Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Get Your Jingle On

Nope, your eyes are not deceiving you, I REALLY made a red and green Christmas card today! I like it, too! Crazy, huh? I'm trying to get over that little quirk of mine, embrace my "Christmas Spirit" and just go with those traditional colors. Maybe it had to do with my favorite man in the BROWN suit (he's kind of like Santa, isn't he?) who delivered a box of new stampin' goodies to my house yesterday. I finally ordered the Tags til Christmas set and couldn't wait to ink up that ornament stamp. I think I have established that I love my Ornament Punch, mucho! :) 

I was inspired by this week's challenge at Fresh Brewed Designs, which is a Winter/Christmas theme.

Then, I saw this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and was immediately ready to "get my jingle on":
I guess my color inspiration came to me after running errands earlier today. Yeah, I BRAVED the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving. I like to live on the edge, what can I say? Holy cow, it WAS brutal, though. Never again! I did manage to pick up two of my favorite things while fending off the crazy shoppers today. My "favorite things" from this shopping trip are not NEARLY as cool as Oprah's, but they make me happy. Here they are: 
(If you have never tried these Mint Truffle Kisses, RUN to get them ASAP!)
*note how the bag has already been ripped open

So, thinking about coffee and chocolate, I went to a (retired) Simply Scrappin' set, Christmas Jingle. I bought this kit last year with the intent of making a boat-load of holiday cards with it. But, like most of my coveted retired DSP, I couldn't bring myself to cut into it. To all the "supply hoarders" out there...YOU understand what I'm talking about, don't you?? Yup, it is time to start using up this stash of goodies I own...
I made sure to add an appropriate amount of "bling" in the form of pearls. (If SU! ever gets rid of these I will probably need therapy, not kidding!) I decided to use the "Joy" sentiment from The Snowflake Spot (ret.) because it played off all the dots and pearls. It's just simple and I love that! 

I dressed up the inside with the sentiment from the A Cardinal Christmas set. There you have it "jinglin' in the holiday spirit"! I'd love to hear what you think about the card, grocery shopping today, chocolate...or anything else! :) Please leave me a comment, I appreciate them and I am happy you took time out of your day to visit me. 
Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Tags til Christmas, The Snowflake Spot and A Cardinal Christmas
Ink: Real Red classic ink
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive and Very Vanilla card stock and Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit (ret)
Accessories: PEARLS!!! Ornament punch, Gold elastic cord (ret), Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and 1" Circle punch
Non SU! Accessories: oval and scalloped oval die cut

Have a happy day! :)


  1. Oh, I love this card, so bright and cheery. Gorgeous take on the sketch you used.
    In answer to your question about what I used for the puffy wool on my card, it is called Jones Tones Puff Paint and you use a heat gun to make it puffy.

  2. This is GREAT AM!!! I need to get going on my Holiday cards and you are such great inspiration to do just that!!
    Oh and thanks a lot!!! Now I NEED those kisses!!!

  3. Beautiful card! I love the traditional colors and pretty papers and layout! The pearls were the perfect touch. Thank you for sharing this with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges!
    Stacy DT

  4. What a great card! I love the DSP! I saw it and wondered where it came from until I got to that portion of your post! I'm SO a paper hoarder! I have soo much DSP from the last 2 years it's not even funny! I just cleaned out my paper today and ran across some from are you ready for this? 2001! I have SU DSP from almost 10 years ago! LOL It's beautiful and the inside is lovely too! I absolutely LOVE that sentiment! I've used it in almost all of my Christmas cards so far!
    Now, about that coffee and those mint truffle kisses... I'M SO JEALOUS! I will have to wait until FRIDAY to go get those kisses! I've never tried them but I'm a mint chocolate nutcase so they are DEFINITELY at the top of my grocery list! Enjoy a few for me since you've got them open!
    Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    OH! One more thing, I just want to say thank you for following my blog! I look forward to reading your comments and I check your posts although the boys don't always give me time to comment! Your work is amazing!

  5. Anne Marie, your card is so wonderful. I like the colors and your layout. The inside is beautiful too !!

  6. Wow, green and red, I think you have converted over. Hmm, I smell the coffee now and craving some kisses, ok chocolate mint kisses. :) Love your card it really is very pretty and of course pearls are girls best friend right, oh maybe diamonds, but I like pearls also. Say hi to the fur babies, that includes Emmitt from Lucky. Have a great T Day.

  7. From one paper hoarder to another...fabulous card! Love the pearls. They are the perfect touch. As for your favorite things, those mint truffles are decadent! Yum!

  8. Beautiful card - I really love the ornament, and the sentiment inside is just perfect. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving day with those you love.

  9. Gorgeous! You did a fabulous job using red and green. (Like non-traditional colors too)

    We love those Kisses. My daughter likes the candy cane ones too.

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving today!

  10. very striking card, love it. Thanks for joining us at FBD x

  11. Oh my, miss a few days of blogging and a whole world went by on your blog! Oh my! This is the most stunning and elegant Christmas card - I love the clean-ness of it yet it just stops the show! the ornament and the scroll work, the beautifully decorated inside - oh wow! I'm rofl at the man in the brown suit, lol, yes he is my favorite Santa, toO! :)

    I hope your family had a most blessed Thanksgiving!

  12. This card is just so cheerful-I love it! And the inside too is so nice. I rarely design the inside of a card-I think I might have to change that. :)

  13. Beautiful Card!

    I just bought those mint truffle kisses...havent tried them yet but they sounded good!!

  14. I like how you framed the ornament in the scalloped circle and your choice of patterned papers.

  15. This is a PERFECT Christmas card!!! Just beautiful. You're really making me think I HAVE to have this ornament punch now - and I have just kept talking myself out of it. So pretty

  16. This is beautiful inside and out. Great job on this sketch.

  17. This looks so clean and fresh. I love the traditional colors.

  18. I haven't made a Christmas card yet this year with my ornament punch!! I love the layout of this wonderful holiday card. I may just have to dust off my punch! Thanks for the inspiration, Anne Marie!

  19. I LOVE this card! So pretty! I love the colors. Even though they're Christmasy, they're slightly brighter, fresher. It looks great.

    And so do those mint truffle kisses! I so need to get me a bag of those!

  20. Hi dear.

    What a gorgeous card. So love it! Love your talent! Wow!

    Inky hugs, Pauline


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Anne Marie