avoiding holiday mayhem. Well, I am waaaayyyy behind, having made only two cards. I started out making a card to enter in the challenge and discovered I hadn't any Christmas foliage of any kind. I then found a stamp set in the top of the closet I had yet to use. Two of the stamps were holly! Yahhh for the good guys! After much trial and error, I came up with this...


I took my photos and since I had already posted once, I set everything aside. 
Well, this morning when I showed the Penmaker my card, he said the one side was unfinished looking. Since I had so much trouble with the dog gone thing in the first place, I agreed and got everything back out. Now what to do... more holly, I guess!


So I stamped holly, cut holly and glued holly until I thought it finally 
looked better than the way before. Added just a touch of Stickles Clear Rock Candy to the tips.


Now I'm happy! Can't say the same for the Penmaker...
the poor man... He bought some expensive wood to make a pen for a friend and has had everything go wrong that possibly can. If he ever finishes it, I'll show you the results.
Have a Happy Day!

11 comments:

lauren bergold said...

ok, now see, when i saw the top photo i thought "what a lovely card" and was a bit flummoxed at the thought of your doing more to it...until...i saw the bottom photo & OF COURSE the finished article is even MORE LOVELY! ♥♥♥ kudos to the penmaker, and my apologies for the momentary doubt!!! :)

ps: i hope his crafty day has gotten better...his work is SO VERY amazing to me!

Sue said...

Ditto on what Lauren said - gorgeous card!

SmilynStef said...

I must admit, I do like the additional holly ... it adds both depth of color & pulls in the eye to the design ... hope the Penmaker works through his difficulties ... oh the trials of an artist ... thanks for joining our jingle belles fun.

Lori said...

It was a great idea to add the holly! Very pretty...love that deep red against the black and cream!

Audrey Pettit said...

What an elegant card, Linda! I just love this color combo and this paper. Wowzers! Fabulous stamping! Your fussy cutting of all those holly leaves is just amazing. Really lovely.
And good luck to the Penmaker!

Lisa said...

I agree with Stef, the additonal holly really captures the eye. It was a beautiful card either way though!

June Houck said...

Oh, kudos to the Penmaker! The added holly makes this a SUPER WOW card. Gorgeous :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a beautiful and festive card for the holiday, love the red + holly, that TM ornate plate added a touch of elegance, perfect!

lisa said...

Love the holly... ALL of it! Awesome job.

Rosemary said...

I liked the original card, but I must admit that seeing it with the additional items is also lovely - I'm of the more is great school! Very classy and elegant card!

Lisa V. said...

I love both cards, but the penmaker gave great advice. I do love the addition of extra holly. Fantastic.

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