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2/04/2016

HLS Christmas Challenge - February - Tic Tac Toe

Welcome. It's time for Happy Little Stampers February Christmas Challenge, and this month our theme is Tic Tac Toe.

 
 

Our Challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers.

 
Winner will receive one stamp set from HLS
 
I decided to take the white, Santa & red for my theme, so here goes:
 
 
 
Two  wooden Great Impressions stamps were inked with Versamark, embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold EP. The oval aperture of holly image was die cut with a S/B classic oval that fit best in the opening. Trim around the opening colored with a Pentel Slicci gold pen, and a Slicci silver pen was added to the embossed gold of the sentiment. Holly & berries colored with copics.
 
- Santa image stamped separately & colored. Used some glitter on the white of his hat, and Glossy Accents on the glasses. Copics for the coloring.. Placed behind the oval opening. Then die cut the piece with a S/B oval, edged with DI Antique Linen and very light touch of Shabby Shutters to tie in the green of the holly.
 
- red was embossed with a Holly EF. Tried inking the EF folder with some pigment white on the folder, then embossing. Didn't like that look for the entire back, so cut off a piece to use as a border accent.
 
- Elizabeth Craft holly die, cut from white, colored with copics, then added some WoS. That's my Tic Toe Toe entry for February's Christmas Challenge.
 
Hope you will join in with this fun challenge, and get a head start on your Christmas card stash for 2016!

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE HLS STAMPS TO ENTER OUR CHALLENGES
 
 
Thanks for joining me today. Big hugs.
 
Edit: a very sweet blog friend suggested this Santa would fit in with the current Merry Monday Challenge, so will link there. Thanks Bonnie!


 
 
 
Edit #2: Some sweet blogger let me know I didn't provide the link to the current HLS February Christmas challenge. So I've added it in at the top. Thanks Sylvie!
 


 
 

37 comments:

Kathleen said...

Beautiful card with a fabulous background.

Kath x

Gail Townsend said...

Gorgeous card, love how you have created the holly and fab colouring of the santa image. xx

Barb said...

A lovely Santa card Mary. He certainly looks jolly. I really like the holly border on the side. There's certainly a lot of work on this beautiful card. Thank you for your earlier visit and kind comment. I'm way behind visiting everyone today. Barbxx

Pat said...

This is extremely pretty Mary and I love the holly embossing in the background in the solid red and then the strip of white backed which looks lovely together. The die cuts work together well and Santa's glasses look great with the glossy accents and then the glitter on the fur trim. The holly top and bottom is a pretty finishing touch too. x

pam said...

Gorgeous Santa card Mary, beautiful image and love your embossed background.
Pam x

jimlynn said...

Jolly old St. Nick never looked better! So festive and pretty. Love your card Mary.
Lynn

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! I love Santa!! So beautiful my friend!! Love this!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love how your die cut holly mimics the holly on that printed paper. This is a very fine card!

Carol L said...

This is so pretty with that vintage Santa image and those beautiful holly vines! My eyes are drawn to that embossed panel on the right with the white showing even more holly leaves! Very pretty card Mary!

Maxine D said...

Love your wonderful antique style Santa Mary, and the white holly stamped to one side is perfect.
Blessings
Maxine

Donna Ellis said...

Wonderful traditional Christmas card, Mary! Beautiful background and embossing! Hugs, de

Patti J said...

Very pretty, Mary! You are on a roll already for Christmas 2016! Hugs...

brenda said...

He's a lovely traditional looking Santa Mary and the painted Ivy looks so rich and vibrant with the die cut holly holly echoing it perfectly around the focal element.

B x

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card Mary. Love the stamp. Those colours are just so pretty as is the whole concept of your card...enjoy your weekend.xx
{aNNie}

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love how you've framed your Santa with the gold and the bigger oval, too, Mary!!!! The dry embossed border is lovely and all the greenery looks great!!!! Beautiful!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Olga Fink said...

Gorgeous card! I love the Santa! And great coloring! Xoxo Olga

Sue said...

Another nice Christmas card.

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A beautiful card, love the embossed background and fabulous Santa image.
Lorraine

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love the nostalgic feel to this design Mary my friend! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous card Mary! I love all the amazing details like the frame aperture and the glossy accents on the glasses. The white on the holly strip is a fabulous idea too.

Donna Hanley said...

This is a very beautiful card. I love the right hand side of your card as well as your pretty vines. That is one perfect Santa face. Wonderful job with this challenge.

Bonnie said...

What a lovely Santa, Mary! Love the embossed background and the difference in it and beautiful holly! This would fit over at Merry Monday this week if you want to go there.

Connie said...

Lovely card . . . it looks so vintage.
Great Job!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Connie :)

Marilyn said...

Awesome card!!

Sandy said...

Love Christmas Cards and you have soooo many good ideas. Call me slow witted but I have never understood these bingo challenges. So you pick everything in one line and use that on the card?

What would I do without your Mary!
sandy xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Another beautiful card, Mary, love expecially the double background, it gives a great interest to the card!! The distressed edge of the big oval matches perfectly with the holly leaves and great idea make two ovals, their gold borders catch the eyes to the Santa!

Loll said...

Great design Mary. I especially love the holly and gold frame that surround the Santa. xx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Wonderful romantic Christmas card. Santa is for me extremely difficult subject, you did it perfectly!
hugs,
BozenA

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, love your Santa card, he looks so jolly, fab colours and design, Kate x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a brilliant card, and I do love that Santa image as he is so lovely, and perfectly coloured too.
Love your fab design, and the beautiful holly die cuts.
That embossing is super also.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Stampsnob. said...

I like this , feels frosty Lis

Bonnie said...

Thanks for bringing him over to share with us at Merry Monday, Mary!

Anita in France said...

Great texture and lovely layers, Mary ... such a jolly Santa! Hugs, Anita :)

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW, love the embossing, the dies and the white embossing. Makes a wonderful card.

Brenda said...

Wow Momma Mary, I am loving this Santa you have colored up, he has an antique feel to him. The gold is perfect on this card and I love the red embossing and holy swirls. The border along the side is fabulous as well, love it! Hugs, Brenda

Pia S said...

I've made very few Christmas cards so far this year, normally I make them all year long. Seeing this traditional Santa card is inspirational, I really like this classy design with very Christmasy colors and elements.

Susan said...

Wonderful vintage Santa and great layers and details. I especially love the way you used the holly die cuts on the top and bottom of the background to tie in with the holly in the focal image.