Christmas Cardmaking Begins Today...

...are you up to the challenge?  
This year I really wanted to get a jump on my Christmas card making for the 2014 season, as well as for the annual craft sale I participate in.  Joining up with Christmas Stampin' All Year Long will most definitely help me achieve that goal.  Today begins our first challenge for 2014 at CSAYL...and it's a nice easy one to get everyone back into the festive creative frame of mind!

"Anything Goes" based on this awesome inspiration photo!

 Photo credit
UpTownOriginals on Etsy

Isn't it a beauty!  All festive with snowmen, poinsettias, lots of ribbon and sparkle.  There is so much here to draw inspiration from.   And with the theme of "Anything Goes", there are no limits to your creativity!

Now, we do not have a sponsor for this first challenge...but have a prize offered instead!
How awesome!
One lucky winner will receive a 6x6 paper set and some who couldn't use that!

I have to say that I was inspired by the colors, textures, snowmen and the snowflakes nestled into the wreath in various places!

Here's a quick see at how my project came out...

I used a card base from a collection that I scored at Micheals after the last holiday season at 70% off!  I love the pretty snowflake pattern.  I then used a journaling card from a set that I once again was lucky enough to purchase at Michaels at a huge discount!  I used a Memory Box snowflake corner die on the upper corner, which was cut out of red paper and then covered using Diamond Stickles.  Both the wreath and the snowman dies are from the Tim Holtz collection.  Lastly, I die cut some snowflakes and put some on as accent pieces.  They have been decorated using Liquid Pearls.  The snowman has been popped up off the card with 3D dots so that the card has the illusion of him trying to hand you the wreath!
For being out of the swing of making a Christmas card, I was pleased with how it turned out...and hopefully you've been inspired as well!

It's up to you to accept the challenge now!  Crank those Christmas tunes, haul out those Christmas stamps and any other holiday stash you've tried to pack away because you thought you wouldn't be using them until November.  Check out the the other DT creations over at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long to get even more of the festive creative juices running through your mind.  Then get creating...we can hardly wait to see your first Christmas card of the season!

Until next time...

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra..."Anything Goes Christmas" 
Crafting By Designs..."Anything Goes" 
Crafty Girls..."Anything Goes"
Crafting from the Heart...Use Dies/Punches
My Perfect Life..."Christmas Challenge"
Brown Sugar Challenge..."Make it Sparkle"
LEJ Designs Challenge Blog..."Favorite Die Cuts"
Completely Christmas..."Anything Goes"

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