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1/06/2018

Christmas Card Club 2018 - Challenge 1 - Gnomes, Pixies or Elves

Welcome to our Christmas Card Club Challenge #1 for 2018. Our sweet Margaret, who does all the work to host this bi-monthly challenge, selected the challenge theme. Margaret chose our challenge to be gnomes, pixies or elves - OR if we don't have appropriate supplies for the specific subject, then we can select an "anything goes" theme. As long as it's Christmas. This leeway helps all of us to be sure to join in with the challenge. Great idea!

Well, I had to do a little scrambling, as I don't have anything for pixies and the only gnome image I have is a Leprechaun. Thought about how I could turn him into something for Christmas, then did some digi hunting for elves. Found (and bought!) some digi elves. Then...as I was putting away some Christmas stamps, I saw an Inky Antics clear set and there they were: these 2 little elves used on today's card. Had a think about how to showcase them, hunted through the stash some more...and here goes:






Attempted to do some cloud sponging for the skyline. Discovered I'm not great at sponged clouds. So recovered that effort with just some pouncing strokes with a finger dauber over the silly looking clouds and the sky looked ok.

Some trees from a NBUS Stampin Up set  were aligned on the small Misti, inked with various shades of green ink. Yay for the Misti, as these had to be inked & stamped a few times.

Die cut Santa sleigh and reindeer from a white snippet, colored with copics. Before adhering the die cut, tore another small snippet to form a snowbank. Used some Star Dust stickles for snowy glimmer on the snow, decided to add some sparkle to the tree branches.

Elves colored with copics - silver pen for the ice skates, gold pen for the bells on collars, hat bobble, belt buckle and shoe toes. Popped up with dimensional foam, and there it is! These elves are just waiting for Santa to land that sleigh. First card for the Christmas 2018 stash.

Please take a look at what my fellow CCC members have shared today; their links are on the right sidebar.

Thanks for joining me and have a wonderful day. Blessings and Hugs.



39 comments:

  1. Really cute Christmas card to start off your 2018 stash Mary. I have two made now. Hope you are well. Hugs Christine xx

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  2. They are the most delightful elves...and so beautifully coloured Mary...love your Santa in the sky...a really great fun card xxxx

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  3. Hi Mary, Fab card.

    Hoipe you don't suffer the dreadful weather other parts of America are getting. We have temperatures of -3, but it's sunny, so it looks lovely.

    Hope you have a nice day. Sue

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  4. What a fabulous little scene you have created for these happy little elves Mary, so glad you found them among your stash - we all have things hidden in our craft room waiting to be re-discovered it seems. :)
    Lorraine

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  5. Happy New Year Mary. What a super card for the first challenge of 2018. Love the bright happy scene you have created here. Hope things get easier for you this year. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  6. What happy little chaps Mary. I like that you have layered them over Santa's sleigh and set a scene for them. Happy New Year hugs Zoe x

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  7. Great card, love the reindeer with sleigh.
    Hugs, Chantal S

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  8. Such a fun card Mary, you have created a super scene for your cute elves.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  9. Well done on your hunt Mary, these Elves are so fun and sweet, they make me smile! You have done a fabulous work with them and all the other lovely diecuts!
    Your sponged clouds are just perfect, the sky look so beautiful!! Love the sparkling details on the snowbank and the cute Santa's slight. Very well done!

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  10. Adorable! These two little guys just make me smile. You've created a lovely little scene with the trees and the snow. Great job on the coloring too!

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  11. What a fabulous scene you've created with those fun images, dies, stamps etc. Those little elves are so cute too x

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  12. These elves are so cute, Mary! Glad you found them! What a fun Christmas scene! We were at 8° this morning. They promise this is the last frigid day for a while. But the snow has been laying on the ground since Friday. Wonder if it's waiting for more?

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  13. This is so adorable!! Those elves are so sweet!! I love the Santa scene you've created!! Beautiful card, Mary!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  14. I love your cute scene. Those elves are darling too.

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  15. Oh I just love those little elves, and you’ve done a great job making them part of a scene!

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  16. Oh my goodness Mary they are adorable. They remind me of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle dum. Your background sky looks perfect to me. hugs Mrs A.

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  17. The elves you finally found are really cute. Great shading and coloring too. It took me a long time to be able to make an ok looking sponged cloudy sky, I made myself a paper template and that works for me. Happy New Year!

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  18. Really cute, Mary! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Love those elves and Santa, your sky is wonderful. What a wonderful start to your 2018 cards. Such a warm feeling card. Love it.
    Faith
    x

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  20. Those little elves are so cute and I love that one is wearing ice skates! Too cute! Like that Santa and sleigh across the sky too! WTG on your first Christmas card for 2018! You're going to be glad you started early come next December!

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  21. Hi Mary, I love these little guys!! Such a fabulous card xx

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  22. This is so cute and festive, Mary! Your coloring of those elves is especially fabulous and I love all the little details and use of snippets! (I usually do my best clouds by pouncing, too!!) Hugs, Darnell

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  23. Mary, this is just adorable! Love the images and the way you used them on this! You've included a little bit of everything from your beautiful coloring, die cuts and a wonderful background! Love it.

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  24. One super card Mary, love the little elves and the gorgeous background.
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

    Kath x

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  25. Cute card and love the little Elves
    Carol x

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  26. I love these pretty elves Mary and love the way you have coloured them, and the background scene with Santa and sleigh, trees and snowbanks looks great and you can definitely see the soft white clouds in that super blue sky. A wonderful fun Christmas card. x

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  27. Happy New Year Mary, hope you had a lovely festive season. Apologies for not being around the last two months, hoping to do better this year.
    What a fabulous fun card to start off the year, love your little elves. Carol x

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  28. So cute Mary what a great design.

    Hugs diane

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  29. Mary the card is adorable, the clouds are awesome and Santa and his sleigh is wonderful :) Great start to 2018.

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  30. Great design, MAry. Good idea to tie the elves into awaiting the sleigh. It must take several times of loading and delivering before they re done for the night! lol

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  31. Such a fun pixie card Mary.
    Thank you so much for your great e-card.
    Big hug, Veerle x

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  32. Very cute Christmas card Mary! Your little elves sure look cute!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  33. Hi Mary,
    oh I love this wonderful card and the scene you have created.
    Superb colouring and that scene you have created is brilliant.
    Those elves are so cute and gorgeous I just want to hug them.
    Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours.
    Germ free of course. Jenny L.

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  34. How very adorable Mary, love the scene!
    Hugs, Sherry x
    Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

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  35. Well, that was a pretty successful hunt, the elves are adorable and you have backed them beautifully, I love the Santa and sleigh especially! Hugs, Anne xx

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  36. This is such a cute scene, Mary. You do such a good job of combining various elements. We're freezing here in Georgia, too. I don't want to complain because so many others are really suffering. But I am tired of this freezing and below weather. I'm not ready to make more Christmas cards yet. You're smart to do so. Happy New Year!

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  37. Hi Mary
    Lovely to see you back... your card is stunning ... love the elves... makes a fabulous scene...
    Happy new year
    Hugs Sylvie x

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  38. Great start to a new year of Christmas makes.

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  39. Beautiful design and project. Thanks for your comments while I was absent.. Have a good start to the New Year.xx[aNNie]

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