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1/04/2016

HLS Christmas Challenge - January - Jingle

Hello and welcome to the first HLS Christmas Challenge for 2016...and our challenge theme to start the year is: Jingle


Our challenge is sponsored by  Happy Little Stampers
Winner will receive one stamp set from HLS
 
 
So let's get started on the card I'm sharing for this month's theme:
 

- Elizabeth Craft Cardinal (RS021) - colored with copics and some WoStella;
 diecut with a stitched MFT Oval. Matted with paper from stash (12x12 Paper Studio Christmas Traditions foils, bought a few years ago) using S/B Lattice Motifs.
After image was die cut, masked the outer edge of the oval, and used a mask over the image, stamped with an IO CAC Twas the Night Before text stamp that had been inked with DI Tea Dye.

- Crafters Companion Embossalicious EF - Christmas Merriment - for the white mat directly behind the focal image.

- Silver outline stickers to define the sentiment space - which is stamped with the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments. Used SU Real Red, then Ranger's Fine Detail Clear EP over this.

Got a little red smudge off my inky fingers so used Impression Obsession's tiny holly leaves to cut some snippets of a tartan plaid paper and add to the corners. I rather like this one.

HLS has some great stamp sets available, and I'm finding the sentiment sets to be so versatile, with the various sizes & styles of the stamps.  Now do be sure to check out what my fellow DT members have shared for the HLS January Christmas challenge, and perhaps you could win this month's prize stamp set.

Thanks for joining me today, and Happy Stamping. Hugs.


 
 
 

44 comments:

Susan said...

Beautiful image - perfect for the HLS challenge. And fabulous colouring too!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

How did I guess there would be a cardinal somewhere on this Christmas card?:) How gorgeous he looks too, beautifully framed with holly details.
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Lorraine

Carol said...

Happy New Year Mary and thank you for the gorgeous card which arrived a few days ago. Love this, such a gorgeous image, beautifully coloured and matted and layered. Carol x

Sarah Gray said...

What a fab image and perfectly coloured too! The red die cut frame makes it pop. Great design :)

Anita in France said...

What detailed and awesome colouring on and around your cardinal, Mary ... such a wonderful festive look! Hugs, Anita :)

Kathleen said...

Beautiful card Mary, love the image.

Kath x

Loll said...

Lovely to see your beautiful red cardinal image again Mary. Your colouring always brings your images to life. xx

Team Clark said...

So very beautiful, Mary!

pam said...

Love this gorgeous card Mary, beautiful colouring on this image.
Pam x

scrAPpamondo said...

There is a lot of attention to the details, a gorgous colouring and a lovely design, it's a so beautiful card!! The holly in the corners look great with the leaves of plaid paper! And the red frame with the background are just fabulos!!! Amazing work!

Liz said...

So wish I could see a cardinal IRL. Your cardinal cards are always stunning. Another beautiful one. xx

Donna said...

Adorable image and coloring with darling embellishing! Happy New Year Mary!

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous!!! I love this image and it's colored and presented beautifully!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Just beautiful! The cardinal is so pretty beautifully colored & loving the holly corners. Wishing you a fab 2016 with many blessings!

Kylie said...

LOVING this cardinal, Mary. I have ideas for a cardinal in my next release (what? ssshhhhh!). I love the colours you've used. I really adore that sentiment in red :) xx

Maxine D said...

Another beauty Mary - and why am I not surprised to see the cardinal there :-)?? Love the classic script sentiment.
Blessings
Maxine

Pippa said...

Lovely card as always Mary.

Sue said...

Hi Mary, I love this card. The Cardinal is just stunning.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Inkyfingers said...

Such a gorgeous card Mary and I love how you added the script on the centre oval - perfectly done! Love the happy accident with the holly leaves too - the are a great finishing touch.
Happy New Year to you.
Hugs
Carol x

Barb said...

A beautiful card Mary with that lovely cardinal taking centre stage.

I hope you shared a wonderful Christmas with your family and wish you and yours a very happy and healthy 2016 with lots of crafty fun too. Barbxx

Hazel said...

Beautiful Mary. Hazel X

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love the cardinal with the bells. Beautifully colored and your little tartan holly corners were definitely meant to be! Happy New Year Mary!

Redanne said...

The beautifully coloured Cardinal looks wonderful set in that beautiful red border and I love how you covered up the smudge with the pretty tartan holly corners! Beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

Pam Sparks said...

So pretty Mary! Happy to see Christmas still happening out here in blog land! :D
Lovely coloring/creating! TFS!

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! What a beautiful image!! You colored it perfectly!! The details are fabulous!! Love it my friend!! I hope you were able to get the truck fixed and made it home with no problems!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Birgit said...

This is such a beautiful, wintry card. I love the bright image of the cardinal and you did a great job colouring! I love how you did the silver bells especially. I have covered up smudges too:)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Pretty little card and pudgy cardinal. I like that silvery band and the smudge hiding hollies.

Brenda said...

Such a beautiful card Momma Mary and good for your on getting started on your Christmas cards for this year! I love that image and love how you have colored it. The jingle bells are so cute! Love the font of your sentiment too, so elegant looking. Hope the new year is good to you and hubby!!! Hugs, Brenda

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
A very Happy and Health New Year to you and your family.
What a very brilliant card, and it's created so perfectly too.
Love your image of the Cardinal bird, and your wonderful colouring of that image.
Great designing also.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pat said...

This is such a pretty card Mary and the embossed stitched oval and the red lattice SB show off the Cardinal image beautifully and I love the tartan holly corners, and the silver outline stickers and sentiment finish it perfectly. x

Donna said...

Gorgeous Mary! I have got to get a start on my Christmas cards. LOL! Love the beautiful cardinal and you nailed the challenge. Happy New Year!

My Crafty Place - Sharyn Polesel said...

I love Cardinals! Your card is really beautiful!

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful card, Mary! No one does cardinals like you- and this one is exceptionally gorgeous! How fantastic to get started on your Christmas cards! Hope you are doing well! Hugs, de

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Frame beautifully directs our attention to a red cardinal. Beautiful composition of cards and very Christmas look.
Happy New Year.
BozenA

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card Mary and happy to read you had a good Christmas!
I wish you a very happy and healthy new year!
xx

Daffodil Cards said...

Your Cardinal bird is Super on the bells such a rich and lovely card.

jimlynn said...

Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE that image and the way it's framed out is stunning. A beautiful, beautiful card.
Sorry I haven't been around but things haven't been too good around here. Hoping for better days and more time soon. Will get back when I can.
Lynn

Mrs A. said...

Hi Mary, Happy New Year to you. Glad you got back home safe and sound.
May have been to initially cover up a mistake but I rather like those tartan holly leaves in the corner and what's not to like about the cardinal. hugs Mrs A.

LesLee said...

This is gorgeous... it reminds me of the vintage ones we would get in the mail when I was little .. Thanks for bringing back all the happy thoughts of days gone by.

Pia S said...

You've got so many fantastic cardinal images and this one suits the jingle theme perfectly, a warm and classy design.

Diane said...

Wow stunning design Mary.

Hugs Diane

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

An amazing card Mary, the image really pops.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Christine Harrop said...

What a fabulous image Mary, using your trademark red cardinal. The die behind the image is gorgeous too. Happy New Year - even if I'm rather late! Hugs Christine xx

Charlene said...

Oh my, gorgeous from top to bottom!!!!!