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Wednesday 29 January 2014

DS4J Christmas Candle

Over at Digistamps 4 Joy there is a Monthly Progressive Freebie Challenge all about Christmas, my favourite type of cad to make. I managed to make most of my Christmas cards last year all the year through and am already doing the same this year. It made a massive difference not to leave it till the last minute and even though I did very little crafting from July to the end of the year I only had a few to make in a mad dash in December. Therefore any Christmas challenge is a good thing for me and especially if you get some nice free images to play with too.

Admittedly I have had this image Christmas Candle by Mararet Kieser coloured for a few weeks and just have not had chance to make it into a card. I have had a dreadful cold since 3rd January and not been up to my peak performance in any way shape or form L Hopefully it will not hang around for much longer as I really want to get back to normal and build my strength back up.
However one good thing about waiting until today to make my card was that Laura Davis of 2 Sketches 4 You fame announced on Facebook that she had a sketch on her blog The Paper Poppy. It was January 2011 that she and Kazan did their last sketches and it makes me so happy to see Laura creating again as she has such style.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and I added some Stickles glitter glue in red for the berries and crystal for the candle flame. I used a Nestabilities die to cut it out and it is mounted on 3D foam.

The card base is using papers form and old DCWV Christmas Stack and I had added a length of gold lame ribbon to cover the join. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards, mounted on 3d foam and a couple of gems added for decoration.

I am looking forward to taking part in the challenge next month and getting the opportunity to build up my stash of Christmas cards. Thankyou DS4J for running this progressive freebie challenge J

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Card size – A6
Digi Image – Christmas Candle by Margaret Keiser
Papers – The Christmas Stack from DCWV
Sentiment – Craftwork Cards
Tools – Nestabilities  Lacy Squares die, Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Embellishments – self adhesive gems, stickles glitter glue
Techniques – diecutting,

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Laura Davis said...

Awwww you are so sweet!! This card is beautiful and so rich with color, thank you for playing with the 1st Poppy Sketch!

Laura Davis said...

Awwww you are so sweet!! This card is beautiful and so rich with color, thank you for playing with the 1st Poppy Sketch!

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful image and love the B.papers and great die-cut frame -thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls
Carol DT x

Sarah said...

Beautiful image and love the rich colored DP. Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet! Hope you will join us again!

Scrapcat 1 said...

I have joined in with this challenge as well I do love the way you have used the stamp

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card for CCAYR January anything goes challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team – and thanks for entering this for my CHNC challenge extra for January and my Patterned Paper challenge too x

Desire Fourie said...

Mandy this is a wonderful Christmas creation with great details. Love the design paper. Thank you for taking the time to use this month’s free Christmas image. You have automatically qualified to receive next month’s Christmas image for free, which will be emailed to you at the beginning of February.

You might also like to enter this beautiful Christmas card over at Lisa’s Linky Party as there are some lovely prizes up for grabs each month.
{Decosse’s 12 months of Christmas Link Up}

{Digistamps4Joy Christmas Challenge Co-ordinator}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a pretty card you have made. It fits the Delicious Doodles Challenge this week well of “Using ribbon”. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog Design Team Member)

Amy C said...

Such a lovely candle card and a great way to get a jump start on Christmas cards.

Sue Crease said...

Lovely card to link up with us over at MSC this time. Nice to get started early.

Suze said...

Love how you have kept the striped effect with the use of the handwriting paper. Lovely card. Thanks for joining in with the challenge at CHNC Extra for January

Lady Bug Stampers said...

What a great card. Love that candle. Thanks for joining us this week at Created with love challenges.
Linda K. DT.

Cara said...

Great card Mandy. Love the image and papers! Thanks for joining us at TTCRD, hope to see you again in our next challenge! - XX Cara

Rene said...

Lovely! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Make it Monday! Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
Good luck!
Rene :D

Sarah said...

What a pretty card! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful card hun, loving the image. Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments this fortnight. Abbs xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

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


Zoe said...

Fab card, thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

Anonymous said...

This is just lovely.

thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie challenge Blog.

Moira DT xx

Arlene said...

Christmas cards are my favorite cards to make too!

So glad to see you at Die Cut Divas.

Marina said...

I love the stripy effect of your background and the glittery flame. Sorry to hear you've not been well. Get well soon!
Thanks a lot for joining in with my Festive 48. Hope you can link up again next week. Marina

Diane said...

Well done Mandy for starting your christmas cards !! Wish I could get inspired to do so !! Thanks for sharing your fab card with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs !!

hugs Diane xx

CraftingMum said...

Lovely Christmas card, thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy.
Louise x

Sherry said...

Thank You For Joining Our Challenge At Robyn's Fetish This Week For The Lots Of Glitter .. Beautiful card Good Luck .. Sherry @ Robyn's DT

Ella's Design said...

Fab CAS Christmas card, Mandy! Great image and simple design!
Thanks for joining in with our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Passion for Promarkers this week! Lisa x

Barb said...

Cute card--love the design too!

Thanks so much for joining us at The Crafters Café Challenge Blog-TCCCB-this week. Good Luck and we hope to see you in future challenges too! Barb—DT Member.

Zella said...

Wonderful way to start your stash for Christmas cards. I need to do that too. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Eureka Stamps this week.

coops said...

So gorgeous Mandy.Fab design and papers and i love the stunning traditional image.
Thanks for joining in my theme this week at PFP :D

xx coops xx

Desire Fourie said...

Back with my dt hat on:
This is a wonderful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘ADD REAL RIBBON’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. Love the colors. Thank you for coloring along with us at the TCCCB.

Nadja DT

Cindy Groh said...

Such a beautiful card. The candle is a trend I'm seeing a lot of in Christmas cards lately. Thanks for joining us at CCAYR

MagsB said...

This is such a fab CAS Christmas card! I love the candle - and the gold ribbon adds such a lovely rich touch! Thanks for joining in at The Squirrel and the Fox!

love Mags B x

K8 said...

Lovely card, adorable CAS card!! Thank you for join us at Creative Moments this time, hugs Kate DT