Sunday, April 28, 2013

Holly Jolly Christmas



I keep telling myself I NEED to get busy and start making Christmas cards!  I get one or two done - and then don't even think about it until about 2 months later.  This is NOT going to work if I want to get them done before the holidays. So I sat down this weekend and MADE myself do one.  Not a lot involved here other than a nice image (SU), coloring, and embossing.  I had to add the gingham bow to give it a little of the country flavor.  Nothing fancy by any means, but another Christmas card is completed.

I found a new blog that's going to get me motivated to make more cards for Christmas now.  I know there are several challenge blogs out there for Christmas but I wanted to try the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge.  This week they're looking for cards for the holidays using ribbon and embossing so I'll enter this in their challenge.

Thanks for stopping by..........
Lynn

35 comments:

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love the image and fab colours.xxx

Monica said...

Hey Lynn, this image says it all. It needs nothing more, it is so beautiful and the gingham brings out everything so nicely as does the embossing. Your cards stand out because they are not cluttered. CAS is classy for me.
Love,
M

Tammy said...

Beautiful card Lynn! Gorgeous embossed papers in the background and the gingham ribbon is the perfect touch!

Carol L said...

This is such a pretty card with a real homespun feel and look to it! I love the embossed panel and especially that gorgeous gingham ribbon and bow! TFS the link to the Christmas Card challenges too!

Marilyn said...

This is so classy and elegant Lynn, it really is. Again, you've nailed the colour combo and you have just enough red on here to make it the perfect accent. Great image and I am always in bow envy of you.

Jessi Fogan said...

I love it, Lynn! That bow is perfect. I found committing to do one Christmas challenge all year long has kept me sticking to it...and despite best intentions this is the first year that's happened :)

MiamiKel said...

Fun stuff! I just did a double take - I think we used the same ribbon on our cards today! ('cept mine was from an old ornament, recyling!) Gorgeous background embossing and such a soft, serene card - perfect!

Linda Simpson said...

This is beautiful Lynn! I love the beautiful stamped image and the background embossing is lovely too.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Donna Hanley said...

Lynn, You did a fabulous coloring job on this bird. I love to try to color them, but I never an happy with the end results. Yours is gorgeous. I also love the softness to your holly and berries. The ribbon does give the whole card a down home feel. I will stop over to check out this challenge site. Thanks for sharing.

NanaConnie said...

This is beautiful, Lynn! How funny that I'm just about to post one of my own for this challenge and almost used that same embossing folder. Changed my mind and used a different one instead, but now seeing your card, I almost wish I hadn't. :-D

Karen Howard said...

Lynn, this is gorgeous! I love the layout and your coloring is fabulous! Hugs, Karen

Judy McKay said...

Very nice colouring and design. Great Christmas card. Thank yo for joining us at Holly Jolly this week. Judy

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Lynn, I like the image and the embossing.
Kevin xx

Sherry Hickey said...

Beautiful card, Lynn; love every aspect of it & the soft gingham bow is the perfect touch! Thsnks SO much for your lovely comment at my blog today :) .

Chriss America Real said...

This card is beautiful! I will probably start making Christmas Cards around July...sigh...I love the checked ribbon you used!

Hugs,

Chriss
www.chrissandlou.blogspot.com

Ellen said...

Fabulous christmas card! Love that sweet chickadee!! I booked marked that blog for the same reason...my new years resolution was to get my holiday cards done early and haven't started yet~Thanks for the reminder!

MaxineD said...

Love this - it is a simple design but so effective, especially with the red and white contrast.
Blessings
Maxine

Jenny said...

I'm with you on getting Christmas cards done early but in reality I just can't get the seasonal stash out!!
Love your traditional robin, fab colouring and the gingham bow is just right too :0)

Tammy said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Lynn! I love that beautiful image and your fabulous bow!
Tammy x

Davi said...

WOW Lynn, is this beautiful! I love the image very soft and pretty, the embossing and the red gingham bow are so very pretty with it :)

she who must stamp said...

Great to see you at Holly Jolly Lynn! Your card is gorgeous! Wow! The image is stunning! thanks for joining us this week, hope to see you come back again!

Pia S said...

I do love traditional red and white Christmas cards, and this one has such a beautiful, classic image and feel to it! The embossed background and ribbon are wonderful details.

Lynn McAuley said...

What a Christmas beauty, Lynn!! I need to get started, too!!

Laura said...

Lovely Christmas card,Lynn!! I love the colors and BG EF. WOW, You already started with your christmas cards, That means I am wayyy behind. I need to get started. Thanks for reminding me.

Kathy and Lucky said...

I love it, so clean and country feel, which gives it that warm and friendly feeling. Glad you are taking the class, I haven't watched yet, but hoping it helps me.

Margaret said...

Fabulous image and Christmas card. Lovely coloring.

Joan Ervin said...

What a beautiful Christmas card, Lynn...I love the stamp you used and the red gingham ribbon really sets it off!!!! I so need to follow you example but I just can't get into the Christmas spirit yet...maybe by July!!

Nancy in Iowa said...

Beautiful! Perfect ribbon! You are really dedicated - Christmas cards in April! I admire your tenacity!

Nancy in Iowa said...

Just popped over to Holly Jolly - there you were! You entered and you won! Nicely done my friend - nicely done!

Bonnie said...

This chickadee looks very debonair in the red frame! Love that gingham ribbon!

MaryH said...

You KNOW I loved this one. Has all my fav things on it. Birds (and I loved your coloration on this guy), red & white, checks. You say 'nothing fancy', but I have to differ. This one is most elegant - and yes, the gingham added some 'country'. LOVE it! TFS

Anne Temple said...

Love it! I really need to get that embossing folder and that image is colored to perfection.

Margaret said...

This is so pretty! It has that wonderful country Christmas feel!

Shelly Schmidt said...

This is beautiful- love the gorgeous coloring and image- and I have to say, I should join you and make some early X-mas cards!

Evie said...

So beautiful. Lovely design and fab image.

Hugs,
Evie