Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

About once a week or so, I visit Melissa Phillips' blog, Lilybean Paperie to gather ideas and inspiration, and to fall in love with the supplies she uses.  As is usually the case, I found some papers I just HAD to buy, and I used them to recreate a card similar to one Melissa had posted on her sweet blog using these lovely Echo Park Christmas papers and embellishments.
I used three or four of the patterned papers from Echo Park as well as the matching stickers and chipboard elements.  I did some machine stitching, added some scrunched seam binding, a glittered button tied with red baker's twine, some little pearl accents, and an October Afternoon sticker at the top (Celebrate).  I love the machine stitching - it seems to give everything a homespun effect, and I just can't seem to help myself.
I also decorated the inside of the card (shown above) with three or four of the same Echo Park patterned papers.  I used a small piece of washi tape, an Echo Park poinsettia sticker with a small pearl accent in the center, and then stamped (Happy Christmas) with a sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers.  I really like decorating the inside as well as the front - it gives it a real completed look.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Wednesday Challenge - Let It Snow! - I used snowflake paper, and a sweet little snowman!

Craft-Dee-Bowz - December Challenge - Anything Goes - Include a Hand-Made Bow

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Monday Challenge - Stamp Out 2013 - The stamp I used is an acrylic sentiment stamp (Happy Christmas) from Mark's Finest Papers, and I used it on the inside of my card to add the perfect sentiment.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a happy day of crafting (or whatever your little heart desires).  I'm so grateful for your visit!


  1. What a totally festive card! Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ December challenge.

  2. This is beautiful Karen! What gorgeous papers and I just LOVE that bow!!
    Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a GREAT week!

  3. Such a beautiful card! I also have the same beautiful set of papers! Isn't it just gorgeous? Have a wonderful day!

  4. Karen, this is a beautiful! I love that you did the inside too. So pretty! Thank you for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle

  5. Lovely cheerful card Karen - love the bold colours.

  6. I love your card Karen. The papers are beautiful, and the bow ans Merry Christmas cut out are sooo pretty!

  7. Super cute, another fun and festive card. Merry Christmas.

  8. This card ROCK! - Loving that chalkboard look Merry Christmas! Wonderful!

  9. So sweet. Love the mix of these vintage looking papers.

  10. super mignon, c'est tellement charmant, biz

  11. Great card both inside & out!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

  12. Karen.
    I really like the three different DSP pieces that you have stitched. The snowman looks quite jolly and your Merry Christmas is very jolly as well. I enjoy you art so much and the inside is a bonus.
    Advent Blessings of Hope, Peace and Joy,
    Carole Robb Bisson

  13. Karen, your card is just gorgeous, I am loving all the fab details. Thank you for joining us for the Speedy Fox and Friends challenge. Have a great day.

  14. Gorgeous card!!! Wonderful papers! I love all the layers! Love your fabulous inside too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

  15. Terrific card! Great mix of patterned papers! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!