Saturday, January 12, 2013

Countdown to Christmas

I am not at all convinced that I am ready to be doing Christmas cards.  But Merry Monday has their first challenge up and I strongly remember the feeling of relief at the beginning of this past December when I realized I had enough Christmas cards already!!

I also wanted to play along with Fab Friday.

Countdown 



And, as a final inspiration for this card, I had already planned to spend some time with Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio (MDS) today.  I recently recognized that I would likely never scrapbook again - I don't have the space or time and I really prefer the mini "works of art" that come out of card making.  I even gave away all of my scrapbook supplies to a charity that supplies craft kits to kids undergoing chemo.  BUT, I love my family so much more when I have spent time with photos of family fun, events, holidays or just goofy faces!!  So, I want to move toward digital scrapbooking.  At the beginning of the year, I started reminding myself of how MDS works and organizing what downloads I already own.  

So, the strip on the above card is a practice MDS strip.  I used the downloads "Days to December" and "Owl Occasions" to put together the countdown.  The 4 and the 9 are punches that I paper-filled.  I just wanted to try a few techniques to refresh my memory!!

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio downloads Days of December and Owl Occasions
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Island Indigo, Real Red
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Real Red ribbon, embossing folder, snowflake punch, white baker's twine and a misc. button that matches Pool Party

16 comments:

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty...love the embossing. No judging here...I made some during the year and realized that I had enough. All the ones that I made in December were just for fun...and next Christmas...it was a great feeling! Lee-Ann ;)

Karen M said...

Hi Kim, this is a fabulous card, as yours always are. You're right, it seems a bit early to start Christmas cards in January but as we all know, time flies and it'll all be happening again before we know it! Kx

LeAnne said...

Just adorable....you are a master at MDS....can I come to your house to play? This is just the cutest, and you will be happy in December when you go to mail this card! Thanks so much for playing with us and sharing this at Merry Mondays!

Aileen said...

I'm with you on being organised for next Christmas. This is a lovely start to your collection. I love the snowflake detail and fun panel. x

Kristen said...

i love that panel, it looks perfect for your card.

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Wow! I L-O-V-E this one. It is so bright & fresh & happy! Love the colour combo ... Will have to use this one! Hugs xxx

Sherry Eckblad said...

Kim, this is absolutely wonderful. I love everything about it, especially that snowflake with button. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Lesley said...

MDS? Really? My goodness that is a cool look you have created with the stamps, I wondered where those images came from. Awesome work Kim, as always!
Hugs.
Lesley

Tracey McNeely said...

I didn't think that I could handle any more Christmas for a while, but your card has stirred the pot. This may be mini but it is truly a piece of art!

Bonnie said...

I love your countdown! It's pretty amazing how you designed it! Great use of these colors! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

Susan Joyce said...

Fantastic use of the Digital download Kim, and brilliantly teamed with the other elements of your card.Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday for our first challenge in 2013.

Notes by Nina said...

Fantastic card Kim, I love all that texture and the snowflake with the button. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

Narelle Farrugia said...

Oh how cool is this? This is a wonderful image and works perfectly with the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week!

Amanda Mertz said...

You're well on your way for Christmas 2013. Fantastic design and I love the strip of MDS mixed in with regular embellishments! Fun colors too! Thanks for sharing with us at Fab Friday!

Mynnette said...

This is perfect, Kim!!! LOVE the strip down the side with your big button and polka dot ribbon! This is gorgeous! I, too, was relieved that I didn't have to add making cards to my "to do" list in December! ;) HUGS and hope school is going well!!!

Amy O said...

These are such fun colors for a Christmas card! I love it! This card just makes me happy. Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday this week!