Saturday, December 12, 2015

Catch the Bug Christmas Chaos--Final!

The "Christmas Chaos" challenge series at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog ends today. Thankfully, I got the final 2 days' projects D-O-N-E!

The theme for Day 6 was "Gift Wrap." I created a gift card holder, using the instructions from this article. I used a patterned paper from The Paper Studio's "Christmas Basics" 6x6" pad to create my "gift box." I adhered a piece of red ribbon to the front of both the base & lid.

Gift card holder "box" open with gift card inside
After cutting a tag from white cardstock with a die from Mama Elephant's "Tags a Lot" set, I printed the "Little Penguin Winter - Decorate Tree" image from Bugaboo Stamps onto that. I colored it with colored pencils, glued the red tag reinforcer (also from a "Tags a Lot" die) to the tag, adhered another red tag to the back, and punched a hole. I threaded 2 pieces of red & green baker's twine through the hole & knotted them. I inserted the twine into a bow I tied from the same red ribbon, and glued that to the top of the lid. That finished this relatively quick & easy project.

My card for Day 7--a bingo challenge--was also fairly quick & easy. For my elements, I used the first column--snowflake, embossing, & pink and teal. I used this week's Friday Freebie image from Bugaboo--"AKV Winter - Snow Shoe." After flipping the image in Photoshop & sizing it, I printed it on a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

I used my Inktense pencils to color the image, picking up the colors from the pencils with a damp paintbrush & applying them to the paper. After the image had dried, I painted the sky area with a wash of Tumbled Glass Distress ink, then set that panel aside to dry completely.

I cut 2 pieces of patterned paper from the BoBunny "Candy Cane Lane" 6x6" pad to size. I stamped 3 of the images from the "Sophisticated Snowflake" stamp set by My Favorite Things on the teal piece with Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed those with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder.

After double-matting my focal image with teal & pale pink cardstocks, I adhered it to the pink patterned paper piece, then adhered that to my teal background panel. Finally, I matted that with a pink cardstock panel that I'd cut to 4.25x5.5".

I die cut one of the "Mini Tags" by Pretty Pink Posh from white cardstock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the "Merry Christmas" greeting from Hero Arts' "Merry Christmas Message" on that. I then heat embossed it with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. For my snowflake element, I die cut one with a Spellbinders "Banner & Trees" die from hot pink cardstock. I adhered it peeking out from under the tag, which I popped up with foam tape. All that was left was to mount the card front onto a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering both projects in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge: "Holly Jolly Stamping"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion Challenge #291: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #98: "Anything Christmas/Winter"

I'm entering my first project only in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Tag It."


  1. Such a cute gift bag! Thanks for joining us for our Christmas Chaos event this week at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog.
    Good luck!
    Jen Leeflang

  2. Who wouldn't love receiving this at Christmas? Those penguins are too cute decorating the tree and I love the paper you chose for the gift card! Great design. Thanks for sharing with us over at TTCRD.

  3. Love your gift card holder with the adorable penguins and great card with the freebie Friday! Congrats and thanks for joining in all our Christmas Chaos challenges at Catch The Bug, I know it's not easy this time of year with so many other things to get done!

  4. Nice cards. Clever gift card holder with the cute penquins. Cute snow shoe guy too.

  5. Love that giftcard holder!! and the card is fabulous!such cute images!!
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Cards and Creativity {My Blog}

  6. Really cute projects. I love the gift card holder box. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Good luck!!! Patricia.

  7. Fabulous cards and how clever is that gift card holder? I love it!! Thank you for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  8. Wow! These are both such charming creations! I'm always looking for good gift card holders, so I was really inspired by your first piece. Love how you combined traditional diagonal stripes with those adorable little penguins! I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing the card, too. I loved the subtle color palette you used on your snowshoe guy. Both of these projects are amazing and I'm so glad you shared them with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  9. Both of the cards are great.
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  10. Awesome. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Tammi, Craft Your Passion DT
    makememories4life {My Blog}

  11. These are fab - love the design of the little giftcard holder!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Merry Christmas!
    Helen x


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