Tuesday, October 22, 2013

~holiday nutcracker~

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life blog. I have been back from San Francisco for a week now and still dealing with the 3 hour time difference. I am not tired when it would be a normal bed time for me and end up staying up until 2:00 am. Then I have trouble getting up in the morning.
But, as I sit here typing up this post, I am very tired and its 8:00 pm. I will be in bed early tonight and then back on East Coast time finally.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #447 on Splitcoaststampers. Becky was our hostess and she chose the color palette of real red, chocolate chip and Bermuda bay. She also wanted us to use a die cut.
This is also the first card I made for the HYCCT challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Check it out here. This was Kathy's challenge and she wanted us to use a die cut.
My card is using the Stamplistic stamp "snowflake nutcracker". I paper pieced his outfit in the challenge colors. Colored his face and hair with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. This image involves a lot of fussy cutting. Don't know if I will make any more cards for Christmas using this image. It's so much easier to use a die for cutting.

My layout is this week's MojoMonday sketch #314. I made a 5 x 7 size card- to accommodate the size of my nutcracker. 

My background designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "jolly holiday" collection. I was able to use some satin ribbon which is one of my favorite embellishments on a card.

The holiday sentiment is from the Echo Park. It is an element sticker from the Echo Park "very merry Christmas collection".

Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.

I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp has a Christmas/Holiday challenge.
2.  ABC Challenge is a 3-2-1. 3 shapes-2 pattern papers -1 ribbon.
3.  Bunny Zoe's Crafts has a ribbon challenge.
4.  Craft-Dee-BowZ has an anything goes challenge with a handmade bow.
5.  Perfectly Rustics has a pattern paper challenge.


  1. I know what you mean about the time adjustment! I can never tell which transition is harder for me to get used to but you're right. It does take a couple of days to get back in the groove. Hope you enjoyed your time with Phoenix Daisy!
    Love your card, Mary. Awesome nutcracker!

  2. Mary, it might be a lot of fussy cutting, but it has paid off. It is a wonderfully festive card that I'm sure will bring joy to whom ever you send it to. The pattern paper makes for a lovely background. Thank you for playing along with us at Perfectly Rustics this fortnight.

  3. Mary your nutcracker is so cute. This is such a cute card. Great colors and love the background paper. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara {personal blog - Art and Soul Creations}

  4. Fabulous card Mary :-) I love the nutcracker and the colours and whole design of this is gorgeous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  5. What a gorgeous card! He will be a fabulous treat for someone this season. Hope you are back to east coast time.

  6. Love love the awesome card!! YOu piecing of Mr Nutcracker and the coloring is wonderful, love the way it looks on the dotted dp!! Need to get some extra rest till your body adjusts :)

  7. I know fussy cutting can be tedious, but it is worth it as your card shows. I think you should make some more. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  8. Wow, what an awesome paper pieced Nutcracker Soldier. Your card is adorable, love the colors. Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Challenge Blog this week

  9. This is great and your paper pieced nutcracker looks wonderful! I'm with you on all of the fussy cutting though...not a great technique for multiples!! Hope your sleep schedule is back on track!

  10. That is a huge amount of fussy cutting! Card looks great, and your use of patterned paper finishes of the card perfectly. Thanks so much for joining us at Perfectly Rustics



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