Saturday, December 7, 2013

Merry Christmas and Holiday Cheer...Paper Smooches Anything Goes, Deconstructed Sketch #129, Seize the Sketch #9, Virtual Smooches

Hello ~ Hope this Saturday finds you well, and enjoying the rather delightful *chaos* that comes with Christmas drawing closer.

Today, my husband and I donned our respective down-coats and other frigid weather apparel, scuttled into the car (poor thing, left outside, exposed to the elements), and went on a brief shopping trip. I've capitulated to the reality that dressing for the temperatures is not going to involve anything even close to stylish, fashionable or  trendy (not that I dress accordingly anyway!), so I treated myself to a new pair of Mark's Work Wearhouse T-Max socks.  They are toasty, plus and plushy, little, cosy, poofy pillows for your feet.  My husband thinks I'm goofy, with my childish delight in  my pink+purple striped socks, and now, my black and grey ones.  Yes. He's right, but given how squishy warm they are, I'm okay with that. Love 'em...

I nearly forgot that the Paper Smooches challenges - this week's SPARKS  is Anything Goes - close on Saturdays, so a la my usual nearly last minute style, here I am...with two.  I don't have any Christmas-specific PS products, aside from the Christmas Sentiment sampler, so adapting, adapting...

First card is heading to PS, with a layout inspired by Deconstructed Sketch #129:

and the 'note book die extension' tips from the ever charming, ever creative Savannah, at Virtual Smooches.

PS Note book and digits die, and Christmas Sentiment Sampler

My second card was also inspired by Savannah Virtual Smooches, where this week, she used the Loopy Leaf die for place setting wreaths. Tooooo I took out my LL die, and played along, too.  The layout comes from Seize the Sketch #9 (one I'm keeping for down the road...possibilities galore!).

Loopy Leaf die "holly," heart from the Wedding Shower dies, and a Christmas 
Sampler sentiment

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments make my day!

Note:  So excited that my first card was a PS 'find,' and is showcased on the PS site.  Wow X Wow!! Thanks, Kim!!!


  1. Adapting, adapting you did - and oh so well! These are awesome - both of them!! Love how the embossed background on the first card looks like a snowy little scene, and the 25 looks velvet-y!! And card number two - can you hear me squealing?!! You KNOW I LOVE LOVE that heart perched above the holly leaves. And the patterned paper on both are again, just awesome choices and work with the designs beautifully! How did the bazaar go?!!!

  2. Great holiday cards! I love how you used the loopy leaf die to create holly--fabulous!

  3. Great take on the DC sketch and just love how you used the leaves to create the mistletoe!

  4. Totally ADORBS holly leaves with heart!!!!

  5. These are both fabulous, Carol ... luscious layering onto that yummy embossed background on the first ... the second is simply wonderful ... love the simplicity of the loopy leaves with the heart atop them! Plush and squishy warm foot attire ... a definite, regardless what fashion dictates!! Anita :)

  6. OK - you've put me over the edge - I'm definitely getting the loopy leaf!!! LOVE your mistletoe!

  7. Lovely!! LOVE LOVE the first card!! And the mistletoe is amazing!!!!

  8. Lovin' both of your cards, awesome use of the loopy leaf die!!!
    Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch :)

  9. Armed with toasty warm feet (we just bought some of those socks last night for Eric!), you have embarked on another amazing crafting spree! Love these cards but really LOVE your ability to improvise! The loop leaf die....fabulous! And your 'extended' notebook die...again...remarkable!

    The wee red heart perched above the holly is not only the perfect match to the DP but also such an incredibly sweet idea!

    The green card stock is such a gorgeous, rich color. Brand ???

  10. You have really been on a roll, my friend! I'm loving all your cards, but the first one here just grabs my attention!

  11. MMm, those socks are just the best! My toes are jealous ;)
    Love both your cards! The second card is probably one of the coolest and most unique uses of the loopy leaf die I've seen yet! So neat!
    Thanks for playing with us over at Paper Smooches SPARKS!

  12. Both cards are fantastic. Love the mistletoe.
    Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch!

  13. Hello Carol. I love your cards! Can I please have your permission o share your "Holiday Cheer" card on our Paper Smooches blog tomorrow?
    Thank you for your consideration

  14. Hey, Carol ... I guess you already know (I read the last comment!) you've got a shout-out at the PS Patrol this week with your fab '25' card .... congratulations, my friend! Anita :)